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The Eighth Sister

(Charles Jenkins #1)

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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 chie
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

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 courtro
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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
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Debra
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Liz
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Berit☀️✨
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.

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Carolyn
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 troubles and a family to support leads him to accept an undercover job for the CIA in Moscow where he has business dealings. Although it sounds
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Sandy
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 g
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Matt
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 gam
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Ij
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linda
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
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Jean
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 sev
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Monnie
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Louise Wilson
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Adrian Dooley
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lou
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
Bam
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
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Karen
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jonetta
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
Amy
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cheryl
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andrew Tucker
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
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Cathy
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
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Kathy
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I am feeling brave enough to say I did not embrace much of what went on in this book.
Bridgett
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book settles any debate (if there ever was one)...Robert Dugoni can write virtually anything.

I've been obsessed with the Tracy Crosswhite series for years, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell was one of my favorite books...and one of my only 5 star reviews...of 2018.

Admittedly, going in, I was a little unsure about The Eighth Sister. Spy novels have never really intrigued me, and often times, when involving foreign countries, I've found them downright confusing. Not so with this story
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
4.5 STARS - Normally, I don't read spy thrillers but for Robert Dugoni, I made the exception. I'm a HUGE fan of his Tracy Crosswhite series and if I want a twisty, thrilling suspense read, Mr Dugoni is my go-to guy.

The Eighth Sister is a stand-alone thriller that features a new character, Charles Jenkins, who is a retired CIA operative in his 60's. He's married with a young family and with his security business in shambles, he agrees to take an undercover case to get his business back in the bla
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Jeanie
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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CIA' creed among its case operatives-And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall piss you off.

Charles Jenkins a former CIA operative is now a family man. A beautiful wife, a young son and another on the way. At 65 years old, he does not miss his former life as a CIA operative. But when his business is failing and he is called back his former CIA station Chief, Carl Emerson, he is cautious and intrigued. He left the CIA not trusting what they had done and the reasons behind it, but this ne
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Ben
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read Mr. Dugoni’s novels with enjoyment and never found a bad one. “ The Eighth Sister” is no exception. I recommend it without reservation to everyone.
“ The Eighth Sister” is a bit of a departure from his usual crime thriller novel. That is not to imply that I is not thrilling. In a novel of two parts, I found myself locked to the pages at the end of each part, wondering about the fat of the hero, Charles Jenkins. Jenkins was an agent of the CIA in his youth, but left the Agency after a
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Beth
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a test: can I write well enough to convince you to read THE EIGHTH SISTER, to make you believe, if you’ve read Robert Dugoni before, that this is his best and, if you haven’t, that this first book in his Charles Jenkins (who you may remember from the David Sloane series) series is a great place to start? I finished reading it last night in the middle of the night, when I should have been sleeping. And I’m a picky reader. And I write honest reviews.

Part 1 of THE EIGHTH SISTER places Jenki
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Jean
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spy/Legal thrillers is not usually a genre I like to read but I'm a big fan of Robert Dugoni. I really enjoyed reading his Tracy Crosswhite series. I would say this is 75% spy thriller and 25% courtroom drama. It was exceptionally well written with an interesting plot. Definitely realistic and probably does happen. Well developed characters but am I the only one who has an issue with a 64 yr old having another baby?

Even though it was different than his other books, I would recommend this book.

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