Author ~ Tal Bauer
Published ~ 28th March 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Thriller/Suspense
The White House, infiltrated.
The president, running for his life.
A traitorous general, intent on burning the world to the ground.
When everything falls apart, who do you trust?
President Jack Spiers fled Washington DC on the heels of a devastating attack on CIA headquarters, masterminded by one of America’s own, former General Porter Madigan. While the world believes Jack was killed in the bombing, he embarks on a wild infiltration mission, smuggling himself into occupied Russia to rescue the love of his life: former Secret Service Agent and First Gentleman Ethan Reichenbach.
Reunited, Jack, Ethan, and deposed Russian president Sergey Puchkov, along with President Elizabeth Wall—the only person left in Washington DC who Jack trusts—must work together. They piece together a desperate plan, hunting Madigan to the ends of the earth and the bitter frigidity of the Arctic, where Madigan’s world-shattering doomsday plan comes together.
Outnumbered, outmaneuvered, and outgunned, Jack, Ethan, Sergey, and the rest of the team struggle to put a stop to Madigan and his army. In the desolate extremes of the Arctic, their resolve, their strength, and even their love is tested, pushed to the absolute limits as choices must be made: choices that pit the fate of the world against the love in their hearts, and the loves of their life.
As the world crumbles around them, Jack and Ethan find themselves waging a war on two fronts—against an enemy they can see, and another, hiding within their ranks.
Who can be trusted when the enemy is within you?
What can I say – I’m a committed fan of this author's books, especially this series. Jack and Ethan are back. I’ll admit, I did a little sqweeee – ok, a big sqweeee when this book came through for review.
It is tempting to give an overview of the previous three in the series, but, I’d get carried away, and this review would turn into an essay. So, I’ll settle for saying THEY ARE A MUST. Not only are they superb reading, that kept me riveted, but they are essential to understanding Enemy Within.
At the end of Enemy Of My Enemy, Jack was smuggled out of the USA to retrieve the love of his life and to see if he could make up for his gross misjudgement. Succeeding in that, we are left with a cliff-hanger and the prospect of an epic third novel.
General Madigan is a madman intending to take over the world. And he’ll do it at any cost. Jack and Ethan are in Russia, trying to stop him, helped by the scene-stealing overthrown Russian President Sergey Puchkov. While that is happening, the USA is dealing with the fallout from Jack’s clone of an ex-wife blowing up Langley, and Madigan has a network of moles that need identifying. Add to that invasion forces making their way to the US via Canada and daummmm.
That’s not all that’s happening. Jack and Ethan aren’t the only couple/budding couple. Sergey and Sasha aren’t together, but Sasha declared his love for Sergey just before flying off on a one-way mission. As for Adam and Faisal, they have a history, and it’s causing problems between them. No longer in the comfort of The White House, our heroes encounter Siberian warfare and a gauntlet of escaped prisoners.
There is so much happening in this story that it’s only possible to give you a smidge of the action. This story is long, detailed, awesome and totally in keeping with a ‘Man Wants To Rule world’ saga. He ain’t gonna be easy to take down.
The Tesla weapon – well, let’s just say it’s lethal. Countries break apart and reform in different ways, with friends and enemies turning up in unexpected places
From chapter to chapter, this story goes from one heart-stopping moment to the next. At 20% in, I was already an emotional mess, and I couldn’t stop reading. I love the dynamic between Jack and Ethan. The forbidden love story between Sergey and Sasha is heartbreaking. But, it was Adam and Faisal that stole my heart and made me cry.
Quiet, beautiful moments mix with high octane action. Desperate situations call for desperate measure. Blood is spilt. And YES HALLELUYAH there is an author out there that uses rough hands instead of calloused ones – eternally grateful.
My favourite heart in mouth part was when our heroes are in a submarine under the Arctic. The scenes were gripping, to the point where I lost awareness of everything else around me. The level of research that must have been done for this instalment must have been phenomenal. Indeed, Tal Bauer comments on some of the research at the end. That too is fascinating.
There is so much that I could say, but then this review would become a novella.
When most stories start, it’s kind of a given that, eventually, the bad guy has to lose. After all, we readers love a happy ending. How long it will take, what will happen in this part of the series, who will live and who will die is what makes the story readable. As all wise persons say, ‘it is the journey that matters’. Part of me was sad that the story ended because I could read about these boys until the cows come home. On the other hand, in many areas, I had resolution. But this story also created more curiosity in a world that I would be happy to read more of.
The Executive Office Series
Enemies of the State (The Executive Office #1) Special Edition by Tal Bauer
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.
*** Expanded second special edition, with 15,000+ additional words, expanded scenes, and character artwork.
Interlude (The Executive Office #1.5) by Tal Bauer
Before Ethan returns to DC…
Before he becomes Jack’s first gentleman…
Jack and Ethan share their first Christmas together.
Step back to Jack and Ethan’s first Christmas season and the tentative early months of their relationship under the world’s spotlight.
Three months into Ethan’s transfer-in-exile in Des Moines, Iowa, the pressures of dating Jack, the president of the United States, start to wear Ethan down. His weeks are measured by the days he works in Iowa, chasing counterfeiters and financial crimes, and the weekends he manages to steal with Jack back in DC. The media stalks his every move, he’s isolated by his coworkers, and loneliness hammers at his heart.
In DC, Jack tries to piece together a global alliance to take down the Caliphate, while the world seems focused on tearing apart his personal life. Hostility surrounds him from all corners of the globe, but a surprise offer from President Sergey Puchkov may pave the way for a tentative alliance…and perhaps the beginning of a friendship.
As Ethan finds himself in the middle of an investigation that rubs too deeply against his soul and Jack tries to balance leading the free world and keeping his and Ethan’s relationship going, the two men must face what their love has become…and where they are heading together.
Enemy of My Enemy (The Executive Office #2) by Tal Bauer
Fifteen years from now, an affair rocks the world.
Two men commit to their impossible love.
One general is determined to destroy them both.
President Jack Spiers and former Secret Service Agent Ethan Reichenbach throw caution to the wind, committing themselves publicly as the first out male lovers and partners to occupy the White House. Jack moves Ethan into the Residence, but as Ethan settles into his new role as first gentleman of the United States, not everyone is thrilled with their choices. When it seems like the world turns against them, Jack and Ethan must turn to each other, finding the strength together to press on.
In the chaos, Jack's relationship with the Russian president, Sergey Puchkov, grows closer, and the two nations find themselves working almost as allies. But President Puchkov has secrets of his own, secrets that could rip everything apart. And Ethan steps back into the action with Lieutenant Adam Cooper, taking charge of a covert kill team tasked with hunting down General Madigan once and for all.
But Madigan is elusive, and his dangerous reach is long. He strikes at Jack and Ethan from the shadowy corners of the globe, unraveling their entire world. As the mad general draws new allies together, he is single-minded in his quest to destroy the only two men who ever beat him.
He will stop at nothing until Jack and Ethan are shattered men, worlds apart, and struggling to get back to one another.
And after that, Madigan's true revenge begins…
Meet Tal Bauer
Tal Bauer writes LGBT fiction and romance, bringing together a career in law enforcement, trauma medicine, and international humanitarian and disaster relief work to create dynamic, strong characters, intriguing plots, and unique, exotic locations. Tal's stories weave together pulse-pounding adventure, cunning intrigue, and sweeping romance. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.