Monday, 20 October 2014

Dance with the Enemy by Rob Sinclair

Dance with the Enemy is a thriller where the main character, Carl Logan, works for a murky government agency breaking most of the rules and inventing the rest. Not wishing to reveal any of the plot I quote from the blurb:

"Carl Logan was the perfect agent. A loner, 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."

The book is certainly a page-turner and it's been written with a strong, fast pace that keeps the plot moving along from one exciting incident to the next. Some of the plot elements are predictable but there are good twists as the story evolves. I particularly liked the way the reader is left with some unanswered questions almost to the end of the book but ultimately there are no loose threads.

Some scenes in the novel describe torture in detail. However the writer has done enough to make this vivid and real without being extreme.

The characterisation is interesting for a number of reasons. Logan has been a cold and calculating secret agent until his imprisonment has exposed his softer side. He is trying to get back on track with the agency and needs to demonstrate he still has what it takes. These two contrasting sides of his personality contribute greatly to making the book interesting and credible. Logan's relationship with Selim is central to the plot which is well handled because the writer has successfully avoided creating a stereotype for this character. Logan's mirror character is an F.B.I agent who contrasts well with Mackie, Logan's handler at the agency.

Apparently author Rob Sinclair started his writing career when he promised his wife he would write a "can't put-down" thriller and Dance with the Enemy is the result. It's the first book in a Carl Logan Trilogy and overall I think the writer succeeded in the task he set himself. The second book Rise of the Enemy is scheduled for release next year and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Get more details of Dance with the Enemy on the author's website at  or his Amazon Bookpage.