Codename: Chimera by J.K. Persy
Published by author on July 5, 2013
Genre(s): fiction, action, adventure, mystery
Format & Length: e-book, 100
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Adventures. Twists & Turns. Unexpected Final.
If you like Indiana Jones, Kingsman, James Bond, Sam Spade, Sherlock Holmes by Guy Ritchie, try “Codename: Chimera”.
This is a fast-paced action/adventure/whodunit mystery with elements of mystical mythology. It does not involve much character development, but instead has interesting plot with twists, turns, and puzzles.
The corpse of a millionaire collecting antiques is found in New York on the eve of a major auction. The last thing he saw in the darkness seconds before his death was a certain Man-With-No-Face. Is it a man or a ghost? Is he capable of causing paralyzing fear and death by his appearance? Is he the embodiment of Chimera, the ancient Greek monster?
Following in the tracks of the Man-With-No-Face the detective finds out about the stolen precious locket and a secret project under the codename “Chimera”. How are these connected? Does the locket have a mystical curse or is it a fiction?
Together with the private detective Kevin Kris, you are being waited for by amazing adventures, interesting puzzles and unexpected twists.
An action adventure story with elements of mythology, Codename: Chimera is well described as James Bond meets Indiana Jones.
So this premise is right up my alley. And I enjoyed the story itself. The plot had lots of movement, twists and turns, and moved along at a fast pace. Some parts actually went by too fast, flitting from one scene to the next without taking the time to go deeper. And that’s where I had the most issue with this. It lacked the depth, complexity, and tension I need to engage with a book.
I wanted to love Codename: Chimera. Not only was the story interesting but it explored the idea of living in the moment instead of always striving for more, which is certainly topical. But it felt like this was written with a movie in mind rather than a book and I have to wonder if it would have made for a better screenplay.
*Thanks to the author for providing an advance copy of this edition in exchange for an honest review.