Title: The Last Enemy (Agents of Influence #1)
Author: Christian Beck
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: July 5th, 2016
Genre(s): Action, Espionage
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Highly decorated Delta Force operator and Iraq war hero Simon Monk loses everything when his romantic partner defects to Beijing after being caught selling US secrets to Chinese Intelligence. Monk is drummed out of the Army from the blowback but gets a second chance at a career when he is recruited into a covert group within the CIA.
Years later Monk’s latest assignment sends him to Cairo, where the head of station has disappeared amid a highly publicized sex scandal. But things are not what they seem. When the base chief turns up dead and the Egyptian government looks the other way, Monk and his team hunt down the assassin.
All roads lead to a ruthless and lethal cult from Egypt’s ancient past who discard every unwritten rule of espionage to win. Monk is forced to take to the shadows to find and destroy his most dangerous adversaries yet, as a chain of events threatens to ignite war in the Middle East.
The Last Enemy by Christian Beck is an action packed book about espionage, assassinations and ancient cults. Our hero is Simon Monk, who is a decorated war hero and now employed by a covert organization trying to neutralize the enemies of USA. The events of the book take place on the streets of Egypt and we get to see the inner workings of an Egyptian cult, hidden for thousands of years, rearing its head and thus bringing the Middle East to the brink of war.
After the sudden disappearance of the base chief of CIA in Egypt, Simon Monk is ordered to lead the investigation as the new chief. When Monk finds out that Jack Truly and his husband has been tortured and killed, he vows to bring the culprit to justice. But as he starts digging further in to the snake pit, Monk finds out that there is more beneath the homophobic hate that everyone is assuming is the cause for the murders in the first place. Jack was on to something BIG that ultimately cost him his life and now it is upto Simon to stop a psychotic madman from taking over Egypt.
Readers who enjoy reading about world politics, foreign relations or espionage will love this book. It had a solid plotline. The movement of the events happen at a break neck speed. I didn’t get time to breathe between the explosions and the fight sequences. The main focus is about the secret that leads to the killing of Jack Truly. There is a new power trying to take over the government of Egypt and Monk cannot rest before he puts the threat under the ground. The author takes us through the crime world of Egypt in vivid detail. A lot of nefarious characters are introduced, many of whom are against Monk but a few are loyal to his cause too. The action sequences in this read were quite brutal and it was just as it should be in an unstable, divided country like Egypt.
Simon Monk is portrayed as a BADASS spy with an equally badass reputation. The guy is loyal to his country and to his men but he is cold as ice when he needs to put down the enemy. He is ruthless and is best suited to get the job done. His relationship with Ben is not given too much attention. They have a casual physical relation but both want more, but as with spies and soldiers it is impossible to maintain a healthy relationship. Plus Monk has been burned in the worst way by his ex, so he keeps his walls up with Ben most of the time. They acknowledge their feelings at the end and decide to pursue a committed relationship while working side by side. It was sort of an HEA for the guys, given their dangerous jobs.
I just have a few complaints. First, he switch between the povs was abrupt and confusing. I had a hard time following in whose head i am in presently. Secondly, there was no pause after the events. The jump between the scenes was done almost instantly. I think a little bit more slower pacing of the book would have done wonders.
Bottom line, i liked this book a lot. It can be easily made into an action movie. For romance readers, WARNING: This is not a romance. Take up this book and you will get thrust-ed into the world of spy’s and bullets and brutal killings and a cult trying to take over a country, all amidst the harshest desert known to man.