The Chimera Sequence

  • by Elliott Garber
  • Narrated by Neil Shah
  • 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cole McBride makes a chilling discovery while investigating a mysterious disease causing the deaths of endangered mountain gorillas in war-torn central Africa.
When a humanitarian aid hospital nearby diagnoses a disturbingly similar human case, the former Special Forces veterinarian knows he must figure out how to stop this outbreak from spreading--before it blows up into a global pandemic.
Halfway across the continent, a massive cargo ship moves out of Sudan's largest port. Buried deep within its hold is one container of urgent significance for its buyer in the Persian Gulf.
And back in Washington, D.C., the owner of a Lebanese restaurant a stone's throw from the White House finds a cryptic message in the Drafts folder of his e-mail inbox.
It's one week before Independence Day, and an unpopular president is preparing to host America's biggest celebration in years. There's just one small problem: he's not the only one with plans for the holiday.
With the woman he loves sick and close to death, Cole puts his own life on the line in a race against time to discover the truth behind the outbreak's origin--a truth that will link it to one of humanity's most ancient plagues and threaten the very heart of America.
This is how it happened.

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What the Critics Say

"Elliott Garber's debut thriller The Chimera Sequence has everything I love in a novel: great characters, a thrill ride of an adventure, and a looming global menace. But best of all, the story hooked me from the first intriguing page to the last illuminating line. I can't wait to see what this guy writes next!" (James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of the The Sixth Extinction)
"Elliott Garber has delivered a high-stakes thriller that will earn your attention with clean, clear prose and a solid grasp of global geopolitics. The Chimera Sequence is terrifyingly realistic, chock-full of research that rings as true as today's headlines." (Bob Mayer, former Green Beret and New York Times bestselling author)
"I couldn't put down Garber's engaging, rapid-paced, action-packed thriller. His riveting first novel benefits greatly from his experience as an Army veterinarian who has worked with a variety of unlikely animals around the world. The book even features important appearances from a military dog, a Secret Service dog, and a tracker bloodhound. What's not to love?" (Maria Goodavage, New York Times bestselling author of Top Dog and Soldier Dogs)

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Most Helpful

Fast paced and gripping.

The summary pretty much says it all so I'm getting right to my thoughts on this!

I made a mistake in starting this at night because I ended up listening to it for a long time! It immediately grabbed my attention and I couldn't put it down! Everything about it captivated me and kept me glued to my earbuds.

The plot of this is actually quiet believable! Initially I wasn't sure how Gorillas and virus mix but this worked, and worked well. It was detailed and explained in such a way that I had no qualms about it! It's also extremely fast paced and intense. Once you start, you won't want to put it aside!!

There are quiet a few different characters but all are easily distinguishable and necessary. Cole is the MC as such and I loved him. I know that the author is a Vet himself and it really shows in the book. His detailed descriptions and understanding of things shines through. Cole is tough, brave to a fault when it comes to animals and you can clearly see his love for the mountain gorillas. Each character are well developed and written and the character growth of each was amazing. It's always a pleasure to read a book where you connect to the characters straight away!

In all this is a fantastic and quite chilling read. I think the fact that this echoes what could happen is why it's so scary! It really makes you think, What if???. The fact that the author can do that just goes to prove his amazing writing. It's well researched and thought out and will absolutely fascinate you. I am so glad I listened to this as well because the narration was brilliant.

Neil Shah was amazing. The amount of different accents he did, without making them sound false, was incredible. I was awestruck with it!! He is definitely one narrator I will check out.

*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

A surprisingly fun techno-thriller

Full disclosure: I got this for free in exchange for a fair review.
The description evokes comparisons to Michael Crichton and James Rollins, and the similarities are obvious. The author obviously knows his stuff and that knowledge comes through in the book. I'd also recommend this to fans of Richard Preston's "The Hot Zone" and Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger series because of the emphasis on African infectious disease and the wide cast portrayed fairly and not overly seriously.
The narrator was a pleasant surprise, and he did a good job with the numerous African and Middle Eastern accents required. The only complaint I had was that his pro-rata KD the main character felt a little ridiculous.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-13-2015
  • Publisher: Osprey Press