Night of the Assassin is the prequel to the Assassin series by Russell Blake. It chronicles how El Rey became the most feared assassin in Mexico in the world of the drug cartels.
Unlike other books by Blake I have read, this one is not non-stop, cinematic action; this is because it shows the training El Rey received when he was younger to turn him into such a lethal character and how he got his nickname. There is more action towards the end of the novel when he becomes an assassin and offers his services to a leader of one of the cartels, offering to remove three rivals within 48 hours and achieving this effectively. Although a slower pace than other books by Blake, this provides an excellent explanation of the development of El Rey and where there is action, it as at the usual high levels of excitement.
Rating (out of 5): ****