Fast paced and thrilling, Hunt For the Enemy is huge amounts of fun, a gripping and action packed roller-coaster ride, and a well crafted and impressive read.
The hunt is on. They have 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 labelled 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 is 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.
I don’t read many thrillers. I’m not entirely sure why-for some reason the thriller section of the bookstore is not one I tend to venture into all that often.
However when asked to review the thriller, I always seem to end up enjoying it.
There is something wonderful about a book that enables you to be completely swept away to thrilling and dangerous worlds where the stakes are high, the plots dastardly, and the villains nigh unstoppable.
That said, there is nothing worse than a bad thriller – heroes with no charisma and plots with the consistency of treacle never makes for fun reads, and whilst it goes against every fibre of my being, there have been a fair few terrible thrillers that I have been unable to finish.
So, it was with a small amount of trepidation that I began to read “Hunt for the Enemy ” by Rob Sinclair. Would I be gripped, exhilarated, and transported to high-stakes scenarios and glamorous locales?
Or would I be bored by a by-the-numbers plot, praying for an untimely death for the hero, that would bring about a swift end to the book, and allowing me to move on to something altogether more satisfying.
Mercifully, Rob Sinclair knows what makes a thriller work. A flawed, damaged, yet likeable hero, a twisting, intriguing plot, and a pacey style of writing, that keeps the reader gripped with short chapters and excellent action sequences, and yet never sacrifices quality for style.
This is a well-written book, and the style is such that the reader is gripped from the offset even if one has not read the previous books in the “Enemy” series, as I had not.
Sinclair has also cleverly combines the old with the modern. There is good humour, beautiful women, superb action sequences, and more than a few nods to the thriller staples that we are all familiar with. However combine these with a compelling hero such as Carl Logan, and throw in some much needed grittiness, and you end up with a superb blend-I was reminded in places of the darker James Bonds that were betrayed by Dalton and Craig-gripping and exciting, yet not constantly distracted by the camp humour that infiltrated the later parts of the Connery era, and almost all of Roger Moore’s.
A quick read, I raced through “Hunt For the Enemy” in a matter of days, and found myself seriously intrigued – the short chapters had me thinking “Oh, just another one”, until late in the night. I’ve yet to read the others in the series, but I daresay they’ll be added to my book pile at some point, as whilst this works well as a standalone, I daresay it’ll make slightly more immediate sense, and deliver swifter connections to the characters, if the previous books are read as well. I’m also hoping there’ll be more adventures for Carl Logan – talk about ending with unfinished business!