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Return of the Assassin: (Assassin Series #3) [Kindle Edition]

Russell Blake
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Book Description

Return of the Assassin, the third book in the Assassin series, is the the shocking continuation of the saga of El Rey, the Mexican cartel super-assassin whose exploits have branded him with the notorious distinction as the most dangerous man in the world. Faced with impossible choices as he races against time, El Rey must return to an underworld where the smallest slip means instant death, in order to save the life of a young woman whose escape and survival is inexorably linked to his own.

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Q&A with Russell Blake

Q: Return of the Assassin is the third installment in the assassin series. Why the fascination with this story?

RB: El Rey is such a powerful character - at once reprehensible and without any redeeming characteristics, and yet intensely interesting in the way he processes and acts. He's despicable, a sociopath, a killer in a world of ugly brutality, and yet there is a sort of tranquility to him, a Zen that's wholly out of place. Perhaps it's because he has no fear of death, or perhaps it's because he plays judge and executioner, or maybe it's just the way he's wired. For whatever reason, I keep going back to him, imagining further adventures. Can't help it.

Q: It would seem that Captain Cruz takes a back seat in this novel. By design?

RB: Not really. I just write the story, and in this one, Cruz wasn't central. The next one, he will be integral, but here he is more on the periphery. Each book in the series has its own vibe and pace - Night is the making of a monster, King is the ultimate assassination story, Return is a mad adrenaline rush, and Revenge is a quest. I don't want readers to pick up one of these books and not get twists and surprises. So they are all paced slightly differently, and highlight different aspects of the various characters.

Q: Why don't you end your books in the usual manner? Bad guy gets it in the end, good guy triumphs, love fills the air, closure is found by the final pages?

RB: I bore easily, and read a lot. When I read a book, and the final scenes are where the protagonist is duking it out with the villain, who almost wins save for a nearly miraculous twist, and in the end everything falls into tidy place, I feel a little cheated. I know some readers really want a reassuring, familiar read where their beliefs are uncritically validated and everything is neat, but that's not how the world works, and there's a part of me that considers that kind of ending and recoils. I feel like I'm cheating the reader if I let them off light and deliver the predicable. I don't write to churn out familiar universal stories of hope and redemption. I write thrillers. They can't be very thrilling if you know how it's going to end a third of the way through the book.


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"A sadistically good writer."
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"Russell Blake writes with a brisk intensity and pulse-pounding power. Jump in and hang on for a nonstop thrill ride." - Scott Nicholson, Liquid Fear

"Blake at his best!" - Steven Konkoly, Black Flagged Redux, Black Flagged, The Jakarta Pandemic

About the Author

Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and The Chicago Tribune, Russell Blake is the USA Today bestselling author of thirty action thrillers, including Fatal Exchange, The Geronimo Breach, the Zero Sum trilogy, King of Swords, Night of the Assassin, Revenge of the Assassin, Return of the Assassin, Blood of the Assassin, Requiem for the Assassin, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Silver Justice, JET, JET - Ops Files, JET II - Betrayal, JET III - Vengeance, JET IV - Reckoning, JET V - Legacy, JET VI - Justice, JET VII - Sanctuary, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, BLACK Is The New Black, and BLACK To Reality.

Non-fiction includes the international bestseller An Angel With Fur 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, 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 novel into Spanish and German.

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Reprobatio Ltd (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083C9GD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! July 1, 2012
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I have never written a review before, but enjoyed the Assassin series enough to take the time to do it for this author.

There are four books in the series. I read book one second, as I knew in advance that there was a prequel and all four books had been published. I feel that the first two books were written in such a way as to not detract from the storyline.

I did not want to put the books down (Kindle device, actually). I never hesitated to buy the next book. The plot lines were.interesting. the cast of characters was not confusing to follow. I could easily visualize the scenes and could almost feel the deadlines each character faced in real-time countdowns as events unfolded.

Book #3 (the 4th in the series) did not let me down. It was not "more of the same." It was a chess game, but not too complicated to follow.

Overall, I enjoyed the series and will look for more books from this author. I already read Zero Sum and enjoyed the introduction as well as the book. I would not say that Russell Blake is my favorite author, but I feel confident that I will enjoy any book authored by this writer. I have already downloaded another to read as soon as I can get to it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, untethered talent. June 6, 2012
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This work - #4 in a series that reads like the most vividly detailed movie - is like the sweetest, smoothest, "gimme more" frosting on the most delectable cake. Only......he's not done by a long shot. READ THEM ALL and ride this El Rey train to the end of the line. Who creates such an array of perfectly crafted characters and condenses their cross-treading relationship into a few hundred pages without missing one detail?? Russell Blake, Sir! I'm glad I met you. Thanks Amazon! I will also be buying the RB hard copies for the book case that, so far, is reserved for Anne Rice & David Baldacci.
Peace & Love :-))
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Assassin Series is the BEST EVER! June 16, 2012
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I just completed reading the entire series and as Aussies say, "I'm gob smacked!" What a fantastic series!! Can't wait for the next installment! The characters, the story, the tension!! WOW! Definitely NOT a series you can put down and pick up. I'm hooked! Sensational story line full of excitement! A must read for every adrenaline junkie out there! They should be written as a screen play series for some very talented actors, and an equally talented director! Buy it, borrow it, whatever - just read it!!!
Alan - Downunder
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another great one June 3, 2012
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Another great book. El rey is is a stunning character that I hope continues in many books to come. Thiis book is great from start to finish. Just hope Russell Blake continues the series. The story is skocking...yet wonderful!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Assassin by Russel Blake July 3, 2012
By Sharzz
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If you want a book full of action, this is it. Its a real page turner and will leaving you wanting more. A book that you will never figure out how its going to end, a must read. El Ray is one of my favorite characters to read about and I hope there will be many more books about him...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fun ride! May 26, 2012
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Another fast-paced, intelligent and creative book from Russell Blake. Blake lets me peek at the darker side of human nature, at how people are corrupted in the pursuit of wealth and power and in the exercise thereof. This book is another grand poke at the folly of the drug war and it's consequences. I'll be waiting patiently for his next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return Of The Assassin (Book 3) June 14, 2012
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It never a dull moment when El Rey is involved. I can't wait to see Cpt Cruiz when he finds out El Rey is now working for CISEN. Very interesting sequel soon i hope.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sequel to the sequel. Still exceptional. June 27, 2012
By bananas
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I'm not a big fan of series mostly. I'm not talking about series in which books are connected mainly by heroes/heroines but not much else - as is the case with most detective series where each book contains a case unrelated to the ones in its predecessors. The other kind of series is the type I'm talking about. The kind where the story develops forward with each installment (even when each book can be read independent of any other books in the series) and you want to find out what happens to the characters in the next installment. Too often, I see this type of series become stale and boring or plain ridiculous after a great start with the first book in the series, and quickly degenerate into mind-numbing dribbles by book three or four. Cursed with the inability to stop reading something I've started, no matter how bad, because I JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE CHARACTERS DAMMIT LEAVE ME ALONE, I often reluctantly pick up the next book in a series that I'm not enthusiastic about. I know. I'm a loser. Somebody could write a book about that and develop it into a series. Not that anybody should.

Anyhow. Before this becomes a first draft of a really bad series, I should get to the point. The whole Assassin series so far places El Blake a cut or two or five above most writers. I consider the first book, King of Swords, a masterpiece, a hard act to follow. But El Blake was able to write a prequel that doesn't suck, and a sequel that STILL doesn't suck (for which I think I might have missed writing a review now that I think about it).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to start on 4
This was just as fast paced and well thought a plot as the rest of the series was. Greater read!
Published 1 day ago by Wally Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Assassin
I love this Assassin series, and the Jet series.
Published 13 days ago by Proud to Speak English
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read
Very gripping. Everything I expected from another El Rey installment. I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the series
Published 1 month ago by Callum Newport
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Assassin
I am enjoying this series. Each book is quite different from each other even with the main characters being the same. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Larry Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Blake at his best!
This was a fun read. Enjoyed the adrenaline rush. If you want to ratchet up your reading pleasure, get the whole series.
Published 3 months ago by thrilrlvr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
see above
Published 4 months ago by David Black
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Series
The Assassin series by Russell Blake are hard to put down. Once I start, not much else will get done. It is truly a guilty pleasure. Got husband hooked on this series as well.
Published 5 months ago by TexasGal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Probably my best author. His books start with action, continue with suspense and end with a great climax.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great series, kept me riveted the whole time.
Published 5 months ago by Tim Kramer
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More About the Author

Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and The Chicago Tribune, Russell Blake is The NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty-five 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, 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, 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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