A former Delta Force commander, Brad Taylor proves with this breathtaking debut thriller that Vince Flynn and Brad Thor have company.
A collection of top operatives, the Taskforce was commissioned by the highest levels of government, kept secret from the media and even Congress. The best of the Taskforce bunch, Pike Logan, knows the greatest threat to American security is one or two idealogues. Unfortunately for them, they’ve just crossed Pike’s path.
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Great real world story line.
Clive Cussler's work.
No. Thought narration was distracting. Having a man narrate a woman;s portion is okay as long as it is none done in a high pitched voice.
narration was horrid.
angry tones, yelling inappropriately
couldn't get deep enough in the book to know the characters
I thought the story was ok, but the writing was very wordy and over done. Used too many words to describe one small scene. And unnecessary extra words where they weren't needed. Made it a very long story.
Some of the dialogue was over acted but all in all a good performance with what they had.
the story is a good start to a good series of books. but definitely need to have a different narrator. made Jennifer sound like a whiner and a fool, which she is not.
It was a good story and I'll probably continue the series. The only issue was with the narrator reading the woman's part. He made her sound like she was constantly wining, even when she clearly wasn't. It made it hard to get into the story sometimes.
I, like many others, am still looking for the new Mitch Rapp series. in reality, it won't happen, but this is the best so far. I have listened to all of the Jack Reacher and Scott Harvath books, and liked both, but they are no Mitch Rapp. This series has the best hope. There are gaps in the plot and the earlier recordings are clearly patched together, which is annoying, but there is great hope in the series and I am looking forward to listening to the others. If you like any of the books I have mentioned, give this a shot, and know that the recordings and plot gaps get cleaned up over the course of the first 2-3 books.
An outstanding debut novel, Brad Taylor draws on his experience as a Delta Force commander to deliver an action-packed thriller. The realism and attention to detail makes this a must read for fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Pike Logan is a flawed hero who I found myself rooting for time and time again.
Authorized by the President, the Taskforce was formed to operate outside the law and without sanction from congressional oversight in order to deal with the increasing presence of terrorists. Pike Logan was the best of the best, and as team leader never failed to complete a mission successfully. At his best when the plans started to break down, Pike was known for his quick thinking and decisive action. Finally succumbing to his wife's repeated requests to retire from his job, Pike was on his last mission when tragedy struck his family. Unable to deal with the guilt of being away when his family needed him most, Pike went on a downward spiral and sought solace in the bottom of a bottle.
Meanwhile, Professor John Cahill was in the Guatemalan jungle searching for his mythical Temple of the Priests. When his guides refused to go any further into the jungle, two young natives seeking treasure stole his GPS and found the Temple. They also found a white powder which quickly killed one of the boys while the other made it back to tell the story. Cahill, ever cautious, embedded the GPS coordinates in some music mp3 files and e-mailed them to his niece Jennifer, who was a student at the College of Charleston. He then deleted all information from his laptop and GPS.
Miguel, who was a very successful smuggler, was in negotiations with two Arabs to smuggle certain items into the United States when the young boy from the jungle told the tale of finding the Temple and the ensuing death of his friend from the mysterious white powder. Feigning ignorance of the Spanish language, the two Arab terrorists became interested in the powder as a source for a WMD. Miguel, also known as "Machete," was more interested in the treasure and potential wealth it may bring. Machete ordered his henchmen to pick up Professor Cahill in hopes of finding the location of the Temple. Cahill told Machete that he had FedExed the GPS to his niece in Charleston, South Carolina. Professor Cahill died as Machete was torturing him to find out additional information about the GPS. The two terrorists found the key to the embedded mp3 files on a thumb drive amid Cahill's possessions and were able to obtain the deadly powder.
Machete sent a team to Charleston to retrieve the GPS from Jennifer and as luck would have it, Pike was able to thwart the attack and kill the mobsters. Pike did not want to be looking over his shoulder from the Machete's agents for the rest of his life, so he agreed to go to Guatemala and deliver the non-existent GPS. Jennifer went with Pike and they formed a somewhat tenuous and unlikely partnership. It was in Guatemala that Pike and Jennifer learned of the terrorist's possession of the WMD and they decided they had to stop the attack in order to prevent widespread death and panic.
In Washington DC, a member of the government also learned of the terrorist's intentions and decided to delete all known references to the attack in order for him to play the part of hero and savior, thus catapulting him to a higher position in the government. He wanted no loose ends and ordered Pike and Jennifer to be killed. Therefore the dynamic duo found themselves chasing the terrorists and dodging multiple assassination attempts.
This was a very good debut novel with an interesting plot and in depth knowledge of special forces operations. If you enjoy action packed novels as I do, then this is the book for you. I look forward to reading the future adventures of Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill.
J.D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan's narration was first rate. They conveyed all of the emotions covered in the novel, so much so that I felt like I was there. I heartily recommend this audio book.
I would try another Brad Taylor book, but not if it is narrated by Jackson and Kaplan. The story is a bit disjointed in the beginning and needs a bit more cohesiveness, but once it gets underway, it is a pretty good book. I think that the narration scheme is part of the problem early on.
I don't think I can say without spoiling it for another reader/listener. There was no one moment that stood out singularly, but there were some nice moments. Some of the nice moments were ruined by the poor direction and narration.
I have listened to over 40 books in this genre and can't recall a narration performance like this one. Having two narrators speaking for common characters is very problematic. It takes quite a while to get accustomed to the secondary characters being voiced by both narrators. It is strange to hear Jackson narrate the voice of Kurt and then Kaplan voice the same character in a very different tone and interpretation. I don't know if it is the direction or the voice actors' interpretation, but the personality of the voices of Special Operators sounded excited and anxious during a mission where they are not under fire is extremely non realistic. These guys have ice water in their veins and don't get nervously excited when carrying out recon. Also, the narrator at once point mispronounced lead as "leed" instead of "led" when when the word obviously referred to the metal being shot from a firearm. I knew as soon as I was a third through the book that I would never purchase another Taylor book with these narrators. Different from other books in this genre, all the characters have the same accent even though some were Mayan, some were Arabic, some were Eastern European. They all had the same accent. The changes that were attempted by the narrators were simply giving a character falsetto or making their voice more gravelly. Just really poorly done.
It was worth the time, but I would never listen to it again because the poor narration really got on my nerves at times.
I look forward to trying another Brad Taylor book as I have already been through all of the Vince Flynn and all but one Brad Thor book. I am looking for a new series to go to and I hope my second Pike Logan book is performed better than this one.
This was an excellent novel, especially for the first one from a new author. I chose to read this book because I knew Brad Taylor in college and honestly I wasn't expecting much since the other reviews were horrible. I was amazed what a great book it was. The story was fascinating and every turn kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters felt real and I was right there with Pike and Jennifer from the US, South America, and Europe. Although the book is fiction, the book was written from a knowledge base that made the story believable. Not like some books where you think "that could never happen". Brad did a great job writing the book and I can't wait to read the next one.
The only thing I found distracting was having a man do a poor imitation of Jennifer's voice in the book. If a book is going to have two narrators, maybe the one who does the woman's voice should be a woman? Otherwise overall great audio book!
An interesting story but the language is horrible. I didn't finish it because of the language issue to me this is quite disappointing.
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