Callsign: Bishop

Callsign: Bishop (Erik Somers)
(Chesspocalypse #5)
by Jeremy Robinson & David McAfee (2011)

An Iranian terrorist cell has gotten their hands on weaponized Ergot-B—a compound that causes violent hysteria, madness and death within 24 hours—and plan to unleash the weapon on major cities around the world. Successful deployment would begin a bloodbath as those exposed would kill everyone they encountered before succumbing to the compound’s lethal effects.

Erik Somers—Callsign: Bishop, is called in to investigate, but his first discovery shocks him to the core. Dawoud Abbasi, the terrorist leader planning to unleash Ergot-B, is his biological father.


This could have been a long novel, with the entire Chess Team involved. It’s the first Chess Team novel set in modern Iran, and there was plenty of scope for an interesting thriller. Instead it’s just one team member taking on the Jihad. Still, it’s up to the usual Robbinson standard.