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Night of the Assassin: (Assassin Series Prequel) by [Blake, Russell]
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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

From the Author

I'm often asked about the right sequence to read the Assassin series. It's not as obvious as it sounds, so perhaps a little explanation is due.

Night of the Assassin is the prequel to King of Swords, which is the first novel in the series. When I wrote the series, I wrote King of Swords first, and then Night of the Assassin second. That's also the recommended reading sequence to get the absolute most enjoyment out of it, although certainly there's no harm done reading Night first. But Night was written to flesh out more of the central character's back story and the sequence of events that led to him being what he is, and as such, the events have more context in light of the unfolding of King. Still, you can't go wrong reading either book first.

The series runs as follows:

Night of the Assassin - Series prequel
King of Swords - Book 1
Revenge of  the Assassin - Book 2
Return of the Assassin - Book 3
Blood of the Assassin - Book 4
Requiem for the Assassin - Book 5
Rage of the Assassin - Book 6.

I'll warn readers that this series is gritty, and is an unflinching portrayal of the realities of the drug cartel violence in modern Mexico. As such, it's not for the faint of heart, so if you're looking for cozy mysteries wherein a spunky grandma puts clues together, this ain't it.

Hope you enjoy the read.

Russell Blake

Product Details

  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Reprobatio Ltd (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M5L5JC
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Admittedly, I've never been a fan of books that involve drug lords, cartels, and exotic places. On the flip side, I can easily take up a seat, turn the lights down low and flip on an old "Miami Vice" episode (assuming it's still on somewhere in that thousand-channel wasteland we call TV). So when I began reading Russell Blake's "Night of the Assassin," I didn't know what to expect. All I can say is, I'm glad that I did.

This tantalizing thriller is a prequel to "King of Swords" (which I have yet to read, and most definitely will), and is an amazingly taut and telling origin story of "El Rey," the King of Swords. Blake goes to great lengths to immerse us in the rise of a trained assassin, giving us a unique look into his training and ascension as the world's most feared killer-for-hire.

"Night of the Assassin" is brutal and beautiful. Blake offers riveting and revealing details of the black world of the drug lords in the Colombian and Mexican cartels, showing us in-your-face violence, all the while writing with an uncommon flair that is exceptionally strong and fluid. I often found myself disgusted with the cruelty and the barbarism, but at the same time found myself utterly in awe of the author's style. It's a rare instance where one can be appalled by the material but so drawn by the writing one has no choice but to turn the page.

For those stirred by the grisly details of a frighteningly real underworld, "Night of the Assassin" delivers the straight goods. The more I read, the more fascinated I became. The book could be a textbook on the inner workings of the drug world, but a textbook that wildly entertains. I couldn't put it down. And for a guy who's never been a fan of this genre, well, that pretty much says it all. Highly, highly recommended.
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Superb reading tense graphic descriptions highly recommend Russell Blake is on a par with John Grissom and David Baldacci slow start building up top a fine crescendo
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I like reading a series of books where you can get familiar with the characters. And I see that this book is described as a prequel to the next but even books in a trilogy like the Hunger Games have an ending in each book that sets things up for the next book. But there is at least an ending. The Night of the Assassin just stopped. There was no ending. It was like the author tore a complete book in half and made two books. I was reading this on my Kindle and was at about 80% complete when all of a sudden the story just stopped and there was an advertisement for the next book. Not happy with the ending as you can tell. I do not understand all the 5 star reviews.
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Gave a very good insight on how and why, the ASSASIN BECAME

Gave a very good insight into how and why the Assassin evolved. Fast paced and will keep you on the edge , waiting for his next move.ppl
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I have read many books by Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, and Russell Blake is right up there in this thriller. I plan on reading all the Assassin series. I love the fact that I don't have to spend a fortune to read a great book.
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I liked the cold hard graphic descriptions, but that's where it ended. There seemed to be something lacking emotionally in the entire story. It was similar to looking at a black and white photo vs a color photo. I'm not sure if El Ray was supposed to be likable, but he is definitely lacking in feeling, unless you consider some of what he does 'mercy killing'. He definitely exhibits many of the characteristics of a psychopath (sociopath), especially his lack of remorse and empathy; sees himself as a superior individual with illusions of grandiose. Having read other novels from Blake, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt here in assuming that this was his intent. This story was not up to the standard that I had come to expect from this author, but if you're into straight forward assassin stories, you won't be disappointed.
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If you like being inside the head of an assassin, read this book. The writing flows and the story is really interesting. I can't wait to download and read the next book in the series.
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Facts woven with fiction beautifully. This guy should have an agent and be making lots of money. Can't fathom why he has to give it away. Been to Tijuana, been to Cozumel, don't think I want to go back after all the cartel killings down in that country. Sure as hell don't want to go back after reading this novel. Extremely well written.
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