Targets of Revenge

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stephens’s smoothly written third Jordan Sandor thriller pits Sandor against the Venezuelan terrorist known as Adina, who got away in 2011’s Targets of Opportunity. Against CIA orders, loose cannon Sandor flies a glider into the jungles of Venezuela, where Adina is hiding out, intent on assassinating the man. Once on the ground, Sandor finds that Adina is operating a lab making cocaine and anthrax. Given this discovery, Sandor decides to drop his personal vendetta and persuade his superiors to set up an operation to thwart whatever evil Adina may be plotting. In his travels, which range from Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, to New York City, Sandor unearths a swarm of villains, including drug dealers and government traitors. Meanwhile, Adina’s deadly plan becomes clearer and increasingly frightening. Stephens gives us a hero who is easy to root for, a fellow who doesn’t fret about morality or worry about much of anything beyond killing the bad guys. Agent: Bob Diforio, D4EO Literary. (Feb.)
Suspense Magazine - Scott Pearson
"Targets of Revenge is like a big summer action movie. There are last-second escapes, plot twists, and double crosses that keep the plot moving quickly...[Sandor] is the CIA version of DIrty Harry...Stephens does his homework, taking the time to get nice local details for the wide-ranging locations and to develop interesting secondary characters. Anyone who has enjoyed the first two will want to read Sandor’s latest adventure."
Booklist
“The novel reads like the early work of Robert Ludlum, especially during the intense action sequences…those who enjoy plots revolving around covert CIA action will stick with this one to the end.”
From the Publisher
"Targets of Revenge is like a big summer action movie. There are last-second escapes, plot twists, and double crosses that keep the plot moving quickly...[Sandor] is the CIA version of DIrty Harry...Stephens does his homework, taking the time to get nice local details for the wide-ranging locations and to develop interesting secondary characters. Anyone who has enjoyed the first two will want to read Sandor’s latest adventure."

"Jeffrey Stephens' deftly rendered new novel plunges the reader into a deadly maelstrom of secrets, lies and shadows. . . .Targets of Revenge leaves your heart pounding, again reminding us in terrifying detail that there are many who will go to any length to attack the United States."

“Smoothly written…Stephens gives us a hero [Jordan Sandor] who is easy to root for, a fellow who doesn’t fret about morality or worry about much of anything beyond killing the bad guys.”

“The novel reads like the early work of Robert Ludlum, especially during the intense action sequences…those who enjoy plots revolving around covert CIA action will stick with this one to the end.”

“An attorney, Stephens lays out his story in orderly fashion, with one action scene neatly following another. The pace of [Targets of Revenge] is Bourne-like…The tale maintains our interest…[Targets of Revenge is] skillfully rendered…”

Suspense Magazine
Targets of Revenge is like a big summer action movie. There are last-second escapes, plot twists, and double crosses that keep the plot moving quickly. . . . Anyone who has enjoyed the first two will want to read Sandor’s latest adventure.
— Scott Pearson, author of Star Trek: Honor in the Night
BWWBooksWorld.com
"Jeffrey Stephens' deftly rendered new novel plunges the reader into a deadly maelstrom of secrets, lies and shadows. . . .Targets of Revenge leaves your heart pounding, again reminding us in terrifying detail that there are many who will go to any length to attack the United States."
Kirkus Reviews
CIA agent Jordan Sandor, who has been in all the world's trouble spots and has the scars to show for it, has a personal stake in eliminating the Venezuelan terrorist mastermind known as Adina. A close friend of Sandor's was killed during an operation to uncover Adina's latest deadly plot. Now, Sandor will stop at nothing short of returning the favor. The third in a series, this book opens with Sandor flying into the Venezuelan jungle in a one-man glider, in violation of explicit orders not to take matters into his own hands. He makes quick work of Adina's security force, gains access to the terrorist's compound and erases a few more thugs. But after discovering Adina is manufacturing anthrax, he can't proceed with his plans to kill him until he determines what the terrorist is planning to do with the deadly powder. The trail leads to Egypt, Russia and New York, among other places. Sandor's life is at risk, as are the lives of the colleagues and foreign friends he entices to help out on the mission. At greater risk is New York, where Adina plans on unleashing a devastating attack culminating in the distribution of the anthrax. An attorney, Stephens lays out his story in orderly fashion, with one action scene neatly following another. The pace of the book is Bourne-like. But Sandor is one-dimensional. If he's haunted by anything in his past, he keeps it to himself. Ultimately, the suspense is clinical. The tale maintains our interest without stirring our imaginations. As skillfully rendered as the book is, readers will not necessarily look forward to the next installment in the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451688726
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Pages: 441
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey S. Stephens is a native New Yorker who now lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife Nancy, where they raised their two sons, Graham and Trevor. Stephens is the author of the Jordan Sandor thrillers Targets of Deception and Targets of Opportunity.

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Targets of Revenge


  • A WEEK EARLIER, SANDOR’S boss at the Central Intelligence Agency, Deputy Director Mark Byrnes, had not only refused to sanction the proposed mission into the Venezuelan jungle. He had specifically ordered Sandor not to undertake the operation.

Sandor had been careful not to make a formal request for approval when he discussed his idea with Byrnes. He had merely floated a trial balloon.

The DD shot it down without hesitation.

“We’re not in the vendetta business,” Byrnes told him. “We’ll take care of this in due course.”

It had been less than a month since Sandor and his team prevented an attack on American oil refineries along the Gulf Coast, but Sandor argued it was past the time for them to address the unfinished business of that mission. Although the main damage had been averted, several soldiers had died in the process of disarming one of the explosive devices. Before that, terrorists had taken down a commercial airliner in the Caribbean, followed by a deadly assault on a communications center. All told, those attacks cost the lives of hundreds of civilians and military personnel. And then there was the matter of a CIA operative, Sandor’s close friend, who was killed in action during an incursion in North Korea where the terrorist plot was first uncovered.

The mastermind behind all of these calamities had never surfaced, keeping a safe distance from the action as he played out his murderous scheme. Rafael Cabello, a Venezuelan known in the intelligence community as Adina, had orchestrated the entire affair, never putting himself in harm’s way as all of those innocent people died in the wake of his treachery.

Sandor was not inclined to wait for action in due course, as the Deputy Director suggested. He was determined to act now.

“Sir, there’s no telling what Adina may be up to next. At the very least a reconnaissance mission could gather some valuable intelligence.”

Byrnes fixed his subordinate with a knowing stare. “Reconnaissance? Come on Sandor, we didn’t just meet this morning. I know exactly what you have in mind.”

Sandor responded with the most innocent look he could muster. “Sir?”

“You’re not thinking about intelligence gathering. You’re thinking about liquidating Adina.”

“Aren’t you?”

Byrnes stood up, walked around his desk, and leaned against the edge, looking down at his agent. “Of course I am. But losing you or Raabe or Bergenn isn’t going to help me right now, is it?”

“That would be impossible, sir. I’m your punishment from God. You’ll never lose me.”

Byrnes treated Sandor to one of his famous scowls, a look that was somewhere between indigestion and a reaction to a rotten odor. Byrnes was a patient man, but he was not renowned for his sense of humor. “Spare me your witty repartee. I’m ordering you to stay away from this. We’ve met with DHS and we’re developing plans with the NCTC to deal with what happened. And, just so you know how far up the food chain this goes, the Director of National Intelligence is all over this as well. You’re on a need-to-know basis, and right now you don’t need to know.”

“If plans are being made I think I’ve earned the right to be read in.”

“I’ll be sure to make a note of that in the file,” Byrnes said as he returned to his chair. “Meantime, let me remind you that you’re an agent of the United States government under my command, and you’ll do as I say. Is that clear?”

“Completely.”

“Venezuela is a hostile nation. If one of my agents were caught in an act of espionage within that country, the repercussions would be severe. Are you clear on that, too?”

“Not exactly. Are you saying that the key is not to get caught?”

“Sandor . . .”

“I understand.”

“Is there anything else?”

“I’m entitled to some leave. I was planning to take a week, if that’s all right.”

“That’s fine, you really should take some time. You’ve certainly earned that.” As Sandor stood, the DD added, “But mark my words. You head off on some escapade of your own and I promise you, none of the good you’ve done will stop me from turning your world upside down. You read me?”

“Completely,” Sandor said again, then turned and was gone.

————

Bergenn and Raabe had been on the mission in North Korea with Sandor and they shared his views of Adina. When Sandor invited them for drinks that night and explained what he had in mind, there was no need to ask twice if they wanted in.

“You should know that Byrnes warned me off any nonsanctioned activities.”

“There’s a shock,” Raabe replied.

Sandor then told them that the National Counter-Terrorism Center was already working out some strategies of their own, and that the DNI was also reviewing the situation.

“I doubt they’re thinking what you’re thinking,” Raabe said.

“Just wanted you to know everything I know.”

Bergenn said there was no reason for them to get in the way of the other agencies.

“By the time they put a plan in place we’ll be all done and back home,” Raabe said.

“My thinking exactly,” Sandor agreed.

Bergenn said he would make the contacts Sandor requested. Raabe was still on a medical leave for the injuries he sustained during the operation in Pyongyang. He agreed to work from home, arranging for the equipment they would need. Then they planned to meet in three days in Curaçao.

Meanwhile, Sandor was going to take a short trip to visit a friend in St. Barths.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

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    There is no way it¿s possible to write a better book the third t

    There is no way it’s possible to write a better book the third time around, right?  WRONG!  This series is, without a doubt, epically amazing.  I am absolutely floored and left reeling from such an intensely dangerous and scary adventure with CIA agent Jordan Sandor.  His need for revenge takes him on a wild goose chase across the globe as he tries to track down a powerful villain who takes innocent lives without a second thought.  Determined to catch the monster that has killed someone close to him, Jordan works diligently and against all odds to pay his revenge and to also protect his country from terrorists and their biological weapons of destruction.

    Yet another thrill ride, Stephens has outdone himself with Jordan and his supporting cast of characters.  Their adventures are beyond words, made all the more intense by the idea that these are real people, doing so many of these very same things each and every day.  It leaves you with a deep appreciation and better understanding of those who serve our country.

    Seriously, if you’re looking for an amazing mystery/thriller series to dive in to, this one is an absolute must read.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

     Reviewed by Marie for Cocktails and Books

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    I do recommend this book to all those who like espionage

    I am sad to loose my two favorite authors this year. I will miss very much reading about the the characters in the books of Vince Flynn and Tom Clancey. That being said, after reading all 3 books by Jeffrey S. Stephens I can honestly say he is also a writer I can appreciate. I like his plots, however I think he should add a little depth to his characters. You don't really get to know them like you should. That is what I liked about the writings of Flynn. When you read about Mitch Rapp, you knew everything about him and it was easy to understand his goals as he came to life in the novels. All of the characters were interesting because of the background information he seemed to include at just the right time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    You won't put it down. Stephens locks you in from the first pag

    You won't put it down. Stephens locks you in from the first page and Jordon Sandor does not disappoint. A must read if you like thrillers.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

    FANTASTIC, WELL-WRITTEN, STORY. This is the 3rd book by this au

    FANTASTIC, WELL-WRITTEN, STORY. This is the 3rd book by this author I've read. HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading all 3: Targets of Deception, Targets of Opportunity and Targets of Revenge. The only thing is. . . you can't put them down once you start reading. Hope he is working on another book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Great adventure

    How national security should work

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    Jordan Sandor is a CIA Agent in his late thirties who is on a mi

    Jordan Sandor is a CIA Agent in his late thirties who is on a mission to stop a Venezuelan drug-runner and terrorist Rafael Cabello, known as Adina. After crash-landing in the heart of the Venezuelan jungle and infiltrating Adina’s secret compound, he learns that in addition to cocaine Adina is also manufacturing anthrax. After he manages to escape, finding out what Adina’s plans are takes Jordan to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and Adina’s co-worker, Russian mobster Roman (Ronny) Sudakov. Managing to foil an attempt on his life by Sudakov‘s men while on a diving expedition, Jordan flees Egypt and flies to Moscow to learn more about Sudakov and his activities but must survive still another plot to kill him. There even seems to be a leak that results in one of Jordan’s co-workers being killed. Will Jordan ever accomplish his mission? Can he even find out what Adina intends to do with the anthrax and where?

    Targets of Revenge is the third of author Jeffrey S. Stephens’s Jordan Sandor Series, after Targets of Deception and Targets of Opportunity. Not having read the first two, I felt somewhat as if I were stepping right into the middle of something. I will say that the politics in the book appears to be fairly conservative, and it is an interesting story with lots of suspense, but a great deal of killing occurs, although one almost expects that with this kind of book. However, I normally don’t read spy thriller novels because the vast majority of them are filled with scenes of sexual immorality and lots of foul language, but Targets of Revenge was sent to me by the publisher for review, so I read it. Unfortunately, this book is no exception to the norm. Of course, there are copious instances of drinking alcoholic beverages. Nearly every profanity, curse word, and vulgar term known to the English language, and perhaps a few other languages, are used. And the requisite examples of promiscuity are found.

    Early on in the book, Jordan meets up with an old friend on St. Barthelemy and mentions a mutual female acquaintance. The friend asks, “The one you spent the night with at Guanahani?” Jordan responds, “How indiscreet of you to mention that.” Then later on, in Sharm el-Sheikh an innocent and naive young New York model named Lilli Mindlovich, who is on vacation there, is sent by Sudakov to find Jordan in a bar and bring him to Sudakov’s yacht. Before they leave for the yacht, Jordan takes her to his hotel room where “They spent the next part of the next two hours exploring some of each other’s secrets—such as…a mutual affinity for long kisses, slow erotic movements, and each other. They finished creating a damp, tangled jigsaw puzzle of the sheets.” Not necessarily a pornographic description, but enough detail to let the reader know that fornication has been committed. After reading through Jordan’s little romp in bed with Lilli, I determined if there were any further sexual activity, I would quit reading. There was not, so I finished it, but the two mentioned were enough. I am not in the habit of recommending books that appear to glorify or glamorize immorality. When I received the book, I was hoping to be able to report about a nice, clean spy thriller novel that decent people could read without all the usual objectionable elements. Alas, I cannot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Welcome to Revengeclan's new camp

    Welcome to RC's new camp. We continue to possess our warriors territory but every book here is now ours as well. Members in second result. Join in res 3.-Dusk

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    Posted November 25, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    This is a must read if you enjoy the CIA/Special Ops/Thriller ge

    This is a must read if you enjoy the CIA/Special Ops/Thriller genre.  Best book of the series! 

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    The targets of revenge Jeffrey s Stephens Third book in the seri

    The targets of revenge Jeffrey s Stephens
    Third book in the series, and I feel terrible that I have to say it’s one of the books you should read in sequence of the series, I felt it was a bumpy start to the book, left with a bad impression that the character is not describe adequately, and the problems are mounting. I want more detail. Maybe it’s me more than the book; I am not interested in what type of gun, or three chapters on a glider crash. This is a Bond/ Bourne book, with thrilling gun fights and espionage book with many twists and turns. I have had a hard time connecting to the book, I would like to peruse the first book and see if I can get the details down.

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