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.
©2011 Brad Taylor (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
An interesting story but the language is horrible. I didn't finish it because of the language issue to me this is quite disappointing.
A complete moron
Shot the narrator, and then found someone with half a brian
I was only able to stomach 30 minutes of it. He makes the "hit" team sound like a bunch of excited school girls, not professionals. He makes the president and general sound like a couple of NY City Thugs - just horrible.
I felt like throwing up
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!
I was looking for a Greyman type story to listen to. UNfortunately, this was NOT it. Thankfully I only paid $4.00 for this trainwreck. Cheesy characters, cheesy narration, cheesy dialog. But I am a sucker for punishment. I*ll probably get the next 1 if it ever goes on sale.
I don't think so. I would have to look at the reviews and listen to a sample chapter to ensure I'm not getting into another book like this one. I tried giving this book a chance and got 4.5 hrs in before dropping it and moving onto another book.
No. If the story is written well and has the right narrators, I'm in.
I don't think so. One of them sounded a bit like Vin Diesel and was getting too painful to keep listening. There's a reason why most movies staring Vin Diesel are 90 minutes long; you can only so much of the same voice with hardly any change in inflection.
Just about all of them. A lot of the dialog and thoughts from almost every character were predictable.
I would move on to some other book and save your money or credits.
As with most books I got this one on sale. Always a hit and miss proposition. I was pleasantly surprised. The story has some 'oh come on' moments where suspension of disbelief is high but I found myself drawn into the story regardless. There are actually two male narrators. One handles all but the lead character Pike. Some level of cliche going on but a good yarn with a few sweet twists. I also appreciate the lack of stupid love interest stuff (sorry for the spoiler) but I get annoyed at stories that plunge into that territory for the sake of titilating readers. It wasn't necessary for this story and I'm glad the author avoided it.
It was a way of occupying the brain while commuting and exercising. I would not recommend just sitting and listening without having something else worthwhile to invest the time in. Also avoid this book if you don't want to hear the "F" word used gratuitously by the main characters on a regular basis--occasionally given a rest by the use of some other vulgarity. And, if you don't like graphic descriptions of blood and brains being splattered around at monotonous regularity to initiate plot transitions, then you may not like this book.
Sometimes the plot seems clever and provokes anticipation. Other times the supposedly expert character's decisions were just stupid or (stupidly) predictable. Like, "I'm a drunk washed up operative and you are a female college student. We just got threatened by a very powerful adversary who wants something from us and whose evil henchmen have already tried to kill us. Instead of either giving him what he wants or calling in the cavalry, why don't we go to a strange country without any backup and challenge this guy on his own home turf and rescue the dead uncle--who can't possibly be alive after the bad guy got the information he wanted. Wow, what a brilliant idea! Let's go!"Also, for a successful anti-terrorist operative, Spike is so emotionally fragile that he can't bounce back from the consequences of his own bad decisions. That is not the hallmark of someone who can make the kind of operational decisions necessary in his chosen profession. It makes him more than a bit unbelievable as a Delta Force graduate.
The narration was slow, the male voices were all angry and/or sarcastic, the female voice (done by a male) was whiny. Normal voices change their tone with circumstances. Sometimes even calm, flat, or reasonable. These narrators lack any emotional register other than 1930's mobster movie voice.
Possibly. It could be a second rate gratuitous violence action flick like the GI Joes only with more heads exploding in a splatter of red and grey mist. Sylvester Stallone as Spike--matching the voice of the narrator. Then maybe Rhonda Rousey as the female star.
This book really dragged miserably for the first 56 chapters. I only barely clung to my interest in the story line. Then I put it on 2x speed and it was much more tolerable. The plot moved forward faster. However, the main improvement was that the increased speed changed the exaggerated drama of narrators dwelling self-absorbedly on every syllable to an almost normal tempo and reduced the annoyance factor of the extended sarcastic "tough guy" inflection (exflection? outflection?) drawled, droned, or expostulated by Spike with every freaking word. Real tough guys never sound like that. This narration came off like a caricature of John Wayne's worst western braggadocio or Humphrey Bogart's threats and struts. I actually liked the calm calculating tone of the antagonist tough guy much better. And he wasn't very nice, even for a villain, so it was a travesty that his voice and demeanor should be so much more likable. I totally understand that Spike was supposed to be rash and impulsive. But it wasn't necessary to make him sound like a 1930s mobster in a B grade movie.
The character of Pike Logan and his attitude. Pike really comes alive when he talks about operations and his own life. I love the use of Pike in the first person also.
Many thrillers have a similar main hero character, but none are quite like Pike Logan. The Mitch Rap books by Vince Flynn are sort of similar, but very different in many ways. I would say the Ben Coes books are fairly similar.
When Pike takes out a couple of drug cartel thugs on his boat with his bare hands. They watched him get his ass kicked earlier and didn't realize that Pike just didn't have it in him to stomp some college kid. He unleashes 9 months of pent up rage on the deserving thugs who were about to torture and kill Jennifer who becomes a main character in the book. It was awesome.
I couldn't stop listening and that's something I can't say about too many books. Thank God this series is already far along so I can enjoy many more hours of Pike Logan's adventures.
When the ancient WMD was first discovered I groaned inwardly wondering what the hell kind of book I was reading, but as it turned out the scenario is actually not an impossibility as we later find out. I have to give the book an A for originality.
Firstly the tag team approach to the narrative distracts greatly form the story. If they feel the first person narrator is lacking, get another one. Secondly audible.com has not spent much time in this series. They have omitted the short story which would be 1.5; "The Dig", and the 4th novel, "The Widow's Strike" from the Series Listings in spite of the fact that both are sold by audible.com. Sloppy.
Basic premise of Pike Logan series is a broken special forces operator being gradually made whole again by partnering with an extraordinary civilian broken female. Two halves make more than a whole. The action is well above average. The narrative tends to get verbose, but doesn't get too much of a bore. I have a tendency to read or listen to entire series if I find one of the books interesting - bought the first on sale and then listened to entire series. Author is obviously knowledgeable in special operations procedures, (I'm sure that they're disguised sufficiently to give away secrets), so the action sometimes suffers from detail - but detail IS the author's forte. Found all 10 'books' of the series worth my money and time.
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