Title: Enemies of the State (Bk 1 The Executive Office)
Author: Tal Bauer
Time: In the near future
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Themes: Change, Acceptance, Vulnerability, Intimacy (mental, emotional and physical)
Summary: In this action packed political thriller, one of the most powerful men in the world falls in love with his head of security. Who happens to be a playboy. Problem is, the powerful man is straight and has never even thought of being with another man. Oh, and there are traitors in their midst.
What I think: Tal Bauer is a logical thinker. He’s bloody reasonable and detailed. That’s the first thing that struck me in his Hush. But in this book, he takes it to another level. His details paint a picture in your mind that is complete. All scenes are completed with some extra. The feeling of satiation you get is why this book leaves you so hungover and the only way you can get out of it is by continuing to the next installment. This is a modern-day Cinderella story in all its modernity cloaked glory. Ethan’s journey from playboy to dreamer happens so effortlessly that we go on that journey with him and our hearts break with fear for him and his dreams. Ethan and Jack are the very epitome of maleness. Yet, the depth of emotions that both go through so unashamedly makes it so personal and private that the voyeur in us is satisfied. You know that this author did his research and is intimate with his subject because that’s the only thing that can give this much depth of detail. The vividness is amazing as both characters let you know them, lay themselves bare to the world while fighting and thwarting the bad guys. Not forgetting the twists and surprises will make you hang on to the edge of your seat (or bed because I’d been driven there with complaints of how this book had rendered me unfit for human company). If this book is made into a movie, it will be a thriller with the best. All my predictions were wrong as each baddie is revealed. The grief and betrayal are ripping and real with an ending so honest, factual and loving. I literally can’t wait to read the next one. But, first, erm…people, how do we turn this into a movie?
Verdict: A must-read not for the faint of heart!