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The Man in the Blue Fez: A Birth of an Assassin Novel (Birth of an Assassin - the series Book 3) by [Stone, Rik]
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  • Publisher: Silver Publishing; 1 edition (9 April 2017)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06Y5GG8H3
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When I picked up a copy of 'The Man in the Blue Fez' I didn't realise that it was the third in a series of books. In fact I didn't realise it was the third in the 'Birth of an Assassin' series of book, until it came to writing my review. So it goes without saying, that it isn't necessary to read the previous two books before jumping into this one. So, if the synopsis draws you in, like it did for me, then give it a go. If you are fond of action packed thrillers, you will not be disappointed.

The novel is fast paced, tense and so exciting that it was hard to put it down once I picked it up. As an action thriller it was completely engrossing, with Rik Stone having an incredible descriptive ability, I could almost feel the heat of the napalm, and the sound of the explosions. Fantastic read!
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Another excellent book, the third in the Series. Pulled together the first book Birth of an Assassin and the second book The Turkish Connection. Would recommend to anybody who enjoys a good thriller. I did not want to put any of the books down once I had started reading them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action thrillers don't come much better than 'The Man in the Blue Fez' from Rik ... 20 Oct. 2016
By Bookish Kenz - Published on Amazon.com
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Action thrillers don't come much better than 'The Man in the Blue Fez' from Rik Stone. His characters, particularly Jez and Pavel, are completely 3-dimensional, so you find yourself genuinely caring about them, being sympathetic to their dreadful situation. The plot is unique and exciting, being far more than a straight forward action novel - You will feel fear, betrayal, desperation, but there is also love, hope and belief. There are parts of the novel that are not for the faint-hearted, but I feel it really added to the plot, keeping the whole feel authentic and believable.

The protagonists are tasked with preventing a highly sophisticated explosives an drug smuggling operation. But with some of the criminals being highly ranked military and a highly skilled Serbian unit on their tails, it certainly wont be an easy task. There is plenty of nail-biting action to enjoy and a conclusion that will blow your socks off.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Manipulation of Power to Create Evil: Missions in Russia and Turkey 29 Jan. 2016
By Scarlett Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Thriller fiction is Rik Stone’s preferred literature, so it was a natural step for him to start writing in that genre. The ‘Birth of an Assassin’, which is his debut novel, is about Post War Russia and it is a place that has always intrigued him. His interest in doing research for a story is almost as stimulating as the writing of the story for him. The novel is not as much a historical account, but more one of crime and power, deceit and corruption.

The second in the series ‘The Turkish Connection’ has also been well received and the book now under review, his third and latest, ‘The Man in the Blue Fez’, brings together the characters already known. They face new and old enemies and carry on the fight against corruption across two continents. It is a thriller with beautiful creative writing for the lover of words. It is an action adventure of military manoeuvre in the 1970's.

Jez Kord is a special force soldier and is sent to freezing Northern Russia in 1973 to prove himself. Pavel has instruction to hinder his progress. When the training ends, Pavel and Jez return to camp and the sky fills with helicopter gunships. An assault ends with flaming liquid from napalm bombs, swallowing the whole complex....They run with ‘Spetsnag elitests’ on their heels.

Anna Kord and her unit, is assigned in Turkey with 2 other agents, where she is tasked to take down a drug empire. Adam comes to their assistance but betrays them and the only hope for survival hangs on Jez and Pavel.

“For years Mitrokhin had wandered the Soviet world and beyond, at will, setting up illegal operations wherever he went, and it was almost certain Irishka had been the force behind the dealings. Mitrokhin had sold one of his projects to The Russian Mafia: a flesh trafficking trade that terminated at a club in Icmeler, Turkey. There was also a drug business operating from neighbouring clubs and Michel was certain Irishka was puppeteer for both scams. But proof was elusive. It is the fundamental reason for Anna Kord going to Turkey.”

The ‘Birth of an Assassin’ series has been, and still is, very important to the author, but he has taken quite a lot of time out over the past twelve months to work on a modern day project set in Recife, Brazil titled: ‘A Destiny to Die For’. When you read the story of Angelita, you will have to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground else, it will blow your socks off. “This is one wicked lady,” he says.

Rik Stone grew up amidst the slum-lands of fifties, North East England and left school at fifteen without academic qualifications. He worked in the shipyards on a local river, spent time in the merchant navy, and went on to work in quarries in South East England. His command of English is deeply rooted in his tradition that gave him a fine taste for literary fiction which he advanced with courses in creative writing. His work is distinguished and his descriptions powerful. Time came when he yearned for change, and so he began to study. Beginning with lower level courses, he worked through to gaining a BSc. degree in mathematics and computing.
But he loves reading and because of it, fiction writing has always been his desire. After an early retirement at fifty years of age, he was able to pursue the dream seriously. From that dream came his debut novel, Birth of an Assassin.

I have read his second novel a few months ago and can see a great advancement in his third novel. I enjoy the elegance of his writing. Example:

“In freezing temperatures, he could stay like that forever. And in Siberia there was every chance that that would be the case. As Jez moved him, blood on the soldier’s tunic crumbled into tiny shards of crystallized plasma. What a waste ; the soldier had been a good-looking man at some point, but now his eyes were bloated and veiled in what looked like icing sugar over embryonic membrane. Death isn’t kind at the best of times and it certainly wasn’t doing him any favours now. Jez pulled and pushed at the corpse...”

And also: "Snow suddenly fell like autumnal leaves reluctant to reach the ground."

Book one, Birth of an Assassin. The setting is the backdrop of the Soviet Union. Corruption in military ranks has filtered down to street level and naive young women are being tricked into leaving Russia.

Book two, The Turkish Connection. This novel reveals the story of the gangs who are getting the girls ready for prostitution before selling them on. The Man in the Blue Fez has the protagonists of the first two novels joining forces in an attempt to get to the core of the corruption in Russia, at the same time trying to bring the Turkish operation to an end once and for all.

As independent author he says:

“The independent road is a difficult one and I won’t necessarily always be treading it, but there is no hurry and I am happy to be broadening my experience. I’m luckier than a lot of my fellow writers; I want a break, yes, but I don’t think I actually need one.”

Motivation for the series:

“Birth of an Assassin was arrived at by trawling through the Russian history timeline. I have family who escaped the White Russian pogroms back in the nineteenth century. It was from the odd thing my uncle, their son, told me that generated my interest. The fact my book covers the 1950’s rather than earlier, is that I couldn’t really make the story believable for a Jewish boy to enjoy any kind of success in Russia prior to that.”

He has always been a thriller reader and it’s exciting, especially when a piece of action just ‘turns up’ while you’re writing...... “or reading it, Rik?.” He believes a writer should be able to write in any genre and I believe we will soon see a riveting love story Rik? Keep writing, and let the more worldly accomplishments develop with your experience.

Rik says: "Only time will tell and if you are not willing to put that time in, you might well fall by the wayside. Rik practices what he preaches; His worldly accomplishment is not far away.

Scarlett Jensen
28 January 2016
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written thriller by knowledgeable author 30 Jan. 2016
By John H. Manhold - Published on Amazon.com
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The Man in the Blue Fez, ISBN: 9781783018437, another Birth of an Assassin Novel in e-book form by Rik Stone.
Jez Kord, formerly Kornfeld leaves his wife/soldier comrade Anna in the married sleeping quarters in one of Stalin’s former death camp headquarters on the Siberian plain to trek into the winter wilderness. He is to prove his fitness for return to active participation in General Michael Petrichova’s clandestine war on army personnel who are involved with the Russian Mafia and others in the lucrative drug and flesh operations flourishing in the Ukraine with ties to Turkey and possibly beyond. He is followed by Pavel Rostilov, a master of survival in the brutal Siberian plains country. They meet eventually, becomes friends and return only to find the gulag is being completely destroyed by troops under General Iriska. The secret concentration of Petrichova personnel had been betrayed by a Lt. Sasha Rolaninshi who had been added to the group through betrayal by the general’s trusted long-time personal attaché. Jez and Pavel kill her and the attack helicopter pilots and escape the ground forces to finally return to Moscow. To their relief, they discover that Michael had left before the attack to return to Moscow and that Anna had left on her assignment to Turkey. From this point the story continues to pursue the general’s plan to eliminate the army personnel involved in the drug/flesh operations with action in Moscow as well as other parts of Russia, the Ukraine and again Turkey. Other characters the reader previously has met again play prominent rolls, and a sizeable number of new ones are introduced including Adam Mannesh and his minions as well as General Iriska as the villainous adversarial group.
Discussion: The plot once more is complex and replete with brutality, duplicity, deception, betrayal and the rest. It moves nicely and displays a fine knowledge of the terrain and other areas involved. The more pragmatic reader again may need to overlook the borderline credibility of some activity.
Conclusion: A well written thriller by an author knowledgeable, either by experience or research, of the locations and of people about whom he writes. A suggestion: Although not necessary, reading the first in the series makes this volume more enjoyable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Won't Disappoint, Will be Enjoyed! 28 Sept. 2016
By Toma - Published on Amazon.com
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The Man in the Blue Fez: A Birth of an Assassin Novel by Rik Stone is everything you’re looking for in a militant fast read. It is a story made up of two settings: one situated in the snowy landscape of Russia and the other in warmer Turkey, during its summer season. The book opens with a prologue that introduces us to the character Pavel Rotislav out in Siberia’s arctic environment, preparing to shoot an unsuspecting Jez Kord who is there as part of his training for combat. The two men eventually become partners in battle as they witness Jez’s team compound being shot down by an enemy force known as the Spetsnaz. They race against time to rescue Jez’s wife Anna who is on a mission to Turkey to investigate some drug dealings there. While this is going on, their commanding general, Michel Petrichova is doing all he must to protect those of his regime (in a way including Pavel, Jez, and Anna) from a bad guy by the name of Irishka.
There is a lot of action and violence in this novel but not too graphic to distance those looking for a clean story about the Russian military and its operations back in the early seventies. There is a slew of characters in this novel all acting as protagonists with the three most important ones: Jez, Anna, and Pavel. One of the adrenaline moments of this book was when one of its characters, Mehmet, was fending for his life from allies of the Turkish drug lord Adam Mannesh. This is the part where you really feel the Author’s affinity for such matters and the macho theme of the book. SPOILER ALERT: There is plenty of badass kicks and shots in this book, you will not be disappointed!
If you’re looking for a book to enjoy while you are on vacation for the weekend, I suggest taking this one with you. It is a page-turner, it is riveting, it is driven, and it has all the elements of an action-packed thriller. One word of advice though, this is the third installment in a series, so you might want to check out the first two books to get familiarized with the character Jez Kord and why he is essential to the series. So put on your uniform and prepare for battle! Enjoy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man in the Blue Fez- Captivating Thriller! 2 Feb. 2016
By Sheryl - Published on Amazon.com
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Birth of An Assassin series comprise of brilliant stories with gory scenes and much violence. The stories reveal the human side of the assassin where he is formed of flesh and bones and having soft feelings for specific people. However, they are basically strong individuals who due to cruel hand of fate and choices find themselves in unfortunate situations and it is only through their sheer will, tenacity and courage that they overcome many adversities and come out a winner.
The same can be seen in the book The Man in the Blue Fez. Jez Kord had to make difficult decisions and also leave behind his wife just to prove his abilities for active participation in General Michael Petrichova's clandestine war, yet surviving in freezing wastelands seemed to be a lighter struggle in the face of greater adversities that awaited him ahead. Rik Stone has managed to captivate me once again with his wonderful craftsmanship. The book was beyond all my imaginations as I was provided fresh materials and introduced to evil villains who would not stop at inflicting any sort of pain. Loved the book and highly appreciate the efforts of this gifted writer.
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