Don’t you just love it when you discover a new favourite author? There are so many great fiction writers out there, but it is something special when your reading experience is taken from enjoyable to give me more NOW!
I recently had such a windfall when I stumbled across the talented Russel Blake’s work. I was hooked by his fast-paced style and vibrant locations from the first page of JET and have since read all 7 books in the series. I’m thrilled to say that the promise of tightly edited, twisted plots and non-stop action never fails to deliver.
To steal from Russell Blake’s own words, this series is... 'unapologetically over-the-top, with an emphasis on larger-than-life breakneck action...'
The series starts with Jet — an ex female Mossad assassin — who is pushed to her limits in order to protect those she loves, and discover the truth about the past she is hiding from.
I love a kick-ass, intelligent, female heroine. Combine that with her complex background, a vulnerable toddler, and a host of villains with almost infinite means, and you've got a winner. The suspense is well crafted and the settings vivid, taking you on a tour of all the seediest locations around the globe.
What sets this series apart are the details; they are in the layered characters, vivid scenery, captured cultural essences in each location you visit, and meticulous combat elements.
I’m going to start a rumour here that I suspect when Russel isn’t enjoying his dogs, fishing and tequila in Mexico, he’s a
covert operative (even if his only mission is to contest world domination by clowns). Seriously, the level of detail about weapons and general sneakiness must have taken considerable time and research to amass and it adds an authentic flavour to his work.
Perhaps best of all, for a limited time, he has JET – Ops Files, the prequel to the series, which is every bit as gripping as the rest, available as a free download. Count that as a big win for readers, who get to sample his wares at no cost.
That’s enough of selling the praises of the JET series. I have to hurry and read some more by Russell Blake, because he writes as fast as I can read.
Don't forget to visit Russell's website, Twitter or Goodreads, and grab the a sample of his work from Amazon.