Russell

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Russell Blake is The NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of dozens of action thriller novels, 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, Rage of the Assassin, JET, JET - Ops Files I & II, JET II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, BLACK Is The New Black, BLACK To Reality, BLACK In The Box, Ramsey's Gold, Emerald Buddha, 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 and The Solomon Curse.

Blake lives on the Pacific coast of Mexico with his 2 dogs and a bad attitude. His blog, http://RussellBlake.com 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 online


Series

Books

A Girl Betrayed
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 99,410. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A college friend in trouble... ...a sinister plot where betrayal is the rule. Can Leah Mason untangle a Byzantine mystery in time to save her friend...and herself? In the follow-up to A Girl Apart, Leah finds herself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy where nothing is as it seems, and the stakes are life and death. If you love Connelly, Grisham, and Kellerman, you'll want to read A Girl Betrayed
A Girl Apart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,960. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A mysterious phone call. A deadly international conspiracy. A brutal killer who'll stop at nothing to keep the sins of the past hidden. When investigative journalist Leah Mason returns home to El Paso with her career in flames and her romantic life in tatters, things seem like they can't get any worse. Leah soon discovers she couldn't be more wrong. Fans of Patterson & Connoly will love it.
The Goddess Legacy
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,910. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
When Drake Ramsey and company get an invitation they can't refuse to embark on a treasure hunt in India, little do they know that it will be a headlong rush into danger that will take all their wits to survive. The third in the bestselling Ramsey's series is sure to delight fans of Cussler, Brown, and Rollins.
Rage of the Assassin
Series: Assassin. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,100. 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.
Ramsey's Gold
Price: $3.99 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: 85,730. 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.
Requiem For The Assassin
Series: Assassin, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,260. 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 - Ops Files
Series: JET, Prequel 1. Price: Free! Words: 74,900. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
Blood of the Assassin
Series: Assassin, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,430. 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.
Revenge of the Assassin (Assassin series #2)
Series: Assassin, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,100. 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: 84,040. 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: 61,660. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
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.
The Assassin - King of Swords
Series: Assassin, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,020. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Assassin - 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.

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