Thursday, September 22, 2011

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

Targets of Opportunity
  • Title: Targets of Opportunity
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: CIA Thriller
  • Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (August 30, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1451624328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451624328
  • Notes: Contains violence.

     "Ahmad Jaber? Why would we believe a single thing that @sshole has to say?"
     "Good question," Sandor admitted,"and I don't have a good answer, except to tell you that he's left his country and family and surrendered to us. His house has been blown to bits and the Intel network has him as a probable casualty in the explosion. That means, as far as everyone else is concerned, it appears he's dead. If he's lying to us, that appearance could become reality very quickly."

Ahmad Jaber is the enemy. He's a high ranking operative of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), or at least was until he defected. Seeking asylum he tells the tale of three countries seemingly acting in tandem. Jabor had been contacted by one of his proteges, Syed, about an assignment that didn't feel quite right to him. After hearing what Syed knew, Jabor agreed something was amiss. Figuring Syed was probably followed, Jabor knew there was a good possibility his own life had been put in jeopardy. When the men whom Syed worked for came calling in the middle of the night to assassinate him, he had an escape plan already set in motion.

With precious little to go on, finding information will be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. On what is more likely than not a suicide mission, Jordan Sandor and his team will attempt to extract information from North Korea that can either confirm or disprove Jaber's claim. Getting in won't be a problem getting out with the information will be next to impossible. If Jaber's lying the team may die for nothing, but if he's telling the truth, countless lives could potentially be saved and no one wants another 911. What is known is that Korea and a country in South America, most likely Venezuela, along with some Israelis are potentially plotting an attack on the US. The target and details are unknown. The only thing they have to go on are the players. Luckily, they have a contact who could possibly get them more information. That's where Sandor and his team comes in to play. 

I loved the fast pace of the book. The reader gets to see from both perspective what is happening. Just like those hired to conduct the attack, however, we don't get the full picture only pieces until the end. The book is well written and I didn't feel lost in a sea of acronyms as I have with similar books.

Sandor is the type of man who works hard, plays hard, and lives life to the fullest because each day could be his last. He's loyal to his country and men, and would sacrifice his own life to save theirs. He takes each loss personally and does his best to alleviate casualties. The game he plays is for high stakes and one wrong move could prove fatal for not just himself but others. With all the pieces set in motion and constantly changing, Sandor will have to stay on top of his game to stop the attack from happening. Filled with lots of action, twists, and drama this book delivers a most enjoyable read. I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses.
Order series should be read:

1) Targets of Deception   
2) Targets of Opportunity

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