Review – The Eighth Sister (Charles Jenkins #1)

The Eighth Sister (Charles Jenkins #1)
By: Robert Dugoni
Release Date: April 9th, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Charles Jenkins

I admit, I’m always hesitant when it comes espionage stories. They can be so hit or miss but as I’ve read and enjoyed Dugoni’s other series, Tracy Crosswhite, I gave this one a go. And I was not disappointed.

I have to say, other than Dugoni’s skill, I was drawn to this by the concept, one that I feel isn’t exactly your standard spy story. Our main character, Charles Jenkins, is a retired CIA office in his sixties. While not overweight or completely soft in his retirement, it was a nice change to the standard “young, sexy spy” cliche that I see everywhere.

I have to say Charles Jenkins as a character was likable but not made to appear perfect. He knows he’s risking a lot returning to the field but the money offered to him is hard to resist, let alone the potential threat he may be eliminating. However, when thing s go sideways he finds himself without any allies and abandoned by his own government which is also ready to deny his connection to them and let him die. It’s the classic race against time and fate to come out of this scenario alive.

It’s hard to discuss this book without giving anything away and you should enjoy the plot twists as they come to you while reading. I have to say Dugoni’s writing style is perfectly on show here and while I enjoy his quick witted characters and the crazy plot this line stuck out to me the most in the book and I’ve remembered it all these months later.

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. Origin Debated.

I’ll definitely need to read book number two, The Last Agent, which is due to be released in October 2020. I’ll have to get reviews up for the Tracy Crosswhite series so you can understand how amazing Dugoni is (if you aren’t aware already) but, until then, trust me that you won’t be disappointed by The Eighth Sister. Dugoni has published at least twenty novels and is a New York Times Bestseller and I have to say, between Tracy Crosswhite and Charles Jenkins I understand the hype.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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