October 24, 2015

Book review: Jet by Russell Blake

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Code name: Jet

Twenty-eight-year-old Jet was once the Mossad's most lethal operative before faking her own death and burying that identity forever.

But the past doesn't give up on its secrets easily.

When her new life on a tranquil island is shattered by a brutal attack, Jet must return to a clandestine existence of savagery and deception to save herself and those she loves. A gritty, unflinching roller-coaster of high-stakes twists and shocking turns, JET features a new breed of protagonist that breaks the mold.

Fans of Lizbeth Salander, SALT, and the Bourne trilogy will find themselves carried along at Lamborghini speed to a conclusion as jarring and surprising as the story's heroine is unconventional.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

I've been a follower of Russell Blake's blog for a long time, but until now, I hadn't read any of his books. Considering how much of his writing and publishing advice I've consumed, I figured it was time for me to read a book that he wrote. Jet was the natural place to start since that's the first book in the series he's most known for.

One thing I will say about the novel is that it never gets boring. The book starts with a bang and doesn't let up. One action scene follows another until the end. While that makes for an attention-grabbing book that's hard to put down, I did wish there was more substance to the plot and the characters.

Jet is your stereotypical can-do-everything action hero, like James Bond. However, her uncanny abilities meant that, regardless of the situation she got into, there wasn't much doubt that she'd find a way out, so the tension wasn't there in the action scenes. Much of the plot was also fairly standard and predictable for the genre.

If you're a fan of action (and I am to a large degree), then Jet will be an entertaining read for you.

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