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Fatal Exchange (Fatal Series Book 1) by [Blake, Russell]
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Book 1 of 2 in Fatal Series (2 Book Series)
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NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

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

"This is a classic thriller from a writer who knows how to keep you sitting in suspense for hours on end. I enjoyed all the elements of this story--the characters, the settings and the detail of his plot elements. I especially enjoyed the character of Tess and believe she'll make a good serial character for future books. I'll make no secret that I'm a fan of Russell's writing; his blog is alternately uproariously funny and insightful and I particularly enjoyed his Gazillion parody. For any readers of either his blog or Gazillion, prepare yourselves for a different side to his writing. He's a serious thriller writer, someone we'll all be hearing more from in the future. He's got legs for those who love thrillers."
- David Lender, Vaccine Nation, Bull Street, Trojan Horse and Gravy Train

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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 forty 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, JET X - Incarceration, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, BLACK Is The New Black, BLACK To Reality, BLACK In The BoxDeadly Calm, Ramsey's Gold,and Emerald Buddha.

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 novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Bulgarian, 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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1002 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Reprobatio Ltd (February 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054M6PTY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a book that took me completely by surprise. I thought I'd give it a shot based on the Amazon description and 5 star reviews, and it quickly became a page turner I couldn't put down. The plot is complex, sort of like a Forsyth or Ludlum, and the characters are gripping. It's a real novel. Can't wait to see what Blake does next.

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Blake's Fatal Exchange had me hooked from the first chapter. It is a fast paced, action packed thriller that you won't want to put down.
It begins with a watch dealer who sells a million dollars worth of watches to an Asian businessman. When it turns out the bills are counterfeit the game is on. The counterfeiters realize some less than perfect bills are out and they want them back before anyone knows they exist.
Tess, a bicycle courier, is the daughter of the watch dealer and when the bodies start stacking up she realizes she's probably next.
Throw in a serial killer that is targeting female bike messengers and you have one more twist in the plot.
Blake ties the plots together brilliantly in a turn you won't see coming.
5 Stars! - Kate Farrell, The Kindle Book Review
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Written in the style of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle with more twists and turns then a piece of licorice this book kept me guessing to the end. I loved the interaction between the characters and the details of the crimes presented. I, of course, had it all worked out (not) but it kept me mesmerized throughout the whole book.

It was a joy to read such a book without getting lost or bored. The author kept things in order but still added the Miss Marple variety of down home detective and the `keep your eyes open so you don't miss the obvious clue' of the Holmes variety.

For an old fashioned just plain good who done it this was the best one I've read so far. I highly recommend it for this genre and may even go back and read it again to make sure I got all the subtleties the author was intending. I just really liked this book.
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Riding down the streets of New York, Tess, a one time programmer who has kind of lost herself in life, wants a no brainer type of job and finds one at Red Cap bike messengers. Life is simple with her job and her no commitment relationship fella Nick until all hell breaks loose.

Mr. Blake is able to simultaneously take us into two separate and distinct stories that somehow have a tie-in. With a touch of romance, with bits of gore (well more than bits), the author carefully details the sequence of events which all finally ties together in the end. I personally didn't think he would be able to do it, but he does.

Tess finally realizes that she has "stayed in denial" and now must "live in her own reality". It is a very well written, detailed novel. It is a must read. I hope Mr. Blake has another one or two of these novels tucked under his belt.
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Like others have mentioned, this book contains some very graphic depictions of torture, so it is not for the faint of heart. With that being said- wow! It is rare to find a self-published book with this quality of writing and editing. I wasn't sold based on the description, but I went with the stellar reviews, and I'm so glad I did! 5 stars.
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One of the other reviewers (or someone who commented on a review, at any rate) described this as a book written with the male audience in mind. On the whole, I agree. As I grew more enthused about the story, I read sections of it out loud to my husband, as I sometimes do. He is often just patient with this and little more, but today he asked me if he could read it when I finished with it.

As my husband described it, the writing in this book is direct, with little or no energy wasted on unnecessary details (read: wife likes literary fiction). At times, it is graphic, but I've read far worse. The reader has no trouble getting lost in the story itself and the characters that are supposed to be likable are and those that aren't--well, there are some awesome bad guys in this book. No one is superhuman, no one suddenly knows jujitsu. They're just people making the best (or worst) of the situation. On average, male authors have difficulty writing from the female point of view (we do NOT think about the things you guys think we think about for the reasons you think we think about them)but on the whole Blake created a very believable likable, smart female character in Tess. I was pleased that she was largely allowed to take care of herself and solve her own problems. The author masterfully juggles multiple plot lines and I enjoyed the solutions to all the conflicts immensely.

Though I have not looked into the rest of this author's books yet, my hope is that he will consider another book that includes these characters at some point in the future, if he hasn't already done so.
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The author takes you on two different stories at the the same time. I could have read either story by its self and been satisfied. The author takes you through both of stories, a murder mystery and a young woman struggling to find her own life while everyone she loves keeps getting murdered. You can be sure to find pleasure in this read either story is great, but together there's putting this down.
Worth the price for sure.
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