Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Cathy reviews Rise Of The Enemy by @RSinclairAuthor

Today’s book review comes from team member Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com

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Cathy chose to read and review Rise Of The Enemy by Rob Sinclair

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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.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair

Today we have a review from team member Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com

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Cathy chose to read and review Dance With The Enemy by Rob Sinclair

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Dance With The Enemy introduces Carl Logan, a covert operative for a British/USA Joint Intelligence Agency, who is on medical leave and in recovery after a life changing ordeal. Before his recuperation is complete he’s called in by his boss, Charles McCabe, when US Attorney General Frank Modena is abducted. When Logan learns Youseff Selim, the brutal terrorist who left him for dead five months ago could be involved with the kidnapping, he recognises a chance for revenge as his brief is to rescue Modena. The question is, is Logan ready for this new assignment? Most of the agency members don’t think so, only Mackie, Logan’s boss, is in his corner. Logan himself isn’t totally sure he’s up to this job. His previous assignment has had a profound effect on him, he’s lost the ability to contain and ignore the emotions he was trained to hold in check for the most part of his adult life.

As Logan follows the trail which he hopes will lead to Modena and more importantly to Selim, he reluctantly teams up with FBI Agent Angela Grainger. Each is wary of the other and although they are working together, Logan is pursuing his own agenda. It seems he’s not the only one. The deeper Logan and Grainger delve and the more the case evolves and the less straightforward it becomes. The layers of deceit and lies need to be peeled back one by one to find the motives and the real mastermind behind the conspiracy.

The writing is extremely well done and very descriptive with easy, genuine dialogue and realistic scenarios. Carl Logan is an intriguing character, complex and although he is recovering from the physical and mental damage he sustained he has the odd lapse, which makes him more human and realistic. He prefers to work alone and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. He’s circumspect when it comes to his job but has an emotional sensitivity giving his personality a balanced quality. His back story is revealed little by little throughout the story. I like that, although he’s determined and strong-willed, he can be unsure of himself and sensitive at times.

The action scenes are exciting, tense and cleverly devised. A great cast of characters, Mackie especially and there’s good interaction between him and Logan. The pace is maintained from the beginning with a fast-moving story and the twist at the end is totally unexpected. A strong, dramatic and enjoyable debut novel.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com