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Chimera (The Subterrene War) Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,263 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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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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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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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. I enjoyed this book because it closed out the perspectives of the 3 main personalities found in the series. The first book covered the reporter turned battle-hardened Soldier. The second was a genetically modified female Soldier's perspective. This book focused on the Special Forces Soldiers, whose job is to hunt down the modified females after they reach their expiration date (kind of like Blade Runner).

The author is really good at keeping the action going, while developing the main character so that you can empathize with them. It is easy to see how Bug (the main character) can go from a man whose sole purpose in life is to kill modified females to understanding why they want to live and not just die in battle. He learns that there is more to life than mindless duty to one's orders.

I found the author good at presenting the battles in a pretty thorough manner without bogging you down in detail. One short coming is that you had to kind of learn the scope of the current level of technology as you read. You read about weapons with capabilities that are hard to "wrap you brain around" when you think in todays levels. I know this is sci-fi but it seems like the not too distant future. Plus the author doesn't provide much of the back story so it is had to comprehend the stat of the world and how it got there.

All in all, I would strongly recommend this book and it's two predecessors.
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