I admit it's been a while since I've read fiction outside the romance genre. Before I became a writer, I used to read a good deal of mystery, suspense, and crime. Christian Beck's book The Last Enemy (Agents of Influence Book 1) came recommended by a good friend. The way she described it had me so excited to get my hands on a copy, and when I received an ARC for it I jumped right in, and I had such a fantastic time reading it. This book was action-packed. It had me on the edge of my seat more times than I could count hoping that Monk, Ben, and the rest of their team made it out alive.
No punches are pulled in this book. We're talking espionage, Special Ops, betrayal, violence, and politics. Simon Monk is a highly trained spy in possession of deadly skills, skills that are put to the test as he tries to get to the bottom of an assassination in Cairo. Like Monk, I had no idea who to trust, so I trusted no one. Except for Ben. Army Captain Ben Namajunas kicks some serious butt. He's also the man in love with Simon. I really enjoyed the romance between Monk and Ben. It was very real, watching these two men together. Their profession doesn't leave much hope for a happily ever after, especially with everything Monk has been through, but there's always hope, and Christian did a wonderful job giving us that hope. If you enjoy action and suspense, with a great cast of characters, and an incredibly well written story, I highly recommend The Last Enemy.
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.