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10 September 2012

Russell Blake: The Delphi Chronicle - #1 The Manuscript

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Great start to a riveting roller-coaster paced thriller
The book description says this is "An epic roller-coaster ride of a thriller" - I couldn't agree more. This is the first part of a trilogy which is really a taster to make you want to read the rest - and I do!

When NY security consultant Michael Derrigan unwittingly comes into possession of a manuscript that will change the world order if its secrets are aired he is immediately thrown into a race for his life. Others with only a slight knowledge of the manuscript are eliminated by expert clandestine killers. Blake leaves you panting to find out what is going to happen.

Russell Blake is an intelligent and talented author who really understands the craft of writing and marketing a good thriller/adventure story. In his Foreword ("Forward" in the book - editing needed) he says that "The goal of any good fiction is to blend fact and fantasy with such dexterity that it's difficult to tell where the invention ends and the truth begins." This is very clear from the first page of this book.

Also he says "I try to catapult readers through a series of twists & turns at such aggressive velocity they're left gasping by the end." At the end of this book I was left gasping for the next book in the series (or more truthfully for the next 2 books in the trilogy). Fantastic writing, Russell Blake and fantastic marketing!

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