02 September 2014 by Published in: Uncategorized 17 comments

My co-authored debut with legendary grand master of adventure Clive Cussler, The Eye of Heaven, is live, and selling like dollar meals at McDs (or like they used to when a dollar bought anything but a stick of gum).

Clive Cussler Eye of Heaven

I of course attribute this to my name on the cover, although clearly someone at the publisher got the font size and color confused. But no matter, in this day of internet magic, word has apparently spread of the literary merit of my unique prose stylings, hence the rush of excitement.

Seriously, though, I love the opening of this book. Towering waves, a storm so brutal it’s palpable…exactly the sort of beginning I always admired when I was reading the genre oh so many years ago. I’m proud of how our effort turned out, and I hope that readers enjoy it – every chapter sought to raise the bar while hopefully increasing readers’ pulses.

So what’s next, you ask? Well, we’re working on another Fargo novel and enjoying the process, so I think we can expect to see one more Russell Blake/Clive Cussler collaboration, in, oh, about a year.

Those who are new to my work would be well advised to read The Voynich Cypher, for a racing treasure hunt in the mold of Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum, or if you want breakneck action, JET, which is my bestselling series. JET is unapologetically over-the-top fun, described as a female Bourne on steroids. The first book in the series, the prequel, JET – Ops Files, is free, and as good a place to start as any. Give it a shot, and if you like it, rest assured there are seven more volumes available, with number 8 releasing in December.

In the shameless self-promotion department, I was also just informed that JET has made it to the finals of the Kindle Book Review’s annual awards contest, with winners announced Oct. 1! Just finishing as a finalist is more than enough for me, unless of course winning comes with a huge check or a hottie in a lambo, in which case, get outta my way cause I’m a gonna take you out.

Here’s the badge I got. I intend to lord it over my enemies as I dance on their cold graves in my boots, chortling at their misery. And my critics, who are clearly bitter, angry malcontents deserving of nothing but mockery.

2014-ContestFINALIST

In other news, I’ll be interviewing Hugh Howey on Authors On The Air radio on Sept. 4th at 8 pm EST, and we’ll be talking about a host of subjects, all of which will be a complete surprise to both of us since we’ve done no preparation. If you want to hear two bestselling indies winging it and shooting the breeze, tune in. And if you have any questions for Hugh, leave them in the comments. With any luck at all that will provide the basis of the show. Otherwise, it’s likely to degrade into arguments about boats and the cost of beer, and nobody needs to listen to that for an hour. You’ve been warned. This is on you if that’s what happens.

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  1. Collette
    Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 6:57 am

    My copy dropped into my Kindle at exactly 2:00 am central time. I’m reading and so far it’s gooood. Just needed a necessity break so thought to send this note. Thanks Russell (you too Clive).

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  2. margaret rainforth
    Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 10:32 am

    Congratulations! I preordered so I presume it’s sitting on my Kindle.

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  3. Richard Fox
    Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Congratualtions on your success and thanks for sharing what you’ve learned.

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  4. Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Got my copy. 🙂

    Reading this post made me remember I recently finished The Voynich Cypher, loved it, but forgot to review it. I will add that to my list of things to do.

    Congrats on the Kindle Book Review award!

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  5. Tim Stevens
    Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Congratulations, and I’m looking forward to it.

    By the way, I just noticed JET has hit 1,000 reviews. Fist bump (I gather that’s what you Americans do.)

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  6. Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Huge news all around!!!

    Congrats on the book dropping and on the award, as well!!!

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  7. Amber Dane
    Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Congratulations, Russell, on everything!!

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  8. Larry Bonner
    Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Hello Blake,

    Congratulations on your successful collaboration with Chive Hussler!

    It couldn’t happen to nicer guy: your humility is only exceeded by your good looks!

    May the bird of Paradise fly up your Cussler with a Kindle.
    Or is that “up your Kindle with a Cussler?”

    And may the good fairy sprinkle downloads on your twitter.

    Either way, enjoy your hard on success!

    (Oops, I meant hard WON…)

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  9. John Ellsworth
    Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Russell:

    You’re a favorite of mine. Your books are unputdownable. Congratulations on your success. You have worked very hard for your win and you deserve every award.

    Congrats.

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  10. Tue 02nd Sep 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Congrats, Russell, on becoming a finalist in the awards race. Hope you win.

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  11. Kirk Alex
    Wed 03rd Sep 2014 at 6:14 am

    If the late James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, you certainly have got to be the hardest wordsmith around, sir. Am in awe of your output. Kudos for the finalist badge. Proud to be on the list (in the horror genre) with someone as accomplished as yourself.
    Continued success. Thank you for the blog posts that always inform & inspire. Kirk Alex

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  12. cinisajoy
    Wed 03rd Sep 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Congrats Russell.
    Can you please ask Hugh to write something I am not allergic too? I mean Wool makes me itch, Dust is a protective coating for furniture and Sand just gets in places it shouldn’t be. Or I can just keep reading your books instead.
    Love,
    Cindy

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  13. cinisajoy
    Wed 03rd Sep 2014 at 5:05 pm

    And you should win this contest. 🙂

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  14. Wed 03rd Sep 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Congratulations on the latest release and especially on being a finalist. Jet is deserving of the award.

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  15. Collette
    Thu 04th Sep 2014 at 10:00 am

    With all the chatter about you and Clive and the award I’d forgotten my preorder of Requiem for the Assassin back in June. I was more than pleasantly surprised to have it dropped into my Kindle on Sept 3rd. Lets give a loving shout out to another amazing excursion of one of my favorite assassins. I can’t get enough of El Rey and Jet although I realize at some point these series will end. But if your publishing history is any indication you’ll give us all some new heroes/anti-heroes. Thanks again and keep it up.

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  16. Tom
    Sat 06th Sep 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Super. Read this and requiem in the past couple of days. I cant wait for more of this collaboration ( and the assassin)

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    • Russell Blake  –  Sat 06th Sep 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them. Be sure to leave a review for both!

      Reply

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