Book review: The Geronimo Breach

The Geronimo Breach sees a camera stolen by a sacked chef. Unfortunately for the chef, the camera contains a secret the American government needs to keep. The chef realises that he has no future in Panama and is desperate to get back to his home country of Colombia. He is going to be smuggled over the border and has an escort from the American embassy (Al Ross) who has no idea that the chef has the much sought-after camera. However, American officials do and will stop at nothing to get the camera back and keep the secret safe.

Ross is not a typical leading character; he is shown to be a drunkard, selfish , unfit and a coward. Despite this, his bosses and shown to be bullies and indifferent towards him, so Ross retains support from the reader. As always with a Blake novel, there is plenty of action as Ross is chased and gets involved in numerous gun battles as the American government looks to recover the camera. As well as the gun battles, Ross has to survive in the lethal jungle between Panama and Colombia by himself and also dodge Colombian officials after his photograph is circulated by an increasingly desperate government.

The ending contains a good twist and is a genuine surprise as Ross finds a way to remain alive, which looks unlikely for much of the novel. The novel is fast-moving and there is good action throughout, which is described with enough detail to put you in the middle of the action without slowing the pace.

Rating (out of 5) ****

Book review: King of Swords

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): ****

Book review: Night of the Assassin

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): ****

Book review: Jet – Ops Files

Jet – Ops Files is the prequel to the Jet series by Russell Blake and it chronicles how Israeli recruit Maya became Jet, a member of the Mossad on top secret missions.

The action starts early and continues throughout at a fast pace as Jet completes her training and becomes an agent. As well as being fast-paced, the action is gloriously over the top as Jet turns her hand to everything as an expert and she successfully takes on all-comers, regardless of the numerical disadvantage. The main mission in the novel sees Jet on an island against a large, well-armed force where she is initially back-up to a more senior agent, but soon has to take over. Jet unleashes chaos on the island, with large explosions all over the place. Whilst it might not be realistic, it is certainly a great read.

Rating (out of 5): *****

Book review: Jet

Jet follows an ex-Mossad agent, who has faked her own death to retire and live a quiet life in the Caribbean. However, it has been discovered she is still alive. But by who? And why do they want her dead?

Jet starts with a level of action that makes a James Bond film look like a slow burner with a shoot-out in the Caribbean and the action remains fast and frenetic throughout as Jet goes around the world, tracking her attempted assassin and discovering why he wants her dead (neatly summed up through an action-filled flashback). Blake gives a disclaimer before the book that he is not looking for realism, favouring an action-packed approach that will leave the reader hooked and he certainly delivers on this. Jet single-handedly wipes out small armies of mercenaries (who are all ex-special forces themselves) and is an expert at whatever she turns her hand to; whilst she rarely seems to be in any genuine danger, her exploits leave you wanting to read on and find out just how she will escape a certain situation. Jet takes the tried and trusted formula for a good action thriller and combines it with incredible action and a breakneck pace. I strongly recommend reading Jet.

Rating (out of 5): *****