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Targets of Deception by Jeffrey S. Stephens

Friday, November 9, 2012

Targets of Deception

Ex-CIA agent Jordan Sandor races against time to prevent a worldwide terrorist plot in the page-turning thrilling prequel to Targets of Opportunity.When Jordan Sandor resigned from active service with the Central Intelligence Agency, it was before September 11th, before the fall of Saddam Hussein, and before the world had so dramatically changed. He is reluctantly drawn back into action when a series of violent events leads him to suss out a new al-Qaeda conspiracy to initiate cataclysmic assaults with poison gas.

     Sandor follows the deadly trail from New York to Florida to Paris and, ultimately, to the small town of Portofino on the Italian Riviera. Never sure who he can trust and who may be an enemy, Jordan relies on his experience, instincts, and skills as he risks his life to uncover plans for attacks against the United States and its allies. When Sandor discovers a rogue agent behind the plot, he realizes he is the one man who can prevent the catastrophe that could put the lives of millions of people at stake.

Goodreads Summary

Stephens writes this novel about terrorism, betrayal, and death of loved ones. It’s set in New York and has the 9/11 tragedy tied into it, which should tell you in itself how this plot will turn out. I enjoyed reading about all of the characters and their background and the actions they make because of who they are. There’s ONE person who we don’t get to know much about which is a pity, but ignoring that aspect the story was great. I’m personally not into really sad books and this takes the cake, but the storyline makes up for it.  Be prepared to think over the events and characters in this book; it is very difficult to forget about this book.

Other reviewers are correct when they say the book moves at a very fast pace. It definitely keeps you on your toes… there’s always something going on. At times, I felt confused and had to reread a sentence twice, but that doesn’t bother me too much. In order to get the most out of a very fast-paced plot, the reader will likely have to reread a few chapters or sentences.  In the end, I would recommend this book to people that like this genre. If you’re getting into thriller then I don’t believe this is the best start.


*Reviewed by Rachel*

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