Waking with Enemies Paperback – Jul 1 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Picking up where Sleeping with Strangers left off, Dickey's latest novel finds hit man Gideon in London, where another assassin, a mysterious man with a broken nose, is hot on his trail. Gideon's most recent target was a rapper, Big Bad Wolf. The rival rapper who hired Gideon for the hit, Sledge, was recently assassinated, and Gideon assumes he is the latest target. The nonstop narrative follows Gideon as he evades the assassin, searches for the truth about his hooker mother, continues his involvement with tough girl Arizona (who wants Gideon to kill her older sister), tries to figure out who ordered the hit on him and finds time for some explicitly chronicled fantasy sex. Though the revelations about who's behind what are a stretch and the ending is a little too much on the rosy side, there's a lot of fun to be had in watching Gideon work his brutal trade, and the high-octane narrative will have readers burning through page after page. (Aug.)
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If you don't know at the end of "Sleeping with Strangers," Gideon wakes to a mysterious, deadly enemy in a world where there's no one he can trust. As an assassin he realizes that he's been targeted for death by a broken-nosed hit man, probably related to a job Gideon had done in Tampa, Fl. Gideon has befriended a woman, Lola Mack, he met on the plane whose been dumped by her man. Another lady by the name of Mrs. Jones also returns to Gideon whom he had also met on the plane. The three enjoy each other in bed while Gideon tries to forget about the danger beyond his hotel room door. Meanwhile, the love-of-his life, Arizona, helps Gideon track down the stalker (more like his shadow) as the hunter becomes the hunted. Meanwhile Gideon is also determined to come to terms with his prostitute mother who also operates in London. From there, Gideon and the broken-nosed man circle one another until one gets the upper hand. Then, the whirl-a-around begins. The pressure comes because Gideon is never certain who is on his side. At the same time, Gideon will need to locate his friends and find out who his real enemies are if he wants to get out of the game alive. In between then pinching pleasure helps to make the risk bearable for him.
The only downfall to this book is the story itself. The plot is really thin but the sex scene seems to carry it on its shoulder to the point you will reach for a cancer stick... and I don't even smoke.Read more ›
Here's the basic plot: Gideon is in London performing his chores as an assassin where he realizes that he's been targeted for death by a broken-nosed hit man, probably related to a job Gideon did recently. Gideon has befriended a woman, Lola Mack, he met on the plane whose boy friend has dumped her. A second woman, Mrs. Jones, also returns to Gideon, whom he had also met on the plane. The three enjoy each other in bed while Gideon tries to forget about the danger beyond his hotel room door. Meanwhile, the love-of-his life, Arizona, helps Gideon track down the stalker. Gideon is also determined to come to terms with his prostitute mother who also operates in London. From there, Gideon and the broken-nosed man circle one another until one gets the upper hand. Then, the surprises begin. The tension comes because Gideon is never certain who is on his side . . . and who is his enemy. Stealing pleasure helps to make the risk bearable.
Waking with Enemies lacks a lot of the edge that Sleeping with Strangers had in exploring the life of a hit man. There's extreme danger in Waking with Strangers, but not very much of it. With the exception of a few scenes, Waking with Enemies could be about an unmarried suburban executive who meets some exciting women.Read more ›
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There were so many things going on at once, his style of switching back and forth keeping me entertained, and confused at the same time. I loved how ge let suspeense convince you of what had happended then turned right around and convinced you of omething totally different. I can't wait for the next one.
In his current life he calls himself Gideon, named after the Bible that is left behind in motel rooms, an inspiration he had while killing off a high-profile minister. In the opening of the story, Gideon, now a contract killer, is in London and ends up in bed with two very beautiful women. But he is also hiding out because someone out there is trying to kill him. The ladies aren't aware of who he is; all they know is that they're having a great time sharing this man in his bed and enjoying extraordinary sex all day and all night long.
While a good chunk of the book is taken up by sex scene after sex scene, there is indeed a plot. It involves the murder of a famous rapper known as Big Bad Wolf, a job that Gideon took care of before he left the States. In turn, the man who paid Gideon to kill the artist is now dead. Gideon knows he's next if he's not careful in doing his best to outrun his assailant. He is aware that a mysterious man, who had been on the plane to London, is following him. But so far he has been able to dodge the "man with the broken nose."
Gideon is having a good time with Lola Mack and Mrs. Jones, but another woman, Arizona, is on his mind. He has given his heart to Arizona, who is as tough as they come, but she will not give her heart to him. She is the one woman he would commit to if he could, but there is something that is stopping Arizona from taking their relationship to any higher level.
Eric Jerome Dickey makes his characters come alive in this violent and steamy novel. The two main killers, Gideon and "the man with the broken nose," come across as real people who the reader will empathize with and care about, despite their gruesome profession. In fact, we learn that the "man with the broken nose" is a family man who loves his kids, especially his learning-disabled son. He buys souvenirs for them while hunting down Gideon and killing off other people he's been paid to take down. The "man with the broken nose" is just making a living, but what's more, he feels that Gideon keeps one-upping him. He is trying his hardest to be a better hit man than Gideon, who has the reputation for being the best.
Fans of Dickey will notice the increase in sex and violence in this book. Some may be turned off by it, while others will enjoy the novel for what it is. I felt there was too much emphasis on the sex between Gideon and the two women, scenes that didn't add to the overall plot in any significant way. However, Gideon's relationship with his mother and his search for her did reveal a lot about his personality and explained why he became the contract killer he is today. The contrast between Gideon's love for the two women and his hate for his mother showed a diverse range of emotions coming from one man. No fan of Dickey's novels will want to pass up WAKING WITH ENEMIES.
--- Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton (Ratmammy@lofton.org)
Now I know: It's SEX and lots of it, extremely explicit with many anatomic and gynecological details.
If the difference between erotica and porn lies in the literary quality of the work, this book definitely falls into the category of straight porn.
I won't bother to describe the plot -- it's laughable -- or the characters -- they're non-existent. But the worst aspect of this terrible affront to literature is the writing which is plain awful. Here's a sample, picked more or less at random:
"I felt as cold as a Siberian wasteland. the same way I had felt that night.
The same way I had felt in North Carolina when I killed Midnight.
The same way I had felt in Montreal when I killed that man for my mother.
The same way I had felt many nights..."
Try that for 383 pages. The first 80 or so are mainly taken up with a three-way sex scene in which our hero exchanges fluids with Lola and "Mrs. Jones. " (I kid you not!) Many shuddering orgasms take place. One of the two women says she aint no "Joanne" -- by which she means she's not a lesbian and it's OK to make love to another woman as long as one penis-bearing indivdual is in the room watching.
For what it's worth, the book takes place in London, my birthplace. For all the local color, it might as well take place in the Mall of America.
I've already wasted far too many words on this alleged book. If you like porn, be my guest. Otherwise, save your time and money.
Bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey returns with a provocative thriller that have me waiting for th next chapter of Gideon's story after MIDNIGHT of course, i'm late with my reviews.
EJD is definitely at the top of his game. I absolutely loved this book.
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