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Chimera (The Subterrene War) by [McCarthy, T.C.]
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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)

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"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: #934,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I finished this book a few months ago, but have been sitting on this review because I have such mixed feelings about it. I settled on 4 stars because it is written just as well as the other books in the series, but where this one fell short for me was in the likability of the main character.

Stan Resnick is a Special Forces operative in a war that has brought Big Brother out into the open across the world as nations fight tooth and nail for the last natural resources and best military technology. After his wife gives him one of the rawest of deals, all he has left is his job as a mercenary out in the jungle, where Big Brother can't watch his every move. His best friend is the A.I. in his specially designed suit and the guy he has to work with is a product of Big Brother.

The action and in-your-face brutality is as top-notch as the first two books, and has some unforgettable futuristic battle scenarios (jungle battles with flame throwers vs. invisible, metallic dogs anyone?). The series has built up showing us more about the abilities of these advanced soldiers, and T.C. doesn't disappoint in showing the ferocity and stealthiness of the chimeras. I was a little disappointed in the ending not having a more full-scale war, but that isn't what this story is about, nor is this the end of T.C.'s stories in this world.

T.C. has a tremendous gift in writing a cohesive character arc that builds toward a powerful ending. The raw deal that happens to him at the beginning of the story involves an innocent boy. Stan's character arc is of a man who just wants to get lost in the jungle and hunt the abominable genetics, but when he realizes that forsaking his mission could ruin that innocent boy's life, he has to put his needs second before he loses his mind.
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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 downloaded the first book in the series. I find most of the digital books I read a bit rough on the quality though decent on the ideas. I would say these books are quite polished which made me wonder if they were published by a paper publisher, though not enough to research it. What does this have to do with the book? Well frankly my expectation were so low I was blown away by the first book. It was dark and it brought the horrors of future warfare with little to no gloss or glitter. It was an attempt to get into the dirt with these characters and make you feel the mud. It did that and then some. Well maybe I shouldn't have read all three back to back by the third book, the bleakness and the darkness are almost overwhelming. The characters in the other books that were all too human are now (different perspectives and characters by the way) mired in the horror that is life and war and either revel in it or are consumed by it and often both. The really strange piece of the book is that it almost appeared that he tried to give it a happy ending. I liked it, I thought it was well done, I can't say I enjoyed it though. Still it was interesting enough that I'm looking forward to what else he writes and hoping that he is okay letting in a little bit of light every now and again.
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chimera is a great way to end this trilogy. A powerful novel about war death and faith, It is a great page turner. Stan resnick , a qualified killer of the germline satos get redeemed . Its a powerful novel
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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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