The Wayward Target
by Susan Ouellette
April 17 – May 12, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
When a price is placed on her head, Maggie must face the terroristic mastermind to save her lover’s life without betraying her most loyal friend.
Evil Triumphs Only if Good Women Do Nothing
A year after hunting down the terrorist who killed her fiancé, CIA analyst Maggie Jenkins finds herself with a price on her head. In retaliation for chasing and killing an elite member of a terrorist cell, Maggie now is on the hitlist of the mastermind behind numerous terrorist attacks.
With Maggie’s movements severely restricted by the presence of a round-the-clock security detail, it’s up to her boss, Warner Thompson, and CIA officer Roger Patterson to find and eliminate the terrorist who stalks her. But when a shadowy Russian operative surfaces and presents Maggie with intel that might lead her to the man who orchestrated her fiancé’s death, she can no longer watch from the sidelines. Is she willing to risk her growing relationship with Roger, Warner’s career, and her own life to finally get justice and bring down a major terrorist cell?
is another good spy adventure featuring Maggie. The action in this
novel is based on the previous one in the series. In that book,
Maggie was involved in killing a Russian operative. Maggie’s
involvement had been kept secret as the CIA knew she would be a
target of revenge if identified. In this novel we see the disaster
that can happen when a senator demands such knowledge and then
novel brings out the issue of the tension between congresspeople and
agencies like the CIA or FBI. Secrecy rubs some congresspeople the
wrong way. But secrecy is necessary if successful operations are to
be carried out. We become privy to some underlying motives behind the
senator’s unbridled mouth. It was interesting to see how one person
with congressional power could frustrate and almost derail necessary
action by the CIA.
is a good deal of action in this novel since Maggie’s life is in
danger. There is more action when Maggie decides to take matters into
her own hands. She is a capable woman. I think she needs to be
promoted from her analyst position to a full blown spy.
hope Maggie is not over fighting villains as I’ll be looking for
another in the series.
rating: 4/5 stars.
You can read my book review of the earlier book in the series, The Wayward Assassin.
Genre: Espionage Thriller
Published by: CamCat Publishing
Publication Date: April 2023
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780744308723 (ISBN10: 0744308720)
Series: The Wayward Series, Book 3 | Each is a Stand-Alone
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookShop.org | Goodreads | CamCat Books
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Susan Ouellette was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, where she studied international relations and Russian language and culture at both Harvard University and Boston University. As the Soviet Union teetered on the edge of collapse, she worked as an intelligence analyst at the CIA, where she earned a commendation for her work done during the failed 1991 Soviet coup. Subsequently, Susan worked on Capitol Hill as a professional staff member for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).
It was there in the Capitol Building, during quiet moments, that Susan conceived of Maggie Jenkins, an intrepid female character thrust into a dangerous situation borne of tragedy. Next came the threads of a plot, and from that blossomed her first espionage thriller, The Wayward Spy.
Susan lives on a farm outside of Washington, D.C., with her husband, three boys, cats, chickens, turkeys, and too many honeybees to count. In her spare time, she loves to read, root for Boston sports teams, and spend time staring out at the ocean on the North Carolina coast.
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