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- ASIN : B06XWXYWLS
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books - crime, thriller and mystery (April 4, 2017)
- Publication date : April 4, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2518 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1912175118
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #63,443 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Carl Logan has gone underground with his love, Lisa, and his new identity is as James Ryker. He is still the same man as before but not as rough and tough but still is a "bad boy" in many aspects. He is found by his previous employer and has to find the Red Cobra and kill her for the good of the country. We get to know the Red Cobra very well and become very sympathetic to her. Ryker has a hard time forgetting their previous affair, which ended badly. There are other characters involved and some you will like and others you will hate but all are integral to the plotline. Never a dull moment. Shocking cliffhanger.
Outstanding spy thriller, which will no doubt be made into a huge movie! Loved it!! If you can, please read the first three novels to better understand Ryker but it is not necessary to this book. You will want to read them afterwards regardless.
Let’s posit the possible secret agent storyline and tropes: She/he goes into hiding and 1) lives alone in relative peace, in an isolated but heavily fortified house, 2) lives as described but with a dog, or 3) lives with another “retired” spy/assassin/agent from a rival acronym agency.
Eventually secret agent(s) will be found by: 1) foreign enemy acronym agency, 2) hired assassins sent by someone they’ve killed, crossed, thwarted, 3) ex-friends gunning for revenge, 4) a spy/assassin/agent they thought they’d killed but obviously hadn’t killed, or 5) their own acronym agency that needs them for “one more job.”
Positing our plucky agent(s) aren’t killed by first contact, she/he/they decide(s) to un-retire and take care of whatever matter their unwelcome visitor(s) brought to their doorstep.
Agent(s) go back into action to 1) kill someone(s) 2) stop a murderer or assassin, 3) destroy the mafia/mob/drug-pushers/nation-destabilizers, 3) prevent a horrific disaster scenario, 4) save the world from annihilation, 5) avenge a friend’s death, partner’s drag or dog’s death, or 6) any combination of aforementioned.
I zipped through the novel and noted that the author hit requisite high and low points. Action! Guns! Knives! Rivers of blood! Interrogations! Suspend! Killing! Maiming! Torture! Oceans of blood!
Thrillers can end in several ways. I prefer no dangling plot threads . . . or a clean ending plus an epilogue. Some readers don’t seem to mind cliffhanger endings. Which do you prefer?
I will continue to read books from this author as I did find this book entertaining, I just had an issue with the way the story in this book was completed.
The plot is also flawed. Some of the other characters have no shading. They are too obvious and, as such, they make very predictable who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Furthermore, some of the key figures in the story are totally unbelievable. This first installment is at best a 3.5 star book but with some potential to improve. Most three and a half star books, I'd put down without finishing. So maybe in Ryker, Sinclair has created someone who has the potential to become more interesting and relate-able, especially in a better story with more believable characters surrounding him.
James Ryker is also a very uneven hero. He's portrayed as an arrogant sexist boor until he suddenly goes all gentle and self reflective. He's also described as some kind of superhero, yet he gets outright, out thought and out maneuvered throughout the book. I just never really cared about what happened to him or really anyone else in the story.
The writing is uneven throughout. It veers from being very solid to quite weak, poorly paced and developed. Sorry, but I won't be moving on any further with this series.
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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.
Ryker has tried to distance himself from his previous employers but how long did he really think it would be before someone tracked him down…not long enough and he’s soon sucked back into the world he tried so hard to forget.
The Red Cobra surfaces..Ryker never believed she was dead and this is his chance to finish what he started years before.
What we get is a very clever tale and it took a while to put all the pieces together, especially as we learn quickly not everyone is out to help Ryker. It’s one hell of an exciting tale and that ending left me in no doubt there’s more to come.
We get a brilliant backstory to the Red Cobra that shows how proficient a killer she is but has she met her match this time? And why has her finger prints suddenly resurfaced after so many years?
Engrossed would be an understatement. I loved this one and found myself totally fixated with finding out the truth much like Ryker.
The past has caught up to Ryker and as much as he wants to forget Logan, as he’s not that man anymore it’s easier said than done.
Brilliant from start to finish and the asking price of 99p on kindle is nothing so I happily snapped up a copy!
This is the best yet from Rob Sinclair.
Anyway this book starts with Ryker being ‘invited’ to find ‘Red Cobra’, both he and RC are former assassins, him a goody, RC a baddy, both ‘retired’ and both now living under pseudo-names ( it was thought RC was killed but it seems not ), they have a past and the book basically discovers more of their pasts as well as telling the story in the now, a fair amount of action, some gruesome, a fair amount of waffle too that just wasn’t relevant to the story and felt, as it was, a ‘filling out’ of the book, some of the conversation was clunky and my mind wandered on and off, character wise neither of them or any of the ‘extras’ caused enough reaction in me to like or dislike them, however a brilliant 2 part shock ending that left me deciding I will try Book 2 and see how it goes, it wont be a priority to read it has to be said but it’s there for the future
Red Cobra is a fascinating book, it isn't the type that I would usually pick up over a psych thriller, but I am so pleased to have been given the opportunity to read it.
It is pacey, action packed, gripping with plot lines to tight they twang. I found it difficult to put the book down, I was so engrossed in the characters and how punchy, but realistic the story was.
Red Cobra's character was such an alluring read, we were taken on such a journey with her, and in turn her relationship with Ryker.
A full on action packed read and a top spy thriller, that I could see playing out well on the big screen.
The ending was clever and brilliant without compromise, and leaving you with baited breath for the next in the series. Rob has proven, that it really does pay to leave your comfort zone with reading and try something you wouldn't otherwise.
I highly recommend Red Cobra to fans of crime fiction with twists and espionage, as well as those that want to try a new genre.
We all know more women are supposed to read books especially in the crime genre. However there is a niche I would suggest, where the crime thriller is more geared to reach a male audience. Authors like Rob Sinclair based on this book certainly, and some of Mark Dawson’s Work fall into this category .
The allusive female assassin as likely to kill you as take you to bed. The crime syndicate bringing death and sorrow to society through drugs, prostitution and people trafficking. The lone agent out to bring order to this chaos and restore fairness where justice has been compromised by bribes and brutality.
The Red Cobra has all these elements and more. Action, revenge, female exploitation, the femme fatale, multiple fights and killings, blurred sense of right and wrong, government shady practises and raw emotion.
Beatings and torture are described in great detail while the weather is forgotten unless it undermines surveillance or the ability to escape.
That is not to say that such novels don’t have wide appeal. It is their relentless action, uncompromising betrayal and hopeless positions against the odds.
What places this story above the average fare is the back story and mystery brought to the characters. The flashbacks not only bring clarity, they show motivation and the depravity of human nature. This sense of a worse and common enemy is what drives such stories and desensitises the violence; baddies are evil and deserve to die. Karma exists but innocent lives are not usually “wasted” in most senses of the word. Good must be seen to be a whiter shade of grey.
A great read for those long journeys or dark nights. With a sense of place and time. Locations across the holiday destinations of Andalusia and a dark Berlin. A story you will want to read more the further you get into the book and that annoying aspect of the first one of a new series 10% left unsaid for the next instalment. In James Ryker we are introduced to an operative who used to follow orders but having retired is motivated by new forces. Less able to be controlled and more independent of mind. Such agents are often a liability and his hiding strategy is a protection from all players in the game in which he used to shine. Not really knowing who he can trust he is propelled into his former ways to look and kill the red cobra but others forces are at work.
A book worth reading, it will quicken your pulse and leave you breathless at times but the reward is an entertaining story, well worth all that effort from your armchair.