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Targets of Deception (Jordan Sandor Series #1)
     

Targets of Deception (Jordan Sandor Series #1)

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by Jeffrey S. Stephens
 

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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

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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: jeffreysstephens.com and check out the video trailer for Targets of Deception.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935142126
Publisher:
Variance Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Jordan Sandor Series , #1
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Targets of Deception 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
The only way I know how to describe this book?  Wow!  I have read a lot of spy/espionage thrillers in my lifetime, but this one absolutely blew me away.  From the very beginning, I was captivated, as the author takes you through the exciting world of secret government agencies and their dangerous yet exciting sacrifices to keep people like me safe and sound.  I actually read this book from cover to cover without a break.  I walked through the house with it, did laundry while I was reading, and stayed up late to finish it.  It was unbelievably good!  And the best part?  You find out that the characters in this book are based off of ACTUAL people and ACTUAL events.  Holy cow!!!  That made what I read all the more awesome. The main character in the story, Jordan, is an ex-CIA agent who is brought in to stop a rogue agent (his former mentor!) from helping al-Qaeda from using a poison gas in a terror scheme.  His character is in the same ranks with Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan and so many other beloved spy-like characters who totally kick butt!  He is smart, determined, stubborn, strong, and the author has done a wonderful job developing him to a point that you can relate to him, feeling every bit of his emotion as he travels the globe to save so many.  The secondary characters add depth and mystery to an already spine tingling plot that takes you through exciting twists and turns to an ending that leaves you screaming for more. This is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read.  I cannot wait to find out what the next book in this series has in store.  Because if it’s anything like this one, I am in for one hell of a great ride!   Reviewed by Marie for Cocktails and Books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Targets of Deception by Jeffrey S. Stephens is the first installment of the Jordan Sandor series. It’s an exciting saga of intrigue and adventure. This novel is extremely well written, intelligent and, for me the scariest part of all, – realistic! Not full of “Bond” gimmicks and devices…just really intelligent observations and skills. I love the determination and patriotism of Jordan Sandor; he’s my kind of hero. Jordan starts out as a disappointed ex-agent turned journalist…and quickly leads into an adventure of espionage, murder and terrorism. This story has many intriguing twists and turns, making it one of the most interesting thrillers I’ve read. It’s descriptive, but never boring! Exciting action and thrilling fight scenes are exquisitely written. Exotic travel and romance are part of the charm without taking over the story. This is a wonderful read and I highly recommend this series. I look forward to more in this most interesting of series from this talented author!
JudyMac01 More than 1 year ago
When Jordan Sandor resigned from active service with the Central Intelligence Agency, it was before 9-11, before the fall of Saddam Hussein, before the world had so dramatically changed. He is reluctantly drawn back into action, when a series of violent events leads him to search out a new al-Qaeda conspiracy to initiate a new wave of 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 State and its allies. The terrorist strategy is cunning and far-reaching, with the lives of millions of people at stake.When Sandor discovers a rogue agent behind the plot, he realizes he is the one man who can prevent the catastrophe. At the end we find that we have been taken on a really fast-paced tale of international intrigue and suspense. With terrific lead character, and many plot twists, and great characters..I hope there is a sequel!!
Florida-Reader More than 1 year ago
This book grabs you and holds you tight until the conclusion. Jordan Sandor was one of the best agents of the American Central Intelligence Agency when he quit in disgust. Despite the horror of the attacks on the twin towers on 9-11 and the subsequent push to tighten security and increase inter-agency cooperation, the bureaucratic mentality still reigns. Sandor had been on a mission to a small Islamic country and his team was abandoned by his superiors, which led to the deaths of his teammates. The story opens with Sandor now acting as a journalist and he is with his friend Dan on their way to meet with a man that claims to have information about a terrorist group. As they are on the road they encounter two men that have shot a police officer. These men prefer to leave no witnesses so they begin shooting at Sandor's car. They hit Dan, but Sandor is able to drive the car past them and then double back after they leave. The two men had tortured and killed the man that Sandor and Dan were going to meet. Since it is immediately clear that the men are most likely members of a terrorist group, this injects Sandor back into the environment he had resigned from. However, his frustration is our delight as his adventures make for a tale that keeps you moving the pages to the exclusion of all except the most critical of body functions. Set in the modern world of international terrorism, Stephens has created a strong and ruthless villain, an equally strong and resourceful main character: essential ingredients for a tale of this type. Watch out Jason Bourne, Jordan Sandor is here!!
BobbyBailey More than 1 year ago
There's nothing more I like about a book than its ability to make me want to keep reading and reading. Honestly, there was no good stopping point. I would stop then quickly skim the first line of the next chapter and before I know it, I've read into two more chapters. Very entertaining and enjoyable from beginning to end. Loved it!
AndreLaskowske1 More than 1 year ago
An inrcredibly fast paced and deeply moving story that makes for quite the delectable weekend read/vacation! The morning I dove in to the Target of Deception I barely made it to the surface to catch my breathe by nightfall. I was Thoroughly impressed with the energetic nature of Jeff Stephens work as my seatbelt was fastened from the very begining. Looking forward to future works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if there was a prequel to this story but I'm going to find out! It seemed as if there were pieces to Jordan's story that were told elsewhere so that was a bit confusing. However, if you like government action and intrigue then this book is for you.
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Lots of action. Entertaining. Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, not grear
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This is the first book I have read by Stephens and it was pretty good. The characters are well developed and the story line seemed plausible. I would buy another book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic mystery writer. Enjoyed this book immensely. If you're looking for intrigue, mystery, and don't want to put it down reading, then you must read all of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this author.  I agree with another reviewer; Stephens blends fact and fiction so well it is hard to  believe the story never really happened.  Great spy thriller.  
Katy_T More than 1 year ago
I'm almost done with the book and have enjoyed it the whole time. I will be picking up the next books in this series.
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RA1AZ More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I enjoyed it very much - book was very fast moving and kept my interest until I had read the entire book at one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Such a fun read.  I don't want the series to end and I hope Stephens is working on a fourth book in this series, because these are some of the best thriller/suspense novels I've ever read.  Sandor kicks some serious ass. Would make a great movie character! 
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Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
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.
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