The Enemy of My Enemy


Fiction - Thriller - Political
300 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2018
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Author Biography

Mr. Caldwell retired as an Army officer after twenty years service which included combat tours in Vietnam with 2nd Field Forces and D-71st. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with three battle stars, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Airborne Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, and various overseas service awards.

Following his military service, Mr. Caldwell worked for twenty-four years in several hospital administration positions until he retired as COO in 2014. His education credentials include a B.S. in Computer Science, an MBA, and a postgraduate fellowship in Healthcare Administration. Additionally, he is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo, and is an experienced SCUBA diver. He enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson, kayaking, fishing, camping and is a voracious reader.

He and his wife Patricia have lived literally all over the planet but currently reside in Pike Road, AL

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

An ingeniously plotted and expertly written political thriller with underlying themes of terrorism, political intrigue, and war, The Enemy of My Enemy by Richard Caldwell is a real masterpiece in the genre. Reflecting the reality of contemporary political and religious landscapes, this narrative follows Abdulla, a Saudi playboy, and a sociopath with an unusual dream.

Plagued by hallucinations and dreams of a new caliphate, Abdulla gradually begins to hear a powerful voice in his head, one that gives him a new mission and a vision—to create a regional, even global caliphate. The thought of becoming the Caliph fascinates him. The thought of being the undisputed ruler of all the territory and all the inhabitants of the caliphate is irresistible. He would include infidel slaves and meting out brutal penalties for breaking even minor laws. But to achieve this dream, he is about to set the US against Korea and start a war that will cripple world powers. And will the despised and unstable US President have the leadership that can stop evil of such magnitude?

This is a well-written thriller with an international setting and characters that readers want to follow. The POTUS can be read, especially by those who don’t like the current administration, as a powerful reflection of President Donald Trump. The plot is strong, the setting vividly portrayed, and the conflict staggering. I enjoyed the way the author plunges readers into the mind of the antagonist, exploring his sick ideas and following the complex plan he has laid out to destroy the world. The Enemy of My Enemy is brilliant; it is an engaging novel with relevant themes and characters that reflect a culture that threatens the survival of our world.