Sequel to Tell Me More, The Russian has Blake Waiter in an International debacle
FALL RIVER: Brad Kelln doesn’t want you to put his latest book down.
The Fall River author just released his second in what he hopes to be multiple novels in the series following the journey of fictional psychologist Blake Waiter. The most recent published piece that keeps the reader on a “wild ride” is The Russian.
“Before I found my publisher I had Tell Me More, the first book, and The Russian written,” said Kelln inside his St. Andrews Village home. “I knew I wanted to carry the story on and continue talking about the characters and exploring them.
“It was a matter of getting the first book out.”
“The Russian” finds Blake in the middle of an international debacle. While his wife continues to struggle with the multiple tragedies that have befallen their family, including the disappearance of their son some three years ago, and while he tries to care for her, Blake gets assigned a new client from the Special Services Coordination for High-Value Assets (or SSCHVA for short) only to find out that this patient is a controversial Russian submariner who is officially listed as dead.
Before Blake can even meet the man, a hostage-taking on a Halifax Harbour ferry draws the attention of police, and they enlist his services.
Kelln does include a bit of irony in the book. Blake only got asked to help the police out because the regular guy is off on a basketball trip with his son (Kelln is dad to Jake, a star basketball player with Lockview High’s boys team).
“There’s a lot of stuff going on in the book,” he said.
He was expecting it to be out in stores and online retail shops such as Amazon; Indigo/Chapters; and more by the end of November.
Kelln said the first book established some of the plot lines and characters, then “The Russian” explores more of what he has experienced as a private psychologist himself and one who does work with the RCMP.
“One of the things I wanted to focus on in this book was around the involvement of crisis negotiation, which is work that I do and am still under contract to provide that service to the RCMP,” said Kelln. “I wanted to put some real-life stuff in to this. I thought it would be fun to include a scenario of a lot of the stuff I’m familiar with.”
He said people not putting his book down is one thing that is extremely important to him.
“When I start out doing a new series/book I write something I would want to read myself,” Kelln said. “What I like to read is stuff that moves along quickly, that has quick chapters, interesting scenarios, and keeps you hooked and interested.”
If that’s the case, Kelln has another winner because like “Tell Me More,” “The Russian” does that with ease.