Saturday, 4 April 2015

Watch out there is a new kid on the block, and he writes up a storm

Carl Logan was the perfect agent.  A lover, with no real friends or family, he was trained to deal with any situation with cold efficiency, devoid of emotion.  But Logan isn't the man he used to be, or the asset he once was.  Five months ago his life changed forever when he was captured, tortured and left for dead by Youssef Selim, one of the world's most violent terrorists.  When Selim mysteriously reappears in Paris, linked to the kidnapping of America's Attorney General, Logan smells his chance for revenge.  Pursuing his man relentlessly, oblivious to the growing trail of destruction that he leaves in his wake, Logan delves increasingly deep into the web of lies and deceit surrounding the kidnapping. Finally, he comes to learn just what it means to Dance with the Enemy.

I love reading books with an English accent and this one is simply stunning.  We have a flawed, battle hardened hero who is trying to prove himself after being out of action for five months.  I can’t really say much more without giving too much of the plot away.  The opening line hooks the reader in straight away and the pace never lets up until the enlist word on the last page.

This book is hard to put down and I have been taking my copy with me everywhere.  The hero, one Carl Logan is the central character of this novel together with his handler/boss Mackie and I love the toing and froing between these two; and other fascinating characters.  All these characters are written extremely, they are so lifelike and likeable in all their flawed glory.  And then there is the case that Logan is investigating intriguing and there are multiple layers of the story that are uncovered.  A lot of the book deals with the effects of the hero’s previous case and how this has affected him. 

This is an action mystery thriller with just enough violence to get the heart pumping.  Taken together with a hero the reader can sympathise with makes for a winning read.  There are twists and turns a plenty keeping the reader guessing but the final twist was amazing and this reader did not guess that or even have an inkling that something like that was on the cards.

This book is fantastic it is as if the words wanted to be on the page in that precise order.  Not a word is wasted, indeed this novel has just the right amount of words not a word more and nor a word less.  As Goldilocks would say ‘it’s just right’.  The story was flawless and flowed like a stream; my only bugbear was when the American female said ‘scarpered’ which is a truly English idiom.

I started my last dose of this book with my kindle stating that I had 1 hour and 25 minutes left (it lied), that was at 1.30 am but I was still reading at 6am; so close and yet so far.  I did finish at about 6.30 and luckily I did not have to wait for book two which I started immediately. 

A fantastic debut and an amazing start to a writing career (especially since the reason he wrote this book was as a bet with his wife).  Brava.  I am adding Rob Sinclair as a new favourite author and will constantly be on the lookout for his new books.  Let us hope they are all written to this standard.

At last we Brits have someone who can write the pants of the American writers in this genre.  If you like action thrillers with some mystery thrown in, if you like English novels and want a really good read then this book is a must.  Go out and get it today, you will be glad you did.

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

I rated this book 5 stars on Netgalley and 'It was amazing/I love it' on Good reads (5 stars) and Amazon (5 stars).

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