Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Title: Targets of Deception
Author: Jeffrey Stephens
action-filled novel with much excitement from the opening pages
throughout the entire book. After putting it down I'm ready for
Jordan Sandor resigned from the CIA following the September 11th disaster and the subsequent fall of Saddam Hussein as leader of Iraq. He is called back into action when it is discovered that there is a conspiracy to commit other acts of terror using poison gas. The story begins when Jordan and a friend, Dan Peters, are driving through New York State to meet a former operative who has defected to the other side and they come upon a policeman who has been killed by two assassins who are supposedly working for an al-Queda cell that is looking for the person Jordan and Dan are going to meet. Soon after, it is discovered that the man everyone was seeking was killed and Jordan is sent on a quest to find the persons responsible. Jordan follows the trail of the assassins from New York to Florida where there is another confrontation with gunmen. On to Paris and then to a small town on the Italian cost called Portofino. He is helped by a friend of the dead agent along with a girl who has presented herself as the agent's half-sister. But, it is difficult to trust anyone so he is mostly on his own and has to rely on his own skills as a former operative to find and uncover plans of attacks on the United States. Jordan finds that the master mind behind all this is a former agent who worked with him previously and the the plot takes you on a merry-go-round that doesn't stop until the last page.
This is an extraordinary book. It is also a first novel for Mr. Stephens and I'm sure that he will be hard-pressed to equal it. From the opening passage in New York to the end the characters are forever on the run. The adventure never stops and believe me, you won't be able to put it down. I highly recommend this book to all mystery/thriller/adventure readers. The writing is first class and much better than many of the books that are out there for sale right now. The story is great and you will get so involved that you cannot wait for the ending which is spectacular. Can't wait for the next one.