Fatal Exchange Tess Gideon a female Manhattan bike messenger with an appetite for the wild side becomes embroiled in a rogue nation s Byzantine scheme to destabilize the U S financial system From the sweltering st

  • Title: Fatal Exchange
  • Author: Russell Blake
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  • Page: 226
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  • Tess Gideon, a female Manhattan bike messenger with an appetite for the wild side, becomes embroiled in a rogue nation s Byzantine scheme to destabilize the U.S financial system.From the sweltering streets of Seoul to the sex and drug driven underbelly of Greenwich Village, attempts at silencing a leak in an international counterfeiting operation leave a trail of butcheryTess Gideon, a female Manhattan bike messenger with an appetite for the wild side, becomes embroiled in a rogue nation s Byzantine scheme to destabilize the U.S financial system.From the sweltering streets of Seoul to the sex and drug driven underbelly of Greenwich Village, attempts at silencing a leak in an international counterfeiting operation leave a trail of butchery that leads inevitably to Wall Street, pitting a counter culture heroine against a ruthless state sponsored assassination team that will stop at nothing to achieve its lethal ends As the body count climbs, Tess is assisted by Detective Ron Stanford, a NYPD homicide specialist tracking a brutal serial killer whose ritualistic cycle of murder and mutilation targeting bike messengers is escalating to fever pitch Tess s battle to survive propels her into a deadly underworld where she must become judge and executioner, challenging her core beliefs about morality, justice and love.

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    1. Fatal Exchange is a gritty,"edge of your seat" thriller by first time author Russell Blake. The author cleverly combines a well paced, CSI styled crime thriller, with a "no holds barred", plausible international conspiracy. The story centers around Tess, a spunky, misplaced bicycle messenger, tirelessly working the Manhattan courier, who becomes entangled in both conflicts. Set squarely in the sights of a elusive serial killer and pursued doggedly by a ruthless, clandestine interrogation/murder [...]

    2. As this book started it seemed like two different stories. On one hand a high-end counterfeit operation and on the other a serial killer stalking bicycle delivery women. As the book went on though it became clear that these two threads were linked by a single person. It was a cleverly drawn out tale and I could not put the book down.Be warned however, it is not for the faint hearted. There are some pretty graphic images of torture but they are well within the context of the story. I liked the ch [...]

    3. Written in the style of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle with more twists and turns then a piece of licorice this book kept me guessing to the end. I loved the interaction between the characters and the details of the crimes presented. I, of course, had it all worked out (not) but it kept me mesmerized throughout the whole book.It was a joy to read such a book without getting lost or bored. The author kept things in order but still added the Miss Marple variety of down home detective and t [...]

    4. 'Fatal Exchange' was incredibly thrilling and full of twists and surprises. In true Russell Blake fashion, this book was awesome. The story line was well thought out and it played out incredibly suspenseful. I loved the characters. There was quite a mix of personalities. Tess is just fighting to get through the 'finding herself' faze and she ends up with a hell of a nightmare. I love that she's strong, independent and full of life. Ron was a hell of a detective. He's like a dog with a bone when [...]

    5. Excellent characterization. I needed to skim the torture scenes, but the story was nicely devious, two strands that ultimately met. Not my favourite genre, but a great read.

    6. Fast, exciting and enjoyable read. Lots of action and intrigue. International mystery set in New York. Total escapism for the reader.

    7. Good bookYou people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so . Shelley MA

    8. Fatal Exchange tells the story of Tess Gideon, a female Manhattan bike messenger with an appetite for the wild side, who becomes embroiled in a rogue nation's Byzantine scheme to destabilize the U.S. financial system.From the sweltering streets of Seoul to the sex-and-drug-driven underbelly of Greenwich Village, attempts at silencing a leak in an international counterfeiting operation leave a trail of butchery that leads inevitably to Wall Street, pitting a counter-culture heroine against a ruth [...]

    9. So, I went into this read with a mild prejudice. How good could it be for $.99? Bear in mind, I'm a self-published author with my own Kindle book on for $.99. Still, I was blown away the further I got into the novel by how intricate and complex the plotting was and to my surprise - how well developed the characters were - and there were many.The violence - there is lots of it - is not really my cup of tea, but I have to say I was impressed with the imaginative quality about it. This wasn't the [...]

    10. Contains spoilers.This was an enjoyable thriller. fast paced, brutal in parts. The first violent scenes had me wincing but I soon became accustomed to the idea that characters would have their viewpoint introduced, be tortured and killed off. Like an episode of Criminal Minds where a nice couple make an appearance and you know one or both is going to die, horribly and soon.The plot moved well and the main characters were convincing. I was confused by the multitude of bike messenger characters, a [...]

    11. Okay, maybe 3.5 starsThis 'came' to me via BookBub - those folks who send me an email every day with very, very cheap suggestions for me to read. You get to set your own criteria, and the service is free.The book really wasn't bad. I was into 'it' right away - never really figuring out the whodunit of the whodunit part, but what else is new.I did find the two story lines a bit of an excess - seems like either one of them could have made up a novel - perhaps shouldn't complain about getting two b [...]

    12. OK, so international conspiracies aren't my favorite genre. I'm more of a true mystery fan. However, I read Blake's "An Angel With Fur," enjoyed it, checked out his website, and saw his "pets" page (I'm also a dog nut). Since I also had a dog die of cancer, I asked Blake to add a picture to the memory wall on the "pets" page. He kindly did, and I, of course, now have a soft spot for him.Anyway, long story short, when I saw that Blake's Fatal Exchange was on the Kindle free book list for a few da [...]

    13. This was a good read, not a great read. It was a little slow at the beginning and I had to hammer through. There were a lot of character introduction and it was a little difficult to keep track of who was who. I kept saying to myself, I know these characters are going to intersect at some point, but WHEN? Once their relationship to each other was finally introduced, the book did take off. I did enjoy reading it and I thought the intersect was intriguing. As I read though, it did seem pretty obvi [...]

    14. This was an entertaining read driven by plot rather than character, although both Ron, our lead cop, and Tess were more than adequately sketched if not totally fleshed out. The three or four short torture scenes were vivid and probably just on the acceptable side of violence for the modern reader although some will find them rather gruesome.For me a faint weakness came in what is now referred to as 'the story arc'. There was no real 'dark moment', the culminating point at which everything is hea [...]

    15. A good thriller: well-paced, professionally done. The main characters are all believable and the writing is solid. The plot moves quickly and logically. Overall, this is another example of an independent author self-publishing a book that more than measures up to the quality professed and produced by the commercial publishing industry. If the world were a just place, Russell Blake would indeed have a lucrative publishing contract.Alas, the world is unjust. But Blake does not seem to suffer. Inst [...]

    16. This was such an enjoyable read. Fast paced and full of action. Warning: Some parts were very graphic and really wasn't necessary for the story but still not too much to turn you away. (I often skimmed over those parts anyway.) The author provided many layers in this book which truly keeps you interested. There were many characters introduced early on which could cause some confusion but gets easier to keep up with as you continue. It set the perfect stage for a 'whodunit'. I gave this book a 4 [...]

    17. I enjoyed reading this as it was different from my typical choices. But I found this author on Twitter and became a fan. The book is full of interesting twists and turns and keeps you entertained. The only thing I'd change is the cover as it resembled a cross and I figured there would be some Christian theme to it and kept hoping for that, but it never materialized. I would recommend this to people who like books about currency and the life of street people holding odd jobs to get by. If you hav [...]

    18. I have always liked stories about Serial Killers. Not because of the sometimes gory details though. I enjoy the "who-done-it" and "cat-and-mouse" interaction between the investigator and the killer plus the thrills, chills and suspense.In Fatal Exchange, not only is the heroine on the serial killer's potential victim list, but everyone she cares about is systematically being horribly tortured and then brutally murdered. The serial killer has nothing to do with the torture/murders of her loved on [...]

    19. NY City in the midst of downtown traffic, Tess pedals her bike hard as she rushes to complete her delivery as a bike messenger. Gordon Samuels a currency speculator is thinking about the killing he is going to make when the deal he is working on comes to fruition. A dealer in rare and expensive timepieces is meeting a buyer in San Francisco International Airport to sell some watches to a Korean Diplomat. He will return to NY City 1 million dollars richer. Detective Ron Stanford is at the scene o [...]

    20. Fatal Exchange by Russell Blake is an excellent crime thriller and I recommend it. It is the story of a woman who gets caught up in a counterfeiting scheme after her father sells some collectibles and is paid with counterfeit bills. It is a captivating read with nary a dull moment. The story moves along at a nice clip and the dramatic tension is maintained throughout. The plot involves a serial killer and many gruesome crimes surrounding a 'diverted' amount of cash. The plot is well structured. [...]

    21. Another quick out of the gate thriller from Russell Blake. This one starts out running two plots. The first involves a NYC homicide detective investigating mutilation murders. The second involves Myanmar, counterfeit currency and two killers looking for a million dollars of that counterfeit that was stolen from Myanmar.The protagonist, a female bike messenger rider (read underachiever) becomes involved in both plots. Her father sold the high end wristwatches and received the stolen money in paym [...]

    22. Fatal Exchange is another awesome Blake book. The quality of the writing is incredible. The author must do extensive research to craft a tale like this one. There's just so much detail throughout.There's two sets of crimes going on, but they're expertly woven together, which makes it easy to follow. While reading, I felt like I was completely immersed in each group's culture. The bike messengers and their drug scene, the detective's life, the Wall Street guy. Even the killer.The story is fast-pa [...]

    23. I was "introduced" to Blake by a Wall Street Journal article commenting on his huge output in books for e-readers. I read his satirical book on how to sell "Gazillions" of e-books which was pretty funny if profane and decided to try this one as it seemed to attract the most attention. Well worth reading. Good story, interesting plot twists, and well drawn characters. The torture scenes are a bit "over the top" but if you can handle that you will find this an enjoyable read. A bit complicated in [...]

    24. Absolutely an amazing thriller. I was completely entranced by the interweaving of two seemingly unrelated plots with a central cast of characters. It actually worked very well. It took me awhile to realize who the central character would be. that is how well crafted the author has made the storyline. The characters were very believable and interesting - even the minor ones. Russell Blake is the real deal and can compete easily with the mainstream published authors. Some reviewers thought there w [...]

    25. Russell Blake has done it again with Fatal Exchange. He is a master storyteller, coming up with plots that although "probably" couldn't happen, possibly could. And puts it altogether deliciously. His characters are always realistic. The details of the mystery are interesting enough for deep readers, yet never too hard to understand or keep up with. The book does keep you on your toes, trying to figure out the culprits in one of the crimes, and knowing exactly who they are in the other crime. But [...]

    26. I am NOT a fan of detective fiction, but after reading the summary of this book, I knew I HAD to read it and I'm glad that I did. I felt like I was reading two stories that were linked by one thread, Tess. Fatal Exchange is not for the faint of heart, as there is a demented serial killer and special operatives who torture in order to get what they want. I like how Tess and Duff were able to figure out a plan to get the special operatives to handle the serial killer who would have otherwise gotte [...]

    27. An edge-of-your-seat thriller with non-stop excitement and spine-tingling descriptive scenes that left this reader gasping from the horror of what was written. Some of the scenes are intense.The main character, Tess Gideon, a gritty biker for a delivery service, finds herself in the middle of a serious counterfeit scheme and fears for her life. When Detective Ron Stanford is drawn into the case of a serial killer he becomes connected to Tess when the two cases are somehow intertwined. I found th [...]

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