Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer ~ Book Review by Caroline

28814263Title: Enemies of the State

Author: Tal Bauer

Publisher: NineStar Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/15/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance, Mystery

Blurb:

A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.
A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.
A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.

My View:

Tal Bauer is a new author to me and political thrillers/romances are not something I read often anymore so Enemies of the State was a whole new experience but one that was definitely worth it. It’s a long novel and there is absolutely a point in the book where you can’t put it down until its finished so plan your time carefully as I ended up staying up until 2am and reading it straight through. There was no ‘just another chapter’ with this one – I had to know how it ended and tomorrow just wasn’t cutting it!

The world building takes place around the political stage and is scarily realistic to what is happening in the world today. It’s quite heavy initially with a lot of facts and events and it wasn’t until about thirty percent that it started to get its hooks into me.

Jack Spiers is a widower, a compassionate man whose wife’s death led him into politics. A humble man who looks at events happening in the world with sadness. An overwhelmed man who thinks he has bitten off more than he can chew. A lonely man whose friends have dropped by the wayside as his political career developed. Jack Spiers is the new President of the United States of America and he’s all alone in his ivory tower, or as the rest of the world sees it The White House.

Ethan Reichenback has served three previous Presidents in the White House as part of the Secret Service and with President Jack Spiers he is taking the lead role on his personal detail. His role means he will be in close contact with the President daily and he is not ready for how different Jack is to his predecessors. Ethan is supposed to disappear into the background, to mask his emotions and thoughts and just protect the man he is in charge of. He’s not ready for Jack to want to talk to him, to acknowledge his existence, to ask his opinion and he’s certainly not ready for Jack to want to befriend him forcing him to break every rule in the book.

Setting the politics of the story aside I was immersed in the way a friendship was formed between Jack and Ethan. The most powerful man in the world was just that…a man and a very lonely one who despite being the right person for the job seemed so out of his depth at times. He wanted someone to run with, someone to work out in the gym with, someone to kick back and watch a movie with and Ethan gives him this and more breaking about every rule in the code of conduct he lives by, putting his job on the line and more importantly putting his heart on the line. Jack maybe lonely but Ethan is slowly falling for the man so out of his reach – and then there is a kiss. Ethan has a mini melt down but more importantly Jack has to take a long hard look at himself and his actions that have been so misread.

All of this takes place amid espionage within the White House. There is a dark side to American politics that is far reaching and is working towards the ultimate role of power. The people behind it are not deterred by the current leader and his team and will do anything to see their mission through. Suddenly everything goes wrong, Ethan and Jack are separated by the most awful circumstances and it falls to Ethan and his men to save the day in a daring mission.

This was an excellent read and I don’t care what anyone says – I am sticking with my thoughts that this could really happen – it’s the romantic in me!

Links

Enemies of the State on Goodreads
NineStar Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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