[The Chimera Virus - Honorable Mention: 2008 Atlantic City, NJ Beach Book Festival] A wayward meteorite delivers an intelligent virus to the primeval Earth that traverses up the evolutionary ladder to man. The result is a race of vigilante vampires enhanced by the DNA of all the vicious and powerful mammals that fell host to the roving virus. In the modern world men and vampires live in a peculiar symbiotic relationship in which the evil in man ultimately infuses life into the blood of the vampires and, in return, the vampires weed out the predators among humanity. The precarious balance is fraught with a perilous history but has settled into a curious harmony, until the Earth is invaded by a vanguard of alien soldiers. But two young female vampires present more of an obstacle than the aliens could ever have imagined existed on this outland world. The girls know that there is more at risk than the delicate social fabric, the fate of the entire world is at stake—and the vampires are determined to remain at the top of the food chain. And there is an even more provocative question: who will fall ultimate victim to The Chimera Virus?
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The Chimera Virus
The Chimera Virus
They’ve come to Earth! to an alt-world wrapped in an illusion of the safe and familiar. Surely here is a land that is yours, a place you call home – Wisconsin, harboring a sanctuary to which you retreat in a thriving metropolis known as greater Milwaukee. Perhaps the planet is a magnificent echo from a sister dimension. And now the mirror that is The Chimera Virus reflects a fearsome image.
On this world, long ago, primitive life was infected with an intelligent virus. The hosts evolved side by side with uninfected creatures competing for food and mastery of the environment –– the tiny invaders superior but vastly outnumbered. The virus transferred bits of genetic coding from one species to another, and in the process created a vast array, creatures superbly adapted for survival.
Chimera arrived eons ago aboard a cosmic fragment. Today Earth holds a terrible and dangerous secret — warrior vampires, born and sustained by this essence, living among the humans, policing the unsavory. But what if an alien race turned an envious eye toward the Earthers?
The Chimera Virus is a SF adventure, a techno-mythos that defies convention –– contemporary and slick, sometimes horrific, always engaging and sensual. Lively and fast-paced, it blasts the reader into uncharted sectors. Here is a new breed of vampire –– cool, sexy, and feline! No race, human or mythical, has ever faced more unearthly enemies! This is a gripping tale pitting the unknown against the seeming impossible, a modern mythological tragedy that will have you rooting for the bad girl!
[Rated: PG-13. Video game equivalency: rated M for mature. Available at: www.BarnesandNoble.com / www.Target.com / www.Amazon.com ]
"For most vampires, beyond the precious blood, the hunt was a necessary catharsis. For the most cunning and fearsome among them, the Bloodwarriors such as Kara, it was also intensely pleasurable. It was an addiction satisfying their most basic urges, for they relished the game as much as the taste of human flesh. Bloodwarrior vampires were simply natural-born killers."
"She bent low, hovering ever so briefly over him, savoring that last, luscious aroma bringing the hunger to its fever pitch. She opened her mouth wide and drove her tusks deeply into him. Sucking deeply, she filled her mouth with his blood and bits of meat. Anchored there by her tusks, she drank her fill and gnawed at him with her razor-sharp incisors, shearing bits of him away until her hunger had been satisfied, and until she was satisfied that justice had been done."