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The Red Cobra

(James Ryker #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,222 ratings  ·  218 reviews
Carl Logan dedicated nearly twenty years of his life to the Joint Intelligence Agency. Now living in a secret location, under the new identify of James Ryker, he wants nothing more than to be left alone, the chance to start a new life away from chaos, violence, destruction and deceit.

It’s not long, however, before Ryker’s short-lived idyll is destroyed when he is tracked d
Paperback, 374 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Bloodhound Books
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

There was many bloody killings, turned off by reading how much blood was pooling around the bodies again and again. Maybe my age and gender, difficult to read. Story takes place all over in Europe, enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures of Andalusia, on Google, beautiful place and rich history. Story has plenty action, but it wasn't entertaining for me.
Liz Barnsley
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Red Cobra is a fast paced, snappy thriller of the kind that I’ve come to expect from this author – one of those again I read in one sitting (well 2 if you count school run bang in the middle, rock and roll lifestyle) I love a good action thriller and this does exactly what it says on the tin. And then some.

This is a spin off from The Enemy Series and sees the return of Carl Logan, albeit under an assumed name, and features female assassin, the Red Cobra of the title – who is entirely fascinating
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather boring. Read like an overdone dry spy novel. Just wasn't for me.
Book Madness (Elif)
Klasik bir aksiyon kitabıydı. Polisiye deyip kenara ayıramam bu kitabı. Çünkü ajanlar var. Mayfalar var. Takip ve suikastler var. Yani anlayacağınız aksiyon kitabı.
James Ryker serisine başladım başlamasına da başlangıcımız çok hoş olmadı. Karakterle ilgili çok az detay vermiş yazar. Kendimi karaktere yakın hissedemedim. Kitabın sonu açık bırakılmış ki okuyucu devamı olduğundan emin olsun diye.
Benim için ortalama bir kitaptı. Çerezlik gider.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another new-to-me author. Another winner. Lately I've been gravitating towards thrillers/mysteries and was fortunate enough to come across Rob Sinclair's tweet announcing his latest release. I figured 'why not' and after having sampled The Red Cobra and liking what I saw, I instantly became a fan of this fast paced, action packed series featuring James Ryker. This author definitely knows how to keep you interested with an intriguing plot that keeps moving forward and enough flashbacks to give yo
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Red Cobra" is the first book by Rob Sinclair that I have read, but I can happily say that it won't be the last! This is actually the first in the follow on from the Enemy series that features Carl Logan. 'Carl Logan' is assumed dead, and James Ryker has risen from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix. Ryker believing he can cut ties to his old life begins again, but is soon tracked down by his former boss and is once again embroiled in the world of secret agents. His mission, to kill The Red C ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is just the type of book to read when you’re full of cold and can not sleep due to that persistent cough and concerned by the stuff you bring up.
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 yo
Linda Hill
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
James Ryker thinks he just wants to put his past behind him and live a peaceful life. The trouble is, we don’t always get, or know, what we want.

Crikey The Red Cobra opens with an action packed scene and it pretty well doesn’t let up for the rest of the novel. Short chapters with cliffhanger endings add a breathless pace so that The Red Cobra is a really exciting read. I genuinely found it heart-thumpingly exciting and the events even pervaded my dreams at night! There’s quite a bit of violence
Todd Simpson
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing book in which is sure to be an excellent series. I’ve read quite a few Rob Sinclair novels, and I’ve absolutely enjoyed every one of them. He has a great writing style that draws you into the story, and there is always something happening. James Ryker thought he had finally disappeared from his previous life as a special operator for JIA, and set up a new life with Lisa. However his ex-boss Peter Winter managed to track him down, and talk him into another mission. They thought th ...more
Janie Johnson
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is not the first time I have read a book by this author which is the main reason why I chose to review this one for him. However this is not really the type of book I would normally read because it involves, the mafia, the mob, and assassins and I am just not into that type of thing.

This is however a thriller which helps the story along a lot. I find them quite exciting and adventurous, and I have to say that the pacing of the book is v
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Carl Logan is a character from the authors Enemy series. As this is a spin off from the Enemy series, you don’t have to have read them before reading this. Saying that though I think this may more than tempt you to go and read them all.

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
Bodo Pfündl
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly crafted high-octane thriller with echoes of Robert Ludlum’s infamous Bourne novels!

The Red Cobra is not only Rob Sinclair’s best work to date but it lends the word “page-turner” a whole new meaning. Combining breathless action with intriguing plot twists and great characters, who you will either cheer for or hate them from the get go, depending on which side they are on!

The lead Carl Logan aka James Ryker is as bolt and forthright as ever, while at the same time having a quite vulner
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was completely devastated at the end of the Enemy trilogy although I did have that inkling. I am so happy to have been right cos I really missed Carl Logan. I can even forgive him his name change although he'll always be Logan to me. Although Carl/James has a whole backstory, it is not necessary to have read the Enemy books to enjoy this although I would say that you would get a bit of a better feeling for him as a person, a character, if you do read them first. They are also really good so, w ...more
Actual rating 4.5*

When I heard Rob Sinclair was continuing the Carl Logan story, I was delighted. I loved the Enemy series when I read them last year so I was desperate to see what Logan was up to…..but no Carl Logan is no more!!! Introducing James Ryker, living the quiet life with his wife Lisa in the US.

The Red Cobra opens with a rather gruesome first chapter and even first line “She wiped the bloodied knife”. What more do you need to grab your attention?! The story that follows plots the hist
Sue McQuaide Kitt
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to The Red Cobra since the end of the Enemy trilogy and my super hero Carl Logan. Now living in a secret location, under the new identify of James Ryker, he wants nothing more than to be left alone, the chance to start a new life away from chaos, violence, destruction and deceit. It is not long before James is tracked down by his ex-boss from the JIA and is talked into another mission.

In this book Carl/James is in Spain and on the hunt for the violent murderer of preg
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a relatively new genre for me and, once again, I have not been disappointed.
I would think Rob Sinclair might rival some of the greats in his field. His writing is tight, current and gripping. He weaves easily between settings and great characters –there appear to be quite a few. And the pace is compelling.
This all leads on to a most excellent ending.
I’m looking forward to the next release by this talented writer.
Books n All  Jill Burkinshaw
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Rob Sinclair so I was unsure what to expect.

The book is centred around the government agencies that operate under the radar that we all know exist.

James Ryker, formerly Carl Logan, thought he had finished with his life on the edge as a secret agent. He is assumed dead and reinvented himself and began a new life (or so he thought) but is found by his former boss and persuaded to find and kill an old adversary, The Red Cobra.

Although it is not my usual prefere
Shell Baker
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG,OMG,OMG I was bouncing off the walls when I realised Carl Logan is back with a new identity in a brand new series The Red Corba. After being gutted when the Enemy series ended. Just in case you didn't know I am a massive fan... lol. But Rob Sinclair has pulled out all the punches with this latest story, it is without a doubt his best book yet….. I freaking loved it.

Carl Logan who is now know has Jack Ryker who worked for Joint Intelligence Agency living in a secret location, and just wants a
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read much of the action/thriller genre, that is not saying I read none at all. I currently have Assassins Creed sitting patiently on my TBR pile. I suppose it is mostly due to most of the book hype being focused on crime fiction or literary novels. When I came upon the chance to be part of the blog tour, I simple though it would make a very nice change.
Currently I am going through some stressful times with my son’s schooling due to his Autism. So it was quite beautifully ironic, that I
Nicki Southwell
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The setting is, Marbella and Mijas, in Southern Spain. The author conjures up the colours and scents of the area.

Carl Logan worked for the Joint Intelligence Agency for 20 years, until he resigned and reinvented himself as James Ryker. He was not reckoning on being found until his ex-boss Peter Winter gets in touch.

Fingerprints found at the scene of a murder, the victim, match those of the infamous Red Cobra. She was an assassin who went missing years ago.

Red Cobra was left at Winter's Retreat
Joanne Robertson
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a spin off series featuring James Ryker (The name that Carl Logan is now living under).

I’m not normally an overly enthusiastic fan of action thrillers like this but Rob Sinclair seems to write thrillers that are enjoyed by a much wider audience. He has an involving writing style that means you become completely submerged in the action and the plot right from the start. His characters are all ones that the reader can relate to especially his female characters who are strong, confident, ki
Jackie Roche
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Helen at TBC and the author for giving me the opportunity to read this, which I voluntarily reviewed.
This is an excellent spy thriller which moves easily from past to present.
The action grabs you at page 1 and doesn't let up until the end.
It's not a book for the faint-hearted as there is plenty of violence, but none of it's gratuitous.
I like most of the characters as they were well-drawn and you saw their good and bad traits. Anna was my favourite even though, technically s
Misfits farm
Anna is left by her father in “Winter’s retreat” where she cares for ex servicemen. Through befriending one of the men she gets to know more about her father- a man she is surprised to learn has a completely different side from anything she ever thought. James Ryker and his partner Lisa have retired from their past lives to live quietly away from it all- until they get a visitor asking James to find out why his old ally has been killed. This is not my usual read and I was pleasantly surprised ho ...more
Jackie P.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to give a round of applause to Rob Sinclair for the re-introduction of Carl Logan, or now known as James Ryker. When I first started The Red Cobra, I honestly wasn't sold on the idea of Carl Logan now being James Ryker. I guess it was because this was the first time I've read a series where this has happened. But, the further into the story I got, I began to understand why this new identity was necessary. James Ryker was still Carl Logan, but so much more than that, too. A Carl Logan ve ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odlicna! Procitana u jednom dahu!
This is a relatively new genre for me and, once again, I have not been disappointed.
I would think Rob Sinclair might rival some of the greats in his field. His writing is tight, current and gripping. He weaves easily between settings and great characters –there appear to be quite a few. And the pace is compelling.
This all leads on to a most excellent ending.
I’m looking forward to the next release by this talented writer.
Kathi Defranc
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thriller...

Carl Logan, assassin, is dead, in his place stands James Kyler, a man with a wonderful wife living a quiet life together. Until his old boss,Winters, feels he is needed desperately to assist in a look into the death of an old rival, The Red Cobra. After viewing the photos of her body he assures his boss that it is Not her. Now he finds himself interested in seeing what has become of his old friend,the Cobra, and decides to go ahead and get involved,against the wishes of his
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Retired Spec Ops James Ryker is "drafted" by his former employer to investigate the mysterious death of the Anna Abayev, also known as the deadly assassin Red Cobra. Ryker and Abayez have history together and the backstories and current objectives of both individuals meeting again in Spain's Costa Del Sol drive a strong mystery/thriller with a compelling twist ending.
Caroline Vincent - Bits about Books
Ex-contract killer Ryker is forced back into his former job when THE RED COBRA the cold-blooded female contract killer appears to have been murdered …


A James Ryker Thriller

She is a (former) contract killer, he used to be an assassin for the Joint Intelligence Agency. Both are extremely good at what they do. She is the legendary Red Cobra – you can call him James Ryker, perhaps less famous but almost as good as her. They are opposites, or perhaps not? There is a hint of rivalry and se
Tina Williams
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Engrossing and Expertly Written Spy Thriller
This read is  another tour de force from bestselling author Rob Sinclair. In his latest Spy Thriller, The Red Cobra, we are reunited with James Ryker (aka Carl Logan from the author’s page-turning Enemy series). Prepare for a white knuckle ride as Ryker goes up against the mafia, intelligence services, bent policeman and a mysterious figure from his past. The read is a standalone but the book’s conclusion lays the ground nicely for the continuation of
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