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Chimera (The Subterrene War) [Kindle Edition]

T.C. McCarthy
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Book Description

Escaped Germline soldiers need to be cleaned up, and Stan Resnick is the best man for the job. A job that takes him to every dark spot and every rat hole he can find.

Operatives from China and Unified Korea are gathering escaped or stolen Russian and American genetics, and there are reports of new biological nightmares: half-human things, bred to live their entire lives encased in powered armor suits.

Stan fights to keep himself alive and out of prison while he attempts to capture a genetic, one who will be able to tell him everything he needs to know about an newer threat, the one called "Project Sunshine."

Chimera is the third and final volume of The Subterrene War Trilogy, which tells the story of a single war from the perspective of three different combatants. The first two volumes, GERMLINE and EXOGENE, are available now.

Editorial Reviews


It's not just's the mil-sf book I wish I could send back in time to beat out Forever War for a Hugo. I never would have guessed McCarthy was an analyst...I was sure he'd been on the pointy end for a long time. - Ernest Lilley, SFRevu (Reviewer Emeritus), on Germline - book I of the Subterrene series

"A tour de force" (SF Revu)

"Impossible to put down" (Publishers Weekly)

"Breathtaking and heartrending, this is the future of military science fiction." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))


"A tour de force" (SF Revu )

"Impossible to put down" (Publishers Weekly )

Product Details

  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00F6E3BBA
  • Publisher: Orbit (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S8O7DK
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The war is over (or so it appears) but Stanley Resnick is still fighting. His job -- the only element of his life that brings him joy -- is to track down and destroy rogue Germlines, the genetically engineered female warriors who have chosen not to meet their scheduled deaths. The Germlines are designed to spoil like rotting meat after two years, but Germlines are starting to appear who, long after their expiration date, show no signs of spoilage. Of course, you know that if you read Germline, the first novel in The Subterrene War trilogy (if you haven't read Germline, you should, both to give context to Chimera and because it is an excellent novel).

Resnick is assigned to track down Margaret, a Germline last seen in Exogene. The hope is that Margaret will lead Resnick to Dr. Chen, who is suspected of deactivating the Germlines' safety protocols, thus granting them continued life. The hitch: Margaret has become a religious icon in Thailand. Together with her protégé Lucy, Margaret lives under the protection of the Thai government, while Catherine (who died in Exogene) has achieved a status akin to sainthood. Resnick undertakes the assignment with the help of Jihoon Kim, a linguist and analyst whose former job involved keeping track of borderline psychopaths like Resnick.

Chimera sharpens the conflict between humans and the Germlines (who consider themselves closer to God than the nonbred) while adding another sort of soldier bred in tanks, this one a creation of the Chinese, an abomination that lives its life within an armored suit, an enemy of humans and Germlines alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We Don't Wanna Go Back to Those Days" September 17, 2012
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REVIEW SUMMARY: The Hurt Locker meets Apocalypse Now in a science fiction setting.

MY RATING: Four Stars

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Stan Resnick is a man at home on the battlefield, a special operative charged with tracking and eliminating rogue super soldiers. Now he has been given his most dangerous mission yet - infiltrating enemy territory and discovering the purpose of Project Sunshine.

PROS: Well developed protagonist, intense and relentless action, and an absorbing near future setting.

CONS: Ancillary characters could use further development.

BOTTOM LINE: McCarthy closes out the Subterrene War trilogy with this largely satisfactory military adventure.

The Subterrene War is over but Stan Resnick's duty is far from done. Resnick is responsible for killing rogue Germline soldiers, a job he has done well for close to two decades now. Aggression is escalating in Asia and another war is right around the corner. The unstoppable juggernaut that is China has defeated Russia and now turns its attention elsewhere. The secret to slowing a Chinese invasion lies with Project Sunshine and a rogue Germline named Margaret. Resnick will have to risk everything in the jungles of Thailand to recover information on Project Sunshine and find Margaret. But will even that be enough to fight China?

Chimera is book three of the Subterrene War trilogy and it looks like once again I have been missing out on something great. I haven't read a whole lot of science fiction lately so Chimera really took me by force. This is a fast, furious read (I did it in a day) that takes military science fiction and grounds it in the cold, hard reality of war. But not just any war.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would Buy - And Just Ordered the Other Two in the Series September 18, 2012
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Chimera is the kind of book that reminds me why I love reading. It didn't change my life or make me think new and amazing things (hence the 4 vs. 5 stars), but it was a legitimately enjoyable ride from beginning to end. I suspect that virtually anyone who likes military science fiction set in distopian worlds will really enjoy it.

The plot is beautifully paced and quite engaging. Stan Resnick (code named Bug)'s job is cleaning up satos - teenaged girls genetically engineered to be perfect warriors. It's pretty much all he knows how to do, as evidenced by repeated failures to deal with civilian life. (Which are drawn out in a way that makes you feel genuinely sympathetic to him, while leaving virtually no doubt as to why his wife would leave him as soon as she got the chance.) At some point, he's called onto a new mission - to follow around Jihoon, a previously office bound intelligence analyst - to figure out what would cause the Koreans to break a treaty against genetic research with a mysterious project code named "Sunshine". Their adventures take them about the globe and eventually ally them with the most unlikely of people - a group of satos set on a holy crusade that is intertwined with Sunshine and more grotesque experiments on the part of the Chinese. This may not inherently sound all that exciting - but the plot had me riveted, with unexpected twists and turns and enough tension that I found myself repeatedly saying, "Just one more chapter before I go to sleep..."

More than the plot, though, I legitimately liked the characters. Bug was utterly believable as a cold, jaded killer who hopes for more...yet sort of realizes that he's almost as perfect a killing machine as the girls he hunts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5-stars, eight thumbs up, etc.
Part 3 of the series, this time from the perspective of one of the Germline-hunting SF soldiers, set after the events of the second book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars TC McCarthy's best work yet.
The Germline series is one of the best military-science fiction works in the genre. Chimera is a non-stop ride through hell that in the end makes one fully sympathize with the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by vtedesco
5.0 out of 5 stars great book loved the series ! I cant wait to read more from the...
Great book loved the whole series. Can't wait to read more from this Author . Red it if you love SI -FI.
Published 21 months ago by Donna Bolden
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting conclusion to the trilogy...
I started 'Chimera' with a mix of eagerness and sadness-- eagerness because T.C. McCarthy's 'Subterrene War' series has become a new favorite, sadness in knowing that this is the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by MC
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This was definitely my favorite of the three, even though they were all good. The main character in the one just seemed to have more depth, and was very likeable. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Cody Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating from start to finish
Chimera, the third and final story in T.C. McCarthy's Subterrene War trilogy, is definitely my favorite of the three novels. I found Stan Resnick, a.k.a. Read more
Published on April 26, 2013 by Nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Conclusion to the Subterrene War trilogy
I finished this book a few months ago, but have been sitting on this review because I have such mixed feelings about it. Read more
Published on November 30, 2012 by Tim C. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrelenting Darkness
I'm rather new to T.C. McCarthy's writing stumbled upon it as an Amazon recommendation. I am always looking for decent new reads for the Kindle and at this price point I... Read more
Published on September 13, 2012 by Chris Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Series
I bought the first book in this series, GERMLINE, on a whim. I have to say that the first one grabbed me and I had to read the rest. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Lawndart37
5.0 out of 5 stars Chimera: Best Yet
A final trip to the world of the subterrene war, Chimera has all the best elements (excellent characters, intense action) of the first two books. Read more
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T.C. McCarthy is an award winning and critically acclaimed southern author whose short fiction has appeared in Per Contra: The International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas, in Story Quarterly and in Nature. His debut novel, Germline, and its sequel, Exogene are available worldwide and the final book of the trilogy, Chimera, was released in August 2012. In addition to being an author, T.C. is a PhD scientist, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Howard Hughes Biomedical Research Scholar. Visit him at or at his YouTube page

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