In the latest military thriller from the retired Delta Force Operator and New York Times best-selling author, a hostage situation places America's most powerful political elite at the mercy of its worst enemies.
When veteran operator Pike Logan and partner Jennifer Cahill receive a letter from Blaisdell Consulting - the umbrella cover company for their real employer, a top secret counterterrorist unit called the Taskforce - they expect orders for their next mission-impossible tasking. Instead, they learn that their latest actions have gotten them fired, despite having saved thousands of innocent lives. Pike's shock and fury is redirected when their commander Colonel Kurt Hale asks him and Jennifer for help with a personal matter: His niece Kylie, an exchange student in England, has gone missing. Neither Pike nor Jennifer understands how critical her disappearance will become. Meanwhile, all Taskforce teams have been redirected to a developing situation. A terrorist organization has targeted military relatives of key members of the US government, including the vice president's son. Their seizure of hostages was far-reaching and meticulously coordinated, and the full extent of the threat - and potential demands - has thrown the government into turmoil. They face a terrible choice: cease counter-terrorist operations, or watch hostages die one by one. How much is a single life worth? Unless the Taskforce can decipher the web of lies devised by their enemies, the United States is about to find out.
©2015 Brad Taylor (P)2015 Recorded Books
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Every book in the Brad Taylor's Pike Logan (and now Jennifer Cahill) series has been outstanding. Brad Taylor is at the top of his profession with thriller novels as good as those of Vince Flynn, Dalton Fury, Brad Thor, Mark Greaney, Brett Battles, Mark Dawson, or any other author of the espionage thriller genre. With the 8th novel in the series, The Forgotten Soldier (not yet available for pre-order at Audible), being published in two months I decided to listen to No Fortunate Son again.
Taylor's audiobooks use a unique and effective narration style with Henry Strozier narrating the third person portions of the books and Rich Orlow being the voice of Pike Logan in the first person portions. The two have done the narration beginning with book #2 in the series. Narration simply could not be better.
Pike Logan is an ex-special forces soldier who owns an archaeological digging company in Charleston SC along with his partner and girl friend Jennifer Cahill. The firm is a front for their real business of sub-contracting for the US government for espionage work. There are other members/employees of their team. The books are packed with action and suspense.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND all novels and novellas in this series. The narration of the first book is weak, but all of the books are outstanding.
I've been enjoying the series, good character development, story lines are good. And I really enjoy when audio books use different narrators for the individuals. In the few books I've listened to Pike's voice "fits" his character. He sounds younger and appropriate for his character. The Griffey, older sounding voice is utilized for the other characters. It helps when you're intently following the story line. Unfortunately, there are chapters, or periods of time when Pikes voice does not return to the younger one. It switches to the more gruff, slower paced voice. It interrupts your concentration on the story as you realize it has not changed. It's just odd.
Otherwise, it's a good series if you enjoy the typical spy/adventure type novel.
Brad Taylor just gets better and better. His stories are much more inventive than many other contemporary authors. I can't wait for the next one.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
To begin this review. I don't mind 2 narrators, but when they cross over to characters played by the other narrator - It's annoying to me. I have Rich Orlow in my head as Pike & somewhere along the way Henry comes in and brutalizes his character. Pike in general was uninteresting to me. A bit of a sissy. He didn't want up wake up early - He didn't want to run - He didn't want to get wet in the rain. Then I'm supposed to think he's some tough guy? Couldn't buy it. The plot had potential - But overall - I was bored. It was hard to stay connected to the story line with continued interest. This really is popcorn material. One of the reasons I don't listened a lot to series of books is because by the time they get to book 12 or 18, the material has little substance. Also - Most reviews are from die hard fans swayed by returning characters. This is my first Brad Taylor book & I am not thrown.
For what it's worth, J.
I've really become attached to the Pike Logan series. I think this was the best of his books yet. The plot line was unique and the pace and action was real.
This is an excellent representation of the covert action thriller. I finished it within two days and can't wait to dig into the next Pike Logan adventure. I think that the inter-agency squabbles are on target and that the loop holes left for private, "consulting" firms paint a true picture of how important objectives are accomplished in the Federal government.
The plot is innovative and ought to become one of the Homeland Security disaster scenarios (if it isn't already). Buy this book!
Driving long miles across Wyoming can be soooo boring , but ever since I founds Audible my wife and I love to travel !
Love the entire series ! Hope there are more to come! I have read all the books and each time they get better and better!
I have listed to all Brad Taylor's books and this one is just as great as the rest. I love the fact he makes the story's feel real. Looking forward to his next one
Probably the most personal of all the Pike Logan stories. His connection to the hostage and the relationships are what made this story so enjoyable and what bought my attention from the beginning. Not all rescue missions are successful...
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