Carl Logan dedicated nearly twenty years of his life to the Joint Intelligence Agency. Now living in a secret location, under the new identify of James Ryker, he wants nothing more than to be left alone, the chance to start a new life away from chaos, violence, destruction and deceit.
It’s not long, however, before Ryker’s short-lived idyll is destroyed when he is tracked down by Peter Winter, his ex-boss at the JIA. Winter brings with him news of the murder of a woman in Spain, Kim Walker, whose fingerprints match those of one of Ryker’s former adversaries who’s been missing presumed dead for years – an infamous female assassin known as the Red Cobra.
A cyberattack at the JIA led to the Red Cobra’s profile being compromised, and Winter believes JIA agents may now be at risk too, Ryker included. But Ryker knew the elusive Red Cobra better than anyone, and when he sees the grisly pictures of Kim Walker’s corpse, he has news for Winter – she isn’t the assassin at all …
So just who is the mystery dead woman? And where is the real Red Cobra?
The Red Cobra is a fast-paced thriller filled with twists and turns and intrigue that will appeal to readers of big-hitting thrillers by the likes of Lee Child and David Baldacci, and with echoes in its plotting and breadth of the globe-trotting spy thriller I Am Pilgrim.
Carl Logan is a character from the authors Enemy series. As this is a spin off from the Enemy series, you don’t have to have read them before reading this. Saying that though I think this may more than tempt you to go and read them all.
I have to say, for me, I personally think this is the authors best novel to date. As much as I have enjoyed his others, this is totally in a league of its own. I have to admit I’m not usually a big reader of action thrillers but boy I was well and truly hooked and struggled to put it down.
The Red Cobra is a female assassin and boy is she good at her job. I love a strong female character in a novel and it makes a change from the stereo typical woman being weak and needing a man to help her. This woman is a law unto herself and even Logan/Ryker has reason to be concerned when her name resurfaces back in his life.
The story flicks between present day and the past where we are introduced to a young girl called Anna. I really enjoyed finding out more about Anna but couldn’t help feeling sorry for her for the life she was having to live. In the present day it was great to catch back up with Carl who is obviously now living under a new name which took no time at all in getting used to.
The Red Cobra is one fast paced, action packed, thrill of a read. It is actually screaming out to be put on the big screen. Who needs Lara Croft when you have The Red Cobra? Without a doubt this is a fantastic start to a new series and I am literally counting the days down until the author quenches my thirst for more.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
The Red Cobra is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.
Rob’s fourth book, the pulsating psychological thriller Dark Fragments, released by Bloodhound Books in November 2016, has been described as ‘clever’ and ‘chilling’ and an ‘expertly crafted’ story, and became an Amazon UK top 50 bestseller soon after its release.
Rob’s forthcoming James Ryker series follows on from the Enemy books, with the first novel, The Red Cobra, being released in April 2017.
Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.
Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.