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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.
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Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and The Chicago Tribune, Russell Blake is The NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of dozens of action/adventure and mystery novels, including Fatal Exchange, The Geronimo Breach, Zero Sum, King of Swords, Night of the Assassin, Revenge of the Assassin, Return of the Assassin, Blood of the Assassin, Requiem for the Assassin, Rage of the Assassin, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Silver Justice, JET, JET - Ops Files, JET - Ops Files: Terror Alert, JET II - Betrayal, JET III - Vengeance, JET IV - Reckoning, JET V - Legacy, JET VI - Justice, JET VII - Sanctuary, JET VIII - Survival, JET IX - Escape, 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, and Deadly Calm.

Non-fiction includes the international bestseller An Angel With Fur (animal biography) and How To Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time (even if drunk, high or incarcerated), a parody of all things writing-related.

Blake is co-author of The Eye of Heaven and The Solomon Curse, with legendary author Clive Cussler. Blake's novel King of Swords has been translated into German by Amazon Crossing, The Voynich Cypher into Bulgarian, and his JET novels into Spanish, German, and Czech.

Blake writes under the moniker R.E. Blake in the NA/YA/Contemporary Romance genres. Novels include Less Than Nothing, More Than Anything, and Best Of Everything.

Having resided in Mexico for a dozen years, Blake enjoys his dogs, fishing, boating, tequila and writing, while battling world domination by clowns. His thoughts, such as they are, can be found at his blog: RussellBlake.com

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Oct 30, 2015
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394
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English
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Russell Blake
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.

Q&A with Russell Blake

Q: This is the sixth book in the Assassin series?

RB: Depends on how you count them. If you include the prequel, Night of the Assassin, it's #6. If you start at the first book in the series and look at the prequel as sort of 1a, it's #5.

Q: How is this different than the others in the series?

RB: I take a little more time to set the stage, but the main thing is the approach to the story. I wanted to craft something where the reader wasn't sure what the story was really about, to mirror the characters not knowing what's actually going on even as events play out around them. That sense of disequilibrium was key to the concept - the reader discovers how everything is connected and makes sense just as the characters do. It's different than any of the prior books in the sense that we aren't really sure who the bad guys are until the denouement, whereas in the prior books it was pretty obvious up front who was good and who was bad.

Q: Is there much more road for El Rey and Captain Cruz?

RB: I see at least one more episode, maybe two. Depends on how the next one finishes. I do love both characters, so I'm reluctant to write the last book, but I've got no interest in dragging it out and inventing story just to pad a series. My sense is we're nearing the end, but how or when it ends, I'm not sure yet. 
Russell Blake
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.

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Q&A with bestselling author Russell Blake

Q: How is Blood of the Assassin different than the other Assassin books?

RB: I wrote it so that it could be read by a someone who is new to my work, and unfamiliar with the prior books. In much the same way Da Vinci Code was the second in that series but was a satisfying read on its own, I wanted to try the same thing with Blood - a sequel that someone could start with knowing little or nothing about its predecessors. Having said that, it's also consistent with the prior Assassin novels, so those who have read the series will find that it fits snugly in place.

Q: So would you suggest new readers start here?

RB: Sure. That's the whole idea. I think that this book is a perfect example of my storytelling, pacing, character development, and plotting, and I'm confident that new readers will find it engaging and satisfying.

Q: This volume features a lot more of Captain Cruz than the last ones.

RB: Yes, I wanted him to have a central role, and explore his character more. Just as I wanted to flesh out El Rey in greater detail, and create a more nuanced story. It's also by far the longest of the Assassin books, even after rigorous and ruthless editing.

Q: So El Rey, the Mexican super-assassin, also features prominently.

RB: For the same reason. I wanted to let him grow - give him a broader range. I'm particularly satisfied with how this effort turned out. El Rey fans will find everything they've grown to love or hate about him here, but with an evolving perspective on life. And I thought it would be fascinating to have one super-assassin hunting another. I think it wound up working well. But readers will be the ultimate judges...
Dan Brown
The #1 New York Times Bestseller (October 2017) from the author of The Da Vinci Code.
 
Bilbao, Spain
 
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
     As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
     Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
 
Origin is stunningly inventive—Dan Brown's most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.
Russell Blake
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.

Q&A with Russell Blake

Q: This is the sixth book in the Assassin series?

RB: Depends on how you count them. If you include the prequel, Night of the Assassin, it's #6. If you start at the first book in the series and look at the prequel as sort of 1a, it's #5.

Q: How is this different than the others in the series?

RB: I take a little more time to set the stage, but the main thing is the approach to the story. I wanted to craft something where the reader wasn't sure what the story was really about, to mirror the characters not knowing what's actually going on even as events play out around them. That sense of disequilibrium was key to the concept - the reader discovers how everything is connected and makes sense just as the characters do. It's different than any of the prior books in the sense that we aren't really sure who the bad guys are until the denouement, whereas in the prior books it was pretty obvious up front who was good and who was bad.

Q: Is there much more road for El Rey and Captain Cruz?

RB: I see at least one more episode, maybe two. Depends on how the next one finishes. I do love both characters, so I'm reluctant to write the last book, but I've got no interest in dragging it out and inventing story just to pad a series. My sense is we're nearing the end, but how or when it ends, I'm not sure yet. 
Russell Blake
Jet III - Vengeance finds Jet settled down, trying to return to a somewhat normal life of stability and safety. But fate has other plans for her when she becomes embroiled in a terrifying terrorism plot involving figures from her past, whose thirst for revenge forces her back into the kill-or-be-killed world she'd hoped to have put behind her forever.

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Q&A with Russell Blake

Q: JET has been a remarkably successful series. How many more books do you see with her?

RB: I originally envisioned it as a trilogy, but after finishing JET III, it was obvious to me that there would be at least one to two more. I really like her character, so I'm reluctant to see her story end. That's my long-winded way of saying I'll probably keep writing about her as long as readers want me to.

Q: How is JET III different than the first two books?

RB: I focused more on some of her non-traditional skills, like parkour. Plus I wanted to flesh out her emotional life a little, and give a sense of the person, not just the person involved in the action. I also tried to give her a sense of normalcy in her domestic situation, so she could bond with her loved ones and forge relationships and friendships. And of course, the ending. I wanted to keep readers on the edge of their seats, wanting to know what happens next - which is what JET IV resolves. I could have tied everything up in a neat package at the end of JET III,but it felt a little too pat, and the ultimate story will take at least another volume to conclude in anything approaching a satisfactory manner, for me, at least. And I felt the suspense and uncertainty it ends on creates a sort of intriguing set of questions for readers to speculate about.

Sort of how the Lizbeth Salander books demand reading all of them to discover how the story plays out.

Q: Some might think that the character of Jet is too over-blown, not realistic enough. What say you?

RB: I deliberately went overblown - unapologetically so. I wanted a protagonist the likes of a James Bond or a Lizbeth Salander - and let's face it, those are overblown characters. I think that as long as you're willing to go, "hell yeah she can do that...she's Jet!" you'll enjoy the books. Think Raiders of the Lost Ark - does anyone care if Indiana Jones is overblown? Not me. Goes with the territory. If you're looking for The English Patient, or Sophie's Choice, you'll be disappointed. I've written very realistic, gritty protags - Fatal Exchange's Tess, Geronimo Breach's Al, the Assassin series' Capt Cruz and El Rey, Silver Justice's Silver Cassidy...I didn't want to do a repeat, so I thought I'd go more over-the-top, kick-ass with Jet. I mean, just the name. Jet. Come on. She's got to be a bad-ass with a name like that.

Q: Let's go back to the parkour. Some of the scenes seem to have her defying the laws of physics.

RB: I provide some links at the back of the book to videos of some of the better parkour practitioners. I'd say anyone who thinks I'm exaggerating what these traceurs can do would be well-advised to watch those, in their entirety, and then we can talk.

Russell Blake
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. A gritty, unflinching roller-coaster of high-stakes twists and shocking turns, JET features a new breed of protagonist that breaks the mold.

Fans of Lisbeth Salander, SALT, and the Bourne trilogy will find themselves carried along at Lamborghini speed to a conclusion as surprising as the story's heroine is unconventional.

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Q & A w/ Russell Blake


Q: How would you describe JET?

Russell: The elevator pitch? Kill Bill meets Bourne. The longer version would be: JET follows the saga of a young woman who thought she had left a brutal covert life behind her, but finds herself having to go back into that world when she is attacked by enemies from her past. It's totally over-the-top, escapist fun, and not intended to be particularly realistic, any more than the Bond books were. More a non-stop action thrill ride where the heroine can totally kick serious ass.

Q: How does JET differ from your other novels?

R: I've never written anything as lightning-paced. It's completely and joyously overblown in the way a Tarantino film is. I wanted this to read like being in a scarab, slamming through the waves at ninety miles per hour - a rush that just doesn't stop. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. But having said that, what's weird about JET is that even though it's brimming with action, the use of language and artful description was a priority for me, and I think I struck a balance that's unusual and evocative. Whatever it is, it seems to work.

Q: JET's character is different than the other female protagonists you've written. What inspired her?

R: I got this idea when I was writing Silver Justice for a total take-no-prisoners female operative - sort of a female Jack Bauer crossed with James Bond, but way more deadly. From that idea came the seeds of an incredible story with more twists and surprises than I've ever tried for. But it also has a different sensibility. If there's such a thing as literary fiction action thrillers, I guess this might be it.

Q: Why the Mossad?

R: I wanted something that was exotic and had the reputation as highly effective, but wanted to avoid the usual CIA or KGB operative. And she's way too no-nonsense for MI6. That didn't leave a lot of choices. So the Mossad it was. I'd written an ex-Mossad operative once before in The Voynich Cypher & I think I sort of automatically leaned in that direction, and before I knew it the book was written.

Q: Your work has been described as cinematic. Why?

R: That's how I think. I see each episode or scene in my head, & then I write what I see. I try to provide enough depth so the reader is with me, but not so much that page flipping to get to the next good part is required. But I see each chapter as a scene - it's just how my brain works. I'm a creation of a modern world, raised on images & films, so I think that naturally affects my storytelling. Certainly the JET books are. Mission Impossible comes to mind.

Q: You mention Kill Bill and Bourne. How is this similar?

R: I loved Tarantino's take because it was so overblown in every way. Deliberately so. I wanted JET to read like that film played, but with a story more like Bourne. The idea of a female operative grappling with her past just captivated my imagination. You'll see why.
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