05 March 2013 by Published in: Assassin 15 comments

It’s been 60 days since my last book launch, and that must mean that it’s time for…another novel!

Blood of the Assassin launches March 5. As part of the kick-off, I’m taking part in a mega book launch with six other cool authors, many of whom are offering specials on their new books, as well as free swag. See the banner and the blurbs at the end of this blog for more on that.

But back to Blood. I’m particularly proud of it for a number of reasons, not the least of which is because of the approach I took writing it. I wrote it differently than my other sequel novels – Blood can be read as a stand-alone novel, much as Da Vinci could be read as a stand-alone, not requiring you to read the four prior books in the series, and it worked nicely. That’s a departure for me, in that you don’t really want to read JET IV until you’ve read the first three.

Not so, Blood.

In it, I pit El Rey, the Mexican super-assassin known as the King of Swords, against a German assassin who is going to execute a visiting head of state. Much of the interest, for me, comes not only from the character development of El Rey during the book, but also the character development of Captain Romero Cruz of the Federales, who is forced to work with his nemesis, El Rey, to stop the unthinkable from occurring on his watch. It’s the interplay between Cruz and El Rey, as well as with his wife, and the bureaucracy he’s saddled with, that adds the depth I had hoped for.

It’s also the longest in the Assassin series, coming in at around 95K words – edited down from 110, as is my style. But it moves like a racehorse right out of the gate, and doesn’t quit until the last page, so my existing readership shouldn’t be disappointed. My editor says she thinks this is my best to date, other than Geronimo Breach, which is a favorite with many because of the MC, Al Ross. I tend to think she might be right. Which would be nice – one is expected to improve over time if one’s applying oneself, no? Be a shame if my books started sucking after a certain point, although there will always be the odd reader who thinks they all do – and I don’t begrudge them their opinion, sitting in their single-wide surrounded by cats, swigging generic bourbon from a coffee mug while scraping hardened Twinkie filling from the kindle screen. After all – I’m not here to judge.


See below for the promo for the launch. Click on the banner to go to the launch site.

It’s Finally HERE!

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  1. Yonatan
    Tue 05th Mar 2013 at 5:18 am

    Hey Russell,

    Congrats on the new book. Unfortunately, the banner leads to an error page.

    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 05th Mar 2013 at 11:21 am

      Thanks! The banner’s working now. Might have not gone live yet when you checked it.

  2. Tue 05th Mar 2013 at 8:26 am

    Congrats on another book down!!! And it sounds like a great premise and an even better story!

    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 05th Mar 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks Stan. I think it’s a good one.

  3. Peter Prasad
    Tue 05th Mar 2013 at 5:10 pm

    As my favorite deviant, you use tequila to lubricate more thrillers from your rapid-fire unconsciousness than any author I know. I’ve got a bead on the new Assassin and I’m running to the e-book store. Thanks, Pa.

    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 05th Mar 2013 at 5:12 pm

      I think you’ll like this one. I raised the bar.

      You make the whole binge drinking in a tequila haze sound so pejorative. It’s not like that. Mostly.

  4. Peter Prasad
    Tue 05th Mar 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I called Karim Abdul Jabar. We’ve decided to limbo in your club tonight. Make no mistake, Blake mixes a mighty mayhem, shaken, not stirred.

  5. yoon
    Wed 06th Mar 2013 at 12:50 am

    You say one day only but the launch site says 3 days at the reduced price?

    How is it doing? Are you on your “vacation” yet?

    • Russell Blake  –  Wed 06th Mar 2013 at 1:22 am

      I will be raising the price tomorrow. I can’t be accountable for errors or omissions.

      It’s broken the top 1000, so no complaints. And reviews have been glowing so far.

      I’m just rewriting some of Night, adding some color before I leave for three weeks. During which time I won’t be doing anything but swigging wine and eating steak. Thanks for asking. And thanks again for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. One of the books I plan to re-read on the trip. Along with about 20 scripts. Groan.

      • yoon  –  Wed 06th Mar 2013 at 1:37 am

        You are completely ridiculous. Who keeps thanking anybody for Christmas present in March? Yes, YOU. See if I get you anything for this Christmas if you keep this up.

        Please don’t forget the raise the price tomorrow since I’m going to tell my coworker that it’s finally out tomorrow so he’d buy it at the regular price – he’s on my shit list right now.

        • Russell Blake  –  Wed 06th Mar 2013 at 1:47 am

          I just upped it, so it’s in God and Amazon’s hands now.

          Is it really March already? My how the time flies…

  6. Wed 06th Mar 2013 at 6:16 pm

    nicely done – bought, downloaded, and queued up. Looking forward to it.

    Asesino vs attentäter? What’s not to like.

  7. Suz
    Tue 26th Mar 2013 at 2:49 pm

    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve read all the Jet books and Assassin books. When will the next ones be out? I have to agree that Blood is the best of the series…can’t wait for the follow up and the Favor.

    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 26th Mar 2013 at 6:44 pm

      I’m looking at releasing JET V around the first week of April or so. Now it’s in the hands of the proofreaders…

  8. Stacey
    Thu 11th Apr 2013 at 3:39 am

    Can’t believe I missed this debut! Finding the Lenovo clip sooner would have saved days of research I could have spent with El Rey (<: Oh well, "Yoga"has a sucky processor anyway. And I never manage to make the book last more than a few hours…


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