Friday, August 05, 2011

Basilisk and Chimera by Rob Thurman - Giveaway

I am a huge fan of Rob Thurman's writing, So...I'm going to giveaway 2 sets of books in Rob's Chimera series.

Chimera 1
(Roc, June 1, 2010)
A sci-fi thriller that asks the questions...

What makes us human...
What makes us unique...
And what makes us kill?

Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth-his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically-altered killer. Now, those who created him will do anything to reclaim him. And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him...

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository

Chimera 2
(Roc, August 2, 2011)
Stefan Korsak and his genetically-altered brother have evaded the Institute for three years. When they learn the new location of the secret lab, they plan to break in and save the remaining children there. But one of the little ones doesn't want to leave. She wants to kill...

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository

Rob has give me permission to post Chapter 3 of Basilisk here:


Stefan didn’t seem as satisfied.

“Bombs? You were making pipe bombs?” he demanded incredulously as he drove on.

“Garages don’t blow themselves up,” I pointed out with some exasperation at his lack of gratitude and memory. “And they’re not pipe bombs so much as proactive explosive measures. Little pipe bombs,” I emphasized. “You know…just in case.” With electrical detonation devices—very simple. Military detonation cord wasn’t as quick as I might need it to be. “They’re really quite easy to make. Too easy. They should be more responsible with the information on the internet….”

“You told me that equipment was for your genetic research.” I think he hit a rock on purpose as my head smacked the inside roof of the car. “To find a cure for the rest of the kids. You lied to me, Michael Lukas Korsak.”

“I didn’t lie,” I shot back indignantly. “I said that the equipment was to help me find a cure. I didn’t say all the equipment was to help me find a cure. Some of it could be used to save our lives too.”

“And you didn’t think that was worth mentioning? You running an armory behind our house?” Stefan gritted his teeth. “I swear when we switch cars I’m going to take a minute to beat you like a red-headed stepchild.”

“I didn’t not mention it. It didn’t come up, that’s all,” yes, a fine line, but my line and I was stubbornly walking it, “and why do people have a dislike for people with red hair? I’ve heard that saying once or twice since moving here. Why would their hair color make them the targets of violence?”

“Not the time, and you know it’s just some old saying. Don’t think I don’t recognize your version of smart-ass, Michael.”

“Misha,” I insisted again.

“And what’s with that? We’re running from who the hell knows and you’re worried about your nickname?”

“Michael is the Institute. Misha is free. I’m free and I’m staying that way. I’m a man now, a new person, and Misha will remind me of that. I don’t want their name anymore.” But I couldn’t go back to Lukas. That seemed wrong. Unless I ever got my memories of my first seven years back, and that was doubtful after all these years, not to mention what I’d discovered in my research, I couldn’t be that person. I couldn’t be Lukas. I was Misha and only Misha now, for good. I was me, finally finished, finally recovered from the Institute, finally whole. They weren’t getting me back and they could keep their damn Peter Pan name.

“Fine. Misha the Mighty.” The car bounced again and I heard the muffler hit one rock too many and it was gone behind us. “You got it. Now put that mighty brain to use and figure out how Raynor, and whoever the fuck he works for, found us.”

I didn’t have to put my brain to work. I knew. In a flash of inspiration…and subconscious brilliant deduction, a given…I knew. “Anatoly and you, Stefan. You both told him where we were.”

Raynor was smart all right. Too smart. And we hadn’t tried to finish him off when we had the chance. It was a thought I wouldn’t have had three years ago—when I hadn’t known what it was to have a real life. I wasn’t ashamed I had the thought now. I’d learned a lot in those three years. Life and death…it was the cycle of the world. For someone to live, someone had to die—especially if that person was trying to take your life, be it mental or physical.

And me?
I wanted to live.
The hell with the Institute and their lies about what I was and what I could never be.
I wanted to live.

You can read Chapter 4 of Basilisk at Rob's website by clicking here.

The Giveaway


What:  Two commenters will each win a Mass Market paperback set of Chimera novels, Chimera and Basilisk from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment to enter.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, August 12,  2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Sounds pretty awesome!

  2. Oh, and I follow your blog, too! ;)

  3. Okay, I snuck away from work to come enter. :) I do want to get these books as they sound like awesome reads. Thank you for the great chance to win a set!

    +1 Comment
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    Thank you!

  4. Hmm, thanks for the excerpt, I really enjoyed it :D

    +1 comment
    +1 I'm a follower as mikki-mano

    Thanks again,

  5. I loved Chimera and can't wait to read Basilisk! Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 gfc follower

  6. This looks like a great read, thank you for the giveaway!

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway. I found you via Rob Thurman's tweet. Will do so m'self. Great stuff!


    Stephanie Jarkins
    skjarkins - twitter

  8. Both Chimera and Basilisk sound fantastic and I'd love to win them.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower

  9. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I adore Rob Thurman, and I've read Chimera - it was amazing! :))
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  10. These books sounds pretty intense and like they are great reads.
    I am a follower
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  11. I'd love to be entered for these! They sound really great.

    old follower on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  12. I'm a big Rob Thurman fan too! I've wanted to start this series for a while. So awesome you're giving away both books!


  13. Sorry, forgot to mention I'm a gfc follower.

  14. I have really enjoyed Rob's other two series (especially Trick of the Light & Trixa!), so I don't know why I haven't started this one, yet. Maybe I *need* to win, to rectify my mistake? < wink >

    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

    (commenter, follower, tweeter...)

  15. Rob Thurman is one of the many authors that are in my sights but that I just haven't got around to reading as yet.

    I am sure this dilemma is something many readers have. So many books, so little money and even less time !

    So this is a great opportunity to finally read something by him.

    Thanks for the giveaway and as usual even more thanks for opening it to all.

    Holdings thumbs.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    +1 for comment
    +1 I Follow via GFC - buddyt

  16. This series looks very interesting, thank you for sharing!

    GFC follower :)!/LiederMadchen/status/99763645432610816


  17. thanks for the chance to win these great books!:)
    i have read the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman and they are great!:)i am looking forward to reading these!

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    +1 GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  18. I didn't know the books but i'm curious to read them !
    Thanks for the giveaway !
    I'm a fllower : Melliane

  19. wow, these sound like awesome reads! thanks for the giveaway.

  20. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. These books sound really great.

  21. Chimera was a good book. I find it interesting that Rob, a woman, has two brothers at the center of two of her three series and in the third there are two "brothers" as important secondary characters.

    Looking forward to Basilisk.

    GFC Anne38

  22. GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom I love the covers and the synopsis on Goodreads for both of the books!

  23. I haven't read either of these books so I would love to be entered to win them:)

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    jwitt33 at live dot com

  24. I read Nightlife and really enjoyed it. I look forward in reading more of Rob Thurman's works.

    I'm a follower (booklover0226)

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  25. Rob Thurman writes the kind of SF thriller I love to read. Chapters 3 & 4 and stuff on his site only make me want to know more about Stefan and Mischa. I follow thw Qwillery at:
    I've posted a link to the page on my blog Too Busy Reading:

  26. I love Rob's books. Stephen and Michael are the greatest.
    *1 I follow with email - GFC
    linda at gordonvalley dot com

  27. I'd love to enter this giveaway. The books sound so interesting!
    +1 I follow

  28. I'm really looking forward to reading "Basilisk"! Can't wait!!!


  29. I haven't read either 'Chimera' or 'Basilisk' yet so great opportunity thank you!!

    GFC: Mary Preston


  30. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. I've been offline for a while, so I'm looking for some books to read over the summer and these sound pretty good!

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    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  32. I'd love this! I haven't gotten the chance to buy the two books yet.

  33. I love these books
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  34. Hi! Rob Thurman is one of my favorite authors! I am so excited for this giveaway!!

    +1 comment
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    +1 tweet-!/cvlopez11/status/100665986977497089

    You can contact me on twitter @cvlopez11 or my email

    Thanks!! I'm pumped for these books!! :)

  35. This is awesome! I love Rob Thurman's writing and these two books were next on my list to get!

  36. sounds pretty awesome!
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    +1 tweet!/rocapri/status/100720477177266179
    thank you

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  38. would love to read the book!


  39. I really like the other series. But havent read the Chimera ones yet. Thanks for the chance!

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    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  40. These sound like awesome books and the start to a killer series. I would dearly love to read them. Thanks for the chance.
    GFC: LadyVampire2u

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  41. I am a GFC follower: LadyVampire2u

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  42. I posted a Tweet about this giveaway:!/LadyVampire2u/status/101577654280519680

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  43. sounds awesome thanks for the giveaway

  44. This sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am a follower
    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  45. Hey, thanks for the great opportunity!!!

    I am a follower. (: