Welcome again to 12 Days of Clink Street Christmas and I’m very pleased to have a guest post from Rob Sinclair.
Over to you, Rob.
How does Carl Logan spend Christmas?
If you’re not yet familiar with Carl Logan, the rough around the edges hero of my Enemy series of books, then perhaps it’s worth briefly introducing him before thinking about how he might spend Christmas.
Logan is a highly-specialised operative, working for a clandestine intelligence agency, but his past is both dark and unsettling. Many years ago Logan, as a tearaway teenager, an orphan moving from foster home to foster home, and increasingly getting himself mixed up with gangs and drugs, was recruited by a shady law enforcement figure – Mackie – as a low level informant. Over the years that relationship grew until Mackie himself moved on in the world becoming a Commander of a secretive intelligence agency known as the JIA (Joint Intelligence Agency). Seeing potential in Logan, largely given his bleak outlook on life and his nothing to lose mindset, Logan was brought into the fold at the JIA and, through years of physical and psychological training, was turned into something of a killing machine, travelling the world and carrying out the dirty work of the UK and US governments, under the radar.
However, all of that came crashing down for Logan when he was captured, tortured and left for dead on a mission in the Middle East. And thus it’s at this point in Logan’s life where the Enemy series picks up – with Logan battling inner demons while still recovering from this traumatic experience, and trying to figure out what to do with his life.
So what does Logan do for Christmas? Well, I’m afraid it’s never been a jolly time of the year for him. He’s never had any real friends of family. As a child he lived in unloving foster homes with abusive parents and bullying brothers. The only genuine father figure Logan ever had was Mackie who scooped him up from his tearaway life and moulded him into a JIA field agent. But has Mackie ever really cared about Logan, or does he just see him as an asset?
Years ago Mackie invited Logan to his home for Christmas, to spend with Mackie and his wife and their dog. Logan bought them token presents and received the same in return, and he sat and dutifully ate his Christmas turkey and drank too much wine and chatted. It was about the most ‘fun’ he’d ever had on Christmas day, but he declined the invite the following three years and after that Mackie stopped asking.
For years after that Logan would have a quiet Christmas – when he wasn’t working at least. Lazing on a sun lounger in warmer climes, sipping on cocktails, became the most positive way of killing time during the festive period – sometimes alone, sometimes with his latest fling.
So how will Logan be spending this Christmas? Well, after the events of the Enemy series, the guy is certainly due a break! But will he be spending it alone once more? Perhaps you’ll need to read the books to find out 😉
About Rob Sinclair
Rob’s first novel, Dance with the Enemy, was published in June 2014 and is the first in the bestselling Enemy Series following embattled intelligence agent Carl Logan. Rise of the Enemy, the second book in the series, was released in April 2015, with the third book, Hunt for the Enemy, being released in February 2016.
The Enemy series has received widespread critical acclaim with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn.
Rob’s latest thriller, the pulsating Dark Fragments, was released by Bloodhound Books on 8th November 2016.
Rob worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. He now writes full time.
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.
Dance With The Enemy #1
Dance with the Enemy is the explosive first chapter in the highly-acclaimed Enemy series of espionage thrillers featuring Carl Logan.
Hunt For The Enemy #2
Everyone has a breaking point. Carl Logan might just have found his. The Joint Intelligence Agency sends agent Carl Logan on a routine mission to Russia. It should have been simple. But when Logan’s cover is blown, he’s transported into a world of hell he thought he would never see again. Something is different this time, though, and before long doubts begin to surface in Logan’s mind as to why the assignment went so wrong. Logan has never been short of enemies. And sometimes the enemy is closer to home than you think. Could his own people really have set him up?
Rise Of The Enemy #3
They’ve erased his past. Wiped out his very existence. But Carl Logan isn’t finished yet. On the run in a harsh Russian winter, Logan – once an invaluable asset but now branded a traitor – has been framed for murder. His own firm, the secretive Joint Intelligence Agency, have labeled him a rogue operative after two decades of loyal service. The agency is hunting him down… and they’re not the only ones. But there’s much more at stake than just Logan’s life. One by one, agents and informants from all sides, all allegiances, are dying. And Carl Logan is the only man who can put a stop to it, once and for all.