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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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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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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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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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these over sexualized female characters.

I think I got to about chapter 6. The third woman who stretched and arched her back in a tight t-shirt was all I could take. can we please write realistic female characters? This is so boring. and Jeremy Robinson is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi authors. The way male and female characters are described in this book, is disappointing.

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Chess team. The prequel

Prime is the book that all Chess team fans needed. Robinson does an excellent job of showing us how the chess team comes together, how the very first mission forms and molds the team. Hearing team members have different call signs at first was strange, but it makes sense, since they all come from different units.
Kafer is a great Audiobook reader and the only choice for the chess team.

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kind of confusing having so many characters

It also has a wierd pace and jumps forward without explanation a few times. Good book but as a series prequel it can't hold a candle to Island 731.

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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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Adolescent all American rubbish

I got this book because I enjoyed another title by the same author. This must have been written at the start of his career - maybe when he was a sixteen year old boy with a gun fetish?
If this was a movie, it would have gone straight to VCR, Blockbuster would reluctantly buy one copy and then go out of business.

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  • Ryan Pascall
  • 09-22-22

An overlong, but enjoyable adventure.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

I'm relatively new to the Chess Team series, and have read them in completely the wrong order, but have always enjoyed the stories.

I expected the usual monster-laden tale but found this one fatle more scifi than the others I've read, and this was a welcome change.
Action is well written and fast paced, technology is outdated in that cute manner way where high-tech is now commonplace but I found it dragged a little and went off the rails at the end.

Overall, a well written and interesting story, but not my favourite of the series.

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  • Neville Townsend
  • 03-18-22

Back to the beginning

The start of Chess team non stop action. for anyone who like Chess team novels don't miss this. could not put it down. thanks to publishers and Free Audiobook codes for this audiobook

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-20

Not a bad, Action SciFi

It was engaging, fast paced action, not enough character development but ok. good story, afew loose ends. the reader was a bit monotone at times...

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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.