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Callsign: King (Jack Sigler / Chess Team - Chesspocalypse Novellas Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Robinson , Sean Ellis
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Breakneck Media (June 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057X9W7C
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good things come in small packages! July 23, 2011
By Saffie
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Robinson's Chess Team December 12, 2012
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story to tie me over UNTIL..... February 27, 2012
By Coach D
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book. February 29, 2012
By S.West
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This was such a great book. I was so caught up in the story that I could not put it down. Can't wait for the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new series Robinson fans will surely embrace. December 20, 2011
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but missing something September 1, 2011
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As a fan of Robinson's Chess Team, I was happy to find out that there would be novellas this year to shorten the wait between adventures. When I heard they would be stand-alone stories based on each character, I envisioned origin stories that would tell us more about the background of each member and how each one came to the team.

Callsign: King is definitely not an origin story and is far from it. It is simply King himself saving the day without the rest of his team, save the eye-in-the-sky direction of Deep Blue. One of my favorite aspects of the Chess Team novels are the interactions among the characters and I missed that a great deal in this story.

Additionally, I was very disappointed in the villain in this book. (PLOT POINT REVEALED HERE - IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK GO NO FURTHER) A supercomputer created by a corporate conglomeration just didn't do it for me as a worthy foe for Sigler (although I am the first person to admit that corporations are inherently evil). The reveal on the last page of the novella offered some redemption to this red herring and a cliffhanger that will propel me toward the next part of the series. The elephant graveyard was an interesting setting, and I definitely enjoyed the pace.

All said, I liked it. I didn't love it, but I look forward to more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read February 18, 2013
By steve
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This is one set of books that cannot be read out of sequence. Still follows the same path of the Chess team and breaks down the individuals a little bit
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2.0 out of 5 stars Call sign King trilogy February 18, 2013
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The Chess Team books were a stretch as it was, but these are even worse. I understand the need for suspension of disbelief but these 3 are beyond suspension.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was absolutely amazing, captivating and awesome. Loved it.
Published 28 days ago by Inez
5.0 out of 5 stars Look out Rollins !
Fast pace. Even the beginning. Good setup with an efficient but thorough character intro. Fascinating plot dynamics in theory as well as detail. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm a sci fi lover. This fit the bill. Am reading the rest of the books in this series.
Published 1 month ago by Andrea and Jeff Burckhardt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the chess team series
Another great book in the chess team series. Make sure you read them in order, not by publish date. I love this series?
Published 3 months ago by Frank J DiLauro
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 1 of the Brainstorm Trilogy
Call Sign: King - Brainstorm is a side story of Chess Team Commander, Jack Sigler.
This is a 3 part Novella series makes up the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matt W
5.0 out of 5 stars Are world corporations being run by one big supercomputer with AI?
King, Jack Sigler, starts off running and doesn’t slow down. While returning from a mission, Jack receives a cryptic e-mail from his girlfriend, Sara Fogg. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JameyLynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Humanity's Ultimate Destruction By Its Beginnings
Jack Sigler and Dr Sara Fogg must first find out why Manifold sent a team of geneticists to a cave in Ethiopia and why one of them is comatose while holding a skull. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JediTionne
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Callsign: King by Jeremy Robinson is one of those action packed books you just do not want to put down. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carol Brearley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novella in the Chess Team Series
I have read a lot of books by Jeremy Robinson and a few of Sean Ellis also. I find each and every one of them to be amazing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anastasia
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Jack Sigler is hard to kill with a load of fun military gadgets to keep him alive.

He is running through Africa - checking out the infamous elephant graveyard. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ruffy
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