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A team of scientists has awakened an organism that has lain dormant beneath the ocean floor for millions of years.

“This is Dr. Mira Stone at Academy Station…”

When the Air National Guard receives an emergency call for help from a remote Arctic research station in Greenland, Senior Master Sergeant Dan Cameron is chosen to lead the rescue mission. All he and his team know for sure is that the facility has lost primary power and the integrity of the complex has been compromised.

“Something is in here with us. Six of us are already dead.”

In an attempt to combat climate change, the scientists have genetically engineered an aquatic biofilm capable of generating oxygen and lowering the temperature of the underlying seawater, producing environmental conditions that awaken an organism that has lain dormant beneath the ocean floor for millions of years.

“Academy Station is lost. Do not - I repeat - do not attempt to reclaim...”

By the time Cameron arrives, the scientists have abandoned the smoldering ruins of the station. He discovers their trail leading across the glacier, but theirs aren’t the only tracks he finds. Something inhuman is hunting the survivors, and he needs to find them before it does, because the most terrifying thing about the creature is…you’ll never see it coming.

©2021 Michael McBride (P)2021 Fireside Horror

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Microbiology and the fear of the unknown

A group of scientists on a base in Antarctica are working on a new species of biofilm in hopes of combating climate change by rising oceanic temperatures. Their experiments show promising results but, unexpectedly, things get out of hand.

This was an interesting book, with plenty of scientific references and concepts to keep track of. Microbiology enthusiasts will enjoy reading about the archaea, an ancient organism that can be found in the oceans but also in the human gut. The first part of the book reminded me a bit of Jurassic Park, as the experiments are explained with plenty of details, giving the impression that everything is accounted for, just before things go terribly wrong. The second part of the book is more strong on the horror aspect, and it reminded me somehow of Alien in how McBride uses psychological horror mixed with the fear of the unknown.

There are two storylines in this book. One tells the story of the group of scientists as an event that happened some days in the past, while the other storyline narrates present-day events, after things have gone wrong, and a military group is sent to rescue the scientists. There are several POV changes, as can be expected with two storylines. The military group storyline is told in present tense, which I found strange, but I guess it was done to differentiate it from the other one and make the POV changes easier for the reader. In my opinion, this difference was not necessary, as this literary technique is often used in books without using different tenses. It just didn’t feel natural and I was not able to get used to it.

There are many characters in the book, and while McBride makes the effort of presenting them at the beginning of it, they were all bare-bones. I also missed some character development for the main characters, a fact that didn’t allow me to completely relate to them. I got sometimes confused with the characters in the army.

Joe Hempel’s narration was absolutely amazing. Even though there were many characters in the book, Hempel managed to give each one a unique voice and style. He even used a different accent for the Finnish scientist. I love when narrators can deliver a compelling narration, but when the characters’ interpretations are so well done, it becomes an excellent experience for the listener.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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SciFi Horror

This was a little more SciFi than horror to me, but I still loved it thanks to the great narration by Joe Hempel! Joe is one of my favorite horror narrators! For the types of stories I usually listen to with his narrations, this was mild in comparison lol. For a sci-fi though, it was awesome! Scientists should never try to play God. It never ends well! LOL

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Left me with chills!


Chimera is an organism awoken after science experiments gone awry. It's the classic altruistic person meets greedy, attention grabbing person story with a horrifying set of twists and turns. Setting is a remote, subzero science station. Language is full of science and medical jargon, The narrator, Joe Hempel was exemplary in his abilities to pronounce the many, amny technical words as well as to provide fantastic and theme-appropriate tones. (I did play book at 1.1 speed). Overall, I enjoyed the book's twists and turns and really valued its scientific accuracy. I cut it down a star becuase while well written, story pandered to a bit of a self-righteous bent on scientific morals. Marked it down a star for typing females and the"elderly".

I received a code for this book.

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Intriguing intense read

Loved this story, I feel like it’s very rare to have a story that starts from the first page that cuts between past and present. I couldn’t stop once I’d gotten started.

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Sci-fi thriller

What an amazing book! This would make a horrifically fantastic movie! The imagery is just incredible. I was so immersed I couldn’t quit listening. If you enjoy sci-fi novels this is what you are looking for!

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Revamp of The Thing

The end could have been better. I get the cliff hanger, but I’m not sure this book will have a sequel.

A better ending might have led you into a populated area with the key character infected. But, still having all of his smarts. Infected and ready to battle the outbreak.

The chimera affecting the population differently would be a good twist for “Chimera 2 - A Changing World.”

Almost like the movie DOOM. Good vs. bad. Hero’s vs. bad men playing God.

I’m not trying to kill the story. I just think that a lot of the story may have been hacked away by the final couple edits.

People that read this style of book, don’t need the dumbed down version for the general public. That’s not who is going to read or listen to it.

Most of your sci-fi readers will have a good general understanding of the science behind the subject. And if we don’t, we pause to look it up.

Maybe 1 in 10 people asked on the street will be able to explain , “What is a Chimera?”

Nine out of 10 people will think it’s a new item on the Taco Bell menu.

Just a suggestion. Really think about who your readers are and who’s listening. Sci-fi readers want detail. Not MOS explanations taking a chapter.

I’m not trying to be a troll. I could personally never write a book. I have great respect for authors. It takes a lot of time and patience to put a good story to paper.

I just think that maybe the author knows their story and the editors think they know better.

I do love Michael McBride books. Great author. So I would give a sequel story to Chimera a chance to geek out and destroy the world thru human ignorance.

Happy Reading.

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Arctic Horror

Michael McBride is an author of over twenty books and I have read and enjoyed multiple books by McBride but CHIMERA was my first McBride book in a few years. CHIMERA was a very entertaining read with quite the finish. Fans of Arctic Horror will not want to miss out on CHIMERA which is given a first class narration by Joe Hempel.

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Cool Story (no pun intended)

The concept of genetically engineering new organisms to fulfill specific needs has become fairly prevalent over the last decade. While some real life examples have thus far proven innocuous, such as glowing mice, in fiction the results often prove disastrous. The movie Splice is a prime example, though Jurassic Park and several zombie genre stories are equally effective at providing warnings.

This story exemplifies the quote, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” In an effort to combat climate change, two female scientists team up to genetically engineer microorganisms to fast-track the natural processing of greenhouse gases. While the initial results are promising, some immediate consequences are revealed. What initially appeared as a quirk rapidly develops into an increasingly problematic scenario. What follows is bedlam and death.

Some narrators seem to fit perfectly within a genre. Joe Hempel is a true professional who is perfectly suited for the horror genre. His delivery is consistent and crisp, with a tone that subtly frames and develops the suspense of a situation.

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enjoyable listen

The way story was built up to come together was neat.the narrator does a good job of separating characters and bringing tone to the book.

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A lot of Stupid Smart people

They really thought about this. the 1st half of the book was a SWATH of scientific jargon. if I had not understood what I was listening to this book would have been PAINFUL.

HOWEVER I liked it even if the progress was slow, and these scientists forgot about all safety protocols for exposure to uncontrollably environments. Basically they were smart people with NO COMMON SENSE.

But alas how else does horror go. I give it 4/5

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  • Lisa Larsen
  • 09-03-22

took a veeeerryyy long time to get to the point

so much completely indifferent information and so little action, rather disappointing, thought I was reading a juicy horror story, but I just managed to get bored 😴

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Action horror for the DIY scientists out there!

meticulous scientific Details slowed the pace until halfway, then it gradually built up to an ok scifi horror ending.

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  • Boojum
  • 10-18-21

A gripping thriller

I was glad I had a couple of science degrees when listening to this book. The scientific detail is thorough and ( almost) complete. The story builds nicely with two timelines running concurrently, the present and the response starting a week or so earlier. This works well to keep the suspense ramped up. The story is a possible near future scenario which could be a possibility, making the story so much more relevant. What happens when a scientific genetic experiment gets out of hand and escapes into the wider world? The narration was first class. My only minor gripe is a scientific illogicality towards the end, which I won't expand on further as this would be a major spoiler. Overall a first class listen.

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  • 02-28-22

Almost good.

it was almost a great SciFi monster story, but the main protagonist ruined it for me. Too many annoying acts and lines, she just got more hammy and cliched towards the end.
And I'm pretty sure almost every death was accompanied by someone screaming "no!" and being dragged away dramatically.

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