21 April 2014 by Published in: Jet 10 comments

It’s aaahlive!

That’s right, the first prequel to the popular JET series, JET – Ops Files, is now live.


Why a prequel, you ask?

Good question. I’ve often thought it would be interesting to learn more about how Maya became Jet – the Mossad’s most lethal operative. I was so busy writing other stuff it took a while to get to it, but I decided to chronicle the formative period when she was a lowly private in the Israeli Defense Force, doing her compulsory stint, and explore what happened that resulted in her joining the Mossad. As with all the JET novels, if you’re expecting Tolstoy or Proust, you’d do best to look elsewhere. If you enjoy a good heaping serving of kick-ass female heroine taking on the world with over-the-top action, this is for you.

I’m thinking it will be the first of two or three books that document her adventures while in the life. As I finished this one I realized that there were more stories worth telling, so you can look forward to another Ops Files book in about nine to twelve months. My production schedule is pretty much booked through then, so I’m having to think a year out now, which is a little weird because I’m used to just writing whatever I want, whenever I feel like it.

In the how cool is this department, the German translation of King of Swords released today in Germany, and is in the top 100 of the kindle store there. Woohoo!

I’m in the midst of redoing the covers for the whole JET series, and will unveil those shortly. They will adopt the new theme I developed in Ops Files, and they’re already looking awesome, if I do say so myself.

Enjoy JET – Ops Files. For fans of the series, I think it’s an essential read. But it’s also written as a good introduction to the character, and it’s structured so it can be the first of the JET books one reads. No matter what the sequence I think it’s a barn burner, with more action per page than most novels see in a chapter. That could be a slight exaggeration, but then again, I am a liar by vocation, so hey…

Oh, and for a wonderful, in-depth review of the original JET novel, you can’t beat this new one from John Daulton. It’s a must read.

And just in case anyone thinks I don’t put a lot of time and thought into my covers, I just found one of the original concept drawings for Upon A Pale Horse, also drawn by John Daulton. In retrospect I think I should have used it. I was just a little uncomfortable with the cross-dressing stallion. My bad.

pale horse




  1. Savanna-Skye
    Tue 22nd Apr 2014 at 12:29 am

    I love the cover suggestion from your friend. Its awesome. I’m so glad that you are giving us more Jet books. There’s crack rock in the pages, I swear, I can’t get enough.

    Truth be told- I love all your work. I especially love the espionage element that finds its way into all your books, tickling my childhood fantasies. I guess I just relate to Jet more. On be half of all the girls like me, jumping for joy about this, thank you.

    You should totally use that Upon a Pale Horse cover, somewhere in your publications… it is truly, awesome.

  2. Tue 22nd Apr 2014 at 7:30 am

    Got a copy of Jet Ops Files. Looking forward to reading it.

  3. Tue 22nd Apr 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Looking forward to reading Ops Files …. Jet rocks!

  4. Nancy Bristow
    Tue 22nd Apr 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Okay Russell, Jet – Ops Files was excellent and normally I’m not a huge fan of prequels but it really was outstanding. I didn’t want it to end and I’m ready for the next one:)

    Jet – Ops Files was available at Smashwords yesterday so I bought it… was afraid it wouldn’t show up at B&N as a Nook ebook but shut my mouth, it’s there!

    As a reader who buys by author, l fail to understand cover obession. Seriously. I know it’s cool to have a kick-ass cover but it has nothing to do with how good or bad the story is told. Do authors really believe the bulk of their fans are choosing their books because of a cover? I simply can’t get my head around that concept…particularly in this day and age where most of us don’t even have our hands on the book. Is this how authors select their reading material? The addicted readers I’m acquainted with do not buy their books in this manner…unless, of course, on occassion, they want to drool and fantasize about some model hot man body.

    Question: When you change covers for previously published books, is there a written heads-up for readers on the “new” book?

    Only a couple more months before Black Is Reality is off Amazon promo and maybe I will get to buy an ebook copy from Smashwords or B&N.:)

    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 22nd Apr 2014 at 9:44 pm

      I think it helps for discoverability with new readers, Nancy, not for existing fans, who are buying the steak, not the sizzle, so to speak. But this is a shrink or grow business, so you’re constantly trying to attract new readers. Hence the interest in fine-tuning the covers to find the ones that resonate the most with readers. As to written head’s ups, nope. Again, if they’ve already read the book, no point. New covers are purely to attract new readers.

      Yes, Black To Reality will be available everywhere around June, so woohoo!

      I’m so glad you liked Ops Files. I understand it’s a delicate line to walk with prequels, so I just put in the stuff I’d want to read and left all the other crap out. Let’s hope others feel the same.

  5. Nancy Bristow
    Thu 24th Apr 2014 at 9:47 am

    Russell, Word. Perhaps I’m the only seasoned reader who’s discovered a new to me author and purchased a duplicate book because of a new cover. 😀 I’ve done the same with a title change. My bad. I did learn not to purchase books on a whim no matter how tempting.

    Received an all Russell Black all the time “push” email from Amazon this morning. That’s like preaching to the choir since I already own all your books…except of course, Black To Reality…which I’ll be able to buy in June…but I’m not bitter. 😉

    Hey, are you still doing the one handed keyboard pound?

    • Russell Blake  –  Thu 24th Apr 2014 at 10:48 am

      Just got the cast off. I’m happy to announce that my concert piano career doesn’t look like it will be affected.

  6. Nancy Bristow
    Thu 24th Apr 2014 at 11:56 am

    Oh, thank God!

  7. Savanna-Skye
    Fri 02nd May 2014 at 12:56 am

    I am about halfway into this book, and I can’t help but think, I asked if you instructed an ass-kicking school or something that I could attend so I could be Jet when I grow up. AND YOU GAVE ME THE NEXT BEST THING!!!!!!! You are so awesome. Thank you!
    Much love and enthusiasm-
    Savanna-Skye ?

  8. Liz
    Wed 14th May 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I can’t get enough of JET, I am so addicted to her. I plan on reading more of Russell Blake’s books. I got my brother to read them. I really enjoy the travelling around the world. It is vivid in my head, that I feel like I’m there.
    I am a grandma at 59, keep them coming.


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