Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Review ~ The Chimera Vector (Fifth Column #1) by Nathan M. Farrugia

The Chimera Vector 

(Fifth Column #1) 
by Nathan M. Farrugia

The Fifth Column: the world’s most powerful and secretive organization. They run our militaries. They run our governments. They run our terrorist cells.

Recruited as a child, Sophia is a deniable operative for the Fifth Column. Like all operatives, Sophia’s DNA has been altered to augment her senses and her mind is splintered into programmed subsets.

On a routine mission in Iran something goes catastrophically wrong. Bugs are beginning to appear in Sophia’s programming and the mission spins out of control.

High-speed chases, gun fights, helicopter battles, immortal psychopaths, super soldiers and mutant abilities are all in the mix in this edge-of-your-seat action-packed techno-thriller.

Perfect for fans of Matthew Reilly, THE CHIMERA VECTOR melds sci-fi with sizzling espionage action.

First off, I want to thank the author, Nathan Farrugia, for offering me the opportunity to read The Chimera Vector.  I try to never pass up the chance to discover new authors and really looked forward to reading this book.  I also want to apologize to Mr. Farrugia for the lack of timeliness of my review.

Now, for the nitty gritty.  The Chimera Vector is the perfect combination of an action-packed thriller and science fiction that kept me engaged throughout.  There was never a dull moment when reading this book and the details were realistic enough to be believable.  So believable in fact, that with the advancements in the medical field, this piece of fiction might just become reality in the near future.  I really enjoyed the characters and loved the fact that the main character was a strong female who can kick some major butt!

For a debut novel, this one was so well-written, you would think it was written by a seasoned author.  I did not find one flaw with the editing – at all.  Mr. Farrugia has done an outstanding job of writing a book that was intriguing, action-filled and fast-paced.  You can instantly tell that the author is very knowledgeable of the subject matter and has done his research extremely well. The plot was unique and different from anything that I have read. 

If you are looking for something to read that has non-stop action, government conspiracy and espionage and enjoy being on the edge of your seat the entire time, then I would highly recommend this book.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

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Nathan Farrugia is published by Momentum Books (Pan Macmillan).

Nathan Farrugia served in the Australian Army in infantry and reconnaissance, and studied film, television and professional writing. He worked as a post-production video editor, colorist and copywriter, where he earned the nickname Fagoogoo because no one could pronounce Farrugia.

Nathan lives in Melbourne, Australia. In his spare time he discovers hidden places around the world with urban explorers, practices lock picking and escaping from plasticuffs and straitjackets (you never know when that will come in handy, right?) and studies Systema, a little-known martial art and closely guarded secret of Russian special forces. Nathan has trained under USMC, SEAL team and Spetsnaz instructors, the Chiricahua Apache scouts and Australian Aboriginals. He also drinks tea.

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