Travis Casey & Melissa Mayberry
Rating 3 stars out of 5.
Humor and cozy romance overshadow the action adventure genres in this story. It goes from humorous to downright silly at times.
Thaddeus Kline is a state department employee assigned to London. He's in love with his beautiful wife but suspects her of cheating. They have a fight and Jo Ann tells him she's in serious trouble. Instead of asking what the problem is, he leaves in a huff. Soon Jo Ann is found hanged. Thad believes he knows who her lover is that caused her to commit suicide and commits to murdering the man.
Gemma Gage is the wife of the man Tom suspects Jo Ann of having an affair with. They meet and soon the two of them develop into accomplished, cold blooded killers while seeking revenge and trying to stay alive. A real stretch.
In one confusing scene, Gemma speaks to Fluffy, Whiskers, Morris and Felix. Finally, I gathered it was only one cat not four.
Research is lacking. Thad buys a Barrett M-99 sniper rifle that he points at an attacker at a window and fires three fast shots. But the M-99 is a single shot bolt action rifle that needs to have a bullet chambered before each shot.
Then Thad used wind chimes as a security measure to warn of bad guys approaching. But chimes won't make a sound when thrown on the grown to be stepped on unless the intruder is a klutz and trips over them.
Continuity is lacking. At one point Gemma say's she hasn't eaten in four days, but they ate pizza the night before.
Gemma thought pointedly about Thad saying he'd shoot the antagonist in the head, but Thad hadn't told her he planned to do that.
Present and past tense are mixed in sentences along with missing, extra and wrong words.
In most of the action scenes, both lead characters are too calm and cozy while they joke about the situation. That eliminated any hope of intensity or conflict.
It also seemed unreal for a low level State Department employee who produced passports to have the funds to constantly be renting motels, hotels, cars, buying handguns and a $3,000 plus rifle while buying Gemma thousands of dollars worth of designer clothing.
Enemy of My Enemy is a decent read in spite of the many errors if you like lighthearted fluff, but it's not a great read.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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