Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: Targets of Opportunity by Jeffrey S. Stephens

Targets of Opportunity by Jeffrey S. Stephens
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: August 30, 2011

When a senior member of Iranian military group defects, the CIA is wary but hopeful.  Asking for Agent Jordan Sandor does nothing to set the CIA at ease.  Abu Jaber intimates knowledge of a new terror plot afoot. When a plane blows up followed by the takeover of a French surveillance site in the Caribbean, every one starts to take him a little more seriously.  Now everyone is scrambling for the merest inkling of the plot.  Coming up with a plan is difficult when you barely know your opponent and can't ascertain his point - especially when he is a master strategist.

Jaber's wife is picked up by the Iranians and offered the option of finding her husband and turning him over to Iranian authorities.  Not knowing whether he has abandoned her or has a larger plan at work, she jumps at a chance to leave Iran and confront him.  Caught in the crossfire, Jordan and his team begin to ascertain the real puppet master for this plot.  A mystery man from South America renowned for his philosophy and economic theories but rejected for the extreme actions needed to fulfill his ultimate goal.  Once they figure out who is behind the plot all the pieces start coming together and the team is able to aim their limited resources in the most appropriate manner.  The realization that a nuclear weapon is spurs the team into furious action. On a dark and stormy night, everything came to a head.  Only the extremely brave and skillful action s of some Navy Seals avert major disaster.

Having never read a Jordan Sandor novel, I had no idea what to expect.  I got a fast paced action thriller that incorporates ripped from the headlines facts.  Even though the book is over 400 pages, the action was continuous and constant making the story seem way shorter.  The basic plot, a terrorist anti-US alliance between two countries is scarily realistic.  All that being said this book was ridiculous in some ways.  The bad guys all die in really theatrical ways.  Jordan is able to muscle his way out of one of the most surveilled and controlled countries pretty much spur of the moment.  He's always going according to his own plan.  The finale is the perfect storm literally, but everything works out.

**This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.**

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