Chimera (Jim Chapel Missions Series #1)

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Chimera (Jim Chapel Missions Series #1)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Genetically designed savages known as chimera, named after the hybrid monsters of Greek myth, make trouble in this inventive thriller from Wellington (Monster Island). Four of these big fellows—whose DNA is 99% human, with the remainder coming from chimpanzees, rattlesnakes, and water bears—have escaped from a military prison camp in upstate New York. Pentagon officials know the creatures intend to kill eight people across the country, including a judge recently nominated for the Supreme Court. The task of stopping the beasts falls to Capt. Jim Chapel, a one-armed Afghanistan war veteran who works for the army’s Intelligence and Security Command. Chapel is tough, but his quarry is tougher, and he must also contend with the CIA and the folks who designed the experiment that created the chimera. While the overwritten romantic elements distract, the constant action and novel concept will satisfy fans of this subgenre. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
This Wellington novel takes one-armed hero Jim Chapel on a wild cross-country chase to find a group of mysterious creatures that have been sent off to kill. War hero Chapel lost an arm in Afghanistan. Even though the high-tech replacement arm he has is top-notch, he still doesn't feel like the man he used to be. So, when he's summoned to embark on a complicated journey for a powerful yet shadowy admiral who is at odds with a top CIA official, Chapel is both mystified and gratified to finally be back in action. A former member of the Army's Special Forces, he's a highly trained and lethal operative, but when the admiral, Hollingshead, and his spy counterpart, Banks, send Chapel off, they only give him bare-bones information. Chapel's been told that a group of chimeras, men who are mostly human but also contain the DNA of certain other species, who were once part of a special project, has broken loose from their camp and is on their way to kill certain people. His instructions are to stop them at all costs. But when Chapel, aided by a beautiful veterinarian and a mysterious, sexy hacker with a sultry voice and known only to him by the name Angel, sets out to stop the chimeras, he finds that there's more at play than first meets the eye. Is it a government conspiracy? And, if so, how deep does it run? Wellington stretches the bounds of belief with this fanciful tale that takes readers from New York to Atlanta and places both north and west in order to find the chimeras and make certain their intended victims are safe. But the writing is good, and Wellington knows how to sustain interest, although the hero's ability to take a licking and keep on ticking will strain the credence of even the most ardent fan of the genre. This book is sure to score with those who like a little touch of science fiction with their action thrillers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062248770
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Series: Jim Chapel Missions Series , #1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 964,508
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013


    Predictable and annoying at the same time. All these highly trained people who all miss or freeze up when they face the detainees are nothing short of ridiculous.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    entertaining read. liked the main character jim chapel. looki

    entertaining read. liked the main character jim chapel. looking forward to reading more of the chapel series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Good read.

    The plot was preditable, but the "Frankinstin" quality was fun.

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