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Nick Lake is a British author of young adult and contemporary thiller novels.

Born in the United Kingdom but raised in Luxembourg, he holds a degree in English from Oxford University.

He works in publishing by day and writes during whatever free time he finds, often using his long journey to work to explore his imagination.

Nick wrote the Blood Ninja Books thanks to his romanticism with the Far East, and the fact that he covertly operates as a vampire ninja.

He currently resides near Oxford with his wife and daughter.

More about Nick Lake

Genres: Contemporary , Thriller, Young Adult

Born: 1979

United Kingdom

Non Series

  • The Secret Ministry of Frost (2009)
  • In Darkness (2012)
  • Hostage Three (2012)
  • There Will Be Lies (2015)
  • Whisper to Me (2016)
  • Satellite (2017)
  • Nowhere on Earth (2019)

Blood Ninja Books

  1. Blood Ninja (2009)
  2. Blood Ninja II: The Revenge of Lord Oda (2010)
  3. Blood Ninja III: The Betrayal of the Living (2012)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Secret Ministry of Frost

Light has always struggled to fit in, being that she’s a half-Inuit albino and heiress to a vast Northern Irish manor.

Left isolated after her father vanishes in the Arctic, never to be seen again, she begins perceiving something strange around her.

Out of nowhere, the enigmatic world where her father moved to takes over Light's life.

As the Inuit folklore that she doesn’t know much about comes alive, the strange and terrifying beings of the North appear convinced that Light can play an important role, not to mention her mysterious friends.

And soon enough, she gets caught up in an age-old conspiracy that she never saw coming.

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1847383099
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
In Darkness

In the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a young boy is stranded underneath the ruins.

Raised in abject poverty, Shorty is a teenager who has witnessed more brutality than anyone his age should.

He is irreversibly plunged into a life of crime where sinister figures dish out money with one hand and shed blood with the other.

Shorty however has a secret, one that involves finding his dear twin sister who was taken away from him five years earlier.

Despite his struggle to survive, Shorty may not be a lone wolf after all.

This is a moving book about bravery, treachery, liberty and hope.

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1619631229
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Hostage Three

Amy can’t think of anything other than warm weather and calming waters as her family prepares for a sea trip on their yacht. After all, it will be an opportunity to heal after going through a tough spell.

But unbeknownst to her is that their nightmare is just about to unfold.

Hijacked by a band of Somali pirates, Amy and her family are held for ransom in a complicated deal.

Her incredibly rich father is the first hostage, while Amy is the third hostage.

As she sparks a strange relationship with one of her detainers, it doesn’t take long before it becomes apparent that the price of a life and its value are two parallel things.

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1619634381
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
There Will Be Lies

Seventeen-year-old Shelby Jane Cooper is a beautiful and shy girl.

Shaylene, her mother who is a court reporter, does everything she can to protect Shelby.

Not only doesn’t Shelby ever go to school, she rarely even goes outside.

You never know what could happen to a girl like her.

So when Shelby gets run over by a car, it not only breaks her leg but also tears her world apart.

When her mother comes to her rescue, she takes Shelby and the two just drive away as though on a road trip.

However, wherever she goes, a coyote warns her not to believe anything.

What on earth is going on?

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1619637092
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Whisper to Me

I love you. I regret everything that I did to you. I'm going to pen all my thoughts down, revealing what truly happened, and why I shattered your heart. After that, I’ll email it to you.

Let’s meet at 5 p.m. on Friday by the windmill hole. You know that crazy golf at the Pier where we played at one time?

If you still have feelings for me when you’ve finished reading this, then come and get me, alright?

I know, this is probably the worst love letter ever.

This book is about Cassie, a Jersey Shore teenager, and her story of love, battling personal demons and family loss.

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1408853863
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Moon 2 is a space station orbiting the Earth.

Located 250 miles above Earth, it goes around the blue planet every 90 minutes.

Moon 2 is also the only home that teenagers Leo and twins, Orion and Libra, have ever known.

Raised by astronauts their whole life, they have on countless times been prepared for their deadly trip back to their real home—Earth.

But in spite of all their training, nothing could ever prepare them for the challenge that comes with living on dry land.

Although billions of people call Earth home, as Leo and his friends will soon find out, surviving there is a lot harder than they thought.

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1524713560
Publisher: Ember
Nowhere on Earth

While on a flight to Anchorage, sixteen-year-old Emily and her younger brother Aidan, along with the pilot, survive by a whisker after their plane plummets from the sky.

Trapped in the vast wilderness of Alaska, the fight for survival is the only thing that matters now.

However, unbeknownst to them is that Emily and Aidan are being pursued by someone, or something, deadly.

As they continue to evade those chasing after them, Emily learns that she is bigger danger than she previously thought.

Things are never what they seem, even those that matter the most to us.

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1444940459
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Blood Ninja Books

Blood Ninja

A young boy from a fishing village in the Japan countryside, Taro looked destined to following in the footsteps of his father and become a fisherman—until the day that everything changed.

Gifted in lethal combat, ninjas are the agents of influential nobles who ruled ancient Japan.

So what could have prompted these trained killers to execute a poor man like Taro's father?

And how come one of them paid a huge price to save Taro?

As he flees with his enigmatic hero and his closest friend Hiro, Taro vows to unleash vengeance upon those who murdered his father.

But given the challenges ahead of him, doing so will be a lot harder than he thought.

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1416986287
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Blood Ninja II: The Revenge of Lord Oda

With Lord Oda now dead, Taro and his friends can finally have some peace of mind—until a pigeon arrives with news about his mother.

But why did it take so long to arrive?

While journeying to the Tendai monastery, Taro, Hana and Hiro end up getting cornered by old foes.

Left sad and incensed after the death of his mother, Taro vows to reclaim the Buddha Ball, something that Lord Oda was so resolved on acquiring before his demise.

However, Lord Oda is still alive, and the Buddha Ball is nowhere to be found.

Will Taro live long enough to realize his fate?

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1416986300
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Blood Ninja III: The Betrayal of the Living

Taro may have destroyed Lord Oda once and for all, but he still doesn’t have a chance of marrying Hana, given that he neither owns land nor has a title.

So when news reaches him about the rewards that come with slaying a deadly dragon, Taro and his friends embark on a dangerous mission to confront the vicious creature.

Although their quest could rescue many Japanese, it could also result in multiple deaths.

To make their mission even deadlier, dragons are not the only things that they should be worried about.

The dead, under the leadership of Kenji Kira, are hot on Taro’s trail…

Author: Nick Lake
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1442426801
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers