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The Geronimo Breach (Action / Conspiracy Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Russell Blake
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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.

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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.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Reprobatio Ltd (27 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GFY758
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and The Chicago Tribune, Russell Blake is the USA Today bestselling author of thirty books, including Fatal Exchange, The Geronimo Breach, Zero Sum, King of Swords, Night of the Assassin, Revenge of the Assassin, Return of the Assassin, Blood of the Assassin, Requiem for the Assassin, The Delphi Chronicle trilogy, The Voynich Cypher, Silver Justice, JET, JET - Ops Files, JET II - Betrayal, JET III - Vengeance, JET IV - Reckoning, JET V - Legacy, JET VI - Justice, JET VII - Sanctuary, Upon A Pale Horse, BLACK, BLACK Is Back, BLACK Is The New Black, and BLACK To Reality.

Non-fiction includes the international bestseller An Angel With Fur (animal biography) and How To Sell A Gazillion eBooks In No Time (even if drunk, high or incarcerated), a parody of all things writing-related.

Blake is co-author of The Eye of Heaven, with legendary author Clive Cussler. Blake's novel King of Swords has been translated into German by Amazon Crossing, The Voynich Cypher into Bulgarian, and his JET novel into Spanish and German.

Blake writes under the moniker R.E. Blake in the NA/YA/Contemporary Romance genres. Novels include Less Than Nothing, More Than Anything, Best Of Everything.

Having resided in Mexico for a dozen years, Blake enjoys his dogs, fishing, boating, tequila and writing, while battling world domination by clowns. His thoughts, such as they are, can be found at his blog: RussellBlake.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Joy - Original, Inventive and amusing 15 Jan. 2012
By nixlyn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'd never heard of Russell Blake before and as a kindle addict came across this book. I read his notes first and although, I confess, that I do like high octane thrillers I have recently been getting a bit bored with the low priced one's available on Kindle. They seemed at best to, to fall a little short in various areas whether too little action or too much action and also to be paper thin on plot, characters etc

So I bought this with a reasonable idea of what I would be getting - or so I thought.

This book surpassed all my hopes. It has great characters, 'pacey' descriptive dialogue and is a real story with a beginning, a middle and an end!

The lead character is, as promised, hard to love initially but by the end I was rooting for him. The other characters were all well defined and believable, especially if you are as cynical as me. Mr Blake did not hesitate to kill off characters even if they were likeable which was helpful to both the plot and storyline.

He also managed to spring quite a few surprises, especially the contents of the video, but even at the end he still managed to keep the surprises coming.

I loved this book and will certainly be reading more of his work. I wish some of the other low cost kindle authors were even 10% as good as this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 7 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Blake does a great job of creating a group of reprehensible characters that left me alternately despising them and cheering them on, although the cheering occurred with quite a bit of reluctance! Al Ross is the most unlikely hero I've come across, and he only survives the worst day of his life thanks to a disrupted digestive tract and a burro who, for some reason, takes a liking to him.

The plot moves quickly and kept me wondering what could possibly happen to make the lives of these characters any worse than they already were. There were two political rants in the book that threw me off my reading pace, but the rest of the time I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Read this book if you love twisting plots and surprise endings, but settle in and prepare yourself to put The Geronimo Breach down with great reluctance if you can't finish it in one go!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run for Blake 20 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In "The Geronimo Breach," a thriller involving the Middle East, Latin America, drugs, diplomacy, international deception and so forth, popular Indie author Russell Blake has gone out on a limb while still spinning an irresistible tale. The plot doesn't end up where the reader thinks it will, the author is unsparing in his piling on of corruption and evil doing, and perhaps most of all, he has created a protagonist, Al Ross, that was intentionally created to be next to impossible to like. Perhaps it says more about what readers have come to expect--or take for granted, really--that Al is actually like any number of people one encounters in life. His dubiousness as a hero stems from extremely common character traits in the real world. Readers unwilling to accept Al as protagonist may also be afraid to look in the mirror. I think that Blake was doing more than challenging the reader's stereotypes about heroes in creating Al. I think he also was trying to show how, in today's world, virtually anybody could find themselves in the midst of corruption on a major scale. For me, this made Al actually more effective as a hero, because if he could have to deal with all this so could anyone.

Many readers are already familiar with Blake's gift for the written word: his economy of style, his impeccable timing, his gift for characterization, and--underrated, I think--his sense of humor. But I'll mention them again anyway. He is, and I choose my words carefully, a sadistically good writer. And apparently many are willing to surrender themselves to the many deliciously thorny places he takes them.

Jon P. Bloch
(The Kindle Book Review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling page turner 14 Feb. 2014
By Geoff B
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Brilliant Author. Up to Blakes usual thrilling standard and questioning of political events and theories. Full of action and questionable conspiracy by US Government Agencies. A cracking read. Difficult to stop reading this book once started.
Also loved the colourful descriptive writing of life (& death) in South America.
Slowly going through all his works and can't wait to get started on the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and intriguing Read 1 July 2013
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Another wonderful and exciting piece of story telling from Russell Blake - buy it I promise, you wont be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blake in sparkling form 7 Jun. 2013
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What a tale! Action, intrigue, more than a few chuckles and one hooked reader! I'm now reading his Assassin series and loving it just as much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and funny. 26 Sept. 2012
By Therms
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I read this book some months ago and loved it. It was nothing like I thought - the description was, `fast paced action...'. There are moments of galloping pace in the book and there are times when it slows down and you get to know the characters.

I loved the lead guy. It took a while to get to know him. At the start of the book I found him annoying, but as the book went on our `anti hero' was a real asset to the story. It takes a long time to understand why he is the way that he is and learning more about him adds a lot of believability and plausibility to him.

The action is indeed fast and furious. There are some twists and turns along the way to keep you turning the pages and the unpredictable way the author deals with some of his characters means you can never guess what will happen to them.

So, what's the story about? Well, you have to read right up to the very end to find out. I never guessed it, although I'm sure some did, and when I put the book down it was enough to make me stop and think. It could almost be true...
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Published 4 months ago by Simmo
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
The U.S. Government could well have been responsible for this books story line.Which is gripping and very logical .A must read.
Published 5 months ago by Clifford Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
great book
Published 6 months ago by denna
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the sleepless night
I love Russell Blake! His Jet and Assassin series are just brilliant. So different and each one enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Ivory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Another excellent read by Russell Blake I am enjoying his books more and more and good thing is reading at night you can easily pick up where you left off night before I really... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. L. Stoneley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece
When this started I thought it was going to be just another action thriller from Russell but as the story progressed I found it quite amusing in parts as well as a thoroughly... Read more
Published 10 months ago by fred timberlake
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece
I loved this book it kept me hooked from start to finish. I cannot wait to read his next book. Thank you
Published 14 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner - I really needed to know what was on the camera!!!
Another book by Russell Blake with worrying concerns of what bit of this book was fiction and what was non-fiction...

I liked the non-traditional non-hero character.
Published 21 months ago by Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars What a shame
I like reading thrillers. If you look at my other reviews you will see a number of them, including some brutal ones. However I didn`t manage to read more than 2% of this one. Read more
Published on 24 Nov. 2012 by Vet with a mission
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