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Targeted: Deadly Ops, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories - which include the woman he let get away years ago. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he's never been able to forget, he could reach out and touch her - if only she weren't under suspicion.

When Sophie Moreno uncovers evidence linking the medical supply company she works for with arms smuggling - and worse - she doesn't know who to turn to. After a shocking betrayal, she realizes that the only person she can trust is a mysterious new person in the company - a man with hauntingly familiar eyes. As Sophie questions her intense attraction to this man and Jack struggles not to blow his cover, the two of them race against the clock to stop terrorists from killing scores of people - starting with them.

Contains mature themes.

©2013 Katie Reus (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Nonstop action, a solid plot, good pacing and riveting suspense make for truly edge-of-your-seat excitement." (Melanie Bates, RT Book Reviews)

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    Amy Cameron K/W 12-28-14
    Amy Cameron K/W 12-28-14
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    "AWESOME STORY LINE!"
    Where does Targeted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the shelf at the moment. Sophie Eastlake is awesome at bringing Katie Reus' book to life as she reads it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed getting to know Jack Stone in Targeted. I find myself drawn to Levi. Curious about his story and all he is getting in to.


    What does Sophie Eastlake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sophie brings character. She is an amazing reader..knows just when to pause or raise her voice. You really get a feel for the scenery with her narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was drawn in. Did not want to put down my ipad. Found myself emotionally connected to Sophie. She had been through so much.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must have in your collection!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melody May Oklahoma, USA 01-20-15
    Melody May Oklahoma, USA 01-20-15

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    "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Targeted the most enjoyable?

    I had read the book prior to listening to the story, but the narrator was able to do a fantastic job on reading. She was able to do a great job with both male and female parts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Targeted?

    The restaurant scene, where Sophie and Jack try to escape without getting shot at.


    Have you listened to any of Sophie Eastlake’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Sophie Eastlake's performance and I thought she had done a great job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes! If I could do this in one sitting I totally would.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BookLover 01-17-15
    BookLover 01-17-15
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    "Riveting, action packed & emotion filled story"
    Where does Targeted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my second audio book and mind you, by the same author but I'm going to rate it as my favorite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Targeted is the first book in the Deadly Ops Series and I have to say it’s become my favorite of Katie Reus’ contemporary stories. It starts with a lot emotion from the beginning, giving a few glimpses of life a soldier and what they may have to give up for the greater good. Then life moves on as normal for the rest of us, including those that were once a part of their life. That was the case of Jack Stone. He gave up a life in order to become one of the best NSA agents but hurt her beloved, Sophie Moreno, in the process.
    Sophie thinks her high school sweet heart, Sam, is dead and has never been able to love again. As an adult, he works for a company that makes deliveries medical supplies but notices that something is not right and investigates on her own, making herself a target of a terrorist organization. Jack was sent to investigate how the company was involved with the terrorists and because of their past history; however she doesn't know Jack is the same person as the man she thinks dead. The same of his arrival he ends up saving Sophie and a never ending chase is started to discover who wants her dead, who’s behind conspiring with the terrorists, who’s the mole passing information about Sophie, at the same time that Sophie thinks she’s going crazy because she can’t stop thinking about Sam every time she looks at Jack! If that wasn't enough, it seems they are both being betrayed by people they considered close friends, and people Sophie cares about are being hurt and held hostage.
    However at the heart of it all is the love that never died. There is attraction between Jack and Sophie but there are times she wonders if it’s because he reminds him so much of Sam or if it’s because she was attracted to Jack. The fact they didn't just give into the attraction made the story believable. The tension was there but it was coherent with the characters and the story. And when it finally happened, it felt realistic. Although I’m becoming a fan of Ms. Eastlake’s amazing narration, I’m buying this book in print because I want to read this book at my own pace and recreate this world again with my own voice.


    What about Sophie Eastlake’s performance did you like?

    I like her soft but clear voice. She takes great care in emphasizing the voices for each character and I could tell who was the one speaking before she actually said it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jack is thinking about the last time she saw Sophie and how she blamed him for her being assaulted. And then she apologized for what she said, knowing that it was not her fault indeed but she was hurt. That showed how young and naive they both were and how much they needed each other.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely be buying more books from Katie Reus and listening more from Sophie Eastlake.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts Virginia 12-22-14

    I am Tammy Payne. I am an avid book reader and I also have a book blog :)

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    "Your past can often haunt you"
    Would you listen to Targeted again? Why?

    Yes I loved this story


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Sophie knew in her heart who Jack really was.


    Which character – as performed by Sophie Eastlake – was your favorite?

    Jack she did a great job


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Things are not always what they seem


    Any additional comments?

    Truly loved listening to this book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Andersson Hoor,Sweden 12-18-14
    Marie Andersson Hoor,Sweden 12-18-14
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    "Great Romantic Suspense!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    It is so good!:) The narrator does a great job with this story.:)


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Katie write about terrorists in an interesting way.She let you spend time in their heads and therefore make you understand why they are terrorists.It is not just black and white.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing at all! Her different voices are great.She made this story feel alive!:)


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I recommend you listen to Katie Reus's other books because they are also good!:) I am looking forward the next audio book in this series! :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Willoughby, OH, United States 01-19-15
    Rosemary Willoughby, OH, United States 01-19-15
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    "Targeted For Love"

    Katie Reus has written a sexy, suspenseful story that will hook you immediately. Jack Stone works for a secret government agency, the NSA. Since Sophie Moreno, the woman he loved, left him, work has been his life. Wesley Burkhart, his commanding officer, wants him to face his demons. He sends him to investigate SBMS which is where Sophie works. He is undercover but she doesn't know him or trust him. He had surgery to change his appearance. Sophie suspects something is wrong and investigates. Now she knows too much. A killer wants her dead but Jack will protect her with his life. Their danger intensifies and comes from unexpected places. Will Jack and Sophie survive these threats and have a chance for a HEA? This book is the first in a new series, A Deadly OPS novel. Jack Stone and Sophie Moreno are a well matched pair. When they're together sparks fly. Both are intelligent and determined. I was intrigued by Wesley and would like to know more about him. I loved the constant plot twists. The ending is a surprise. I highly recommend this book. Sophie Eastlake makes the story come alive with her wonderful narration. I love audiobooks. They give depth and emotion to the story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon CustomerBeliever 07-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love It"

    Ms Reus does not disappoint. What do you do when you are assigned to guard the one woman who holds your heart but your face and identity have been changed and she believes you are dead. You object harshly but you protect her anyway. This is another story that shows how being a protector has great benefits. As time goes by and they are thrown together in many situations the truth comes to the surface. Does he get the girl? Does she find out who he is? Is he her Sam from childhood who protected her as she traveled through the foster system? Listen to or read the book. You will enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 07-27-15
    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 07-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice suspense/ romance"

    This is my first book by Reus and I liked it. It is for light listening. Not too hard core suspense or romance but a nice blend. I would say it leans more heavily toward romance than suspense. The narrator was good but all of her male voices are the same. Just a husky voice tone. It was worth my credit but nothing to rave about. Sometimes I like a lighter tone in books between more intense ones

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lacey Templeton 07-01-15
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    "Okay but repetitive"

    I normally wouldn't go for this type of book, but it was on sale. It wasn't a terrible story but I just have to comment and warn future readers: the number of times the author says "randy teenager" "damn sure" and "damn well" is so irritating! I began to get distracted by it! Other than that it's fine to pass the time...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 06-29-15
    Leiah Golden, CO, United States 06-29-15 Member Since 2015

    So, I Read This Book Today . . .

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    "Well written romantic suspense-strong characters"

    “And I've fallen.

    So hard.

    I've hit the ground. Gone right through it. Never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I've felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I've known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I've seen things that cannot be unseen.

    And yet I've known nothing like this terrible, horrible, paralyzing feeling. I feel crippled. Desperate and out of control. And it keeps getting worse. Every day I feel sick. Empty and somehow aching.

    Love is a heartless bastard.” - ― Tahereh Mafi, Destroy Me

    A bad start to a book can stop my read in its tracks, and this one started out, well, bad. Not because the writing is bad, it isn’t, but because I thought it was going to be just another series of bedroom calisthenics with no real story to back it up. Thankfully, the premise sounded promising, so I gave it a couple of chapters to see if it would be worth reading.

    I am glad I did. Targeted surprised me – in a good way. The story, once you get past the immediate problem, is tightly written, well-paced, and surprisingly free of excessive nookie at the cost of story. That doesn’t mean that this isn’t a ‘romantic suspense’ – but it does mean that it is much more suspense than romance, which is just what I like.

    The premise is interesting – not ‘Oh, I have never seen that before’ interesting, but though I have seen it done before, I have never seen it done this well before. Sophie Moreno had a hard life growing up. A very hard life, until she met Sam. Placed in the same foster home, Sophie and Sam form an unbreakable bond. But when placed separately for their last months in the system, and Sophie is brutally raped by her new foster father while her new foster mother stands by, Sophie is broken, unable to bear the agony and shame she feels. And the pain of Sam not being there to protect her from the monster. Contrary to what the sickos into BDSM think – Rape Is NOT Sexy. And Sophie is certain that no one will ever love her again. Not like Sam did, before she was brutalized. Turning her back on him, she sends him away, determined to protect herself from his disgust at what has happened to her.

    Now, thirteen years later, Sam is no longer Sam but Jack Stone, an undercover agent for an undercover agency hidden within the NSA. Back from a grueling undercover operation in the bowels of a human trafficking ring, Jack just wants to rest, relax, and decompress. But his boss, Wesley Burkhart, Deputy Director of the NSA, has something different in mind. Something that will bring Jack right back to Sophie. For Sophie has seen something she shouldn’t – and a vicious cartel boss will do whatever it takes to track Sophie down and kill her. Now Jack is determined to protect her, while keeping his identity a secret. But their old bond is still there, and keeping his secret may destroy them both.

    This book, the first in the Deadly Ops series by Katie Reus, shows promise. The action is well written, the characters intriguing, and the storyline kept me riveted. There were some continuity issues that had me scratching my head, but not enough to make me turn off my listen. I am hoping that the same issues don’t show up in the next book, Bound to Danger. These are the only two on Audible, but there are more in the series at Deadly Ops.

    Sophie Eastlake does a beautiful job of narration. She has quite a catalog with Audible, including the Elder Races, Nikki Glass, and the Chicagoland Vampires series. I would have enjoyed listening to the book just for her narration.

    If you are looking for a romantic suspense where the suspense is the star, you might give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed. Not a five star read, due to a couple of odd content issues, but a good listen nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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