Russell Blake

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Russell Blake is the NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of 35+ books, including Fatal Exchange, The Geronimo Breach, Zero Sum, King of Swords, Night of the Assassin, Return of the Assassin, Revenge of the Assassin, Blood of the Assassin, Requiem for the Assassin, JET, JET - Ops Files, JET II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, BLACK Is The New Black, BLACK To Reality, An Angel With Fur (pet bio), and How To Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time. He is also the co-author with Clive Cussler of The Eye of Heaven, from Penguin.

Blake lives on the Pacific coast of Mexico with his 2 dogs and a bad attitude. His blog, contains his thoughts, such as they are.

Smashwords Interview

What was your environment like growing up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was reading when I was two years old, and both my parents were readers who placed tremendous importance on literacy and use of language. Intellectual capital was always more prized than financial capital, so while we weren't wealthy, we were rich in the classics and in intellectual curiosity. That framed my perception of life, where to this day I'm more interested in the philosophical and the literary than in pop culture or money. I don't watch TV (ok, that's a lie, I have a DVD player and was addicted to 24, which was about the last thing I watched), so whenever I have downtime, I automatically go to a good book. I believe that to be a decent writer, you have to read. A lot. You are what you eat, so to speak, so if you don't feed your brain a healthy diet of good prose, you're starving your intellect.
When did you first start writing?
A decade ago, but it was crap. Actually, I had been writing non-fiction (brochures, ad copy, manuals) decades before, but that didn't really prepare me for creative writing. I wrote my first fiction 10 years ago, and after four drafts, realized it was awful and should never see the light of day. So I wrote another, and it wasn't as bad, but it still sucked. I thought I might have nailed it about 5 years ago, and shopped that effort, to be told when it got shopped that it was wonderful, but didn't fit with what the market was looking for at that time. Which pretty much confirmed what I suspected - that if you weren't writing about glittery vampires back then, you weren't on the radar. I decided to continue writing to improve, as opposed to trying to get a deal. Took me until about 3 years ago before I really thought I had a handle on it and had developed an interesting and distinctive voice - but then, what to do with it? I understood from my earlier foray into querying that I didn't have the temperament to spend years soliciting agents, and years more waiting for a deal, so when the self-pubbing revolution hit, a friend of mine suggested around January of 2011 that I consider jumping into the water. Took me until June of that year to work up the nerve, get a decent cover, get my first offering edited, set up a website and get familiar with social media. I've never looked back since, and consider it the first step in a new life. So far so good.
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Where to find Russell Blake online


Jet - Incarceration
Pre-release—available December 25, 2015. Price: $5.98 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
Jet's peaceful existence in Kosovo is shattered when unexpected enemies surface to settle old scores and make her pay in blood. Spanning the globe from Russia to Syria to Romania to Washington, nothing is as it seems, and her adversaries will stop at nothing to destroy her and the new life she, Matt, and Hannah, have built.
Rage of the Assassin
Price: $5.98 USD. Words: 84,870. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
In the final installment in the bestselling Assassin series, El Rey and Captain Romero Cruz race the clock to stop a terrorist threat to Mexico City and save thousands of lives. Gritty, unflinching, with a plot drawn from today's headlines, Rage of the Assassin concludes the saga that began with King of Swords.
Jet - Escape
Series: JET, Book 8. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,250. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
After a harrowing escape from a gun battle at a hilltop Colombian monastery, Jet must risk it all in order to evade pursuers as they hunt her and her loved ones across South America.
Ramsey's Gold
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 111,830. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
When a forgotten journal materializes decades after Drake Ramsey's father vanished in the Amazon jungle, Drake decides to follow in his footsteps and search for the legendary treasure of the Inca empire, hidden in the lost Inca city of Paititi.
Jet - Ops Files II - Terror Alert
Series: JET, Prequel 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,610. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
JET - Ops Files, Terror Alert picks up the story of Maya, the operative who would become Jet, on her first mission in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she must race the clock to stop a terror attack that would change the world order. From a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author.
Jet - Survival
Series: JET, Book 10. Price: $5.98 USD. Words: 90,960. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
Jet - Survival is the eighth volume in the JET series, which picks up from where Jet - Sanctuary left off. From the squalid ports of Panama to the cartel infested jungles of Colombia, Jet, Matt, and Hannah must battle the most deadly adversaries yet if they are to survive.
Requiem For The Assassin
Series: Assassin, Book 6. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,120. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
In Requiem for the Assassin, El Rey, the world's deadliest assassin, is called into the field to terminate a list of seemingly unrelated targets on behalf of CISEN, the Mexican Intelligence Agency. But things are never as they seem in the murky world of intrigue, and he quickly goes from being the hunter to the prey.
Jet - Sanctuary
Series: JET, Book 9. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,770. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
JET - Sanctuary picks up where JET Justice left off, with Jet, Matt and Hannah on the run in South America, trying to evade enemies from their past who are determined to exterminate them. From Chile to Rio to Argentina to Moscow, the action never lets up as Jet battles to save her loved ones. This is the seventh novel in the JET series.
JET - Ops Files
Series: JET, Prequel 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,900. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
JET - Ops Files chronicles the early years of Maya, who goes on to become the Mossad's deadliest operative: the assassin known as Jet. From the West Bank to Tel Aviv to Jordan to Singapore to Indonesia, Ops Files is a breakneck adrenaline rush that will leave readers gasping.
Jet - Justice
Price: $5.97 USD. Words: 85,150. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
JET - Justice continues the saga of the former Mossad operative as she battles to survive in a world intent on destroying her. From the streets of Argentina to the corridors of power in Moscow, her past continues to haunt her even as she flees it.
Blood of the Assassin
Series: Assassin, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,420. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A German hit man has targeted a world leader for execution. In a high octane race against the clock, an unlikely alliance must track and stop the assassin before he can carry out his unthinkable scheme. The fifth of the bestselling Assassin novels, Blood of the Assassin can be read as a stand-alone novel or as the continuation of the series.
Series: JET, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 81,860. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Code name: Jet Twenty-eight-year-old Jet was once the Mossad's most lethal operative before faking her own death and burying that identity forever. But the past doesn't give up on its secrets easily. When her new life on a tranquil island is shattered by a brutal attack, Jet must return to a clandestine existence of savagery and deception to save herself and those she loves.
JET II - Betrayal (JET #2)
Series: JET, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,650. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Twenty-eight year old Jet, the former Mossad operative from the eponymous novel JET, must battle insurmountable odds to protect those she loves in a deadly race that stretches from the heartland of Nebraska to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., from the lurid streets of Bangkok to the deadly jungles of Laos and Myanmar. Fans of Kill Bill & The Bourne Trilogy will love JET - Betrayal.
Revenge of the Assassin (Assassin series #2)
Series: Assassin, Book 3. Price: $4.97 USD. Words: 89,900. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Revenge of the Assassin is the breakneck-paced sequel to the bestselling international thriller King of Swords. When El Rey, the super assassin responsible for Latin America's most spectacular hits, returns to Mexico for one final sanction, the race is on for Captain Romero Cruz of the Federales to stop him before he can fulfill his contract to kill the president.
Return of the Assassin (Assassin Series #3)
Series: Assassin, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,950. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The third in the series of novels chronicling the saga of El Rey, the King of Swords - the legendary, cold-blooded Mexican cartel assassin whose exploits have branded him as the most dangerous hired killer in the world.
Night of the Assassin
Series: Assassin, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,250. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The prequel to King of Swords, Night of the Assassin charts the early life of El Rey, the super-assassin who specializes in impossible-to-execute sanctions on behalf of his brutal narco-trafficking cartel clients. Night of the Assassin is a glimpse into the making of the monster, and is an intense, no-flinching, gritty epic that will leave even the most jaded thriller fan gasping.
King of Swords
Series: Assassin, Book 2. Price: $3.97 USD. Words: 105,370. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
King of Swords is an epic assassination thriller set in modern Mexico against a backdrop of cartel violence. Captain Romero Cruz discovers an assassination plot to kill the Mexican & U.S. presidents at the G-20 conference in Cabo by "El Rey" - a super assassin responsible for some of the world's most shocking killings. King of Swords is Day of the Jackal in Mexico, on steroids.
Fatal Exchange
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,270. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Fatal Exchange chronicles the adventures of Tess Gideon, an iconoclastic female bike messenger who becomes embroiled in a rogue nation’s plot to undermine the U.S. financial system. When the body count climbs, Tess must choose between vengeance and safety as she’s stalked through Manhattan’s seedy underbelly by a rogue nation’s savage hit team and a bloodthirsty serial killer.

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