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The fabled Elephant Graveyard has been discovered. It contains enough ivory to make Ethiopia a wealthy nation. But the cave contains more than physical riches—it also holds the means to control the world. Fifteen scientists enter the cave. Only one leaves.
Jack Sigler, Callsign: King (field leader of the covert, black ops Chess Team) receives a cryptic text from Sara Fogg, his girlfriend and CDC ‘disease detective’. A catastrophic disease has been reported in Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley, but Fogg suspects something more is going on. Her suspicion is confirmed when King’s arrival in Africa is met by a high speed assassination attempt.
As King fights against two competing, high-tech mercenary forces, each struggling for control of the deadly discovery, Fogg disappears. Working with the surviving member of the science team that made the discovery, King begins a search for Fogg and the source of the potential plague that takes him back to the Great Rift Valley, back to the Elephant Graveyard, and brings him face-to-face with modern man’s origins.
Callsign: King was the first in a series of Chess Team novellas released in 2011. Each of the eight books in the series—deemed the ‘Chesspocalypse’—follows a single member of the team and is co-authored by Jeremy Robinson and one of six other fantastic authors. The stories take place after the events of Threshold, the third Jack Sigler thriller, and before the events of Ragnarok, the fourth full-length novel in the series. The Chesspocalypse novellas are designed to introduce readers to the series. If you haven’t read the novels, no worries. Enjoy the ride!
Praise for Robinson
“Rocket-boosted action, brilliant speculation, and the recreation of a horror out of the mythologic past, all seamlessly blend into a rollercoaster ride of suspense and adventure.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Eye of God
“With Threshold Jeremy Robinson goes pedal to the metal into very dark territory. Fast-paced, action-packed and wonderfully creepy! Highly recommended!”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin
“Jeremy Robinson is the next James Rollins”
—Chris Kuzneski, New York Times bestselling author of The Einstein Pursuit
“If you like thrillers original, unpredictable and chock-full of action, you are going to love Jeremy Robinson...”
—Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Alley
“How do you find an original story idea in the crowded action-thriller genre? Two words: Jeremy Robinson.”
—Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Pandemic
“There’s nothing timid about Robinson as he drops his readers off the cliff without a parachute and somehow manages to catch us an inch or two from doom.”
—Jeff Long, New York Times bestselling author of The Descent
Praise for Ellis
“Some books are just plain unbridled fun, others are edge of the seat gripping entertainment, some make you think, a few open your eyes. Sean Ellis is a magician, doing it all with a deftness that pulls you in and draws you along from page one breathlessly to the end of the book.”
—Steven Savile, international bestselling author of Silver
“Sean Ellis delivers another high-octane romp, exploring mythical lost civilizations and alternative histories, with the unrelenting pace of your favorite summer blockbuster.”
—Stel Pavlou, bestselling author of Decipher
“[The Adventures of Dodge Dalton in the Shadow of Falcon’s Wings] is high flying adventure at its best. Cleverly conceived, original, and multi-layered, the action literally jumps off the page and takes the reader through unexpected twists and turns.”
—Rob MacGregor, New York Times bestselling author of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Hawk Moon.
This is full of action and dark goings on in Ethiopia and the Elephant's Graveyard, where ivory is not the only prize. King takes on two opposing and well-equipped forces in a frantic search to find a deadly agent after he is called to Ethiopia by a text from his girlfriend and disease investigator, Sarah Fogg. Things get more complicated and Fogg disappears, adding to the tension as King's motivation increases. Short but definitely sweet novella I and can't wait for the next in the series!
The first book in the Chessocalypse series of novellas co-written by Jeremy Robinson and other writers. Do yourself a favor and pick up Pulse, Instinct, and Threshold in that order before you read any of these novellas, other wise you might be a little lost. If you just want a sampling though get the first novella and I promise it will not be the last you buy. Jeremy Robinson blends military, science, and mythology and monsters together so very well; you will be on the edge of your seat the whole time waiting to see what is next. Not so much a new name in fiction as a great name in fiction, I look forward to all the future works from this truly talented author.
Earlier this month I finally read Threshold (Jack Sigler) and loved it. The next Chess Team novel is not due until July or August. I usally wait until the e-book price of the Chess Team books come down to under $8 before I buy it. I might not be able to wait until the summer of 2013..........I then discovered the Callsign books and now I have several stories to tie me over until the next full length Chess Team story.
I enjoyed reading Callsign: King - Book 1. Zipped right thru it. I plan to buy all the novellas and will space them out until this summer (in which I will probably break down and consume the Chess Team new book).
I think my next selection will be Callsign: Queen - Book 1.
I have just finished reading all seven novellas, and I must admit that this was my least favorite of the Chesspocalypse series. That said, it's like saying rocky road is my least favorite ice cream. It's still enjoyable, but I prefer others. My only real complaint is that I am not terribly fond of the supernatural element in this book. The whole possession aspect was unappealing, but that is just a matter of personal preference. Sean Ellis' writing, however, was true to Jeremy Robinson's form. Ellis replicated Robinson's style seemlessly, incorporating different vocabulary of similar ilk, while keeping King's character intact.
One of my favorite wrinkles introduced into the series is a new antagonist. Based on this new nemesis' reappearance in the second King book it is clear that this enemy will continue to battle the Chess Team. Call it a hunch, but I have a feeling we are already familiar with this villian.
With this novella King maintains both his prominance as team leader, and his vulnerability. I love the fact that Robinson's heroes are neither infallible nor superhuman (though their enemies and allies may be). King makes mistakes and suffers his share of injuries, but his intillegence and extensive training are key to his survival.
If you are a fan of the Chess Team/Jack Sigler Adventures then grab the Callsign novellas. They add terrific depth to each team member, are quick reads, and will likely link to the next book in the series.