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)