Title: The White Scorpion (James Ryker Book 5)
Author: Rob Sinclair
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication date: 16 July 2019
Rule number one for an agent of the secretive JIA is to follow orders, no matter what.
But James Ryker has never cared much for rules. He only wants to do what is right.
Assigned to join of crew of elite security personnel in Chabon, Africa, Ryker’s mission objective is clouded by politics and obfuscation, and he knows only that to protect British interests in the region, he is to infiltrate the close protection team of the government of Chabon, a country with a dark and violent past.
Arriving in Chabon’s crumbling capital, Kilpassa, Ryker finds a country on the brink of civil war. A growing civilian rebellion threatens peace, with claims of atrocities committed by both sides, including the frail government run by enigmatic President Benyu – a former military general who took control of the country in a violent coup.
Drawn into Benyu’s inner circle, it soon becomes clear to Ryker that in Chabon, the lines between good and bad, and right and wrong, are nearly impossible to identify.
With a crisis of epic proportions unfolding before his eyes, Ryker knows one thing for sure: with or without the backing of his superiors, he must take drastic action, and quickly, or risk putting millions of innocent lives in danger.
The story is set against a background of political unrest in the fictional African country of Chabon. Ryker and his team of ex-special ops soldiers are in the country to help further British interests. Their mission is to protect the current Chabonese leader, Benyu, from threats made by local rebel leader, Chima Muampa, and therefore maintain stability within the country. Unfortunately, the power play between an allegedly corrupt government and the rebel militia ensure that things don’t go quite to plan for Ryker and his team.
As Ryker digs deeper into the matter, he quickly realises that he is only being told half-truths by his bosses. How can he do his job effectively when he doesn’t know who he can trust…?
As always, Ryker is a great character. Intelligent, tough and intuitive. If ever I was in trouble, there’s no one I would want on my side more than Ryker! Peter Winter is a returning character who adds a bit of shadiness and intrigue to the story. Whilst he is one of the good guys, he’s always slightly evasive and a little bit too slippery to fully trust. The book also adds new character, Sam Moreno, a tough cookie with a sense of humour. I enjoyed the dynamics between Ryker and Moreno and felt that added a personal dimension to the tale.
The story itself is well-plotted and well-written. All loose ends were nicely tied up by the end, except for those which could potentially appear once book 6 is published (I’m assuming there is a book 6 on the horizon – there better be!!).
Tense, fast-paced and action-packed, The White Scorpion is yet another great addition to the James Ryker series. If you like a good action thriller, this is definitely a book not to be missed! And if you’ve not yet read anything by Rob Sinclair, I recommend that you do so. His books are all suspenseful, twisty and
The book can be read as a standalone, however I would recommend starting from the beginning in order to get the most out of the series. It’s worth doing because after reading The White Scorpion I’m pretty sure you’ll want to go back and read the rest of the series, if you haven’t already done so!
Thanks to Heather from Bloodhound Books and to author Rob Sinclair for inviting me to be a part of today’s Blog Blitz.
About the Author
Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy, James Ryker and Sleeper series of thrillers. His books have sold over 900,000 copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn.
Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.
Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.
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