Book Review: Targets of Revenge by: Jeffrey S. Stephens

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publish Date: February 19, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

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Synopsis: COUNTRY FIRST. All the bureaucratic scolding in Washington cannot stop resourceful CIA Agent Jordan Sandor when he’s hungry for revenge. This time he’s on the hunt for the cold-blooded sociopath known as Adina, whose indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people, including Sandor’s close friend, represents man at his worst.

Mobilizing a team of skilled and dedicated agents to carry out his secret operation, Sandor flies in the face of his superiors’ stern warnings—ultimately crash-landing in the heart of the Venezuelan jungle. Armed with little more than a combat knife and a deadly automatic weapon, he infiltrates Adina’s camp and discovers that the ruthless terrorist is smuggling not only cocaine into the United States, but also a deadly substance that could cost tens of thousands of lives.

Sandor develops intel that leads him to Egypt and then Moscow as he fights to prevent this disaster, but after he lands on Interpol’s list of international fugitives, the truth becomes clear: Adina’s evil web extends to the far corners of the globe. Meanwhile, someone Sandor trusts could very well be feeding the agent dangerous lies as he struggles to stay on Adina’s trail.

More focused than ever, Sandor refuses to end his perilous mission, even after he has been taken captive. In the end, when he uncovers the realities of Adina’s deranged plan for a catastrophic assault on New York City, Sandor has no choice but to risk his life to protect his country’s safety and freedom.

Review: ‘Targets of Revenge’ is the first novel I’ve read featuring CIA Agent Jordan Sandor. Starting at the third book in the series is definitely not the best choice if you are looking to read this series. I felt quite a bit lost throughout the whole book. We first meet Sandor hatching a plan to go after and neutralize Adina, a criminal responsible for the deaths of many people. While he’s breached Adina’s compound in Venezuela, he finds not only a lab for the processing and distribution of cocaine, but additionally a bio-weapon which could cripple the US. Sandor follows the money from Venezuela to Egypt, Russia, Mexico, and back to the US. There are even more enemies, both foreign and domestic, than Sandor had realized and he is running against the clock to put an end to this elaborate scheme and finally exact his revenge. Sandor is a loose cannon, barely following the orders of his bosses, and operating in places where his agency is not allowed. Incongruent with the “typical” CIA agent, Sandor seems to be heavily ruled by his emotions and wants to act without thinking through his options fully. ‘Targets of Revenge’ features a lot of action and intrigue, but very little character building/growth. If you’re interested in this series, definitely start with book one.

Jordan Sandor Series: Targets of Deception, Targets of Opportunity, Targets of Revenge


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