Monday, March 12, 2012

Review of The Geronimo Beach by Russell Blake

If you're a fan of thrillers, spy novels, police stories and the like you've probably grown accustomed to the slightly sanitized narrative and descriptive terms used in these genres. Sure, the bad guy gets it and there's blood everywhere and the girlfriend is all cut up, but the visual scene of the writing can be read by anyone. Which, of course, is done on purpose in order to make the book marketable. Robert Ludlum, John le Carre, Tom Clancy (except for his true masterpiece, "Without Remorse"), they have all written spectacular books with heaps of action and loads of destructive bloodletting without actually spilling any goo. Your brain registers the action and tells you "this is bloody", but you don't feel it in your gut. Except for Clancy's "Without Remorse." That book gets you where you live.


I'd like to introduce an author who has, apparently, mastered the art of writing a thriller that is full of splashing, gushing, searing, exploding, skin-ripping action with language that pulls no punches but is still exceptionally readable. Russell Blake is a descriptive pioneer and a natural wordsmith. In his thriller, "The Geronimo Breach," Blake has taken the somewhat predictable genre on a joyride from the streets of Panama City through the jungles of Columbia into fishing villages and bordellos to emerge on the other side with all the "good" predictable aspects intact and some new twists on the plot format that make reading the book a pleasure and a duty for all lovers of action thrillers.
It's the action and the description that keep the pages turning. Throw in a hero disguised as a drunk, a smartass CPA with a killer body and a burro named Ed and you've  got one classic novel that holds its own against the so-called "masters" of the trade.

I chose not to quote from the book in order to keep it fresh for you. There are some pretty cool surprises that pop up as the plot reveals itself.  Trust me, though, this is a 5-star book.
"The Geronimo Breach" is available on Amazon, or just go to and say hello to the author. He loves fans. And burros.
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