Friday, July 16, 2021



Nuclear Power Nuclear Game

by Helen Huang




GENRE: Political Thriller






The year is 1950. Zoe and John, two young nuclear scientists from Berkeley, seem to have the perfect life, with promising careers and marriage plans. But their innocence is soon shattered when the Chinese Communist Party seizes power. Choosing to postpone the wedding and return back to her home country, Zoe finds herself locked in a political cage and separated from John indefinitely.


Caught in a complex web of revolutionary propaganda and forced to participate in dangerous research, Zoe must confront the looming question of where her true loyalties lie: with her country or with John back in America?


Set during China's march towards nuclear power amidst the political turmoil of the Cold War, Nuclear Power Nuclear Game spans multiple decades and countries across the globe to tell the story of two nuclear scientists' fight for world peace and a love torn apart by conflicting ideologies.





“There won’t be any wedding. Zoe is gone.” John heaved a sigh. For a while he sat, smoking and staring at nothing. Harry waited without prodding him further.


When he finally opened up, the story poured out like water from a bucket, unstoppable. Harry listened and nodded, not asking anything until John finished his miserable tale and fell into another morose silence. “I think your father is right. The Korean War has made the relationship between Communist China and the US so bad that there’s no way for her to get out of China or for you to go there to bring her back. And I reckon the war will drag on for at least another ten years.”


“Then I’ll wait ten years.”


“But even after that, the Cold War will continue between communism and the free world. Plus, how likely is it that Zoe will wait for you for another ten years?”


John looked at Harry miserably. “I can’t just give her up. She’s with me always, wherever I go—at Berkeley, in my apartment, on the street …”


“You have to move on. Take a break.”


John’s eyes posed the question that his voice refused to speak: What do you mean?


“Leave Berkeley. Move out of your apartment. You have too many connections, both of you, to the university and the city. A new job will help you make a fresh start.”


John had always liked Harry’s sharp, intelligent probing mind and ability to be simultaneously diplomatic and optimistic. “Do you have something specific in mind?” he asked carefully.


“You finished your doctorate in nuclear and physical chemistry, right?”


“Almost two years ago. Now I’m working on molecular abnormalities and cells that cause cancer.”


“I have some connections at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Would you consider working there?”


John hesitated. He knew Livermore was a US nuclear weapons facility and wasn’t sure he wanted to directly participate in such research. “Let me think about it.”






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Born and raised in Shanghai, Helen Huang now resides in Melbourne, Australia. Nuclear Power Nuclear Game is her first novel, inspired by her own experience living under the Communist regime and working at a nuclear institute in China.


To be a novelist was Helen’s childhood dream. She started writing Nuclear Power Nuclear Game when she was a housewife looking after her four daughters. It took her sixteen years to write, as she raised her children and grew her house design and construction business. Helen hopes to finish a sequel to Nuclear Power Nuclear Game next year.































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  1. The cover is intriguing. The colors and graphics set the tone for the book.

    1. Thank you Jeanna.
      The cover is specially designed by one of my daughters who just finished university on photo and media design, and she is also an actor.
      I'm a very luck mother having a team of four daughters support behind.
      Since they were little, I started telling them about China and my personal experience in China. I'm glad I have finally turned the words into a book. It's a gift to them and also the people in free world that we should continue fighting and defending our liberty, equality and freedom. Hope you will enjoy reading this book containing the intriguing elements of espionage, politics, romance and history.

      Helen Huang, author of NUCLEAR POWER NUCLEAR GAME


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