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School of the Assassins [Kindle Edition]

W.K. Blais
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Book Description

"Support first-time novelists: School of the Assassins by W.K. Blais."
 Brad Meltzer, Bestselling Thriller Author.

WINNER, Best Mystery/Thriller eBook, 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Bronze Medalist. 

HONORABLE MENTION, Readers' Favorite 2014 International Book Awards, Thriller Category. 

Praise for School of the Assassins: 

"This is a riveting story from start to finish, filled with pathos, courage, evil, and a very satisfying triumph."Judge, Writer's Digest Ebook Awards

"...a page turning and exhilarating thriller. It was captivating from the prologue to the last page and once I started I couldn't put it down."Reviewer, Readers' Favorite. 

Customer Reviews:

"Hollywood Blockbuster future." "One of my top favorites of Kindle books read." "One of the most interesting books I have read in a long while." "Straight through from first page to last, School of the Assassins had me in its grip with an original story, convincing characters and non-stop action so that I could not put it down."

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Product Details

  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0D50YU
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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W.K. Blais adroitly knits together unexpected forces in School of the Assassins. By melding the very real invasion of Mexican drug cartels into US drug culture, disaffected and adrift veterans, American foreign policy via the training of Latin American guerrillas at the School of the Americas, and the disturbing politics of South Africa, Blais has given us a gripping tale with believable, consistent characters and strong plot lines.
I give the book four stars instead of 5 only because the ending, as other reviewers have noted, receives short shrift and should instead be a sequel.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Invisible War May 26, 2013
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This fast-paced, well-written thriller combines little known contemporary history of the ongoing war in South Africa with today's drug scene in the Los Angeles area. The author uses a powerful descriptive narrative and a keen understanding of people caught up in extreme circumstances to move the reader at a fast clip through this entertaining tale of suffering and redemption.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down June 1, 2013
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I started this book at 11pm and finished it in one sitting. This well-written thriller has interesting, sympathetic characters and compelling multiple plot lines. The author offers a preview of what may be in our near future--Mexican drug cartels morphing into American criminal syndicates. The action ranges from South Africa to the San Fernando Valley, and Blais's vivid writing brings all these settings into vibrant life. I highly recommend this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read June 24, 2013
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The genocide in South Africa surprised me. The Mexican drug cartels moving into Los Angeles was a nice touch. And the US training elite Hispanics right here in the US is glorious paranoia. An unconventional mix of characters and problems raises this thriller above most despite the cardboard villains (with one intriguing exception). Bravo for the unique "love" affair, the activist grandma, the envious cousin. My only complaint--not enough to take away stars--is the too speedy ending.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! An exhilarating novel May 27, 2013
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If you're looking for an action thriller with convincing characters, you've found it in "School of the Assassins". Blais takes you on an incredible journey with action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book is a riveting read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat page turner October 20, 2013
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This is a well-crafted thriller centered around compelling characters. The detailed descriptions of action-packed encounters reveal the author's obvious military background, experience, and research. I think this book would make a terrific film that would also bring the South African farm owners' atrocities to light for a broad audience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thriller! August 11, 2013
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Straight through from first page to last, School of the Assassins had me in its grip with an original story, convincing characters and non-stop action so that I could not put it down. This book is well-written, virtually free of any typos or editing issues, and it certainly stands up to anything written by the big-name mystery and thriller writers. Very good, and I will be looking for more books by this author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic action October 19, 2013
By Paul D.
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I recommend this to those who appreciate present-day issues tackled with realistic plots and action sequences.

Kudos to the author for good research on a multitude of area for this novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect specimen in body and mind
School of the Assassins
I was prepared for a book about how a guy, all athletic and you know, the perfect specimen in body and mind, goes to assassin school where he graduates... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Denniger Bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for anyone!
Absolutely loved this book! It was compelling and well written so that the reader never loses interest. The plot from beginning to end kept me wanting more! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential unfulfilled
Interesting premise and nice development of characters but ending is all too simple and left me expecting more.
Published 1 month ago by Larry Deutsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I loved this book yet it was terrorizing at the same time. The scary facts of this book is from the news.
Published 1 month ago by Renee Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Sherril Skipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Awaiting the sequel AND the movie!
This is a page turner from the onset! This adventure takes us to, and teaches us about, a world otherwise unknown. A fun, curious read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but . . .
Interesting about conflict between Boers and ANC, but the plot for revenge was excessive. Lots of gore, too, became excessive. Business and growth of Los Zetas in L.A. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed this book . It kept my interest. It was difficult to put down. I liked the characters.
Published 2 months ago by Lisa N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. The story is believable and coherently structured. It's always a plus to get some history particularly from another's point of view. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr Mark M. Rubenstein
4.0 out of 5 stars SCHOOL OF ASSASSINS
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More About the Author

W.K. Blais grew up in Los Angeles. An Air Force veteran, Honor Guard member and captain of her flight in Officer Training School, she used the G.I. Bill to earn a degree in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer for the Department of Defense. Her early novels, White Trash and Croutons, were published under the pen name Katie Carothers by an imprint of Red Hen Press in 1995 and taught in literature classes at UCLA and four community colleges. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Oxygen, Senior, L.A. Fitness and Hearing Health. An avid marine aquarium hobbyist, she lives with her husband Roger in Los Angeles and enjoys salmon fishing in Alaska.

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