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The Chimera Seed Paperback – June 30, 2009
The Chimera Seed can best be described as a taut, energetic thriller. From its opening pages where you learn that a famed, visionary scientist has died and left his son, Dr. Michael Tiernan, a huge inheritance, the story rolls along and gathers speed like a snowball starting an avalanche down a mountainside. Matthew Tully is a writer skilled at developing suspense...Unquestionably, the fast pace of The Chimera Seed is hypnotic...This book is a must read for those seeking an extremely fast paced story of espionage, intrigue, murder, and at times, deliberately imposed physical pain. The main characters are well developed, showing both their self-interest and also their redeeming humanity. Matthew Tully's tale displays real ingenuity with fascinating twists and turns. I will personally await his other stories. Dan Brown, make room for Matthew Tully. --Regis Schilken, Blogcritics.org
Incredible...I highly recommend The Chimera Seed. It forces the reader to think about how progress can be both good and bad. The reader will experience internal ethical and moral debates about how much control humans should have in changing the future. This book will definitely produce heated and thought-provoking discussions. --Leslie Granier, Armchair Interviews.com
Remember Michael Crichton's The Terminal Man? A bit of mind-bending science mixed with some seriously intense scenes of blood and guts and horror? It worked like a charm for Mr. Crichton and it works for Mr. Tully's The Chimera Seed.
Michael Tiernan, the bourbon-swigging CEO of Oisín Pharmceuticals, discovers after his father's death that Tiernan the Elder had stumbled onto an amazing little find while researching resveratrol, the compound in grapes thought to have strong anti-oxidant properties --a purplish concoction named Dionysinol that doesn't only stop aging, it reverses it. And is a powerful aphrodisiac. Talk about a Viagra effect.
Tiernan the Younger wants to sell Dionysinol and make a gazillion dollars. Tiernan the Elder's former partner, Ivan Falters, wants to destroy it. And everyone else involved in the fracas wants to either drink it, steal it, or use it for their own devious ends.
Ladies, if you've never read a science-y suspense thriller, this is the place to start. Two of the characters, Lori Adams and Mary McKenna, are the most interesting gals I've seen in popular fiction for a while. They are intelligent and polite and pretty and gracious and will smile while sewing your mouth shut. Or torching a gentleman's junk off. Or cutting their own legs to fake a miscarriage on the spur of the moment. Whoa.
Verdict? Mr. Tully's writing puts me in mind of Michael Crichton: a little, but not too much, science, memorable characters, and a plot that trots along at a nice pace. An excellent addition to the freaky science novel genre. And did I mention there will be a sequel? --Examiner.com
Incredible...I highly recommend The Chimera Seed. It forces the reader to think about how progress can be both good and bad. The reader will experience internal ethical and moral debates about how much control humans should have in changing the future. This book will definitely produce heated and thought-provoking discussions.
Armchair Interviews says: A most fascinating 5-star read.
--Leslie Granier, Armchair Interviews.com
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It does have some very minor grammatical errors but this book was refreshingly well proofread (not perfect, but very good) and although I have some minor comments on how it could be improved - such as editing the superflous use of Italian that was left to the imagination to translate (a few times is fine, but it went on and on), on the whole it wasn't bad at all. Even the fact that I read it to the end means it was a good effort.
It was a bit awkward at times, but most people probably wouldn't notice that.
The character 'Lori' was absolutely diabolical, but we never did learn what happened to Tighe in the end after waking up from his ordeal (don't want to give anything away).
I'm not sure we were told what happened to Falter after he went to Canada, nor were we told what happened to Tiernan after he was taken in.
I suppose these loose ends were left for another book?
I think this author will improve with subsequent books if he chooses to write them, and I will be happy to read them if he does.
I would recommend that you give it a try - I think he deserves a chance.
This is a novel about a drug that can change humans and the lengths that some will go to get hold of this drug, others to destroy it. There are large drug companies involved, which don't have the cleanest of histories. I guess can be said for most drug companies... The drug was held secret for some time by the inventors, but like most secrets that can potentially gain vast wealth the secret gets around to the competing companies that will stop at nothing to get hold of the drug. There is a lot of realism in the story about how drug companies operate in all simplicity. The author has obviously done some research into drug companies, though he does not dig deep into drug production which makes the novel easy to read.
The main characters are given a history which makes sense to their demeanour. Though maybe exaggerated a little I think that this is the authors purgative to make the story a little more juicy. There are no characters that I could relate to very well, but I still found them entertaining each in their own way.
If you read this novel then you're going have a thrilling ending!
Michael wants to sell the Dionysinol and the vineyard and make a fortune, while Falters wants to destroy it. Michael's father also did not feel there was enough research to safely release the drug. There is a whole lot of other intrigue, espionage, deceit, greed, and scheming whirling around, and everyone has their own agenda. It soon becomes apparent that there is more to the Dionysinol than meets the eye.
The Chimera Seed really does have elements of science fiction, a medical thriller, and an action/adventure novel all wrapped up together. Tully nicely blends several ethical questions into the plot without getting too heavy handed or preachy. The whole cast of characters he has created are memorable and very well developed. Tully's plot really keeps moving along at a break-neck speed right to the end and will hold the attention of just about any reader. There will be a sequel: The Chimera Spawn.
I very highly recommend The Chimera Seed.