Tuesday, November 5, 2013
CHIMERA by Kelly Meding
Forthcoming from popular urban fantasy author Kelly Meding’s is CHIMERA (Pocket Star EBooks; November 11, 2013; $5.99), where the mysterious and dangerous conspiracy threatening the superpowered Meta Rangers deepens in the fourth novel in the edgy, action-packed Metawars superhero series.
Growing up with blue skin never made Renee “Flex” Duvall feel like an outcast. She learned quickly to find the joy in life and to put people at ease with her quick wit and exuberant personality. Nine months after regaining her Flex powers, she’s survived more emotional and physical pain than she thought possible—but despite her burned and ruined skin, she refuses to let her sunny exterior crack in front of her friends. Not while they’re facing a troop of well-trained teenage criminals that may be Recombinants, a new breed of Metas that were genetically manipulated and brainwashed by a shadowy research facility.
After a ruthless battle with a trio of thieves leaves one of their friends seriously wounded, Renee and Onyx follow a clue to Manhattan Island—and to a former Bane named Chimera. But Chimera refuses to help them, even though he admits that he may hold the key to stopping these Recombinants and discovering who controls them. Chimera’s emotional scars are as devastating as Renee’s physical scars, and in this shared pain they find common ground. Against her better judgment, Renee builds a friendship with the man who represents everything she’s been raised to distrust and despise—a man who has something very dear to lose by cooperating.