Former Delta Force officer and New York Times best-selling author Brad Taylor delivers a relentlessly fast-paced, gripping thriller featuring Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill as they come face-to-face with an insidious threat to strike terror into the heart of America.
Fifteen years ago, in order to win a contract in the kingdom, a desperate defense contractor used a shell company to provide a bribe to a wealthy Saudi businessman. Now a powerful player in the defense industry, he panics when the Panama Papers burst onto the public scene. Providing insight into the illicit deeds of offshore financing, they could prove to be his undoing.
To prevent the exposure of his illegal activities, he sets in motion a plan to interdict the next leak, but he is not the only one worried about spilled secrets. The data theft has left the Taskforce potentially vulnerable, leaving a trail that could compromise the unit. Back in the good graces of the new president, Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are ordered to interdict the next leak as well, in order to control the damage.
Unbeknownst to either group, the Saudi has been using the shell company to fund terrorists all over the world, and he has a spectacular attack planned, coinciding with the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The information Pike and Jennifer uncover will put them on the trail of the imminent threat, but it's one that they might be unable to stop. Called Ring of Fire, it will cause unimaginable destruction across the United States, and it's already in motion.
Pike Logan will be challenged like never before, and the ensuing chaos and terror will distract the Taskforce from a truth no one sees: The Panama Papers hold a secret more explosive than any attack, and Ring of Fire was only the beginning. The danger is far from over....
©2016 Brad Taylor (P)2016 Penguin Audio
This is another really good book and addition to the Logan/Cahill series. It does start out slow and I kept getting distracted and ended up starting it over, but once I got past about the first hour it held my attention and kept me interested until the end of the book.
I really enjoy action books and this one certainly falls into that category. IDK about two or so hours in, Jennifer broke into a hotel room, security guards enter the room and she hides by hanging off of a balcony (?teen) floors up. Can't say what happened next but if you're looking for some exhilarating pulse pounding entertainment then this is the book for you!
The narrators did a fantastic job.
MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Ring of Fire starts a bit slowly, but picks up quickly and the pace becomes frantic 3 hours from the end. The publisher's summary tell plenty (actually too much) about the plot, so just read it. This is a great espionage novel with great narration. Of course, I VERY, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Ring of Fire.
First let me start by saying that I have listened to the entire series and have loved them all. I just think that having two voices for the main characters does not work . Rich Orlow is perfect for Pike and Knuckles ect... Then in comes Henry Strozier and it all falls down. I fast forward until his part is done. It's a bad imitation. Do a full cast if you only want Rich Orlow for Pike. Or even better let Rich Orlow do the whole book. I believe he is talented enough to do it with our taking away from Pikes character.
Top 5 Narrators
1 Ray Porter
2 Armand Schultz
3 Rich Orlow
4 Scott Brick
5 R.C. Bray
I will buy any audio book narrated by any of the top 5 regardless of the reviews. Because for me they bring the book to life. They make a bad book good and a good book great.
Taylor tells a fantastic story. He brings a great deal of past and current events into his storylines, while weaving up to date trends and facts into his fiction. Like Child and Thor, Taylor is at the top of his game! Having both read and listened to the Pike Logan/Taskforce series, one of the things that makes listening so enjoyable is the duel narration by Rich Orlow and Henry Strozier. Two great story tellers at the top of their game as well.
Unlike the last book in the series this one is way less political. It is also way less redundant in some of the tangents (that don't really bother me) Brad Taylor can go off in about the pros and cons of an agency like the task force and the conversations. The way Taylor has his characters play off each other is phenomenal. This is not a deep intricate plot like the last novel and way less dark. That being said I absolutely LOVED Ghosts of War. My guess is the next installment will be more back and forth between the political/government insider story and the action aspects. Some people don't like the dual narrators, but I find them both to be great. Pike has so much more personality as well as the supporting characters because of how the narration is done. Brad Taylor has surpassed Brad Thor in my eyes now and maybe even Vince Flynn. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Taylor writes great characters, plenty of action, and a good plot but he also brings in a social side. He touches on prejudices, stereo types, current events, human dimensions, social tensions .. all that add additional layers and textures to most of the novels. While the stories are fast and fun, they also have moments when you are asked to think and feel. Well done! This is another great installment in the series.
Story is told through snipits from multiple points of view. It can be a bit tricky to follow until you learn the characters. It took about two hours to really spark my interest, but did not disappoint from there.
Pike, Jennifer and the whole team encounter their toughest assignment yet in Taylors latest thriller. Taylor's attention to detail is amazing and the story line is pure gold. As always Strozier and Orlow make the time fly by with their excellent narration.
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