[“Kane Looks Back” is a series of posts where my editor, Kane Gilmour, will focus on some of my past novels that you might not have discovered yet. Now read on… –Jeremy]
So, yeah. The plan for the Chesspocalypse was one novella each for the five members of Chess Team. But in the months that it took for Jeremy to collaborate with the other authors, and for me to edit the stories, Sean Ellis was hard at work. And he’s relatively fast. And so is Jeremy. With these stories, when it came Jeremy’s turn to tweak the initial drafts, he either had a lot of work to make the stories adhere to his vision for the Chess Team universe or very little, depending on the authors with whom he was collaborating. He either had a lot of changes to keep characters consistent with who they were shown to be in the first three novels—or who Jeremy had plans for them becoming in his head—or very few changes. Sean Ellis really understood the team, and what Jeremy wanted. So, a perfect storm of Sean being fast, Jeremy needing to alter little, and delays with the other books because of writing schedules or editing process, all meant that a second novella with King was ready before the Bishop and Knight books.
Jeremy chose not to sit on it, so CALLSIGN: KING 2 – UNDERWORLD was the next released story after the Rook novella.
The action increases and the stakes with the threats against King do as well. King and his friend George Pierce investigate a situation in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, but things quickly heat up with an underground cavern system, creatures living underground, and a world class assassin hunting for King. The plot also furthers the ambitions and threat of the man behind the Brainstorm AI in the first novella. The pace is quick, we get even more character development for Jack Sigler, and the adventure is fun. It also gave voracious fans something to check out while they waited on the Bishop and Knight titles.
Callsign: King 2 – Underworld (2011) is available in paperback and as an e-book. The story is also available as an audiobook, narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. You can also purchase the e-book as a part of the Callsign: King – The Brainstorm Trilogy collection, which also includes the Callsign King and Callsign: King 3 novellas.