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Book Review: Chimera

By Sandy Amazeen Aug 1, 2013, 6:33 GMT

Book Review: Chimera

Afghanistan veteran Jim Chapel has been enlisted in a new war.This time it\'s in his own backyard . . . and even more deadly.A small band of fugitives escapes from a secret upstate New York military facility, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. Each fugitive has a target-an innocent civilian-and will not stop until that target has been eliminated.Wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel has been stuck behind ...more

The carefully planned attack on Camp Putnam, an ultrahigh security military prison, resulted in the breakout of its six deadly inhabitants. After Captain Jim Chapel lost his left arm in Afghanistan, he was given a desk job overseeing weapon system acquisitions. It was not the best job in the world but given his disability, Chapel was resigned to never getting out in the field again. The arrival of a military aid Chapel dubbed Laughing Boy quickly turned that quiet life upside down. Under strictest secrecy and given minimal information, Chapel was to track and eliminate the six escapees before they carry out their missions to destroy everyone on a kill list. Although given minimal Intel, Chapel was encouraged to dig around and discover whatever he could about the escapees and their origins.

What emerges is a chilling cold war human genetic experiment that could well have serious repercussions beyond the immediate killings. Until meeting up with Julia, a New York veterinarian, Chapel’s only assistant came in the form of a phone voice he named Angel who facilitated his travels, research and generally kept him alive long enough to do his job. Julia has her own reasons for joining the hunt as she searches for answers about family connections that could hit way too close to home.

Much in the style of Michael Crichton or Douglas Preston, this fast-paced thriller delivers a fine tale with just enough genetic engineering and dark wit to keep readers’ attention riveted. The Chimeras are fascinating creatures and as Chapel observes, there are elements of Frankenstein about them, especially as some of them attempt to come to terms with what they are or could become. Although Angel remains just a voice, she is a strong character presence with a sharp intellect that is a treat to watch. The romance between Chapel and Julia is deftly handled so it does not overwhelm the main plot. The satisfying conclusion leaves the door open for more action from Chapel and Angel; let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long.



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Chimera: A Jim Chapel Mission

Afghanistan veteran Jim Chapel has been enlisted in a new war.This time it's in his own backyard . . . and even more deadly.A small band of fugitives escapes from ...more

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