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Rogue Mission: A Jordan Sandor Thriller by Jeffrey S. Stephens

 

"I hadn’t completed reading Jeffrey Stephens’ Rogue Mission before I knew one thing. I was going to download the previous Jordan Sandor books and get caught up on this fascinating series. My files now already include Stephens’ Targets of Opportunity, Targets of Deception, and Targets of Revenge.

Admittedly, it’s hard for any new espionage/political thriller to find a place in a glutted genre. But there are many good reasons to include Rogue Mission in your reading list. For me, field agent Jordan Sandor and the company he keeps, and the company he works for, are more three-dimensional characters than many similar literary counterparts. It was good to read a story without all the usual interagency turf wars that pit hero against his superiors, his department against other agencies.

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All the good guys seem to be focused on common goals without ego or self-serving pride. One delight was Stephens’ dialogue. Conversations sound like conversations and not merely means to explain what is going on. I liked the analytical intelligence shown in most of the leads. For example, Sandor figures out Bermuda law enforcement dropped the ball when investigating a death by not finding out whether or not a British doctor had actually written a suspicious prescription. That’s the sort of detail that’s not typical of many such yarns.

Naturally, in a novel with the typical geopolitical scope of such stories, we hop along on many globe-trotting jaunts to Washington, New York, Bermuda, London, Paris, Iraq, and Syria. We’re taken to Five-Star Hotels and luxurious receptions for the rich and connected and into dangerous camps for Syrian refugees. The descriptions of such settings is adequate, meaning readers won’t experience much in exotic detail that’s more common to other authors. . .

In short, ROGUE MISSION should satisfy readers familiar with this genre who’ll be happy with Stephens’ stylistic gifts with character interaction and fresh takes on old tropes. More, please..."

Dr. Wesley Britton - BOOKPLEASURES.COM

Get ready for a wild action-packed adventure in this latest Jordan Sandor thriller!

 

"CIA agent Sandor travels the world trying to discover who secretly planted and detonated bombs in a courthouse that killed several people, including his friend, Judge Jim O'Hara. The blast is even more personal because it nearly took his life too. He's smart, tough as nails and isn't one to be pushed around yet he's still human.

As he embarks on the mission he realizes he can't do it alone so he asks for the help of several of his friends and colleagues including an ex girlfriend who works for the CIA also.

ROUGE MISSION is a sexy, high energy, well calculated story with a quickening pace that will keep you riveted to the end."

 

Forris Day Jr.
Host of “Coffee Shop Conversations” podcast and writer for AntixPress.com

Review from Coffee Shop Conversations

As with all Jeffrey S. Stephens’ novels this one will keep you turning the pages all the way to its explosive finale.

 

Mar 11, 2016

"In the latest thriller by bestselling author Jeffrey S. Stephens, CIA agent Jordan Sandor is on a mission that blends non-stop suspense, intrigue and danger.
”Rogue Mission” (Post Hill Press, $26.00/hardcover) takes readers on a mission more complex and with more at stake for Sandor than any he has ever faced. From Bermuda to the United Kingdom, from France to the deserts of Iraq, Jordan must face down villains both known and unknown, recognized and hidden, as he struggles to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. 



Needing help as never before, Sandor calls upon his usual group of talented associates, as well as top CIA analyst Beth Sharrow, a former lover still willing to risk her life and career to help Sandor. The action begins on the first page and does not end until the explosive climax.

As with all Jeffrey S. Stephens’ novels this one will keep you turning the pages all the way to its explosive finale. You simply will not be able to put this book down."

Joint Forces Journal

"ROGUE MISSION" is the stuff from which Hollywood blockbuster movies are made!

 

"CIA agent Jordan Sandor is on a mission that blends non-stop suspense, intrigue and danger. His mission is more complex and has more at stake than any he has faced before. From Bermuda to the United Kingdom, from France to the deserts of Iraq, Jordan must face down villains both known and unknown, recognized and hidden, as he struggles to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. Needing help as never before, Sandor calls upon his usual group of talented associates, as well as top CIA analyst Beth Sharrow, a former lover still willing to risk her life and career to help Sandor.  A riveting read from first page to last, "ROGUE MISSION" is the consummate action/adventure novel by a master of the storytelling arts.  Very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections, "ROGUE MISSION" is the stuff from which Hollywood blockbuster movies are made!"

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief - Wisconsin Bookwatch
http://www.midwestbookreview.com

Superb spy story!

"An author with so much talent writing an exciting, very understandable and comprehensive story for everyone."

Conrad David Brillantes - Editor-In-Chief - The Montreal Tribune

The pace of the book is Bourne-like.

Stephens lays out his story in orderly fashion, with one action scene neatly following another.
Kirkus Reviews

5 out of 5 Stars

I have to say, this prequel to Targets of Opportunity is just as exciting as the first work. Stephens has a way with the plot that makes reading his works super exciting. The initial crack of action drew me in right away, and the slow build to the exciting finish had all the great drama and character development of a great action movie. Sandor has the intelligence smarts of Jason Bourne and the cocky swagger of James Bond. As I stated in my review of Stephens’ previous work, I really enjoy how Stephens’ knowledge of politics and the quasi-military aspects of Sandor’s background really enhance the story. His inclusion of specifics on Middle East / US relations, especially post-9/11, were great and informative. They fleshed out Traiman’s character, and made the threat that much more creditable. In all, it read like the smart spy thriller that I knew it would be. I can’t wait for Targets of Revenge to see what mess Jordan can get into next!
Reflections of a Book Addict

Smoothly written ....

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.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Targets of Opportunity” is a fast-paced thriller.

Jeffrey Stephens’ fluidly written novel, with its short chapters, muscular prose, and realistic dialogue, achieves an action rhythm, a breathlessness, which propels the storyline forward from the opening page. The heroic, quick thinking Jordan Sandor is someone who risks life and limb to do the right thing. Move over, Jack Reacher.
THE RESIDENT

“Targets of Revenge” is like a big summer action movie.

It has the general atmosphere of a Roger Moore Bond film.
Suspense Magazine

Very smooth.

This is a one-day read because you will be unable to put it down.
Feathered Quill Book Reviews

This book was an amazing read

This book was an amazing read and is one that I would highly recommend all fans of adventure, mystery, and intrigue to pick up at your local store or online today!
Dad of Divas

The novel reads like the early work of Robert Ludlum

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.

Targets of Revenge leaves your heart pounding

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.

In Stephens's solid second John Sandor thriller [TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY]…The explosive finale will leave readers more than satisfied

The CIA agent with a reputation as a loose cannon relentlessly pursues a nebulous group of terrorists planning a major attack on the U.S. While it first appears the plotters are Iranians, Sandor's investigation points to North Korea and Venezuela also being involved. A mission into North Korea results in the capture of a high-level government official as well as the death of one of Sandor's team. When the terrorists initially attack in the French West Indies--a commercial jet is blown up and a secret communications post is destroyed--Sandor suspects these outrages are meant to distract from the main attack. He keeps following the trail, annoying his government bosses with his sometimes extreme methods, until he ends up off the coast of Baytown, Tex., where everyone except Sandor thinks the strike is going down. The explosive finale will leave readers more than satisfied.

If you enjoy thrillers that focus on international terrorism, you'll find this novel much to your liking

Jeffrey Stephens knows how to spin a good adventure yarn and give it a plausible ring that makes it as hair-raising and alarming as it is authentic.

This book is packed with action and fits the thriller genre perfectly

Targets of Opportunity is great for thriller, action, and intrigue/mystery enthusiasts… The events are super fast-paced and the plot is terrific, the reader will be following Sandor who is on a ticking time bomb mission.  This book is terrific for adults. A FIVE STAR REVIEW

The stupendous second Sandor thriller is a great action tale

The stupendous second Sandor thriller (see Targets of Deception) is a great action tale as the renegade CIA agent causes his superiors to name their respective hemorrhoids after him. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the protagonist interviews Jaber and never slows down as the hero tries to prevent a catastrophe with too many Targets of Opportunity for one if not more axis of evil partners. Readers will relish this taut suspense thriller as time is running out on the Americans.

A perfect all day read!

A wonderful read, just like the first book, that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.  Very fast-paced, with believable characters. A perfect all day read.
Feathered Quill Book Reviews - September 27, 2011
http://www.featheredquill.com/reviews/mystery/stephens.shtml

Stephens will keep you engrossed to the end

Stephens takes current events, mixes them with common thriller and suspense tropes and ends up with a fast paced political thriller that will keep you engrossed to the end.

Targets of Opportunity is a plot-driven, action-heavy thriller that will appeal to fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor.

An Iranian assassin arrives in Washington, D.C., with a secret and appears ready to defect to the CIA. Top agent Jordan Sandor has dealt with this assassin before and barely survived. When they meet, Sandor doesn't believe a word he says. Still, Sandor's superiors order him to follow the lead. The information points to North Korea, where terrorists are plotting a major attack on the U.S. (A deal seems to have been struck in which Middle Eastern terrorists will take the blame for the attack.) Sandor and his men arrive in North Korea for a preemptive strike, but it all goes bad, leaving some of his team members dead. Can the survivors both foil the attack and escape North Korea? This plot-driven, action-heavy thriller will appeal to fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor.

Terror On the Riviera!

Move over Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer, and Jack Ryan—a new agent is locked, loaded and ready to save the world from terrorism. In Jeffrey S. Stephens' debut novel a former CIA operative Jordan Sandor is lured back into action when he uncovers an al-Qaeda plot to kill millions using VX nerve gas and soon realizes he may be the only one who can thwart it. This stellar, non-stop thriller journeys from a sleepy upstate New York town to Miami, Paris, and eventually the Italian Riviera village of Portofino, reminding us that terror can lurk its head in even the world's most jet-set hot sports. Perfect for the next flight on your own globetrotting adventure, Deception will only leave you hoping for the inevitable sequels.
CITY MAGAZINE, October 2007 issue

A must-read!

Targets of Deception is a must-read, full of intrigue, that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. (full review)
Joint Forces Journal

It will keep you on the edge of your seat!

It will keep you on the edge of your seat and not wanting to put the book down until you finish.
(Full Review)
Kitty Conley (www.post-trib.com), The Star
http://www.post-trib.com

A fast moving action thriller!

Targets of Deception” is a fast moving action thriller that is scarily realistic. If you like spys killing and murder like I do, you will love “Targets of Deception.
TracyReaderDad Review
http://tracyreaderdad.com/blog/

A must-read tale of worldwide peril and intriguing double-cross!

In The TARGETS OF DECEPTION, adventure writer Jeff Stephens connects with a must-read tale of worldwide peril and intriguing double-cross.
William F. Brown, author of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, THE WIZ

An intricate, suspense-filled plot!

From his opening line, Stephens weaves an intricate, suspense-filled plot that propels the reader to the final page.
Jean Stone - Author of TRUST FUND BABIES, GOOD LITTLE WIVES, THREE TIMES A CHARM

A thriller that grabs your attention from the first page!

A thriller that grabs your attention from the first page, then takes you on a suspenseful ride as ex-CIA agent Jordan Sandor races against time to prevent a world-wide terrorist plot.
Howard Kaminsky • Bestselling author THE GLOW, THE STORYTELLER, TALENT

A novel that could make the movie of the decade!

Jeffrey Stephens has written a novel that many are saying would make the movie of the decade.
Evliving.com Book Reviews

It is an edge-of-the-seat adventure!

It is an edge-of-the-seat adventure with an energy that never stops
Todaysgrocer.com - Book Reviews

MOVE OVER JASON BOURNE, I WANT JORDAN SANDOR

MOVE OVER JASON BOURNE, I WANT JORDAN SANDOR  - I not only enjoyed the book, but also liked the character of Jordan Sandor . . . there is humor and a very human kindness, too.
Romantictimes.com - Book Review

Jeffrey Stephens takes the reader on a fast-paced tale of international intrigue and suspense!

Jeffrey Stephens takes the reader on a fast-paced tale of international intrigue and suspense in this, his first novel. With a terrific lead character in Jordon Sandor, and many plot twists, I look forward to watching Stephens develop as a top-notch author.
Steve Alten, NY Times best-selling author of Meg and The Shell Game

Jeff Stephens is a writer to watch!

Jeff Stephens is a writer to watch. His first book is a very solid, fast paced thriller that carries the reader on a globe-trotting adventure into the world of counter-terrorism. We will want more of CIA agent Jordan Sandor.
Robert K. Tanenbaum Bestselling Author MALICE, COUNTERPLAY, FURY

Jeffrey Stephens has arrived!

Jeffrey Stephens has arrived with a ripping, good yarn of intrigue that will keep you turning the pages all the way to its explosive ending.
#1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Vince Flynn

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