Today’s book review comes from team member Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com
Cathy chose to read and review Rise Of The Enemy by Rob Sinclair
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.
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.