Blog Tour*** Hunt For The Enemy*** Rob Sinclair

I am absolutely delighted to be the first stop on the Hunt For The Enemy blog tour. Hunt For The Enemy is the third book in the Enemy series. Today for my stop, I have my review as well as a short Q&A with Rob Sinclair.

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Book Description:

The breathtaking and action-packed finale to the bestselling Enemy series. The Hunt is on. They’ve 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 labeled 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’s 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.

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My Thoughts:

O…M…G what a finale to a great trilogy!

I have really enjoyed this series and as much as I enjoyed Dance With The Enemy and Rise Of The Enemy, I always felt that I still didn’t really know much about Carl Logan himself and his past. Well I am over joyed to say that everything really came together in Hunt For The Enemy for me.

The author delves a lot more into Carl’s past and especially into his years training. The reader gets a lot more insight into Carl and what makes him tick. There are a couple of surprises in this story, one being a certain character making an unexpected appearance which I was actually really pleased to see, though a little shocked.

Everything about this book had me well and truly hooked. From the brilliant first chapter, to the fast paced and gripping storyline, to the highly tense and brilliant ending. I loved everything about it.

Carl is such a great character. Due to his past, he is pretty much a loner. He is extremely good at his job but it’s obvious that, that is all it is to him at the end of the day, a job. You can sense his unhappiness and wanting out from the dangerous lifestyle he has been accustomed to. Only problem is due to his profession and seriously upsetting some very unsavoury characters, is it a profession you can ever truly leave or will you constantly be watching your back?

Hunt For The Enemy is going to be a huge hit with fans of this series. In a storyline that would give the more recent James Bond a run for his money, this is certainly a novel that will leave the reader on an absolute high.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Interview:

Was the Enemy trilogy always going to be just that or did you start it off with the intention of it being a series?

Thats actually a tough question! I find it hard now to remember exactly what came to me and when with my writing. I knew that Dance with the Enemy, the first book, would not be a standalone. That was always abundantly clear to me. Partly because it had just always been my intention to begin a series, but probably more importantly because I knew when I started writing about Carl Logans troubles that the first book wasnt going to be able to tell his whole story arc properly. Logan was a man at the start of Dance with the Enemy who really was entirely lost in the world and I knew where I wanted him to get to: to a recovered man, one whos faced his demons and overcome them. But then given the trouble I knew he was due to suffer at the end of Dance that arc had to continue into the next books.

As for the trilogy? I cant remember when I decided on that precisely. I certainly didnt know the stories for books two and three from day one, but the loose ideas for them were without doubt in my head a long time before I finished Dance with the Enemy. The only real question in my head became what to do after that? Start a new series with Logan again? Or start a new series with a brand new character. In the end Ive gone for a bit of both!

How does it feel now that you have written the third in the trilogy? Are you happy/sad that it has come to an end?

Im really happy with the series as a whole. My own personal view is that the books get stronger as the trilogy progresses and I felt like I was able to really explore who Logan was in the second and third books. Part of me is sad that its the end because Ive come to really enjoy writing about Logan and whatever series comes next will not be quite the same again. But then I never had the intention of just writing a never ending series of standalone books featuring the same central character. I dont think theres anything wrong with doing that at all, but it just wasnt what I wanted for Logan. I wanted a core story arc that followed in the three books (though that said, Ive tried to make them standalone so as not to put people off reading them out of order). And I think the continuation of the story through the three books makes sense for Logans character and it makes sense to then close out with Logan.

Given the mess his life is in at the start of Dance, his story ends when he either overcomes his troubles or self-destructs or dies. And whichever of those happened, thats the end of the Enemy series for me. I could have strung those troubles out longer but I think actually I would have had a lot of disgruntled readers if I did that, and to be honest I just never had the ideas to do it either.

I thought the ending has left it quite open. Is it really the last we have seen of Carl Logan or do you think you will come back to him at some point in your career?
Hunt for the Enemy is the end of Carl Logan…kind of. I dont think this is giving too much away about Hunt, but Logan is still alive at the end. But he cant be Carl Logan any longer. Carl Logan is finished. So yes, there is scope for that man to return to the page, but only in a different guise. Confused yet?!
You didn’t seem to really give to much away about Carl’s past in the first two novels where as we find out a lot more about his time in training in the last one. Why did you choose to leave it until the last book for the reader to find out more about his background? 

That was just the way it happened really. Id like to say it was all a moment of genius and forethought from day one but actually a lot of my writing and the detailed ideas form only as Im in the process of writing. I knew the basics early on, but the ins and outs of the plots and stories only slowly emerged as I was writing them.

That said, what Ive ended up with is three books that feature the same character, they undoubtedly also have the same overall style to them in terms of my writing and characterisation of Logan. However I think each book has a slightly different focus that was ultimately quite deliberate. Dance with the Enemy was all about Logans struggles with post-traumatic stress. We see him in Dance at the very bottom and hes got to drag himself back up again to some sense of normality. The reader gets a glimpse of what he used to be, but only a glimpse. I think any more than that would have detracted from his troubles in the present. I wanted the reader to concentrate only on his suffering, the specific events that caused that suffering, and what he needed to do to get over it.

Rise of the Enemy moved on from that. Told in the first person I think it allowed the reader to see deeply into Logans mind and see the man he is. Hes over the worst of his troubles, hes not at the bottom anymore, the PTSD is gone, but he faces a new threat when it appears his own people have turned on him. Again, I didnt think that was the right place for backstory as to who Logan used to be. I wanted to keep the narrative on him in the present and how he was dealing with what was happening to him. And Logan was already in such a state of confusion in that book that it would only have likely confused the reader to introduce shifts into his past.

So quite naturally really Hunt for the Enemy was the place where the flashback chapters worked best. I think its a nice surprise for readers of the series too. They already know Logan as he is now, but they havent yet seen in detail until the third book who he used to be and how he got there. Hunt was the right place to do that as it showed the contrast and similarities between Logan all those years ago and the man that has emerged from the first two stories. Plus, as the reader will see, many of the events that happen in the present in Hunt are actually driven by Logans actions many years previously, so it just made sense to show the readers those events properly rather than through exposition. My own personal view is that those flashbacks make Hunt. I enjoyed writing those chapters probably more than any other chapters in the whole series.

Now that the Enemy trilogy has come to an end, what’s next? are you already working on a new project and if so can you tell us anything about it and when we can look forward to more of your work?

Ive got lots in the pipeline! Ive finished a standalone psychological thriller which is a slight change in direction for me, moving away from the action focus to more psychological suspense (albeit still with a healthy dose of action!). Its about a normalman (I.e. not a highly trained secret agent!) whose wife was murdered a number of years ago. Hes built a new life but finds himself being dragged downwards again when problems from his past – including his twin brother – resurface. There are no guns or explosions or secret agents or terrorists but there is a lot of suspense, a lot of thrills and twists and turns and a really dark undertone that will shock a few people.

And then Im just finishing the first draft of what will be a new series. I dont want to give too much away, but like I said before, its definitely NOT Carl Logan! Its James Ryker…

 

Hunt For The Enemy is due to be published on the 11th of February, you can pre order a copy on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

For more information about the author and his books, please click here.

 

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