Sunday, March 26, 2017

ARC Review: Enemy Within (The Executive Office, #3) by Tal Bauer

The White House, infiltrated.The president, running for his life.
A traitorous general, intent on burning the world to the ground.
When everything falls apart, who do you trust?

President Jack Spiers fled Washington DC on the heels of a devastating attack on CIA headquarters, masterminded by one of America’s own, former General Porter Madigan. While the world believes Jack was killed in the bombing, he embarks on a wild infiltration mission, smuggling himself into occupied Russia to rescue the love of his life: former Secret Service Agent and First Gentleman Ethan Reichenbach.

Reunited, Jack, Ethan, and deposed Russian president Sergey Puchkov, along with President Elizabeth Wall—the only person left in Washington DC who Jack trusts—must work together. They piece together a desperate plan, hunting Madigan to the ends of the earth and the bitter frigidity of the Arctic, where Madigan’s world-shattering doomsday plan comes together.

Outnumbered, outmaneuvered, and outgunned, Jack, Ethan, Sergey, and the rest of the team struggle to put a stop to Madigan and his army. In the desolate extremes of the Arctic, their resolve, their strength, and even their love is tested, pushed to the absolute limits as choices must be made: choices that pit the fate of the world against the love in their hearts, and the loves of their life.

As the world crumbles around them, Jack and Ethan find themselves waging a war on two fronts—against an enemy they can see, and another, hiding within their ranks.

Who can be trusted when the enemy is within you?

Jewel's rating:

​Wow, this book! I was on the edge of my seat through most of it. Action packed, suspenseful, a few swoony moments, and Jack & Ethan (and our other couples) finally get their happy!​

Now, before I get into my review, there are a few things to cover:

  1. If you have not read the previous 2 books (and the novella) read them first, as Enemy Within is not a stand alone book.
  2. Suspend your disbelief. Turn it off, if you can. This series takes place a bit in the future where science is more advanced than it currently is. Also, the intrigue and suspense plot did strain my credulity here and there, but I don't say that like it's a bad thing, at all. The story is exciting and fast-paced and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  3. And sit back and enjoy the ride. And hang on tight!

​Enemy Within​​ is a touch contemporary a little futuristic a ​bit of sci-fi, a huge helping of suspense and a whole lot of ​awesome​​.​

​The story picks right up where Enemy of My Enemy left off with General Madigan planning his evil and Jack and Ethan working to stop him.​ And the cards are stacked against them.​ I am not going to talk more about the story, though, because this one is meant to be experienced, not spoiled!

I will say that Jack and Ethan are just wonderful together. They didn't have a lot of time to get down and dirty (they have a world to save, after all), but they managed a few moments and they made me swoon more than once. And I was cheering on two other couples, as well. When you know the world might end in a moment -- really know it -- it puts things in perspective. Adam and Faisal were my second favorite couple and I cheered them at every turn. And then we have Sergey and Sasha -- no telling which them is more stubborn. The point, though? Live for today, because tomorrow might not be.

​Those of you that have read the first two books, you are in for a treat here! A​nd if you've been waiting until the story arc resolves in order to read this series, you can safely do so now. Enemy Within wraps things up, pretty well. I'm not going to say it's all neat and tidy, though. Tal Bauer can still take the story further, if he chooses to do so, since there are a couple things left open ended, but the story arc that started with Enemies of the State has resolved -- so what are you waiting for?


ARC of Enemy Within was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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