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The Black Hornet by Rob Sinclair

The synopsis:

The Black Hornet – an explosive James Ryker Thriller

What do you do when the love of your life vanishes without a trace? If you’re ex-intelligence agent James Ryker you search for the answers whatever the cost, however much blood and sacrifice it takes…

Six months ago Lisa was taken from Ryker, and he’ll stop at nothing to find out who is responsible and why. Following a trail to Mexico, the ex-Joint Intelligence Agency asset soon finds himself in the firing line of enemies he long thought he’d left behind. Set-up for the murder of a former informant, Ryker is thrown into a crumbling jail run by The Black Hornet, the notorious leader of a Mexican drug cartel. But what connects the cartel to the informant’s murder, and to Lisa’s disappearance? And just who is the mystery American claiming he can help Ryker in his hour of need?

The Black Hornet is the second book in the bestselling James Ryker series. Part Bourne, part Reacher, it’s an explosive and action-packed thriller to rival any other

My review:

James Ryker is back!
I had previously read The Red Cobra for review for the blog tour. I found it brilliant the escapism and writing totally blew me away. I didn’t think it could get much better, but I was in for a little surprise, in reading The Black Hornet! Wow! It was like a movie in its action packed delivery. I would even go as far to say that it is better than his last bestselling novel, which I gave 5* also.

The novel opens following on from the ending of The Red Cobra, with Lisa missing and Ryker on a desperate search. Ryker had previously been living in a remote pacific island, off the grid. Who would find them and how?
His search for Lisa will span many various countries such as Mexico and the deep south of the US Louisiana. The author completely brings the locations to life. I felt this was exceptional writing and must not be an easy task for any author to achieve.

On his pursuit of Lisa’s location, Ryker finds himself slung in a Mexican jail, which can only be described as ‘hell’. He must navigate the prison hierarchy and gang alliances, whilst trying to also gain his own freedom. Within the jail the organisation/gang behind the back hornet tattoos, is learnt and it makes for fascinating reading. Who are this organisation? What do they want with Ryker? Do the hold Lisa? Ryker has so many clues but no clear answers……

Eleanor Willoughby is appointed from the British foreign and commonwealth office, in an attempt to protect Ryker’s rights. But with Ryker reluctant to trust a government official and refusing to give even his name. He is clearly in more trouble, than we the reader, could have anticipated. Who can you trust, when everyone is out to get you?

This novel has themes of gang politics, violence, corruption, sex, power and crime. It is incredibly edgy and would make an amazing movie! The authors writing is clearly evolving and the style is intense. At times the novel has quite macho themes similar to the style of writing in Bear Grylls action novels. But it is without a doubt, much better written!
Action packed and full of twists, a cracking read 5*

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Rob Sinclair
Authors links:
Web: http://www.robsinclairauthor.com/
Twitter: @RSinclairAuthor

*The Black Hornet is available via Kindle Unlimited or for the price of just £1.99!
The perfect treat for a sunny weekend! 🙂

Blog Tour, review: The Red Cobra by Rob Sinclair 5*

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The Red Cobra by Rob Sinclair

The synopsis:

The Red Cobra: an action packed and utterly gripping thriller from the best-selling author of The Enemy Series

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?

My review:

I don’t read much of the action/thriller genre, that is not saying I read none at all. I currently have Assassins Creed sitting patiently on my TBR pile. I suppose it is mostly due to most of the book hype being focused on crime fiction or literary novels. When I came upon the chance to be part of the blog tour, I simple though it would make a very nice change. Currently I am going through some stressful times with my son’s schooling due to his Autism. So it was quite beautifully ironic, that I absolutely loved this novel due to the escapism it allowed me to achieve. I actually PG-rated some of the content telling him what was happening and where it was going. My son is a huge fan of graphic novels and the characters Deadpool & Deadshot. Anyway I am very grateful to have picked this novel up when I did and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Red Cobra opens with a scene of a vicious assault on a woman and you quickly become aware that this novel has short but sharp fast paced chapters. The plot is complex and edgy from the first page. We quickly become familiar with the main characters; Carl Logan now living as James Ryker has worked previously for the Justice Intelligence Agency (JIA). His lover Lisa former FBI agent Angela Grainger. Both now living under assumed identities, in hiding. When Ryker is asked by former boss Winter to assist into the murder of suspected female assassin Red Cobra….

Ryker begins with the MI5/MI6/JIA profiles of Red cobra AKA Anna Abayev, we become aware that they are known to one another. Viewing the Crime scene photos of the body, Ryker is able to say with abject certainty that it is not the body of Red Cobra. So Who is Kim Walker? And where is Red Cobra? Is there a link between the Red Cobra and Kim walker’s corpse in Malaga Spain? The fingerprint match from Kim walker’s corpse to Red Cobra’s profile is confirmed. But how are a female assassin and pregnant woman linked? How do you even earn a name like Red Cobra?

The novel has reflective chapters from the viewpoint of Anna Abayev/Red Cobra. We learn about what shaped and changed Anna’s viewpoint on life and why she ultimately became a hired killer. Anna’s past is deep, dark and disturbing. with ties to the Soviet Union and the Winter’s retreat, we learn that Anna’s whole life is based upon surviving against extreme adversity, with revenge being her sole aim.

Having now flown out to Malaga, Ryker is to pose as a freelance investigator to assist the MET police. He becomes acquainted with UK detective Paul Green and local inspector Cardo. We learn more details of Kim’s brutal murder and it is extremely violent/graphic! The investigation points towards Patrick Walker, but with a solid alibi, there’s no evidence. Ryker becomes more and more determined to solve the case and end the mystery. When Patrick is attacked with a note left for him saying “I know”, it becomes obvious the evidence points to some involvement on his part.

What is Patrick Walker hiding? Is Red Cobra on a path of revenge? Who do you trust, when everyone can be bought? This is certainly not a novel of sun, sex and sangria in Spain. It is action packed, there are; Russians, assassins, secrets & lies, conspiracy’s, revenge, mafia and secret identities. What’s not to like?

I won’t add to much further for fear of leaving spoilers. But I enjoyed this book immensely! It reminded me of Kill Bill or John Wick, with the stories of the assassin’s betrayal. There is a huge twist at the end, that I never saw coming and just when you think the talented writer Rob Sinclair is done, He delivers another whopper, making it read right until the very last page! 5*

*huge thanks to Rob Sinclair, the staff at Bloodhound books for my Ebook copy in return for an honest view.
Also sincere congratulations to Rob for Reb Cobra becoming an instant bestseller on Kindle! Way to go!

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Authors website: http://www.robsinclairauthor.com/
Twitter: @RSinclairAuthor