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Targets of Deception by Jeffrey S. Stephens

Monday, March 4, 2013

Targets of Deception (Variance Publishing), while written as fiction, is based on actual events and Jeffrey Stephens' ( A Local Author) hair-raising tale of espionage has readers trying to identify a genuine special forces hero who matches the description of the lead character, in much the same way researchers insist they have discovered who inspired the characters of Jack Bauer, Jason Bourne and Jack Ryan.

This fast-paced tale of international intrigue transports the reader from New York City to Fort Lauderdale to Paris and ultimately to the Italian Riviera. Realism touches every page of this adventure with an energy that never quits, while the story encompasses the real and present perils of our modern world. Studying the secret world of covert operations, Stephens has carefully woven authenticity into every element of this novel, from the weapons and agencies of government to the lethal nerve gas that is central to the plot.

Targets of Deception is the story of Jordan Sandor, who resigned from active service with the Central Intelligence Agency before 9-11, before t he fall of Saddam Hussein, and before the world had so dramatically changed. He is drawn back into action when his former mentor becomes a rogue agent helping al-Qaeda in a plot to initiate a new wave of cataclysmic assaults with poison gas. Stephens admits that the basis of his story comes from the treachery of a real-life rogue agent who was the subject of a worldwide manhunt. Visit this exciting author's website at: and check out the video trailer for Targets of Deception.
Goodreads Summary

Stephens wrote this novel about terrorism, betrayal, and the deaths 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 individual backgrounds as well as the actions they make because of who they are. There is a lot of plot and character development; the characters are memorable and will not be easily forgotten. There is one person that I personally would have loved to know more about, but didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of this novel. I’m personally not into really sad books and this book takes the cake in that arena, but the storyline makes up for it.

Other reviewers are correct when they say the book moves at a very fast pace. It definitely keeps the reader on his/her toes… there’s always something going on. At times, I felt confused and had to reread a sentence twice, but that didn’t bother me too much. In the end, I would recommend this book to experienced readers that like the thriller/suspense genre.

3/5 stars

*Reviewed by Rachel*

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