Night of the Assassin by Russell Blake, read by Dick Hill
Hello, Audiobooks Fans! Today I will review a short audiobook, written by Russell Blake and performed by the great Dick Hill.
The book is called Night of the Assassin and is part of the Assassin series. It serves as a prequel for King of Swords, it was my first Russell Blake book and I enjoyed it very much.
The main character is a boy, that learns everything he needs to know about the power of self control, weapons, diving, hunting and many other things and grows to become one of the most feared assassins in the World
The world of the Drug Cartels depicted in this book is very scary and, at times, makes you wish it’s just fiction, but we all know it is not. The good part is that the author doesn’t go into so many gory details as I recently saw in The Power of the Dog, that one was really brutal, but I hope to review it at some later date.
I don’t want to spoil the experience you are going to have by reading or listening to this book so I will not get into too many details. The boy, which by the middle of the book will be a grown man, will begin to make a name for himself as a ruthless assassin and will become El Rey a.k.a. The King of Swords. The action is very fast paced and the book is going to stay in your hands from the first page to it’s last.
Night of the Assassin is a great short story on it’s own and the fact that the audiobook is performed by one of the best narrators in the industry makes it even better. Dick Hill is perfect for this book. The accents he uses and the voices he chooses for every character makes you get even more absorbed into the story, because he has the power to bring them to life. He can be emotionally flat as El Rey, scared, defiant or anxious as some of his victims, he can switch accents on the fly and increase the tension, as dictated by the book’s pace, leaving you breathless.
Night of the Assassin is the gritty, edge-of-your seat prequel to King of Swords. A no-holds-barred, breakneck-paced thriller, Night of the Assassin charts the early years of El Rey – known as the King of Swords – a super-assassin responsible for some of the world’s most spectacular and daring executions. Framed against the backdrop of present-day Mexico’s brutal narco-trafficking violence, Night of the Assassin chronicles the making of a monster – a cold-blooded, ruthless killing machine.
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