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Basilisk

(The Korsak Brothers #2)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,098 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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...

Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Rane
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, keeper

I can always count on Rob to give me, the reader, action-packed books with lots of humor and at the heart two brothers who will move heaven and earth for each other in truly dire situations.

In Chimera we follow along from Stefan Korsak view as he finds after 10+ years his brother whose been genetically-altered to be the perfect superhuman assassin, killing with a single touch. Finally breaking free from the institute that experimented on Misha (Michael) and other children, the brothers seem t
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Sarah
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Rob. Oh Rob.

I tried. I tried to read past the awful emo that topped anything that Cal and Niko ever had to offer. I tried to get past the awful dialogue and expository repetition, telling myself that yeah, while the book could probably in fact, be done in 40 pages, surely there was something in here to keep me reading.

I even tried to explain away the awful ignorance displayed about domesticated ferret behavior. Biting *all the time* to draw blood? Er, terribly abused. Really. Beyond anythi
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Nicola Taylor
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Guns are for boys, High explosives are for men.
In the case of Basilisk, true words as Micheal "Misha" tries to show that at nineteen, he is a man.
After waiting an agonisingly long wait after Chimera Rob Thurman gives us an action-packed second edition to the Korsak Brothers.

It starts with the discovery of Anton Korsak's (Daddy Korsak) death and from there on the plot is engaging, fast and very intriguing. Basilisk shows how far the Korask brothers will go to keep each other alive. Stefan will ki
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David
Aug 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, urban-fantasy
Needs to quit trying so hard to be clever. Yes, family is important, I'm not going to forget this central theme to the book from page to page. Also, we could use some different characters. Misha/Stefan/Cal are all functionally the same character with their reptative not terribly wise cracks, the overcompensating focus on junk food, their so gosh, golly, good hearted badassness. Which is all too bad, these are interesting ideas just weighted down with the flavor which winds up overwhelming the st ...more
Lin
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, sci-fi
Seq to Chimera. This series is shaping up to be as good as the Cal Leandros series (and is very similar in themes - ie brothers (view spoiler)) especially now that Misha takes the hot seat. He's part Cal, part Zeke (from Trick of the Light), sweet, witty, awkward and slightly evil in a good way. Plus his hatred of Lolcats is hilarious.
Ariel was a definite boost as well (view spoiler)
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Ami
3.5 stars
Three years after his brother, Stefan, took him out from The Institute, Michael "Misha" Korsak has learned a lot to try to blend in, to be "normal". Currently residing in a small town, with different names, their life takes a drastic change when their father, Anatoly is murdered, and they are now on the run from both the government and ruthless killers in the form of Chimera kids from the Institute, who break free and ready to take the human world as their killing Playground.

The first b
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Cathy
Quite a ride. Everything that I kept thinking all along, "Yeah, but what about..." was totally addressed in the end to my complete satisfaction. I can't say too much without spoiling things, but she does a great job of doling out the story and making it all make sense in the end. But as usual, it was the wry humor and heartfelt emotion that was the best past of the book. Rob's a master of sarcasm without meanness, always making me feel in on the joke. And I'm not sure what makes her write so man ...more
Nicole
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, smart-alecs
It was quite entertaining overall, and the plot surprised me at times. There was one twist in particular that I realised afterward the author had given plenty of clues about, but I didn’t see it coming. But I didn’t like this one quite as much as the previous Korsak brothers book. Maybe it was just my mood/what was happening in my life.
Cheryl
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There are big spoilers for Chimera in this review. Skip it if you haven’t read the first book.

Basilisk picks up almost three years after Chimera. Stefan and Michael, or Misha as he likes to be called, are living in a small town in Oregon, holding down normal jobs while they plan their raid on the Institute to rescue the remaining chimeras. While not all of them are enthusiastic killers, none are like Misha who has a working conscience and an aversion to killing, even to save himself, so he’s wor
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Serene
Jan 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like it. I like some of Rob's books, but.. I think I can only deal with one pair of dysfunctional co-dependant brothers. At the point where the lead character was thinking what an awesome lethal, smart guy he was and the ferret was biting his brother again, I just decided I'd had enough. It wasn't funny, cute or entertaining, just kind of hokey. I'm also not really into the mafia hitguy stuff. If you have to tell yourself your smart, and a lethal weapon, chances are you are really not a ...more
Kate
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Chimera series is just as fast paced and interesting as the first one. This time around we get Misha's perspective on the situation and he's really grown in the three years since the end of Chimera; at least he's certain he has. The big bad of the book (The Institute and its 'children') are as creepy as ever and the action sequences are fantastic. My favorite aspect of the book is the interaction between the brothers Stefan and Misha as Misha comes to realizes that maybe h ...more
Jacinta
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved It.
Jam packed with all the things I love in books guns, action, brothers and a ferret! Had me on my toes to the end of the book and then became sad as I realised that I had finished and may have to wait a while before the next book. sigh.
Anyways I recommend that you read the first book to this series (before this one most obviously) which is called "Chimera" cause it may clear things up for you a little so you kinda then get the flow of this book.
If you enjoyed the first series of Rob's w
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L-D
This book opens with Stefan and Misha hiding from the Institution and trying to build a new life for themselves. Misha's abilities are growing in leaps and bounds as is his relationship with Stefan. I love the way Rob Thurman builds strong brotherly relations. It really draws me into the characters. I liked this book and was entertained by the action. I felt the ending was a tiny bit anticlimactic which is why I gave it 4 stars but for a second book in a series, it was pretty good. I hope she co ...more
Penelope
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Jayda
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going to review this and its big brother Chimera when I have the time... for now, just marking it as TOTALLY living up to its predecessor and actually, exceeding my expectations. Another intelligent, dark, action-packed, gritty AND witty read written by the snark-tastic Rob Thurman!
Arismum
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Really enjoyed this one, but I still prefer the Cal Leandros series, hence 4 stars.
Heather Anne
Entertaining, but nothing more.
Miss Clark
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Hazel West
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this one just as much as the first. So much brotherly banter and feels to be had here ^_^ I also liked how this one was told from Misha's POV while the other was told from Stefan's. I just really wish there were more of these books because as much as I loved the Cal and Niko series, I think in a lot of ways, I liked these better.
Lisa
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started very slow, kept putting it down and not returning for weeks - partly busyness and party lack of interest. Built to some good action. Overall an enjoyable read.
Sana Afifi
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher Description: 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...

Lukas Korsak was stolen as a child and taken to an institute where he was trained and raised to kill without remorse and taught how to do it with just one touch. He was rescued in book one of the Korsa
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Magnolia
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Magnolia Reviews: Four Petals

I've lost count of how many times I've reread this book. The characters are so engaging and the humor in the story is so much fun. The plot can feel a bit jumpy at times, but overall I always enjoy reading this story and absolutely recommend it.

Read the full review on Maggie's website: http://magnoliareviews.weebly.com/rev...
Kristin
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review contains spoilers from the first book, Chimera.

If I could marry Rob Thurman’s characters, I would. However, that would probably require magic and moving to Utah, and I can’t do one and have no desire to do the other.

It’s been three years since Stefan broke Michael out of the hell hole that was the Institute and during that time the younger Korsak, because despite not being related by blood, they really are brothers, has been learning how to be a normal teenager, or at least as normal
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Jesse
The action, suspense, breakneck plot twists, and emotional wild ride continues as brothers Stefan and Michael Korsak find themselves still wrapped up in the Institute's evil doings. The rest of the "students" are still out there...like Wendy, whose powers are stronger than almost everyone else's. Whereas the rest of the chimeras need to have physical contact with a victim to harm them, Wendy can do it with a mere thought. And she does.

The second installment in the series finds Stefan and Michael
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J'aime
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Chimera had so much potential that I was excited when I learned it was the start of a series, rather than the stand alone I expected it to be. Basilisk exceeded that potential and then some! The story started off slow, but became a real page turner rather quickly. First, I love the characters. Stefan and Misha (and Saul) are a LOT like Niko and Cal (and Robin) from the author’s urban fantasy series. Stefan is the older brother who is wicked deadly and overprotective, and Misha is his younger bro ...more
Aivel
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Officially the Korzak brothers will join the Winchester and Leandros boys in my heart. Again as in the previous book I was pleasantly surprised with Basilisk. One of the review I read claimed that Misha's voice is boring and does not fit the character. Actually for me at least, Basilisk is funnier than Chimera. Michael's evil-genius persona is hilarious. I was literally laughing out aloud on the scenes wherein he is calmly telling Stefan their escape plan 'all theoretically speaking of course' h ...more
Katherine
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit less well planned than Thurman's other books but still worth the read.

As often the central theme of this book is family. What I find most intriguing is that it points out that the family you choose to make and embrace can be just a close and important as family by blood. In fact, family is used by both sides in this book and it makes it clear just how that concept can be used whether for good or for ill.

The other thing I really enjoyed what the development of the characters, both from the
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Arushi
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Chimera introduced us to the Korsack Brothers series. We met Stefan - on his mad quest to find his brother - and we met Michael. It was Stefan who narrated Chimera, but it is Michael who is telling the story in Basilisk. Michael who has decided that his name is Misha now.

It is different and it is great to see how much he has changed in the past three years. He is human, not just trying to pretend to be one. He has a brother who loves him, and who he loves. They somehow have survived and are wel
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Kathy Davie
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Second in the Korsak Brothers urban fantasy series about a younger brother rescued from an illegal experiments lab tinkering and torturing children.

The Story
Damn, just when things had gotten comfortable in Cascade Falls, Misha and Stefan are on the run again. Who is this Raynor guy and how did he learn about Misha?

Michael/Misha/Parker/Lukas is Stefan's younger brother kidnapped when he was 7. For ten years, Misha has been brainwashed to perform as an assassin until Stefan was able to rescue him.
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“No, you're not like me. You're better. A better person, a better goddamn everything. Now, eat your breakfast. And if you open your mouth to say you aren't everything I know you are, I'll stuff that bagel in it. Plain. Without cream cheese.

Healthy food--the ultimate threat.”
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“When I remembered Stefan first coming for me, it wasn't a man in a black mask or a crazy guy shoving Three Musketeers bars at me as he tried to convince me I was his brother. I remembered an ocean, dark as a universe without stars-black with guilt, despair, rage, violence, self loathing. All I could see was his hand reaching out of the water; the rest of him was buried in a liquid Hell he couldn't escape” 1 likes
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