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PRIME (A Jack Sigler Thriller - Book 0)

Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Chess Team, Book 0
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (388 ratings)

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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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  • Marcus
  • East Coast, USA
  • 01-04-14

Decent thriller

If you could sum up Prime in three words, what would they be?

Average sci-tech thriller

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the science fiction portion had a plausible explanation.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

No one REALLY stuck out, but Bishop was interesting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, though there were some cringe-worthy parts where you just wanted to slap characters.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Everything for good thriller/adventure/military

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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Just horrible

This book is pretty awful: absurd premises, very corny dialogue, flat characters, and very choppy in terms of the flow of the story. The main characters even change names a few times, depending on the call signs of the mission they are involved in

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love this series

I'm rereading this series and wanted to start at Prime. so glad to get the back story first. Great read and I'm now looking forward to Pulse.

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Not as good as the others...

Even though it we as not as good as the others in the series of 'The Chess Team'. It provided me a good jump-off into the team and their adventures.

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Excellent.

If you could sum up PRIME (A Jack Sigler Thriller - Book 0) in three words, what would they be?

SiFi action fun

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the military aspects and the science fiction elements. The inclusion of real experimental military tech, like air to land extraction was awesome.

What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's one of my favorite narrators, he does an excellent job distinguishing each character.

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looking forward to the main books now.

It was very easy to finish but some parts I zoned out and missed some pieces.

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Terrible fantasy land

Do you like your books with zombies, magic, and the secret of life all introduced within a matter of hours? If so, this book is for you. I, personally, do not. Jeremy Robinson impressed me with Infinity and he and Ellis do at least a serviceable job with the characters here, but they add an absolutely absurd plot into the mix. I can buy one, maybe two, far out things but this is just too much. I made it to hour ~9 of ~10 before I has to stop.

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A fantastic start to a fantastic series

Robinson is a master of the techno thriller. Every time I exhaust an author like Chricton or Rollins, i find myself wanting for more. I was hesitant to start Robinson's collection because I was afraid that his myriad of topics suggested weak writing, but that just isn't the case. He has created a fantastic set of characters ready for his adventures in this prequel to the Chess Team series. This is a well written. fast past, gripping book full of the same horrors and threats I enjoyed in Rollins' work. Sean Ellis, veteran, action man, and co-author, gave this book a delightful sense of realism that one usually finds only in war memoirs. As a veteran, I often find myself gritting my teeth at glaring innacuracies that hinder novels. From equipment to lingo, this is a spot on representation of military operations, if a little dramaticized for entertainment purposes. The only downside was the narrator who, for his effort, had difficulty with some of the jargon used in the novel and, oddly enough, pronouncing anything in French. An amazing ride overall, and a reccomend for fans of techno thrillers and historical thrillers alike.

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Loved it!

What a beginning to a wonderful series! Loved it. Black ops mingled with science fiction.

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  • Marek
  • 01-10-19

It's ok

Quite interesting story. A bit shallow and Hollywoodish. Performance of narrator very good in my opinion. I will however check out other books in the series cause I enjoyed it enough and I'm still interested. Would I recommend it? Hard to say. It might not be for everybody. If you are looking for a bit more ambitious read then give it a pass.

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  • carl
  • 01-09-17

Failed to deliver

I really wanted to like this book but I just could not get into it..

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  • carla
  • 05-25-16

was okay

narrator good but for a short book it took me a while to get into it.