Local author mixes action and adventure with Latin knowledge

Authors are told to write what they know, and Deacon Blake had a lot to write about.

There is no accident why his protagonist Damien Chance went to search for gold and treasure in the Amazon jungle. Blake has been there and could provide authentic background in his novel “Mercenary Justice.”

The Texas native has spent years in Latin America including time in Bolivia. He has held many jobs from banker, to salesman, to repo-man, to bouncer, to security consultant and radio personality.

Blake has been in Costa Rica two years and now manages the  Hemingway Inn on Avenida 9 in Barrio Amón. He says the work gives him time to write, and there is a second volume in the series due out before Christmas. It will be “Mercenary Vengeance.’ Blake plans at least three books for his lead character.

The tone of “Mercenary Justice,” can best be summed up by the main character, Chance. “Nobody’s bleeding and nobody’s dead. It’s a good day.”

The author also seems to have a flare for marketing because he managed to get his English-language adventure book in  Libreria Lehmann downtown. The adventure tale in ebook format is available at amazon.com, BN.com, iBookstore, and all major digital retailers, he said.

Although termed a paperback, the book available here is a solid 366 pages and printed locally.

Blake also plans a guidebook, “The Definitive Insider’s Guide to San Jose,” that will be heavy on useful information, he said, but not

Blake at a display case for his book at Libreria Lehmann.

Blake at a display case for his book at Libreria Lehmann.

seek to promote the underside of the city. As an example he lists the best laundry.

Blake is a member of a writer’s group in Atenas, but he also has hopes of helping some young Costa Ricans become published writers. He said he is encouraging some in both the literary effort and the nuts and bolts of publishing.

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