America's most elite soldiers are about to uncover one of history's deadliest secrets...
When a raid on an insurgent safe house leads to a clue to decoding one of the world's greatest mysteries, the Voynich manuscript, which reveals a recipe for creating the ultimate biological weapon of mass destruction, Delta operator Jack Sigler must forge a new black ops team to avert catastrophe. While bullets fly, he recruits a group of deadly warriors with dangerous secrets, assigning each member a chess piece call sign and dubbing them Chess Team.
But nothing is what it seems…and no one can be trusted. As the search for the truth about the manuscript moves across Asia and into the darkest reaches of human history, Chess Team must battle enemies beyond comprehension-nightmare creatures of myth and perverse creations of science-to preserve a secret as old as life itself.
In 2009, best-selling novelist Jeremy Robinson launched the adventures of Jack Sigler and Chess Team. Now, learn how it all began! Witness Chess Team's beginning as King, Queen, Bishop, Rook, Knight and the elusive Deep Blue come together to form the only military force smart enough and dangerous enough to face the world's most deadly, most high tech and most monstrous threats.
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This is definitely my kind of book. It has everything that makes a really good thriller/adventure/military read. I loved the added mythology angle that was backed up by real sites. The science angle was believable and a the human experimentation added to the spine tingling parts.
The action starts with the first page and you hardly have time to breath between pages. Robinson takes the reader on a rocket ride of adventure, treachery, treason and death. Each of his characters has special talents. Melding them into a fighting team is King's (Jack) job. In this story you get a lot of background about each team member.
How and why the "Chess Team" was formed. Why Jack chose each name. Where Stan got his Desert Eagles. The first time Jack and Zelda met and what happened. How he won her respect and the rest of the teams. The bonds they formed with each other to become the fighting unit they are.
Their first mission is to rescue a scientist who can translate an ancient manuscript. She has been kidnapped by unknown persons. The Chess Team follows the bad guys from Afghanistan to Iran and finally to France. They fight the Chinese tong, mutated humans, and unspeakable horrors. Finally in France they face the end of all life and maybe, the end of the planet.
This is my first book by Robinson but not my last. I have already got his other Chess Team books on my "to get" list. I wish they were all audio books narrated by Jeffery Kafer. He has a very pleasing voice and gives life to the characters. He gets the dialogue between the team just perfect. Sometimes too perfect. LOL.
The production of the audio was perfect. No static, dead spots, or skips. Everything was professional and well recorded.
If you have read any of Jeremy Robinson Chess Team books you HAVE to read this one. The start of it all.
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Average sci-tech thriller
I liked that the science fiction portion had a plausible explanation.
No one REALLY stuck out, but Bishop was interesting.
Not really, though there were some cringe-worthy parts where you just wanted to slap characters.
I listened to this book because I ended up downloading a book that came later in the series by mistake and figured I should listen to an earlier entry to gain some sort of context. It worked for that, but as a starter of a series it was a tad weak.
Good "popcorn flick"-style read, but nothing too deep.
There was way too much detail to the fight scenes and the plot suffered. The plot sounded very good, but it seemed to occur outside the book. I would have loved for more information about solving the puzzle, but at least 90% was filled with fighting.
It is a great book.
Jack and Zelda's first meeting
He brings depth and urgency to the story.
Meet the chess team
As always, Jeffrey Kafer brings the characters and story to life in such a way that you feel like you're really there.
It was such a pleasure to read this book and see the origins of the Chess Team that we have come to know and love. Every time one of the team was introduced into the story, you feel a slight thrill at knowing where this path was going to take them. It's certainly enough to make me want to go back and read them all again. One of the benefits of this book is that you can read it first (as, chronologically, it is first), or read it after "Omega", to see where everything began (the way the books were written).
What I love about Jeremy Robinson's books (and Prime is a 'prime' example of this), is how well he manages to link historical and/or scientific subjects that you never would have conceived of linking. I believe that he does a lot of research on these subjects, so he must be a pretty damn knowledgeable person by now. And whether the facts are perfectly correct or whether there's a great deal of artistic licence employed, you just don't care. Because the ride that you are taken on is just so much damn fun! An exciting, action-packed fun read that you will enjoy immensely.
Prime is an excellent example of a prequel done right. An action-packed story that takes the reader through the wild ride that started everything. Listeners of the other 'Chess Team' books will get a kick out it. It's also a great starting point for anyone to start the friendship with Chess Team. Kafer does a fantastic. Job of bringing the characters to life.
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