Nitro Express blows you away.
In his second novel, award-winning screenwriter and author Robert Blake Whitehill has mercilessly yanked the hero, Ben Blackshaw, out of his comfort zone of Smith Island in the lower Chesapeake Bay, and tossed him into the concrete canyons of New York City. If this fish were not already out of his depth in The Big Apple, a reluctant Blackshaw is summoned from hiding by a coded message from an old friend to take on a dangerous mission. A serial sniper is on the loose, and the powers that be believe that only Ben Blackshaw can track him, and finally take him down. The chase draws him from coast to coast, and across several continents until a shocking finale.
“Blackshaw knows his way around the Chesapeake Bay blindfolded. My job as a writer is to put him up a tree and throw rocks at him whenever possible,” says Whitehill. “The first step in Nitro Express was to take Blackshaw away from familiar turf of the first book, Deadrise, and everything and everyone he knows in the Bay, and set him down in a variety of locales that challenge his ability to adapt and survive. Blackshaw fans will be glad to know that Ellis is along for the mission to lend moral and material support in difficult times. That is, until Ellis himself becomes a casualty.”
Nitro Express,with its exciting cover by Montclair’s own Studio042, is shot through with themes that are painfully relevant today. To hunt this mysterious serial sniper, Blackshaw must throw off a powerful, intrusive surveillance network that is arrayed against him from the start. The mainstream media is also exploited by the killer and his handlers to devastating effect, until Blackshaw himself tops the assassin’s hit-list.
Whitehill is a Maryland Eastern Shore native currently living in Montclair, N.J. He is an award-winning screenwriter at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Hudson Valley Film Festival. He is also an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award winner for his feature script U.X.O. (Unexploded Ordnance). His feature script Blue Rinse, co-written with Andrea Shane, is currently under option with producer Bill Jarblum, with Olympia Dukakis to star.
While writing many highly rated episodes of Discovery/Times Channel’s The New Detectives, Daring Capers and The Bureau, he served as the Vice President of Independent Film Acquisitions for the groundbreaking Internet startup Centerseat, developing and managing their Independent Film Channel. He is also an EMT and a private pilot. Deadrise and Nitro Express are the first two novels in The Ben Blackshaw Series.
Please visit the author’s website and available in paper and e-books on Amazon. Signed copies are available at Watchung Booksellers.