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.
©2010 Jeremy Robinson (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"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)
"Great, leaves you craving more."
A fantastic story of teamwork, friendship, myth and legends. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, unable to turn off until the end and still wanting more. Every time I hear a book narrated by Jeffrey Kafer I think it is his best work and this was no different, he is awesome.
"Cool - or cheesy?"
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.
"James Bond (x 5) takes on the Monster!"
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).
"Good story, weird narration"
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.
"Similar to Clive Cussler"
I've had this audio book for a while and forgotten about it. I'm thrilled I found it again. Fantastical yet realistic, with great characterization, I highly recommend this to all fans of action, adventure, and Greek mythology. It is very fast-paced it will suck you in within the first three chapters. The chapters are short, and the author does a fantastic and tight job of plotting out the novel. I am dying to read more.
"Great concepts...Poor execution"
Anyone who doesnt care how their prose is written and how connected the story line is, etc.
He could have had a ton more editing and spend time questioning himself on whether passages were necessary or sensical. It was just poor writing and I am a voracious 53 year old reader who has been through a lot of text and audible books!
I liked the timbre of his voice and cadence. He is a good, not great, reader.
Disappointment! It could have been so so much more. Great concepts but just stinking poor writing.
I wish Mr. Robinson the best and hope his other concepts have help in their execution.
"A must read!"
Amazing book! loved every minute from start to finish. Can't wait to read the next one!
"Better Narrator Needed"
It would have garnered more stars if the narration was better. No excitement or really good inflection in his voice at all, he sounded a little boring which deadened the overall story. And the scenes where a character has an accent was atrocious!! He sounded like a robot! I laughed at parts that should have been horrifying cause of his robot voice. Pitiful!! A narrator can really affect the outcome of the story and this one wasn't good. The story was okay, but I just didn't connect with the characters. So when their lives were in jeopardy, I didn't feel it. I don't think I'll continue the series.
this book was kind of cheesy, but ok. I was able to make it to the end. I just probably wouldn't refer it...
I like the fresh take on an old myth. I like the military aspects, and the participants working off the grid. It was a little gory-toward the end, I skipped the intricate explanations about the gore. I really like the storyteller; I'm going to expect to have him in every sequel, or I will be very disappointed. I will recommend this book to like minded friends. We are not your target demographic-we're middle-aged heterosexual women.
"Interesting start...new idea... A little light on development"
I picked this up while browsing my recommended list. I think this appeared due to the Greig Beck books in my library as they have a similar theme the dangers of of old myths clashing with modern day and the struggle to put them back in the past.
Jeremy uses a team rather than a single man but the concept of elite soldiers versus hellish nightmare is pretty similar.
Won't put any spoilers in here, but the overall idea was worth listening to and I did enjoy the listen. Character development is a little light though and you don't really get any sense of attachment to any of the main characters in the book. Will have a listen to the second book to see if this develops.....
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