Friday, March 15, 2013

Targets of Revenge (Jordan Sandor Series #2) by Jeffrey S. Stephens

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.
This is actually the second book in the series, but I did think it was the 3rd. The first book, Targets of Deception was actually the prequel but reads like one of the books in the series. And as I read these in order, it really feels like the 3rd book as past events are mentioned in this book that happened in the prequel. In other words, I personally consider this the 3rd in the series for those that have to read in order. Those that take chances like me, don't have to worry and can read this as a stand alone.

However, if you do read the other books you know why Jordan is seeking revenge and why he is out to assassinate Adina, the all around evil guy. As he nears his target, new information comes to light and Jordan abandons his attempt to solve a new puzzle Adina has given him unwittingly. Now it's up to Sandor and his colleagues to unravel what has happened and what is going to happen. A lot of innocent lives depend on his success.

This book is full of political intrigue as much as the others. The twists in this puzzle keep you on your toes and trying to figure out if you can stay a step ahead of someone who always has a contingency plan. In fact, for most of the book, you think it may not be possible because as soon as you discover one part of the plan, it changes.

Jordan is also a likable character, and he seems to genuinely care for the innocents that get caught in the crossfire. This helps humanize a almost indestructible character, but I admit I would like a bit more. I would actually love to see him be a bit vulnerable. Perhaps he meets a woman of intelligence and falls hard for her. Doesn't even have to be a romance, but perhaps a child from one of his one night stands and even if he can't be a true father, perhaps he just wants to make sure the child is well taken care of and loved. Just something to bring him further down to earth. That usually makes the harrowing parts a bit more harrowing. Especially if there is something major to be lost. Of course this also makes me want to throw the book... but in a good way. LOL His friends do give him some vulnerability, but that would just push it over the edge.

I give this twisty book 4 stars. If you like political thrillers, or good spy stories, do pick up this whole series. I don't think you'd be disappointed.
I received this book from Gallery Books and no compensation for my review was given.

Books in the series:
Targets of Deception
Targets of Opportunity
Targets of Revenge


  1. Jordan seems to be a balanced character where he cares about the innocents but he is a seemingly indestructable character.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Sounds like a confusing series. Alas not a book I'd probably pick up but I'm glad it was to your tastes.

    1. It's not confusing, except how they were numbered. Other than that, it reads rather smooth.

  3. I do love good spy stories! I made a note to check this series out when I read your review for Targets of Opportunity. Glad to hear the series continues to thrill. Thanks for the heads up about the prequel. I'm kind of OCD when it comes to reading series in order. :-) Awesome review!

    1. Yea, and this one doesn't need to be read in order, but there is a payoff if you do... starting with the prequel. :)

  4. Not for me, I try to stay way from all books like this one. Some just do not work

  5. What You read a series in order and recommend reading in order... am I on the right blog? I haven't read a good political thriller in awhile but I don't have time to read three books....

  6. Ooh, I do like the twisty! And I like when I can drop into a series without having read others, though the reading is usually so much better when you start at the beginning, even with those kind! I do love a good thriller, too!

  7. I used to enjoy the occasional political thriller. This sounds like a good series. I know what you mean about the virtually indestructible main characters. He's kind of like James Bond.


  8. I don't think I ever read too much books with political. I should try one day to see how it is.

  9. Reading books order...? What has the world come too? :-)
    I like twisty political books but hadn't ever heard of this series before. to look out for!


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