Chimera

Chimera

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View our feature on Rob Thurman s "Chimera."New from the national bestselling author of "Roadkill"
A sci-fi thriller that asks the questions...
What makes us human...
What makes us unique...
And what makes us kill?
Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth-his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically-altered killer. Now, those who created him will do anything to reclaim him. And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 337 pages
  • 104 x 170 x 28mm | 159g
  • Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0451463420
  • 9780451463425
  • 259,426

About Rob Thurman

Rob, short for Robyn (yes, he is really a she) Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows, deer, and wild turkeys. Many, many turkeys. She is also the author of the Cal Leandros Series: "Nightlife, Moonshine, Madhouse," and "Deathwish"; has a story in the anthology "Wolfsbane and Mistletoe"; and is the author of "Trick of the Light," the first book in the Trickster series.Besides wild, ravenous turkeys, she has a dog (if you don t have a dog, how do you live?) one hundred pounds of Siberian husky. He looks like a wolf, has paws the size of a person s hand, ice blue eyes, teeth out of a Godzilla movies, and the ferocious habit of hiding under the kitchen table and peeing on himself when strangers come by. Fortunately, she has another dog that is a little more invested in keeping the food source alive. By the way, the dogs were adopted from shelters. They were fully grown, already housetrained, and grateful as hell. Think about it next time you re looking for a Rover or Fluffy. For updates, teasers, deleted scenes, and various other extras, visit Rob Thurman's website and her LiveJournal."
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Rating details

1,985 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 28% (562)
4 36% (705)
3 27% (539)
2 7% (133)
1 2% (46)

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This is one of those rare times where I desperately hope a book is a one shot (an ever so rare occurrence in the Urban/Fantasy genre). The book is perfect as it stands, and I am happy where it left the characters. That, again, not does happen very often. If you are familiar with Thurman's work, you will recognize a familiar brotherly dynamic at play (a fun, snarky, fantastic brotherly dynamic) but that is where any similarity with previous work ends. In Chimera the reader finds itself in a soothingly normal contemporary setting, right until the protagonist stumbles across his Holy Grail. Take our mafia grunt protagonist, allow him to find the brother he has been obsessively looking for, and have that brother being held in a sketchy establishment that seems to be creating killing machines using shady genetics/medicine/brainwashing. Cue one excellently planned break out, and the rest of the book is a rush of close calls and bitingly witty dialogue. Chimera is a break from the urban fantasy I am used to reading from Thurman, instead settling on a setting that contains just enough skewed science and bizarre skills to have it just crossing the line into urban/scifi. But it is a close call. The science used is well explained, and close enough to believable to add a nice bit of tension to the book itself. And a science villain. Have I mentioned how much I adore science villains? Complete with skewed morals and an appropriately hideous methodology. Oh, and the ending. What a brilliantly executed few chapters that was. I was actually grinning to myself as I read. Had I a glass in hand, I would have offered a toast to Thurman on the spot. Well played, Ms. Thurman. Well played. A fast paced, highly enjoyable read. And hey, I think I picked up enough rude Russian from reading this book to get me in some fantastic linguistic trouble. What more could a reader want?show more
by April Steenburgh
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