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Chimera (The Subterrene War) Kindle Edition

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Praise for Germline (Book 1 of the Subterrene War series by T.C. McCarthy):

''Compelling . . . Recalling the work of Remarque, Willi Heinrich, and especially Michael Herr, McCarthy's delirious narrative avoids cliche and raises intriguing questions about what it means to be human.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Germline

''The highly detailed, brutal depiction of futuristic warfare brilliantly complements the intimate narrative, which examines the insanity of war and those personally affected by it. 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: 1299 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316128171
  • Publisher: Orbit (July 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S8O7DK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nickolas X. P. Sharps VINE VOICE on September 17, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia M Nolan on September 18, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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