When I saw that one of the bylines on the back of this book said “Move over Jason Bourne, I want Jordan Sandor”, I knew I had to give this novel a try. What a great choice that turned out to be. Stephens’ sophomore novel in the Jordan Sandor series carries us around the globe, visiting Iran, North Korea, St. Barthelemy, Washington D.C., and the Gulf of Mexico all in hot pursuit of a terrorist cell that poses a grave threat to the US. It’s a quick and exciting read that made my pulse quicken and rapidly turn the pages. I’ll definitely add Stephens to my list of authors to follow-up and read more of!
We are first introduced to Jordan Sandor after a series of events leads to the defection of a leading terrorist of the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps), Ahmad Jabar. Having had previous dealings with Jabar, Sandor is brought in to question him and learn more about what Jabar has to offer in return for political asylum. Moving on information from Jabar, as well as a highly placed agent in the DPRK (North Korea), Jordan and a crack team of three additional special forces agents infiltrate the DPRK to learn as much as they can about a suspected terror pact between North Korea and Venezuela. After a particularly rough time in the country, Sandor barely makes it out in time to discover that the wheels are already in motion for a deadly plot to attack American soil, spearheaded by a Venezuelan named Adina. To make matters worse, two of Sandor’s men remain under capture in North Korea, and a female North Korean agent who aided him is now at risk after Sandor was forced to escape the country with her. Will Sandor be able to attack all of these problems before it’s too late?
I love a good spy novel just as much as the next guy, but what I really enjoyed about Stephens work is the great attention to technical detail as well as the political discussion that he interjects into his work. You get a sense that he has throughly researched all the weapons, armaments, and other details that make the book great. His understanding of the diplomatic relations between North Korea and the rest of the world is thought-provoking, and his character Sandor is an awesome way to introduce some good old-fashioned badass attitude into the normally complex and not always fair relations that exist between the United States and countries known to harbor terrorists within their borders. All in all, Sandor is definitely a man you would want in your corner, and he always seems to say the things that one would want to say but would never have the guts to do so. James Bond-like comparisons aside, he does enjoy a good martini, but does specify that the only ingredients other than Grey Goose are a twist of lemon and a few shavings of ice. Nice. So, if you’re in the mood for a good international chase around the globe without leaving the comfort of your living room, give this a try. They don’t come any more badass than Jordan Sandor.
5 out of 5 Stars