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Target Zero

A Kent Steele Thriller
By: Jack Mars
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Series: An Agent Zero Spy Thriller, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (316 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this follow up to book Agent Zero in the Kent Steele spy series, Target Zero takes us on another wild, action-packed ride across Europe as elite CIA agent Kent Steele is summoned to stop a biological weapon before it devastates the world - all while grappling with his own memory loss.

Life returns only fleetingly back to normal for Kent before he finds himself summoned by the CIA to hunt down terrorists and stop another international crisis - this one even more potentially devastating than the last. Yet with an assassin hunting him down, a conspiracy within, moles all around him and with a lover he can barely trust, Kent is set up to fail. 

Yet his memory is quickly returning, and with it, flashes into the secrets of who he was, what he’d discovered - and why they are after him. His own identity, he realizes, may be the most perilous secret of all.

©2019 Jack Mars (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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My advice... get the book!

Second installment in the Kent Steele series. Really enjoyed this book as much as I did the first. This book ends with a cliffhanger and the story concludes with the third book. I would strongly suggest listening to these books in order.
This is a very fast paced story with tons of action. Of course being a single parent Reed Lawson's (the protagonist) children are his weakest vulnerability. Of course the assassin chasing him would learn of them. Meanwhile Reed in his Kent persona would be out of the country chasing bio terrorist.
I have completed the first two books and am currently listening to the third. The books are excellent. Not completely believable, not completely plausible. This is fiction. If you're a fan of this genre I don't think that matters. If you've ever listened to the first GRAY MAN book you'll understand.
Edoardo Ballerini does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • 06-04-19

Agent Zero, is starting to be a fav series

Great follow up to the first book, picks up where the first left off. Story was amazing, and what an ending!

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Loved it!

I’m really enjoying this series by Jack Mars. Edoardo Ballerini narrates them incredibly, making them even better. I highly recommend this book (although be sure to start with the first one, Agent Zero). I’ve just started the third in the series and am already wishing there were more!

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Good, for a fantasy...

Well, it’s no Vince Flynn. If you’re not a very technical person and you just enjoy thrilling stories and ignore the details, it’s your thing! Go for it, and don’t read any more of this review! Otherwise...read on...


The hero is a bumbling liability who continually gets lucky when he reasonably should be dead, he has an inappropriate emotionally-intimate relationship with a female colleague who comes across as hard as my grandma, and somehow is being noted by bigwigs as “the only agent for the job” when he’s then sent on as part of a team of 3. There are so many inconsistencies it’s ridiculous. Hero and one character suit up on space-age armored clothes, which later saves the hero twice, but the poor other character later gets shot through his armored shirt into his shoulder (author forgot he was wearing the armor). Despite not remembering anything about his training, skills, or protocols - and being fatally sloppy - the hero calls the shots at all times. At one point, he’s holding a gun on someone who was just in a deadly crash and somehow that someone manages to pull a gun, shoot twice AND get shot by the hero’s ally, all before the hero realizes what’s going on...at the front of his loaded gun!! And on and on it goes... so...yeah, it’ll entertain you for 9 hours, but do your best to ignore the flaws.

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Disappointing-book ends before the end

This book was okay - not nearly as well done as the first , both because it follows 2 story lines only one of which was completed and because there is a lot of repetition from the first. The ending clearly requires a sequel which I believe is unfair to the reader unless put on notice that the next book will have to be purchased for “the rest of the story”

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I hate cliffhanger endings.

It's a decent series and the author didnt need to make it a cliffhanger for me to get the next book.

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Good plot

Excellent store line and suspense story progresses well with even flow and suspense characters were very believable and were extremely involved indeveloping plot

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Know your weapons

Glock 22’s do not have external safety’s that you can “switch” off at will.

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finish the story, I like series but no General ho.

choppy not the best, really don't like waiting for the next book to finish the first

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Need to define Kent Steele

This books is entertaining and a generally interesting CIA - Spy novel. I like much of the narrative development and pace. The protagonist, Kent Steele, is mess. Jack Mars needs to decide who and what he is. He's a big tough and unbeatable number one operative in the world yet eats crap from his old organization that he's really no longer an employee. The deputy director continually shoves stuff at him that he just swallows. The reasons provided are that Jack Steele is a loyal, dedicated company man; but he isn't. At best he is unsteady and of a constant double mind that goes far beyond the memory suppression. We're sorely lacking a normal lead man with some guts.

And grammatically speaking, does the editor know what an adverb is and what to do with it? They're butchered throughout books 1 and 2. Try a word processing application that can check common high school level grammar. And one more thing: there is no such thing as a "safety" lever on a Glock. A very small number were manufactured as a special order to a targeted client in Europe. The thing that holds the bullets and is inserted into the grip is a "magazine." No modern day automatic weapons have "clips." When the fundamental aspects of grammar are weak and common props are described inaccurately, what does that say about the remainder of the book? Overall, it's great. But it tells me the author generally has no clue what he is really writing.