Dangerous Enemy

Book Four

Fiction - Action
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/14/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Dangerous Enemy is a work of fiction in the action, adventure, and thriller subgenres. It is another work in the continuing series by author Clark Selby and is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Although the story can be read as a gripping standalone terrorist thriller, this work follows up with retired CIA agent Tom Parker, who has attempted to live a normal with Jenny after the events of Dangerous Cargo. But with Jack in captivity at the hands of Al-Qaeda, Tom can’t stay retired for long, and he and Jenny embark together on a high-stakes chase to find Jack and uncover another sinister plot along the way.

I never tire of the action-packed works of author Clark Selby, for there’s always something new to discover and appreciate amid the international tension and intrigue. This time, the real joy of the work was in seeing characters grow and deepen as people, and also in their relationship with one another. Tom and Jenny have always been a fiery match, but in this novel, the plot allows Jenny’s powerful influence and networking to come into their own, and with or without Tom, she’s a hero you can follow through thick and thin. I also really enjoyed the development of the motivations of the terrorist insurgents and the exploration of what they’re doing, as it never feels like Selby just throws in cardboard villains: they’re real people with real motivations. Overall, Dangerous Enemy is another superb adventure for fans of the existing series and a fine addition to any thriller reader’s bookshelf.

Pikasho Deka

Dangerous Enemy is the fourth book of Clark Selby's action-packed thriller series. After helping bring down international terrorist al-Sadr, General Jack Hayes finds himself captured by al-Qaeda on a top priority mission in Afghanistan. It falls upon retired CIA agent Tom Parker to negotiate the General's release with an Afghan warlord. He must take over the General's mission and capture the two high-ranking al-Qaeda leaders, al-Mir and Robert Chew, who continue to evade the CIA. Accompanied by his wife and Hong Kong business tycoon Jenny Lu, Tom's mission hits a roadblock when he realizes that someone must be feeding information to the CIA. Now, Jenny must undertake a potentially treacherous trip to North Korea to rescue the wife and daughter of a CIA agent. Can Tom and his fellow patriots complete the mission and eliminate these dangerous enemies while their lives are at stake?

Clark Selby continues to add further layers to the characters from the previous installments which makes them all the more compelling to read. This time, it truly feels as if Tom Parker is the main protagonist. The world never felt more vivid, and as a reader, you find yourself trying to guess which direction the plot will move towards, only to be taken by surprise by its twists and turns. Tom is an interesting character who is easy to sympathize with. He has wonderful chemistry with Jenny, and the scenes involving the two together were always a joy to read. I found Dangerous Enemy to be an engaging read that action lovers will surely enjoy.

Alma Boucher

Jack Hayes and Frank Barnes are assigned to find Mir and Chew, who escaped during the al-Qaeda operation. Jack and Frank plan to begin the search for Chew in Hong Kong. Steve Troxler told Jack and Frank that Chew escaped into Afghanistan. Jack and Frank meet James Perry and Bucky Waters, who are looking for bin Laden. During a shootout, Jack is wounded and taken prisoner. Ron Parsons phoned Tom Parker and told him the bad news. Tom must find Jack and bring him home. Tom told Ron he has to discuss it with his wife and will phone him back. Jack’s wife phoned Jenny and told her that Jack is missing and she asks Tom to accept the assignment. Soon he is on his way to Afghanistan in Dangerous Enemy (Book Four) by Clark Selby.

Dangerous Enemy (Book Four) by Clark Selby has a thrilling and exciting plot. The story is fast-paced and packed with action. It was a nail-biting experience with lots of suspense. The chapters flowed into each other and the story was easy to read. The characters were authentic and they could be any of my next-door neighbors. They were handled in such a way that they felt like a part of my circle of friends. The story is well written and Selby has a gift with words. The surroundings were described in detail, and I could feel the atmosphere and anticipation. I could even see myself being part of the assignment. Every book in this series can be read alone, but I feel it will be a better experience to read the books in order.

Frank Stephen

Tom Parker, a retired CIA Agent, is back in the field again. This time, he needs to free his longtime friend General Hayes held captive by a dangerous terrorist in Afghanistan. With his wife ever by his side, Tom encounters many dangerous attacks and embarks on life-threatening adventures as he tries to rescue his friend. His path will include trips to Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and North Korea. It's difficult to know who to trust; the deeper they go, the more mysterious things become. With danger lurking in every city, he and his wife will meet unusual characters, uncover perplexing mysteries and end up in unexpected places.

Dangerous Mission is a remarkable story full of action and intrigue. I'm fascinated by the main character, Tom Parker, his devotion to his wife, and the relationship they share. Beyond the action and exciting drama, Tom's relationship with his wife is unique and endearing. Clark Shelby does an excellent job of narrating the adventure in this story in a fast-paced and straightforward style. It engages the reader and features fascinating battlefield action, including high-speed chases, hand-to-hand combats, numerous shooting, near-death experiences, and suspense-filled moments. The characters are also compelling and detailed. Jenny is an incredible wife and excellent sidekick, while other mysterious characters add to the thrilling suspense of the story. The story also explores various aspects of espionage, including the risk and sacrifices that CIA agents make to ensure the world is safe from terrorist activities. I highly recommend this story to fans of suspense-filled drama involving rescue missions and spy activities.

Essien Asian

Tom Parker's unique skill set is once again in high demand in Clark Selby's action adventure novel titled Dangerous Enemy (Book Four). Frank Barnes and Jack Hayes fall off the radar during an operation to eliminate two top Al Qaeda leaders who are thought to be hiding somewhere in Afghanistan. Tom is called upon by the Central Intelligence Agency to assist in finding them and is immediately thrown into a situation where plots and counter-plots are the order of the day, or rather, the night. It is while he is at this that he learns he will not only be carrying out a rescue mission but also revenge will be on the cards as he is a wanted man in those parts and his enemies will stop at nothing to get their pound of flesh.

Dangerous Enemy is the next installment in the series by Clark Selby and, true to form, it maintains the high octane pace that has become the trademark of the series. As it kicks off from where the previous book ends, I was pleasantly surprised to see the previous adventures summarized before getting into the meat of this novel, thereby giving the characters a thorough origin story. The storyline is exciting and the subplot is just as interesting, while the attention to detail is equally impressive. The only flaw would be the unusually high number of typos I came across which gave the book a rushed feel. This is a top-class effort by Selby and deserving of all the praise it gets.