When Matt Knight left his career as a spy to marry the woman of his dreams, he thought he was in for a life of domestic bliss. But after adopting a baby girl and her teenage brother from China, he finds that being a father comes with its own set of challenges—problems for which his work as an antiterrorism agent did nothing to prepare him. Or so he thought. When a Scout campout with his teenage son takes a terrifying turn, Matt realizes his past and present have just collided, with devastating consequences.
Deep in the rugged mountains of Utah, a band of mercenaries lies in wait. The target: Matt Knight. Their orders come from a dangerous enemy from the former agent's past, one who is bent on destroying everything Matt holds dear. While struggling to protect his son and the other Scouts, Matt is horrified to learn the full extent of the plan: his wife and baby have been taken too. Now the agent-turned-family-man must draw on his years of combat training in an explosive battle to save those he loves—or die trying.
I'm impressed with both the quality of the writing and the plotting in Undercover Target. Frank Holdaway pulls the read into the story right away as the reader meets Matt and Hope through the eyes of Peng, a young Chinese orphan who is spying on them as they adopt his little sister, Jin. He does not expect them to take him too, but they do. But Peng has his own set of baggage that creates barriers between him and his new family. On top of that but Matt is about to discover that his past as an anti-terrorism agent is about to come back to bite him. I was pulled into the story immediately, despite not having read the first book Undercover Saint. It was clear I had missed Matt and Hope's romance, but that didn't really slow me down in enjoying this book. It was awesome to read about Matt's friends and colleagues as well. Holdaway has written an action-packed, but rather thoughtful look at foreign adoption as well as the dangers of undercover work.
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