[“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]
This one was kind of a slow burn, but that’s what was called for with this character. At the end of the last full-length novel, Rook was exhausted, demoralized, and crushed with guilt over the deaths of a team of men under his command. He was on the run, in hostile territory. So, he slips out of Russia to the north, aboard a boat. He has a fateful meeting with a woman destined to play a huge part in his life. Then he lands in Norway and hikes across the countryside. It’s clear he hasn’t quit Chess Team altogether. But he needs a breather. It’s less a case of him abandoning the team as taking an unannounced and very needed personal break.
The adventures starts slowly with Rook arriving in a small, hostile farming town that’s been plagued by a wolf-like creature killing its animals. Rook takes on the task of getting to bottom of the mysterious Bigfoot-like creature, before he discovers how deeply things go with an old abandoned Nazi laboratory, and possible incursions from another dimension.
The story, by Jeremy and Edward G. Talbot (a pseudonym for Ed Parrot and Jason Derrig), sets things up slowly, but it gives a deeper glimpse into the wisecracking Rook, when he’s in a situation that really doesn’t call for any wiseacre remarks. And of all the Chesspocalypse Novellas, this one is perhaps the most important, as it leads directly into the next fell-length CT book, RAGNAROK.
Callsign: Rook (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: Tripleshot collection, which also includes the Queen and Bishop novellas.