Imagine a world where soldiers regenerate and continue fighting without pause, and where suicide bombers live to strike again. This is the dream of Richard Ridley, founder of Manifold Genetics, and he has discovered the key to eternal life: an ancient artifact buried beneath a Greek inscribed stone in the Peruvian desert.
When Manifold steals the artifact and abducts archaeologist Dr. George Pierce, the United States Special Forces Delta operative, Jack Sigler, callsign King, and his Chess Team: Queen, Knight, Rook, Bishop, and their handler, Deep Blue give chase. They must save Pierce and stop Manifold before they change the face of genetics - and human history - forever.
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"Robinson’s latest reads like a video game with tons of action and lots of carnage....Gruesome and nasty in a good way, this will appeal to readers of Matthew Reilly." (Booklist)
i like this sort of scientific/genetic action nonsense. a good mindless listen. but the narrator is very weird. he reads too quickly and does not end his sentences properly. i kept losing my place in the story. i cant believe he is a professional voice actor. this is a pity as i noticed he has narrated all of this series. i will not be getting any more. will read the other books on my kindle instead.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Hmmm... did I like it? Overall, yes. Did I roll my eyes? You betcha.
It is mostly action-packed forward momentum but sometimes Robinson got a bit caught up in the fight scenes and they dragged on a bit too long - stopped being entertaining and started being more of the same - can we get on with the story now please?
There are a lot of characters but I'm not really sure they are much different from each other, well, other than in their physical descriptions. So similar in fact that there are numerous occasions where the author switched from one character's point of view to another's and it'll take you a sentence or two to even notice.
It's not really science fiction, though it contains lots of fictional science... well, at least we should hope it's fictional science. It's sorta like "James Bond (divided into 5) takes on the Monster (and the Man behind it)" It's entertaining and fast and you won't have to think too much, though there is some conspiracy-theory stuff going on as well...
I see there are other books in this series but... I don't know that they are very high up on my to-read list. If they were cheap and I was bored, I'd listen to another but otherwise, I'd spend my time elsewhere.
The narration is okay. And, in case you're looking for some similar books, you could try The Artifact (Astre) and Relic (Preston/Child).
Enjoy sci-fi, cozy mysteries, WWII stories and listening to Audible while in the car
The coolest thing about this book was the concept that the plot is built upon. I found the Greek mythology connection wrapped in modern technology fascinating, and it kept me reading even when parts got slow. Ironically, what I thought would appeal to me most about this book - the elite team - was what least impressed me. Their introduction scene seemed especially cheesy, and while some of the interactions were better than others, the team dynamics left me wanting a lot more. I did think the end was worth the read as well.
I also have to say that the narrator had way too much of a Jack Nicholson style for me, and took me a long time to get used to. The style also seemed a bit overly cheesy and self-important. But if you like Nicholson, or are enraptured by the drama and action of this book, you'll probably think it's fine.
I got this as a bargain book -- and I think it was worth that, but I'm not sure if I would use a whole credit on it. In fact, I am on the fence about continuing the series. When I finished it, I thought I would get the 2nd one, but the scenario for the 2nd one sounds SO SIMILAR to this one that I wasn't very interested. The third book in the series sounds more appealing. I think I'll put the series on my long list for other things to read. I have a few others that are more appealing.
I really enjoyed what logically would be meeting the team members for the first time and learning more of their history. As with later books in the series, these characters are intriguing.
This type of book, action-adventure with science fiction elements, is quickly becoming a sub-genre of its own. Jeremy Robinson is going to be one of its foundation pillars. His use of a team to create one believable super soldier allows for a more detailed examination of the skills and thought processes which make up a team of experts.
I would have preferred a bit more enthusiasm in the narrator's voice.
Extreme reaction? No, but I was gratified to learn about the individual Chess Team members.
While this book is the logical starting place for reading/listening to the series, it isn't at all necessary as Robinson does an excellent job of introducing and re-introducing his characters.
I will read Jeremy Robinsons books. Jeffery Kafer I will not listen to again.
Ray Porter, Scott Brick
The lead in and first two chapters. By the time "Queen" went off, deliberately leaving her weapon behind to kill the two terrorists with her bare hands and a snowmobile, the situations had become far more contrived than a suspension of disbelief could handle. That's when I stopped.
Modulate his speech, improve his diction a bit.
If you've bought this (especially because of the "Chess" tie-in) and haven't listened to it yet, this is your opportunity to take advantage of the excellent beta testing: "Return The Book With No Questions Asked" policy currently in place with Audible. Clive Cussler does the macho-adventure thing far better. Edgar Rice Burroughs better still.
I am a Chef and have two boys. I also have 2 accounts.
I TRIED TO LISTEN TO THIS BOOK, I WANTED TO LIKE IT, BUT I DID NOT. TO ME, IT SEEMED SLOW AND BORING.
Words are cool.
4.5 Stars. Really enjoyed it. I love my fast paced military/Sci-Fi stories. Up there with my other fav's: James Rollins, Matthew Reilly, Boyd Morrison, Mark Greaney, among others. Loved it!!! More...need more!
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