Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Checkmate
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US 1st edition cover
|Series||Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell|
|7 November 2006|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|LC Class||CPB Box no. 2616 vol. 24|
|Preceded by||Operation Barracuda|
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Checkmate is a 2006 novel set in the Splinter Cell series and a prequel to the 2005 novel Operation Barracuda. Checkmate, like the previous two books, was written under the pseudonym David Michaels, although the previous two books were written by Raymond Benson. Checkmate was written by Grant Blackwood.
Unlike the first two books, Checkmate is not written in first person from the point of view of the protagonist, Sam Fisher, nor does Checkmate continue the running subplots that were previously established in the book series.
In 2003, Sam Fisher must stop a cargo freighter loaded with radioactive material that is headed towards the coast of the United States, he has minutes to disable the ship - or die trying.
- Sam Fisher: As efficient as he is ruthless, Fisher is a deadly secret agent tasked with espionage, assassination, and theft for the United States against its enemies. He is incredibly adroit and calm, making him the perfect man for the job. He has a strange sense of humor, and he can be kind and warm from time to time.
- Irving Lambert: Third Echelon's Director of Operations.
- Anna Grimsdottir: Technical Director, she is nicknamed Grim by her friends.
- William Redding: Fisher's new Field Runner.
- Kuan Yin-Zhao: A Chinese mafia kingpin and the primary antagonist of the book.
- Heng: A Chinese undercover CIA agent planted in Zhao's organization, who later assists Sam Fisher.
- Marcus Greenhorn: A hacker working indirectly with Zhao's organization. He works in the Arabian tallest tower. When Sam tried to extract him by force, he is killed by his own bodyguards as a notion to silence Greenhorn.
- Elena: Fisher's partner when he was in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
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