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.
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.
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.
That’s 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 Logan’s troubles that the first book wasn’t 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 who’s 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 can’t remember when I decided on that precisely. I certainly didn’t 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 I’ve gone for a bit of both!
I’m 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 it’s the end because I’ve 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 don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing that at all, but it just wasn’t what I wanted for Logan. I wanted a core story arc that followed in the three books (though that said, I’ve 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 Logan’s 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, that’s 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.
That was just the way it happened really. I’d 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 I’m 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 I’ve 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 Logan’s struggles with post-traumatic stress. We see him in Dance at the very bottom and he’s 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 Logan’s mind and see the man he is. He’s over the worst of his troubles, he’s 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 didn’t 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 it’s a nice surprise for readers of the series too. They already know Logan as he is now, but they haven’t 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 Logan’s 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.
I’ve got lots in the pipeline! I’ve 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!). It’s about a “normal” man (I.e. not a highly trained secret agent!) whose wife was murdered a number of years ago. He’s 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 I’m just finishing the first draft of what will be a new series. I don’t want to give too much away, but like I said before, it’s definitely NOT Carl Logan! It’s James Ryker…
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