Thursday, October 24, 2013

{Book Review} Chimera: A Jim Chapel Mission by David Wellington

Chimera: A Jim Chapel Mission
by David Wellington
Publisher: William Morrow
Released:July 23rd 2013
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Suspense
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

A fabulous new talent-the heir to Patrick Lee and James Rollins-delivers his first published novel: a wildly imaginative tale that combines elements of horror and science in the vein of Michael Crichton, in which a circle of unlikely heroes must uncover a nefarious cabal and prevent it from unleashing a diabolical threat that could destroy the world

7 fugitives escape from a secret military facility in upstate New York, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.

7 super-soldiers gone rogue.

7 innocent citizens targeted for death.

Disabled Army Vet James Chase is drafted for a desperate mission to stop this lethal force. Aided by a mysterious woman named Angel and a courageous, beautiful veterinarian, Chase sets off on a hair-raising cross-country hunt.

But are the killers really rogue soldiers, or are they only the tip of a sinister conspiracy . . . the first piece of a shocking nightmarish plan that will lead to ultimate destruction?

Review: I'm not usually one for military based books, but Chimera wasn't the same old thing.
Captain Chapel was wounded in the war and now has a prosthetic arm which has saddled him behind a desk. When he is suddenly called in for a special mission, hes not sure what to make of the task. Mainly because hes given very little to go on. Left to basically his own devices and with minor intel, he sets out to take out four violent offenders that might not be totally human.
Chimera is a suspense story mixed with an action movie, that someone tossed a dash of sci fi into. Chapel is tough, dedicated, and perhaps a bit of a boy scout. He doesn't just want to subdue the convicts he wants to save the people they're after. To do this he has to learn just what hes up against. Of course this is the opposite of what his higher ups want him to do.
The plot is fast paced and moves along very fast, sweeping me along for the ride. I liked Chapel and his way of looking at the world. I thought Julia was a good addition, making Chapel come off a little more real and sort of grounding him. The romance it added was a nice break from constant nail biting. The end was very well done, and I didn't see it coming which is always a plus. Over all a very good and well written book.

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