Chimera (Jim Chapel Missions Series #1)
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Chimera (Jim Chapel Missions Series #1)

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by David Wellington
     
 

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Afghanistan veteran Jim Chapel has been enlisted in a new war, this time in his own backyard . . .

A band of fugitives has escaped from a secret military facility. Each has a target—an innocent civilian—and they will not stop until that target has been eliminated. Wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel has been stuck behind a desk, but now medical

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Afghanistan veteran Jim Chapel has been enlisted in a new war, this time in his own backyard . . .

A band of fugitives has escaped from a secret military facility. Each has a target—an innocent civilian—and they will not stop until that target has been eliminated. Wounded Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel has been stuck behind a desk, but now medical technology has finally caught up with Chapel's ambitions, and combined with his unstoppable determination he'll get back to where he thrives: in the thick of the action.

Chapel must hunt down the escapees—all extremely deadly, genetically modified killers—and unravel the mystery behind their existence. Aided by a mysterious woman named Angel and a courageous, beautiful veterinarian, Chapel begins a cross-country hunt to stop the murders. But are the killers really rogues, or are they part of a sinister conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels?

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.
Booklist
“A good book, crisply written and exciting.”
Bookgasm
“Highly recommended because of its diverse and credible characters, as well as its confident, skillful structure and prose throughout. All hallmarks of one of the finest authors working in today’s horror genre.”
Examiner.com
“This is a good and entertaining read, first page to last.”
Military Press
“A very captivating political thriller ... definitely a page-turner.”
Unshelved
“It maintains the same breakneck pace of 13 Bullets throughout.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062248770
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/23/2013
Series:
Jim Chapel Missions Series, #1
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

David Wellington lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of the Monster Island trilogy of zombie novels; the Thirteen Bullets vampire series; the epic post-apocalyptic novel Positive; and the Jim Chapel missions, including the digital shorts “Minotaur” and “Myrmidon,” and the novels Chimera and The Hydra Protocol.

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Chimera 3.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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fluffy3 More than 1 year ago
entertaining read. liked the main character jim chapel. looking forward to reading more of the chapel series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was preditable, but the "Frankinstin" quality was fun.
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