King of Swords is the first book in the ‘Assassin’ series by Russell Blake. Infamous Mexican assassin El Rey has been contracted to assassinate the presidents of America and Mexico at the G20, a plot uncovered by Captain Romero Cruz. However, Cruz cannot get other departments to take the threat seriously and only has his team to keep the presidents safe.
The ‘Assassin’ series is about El Rey, but little of the book focuses on him and his actions – most of it is about Cruz and the work he completes to uncover the plot. This results in less action than in other books by Blake, but there is some throughout and a fast-moving chase at the end of the novel. The plot is believable and for both Cruz and El Rey, things do not go as planned and it shows how they have to adapt to make the best of the situations they find themselves in.
Rating (out of 5): ****