Rise Of The Enemy ~ The Enemy #2

  • Riseof the EnemyAuthor: Rob Sinclair
  • Published: April 2015 by Clink Street Publishing
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
  • five-stars

Everyone has a breaking point. Carl Logan might just have found his.
For the past 19 years, Agent Carl Logan has devoted his life to his work for the Joint Intelligence Agency; an intelligence agency controlled jointly by the USA and the UK. Policing, espionage and elite armed forces combined in one secretive and powerful network.

Following on from Dance With The Enemy, Carl Logan has recovered from his gunshot wound, although not quite from Angela Grainger’s betrayal, and is on another assignment for the JIA. He and a colleague had been sent on a routine mission to Russia to infiltrate RTK Technologies, Russia’s biggest manufacturer of military technology. The operation doesn’t go as planned, their man on the inside has been intercepted and their cover is compromised. Carl’s colleague is killed, Carl is taken prisoner and thrust into the kind of misery and torment he never wanted to experience again. 

The story is told in the present with flashback chapters of Carl’s incarceration and continues the vividly descriptive writing from the first book. Although Carl is a veteran and has survived more than many people could have, I wondered how he could possibly live through the level of atrocities he was subjected to. There’s a lot of attention to the details and, quite honestly, if I hadn’t recently watched The Railway Man, a true story of one man’s experiences as a prisoner of war, I think I would have found it too far-fetched. It actually isn’t.

I thought I had been running for about twenty minutes, but I had no way of knowing for sure. Taking account of the terrain, my fatigue, my clothing, I couldn’t have been averaging more than five miles an hour, even though I had been going as fast as I could. That would take me close to two miles from where I had started out. …….I didn’t know whether they were chasing me yet. They could have been as little as a few hundred yards from me for all I knew. But I couldn’t hear any voices shouting after me, or footsteps close behind.

As Carl struggles to understand why the seemingly simple assignment went so terribly wrong, the insidious doubts creeping into his thoughts conflict with everything he believes and the one person he trusts the most. Escaping after three months of hell, on the run and not knowing who to trust or who is actually the enemy. Trying to stay under the Russians’ radar as well as that of the JIA, Carl has a lot to come to terms with. His life is in free fall and nothing will ever be the same. He can’t quite bring himself to believe the things he was told about Mackie but he is determined to find out the truth, whatever it takes.

Another fast paced, well written and suspenseful story full of mystery and action. The plot is well constructed and the characters are believable. Carl retains his appeal, likeable yet complex with a sensitive side, giving him a balanced and credible personality. Rob Sinclair did a great job of getting inside Carl’s mind, showing his inner struggle and confusion. Here is a man who’s life has followed a set course for years and now he is cast adrift, alone and friendless. Until he discovers the reason behind it all. Great ending leading perfectly into the next book.

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My thanks to Rob Sinclair for sending me an ARC in return for an honest review. I’m also reviewing this book as part of Rosie Amber’s book review team.

About the author

Rob SinclairRob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller.

Dance with the Enemy, the story of embattled intelligence agent Carl Logan, is Rob’s first published novel and the first in a series of novels following Carl Logan.

The second novel in the series, Rise of the Enemy, will be released on 30 April 2015.

Rob is a qualified accountant. He has worked for a global accounting firm since graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels.

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.

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