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The Delphi Chronicle, Book 1 - The Manuscript (Conspiracy Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Russell Blake
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Book Description

The Delphi Chronicle is a serial trilogy - a story that unfolds over three installments. This first book, The Manuscript, chronicles the saga of NY private eye Michael Derrigan, as he unwittingly comes into possession of a manuscript that will change the world order if its secrets are aired. Clandestine factions of the U.S. government will do anything to keep the secrets buried, and a trail of butchery follows Derrigan as he races for his life in a chase that takes him from New York, to Mexico, to Havana. An epic roller-coaster ride of a thriller, The Delphi Chronicle's unflinching and often disturbing twists and turns question the nature of reality and of the integrity of our governments in a post-modern world of lies, deceit and betrayal.

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Questions & Answers with bestselling author Russell Blake.

Question: The Delphi Chronicle posits a troubling & plausible conspiracy. Where did you get the idea?

Russell Blake: The idea stemmed from the title. I was originally going to call the trilogy The Pegasus File, & I'd come up with a cool cover, so I decided to google it and confirm there weren't any other books with that name. The original conspiracy was much tamer than what I wound up with after that search. I had the idea of a literary agent getting a manuscript detailing a shocking set of allegations, but I hadn't defined what they were, exactly. From that search came this conspiracy, & I have to admit I considered toning it down a lot, because it scared even me. So readers? This is fiction, OK? And U.S. government? No need to send a wet team after me. We all understand it is fictional. As in, an invention, not real. That's my official position. Readers can decide how plausible the invention is for themselves.

Q: Why write it as a trilogy?

RB: It would have been a very long single volume if I'd tried to squeeze it all into a single book. Given the success I saw with the Zero Sum trilogy, I wanted to do another one, and this was just naturally written in three volumes, although I think most will get the first one, and then buy the specially-priced bundle of Books 2 & 3 if they're interested in following the story to its thrilling conclusion (wink wink).

Q: How do your novels compare to the work of your peers?

RB: I think they're much faster paced than most. I try to catapult readers through a series of twists and turns at such aggressive velocity that they're left gasping by the end. And I dislike books where I can see the ending coming a third of the way through. Just hate that. So I try to write racing, intelligent thrillers that don't pander and aren't formulaic. All so far have gotten raves, so I'm pleasing at least some of the people most of the time...

Q: Part of Delphi unfolds in Mexico. Any particular reason?

RB: I live in Mexico. Have for almost a decade. Modern Mexico is very different than the way it's portrayed by the U.S. media. Many parts are indistinguishable from medium sized cities in the U.S. Strip malls, high rises, melting-pot racial integration, etc. It's not burros and cactus and sombreros. One of the things I find fascinating is how different it is than what my expectations were for when I moved here, and I try to impart that in this book. I don't see many novels that are set in modern Mexico, and most I've read are caricatures of the truth. Mission bells, white-garbed peasants, mariachis, stereotypical characters. I try to imbue my fiction with reality, not some Hollywood portrayal of the country based on a snapshot from the 1950s. I think readers will find that distinction interesting, as do I.

Q: You are amazingly prolific. What's your secret?

RB: All I do is write. And I have a lot of stories floating in my head. So I have been spending a lot of time getting them out of there, and onto paper (or more accurately, pixels). I think readers would do well to read Night of the Assassin and King of Swords for a synthesized version of my style. But there will be plenty mor


Editorial Reviews

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"A sadistically good writer." - The Kindle Book Review

"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 has never failed to deliver an intelligent, exquisitely paced thriller, packed with unforgettable characters, devious intrigue and immersive detail. He has emerged as the most consistently satisfying writer on the thriller scene."
- Steven Konkoly, bestselling author of Black Flagged, Black Flagged Redux and The Jakarta Pandemic

About the Author

Russell Blake is the bestselling author of thirty novels, including the thrillers 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, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Silver Justice, JET, JET II - Betrayal, JET III - Vengeance, JET IV - Reckoning, JET V - Legacy, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, and BLACK Is The New Black. 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 lives in Mexico and enjoys his dogs, fishing, boating, tequila and writing, while battling world domination by clowns.

Product Details

  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Reprobatio Ltd (December 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NAY30O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once I Started Reading It I Couldn't Put It Down January 7, 2012
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What a great read! I love a good Conspiracy Theory story and this is definitely one of the best I've read. After reading a few chapters I went online and ordered Book 2 and 3. There's so much more I'd like to say about the story but I don't want to reveal all the twists, turns and surprises. Let me just say... this is a thrill ride you don't want to miss.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner! August 17, 2012
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It is enough to say that I wasn't half way through the first book when I went back and downloaded the next two. Quick moving, very interesting, and the author weaves a relatively believeable story. You get involved in the characters and cannot put it down. Can't wait for more!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The hook is set. July 8, 2012
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"The Manuscript", by Russell Blake, is the first book in a three book conspiracy/thriller trilogy.

The characters in the work are likeable and well fleshed out. I particularly liked the literary agent in the story, who kicks the story off by receiving the manuscript of the book's title from a mysterious writer.

The author's writing style is quick and to the point. He embellishes the action with enough descriptive writing to put the reader at the scene, but not so much that the imagination flags altogether.

The plot flows well and is easy to follow, with enough twists and point-of-view jumps to keep the reader on their toes. Blake's skeptical viewpoint of the socio-economic power structure is very evident in the main theme.

The story halts rather abruptly, and the reader must then go on to the second book of the series to continue. Some may be put off by this strategy, but I can see the method in Blake's madness.

All in all, I enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to completing the series to see what happens next.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Halvena
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This "book" was free, and having enjoyed this author's style in the book about his dog (An Angel with Fur) I downloaded it.

I wasn't disappointed, because this story is really very well written, much much better than most of the freebies. The characters, all the way down to an old man who just makes a guest appearance when he is walking with his great-grandchild who happens to find a corpse (there are A LOT of corpses in this "book"!), are very well developed, and the story is well told and captivating.
BUT - there is no ending, it just suddenly stops, as if something went wrong when it was downloaded and the last chapters were lost in cyberspace! It was clear from the book description that this is part of a triology, but triology means three separate books in a sequel, it doesn't mean that a story abruptly ends halfway through!
This is not a book, it is a sample, albeit a very well written, fascinating and long one, it is still, in fact, a sample!

There are several other reviews that point out the sudden and incomplete ending of the story. Mr Blake is a skilled author who deserves a better reputation than he will get from having his tale interrupted and divided in this way! This is a downside of e-books beacuse this kind of thing does not happen with "real" printed books, for the very simple reason that nobody would buy them!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent August 1, 2012
By AMMOACE
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Took a chance and hit a jackpot!!! I really liked reading this book and it held my attention all the way through. Good character builds without overdoing it.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definate Must Read! December 31, 2011
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After an exceptional year with multiple five star novels, Russell Blake once again gives his readers a fantastic thrill ride. The Delphi Chronicle, Blake's second trilogy, is one of the best conspiracy theory novels I've read. From New York, to Mexico, to Cuba, readers are treated to a break-neck speed book that is impossible to put down.

The only question now is will Blake outdo him self in 2012? I have no doubt he will.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a riveting roller-coaster paced thriller September 10, 2012
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The book description says this is "An epic roller-coaster ride of a thriller" - I couldn't agree more. This is the first part of a trilogy which is really a taster to make you want to read the rest - and I do!

When NY security consultant Michael Derrigan unwittingly comes into possession of a manuscript that will change the world order if its secrets are aired he is immediately thrown into a race for his life. Others with only a slight knowledge of the manuscript are eliminated by expert clandestine killers. Blake leaves you panting to find out what is going to happen.

Russell Blake is an intelligent and talented author who really understands the craft of writing and marketing a good thriller/adventure story. In his Foreword ("Forward" in the book - editing needed) he says that "The goal of any good fiction is to blend fact and fantasy with such dexterity that it's difficult to tell where the invention ends and the truth begins." This is very clear from the first page of this book.

Also he says "I try to catapult readers through a series of twists & turns at such aggressive velocity they're left gasping by the end." At the end of this book I was left gasping for the next book in the series (or more truthfully for the next 2 books in the trilogy). Fantastic writing, Russell Blake and fantastic marketing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The usual from Blake July 15, 2013
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This is the fifth Russell Blake book I have read and it is a five star like the others. They are hard to put down-I read this one without stopping!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused
It started OK, built up good, but then had a terrible ending that left me hanging & feeling confused so I cannot give this a very high rating.
Published 2 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent read ...
Decent read story starts off pretty well but turns a little too predictable too fast. intriguing enough to get me to move on to the next book in the series
Published 3 months ago by sai p dhanraj
4.0 out of 5 stars The Delphi Chronicle
This book moves quickly with an interesting plot. The characters are realistic and "human" oriented. I plan on reading the next books of the series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karen Beyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Blake is a good writer and i enjoy all of his books. I especially enjoy the books with a series as it keeps me coming back (speaking of a conspriacy!).
Published 4 months ago by Purple Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story but Buyer Beware...
I really liked this book and was immediately caught up in the story line but beware - the "book" is only a segment of chapters from the whole book which is titled... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deborah Akey
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book!
This book has plenty of action and moves at a good pace. Easy to get wrapped up in the characters, and the plot keeps you hooked. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Terrill T Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars fiction or Truth? it's hard to tell!
The cover up is real, or isn't it? Blake's novel makes one worried that fictional acts described are not only possible, but likely.
Published 6 months ago by Russ
3.0 out of 5 stars Delphi Chronicle
The book ended much sooner than I expected it to do. It was not a finished story, and needs an ending. It did hold my attention, I just wish there had been some resolution.
Published 6 months ago by Cary Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a great book. The only problem is that is leads you on and then you have to keep on with the series. I guess that is the point.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars what?
I hate reading all through a book with no ending. It was predictable at most. Sorry, liked several of his Jet books but this one was a dud.
Published 7 months ago by Jeanne G
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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 thirty books, 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 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 (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, 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, 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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