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The Eighth Sister

(Charles Jenkins #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  22,423 ratings  ·  1,324 reviews
A pulse-pounding thriller of espionage, spy games, and treachery by the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series

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 hou
Kindle Edition, 437 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Giuseppe Is everyone here aware that you're supposed to answer the question, not just talk about what you want to read or what other books Dugoni has written? …moreIs everyone here aware that you're supposed to answer the question, not just talk about what you want to read or what other books Dugoni has written? Weirdos.

The question is, is this a standalone book.

The answer, is no, this is the first part in a proposed series, though Robert Dugoni has not stated how many books. But the second book is scheduled to be released Octover 27th 2020.(less)

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Mary Beth
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

4 Heart Pounding Stars!

Charles Jenkins is an Ex CIA agent. He left the CIA 40 years ago. His old boss approaches him and asks for help with a dangerous new mission in Russia. He needs money because his security business is going bankrupt so he decided to do it. He leaves his pregnant wife, Alex, and his nine year old son, C.J. behind. He travels undercover to Moscow to locate the eighth sister. There are a lot of intense cat and mouse chases. Then Jenkins gets arrested and then we have a courtr
Kylie D
Another marvellous tale from Robert Dugoni, who is fast becoming one of my go-to authors. This book is set in two parts, the first a spy tale, in the mould of the classic cold war espionage novels. As I cut my teeth on these types of books back in the day, it was fantastic to see a modern take, and Dugoni has done a great job here.

We have Charlie, former spy for the CIA, now 64 years old, and running a security company with his pregnant wife. Cash flow isn't good and business is failing. Then a
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Charles Jenkins, a man in his early sixties, needs money. His wife is pregnant with their second child and his security business is facing bankruptcy due to one of his vendors not paying bills on time. Although he finds relief reading Harry Potter to his son at night, thoughts about finances and the future trouble him. When Carl Emerson, his former CIA station chief contacts him, Charlie is intrigued. Charlie walked away from the CIA forty years ago, but when Emerson presents him with a mission ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm not a big fan of spy thrillers, but I'll read anything that Robert Dugoni writes. This stand alone novel has Charles Jenkins, a mid 60s retired CIA agent forced to come out of retirement to raise enough money to save his security business. He is sent to Moscow to discover who is killing the members of a US spy ring.
Dugoni once again reeled me in immediately. He does a superb job of painting the Russian atmosphere - the FSB and Putin's power, the Russian character, even the weather. He's also
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
50% Spy Thriller. 50% Legal Thriller. 100% Thrilling!

Wow! Robert Dugoni you have a new fan, right here! This was a wild action packed story bursting with intrigue and adventure. I don’t read many spy thrillers, but this one was done extremely well. I was seriously on the edge of my seat this entire book and when the spy thriller turned into a legal thriller this book was just as compelling and nerve-racking. Reading this book was like watching an intense action adventure movie, but better.

The first half of this novel is a real roller-coaster with cold war style undercover espionage in Moscow and a heart stopping manhunt across Europe. The second half segues into a legal drama, which is no less riveting.

The main character Charlie Jenkins, a former CIA agent for a short time in the 1970s has bought himself some real trouble when financial difficulties and a family to support lead him to accept an undercover job for the CIA in Moscow where he has business dealings. Although it soun
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Nov)

What a roller-coaster ride .... All the way to Russia and back!

The first half was so action-packed, suspenseful and thrilling that I was just glued to every word. I love an intense, spy/legal thriller and this one DELIVERED!

It was the ultimate international cat and mouse game that kept me on the edge and up all night reading. Charles Jenkins is an intriguing character and I'm thrilled this is a series, so book two is already on my shelf!

The second half slowed down a bit, with complex details
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Robert Dugoni, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

While Robert Dugoni is the author of two successful series, his standalone novels grip the reader just as effectively. There is something refreshing about an author who has so many ideas and whose name is indicative of stellar writing and plausible storylines. Charles Jenkins has been out of the spy game fo
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’
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Eighth Sister is a book about espionage and the resulting court trial of the protagonist, Charles Jenkins. Jenkins is a former agent for the CIA. Forty (40) years after Jenkins had walked away from his CIA job he is approached by his former station chief, Carl Emerson, and asked to come back into the CIA, for a special assignment. You guessed it to find the eighth sister.

Jenkins is now sixty-four (64) years old. He is married and has a young son and a baby on the way. He is or was fluent in
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like the raw frigid winds of a Russian winter, this one is gonna get your attention.

Robert Dugoni is switching gears in The Eighth Sister with quite the jaunt into a face-to-face with the FSB, a Russian counter-intelligence agency that is a successor to the ol' KGB. The KGB should conjure up an image of Putin injecting measures of barbaric Russian interrogation methods. You just don't walk away from one of those intact.

Dugoni introduces us to Charles Jenkins, a sixty-four year old African Americ
Charles Jenkins is a 60-year old former CIA case officer who is now married with a young family and a baby on the way. He owns a security firm that’s in financial trouble because a major client falls in serious arrears. When his former bureau chief approaches him about being reactivated for one assignment in Russia, Jenkins reluctantly takes it on as a means to salvage his business. However, once in Moscow, nothing goes as planned and he finds himself in the fight of his life to not only stay al ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

Robert Dugoni is a wonderful writer. He’s written six police detective novels featuring Tracy Crosswhite. I’ve enjoyed them all. I’ve liked the two legal thrillers featuring David Sloane that I’ve read and hope to get to the others. I have read two standalones as well, both very well written. Now Dugoni’s trying something different – a spy thriller. The Eighth Sister features a former CIA agent-turned private security consultant who gets caught up in a secret agency operation known as “the s
Louise Wilson
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.

This is another action packed and fa
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One thing I've learned about books by this author: It's not likely I'll be disappointed. No surprise, then, that this one earned yet another five-star rating from me. Here's the scoop:

Charles Jenkins is in his 60s now, married to a younger woman who's close to delivering their new baby. A former CIA case officer, he left the agency with a bad taste in his mouth after a case that didn't go as planned some 40 years ago. Now, he runs a security consulting business that appears to have a single clie
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For readers there simply isn't any other feeling more welcome than knowing that you can wholeheartedly trust an author to write endlessly compelling stories on which you can rely to capture your interest from very early on and hold you hostage until it's over; they are indeed a rare breed and for me Mr Dugoni is one of those. The Eighth Sister is the first book in the brand spanking new thriller series featuring protagonist and central character, Charles Jenkins. The narrative gets off to a flyi ...more
Adrian Dooley
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a lot of Dugonis books. A lot of the Tracy Crosswhite series and some of his stand alone books and I loved all of them. Given that, I was delighted to find out he had written a new book - The Eighth Sister.

This is a spy thriller of sorts but not necessarily the book I thought it was going to be. I didn’t read the blurb about it at all so went in blind, confidently enough based on the author.

It’s the story of Charles Jenkins, an ex CIA agent in his early sixties, retired from the CIA
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dugoni has reinvented the spy versus spy novel. Sure, it starts out as a typical offering in the genre. Charles Jenkins has been reactivated as a CIA officer to discover the person leaking names of covert agents in the Russian government that is resulting in their deaths. Sounds like a routine spy tradecraft novel, and then it switches to a fast-paced thriller as the Russian FSB officer seeks to capture/assassinate Jenkins. Jenkins is forced to race to escape Russia and return to his pregnant wi ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
This is the first in what is apparently a new series featuring Charles Jenkins, a friend and associate of David Sloane, the lawyer in another Dugoni series. It's my first taste of Dugoni's writing and I'm hooked!

Charlie is a 6'5" black man who was once a CIA agent back in the 70s. He's now 64 and married to a much younger woman who is pregnant with his second child. He has a security business in Seattle, WA that is in danger of going belly up because his major client has stopped paying on time
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Eighth Sister" is the first book in Dugoni's Charles Jenkins espionage series, currently a series of two books. Like the famous Russian nesting dolls, Dugoni has provided us not just with an espionage story, but another story hidden within that espionage story or perhaps framing it. The espionage story is top notch (particularly if you buy the setup) and takes us into the heart Putin's Russia, a world of suspicions, and spy games set in play decades earlier when there were two Cold War powe ...more
Karen R
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An intense and thrilling book of international espionage. I enjoyed every minute of this USA vs Russia clandestine chess game which brought back thoughts of the old Cold War yet remains relevant today. Memorable characters and I especially enjoyed the relationship dynamics between Jenkins and Paulina. Only my second Dugoni book and so different from my first, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell (great book I highly recommend!). Look forward to reading the next in this new series. Thanks to Thomas ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: The bus wound its way along the Moskva River, already filling with chunks of floating ice, another harbinger of the wicked winter to come. Thirty minutes after Zarina boarded, the bus reached her stop in front of the supermarket on Filevsky Bulvar. She crossed the bleak park, listening to the spindling tree limbs click and clack with each wind gust. Soviet-era apartment buildings stood like sentries around the park, grotesque concrete blocks with tiny windows and tagged with graffiti. Z ...more
Andrew Tucker
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up to 3.

I have really enjoyed Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series so when I saw a new book from him I jumped on the chance to get an ARC from netgalley.

The blurb describes this book as a spy novel, but its really 60% spy novel and 40% courtroom drama. This complete change was a bit of a turnoff for me and I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if it had stayed in the spy genre and explored those topics instead of turning into legal proceedings. The main lawyer, David Sloane, is
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read several books by this author and really enjoyed them. Thus the reason that I wanted to read this new book. Mr. Dugoni presents a strong offering with this new book in what I hope to be a new series. The Eighth Sister is fast paced and has the vibes of James Bond meets Jason Bourne!

Lead character, Charles Jenkins is an very engaging character. The fact that he is a dedicated family man and the reason for taking this case made me like him even more. Speaking of the case; it was intrig
Dana-Adriana B.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an alert spy book and I couldn't let it down. Charles Jenkins is asked to help with the Seven Sisters case. But in Moscow he finds out there is an eight sister. Really intriguing.
Thank you Netgalley for this adventure.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: legal-thriller
Wow and whoa! Dugoni writes another legal masterpiece. As he proceeds to get his friend Charles Jenkins declared not guilty of being a USA traitor by giving secrets to Russia.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
I have read a few of Mr. Dugoni's books and am always left satisfied! What a great cat and mouse spy/espionage story! I was immediately drawn into this story and wanted to know how Charles was going to get everyone to believe the story he was telling, the truth, while the CIA denied any knowledge of what he was claiming and the FBI didn't believe him....this story flowed, the characters are interesting and this story wraps up completely. Thank you Netgalley and
The Cats’ Mother
The Eighth Sister is a contemporary spy novel about retired CIA agent Charlie Jenkins, which features David Sloane, the hero of his other series, which I haven’t read - so I don’t know if Jenkins has appeared previously in those as a minor character or not. I bought this because I have an ARC of the sequel - The Last Agent - which is due to be published on September 22nd. I’ve read and adored all of the author’s Tracy Crosswhite series, so was looking forward to this, but unfortunately I couldn’ ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Took a different turn from CIA action to court room drama. I thought it was a bit slow but did enjoy the parts in Russia. I am not a fan of court room fiction so it did not appeal to me. Like the ending with the final phone call. Recommend to others but not my favorite of his.
Alex Cantone
Former CIA operative Charles Jenkins, aged 64 runs a company providing security services to investment branches located overseas, but is in financial trouble as monies owed to him by a key client to pay contractors appears to have dried up. He has mortgaged his farm on Camano Island in Puget Sound off Seattle, but with his young wife heavily pregnant with their second child, he is facing bankruptcy. Then his former station chief in Mexico City arrives on his doorstep, after forty years, offering ...more
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