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The Last Agent (Charles Jenkins, 2) Hardcover – September 22, 2020
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“The Last Agent brings Robert Dugoni’s latest stellar protagonist Charles Jenkins back to the page with spectacular results…More known for his psychological and legal thrillers, [Dugoni] seems to be channeling his inner Daniel Silva, or even John le Carre, here. That’s because the latest escapade in which Jenkins becomes embroiled sees him returning to his former spy haunts in Russia, literally going back into the cold as opposed to coming in from it…Espionage writing doesn’t get any better than Dugoni’s shrewd take on the state of U.S.-Russian relations, as he proves to be not just a literary jack of all trades, but a master of all of them.” —Providence Journal
“In bestseller Dugoni’s fast and furious sequel to 2019’s The Eighth Sister…Dugoni writes with such immediacy that readers will feel as if they’re standing alongside Jenkins as he contemplates his next death-defying move. Fans of espionage fiction are in for a high-octane thrill ride.” —Publishers Weekly
“Dugoni shows he can craft sensational characters and keep the plot moving along. Even behind enemy lines.” —Mystery & Suspense Magazine
“If you love international intrigue and spy thrillers, this heart-stopper is a must-read!” —Medium
“If you’re searching for a great international spy thriller, look no further. Stuffed with more action and espionage than most writers can cram into two books, Robert Dugoni’s The Last Agent is fast, unflinching, and absolutely fantastic.” —The Real Book Spy
“With well-written characters, fantastic plot, surprises every time you think you know what is coming and moments that will have your heart racing as if you’re the one in danger, you really can’t go wrong with the Charles Jenkins series.” —Looking Glass Reads
“All I can say is, wow. [Dugoni] knocked it way out of the park on this one.” —The Mountain Times
“A fast and fascinating read, this book should really please all of Dugoni’s fans…” —Mystery & Suspense Magazine
“The thriller equivalent of a Matryoshka nesting doll: an outer layer of geopolitics; a deeper layer of intricate spycraft; and at its center, an unlikely alliance to save a brave Russian asset from the worst fate imaginable.” —Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author
“Fast paced and mesmerizing from start to finish. Dugoni flawlessly executes one of the best spy novels I’ve read in years. The Last Agent grabs you and doesn’t let go—one twist and turn after the other had me tearing through the pages.” —Steven Konkoly, USA Today bestselling author
Praise for The Charles Jenkins Series and Robert Dugoni
“A gripping thriller…[The Eighth Sister] is destined to be a classic in the genre, and Dugoni is arguably one of the best writers in the field right now.” —Associated Press
“The Eighth Sister is a great mix of spycraft and classic adventure, with a map of Moscow in hand.” —Martin Cruz Smith, international bestselling author
“Feels so fresh and authentic we could see the story breaking in the headlines tomorrow.” —Mark Sullivan, bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky
“Dugoni delivers an exceptionally gripping spy thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Dugoni is a superb storyteller…” —Boston Globe
“[Dugoni] has outdone himself here, serving up a double-barrelled blast of action mixed with espionage in what’s perhaps his most unputdownable thriller yet…Treason, moles, and plenty of misdirection…Robert Dugoni’s The Eighth Sister is a high-stakes game between spies, and he doesn’t take his foot off the gas pedal for a second.” —The Real Book Spy
“With lean prose and spot-on local color, this plot-driven thriller pulses with tension and fraught escapes, the action capped by a courtroom drama as good as any from Grisham. A must-read for fans of legal thrillers and/or spy novels.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“If you’ve eagerly devoured [Dugoni’s] previous works for their cinematic pacing, tautly written thrills, and wonderfully developed characters, you’re in for all of that and so much more with [ The Eighth Sister].” —Bookreporter
About the Author
Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series, which has sold more than five million books worldwide; the David Sloane series; The Eighth Sister, the first book in the Charles Jenkins series; the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon, Damage Control, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, for which he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for the narration; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Book Award for fiction and the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award. He is a two-time finalist for the International Thriller Award, the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. His books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (September 22, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542014980
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542014984
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #311,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While “The Last Agent” can easily be read as a standalone, the main premise is a follow-up to the first book in this series, “The Eighth Sister,” bringing Charles Jenkins back to Moscow on another heart-pounding mission that’s tied to his past.
Though this is not typically my preferred genre, Robert Dugoni has made me a convert. Clearly, he has the Midas touch—because whatever he writes is absolutely golden. And “The Last Agent” is no exception. Pick it up and give it a try. If you love a good spy novel, you won’t be disappointed!!
BTW, for those who care. This tale is free of bloody gore and offensive language. A terrific read, and I absolutely recommend it!
Every tense and agonizing situation is followed by another, driving the plotline forward into a series of unpredictable life-threatening moments with uncertain outcomes. Yikes! So many sudden twists and turns in an endless string makes this a book you won't want to put down.
Tight action narratives and intense dialogues makes the pages fly by with characters you'll love and hate throughout each cat-and-mouse encounter. Somehow Robert Dugoni breathes new life into what easily my have been just another routine and redundant Russian-U.S. spy story.
Enjoyed the many surprises amid the brusque character interactions that added real depth and intrigue to the brisk storyline. The Audible supplemental narration helped the storytelling with the many Eastern European names and places, while bringing life and drama to each character's unique personality.
Rather than using explicit violence and foul language as cheap tricks to exaggerate the story for shock value, the author's strong writing drives the plot and reader interest. Well done!
Clearly worth a 4.5-star rating this exciting novel is a great weekend escape read you won't regret.
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If I have one slight quibble it is that, whilst in this story line there was a lot of excitement and near misses, these were in the end a bit overdone. I found myself groaning when I realised that there were yet more hoops for the hero to jump through before his ordeal was over. The plot is, like the previous (and first) Charles Jenkins thriller, a prolonged chase involving just about every mode of transport you could think of. I would love the next book in the series, for which the foundation has already been laid, to have a more complex storyline.
Having said that, I raced through this book and greatly enjoyed it. A really good author.
Well written with a great story line. Good returning characters. Descriptive scenes in all the countries mentioned. Great action. Well worth reading and for me personally looking forward to a follow up
A little about Dugoni first. Although I am British and the nearest I have come to Seattle is passing through the airport a couple of times I feel I know the area intimately. Dugoni has a fantastic intimate style that makes you feel like you are there, walking the streets with his characters and living the bumps, humps and traumas along their journeys. His story lines are at times simplistic, at times extremely complex but always gripping. You might feel you know where the story is going but you are often wrong. However right or wrong you enjoy the journey.
The two Charles Jenkins books are different from other Dugoni stories taking you away from Seattle to more exotic locations. You fear for Jenkins safety, regret his stupid bravery, feel for his family and hope for his success. Dugoni paints the pictures of Russia, Norway, Turkey and Greece as he does Seattle.
It is no wonder Robert Dugoni is such a successful Amazon writer. I strongly recommend any of his books but this Charles Jenkins series in particular. It takes a bit to get started but once you do you won't regret it. Excellent fast moving counter espionage intrigue.
The story is of an older CIA agent trying to track down and rescue a Russian who was thought to have died in an accident while on a mission. Are they still alive, in prison? One problem is that the American is very tall and black, and about 1% of the Russian population is black, he will find it hard to blend in. Plus there are an awful lot of surveillance cameras in Moscow.
Exciting stuff. One thing I did appreciate was that policemen and guards, doing their job don't get gunned down leaving a trail of bodies. So yes, a good read.
I’ve thought about this and realise this book (book 2) is every bit as brilliant as book 1. Yet I should have paused for a week or two. You can only take so much of a great thing. Tad like watching comedy, a good comedy film never lasts more than 1 hour 40 minutes.
I conclude therefore that I was just too excited and should have controlled myself. Yet for the avoidance of doubt - a great high paced read.