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Enemies of the Batsu is a continuation of the series that started with Whispers of the Dead. Roshike has successfully infiltrated Batsu society, as he commits himself to becoming a guard. The invaluable access his position will supply can only help Roshike, Seiko, and Mark, as long as he can evade suspicion. When the plan is diverted due to speed bumps, will the team be able to put it back on track and avoid detection? When their collective backs are against the wall, will they choose to stay a team or will the external pressures force them to use an individual approach?
As with the previous novel, the idea of a spy novel set in Japan is appealing. The pacing of Enemies of the Batsu is great, with a well developed plot. Character development is at a minimum here, mostly due to the fact that the background was laid in Whispers of the Dead. Individual traits are developed more, especially in regards to Roshike, as he shows the lengths in which he will go in order to protect and defend his team. Dedication, as well as a strong desire to help ensure the future completion of the plan, drives Roshike to a level of sacrifice that I did not see coming. There are no huge revelations here, but Enemies of the Batsu definitely serves a purpose. As a bridge to the next book, it provides a suspenseful and thrilling plot which gives readers a heightened level of anticipation for future stories. I would give this book three and a half stars, if the rating system would allow. There are parts of the writing style that are choppy, but the overall premise comes through cleanly regardless. I would recommend reading the series in order, although readers will be able to follow the plot of this book without any previous knowledge.
There are plenty of thought-provoking situations and ideas in this novel, which maintains a clear moral compass in spite of violence and deception. The story’s end is a powerful blend of the surprising and the inevitable, and I should enjoy reading more.
Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I offer my honest review.