Chimera by Rob Thurman
Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth - his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically-altered killer. Now, those who created him will do anything to reclaim him. And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him...
This story is about two seriously messed up people who try to connect while fleeing an overwhelming enemy. If you’ve got to translate this story into movies I would say a mix between ‘Vanishing Point’, ‘Eastern Promises’ and ‘The Road’, with a bit of science fiction thrown in to spice up the story.
To put it into words: This thrilling story is about the ‘re-bonding’ between two brothers who have lost each other for years and have become strangers to each other. To make it worse, both brothers have serious issues, varying from obsessive guilt to being created to kill. Next to that they have some major problems. For example; not only the former owners of the younger brother are after them, but the ‘Russian’ mob as well…
Stefan Korsak, the older brother has lived the ten years after the abduction of Lukas in guild and is obsessed with finding back his little brother. Having to finance his costly illegal search he works for the ‘Russian Mafia’. Being the offspring of one of its leaders, doing illegal stuff seems to come natural for Stefan, but has actually taken its toll.
Things changes after Stefan finds and takes back his brother.
I really liked the characters. Thurman always manages to create personalities with the right amount of smartass attitude and depth to make the dialogue between characters witty, smart and humorous in a gritty kind of way. The character dynamics in this story are just brilliant, the characters develop and react in a natural way to situations and each other.
Another thing I really liked was the genetic altering part. Lukas has been genetically altered in a really intriguing way. His ‘creation and education’ not only has an interesting effect on his intelligence and physical abilities but certainly on his personality. Created to do bad he tries to do good and that coupled with a brother who has learned to do evil but wants to do good creates a real fine story.
I am a big fan of Thurman’s work. The Cal Leandros series is pretty awesome and I really liked ‘All Seeing Eye‘. The only thing that could bother those of you who’ve read those books as well is that the Korsak’s have some of the same characteristics as Cal and Niko. Next to that the ‘Brotherly Love’ and emotional stuff around that doesn’t come over as something fresh and new. If that puts you off, you’re warned. I however enjoyed this story enormously, finishing it off in one compulsively focused day.
Another fast-paced, action filled, dark and gritty story about two brothers having to struggle against big odds. I loved it!
This Chimera book review was written by David Stoit
All reviews for: Korsak Brothers series
Korsak Brothers series: Book 1
Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he...
Have you read Chimera?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Chimera reader reviews
8.2/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
Zinzi December has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit, and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her l...
Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by t...
It is the children who see - and feel - what makes the town so horribly different. In the storm drains and sewers "It" lurks, taking the shape of every nightmare,...
Residue follows 17-year-old Jack Bishop after his father is abducted and a monster is let loose in his small town. As he looks for his father, he begins to notice that he c...
A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell. She a...
In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were rai...
Dean Vincent Carter
They're all dead now. I am the last one. Dr Morrow can't identify the 'thing' he found living in the lake but he knows it's dangerous ...then it goes mi...
The Silent End
In a mist-covered town in the Pacific Northwest three teenagers find themselves pitted against an unearthly menace that dwells beneath the foundations of their high school....
Sweet Sixteen and never been... killed. Leslie Burrows was born the same day as her grandmother, and each year they have two celebration parties with her grandmother's ...
In the Devil's Name
Some of the locals in Ballantrae still tell tales about haunted Bennane Head, the cliffs just up the coast where mythical mass murderer and cannibal Sawney Beane is said to...
To catch a killer, Finn Maguire may have to become one... Everything changed the day Finn found his father in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death. His dull, dreary life is...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
Best of 2016
Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spe...
Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the ...
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Paris was supposed to save Hallie. Now... well, let’s just say Paris has other ideas. There’s a strange woman called The Chronometrist who will not leave her alone. Garbled warnings from bizarre creatures keep her up at night. And there’s a time portal in the keg room of the bar where she works. Soon, Hallie is tumbling through...
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power. Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his...
The Fifth Empire of Man
Rob J Hayes
The Pirate Isles are united under Drake Morrass’ flag, but the war has only just begun. There’s still a long way to go before he’s able to call himself Ki...
Ian C Esslemont
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To ...
Age of Swords
Michael J Sullivan
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the co...
A Time of Dread
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient en...
The Last Dog on Earth
Adrian J Walker
Every dog has its day... And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can...