Zak Yates

Crime & Thriller writer

The Blayze Carlson series.


CRUISE - A Blayze Carlson Novel #1

Sun. Sea. Sand.


After closing a case, Special Agent Blayze Carlson just wanted to get away.

What better than a Caribbean cruise?

But when tragedy strikes, his vacation takes a turn for the worse.

A storm approaches.

The captain is missing. Crew numbers are falling. Can Blayze find the killer before the cruise ends?

"The main reason I would be interested in reading future books is the main protagonist. I liked Blayze, and I think he is a perfect main character. The author allowed the story to go on and the plot to captivate the reader, even though it is a character-driven book. There isn’t a saturation of any key elements; the pace and the supporting characters shine especially well throughout the story.

While this story is told mainly through agent Carlson’s investigation of the crime, the author expands the suspense by introducing interesting crew members who are working on the cruise ship. One of the crucial side characters was Simon, a dance crew member. He is someone the reader gets to know well. With him, we follow the intricate relationships other workers on the ship had. There are many complex and interwoven connections, as one would expect from a close-knit work setting.

Nevertheless, there is nothing I disliked about this book. So, I can’t rate it lower than a perfect score of four out of four stars.

If you are fans of this genre, you will make a perfect recommendation group for this book. Furthermore, readers who enjoy intrigue, police procedures, workplace drama, and closed-circuit mysteries should give this book a chance. If you are a reader who likes to guess who the bad guy is or you are curious about the character’s development, this book will not disappoint you." - Online Book Club   ★★★★

Cruise (Blayze Carlson)

SNATCHED A Blayze Carlson Novel #2

Three years. Seven children.

 Zero suspects. 

Blayze Carlson is brought in to help Special Agent Rebecca Scott and her team, on the hunt for a kidnapper known as ‘The Holiday Snatcher’.

Time is running out. 

They will need to do everything they can before the holidays are over and the theme parks close. Personal issues will need to be put aside if he is to help the families of the missing children. 

Known as ‘‘The Closer’, can Blayze catch this guy before he strikes again?

4 out of 4 stars.

“The suspense was great. It kept me on my toes.”

“I recommend this book to lovers of crime stories and thrillers.”

“I enjoyed everything about this book.” –  ★★★★


Snatched (Blayze Carlson, #2)

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Now dead, Peter will have to follow everyone he knows to solve the mystery of his own murder. What he discovers on the way in not what he had expected.

"Author Zak Yates plunges readers into a violent, fast-paced murder mystery in The Factory. This book wastes no time in establishing its premise: a newly dead Peter becomes an afterlife investigator of his own murder, and discovers that being a ghost does have certain advantages. As more bodies begin to fall, Peter discovers that the mystery of his death is far larger and closer to home that he would have ever imagined. Leaping from one intense scene to the next, this manic story is undeniably dark – boldly touching on issues of abuse, dishonesty, and repressed aggression. Delivering a raw story packed with unapologetic drama, there is a jagged authenticity to the writing that makes this short novella a compelling read."
          Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★


The Factory