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In The Last Enemy by Dan E. Hendrickson, the third and final book of The Last Enemy series, we see the Hero of Cozumel, Commander Jacob Edwards, about to board a plane with his wife and mother at LAX airport. Meanwhile, an old adversary, Mexican cartel boss Maximillian Maneres, has hatched a sinister plot of revenge with Boris, a notorious Russian gangster. When their plane crashes into the Pacific ocean, everyone believes them to be dead, except for Marnia, The Cartel Crusher. Jacob's bravery is the reason Marnia is alive, and since he rescued her, she respects and loves him like a father. Although it is three years since the ambush, she believes him to be alive. Now all she needs to do is find Jacob before Max deems him worthless and kills him. With the help of Jacob's daughter, Danielle and a decorated Navy SEAL, Marnia uses every skill Jacob has taught her to try to rescue him and his family. The hunter soon becomes the hunted in this explosive finale.
I have read the previous two books in this series, but what I liked was the synopsis of both books at the beginning for anyone who has not. The characters were still as vibrant, exciting and interesting as ever, with new characters like Commander Tommy Williams. I loved the cool, calm and collected Tommy, who had a painful past that shaped his personality in a positive way. The author shows amazing talent in the creation of his characters and their dialogue; he can depict evilness in a character so subtly but effectively that it sends shivers down your spine. The dynamics between the characters are brilliantly relayed too, especially between Jonathan and his father. The events in the prison and the characters within it were chilling. There were so many sub-plots which were equally as strong as the main storyline, which you often do not find in a novel. The tension and rollercoaster of excitement and thrills were interjected perfectly with some quite beautiful moments of loyalty and love. Although the main antagonist was of Mexican descent, I liked the fact that the people of that country, as a whole, were portrayed positively and the author did not use the typical stereotypes of that nation.