The Eighth Sister

The Eighth Sister

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"Former CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy. Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters. Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital. But when he finds the mastermind agent behind the assassination--the so-called eighth sister--she is not who or what he was led to believe. Then again, neither is anyone else in this deadly game of cat and mouse."--
Publisher: Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781503903036
Characteristics: 465 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 8th sister


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Nov 16, 2019

Seattle area based lawyer ROBERT DUGONI has produced another extremely fast paced book, THE EIGHTH SISTER. It combines his talent as an international bestselling legal thriller writer with a new found ability to write espionage adventures. In this book, Dugoni features Charlie Jenkins, a long retired C.I.A. spy, who had cameo appearances in the David Sloane legal dramas.

After a short but unremarkable career in the spy agency, Jenkins retired to Camano Island about one hour north of Seattle, Washington. He sets himself up as a private investigator and security expert, most often working for attorney David Sloane. Eventually, Charlie marries Alex and they have a son C.J. The couple form a small multinational security firm. Its largest client has fallen behind on its payments to C.J. Security and Jenkins goes into debt to keep the business running. And Alex is about to have baby number two.

Along comes Carl Emerson, his former C.I.A. boss whom he has not seen in three or four decades. Carl offers Charlie a lot of money to do one more mission for the C.I.A. Jenkins is to go to Russia and make contact with the F.S.B., successor to the infamous KGB (Vladimir Putin’s former employer). His bona fides for this mission includes two names of deceased U.S. double agents who had been working in Russia.

The mission is jinxed from the start and Jenkins is forced to flee Russia through a back door. His escape takes him to the Black Sea, Turkey and the Greek island of Chios. Arriving safely back in Seattle, Charlie is arrested by the F.B.I. and charged with treason. His trial is handled by none other than David Sloane and his son Jake. No spy has ever been acquitted at a trial in the U.S. There is one courtroom scene that I predict will become a classic.

I highly recommend this combination spy thriller and courtroom drama. It is 400 pages long but I read it in a week of two hour binges.

Aug 03, 2019

Excellent read, definitely a page turner, he keeps the pace moving along non-stop. This is the first novel I've read by Dugoni, and it will not be the last. Huge amount of legal and other research must have been done to write this, very impressive.

Jun 25, 2019

I. Loved. This. Book. Robert Dugoni never fails me! Espionage. Misdirection. Leaks. What a page-turner! The pacing had me on the edge of my seat! How I loved learning more about Charles Jenkins. (I also loved finding out his character is based on Mr. Dugoni's college roommate.) It was fantastic to encounter Sloane again and to see him do his stuff in the courtroom. I want to read more, more, more about Charlie. Alex, their kids, David Sloane, and his son Jake. (Fascinating, too, reading about the Hotel Rossiya, which housed all foreigners during the Soviet reign. Once socialism collapsed, a new owner sought to renovate and reopen the hotel, but upon beginning construction, he discovered that the walls contained cameras, listening devices, and pipes to distribute gas to the rooms!)

May 19, 2019

Another very good Dugoni read. Local author with action taking place mostly in the Puget Sound. He always keeps you turning the pages and has a surpising ending. Good book.

May 13, 2019

This is a stand alone that ties in to the author’s David Sloane series. Charlie Jenkins is the MC, a former CIA agent whose past comes back to haunt him.

Forty years ago, Charlie walked away from his career after a case left him disillusioned & disgusted with the job. Now he lives on a farm in Washington state with his wife & son & runs a private security firm. Money is tight, especially with another baby on the way.

So when his old CIA handler shows up with a paying proposition, it gets Charlie’s attention. The job: go to Moscow for the security firm, make contact with the FSB (new KGB) & convince them he’s a disgruntled former CIA agent with info for sale. His real task is to identify a Russian agent who is killing long time American assets. Sure. What could possibly go wrong?

Oh man, where to start……Suffice to say things don’t go as planned & on his second trip to Moscow, Charlie finds himself running for his life. But what he doesn’t realize is getting home in one piece is only half the battle.

The first 60% is a rip-roaring tale of espionage with all the proper ingredients. Clandestine meetings, deadly Russians, Gorky Park & lots of vodka. There’s even a femme fatale. Charlie has to draw on old skills as he tries to evade a determined FSB agent & make it back to the States.

It’s a tense, wild ride & we all breathe a collective sigh of relief when he makes it home. But maybe don’t pop the champagne just yet. Seriously, this guy cannot buy a break. I don’t want to give away too much about the second act but at this point, action switches to the court room after Charlie is arrested. He calls on old friend/lawyer David Sloane to defend him in what is literally a hopeless case that could put him away for life.

Dugoni excels at creating clever suspense populated with well developed characters. In Charlie, we get a sympathetic MC, a man with integrity who just wants to provide for his family. The surrounding cast is an interesting mix & it can be a challenge to tell the good guys from the bad. One of the standouts was Viktor, a burly FSB agent who I became quite fond of.

All in all, it’s an entertaining read full of twists that will keep you turning the pages.


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