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Full Name: Maggie Jenkins
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Susan Ouellette
Time Span: 2021 - 2023


Maggie Jenkins is an analyst with the CIA.

Well, she was, for a fair number of years and will sort of be again as the stories progress. When we first encounter her, though, she is heading into work on Capitol Hill, taking the elevator to the Crypt just down the hall from the House Intelligence Committee office where she put in far more than 40 hours a week because there was always something vital to be researched. The time frame for these activities is just over a year after the invasion of Iraq and the hunt for Saddam Hussein. Now her job responsibilities include making sure that the Chairman of that House committee had an up-to-date intelligence briefing book ready before any scheduled hearings.

It will not be any of the constant and important work she was doing on the Hill that will take Jenkins from a safe job as Congressional Intelligence analyst to working out in the field in far away countries like Georgia. It will be the death of her fiancé in a explosion of a bomb left by an assassin at a cafe in Tbilisi. Steve Ryder, the man she was scheduled to marry as soon as he got back from his several month stint in that region off the Black Sea, had been meeting a contact when both were killed. Jenkins would certainly have slowly started the grieving over her loss and eventually moved on with her life except for the unbelievable (to her at least) rumor that Ryder might have actually been selling secrets to a foreign power. Jenkins' misery turns quickly to anger at the thought of her loved one's reputation being tarnished so badly and when it became obvious nothing was being done to rectify that, she chooses to do so herself.

It is important to remember as we watch her make this transition from analyst to unofficial field operative that she may not be trained per se in clandestine work but she is a very intelligent woman with years of experience sifting through tons of superfluous data to winnow out the important facts. And once she is out there, she discovers, as do those back at Langley, that she is pretty good at it; this though not being universally well received at the CIA. Some answers, she finds, just raise more questions that others do not want asked.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2021
Last Appearance:2023

1 The Wayward Spy The Wayward Spy
Written by Susan Ouellette
Copyright: 2021

"When her fiancé, a CIA operative accused of treason, is killed overseas, intelligence analyst Maggie Jenkins smells cover-up and sets out to clear his name. Maggie disobeys direct orders and travels to Tbilisi, Georgia, to follow a trail littered with secrets and lies, corruption and deceit, risking her own life to expose the terrorist threat at the intersection where the Russian Mafia, Chechen rebels, Al Qaeda and … US government officials meet."
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2 The Wayward Assassin The Wayward Assassin
Written by Susan Ouellette
Copyright: 2022

"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."
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3 The Wayward Target The Wayward Target
Written by Susan Ouellette
Copyright: 2023

"Maggie Jenkins finds herself with a price on her head. In retaliation for chasing and killing an elite member of a terrorist cell, Maggie now is on the hitlist of the mastermind behind numerous terrorist attacks. With Maggie's movements severely restricted by the presence of a round-the-clock security detail, it's up to her boss, Warner Thompson, and CIA officer Roger Patterson to find and eliminate the terrorist who stalks her. But when a shadowy Russian operative surfaces and presents Maggie with intel that might lead her to the man who orchestrated her fiancé’s death, she can no longer watch from the sidelines."
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When you finish a really good book, filled with terrific characters and even more terrific writing, you naturally want (well,, I do) to know what happens next. Luckily by the time I pulled this series off the TBR pile, there was a second and a third to move on to. When I finished the third, though, well, now I have to wait.

Maggie Jenkins is someone worth waiting for. That is how good a job the author, Susan Ouellette, has done. Hopefully even as I type these inconsequential words singing her praises, she is busy writing more.


My Grade: A-


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