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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; Reprint edition (July 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451222741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451222749
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #648,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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aWill have readers burning through page after page.a
a"Publishers Weekly"
A awilda]taut, fast, and bolda ("Publishers Weekly") new direction for athe king of African American fictiona ("Entertainment Weekly").
aA steamy noir-fest of sex, intrigue and danger.a
a"Boston Herald"
aFilled with romance, violence, and mystery.a
a"Chicago Sun-Times"
a[A] breakneck read.a
a"Library Journal"
aRiveting...an action-packed classic noir thriller.a
a"Ebony"
aA fast-paced cliff-hanger.a
a"Essence" And aitas also sure to create new fans.a
a"Booklist" (starred review)

?Will have readers burning through page after page.?
?"Publishers Weekly"

A ?wild?taut, fast, and bold? ("Publishers Weekly") new direction for ?the king of African American fiction? ("Entertainment Weekly").

?A steamy noir-fest of sex, intrigue and danger.?
?"Boston Herald"

?Filled with romance, violence, and mystery.?
?"Chicago Sun-Times"

?[A] breakneck read.?
?"Library Journal"

?Riveting...an action-packed classic noir thriller.?
?"Ebony"

?A fast-paced cliff-hanger.?
?"Essence" And ?it's also sure to create new fans.?
?"Booklist" (starred review)

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By Jenny TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 27 2007
Format: Hardcover
I received this book in the mail on Monday, and started reading it on Tuesday, finished it on Wednesday. After reading "Sleeping With Strangers," I could hardly await for his sequel "Waking With Enemies." With ten New York Times bestselling novels to his credit I must say that this book was strictly worth the wait!

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.
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Format: Paperback
Perfect sequel! I finished this book in record time. What an amazing read. Such a fascinting adventure. One friend I purchased this series of books for actually booked a flight to Antigua shortly after reading this book as the author made you eager to visit this lovely island. The author who is very new to me definitely earned my respect!!!
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Waking with Strangers is the sequel to Sleeping with Strangers, which leaves you with a series of cliff hangers. Without that background, you'll probably find Waking with Strangers a little hard to follow. Having read both books, I felt like they were really two parts of one book rather than being a book with a sequel. Why? Here's one reason: Waking with Strangers opens with a very long erotic sequence that doesn't belong at the beginning of a standalone book. The sequence only makes sense if it's in the middle of a longer book.

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.
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A great book to read. Kept me in suspense the entire time pages after pages. EJD did a number on this one, you will not be disappoint.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9afed54c) out of 5 stars 187 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0010e4) out of 5 stars Gideon Gideon Gideon Aug. 15 2007
By Ashley Nicole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Oh, man. What can I say about this book? It was perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. I was so shocked to find that Mr. Dickey had cleverly hidden a previous character in plain sight. How he managed to keep this fact from us throughout an entire book, has me baffled. I had to go back and reread the Prequel, and still couldn't figure it out. Over hte years, his writing style has evolved into something so much more than romance or contemporary fiction, whatever it was. For so many years, I've shied away from the action thriller books, but that's exactly what this was, with a tiny bit of romance thrown in.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b001138) out of 5 stars Sleeping with Strangers Sept. 21 2007
By Maria F. Santos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book, Eric Jerome Dickey has done it again, very well written, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Walking with Enemies. Mr. Dickey you get a most deserved applause from your biggest fan!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b001570) out of 5 stars 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 Jan. 16 2008
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The novel opens with the main character's flashbacks to when he was 7. All he knew was the life he had with his mother, who made a living as a prostitute. But it was only after she had him kill for her that he realized he didn't like her. Always on the run, they fled from city to city, to a place where the two of them could feel safe just for a little while.

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)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b001930) out of 5 stars SMDH Gideon May 31 2010
By book mistress - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Waking with enemies picks up where Sleeping with strangers ends. As a notorious hitman, Gideon has made enemies all over the world some he don't know exist. Seems that in the world Gideon resides in, there has been a bounty put on his head for the ONE who can take him out among other things will gain great prestige. In this sequel, he finds himself involved in a dangerous game of survival with assassin versus assassin. Bruno took on a job that proved to be fatal by looking to make a name for himself with Gideon's demise.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b001a14) out of 5 stars Good, just not great Aug. 13 2007
By Cleo Sunsine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to this book ever since I closed the back cover to Sleeping with Strangers. While Walking with Enemies was good, it wasn't what I was expecting. I felt that this book, along with SWS had too many pop culture references. For examples, there was an awkwardly placed reference to Vh1's Flavor of Love show in WWE. There wasn't as much cat & mouse chase as I would have liked and some of the situations were a little too unreal (Arizona's circumstances). Too many curveballs for one novel. There were a few dead spots, but overall it was a good read, but I would have to say that SWS was a better book. This one had a lot of background info on the characters which was great on developing the story...but I wanted to see more cat & mouse between Gideon and Bruno.


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