The Red CobraThe Red Cobra is a fast-paced thriller by Rob Sinclair featuring Carl Logan, the protagonist of Rob’s previous  ‘Enemy’ series, now living as James Ryker, having left his former  life behind – or so he thought. When he comes home from the local shop one day to find his old boss sitting in his living room, he realises that it’s not that easy to leave the past behind. They want his help to find out who is responsible for the murder of the ‘Red Cobra’, a female professional assassin he used to know very well, an invitation he cannot refuse.

It is well written, with convincing dialogue and a plot that keeps you guessing, marred only by a tendency to overexplain. The Spanish setting makes for a refreshing change of scenery; the violence is realistic with thoroughly nasty villains. The use of flashbacks to fill in the gaps in the story works really well, leading to some unexpected revelations.

I only gave this book four stars as I did not feel completely engaged with the characters. They were well-rounded and three-dimensional, so I can’t quite put my finger on what was missing. In the end it all comes down to personal taste.

Although this is a spin-off from the ‘Enemy’ series, it works just as well as a stand-alone thriller. I have read the first book in the series, but did not feel that I was missing any information by not having read them all. The ending points the way for a sequel (The Black Hornet) to follow later in the year.

Thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy of his book that I review as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team.