The g-20 financial summit is planned for San Jose Del Cabo. And Mexico. In a roller-coaster race against the clock, captain romero cruz of the Federal Police must track and stop El Rey, the "King of Swords" - a faceless super-assassin responsible for a string of the world's most spectacular killings - before he turns the G-20 into a slaughterhouse.
The Assassin - King of Swords: Assassin Series #1 #ad - If you enjoy forsyth, child, and Flynn you're sure to find a new favorite with King of Swords. Pick it up today! The world's pre-eminent finance ministers will attend, along with the presidents of the U. S.
Revenge of the Assassin: Assassin Series #2Reprobatio Ltd #ad - The cartels are de facto governors of some regions of Mexico, like that of Colombia, simply shrugs its shoulders and won't go into those areas - or if it does, and the government, it goes in like the U. S. Revenge is the answer to the question, "What happens next?"Q: Your portrayal of cartel violence in Mexico is disturbing.
The situation is out of control in many areas, and is a direct function of the money being made trafficking drugs to the largest market in the world: the U. S. If they like day of the Jackal, get King of Swords. Revenge will delight fans of king of swords, twists and surprises, unpredictable ride of thrills, and offers the same gritty, before arriving at a conclusion that is sure to leave readers gasping.
Revenge of the Assassin: Assassin Series #2 #ad - Question and answer with Russell BlakeQ: Revenge of the Assassin chronicles another El Rey adventure. Why the fascination with this contract killer?RB: El Rey is one of those characters you hate, but you're fascinated by. The more i wrote about him in king of swords, and then the prequel to that book, Night of the Assassin, the more the character grew on me, and the more I wanted to see him in action.
Is it really that bad?rB: My depiction is accurate, and if anything, is the tame version. He's a cold blooded sociopath who kills without remorse, but he's really, really interesting. Rather like Hannibal Lector.
Return of the Assassin: Assassin Series #3Reprobatio Ltd #ad - I just write the story, and in this one, Cruz wasn't central. Can't help it. Q: it would seem that Captain Cruz takes a back seat in this novel. I write thrillers. I feel like i'm cheating the reader if I let them off light and deliver the predicable. So they are all paced slightly differently, and highlight different aspects of the various characters.
Q: why don't you end your books in the usual manner? bad guy gets it in the end, good guy triumphs, love fills the air, closure is found by the final pages?RB: I bore easily, and read a lot. He's despicable, a sociopath, a killer in a world of ugly brutality, and yet there is a sort of tranquility to him, a Zen that's wholly out of place.
Return of the Assassin: Assassin Series #3 #ad - Perhaps it's because he has no fear of death, or perhaps it's because he plays judge and executioner, or maybe it's just the way he's wired. They can't be very thrilling if you know how it's going to end a third of the way through the book. I know some readers really want a reassuring, familiar read where their beliefs are uncritically validated and everything is neat, but that's not how the world works, and there's a part of me that considers that kind of ending and recoils.
When i read a book, and the final scenes are where the protagonist is duking it out with the villain, who almost wins save for a nearly miraculous twist, and in the end everything falls into tidy place, I feel a little cheated. For whatever reason, I keep going back to him, imagining further adventures.
Faced with impossible choices as he races against time, El Rey must return to an underworld where the smallest slip means instant death, in order to save the life of a young woman whose escape and survival is inexorably linked to his own.
Blood of the Assassin: Assassin Series #4Reprobatio Ltd #ad - The fourth of the bestselling Assassin novels, Blood of the Assassin can be read as a stand-alone novel or as the continuation of the series. Q&a with bestselling author russell blakeq: how is blood of the Assassin different than the other Assassin books?RB: I wrote it so that it could be read by a someone who is new to my work, and unfamiliar with the prior books.
I think that this book is a perfect example of my storytelling, character development, pacing, and plotting, and I'm confident that new readers will find it engaging and satisfying. Q: this volume features a lot more of Captain Cruz than the last ones. Rb: yes, i wanted him to have a central role, and explore his character more.
Blood of the Assassin: Assassin Series #4 #ad - I wanted to let him grow - give him a broader range. In a high octane race against the clock, an unlikely alliance must track and stop the assassin before he can carry out his unthinkable scheme. That's the whole idea. It's also by far the longest of the Assassin books, even after rigorous and ruthless editing.
Q: so el rey, the Mexican super-assassin, also features prominently. Rb: for the same reason. In much the same way da vinci code was the second in that series but was a satisfying read on its own, I wanted to try the same thing with Blood - a sequel that someone could start with knowing little or nothing about its predecessors.
Requiem for the Assassin: Assassin Series #5Reprobatio, Ltd. #ad - If you start at the first book in the series and look at the prequel as sort of 1a, it's #5. Q: how is this different than the others in the series?RB: I take a little more time to set the stage, but the main thing is the approach to the story. I wanted to craft something where the reader wasn't sure what the story was really about, to mirror the characters not knowing what's actually going on even as events play out around them.
Depends on how the next one finishes. I do love both characters, so i'm reluctant to write the last book, but I've got no interest in dragging it out and inventing story just to pad a series. My sense is we're nearing the end, but how or when it ends, I'm not sure yet. But things are never as they seem in the murky world of intrigue, and he quickly goes from being the hunter to the prey.
Q&a with russell blakeq: this is the sixth book in the Assassin series? RB: Depends on how you count them. If you include the prequel, Night of the Assassin, it's #6. It's different than any of the prior books in the sense that we aren't really sure who the bad guys are until the denouement, whereas in the prior books it was pretty obvious up front who was good and who was bad.
Requiem for the Assassin: Assassin Series #5 #ad - Q: is there much more road for el Rey and Captain Cruz?RB: I see at least one more episode, maybe two. That sense of disequilibrium was key to the concept - the reader discovers how everything is connected and makes sense just as the characters do. In requiem for the assassin, the world's deadliest assassin, is called into the field to terminate a list of seemingly unrelated targets on behalf of CISEN, El Rey, the Mexican Intelligence Agency.
Rage of the Assassin: Assassin Series #6Reprobatio Ltd. #ad - In the final installment in the bestselling Assassin series, El Rey and Captain Romero Cruz race the clock to stop a terrorist threat to Mexico City and save thousands of lives. Gritty, with a plot drawn from today's headlines, unflinching, Rage of the Assassin concludes the saga that began with King of Swords.
Night of the Assassin: Assassin Series PrequelReprobatio Ltd #ad - It was like a compulsion, and I couldn't shake it. Night of the assassin is the gritty, edge-of-your seat prequel to King of Swords. That tells me I did my job as a storyteller. A no-holds-barred, breakneck-paced thriller, night of the Assassin charts the early years of El Rey - the King of Swords - a super-assassin responsible for some of the world's most spectacular and daring executions.
Framed against the backdrop of present-day Mexico's brutal narco-trafficking violence, Night of the Assassin chronicles the making of a monster - a cold-blooded, ruthless killing machine. I grew up on day of the jackal and The Bourne trilogy, and that's the level I try to write to every page. I used a variety of techniques to achieve that, and the evocative and shocking scenes are one of them.
Why use that technique?rb: sometimes you can allude to things in a character's past, but other times it's better to bring the reader to the event in order to make it more vivid. I wanted to capture that lurid, blood-soaked reality and make it visceral, make it real for the reader, and also leave them feeling like they'd been through a disturbing, tangible experience.
Night of the Assassin: Assassin Series Prequel #ad - There were a few seminal events I felt needed to be memorialized as whole sections based in the past rather than discussed as part of the present. The descriptions are very vivid. The scenes are paced for specific effect, & I like how they wound up working. Q: you use flashbacks in the early chapters of the book.
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