I left my phone at work one day last week. I felt like I’d lost an arm! I needed the comfort of a good book to pass my time (and I wasn’t completely devastated that the book I was, and still am, in the middle of reading was stored on my phone in my desk drawer) so I turned to a book that had been burning a hole in my Kindle for a little while now, Hunt for the Enemy by Rob Sinclair. Having loved the first two books in the Enemy series, Dance With The Enemy and Rise Of The Enemy, and the main protagonist, Carl Logan, I had been looking forward to reading this third instalment. I put my idle thumbs to work, turning the pages on my Kindle, desperate to find out what super-spy Logan’s next move would be.
Logan is on the run following a sequence of events that has left his boss and mentor, Mackie, dead and the blame has been put squarely at the feet of our hot-headed hero. However, he has unfinished business with former love interest Angela Grainger, a CIA agent gone rogue. The last time he saw Angela was after she shot him. Logan tracks her down after he finds out that there is a threat on her life and they go on the run together, outsmarting the Russians and trying to find a way to uncover the truth about why Logan is the centre of attention for the CIA, the Russian FGB and his own agency, the JIA.
Logan isn’t the perfect hero, and Sinclair portrays this wonderfully. Throughout this book, we get flashbacks to Logan in his younger days, providing the reader with some context to his gung-ho nature and his failure to control the “red mist” when it descends. He makes a lot of bad decisions throughout, letting his emotions get the better of him, but this only serves to make Logan a more realistic character. Ultimately, he always redeems himself and restores the balance.
Sinclair seems to like inhospitable landscapes, as Logan moves from Russia into Kazakhstan, which adds a sense of foreboding to this third book in the series. He uses the surroundings to great effect, to present an extra hurdle for Logan and Grainger to navigate, as they avoid enemy after enemy. The setting serves as a constant reminder that danger lurks around every corner.
I’ll be honest, I was a little thrown by Logan’s choice of allies at times. For someone who is supposed to be able to judge character and gather intelligence, he has an odd logic sometimes. As a reader, you wonder what he is thinking and this is often reflected in the other characters surrounding Logan, and their responses to his actions. Yet just when you’re thinking Logan has perhaps lost his way, he manages to rectify the situation, creating a wonderful ebb and flow of action and suspense.
There is also plenty of scope for further Logan novels too, which I’m hoping is Sinclair’s intention. When you read a series of any kind, you develop a real sense of acquaintance with the characters, where you want to know what happens next and join them on another adventure. The Enemy series is no different. For all his flaws, Logan is likeable. Yes, he is arrogant and selfish at times, but he also shows signs of vulnerability, which makes him endearing, despite his flaws. When he second guesses himself, he reminds the reader that he isn’t as sure of himself as he tries to portray. He doesn’t trust people and this particular novel helps the reader to understand why.
Sinclair has written a fantastic third book which I enjoyed immensely. I will absolutely be recommending anyone who likes a good spy thriller to give them a go. There is real skill in Sinclair’s writing and he engages the reader from start to finish. That other book I’m reading, I’ve been working my way through it for about three weeks and I’m still only half way through. I read Hunt for the Enemy in two nights. I didn’t want to stop reading until I got to the end and for me, that’s the key sign of a good read for me. I sincerely hope that there are more Logan stories, but I am really looking forward to reading the next Rob Sinclair novel, whether it contains Carl Logan or not.