The Taskforce has stopped countless terrorist threats across the globe, operating outside of US law to prevent the deaths of innocents. But now, along the fault lines of the old Iron Curtain, the danger is far greater than a single attack.
With Russia expanding its influence from Syria to the Baltic States, the Taskforce is placed on stand-down because of the actions of one rogue operator. Meanwhile Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill travel to Poland, hired to verify artifacts hidden for decades in a fabled Nazi gold train, only to find themselves caught amid growing tensions between East and West. A Russian incursion into Belarus under the facade of self-defense is trumped by a horrific attack against the United States, driving NATO to mobilize even as it tries to determine who is behind the strike.
On the brink of war, Pike and Jennifer discover that there is a separate agenda in play, one determined to force a showdown between NATO and Russia. With time running out and America demanding vengeance, Pike and Jennifer race to unravel the mystery before a point of no return is reached. Unbeknownst to them, there is another attack on the way - one that will guarantee World War III.
©2016 Brad Taylor (P)2016 Recorded Books
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This the third recent release where some Audible listeners posted negative ratings before having the time to listen to the espionage novel even at 3X listening speed. The other two were Foreign Agent by Brad Thor and First Strike by Ben Coes. I usually listen to books at 2X recording speed because that is most comfortable for me. Ghosts of War, the 10th novel in the Pike Logan series, is a solid 5 star espionage thriller which I recommend, but it still is not as good as First Strike by Ben Coes. First Strike ties Back Blast by Mark Greaney for the best espionage novels released so far this year. I use the same criteria another Audible listener has stated for awarding 5 star ratings: I believe it must be an outstanding book which I look forward to listen to again. Ghosts of War easily meets those criteria.
This novel is a continuation of The Forgotten Soldier, the prior novel in the Pike Logan series, but I like this story more. It picks up exactly where The Forgotten Soldier finished.
good narrator and good story with decent dialogue
No, just this reader and autor
Don't know which was which, but the young man sounded like a teenager reading out loud for the first time Older man ok
Anger and disappointment. The author had horrible and redundant dialogue between his characters that changed from interesting in earlier books to childish and silly conversations.
Author was very repetitive in conversations and dealt over and over again with the same silly give and take. Completely unbelievable scenarios out of the realm even of soap opera nonsense. Decent and interesting characters from earlier books were reduced to bickering adolescents through psychological mumbo jumbo that was nonsensical.
2pitsa is Russian for crazy
Friends Doing Good
Transparent. Their characters in the story shine through.
What Good Writers do well is Character Development and Plot. After several books in this Series, we are all getting to know well Pike, Jennifer, Aron, and Soshanna. Their character development continues in this book and the characters get more human, more likable, and deeper. The Plots are always fantastic, from disposing of backpack atomic weapons, to saving the Pope, to keeping the new President from going to all out war with the Russia Federation over a BUK missile take-down of Air Force One over Donetsk Oblast in Ukraine.
I lost many nights sleep listing to the book, a page turner, or better said, a battery burner...Great story and great storytelling ...
A fantastic story that feels like it could really happen. Taylor proves that he is on top of today's headlines and twists perfectly between fact and fiction to again take Pike and the task force into the middle of a world crisis. Strozier and Orlow again team up to bring the story to life with their excellent narration.
Its almost scary how well Brad Taylor can wind fiction and fact together! I really enjoyed this look into Pike and Jennifer's life. How the team members were doing Veep, Retro, Blood. and of course Knuckles not to mention "Carrie" and her partner. Very good run Pike very good run....
I would not say this was the most exciting of the Pike Logan series. However, that is not to say that it wasn't still a great book. This book transitioned the Task Force from being in trouble and borderline shutdown to back at the center of covert foreign policy.
The characters were colorful and unique as always. Aaron and Shoshanna were developed some more and there relationship became a little more clear. Pike edges a little closer to finally admitting his true feelings for Jennifer.
One interesting future plot direction that is developed a little is Kurt Hale's possible political career. I'm interested to see where that goes.
Brad Taylor handled the topic of war with Russia quite well I believe. As usual, he understands the realities of our military quite well and doesn't pretend that the USA can win everything militarily.
Overall a great book. Can't wait for the next.
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