James Ryker, a veteran intelligence agent now freelancer, working for the secretive Joint Intelligence agency on an op-by-op basis, finds himself embroiled in a complicated mission that will test him to his limit.
When a simple surveillance mission goes awry and the key target is kidnapped in broad daylight in a busy London square, Ryker knows he has his work cut out.
Ryker is tasked with figuring out what went wrong. But when his good friend Sam Moreno disappears without a trace, the mission becomes more personal than he could have imagined.
Torn between toeing the government line, and finding the answers he needs, Ryker realises there’s only one way to find those responsible and to punish them... His way.
I have read a lot of books by Rob Sinclair - The 'Enemy' Series, The 'James Ryker' series, and now Ryker returns in 'Renegade'
After publishing so many books, you'd think there might be a touch of sameness slipping in - with these books following the same person, you may think they'd be treading over old ground by now.
But, somehow, author Rob Sinclair knows how to keep things fresh - constantly dropping Ryker into new situations and turning his life completely upside down. The pace is kept at a healthy high throughout, and Ryker is a brilliantly believable character to get behind. Sinclair portrays him as strong and intelligent, but fallible and human too - ensuring that the reader can feel the risk behind every encounter with the enemy that Ryker may have.
Plot-wise, this initially feels like less of a globe hopping book than some of the previous entries in the series, and cleverly weaves together two plot strands that initially feel completely seperate - but crash together in thrilling fashion. It's worth noting that there is a hell of a lot of action here - so if you're not a fan of violence this may not be one for you. On that note though, Sinclair balances things well when it comes to how much he shows - ensuring the violence is exciting and has consequences, but never feels too gratuitous or exploitative - Ryker lives in a dangerous world and leaves a dangerous life, so violence is an unfortunate consequence.
Great fun - and an easy read that kept me gripped and racing through the pages until I reached the conclusions - where I'll eagerly be waiting the next from Rob Sinclair!