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Night of the Assassin: (Assassin Series Prequel) (English Edition) par [Blake, Russell]
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Night of the Assassin is the gritty, edge-of-your seat prequel to King of Swords. 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. Raw, disturbing, edgy and unflinching, this epic saga defies convention to create a roller-coaster of intrigue, suspense and thrills that will leave even the most jaded thriller aficionados gasping for breath.

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A Q & A for Night of the Assassin with bestselling author Russell Blake

Question: Night of the Assassin uses often bloody, shocking imagery. Why write the novel that way?

Russell Blake: I wanted to write a barreling, no-holds-barred Lamborghini of a book, with unexpected twists and turns that left you with your stomach in knots, afraid to turn off the lights. Mexico's drug war sees over eight thousand people dead every year from cartel violence that's savage and ruthless. 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. I used a variety of techniques to achieve that, and the evocative and shocking scenes are one of them. There are a few images that will have readers cringing and will cause nightmares, so this isn't for the faint of heart.


Q: Night of the Assassin is the prequel to King of Swords. Why write this after that novel was released?

RB: The villain of KOS is El Rey, the assassin who uses the tarot card, the King of Swords, as his signature. After I finished writing KOS, I couldn't get him out of my head, and I immediately started writing Night. It was like a compulsion, and I couldn't shake it. So I got it onto paper as immediately as I could, so I wouldn't lose the essence of the character. The result, I've been told, does KOS justice.


Q: Night of the Assassin is set in Mexico, as well as Australia. The descriptions are very vivid. Have you ever been there?

RB: I live in Mexico, so the descriptions better jump off the page. And I spent a lot of time knocking around Australia, so I'm more than passing familiar with all the locations in the book.


Q: What is your ideal reader like?

RB: My readers are intelligent, savvy, jaded, and demand a lot out of their thrillers. I write for those who have read all the big names, and I expect my work to be compared against the Forsyths and Ludlums of the world. I write my thrillers even faster-paced, so they'll show positively and leave a lasting impression. I grew up on Day of the Jackal and The Bourne trilogy, and that's the level I try to write to every page. Even though Night is a prequel, it's designed to knock readers' socks off from the first sentences.


Q: Some of the scenes are so graphic they make you wince. Have you gotten flack for that?

RB: I had a few readers say they were reading between their fingers as they hid their eyes. That tells me I did my job as a storyteller. I think good fiction should take you out of reality, and some of the scenes in Night will stay with you long after the book's done. 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. 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. 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. Flashbacks are the best mechanism to accomplish that I know of.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 191 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Reprobatio Ltd (14 janvier 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B006M5L5JC
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I was hooked on this book from the moment I started reading. A good mix of background information on each target and how the plan comes together makes this a great read
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Admittedly, I've never been a fan of books that involve drug lords, cartels, and exotic places. On the flip side, I can easily take up a seat, turn the lights down low and flip on an old "Miami Vice" episode (assuming it's still on somewhere in that thousand-channel wasteland we call TV). So when I began reading Russell Blake's "Night of the Assassin," I didn't know what to expect. All I can say is, I'm glad that I did.

This tantalizing thriller is a prequel to "King of Swords" (which I have yet to read, and most definitely will), and is an amazingly taut and telling origin story of "El Rey," the King of Swords. Blake goes to great lengths to immerse us in the rise of a trained assassin, giving us a unique look into his training and ascension as the world's most feared killer-for-hire.

"Night of the Assassin" is brutal and beautiful. Blake offers riveting and revealing details of the black world of the drug lords in the Colombian and Mexican cartels, showing us in-your-face violence, all the while writing with an uncommon flair that is exceptionally strong and fluid. I often found myself disgusted with the cruelty and the barbarism, but at the same time found myself utterly in awe of the author's style. It's a rare instance where one can be appalled by the material but so drawn by the writing one has no choice but to turn the page.

For those stirred by the grisly details of a frighteningly real underworld, "Night of the Assassin" delivers the straight goods. The more I read, the more fascinated I became. The book could be a textbook on the inner workings of the drug world, but a textbook that wildly entertains. I couldn't put it down. And for a guy who's never been a fan of this genre, well, that pretty much says it all. Highly, highly recommended.
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Superb reading tense graphic descriptions highly recommend Russell Blake is on a par with John Grissom and David Baldacci slow start building up top a fine crescendo
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I like reading a series of books where you can get familiar with the characters. And I see that this book is described as a prequel to the next but even books in a trilogy like the Hunger Games have an ending in each book that sets things up for the next book. But there is at least an ending. The Night of the Assassin just stopped. There was no ending. It was like the author tore a complete book in half and made two books. I was reading this on my Kindle and was at about 80% complete when all of a sudden the story just stopped and there was an advertisement for the next book. Not happy with the ending as you can tell. I do not understand all the 5 star reviews.
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I have read many books by Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, and Russell Blake is right up there in this thriller. I plan on reading all the Assassin series. I love the fact that I don't have to spend a fortune to read a great book.
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Gave a very good insight into how and why the Assassin evolved. Fast paced and will keep you on the edge , waiting for his next move.ppl
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