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About the Book
Nuclear Power Nuclear Game
by Helen Huang
Published 31 March 2021
Genre: Political Thriller
Page Count: 201
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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.
His voice jolted Zoe out of her memories. Eyes fixed on the elegant bridge that arced over the Golden Gate, she recalled Uncle Yuan’s words as they sailed into San Francisco Bay: “Old Gold Mountain will give you a bright future.” Chasing their destiny, Chinese had called San Francisco Old Gold Mountain since the 1840s gold rush. But Zoe knew she was different from the dreamers of a hundred years ago. “I’m seeking knowledge, modern science, and technology, not gold,” she told herself. After the horror of the Japanese occupations and the chaos of China’s civil war, she’d been so happy in San Francisco. But after reading her father’s letter, even the glorious March day, with the bay a sea of diamonds under the bright sun, couldn’t ease her distress. Gloom descended and her eyes filled with tears. What a beautiful city, but I must leave you.
“Darling,” interrupted John, stretching his arm to tug her sleeve from where he lounged on the picnic blanket, “did you hear me? Aunty Lucy is already planning our wedding. She wants to know what your favorite color is, and whether you want an indoor or outdoor party, and what kind of music you like.”
Today was their anniversary! Blinking back her tears, she forced a smile. Exactly two years ago, their impossible chance meeting had convinced her of the power of fate. After waiting nearly half an hour by the tennis court, she had given up on her friend when John had appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. His athletic build, thick brown hair, intense gaze, and ready smile won her over instantly. “I assume you’re waiting for a no-show friend too. Why don’t you and I play so we don’t waste the trip?”
She was already half in love with him. When she learned he was also studying at Berkeley—she an undergraduate in nuclear physics, he was researching nuclear isotopes for his PhD—she knew they were meant to be together. At first, he had looked after her like a big brother, guiding her into the master’s program, making her laugh with his wit and optimism, and inspiring her with hope and ambitions for the future. For two months the park along the beach was their favorite meeting spot … then came the unforgettable day he kissed her in the swirling Frisco fog, assuring her that her Chinese heritage didn’t matter to his feelings. She longed to make him as happy as he made her. The flowers, laughter, and love he brought into her life erased her homesickness and near constant worry for her beloved parents left behind in her war torn homeland.
About the Author
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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