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A touching story on the nature of family, trust, and love lies hidden in this action thriller. While raiding a secret facility for genetically modifying and training children to be deadly assassins, Stefan Korsak, a young bodyguard for the Russian mafia, finds a boy who strongly resembles his younger brother, Lukas, kidnapped 10 years before. Now the protective, wisecracking, strangely naïve big brother and the brainwashed killer teen are on the run from the man who transformed the boy from gentle child to lethal property. Thurman (the Cal Leandros series) weaves personal discovery seamlessly into the fast-paced action, making it easy to cheer for these overgrown, dangerous boys. The technological background is superficially different from the supernatural framework of Thurman's earlier books, but the themes remain the same, and readers who enjoyed her previous work will find this just as satisfying. (June)
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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: The Korsak Brothers (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451463420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463425
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Eckhardt on June 1, 2010
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"Chimera", the latest book from Rob Thurman, leaves the supernatural world of her other "Cal Leandros" and "Trickster" series for something more real world but just as compelling. In "Chimera" we're introduced to Stefan, a young man with Russian mafia family ties who's younger brother Lukas was kidnapped 10 years ago at the age of seven. Long after everyone else but Stefan had given up searching, Lukas is found as a test subject in a strange institution that is experimenting on children. Stefan extracts his brother who no longer recognizes him and what follows is a journey for the brothers to reconnect and find out what was done to Lukas, all the while fleeing the institute who want their subject back, and the Russian mob after Stefan is implicated in a hit on his boss.

Family is a strong theme in Rob Thurman's books and it shows up again in "Chimera", this time as two (nearly) adults who are strangers but related in blood attempt to work out getting to know each other and define their relationship. The situation is complicated by Lukas' emotional scars he has from his time at the institute and his disbelief and denial that he even has a brother. Stefan has scars as well, as part of the reason he searched for Lukas for so long was that he blamed himself for the circumstances that led to his brother's kidnapping.

Rob Thurman may have left urban fantasy for the duration of this book, but the setting doesn't make any difference for this well established writer. Once again Rob Thurman gives us a tale that mixes drama, action, humor and emotion while showing she can write monsters of the everyday kind just as well as those of the supernatural kind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J'aime TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2010
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I really enjoy Rob Thurman's writing, so even though this is science fiction, and not her usual urban fantasy, I didn't hesitate to order it. It took a while to get into the book. I think because the first 90 pages are spent introducing Stefan and his less than glamorous life as mob royalty and thug. The exposition was too long, and is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. However, once he locates and rescues his brother, the story picks up.

The Amazon blurb pretty much covers the plot - Lukas/Michael has been genetically modified to be an assassin. Stefan could care less, he has his brother back. On the run from the people who created him, the brothers bond and some unexpected surprises emerge. I've read more than one science fiction book with this same plot, and I did guess the twist at the end. But what makes this worthwhile is the very same thing that makes the Cal Leandros series so good - the bond of brotherhood between the two men. Actually, Niko and Cal could easily be swapped for Stefan and Michael. One is a deadly fighter by necessity, the other a "monster" who had no say in his creation. And though there is a fair amount of action, what kept me turning the pages was seeing these two rebuild a relationship. The wisecracks, the sorrow, the joy at newfound emotions. It is a family drama hidden within a thriller.

This was intended as a stand-alone novel, and it does. Though it isn't strong enough to be a series, the end left room for a sequel which I would love to read. These two have unfinished business. Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 2, 2010
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A decade ago someone kidnapped young Lukas Korsak. The lad just disappeared from sight with no ransom or any demand. His family grieved their loss as the assumption was he was murdered.

Lukas's older brother Stefan has never forgotten his sibling. Working for the Russian Mafia, he still searches for Lukas when he can. Following a lead, he assaults a top secret human laboratory that brainwashes and genetically modifies kids turning them into lethal assassins. There Stefan finds a teen who looks identically like Lukas adding ten years of maturity to the mental image the mobster has maintained. Freeing the teen, they flee from the facility's leader who sends a horde of transformed young trained killers after them.

Using technology rather than supernatural as the means of conversion, Rob Thurman provides a strong, faster than a speeding Flash thriller. Intriguing that both brothers are killers; yet the older one trusts their DNA and shared past while the younger sibling distrusts everyone as he has been thoroughly brainwashed so that his instincts are to kill regardless of collateral damage. Readers will relish this tale of brotherly love as Stefan tries to save his brother from what the Madhouse did to him, but soon believes he will be Abel to Lukas' Cain.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Wright on June 11, 2010
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I've been reading Rob's books since I found Nightlife via The Dresden Files' cover artist, Chris McGrath, and I haven't been disappointed by one her books yet. Chimera may drift away from the fantasy that inhabits both the Cal Leandros and Trickster books but it's still a book for any fan as well as anyone who loves science fiction (or if you're a fan of Supernatural and its brothers).

Stefan Korsak has been looking for his younger brother Lukas since he was kidnapped ten years ago. With contacts made from being a bodyguard in the Russian mafia, he manages to find a teenager who looks too much like his brother to be coincidence and makes plans to take him back. Getting Lukas away from the people that took him is easier said than done though as they're determined to keep him, which sends Stefan and Lukas on the run across the country trying to escape them. What follows is the two brothers getting to know each other again along the road, reestablishing the connections of family and brothers as they try to survive despite the people chasing them, thieves, mafia, gun-stealing ferrets, and each other. In the end, it's a story about how you survive with and without family and just what makes up those connections that hold us together.
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