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.
©2013 Jeremy Robinson (P)2013 Jeremy Robinson
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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.
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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