The Wayward Assassin
by Susan Ouellette
March 1-31, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Although told to stand down now that the Chechen rebel who killed her fiancé is dead, CIA analyst Maggie Jenkins believes otherwise and goes rogue to track down the assassin. Soon it becomes clear that failure to find Zara will have repercussions far beyond the personal, as Maggie uncovers plans for a horrific attack on innocent Americans. Zara is the new face of terrorism–someone who doesn’t fit the profile, who can slip undetected from attack to attack, and who’s intent on pursuing a personal vendetta at any cost.
Chasing Zara from Russia to the war-torn streets of Chechnya, to London, and finally, to the suburbs of Washington, D. C., Maggie risks her life to stop a deadly plot.
Praise for The Wayward Assassin:
“Ouellette, herself a former intelligence analyst for the CIA, imbues the exciting action with authenticity. Readers will want to see more of the wily Maggie . . .”
“Every once in a decade you read a book like The Wayward Spy, which is thrilling, addictive, and sends you reading more thrillers, but you’ll go back to this stunning book by Susan Ouellette and reread this tour de force.”
—The Strand Magazine, a Top 12 Book of the Year
This is a timely thriller. The plot centers on intermingling and somewhat confusing relationships between Russians and Chechen terrorists. There were so many duplicitous people on both sides, it was hard for me to establish how some of the people fit into the plot progression.
Two people fit very well, however. Maggie, the CIA analyst who thinks she is smarter than the agents assigned to the terrorist actions is one. I thought her a bit naive, that she thought she could do more than field agents. I initially did not like her arrogance. In the end, however, she proved that her determination and ability to analyze situations overruled her reckless choices. She had a suitable opponent in a terrorist who has, above all, Maggie in her sites. Her concentration on vengeance was deadly.
There is a timely issue included in the plot. The Russians were motivated to action because they wanted to preserve their Russian heritage in the face of encroaching liberal influence from the west and religious radicalism from the Muslim south. There was a bit of irony in the novel. A U.S. agent says, “Things have changed. Russia and the United States have more in common now.” (1425/4889) Ah, how quickly that changed.
There is plenty of action in this novel. The suspense is nearly continuous as Maggie tries to stay a short step behind the terrorist she wants to stop and one step ahead of the CIA who wants to curtail her independent action. While the novel reads well on it's own, the major hatred the terrorist has for Maggie is rooted in the previous novel in this series. This novel would be best appreciated by reading The Wayward Spy first.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: CamCat Books
Publication Date: March 15, 2022
Number of Pages: 416
ISBN: 0744304784 (ISBN13: 9780744304787)
Series: The Wayward Series, Book 2 || Each is a Stand Alone Book
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | IndieBound.Org | CamCat Books
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