Author: Rob Sinclair
Published: July 2019 by Bloodhound Books
Category: Political, Thriller, Action, Espionage, Book Review
Rule number one for an agent of the secretive JIA is to follow orders, no matter what.
But James Ryker has never cared much for rules. He only wants to do what is right.
James Ryker is once again working for the Joint Intelligence Agency. His under cover assignment is to join three other operatives, a team Peter Winter has put together, in order to form a security detail tasked with protecting the British interests and maintaining the delicate balance of peace in Chabon, an African country on the verge of civil war, where violence is commonplace.
The group’s main objective is to provide protection for President Benyu from the leader of the opposition, Chima Muampa and his army of rebels, until the upcoming election. Benyu took control by force and both leaders think nothing of brutality if they feel it necessary, each having their own underlying agendas. Ryker and the team are met with corruption, underhand tactics and a lack of truthful information. It’s not clear who is trustworthy or honest and lives are on the line in what turns out to be a very volatile situation.
“We believe Muampa has already infiltrated some of the Chabon government’s top levels, and we need to know who, and what they’re up to.’
Which, Winter thought, is nothing more than expected, given that Whitehall wants the JIA involved.
‘Does Benyu know?’
‘Not that we’re aware of. And we’d like to keep it that way. We need eyes and ears on the ground but it has to be discreet. We can’t afford retaliatory action from either side.’
Initially we’re taken back to the weeks leading up to the shocker of a prologue, as the team are put through a couple of weeks of gruelling training before being transported to Kilpassa, the capital of Chabon, where there’s an escalating feeling of impending danger. This is a case of power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely—any sense of morality is lacking in certain individuals.
This is my favourite of the James Ryker stories so far. There’s lots of well paced but not overwhelming action and some unexpected twists. Rob Sinclair has created tension running through an unpredictable and well devised plot, along with a realistic take on the political landscape and has instilled interest and a need to keep reading to find out what happens. The hostile environment is captured extremely well and adds a layer of mystery and darkness to the story.
Ryker has developed into a character who you’d definitely want to have in your corner— he’s highly skilled, reliable and with a good moral compass. I enjoyed the interaction and banter between him and Moreno. He’s suffered in so many ways, I wonder if there’s a glimmer of something good coming his way. I hope so.
I chose to read and review The White Scorpion based an a digital copy kindle supplied by the author.
About the Author
Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy series and James Ryker series of espionage thrillers. His books have sold over half a million copies to date 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 began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He 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. Rob 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.