- File Size: 2247 KB
- Print Length: 376 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (April 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XWXYWLS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Red Cobra (James Ryker Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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?
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.