Blog Tour: The Red Cobra by Rob Sinclair

1st day of the tour and here I am opening it along with bitsaboutbook.

Blog Tour (2)

I have an extract from the book coming up, but 1st I will tell you about both the book and Rob.

About The Red Cobra

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 idle is destroyed when he is tracked down by Peter Winter, his ex-boss at the JIA. Winter brings with him news of the murder of a woman in Spain, Kim Walker, whose fingerprints match those of one of Ryker’s former adversaries who’s been missing presumed dead for years – an infamous female assassin known as the Red Cobra.

A cyberattack at the JIA led to the Red Cobra’s profile being compromised, and Winter believes JIA agents may now be at risk too, Ryker included. But Ryker knew the elusive Red Cobra better than anyone, and when he sees the grisly pictures of Kim Walker’s corpse, he has news for Winter – she isn’t the assassin at all …

So just who is the mystery dead woman? And where is the real Red Cobra?

The Red Cobra is a fast-paced thriller filled with twists and turns and intrigue that will appeal to readers of big-hitting thrillers by the likes of Lee Child and David Baldacci, and with echoes in its plotting and breadth of the globe-trotting spy thriller I Am Pilgrim.

About Rob Sinclair

Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy series of espionage thrillers featuring embattled agent Carl Logan, with over 200,000 copies sold to date. The Enemy series has received widespread critical acclaim 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’s fourth book, the pulsating psychological thriller Dark Fragments, released by Bloodhound Books in November 2016, has been described as ‘clever’ and ‘chilling’ and an ‘expertly crafted’ story, and became an Amazon UK top 50 bestseller soon after its release.

Rob’s forthcoming James Ryker series follows on from the Enemy books, with the first novel, The Red Cobra, being released in April 2017.

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.

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.

And now the bit you have been waiting for……

CHAPTER 1 

She wiped clean the bloodied knife, sheathed it, then looked down at the two lifeless bodies. The man lay naked on the bed, his face twisted into an ugly grimace. Thick red blood smeared his flabby body; most of the blood his, some of it his wife’s. Her lithe body lay haphazardly on the floor by her husband’s feet. Her throat was open, the wound deep enough that the white of her spine was visible.

If only she’d stayed in the bathroom a few moments longer…

The man had been the target. It had taken just two days to track him down to the remote coastal house. One day later and he would have been smuggled safely out of the country.

Unfortunately for him, the assassin’s hunting skills had been underestimated.

Killing the wife had been nothing more than a split-second reaction. It hadn’t been the intention. If she’d simply been sleeping by her husband’s side she may well have lived through the ordeal.

The killer wouldn’t dwell. She spent a few moments satisfying herself that despite the impromptu second kill, the scene remained clean of her. Then she slipped out of the house, the many bodyguards stationed there to protect the dead man never once suspecting her presence.

She headed the half mile along the coastal road on foot to where she’d earlier parked her car. A chilling wind blasted off the nearby shore. It was dark outside, the time nearly two a.m. The closest town was over five miles away and there were no streetlights here. With the sky overcast, the road was near black.

At least it was for the first five minutes of her walk. Then, out of the darkness, came the twin beams of a car’s headlights, reaching out from behind the killer and slicing through the air ahead. She turned. The vehicle was only fifty yards away. She didn’t panic, just kept on walking.

As the car neared, she held her breath. Her hand grasped the handle of her sheathed knife. The growl of the car’s guzzling engine reverberated around her head, vibrations shooting through her as the vehicle crawled past. It came to a stop ten yards ahead.

The driver’s door opened. For a brief moment, the car’s dim interior light lit up the face of the man who stepped out.

She should have known it would be him.

He stood still, facing her. Now he was upright, away from the thin light seeping out of the car’s windows, she could no longer make out his face.

‘Why?’ was all he said as he stood by the open door.

His hands hung casually by his sides. Was he armed?

‘You know why,’ she said.

‘I can still protect you.’

‘I never asked for protection.’

‘No. You didn’t. But you’re going to need it now.’

She let his words sink in for only a second.

And then she ran.

She sprinted through the blackness, arms and legs pumping in a steady rhythm, her breaths deep and fast. Her heart soon pounded from adrenaline and exertion.

Read the next part on the 8th April

 

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