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- Print Length: 294 pages
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- Publisher: Reprobatio Ltd. (February 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0098QJQR0
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Author
Q: How would you describe JET?
Russell: The elevator pitch? Kill Bill meets Bourne. The longer version would be that JET follows the saga of a young woman who thought she had left a brutal covert life behind her, but finds herself having to go back into that world when she is attacked by enemies from her past.
Q: How does JET differ from your other novels?
R: I've never written anything nearly as lightning-paced. It's completely and joyously over the top in the way a Bond film is. I wanted this to read like being in a Scarab, slamming through the waves at ninety miles per hour - a rush that just doesn't stop. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. But having said that, what's weird about JET is that even though it's brimming with action, crafting artful prose was a priority for me, and I think I struck a balance that's unusual and evocative. Whatever it is, it seems to work,
Q: JET's character is different than the other female protagonists you've written. What inspired her?
R: I got this idea when I was writing Silver Justice for a total kick-ass, take-no-prisoners, over the top female operative - sort of a female Jack Bauer crossed with James Bond, but way more deadly. From that idea came the seeds of an incredible story with more twists and surprises than I've ever tried for. But it also has a different sensibility. If there's such a thing as literary fiction action thrillers, I guess this might be it.
Q: Why the Mossad?
R: I wanted something that was exotic and had the reputation as highly effective, but wanted to avoid the usual CIA or KGB operative. And she's way too no-nonsense for MI6. That didn't leave a lot of choices. So the Mossad it was. I'd written an ex-Mossad operative once before in The Voynich Cypher & I think I sort of automatically leaned in that direction, and before I knew it the book was written.
Q: Your work has been described as cinematic. Why?
R: That's how I think. I see each episode or scene in my head, and then I write what I see. I try to provide enough depth so the reader is with me, but not so much that page flipping to get to the next good part is required. But I see each chapter as a scene - it's just how my brain works. I'm a creation of a modern world, raised on images and films, so I think that naturally affects my storytelling. Certainly the JET books are. Mission Impossible comes to mind.
Q: Will there be more JET?
R: Absolutely. The series is now up to seventeen novels, including the prequels, which lay out how it all began. How many more JET novels will there be? Hard to say. When I get tired of writing them I'll be sure to let everyone know...
Q: You mention Kill Bill and Bourne. How is JET similar?
R: I loved Tarantino's take because it was so completely overblown in every way. Deliberately so. I wanted JET to read like that film played, but with a story more like Bourne. The idea of a female operative grappling with her past just grabbed me, and it's fulfilling to see that it's my most popular work.
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But, well done to the author. He portrayed such a strong, kick ass character, that I have read every single book multiple times. The story line is believable, Jet is a wonderful character that is tough, yet still feminine. She makes you want to see what she's up too next, makes you hurry to turn the page. Then of course, quick, buy the next book. So, kudos to the author again. I usually will NOT want to read any books that are in a series, of course I always seem to give in. But, if I do, I won't buy any of the books, I'll just read the first "free" one. Needing to know how this series progressed made me pay out for TEN BOOKS!! And worth every penny.
A huge pet peeve of mine is knowing the outcome to the story line before reading it. I want a story to surprise me, make me guess and then to even guess wrong!! So, I wont give away any part of the story line, but the one obvious part, dealing with David and the baby, seen that one coming from a mile away. There were SO many different avenues to take there, it was just so blatantly obvious what happened, and for her to be unaware of the events, kind of unbelievable, considering her training. It would've been first and foremost on her mind.
Most of the books will keep you guessing and coming back for more. I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for other books from this author.
Maya has been living quietly on the island of Trinidad for two years — then the assassins came for her... Maya thought she had left Jet behind, but somehow, someone had found her... She has to make her escape before the police close the island down — during Carnival weekend...
I was immediately hooked (and I was glad I allowed myself time to read this book in one sitting), wanting to know why assassins were after this young woman (although you learn right away that this is no helpless young damsel in distress who needs a big, strong man to come to her rescue)...
This book is packed with action from the opening pages and it does not slow down. The suspense and intrigue kept me turning the pages. Russell Blake's heroine, JET, is unlike any assassin I have ever read about and I want to know everything about her! This was a great introduction to a new (to me) series...
AfterThought: This is a nice, long series (fifteen books) that I am looking forward to reading...
Jet is successful in escaping the island and heads to Israel to confront her former boss. When she arrives, she finds herself in another fight with a professional hit squad. This time, her former boss was the target and she finds him gut shot and unconscious. To save him, she has to kill all the attackers.
She soon learns that every Mossad agent who participated in their last mission - where she faked her death - were recently assassinated and only her and David remained. They finally learn who is responsible for the hits and why...it was time to plan their own hits and become "The Predators" to end this madness. The author is not making this task easy and has added some twists, turns and traps for the two of them. The journey becomes a quest for survival tinged with a touch of revenge. Don't miss this one!
Top international reviews
Maya, Codename Jet, is what I would qualify the epitome of men fantasy and what most of us women, would like to be (I think!). She is brave and determined, can be ruthless to the point of being fearless although, when caught unaware and not on a mission, you can feel her vulnerability and her humanity. She is loyal, she is intelligent without showing superiority and obviously, she is extremely beautiful and sensual. But unlike other writers' heroines, her beauty is natural. You could not envisage her not to be beautiful because you feel her beauty comes inside and radiate outside. Also even though she is the epitome of ''girl power'', she is assertive without being aggressive (a great difference that many writers do not realise and their heroines come out as brash and stubborn). Jet does not need to put down her male counterparts to be heard, and while she can be stubborn, she can also listen to reason and change her plans accordingly. But make no mistake, she is no angel (after all, she is an assassin) and she is not perfect, she is just herself. That is what makes her so endearing.
I see that other reviewers have talked about the plot, so, I shall not ramble on.
I was extremely lucky to stumble upon JET (JET #1) when the author kindly allowed it for free for a few days. But believe me, free or not, if you like action books, then you cannot go wrong by downloading it. Jet I finished on a twist and a cliff hanger so, I have downloaded Jet II and Jet III because I have to know what will happen next.
I could not rate JET (JET #1) less than 5 stars.
When you become enamoured with Jet, you'll want to read this series to the very end - that's a promise, not a threat!
Maya, code name Jet, is a former Mossad assassin and the best in her league but yearned for a new life. She fakes her own death and moves to Trinidad. Old demons come back to haunt and force her back into her old life and alter ego. She is ruthless, efficient and will stop at nothing to complete her goal.
There were some unexpected twists along the way and some I saw coming. My only minor frustration with this book was the gun model references, I don’t know what the various makes and models are so I had to google them each time they appear which was often.
Enjoyed this so much that I’ve bought the second installment 👍🏻
The style of writing is clean and sharp with plenty of drama and high intensity situations and Jet is an extremely competent assassin; a mix of high skill with vigour and insolence. It’s really interesting to see a character so competent and strongly developed. She is definitely not a damsel in distress, however Blake has managed to create a realistic and ruthless assassin who also manages to be compassionate and sensitive and have real human qualities. She has depth and feeling that changes her from difficult to relate to, changing to a character that I ended up really feeling for. The descriptions are extremely graphic at time however they have a sense of eloquence without being tedious. The logistics, details and jargon were sufficient without being in excess i.e. the weapons used, and were used cleverly to give a background and flavour of the genre without confusion or becoming monotonous. The plot did jump backwards and forwards which for some readers may prove confusing however it was done cleverly so it was still possible to distinguish the different events and the different characters as a whole. Overall the structure is well formulated whilst the plot is solid and continues to construct the various plot lines and character profiles that grow throughout the book whilst the drama keeps the narrative striving forward with pace and danger.
When I read this book I knew I had found myself a new author to get my teeth into. Being a new reader of Russell Blake, finding the book my accident I was genuinely impressed by the good writing style, the interesting character of Jet, and the winding plot line bringing in new dramas, dangers and ruthless characters. Jet is an edgy action thriller that will throw you to all corners of the world, jet-setting to escape dangers from every direction. Overall we have an interesting foundation, a bucket of action, an stylish deceptive main character and a writing style that sweeps it into a seamlessly excellent book!
And while it's nuts and bolts stuff, Tab A always fits squarely and neatly into Hole A, and it all comes together like the solid piece of craftsmanship that it is, and the writing occasionally elevates to several notches higher. I wouldn't call it art, but there's some excellent descriptive stuff in here. I don't know that I'll be rushing back to Jet 2 in the short-term, but I'll get there next time I'm looking for an easy, super-entertaining read.
Just as importantly, Russell Blake is a professional writer - his prose is polished, there are no editing or spelling errors in this book, unlike many I have downloaded for budget price on Kindle, - all of which certainly adds to the reading pleasure.
I will definitely be reading more of the Jet books, and I will also seek out Mr Blake's other published output, including that excellent web site I mentioned, which I would strongly recommend to any budding authors out there. Great stuff.
I have tried not to include any spoilers - so just read the product description for an overview of the story.
Maya is tracked down by Russian assisins who are there to kill her but she manages to escape to Venezula and whilst trying to suss out who wants her dead she manages to track down David, a fellow secret agent and lover and they both end up being hunted by a rich russian oil tycoon who is the brother of somebody that Maya killed and he wants revenge It is a battle to kill the russian before he kills them. Excellent "realistic" storyline that keeps you gripped, with brilliant character that you could relate to and a fab ending.
Loved the detailed insights of Trinidad, Venezula, Israel & Jordan and the jungles of Belieze I almost felt like I was in each of the countries.
The rating given is richly and most thoroughly deserved - I was hooked from the first paragraph.
Reluctant to stop reading and at times unable to do so much to my husband's annoyance I found this story compelling and it had everything that I enjoyed - action, mystery, thrills, spills and more.
From the very first to the very last page a truly well written and wholly believable story which has put this author on my list of 'must reads'.
Extremely pleased that I decided to purchase and would recommend to all who like a fast paced, action packed stories because with this one, I don't think you will be disappointed because I certainly wasn't!
Jet (or Maya) is ex-Mossad. She thought she had managed to escape her connection to the organisation, until one night she is attacked by a gang of Russians. She knows that she will need to contact her former Mossad handler to find out how this gang had found out that she was still alive. When she does find David, he's also been targeted and the two must flee Israel and take on the enemy in order to get their lives back again.
Well - that neatly sums up this very exciting bullets and knives on every page book. A quick read that kept my interest up. A real escape into fiction kind of book. However, having read it ..... will definitely be looking to read the rest of the series.
I don't often read thrillers, but this was really great fun to read, it was quite fascinating to see how often someone can be killed and then come back to life in the next paragraph.
I can recommend this to anyone who doesn't take life too seriously - at least, not in books.
This is a cracking adventure. Once the first shot is shot, there's hardly any slowing down, both in Jet's life and this story. The story is tight and extremely readable. It is not highbrow fiction, it's just a fast-paced adventure.
My only complaint is that the story finished at 88%. I really hate having a big chunk of a kindle book set aside for adverts and chapters of other books. I don't read them and get miffed that I've not had at least 98% of the kindle book.