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am 13. Dezember 2014
I was offered the chance to read this book by the author, who thought I'd might be interested based on my favourite books, and as someone who's always looking for new authors, I couldn't pass up the chance.

(Note: Before I started "The Chimera Vector", I read everything about the series the author made available on his website, especially the section about pseudogenes, and I have to say that it made it much easier to understand some of the medical jargon. I can only recommand reading up on those pseudogenes beforehand.)

I enjoyed the book very much. It's one of those that I find hard to put down and rather want to read in one go. The author has found a perfect balance between science fiction and facts. He cartainly has done his homework on genetics and the military, and not once I thought the story might be over the top. There are no impossible situations that can only be solved by a miracle or the heroes escape unharmed. The action is believable and more than once the heroes are closer to death than they like.

The book begins fast-paced, we join the characters the moment everything begins to unravel, and as the story unfolds, the author manages to keep up a constant tension, even in some of the "quieter" moments there's always a certain undercurrent of suspense. Our heroes rarely have a moment of peace, it's either their past catching up with them or the future of mankind threatening to slip through their fingers, and the struggle they're going through over the course of the book is plain to see. Sometimes they make choices that the reader knows will end badly for them, but in that moment, it's the right decision from the character's perspective.

The characters themselves are unique, each of them has more than one side (and I'm not only talking about the psyches), and even at the end, we can't really say who's friend and who's foe. The twist and turns the book takes make it really hard to get a read on some of the characters, and there's one I never expected to be on the "dark side". That again shows the talent of the author and his ability to disguise the actions of a character as good when they're anything but.

Sophia learns it the hard way and yet, she never gives up. She loses so much, has already lost so much, but she still fights to do the right thing and act on it, and I think it's that strength and determination that pulls others in and makes them follow her to hell.

I have already put the second book on my to-read list and can't wait to read it.
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I'm a huge fan of books that are a litte sci-fi but based on actual or near future technologies that may come into existance these days - especially if it makes me think "Holy cow, what if it really comes to that? Or maybe even is, without us knowing..."

This is exactly the case with Farrugia's "Chimera Vector".

Additionally the fast-paced thriller is expertly written: Not only I like his writing style with its understandable yet sophisticated language, there's also a good mix of present time action and flashbacks, the story is told from different characters' views. The story has a good amount of unsuspected twists and turns, it's not very predictable, as it sometimes is with other authors (you know, the hero NEVER gets caught/wounded/whatever...) and details (weapons, tactics, fighting techniques) are very accurate.

I especially liked Farrugia's characters! First of all the main character is a woman (hooray!), but each "good" character is in it's own way sympathetic, yet they're also quite "edgy" and also have their flaws, a grim past and are not perfect and innocent angels.

To cut a long story short: I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a fantastic read (not only for a first novel!) and I can only recommend it to anyone who likes Jason Bourne style novels. I am DEFINITELY going for the sequel novel (Seraphim Sequence) now!
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