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City of War

(Rail Black #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  15 reviews
“Neil Russell has to be one of the finest, skilled and accomplished writers in the country, a true master of intrigue.”

—Clive Cussler


Rail Black has arrived…with a vengeance! A new series character who is part James Bond and part Bruce “Batman” Wayne, ex-Delta Force commando Black is the star of City of War—an electrifying thriller by veteran Hollywood executive (Paramount
Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Harper
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Mar 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Am I a terrible person that I finished this book when I knew I would utterly hate it at page 38? Honestly, this is one of the least likable things I've ever read, and probably one of the least likable authors-since the protagonist has all the makings of an author avatar.

The issues with this book are beyond numerous, but key among them are the rampant misogyny, the terribly stock characters, and the annoying instance on the part of the author to declare viewpoints on things that have no bearing o
Andy Gavin
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't read too many Thrillers without a Horror/Sci-fi/Fantasy/Supernatural element, but I was introduced to the author through a friend of mine and decided to check his book out. I'm glad I did. This is a roller coaster ride I can only describe as Fletch meets James Bond meets The Big Sleep. A billionaire playboy who happens to be ex-special forces happens to rescue a naked (and gorgeous) kidnapping escapee on the freeway, and things snowball into a globe spanning conspiracy of murder, art for ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
The backstory (incredibly rich English lord who happened to serve as a special forces-type soldier) is a bit much and the relationships are like John D. MacDonald on steroids, but the basic plot is interesting and Russell can write. It's very rough, but maybe it shows enough promise to see a second book. ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A mystery, a rich hero with a cast of other well defined characters, murder, fast cars, a little romance and a lot Hollywood. City of War is a very entertaining read and I'm looking forward to #2 in the Rail Black series.

I received this book compliments of Goodreads for my honest review.
Blood Rose Books
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
In the first of a new series Neil Russell what a rich ex-Delta Force gets up to when he sees a wrong being committed:

Rail Black is stuck in traffic when he sees a cargo van door open and naked woman leaps out, he know he has to help her. What starts as help on the freeway turns into a deadly cat and mouse game that is rooted in history. Kim has found some information that has lead to murder, a rare treasure and the greed of those who want it. Rail didn't know it at the time but he is about to pu
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just completed reading this book, one of the last old books on my TBR, and what a great book it was. I just discovered that this was the first in a series starring Rail Black, an English titled media mogul with a habit of helping those in need (picture the A-Team with an unlimited trust fund). .
Russell does a good job developing his characters, and his attention to detail in his research shows. The story itself was well-crafted and this was indeed a page-turner. The action was fast-paced and
Greg Dill
Oct 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I tried to get into this story. Though there was good character development, the characters were very shallow. Rail was your atypical tall, studly male, with all the right cars, wealth, and machismo. Though Kim was a highly educated woman, she came across as a sleazy bimbo. Clearly, this novel had a mysoginistic feel to it. And with all of the allusions to old movie classics and actors, it felt rather dated too. Good action initially, but it fails to entertain. Perhaps Mr. Russell should respect ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story, although it was generally predictable. Way too much sex, though.
Robert Enzenauer
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Neil Russell has certainly hit a grand-slam home run with his first novel. The action grabs you very quickly. Page 3: "Suddenly one rear cargo door of the van burst open, and a tall, stark-naked woman leaped out." The hero is an over-the-top Brit who is something like James Bond on steroids. There are only brief allusions to a military past as a US Army Delta-force operator, but this explains his dexterity with weapons and artful dealings with murderers and international terrorists. The characte ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hollywood, mystery
I came to this book having read and loved the third book in the series Hollywood is Burning. This novel introduces Rail Black, the billionaire, former Delta Force member and all around good guy. In City of War he stumbles into a crime that takes him around the world and into the nasty parts of humanity.

The book is just too complex; there are layers of villains and good guys and locations that become overwhelming. I wanted to like the book, I tired but I just got exhausted reading it.
Noelle Walsh
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was an interesting one. Fast cars, some romance, well-defined characters (in my opinion) and mystery made this story an entertaining one. I enjoyed reading it and am curios as to what the future holds for the main character.

*won on GoodReads First Reads*
Paul F. Brady
A mite too long....

Good plot, lots of action.... too many twists ... becomes tedious. May have been better being broken into separate sagas...
Three stars
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Great start ... the rest, eh.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
probably wouldn't read another of his ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Creative; entertaining; too Hollywood
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Neil Russell is the founder and CEO of Hollywood Artists Pictures Corporation (HAPCORP), which creates, acquires and licenses intellectual properties for exploitation across all entertainment media. HAPCORP also produces motion pictures, television and music and has begun publishing books through its Rothington House imprint. Neil acquired his first intellectual property when he was in college, an ...more

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