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The Geronimo Breach (Action / Conspiracy Thriller) (English Edition) par [Blake, Russell]
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The Geronimo Breach pits the world's most unlikely protagonist against the deadliest adversaries on the planet. From the corridors of Langley to the sweltering jungles of Panama, from the hills of Pakistan to the cocaine trails of Columbia, a clandestine scheme to preserve a terrible secret goes horribly awry, plunging a reluctant hero down a deadly rabbit hole of deceit and betrayal, while raising disturbing questions about the media, the war on terror & its linkage with the war on drugs, & the nature of reality in an age of sound-bites and photo ops.

Albert Ross is a malingering misanthrope - a boozing, chain smoking philanderer; shifty, lazy, cowardly, going to fat, & more prone to doing the wrong thing than any man alive. His purgatorial existence working for the State Department in Panama gets shattered when a routine errand becomes a race against the clock, battling adversaries for whom no price is too high to protect a secret that could topple the world order. As the body count climbs in a struggle without rules, Al must face his own demons, as well as the myriad very real ones intent upon destroying him. The unexpectedly shattering conclusion of this richly drawn thriller is both topical & chillingly plausible, making for a roller-coaster action/adventure without parallel.


Q & A for The Geronimo Breach w/ USA Today bestselling author Russell Blake

Question: The Geronimo Breach is a radical departure from your usual thrillers. In this, we follow the tribulations of arguably the most horrible protagonist on the planet. Why write this character, this story, this way?

RB: It started off as a knee-jerk reaction to several books I'd read, where the heroes were bland & predictable. So over a few beers, I thought, what about writing a hero who's so despicable there's no way anyone could like him, but by the end of the book, in spite of him or ourselves, we do? Anyone can write a hero with appeal. How about one who has no appeal, and will actually do the worst possible thing for his situation, every time? A slob who's so low, he's compulsively losing even when he could win? Out of that came Al, who is probably the most remarkable character I've ever written. Can he prevail? Can he be redeemed? Is he even worth redeeming? Al's my favorite character out of all my books, by far. No question.

Q: The Geronimo Breach's conspiracy is a shocker, & calls into question some sacred beliefs. Have you gotten any negative feedback about it?

RB: Other than the circling black helicopters, you mean? Seriously, I just took something that seemed absurd to me on its face, & proposed an alternative possibility. If it rings true, that says a lot for my powers of invention, or more accurately, about the official story. Will we ever know the truth? Who even knows what the truth is anymore?

Q: The Geronimo Breach has drawn acclaim from other authors as being landmark & defining. What's your take on it?

RB: I think Geronimo is one of the books I'd recommend to readers who've never read one of my books. If they want to know how I differ from the monosyllabic guys cranking out formulaic screeds featuring hackneyed characters in formulaic situations, my response would be, read Geronimo. I'm particularly proud of the characters & the plot twists and turns, & would argue there's no other book quite like it. How often can you say that?

Q:Why do readers respond the way they do to Al?

RB: I think it's refreshing to read a protagonist who's so badly flawed. We see in him bits of ourselves, or people we know, & that resonates as being true. Al is remarkable, in that even after I finished with him, he lingers in my psyche like fungus. Hard to shake him.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 237 pages
  • Editeur : Reprobatio Ltd (27 novembre 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Comedy of errors that's deadly serious. 16 février 2013
Par Jerry Nowlin - Publié sur
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The Geronimo Breach is a spy thriller with some serious political commentary. Of course the spy in this novel would make Inspector Clouseau look like James Bond. It would be a comedy of errors, except it's deadly serious. This book is free for Amazon prime members and $4.57 for others.

Albert Ross is a diplomat stationed in Panama. Al is a loser, a boozer, and shady to boot. He uses his diplomatic status to do a few side jobs to pay for his bookies and his booze. Al takes what looks like a simple job, escorting a man across the border to Columbia. The job is not as simple as Al thought. When bodies start to pile up, Al finally realizes he's taken a job he won't be coming back from, one way or the other. Plenty of action for anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very highly recommended.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Change of pace for Blake 1 février 2017
Par Dougal - Publié sur
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I discovered Russell Blake through his ‘Jet’ series and was immediately hooked. I’ve since read the ‘Assassin’ series and his private investigator series ‘Black.’ Mr. Blake can truly write…

I’m not quite sure what to make of ‘The Geronimo Breach.’ Being Blake, it’s done extremely well and I can, of course, see the appeal of putting the heroic agility and uber-professionalism of his other characters aside by setting yourself the challenge of writing a protagonist who is a total disaster. Not that such a character is unusual, but this aspect is usually played for humor, think: Rowan Atkinson as ‘Johnny English,’ or even Don Adams as ‘Agent 99’ in ‘Get Smart.’ Although, as these are PG-rated secret agents and this story’s Al Ross character is a State Department foreign embassy type, perhaps a more fitting model might be closer to Barry Humphries’ Sir Les Patterson, Australia’s cultural attaché to the far east.

But such overt broad comedy is not the way Blake plays it here. Think something closer to the R-rated rawness of Harvey Keitel in ‘The Bad Lieutenant.’ Maybe you’re getting the gist by now. I’ve used examples from cinema simply because I cannot readily think of any from the world of books.

This may be your complete cup of tea. You’ll just have to see for yourself. I enjoyed it, but I can’t really see myself continuing on if there should be a follow-up.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 There's no need to fear, Al Ross is here. 20 avril 2016
Par Jeff Benham - Publié sur
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Earnesto is a cook in Panama City. His sticky fingers nets him a video camera with footage on it that would be very damaging to the States. The State Department in Panama City needs to get that camera back and Earnesto needs to make a hasty retreat to Columbia. Enter superhero Al Ross. He can shoot the eye out of a gnat at 100 yards, pick any lock in seconds and break any computer code. Actually, he can't do any of those things. What he is, is a harmless drunk who happens to be a State Department diplomat who sometimes earns some extra money by escorting people to the Colombian border. His trip with Earnesto turns out to be not that profitable, but Earnesto ends up dead and Al ends up with the camera. The State Department has Al pegged as a brilliant operative under cover as a harmless drunk. Good cover. The reader doesn't get to know what was on the camera until the end, which is as it should be. The situations Al gets into and out of makes the State Department think he is even more brilliant and makes for some very entertaining reading..
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Action...adventure...Geronimo!! 17 février 2013
Par Duncan King - Publié sur
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I really liked the character development, very descriptive and vivid. Loved the storyline and flow, no lost motion throughout the twists and turns. Lots of action, I think this would make a great movie! I am putting Russell Blake on my 'must' read list, an author I believe you can identify with if you like action, adventure, mystery, a little seduction, and a style that begs you to read through the night.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Reluctant Hero - "Al the Slob" 12 novembre 2012
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This was one of the most original and amusing thrillers I have read for some time. Russell Blake has skilfully crafted an almost believable conspiracy theory CIA thriller around a reluctant hero (or more truthfully anti-hero) Albert Ross.

Meet the reluctant hero - "Albert Ross, proud member of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps in shit-swamp Panama, Central America at your service". In reality Al is a real slob whose daily routine includes large doses of alcohol and nicotine, and American fast-food to keep building his obesity. To provide the cash to support his demanding lifestyle, via his contact with the Madame of the local bordello, Al uses of his diplomatic status to help people leave Panama illegally.

Al's boss, Sam (who is marginally brighter than Al) is impressed that Al was decorated for bravery during service in Kuwait. Actually Al was the only survivor of a gone-bad cocaine purchase meet between his Army buddies and a group of heavily armed locals. The Army thought that brave Marines had been ambushed by terrorists and Al, as the sole (but wounded) survivor was decorated for his bravery - Al preferred to keep the army version of the event.

The action really starts when Al agrees to escort a recently unemployed chef, Alfonso, to cross the border illegally into Colombia. Both of them are not aware that Alfonso is being sought by powerful forces to recover some property he took from his former employer.

What happens then is an action-packed and frequently very amusing tale of Al's travels from Panama to Colombia. From time to time I laughed out loud at Al's predicaments and reactions. Blake carefully developed Al's character so that at the end I nearly liked him.

Russell Blake is a talented author to be able to write this kind of character based thriller as well his current more action-based thrillers (the Jet and Assassin series).
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