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Former Delta Force Officer and New York Times best-selling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller where Pike Logan's search for a Mossad agent and ally puts him on a collision course with a ruthless military coup in Africa - and tests his loyalties to the Taskforce.

It was to be a simple mission. Nothing more than assessing whether a merchant in the fabled Israeli Diamond Exchange was involved in a scheme that could potentially embarrass the state of Israel. But nothing is ever simple in the world of intelligence, as Aaron Bergman - a former leader of an elite direct action team under the Mossad - should have known. Executing the operation as a contractor, a cutout that gave the State of Israel plausible deniability, he disappears without a trace.

Pike Logan and his team know none of this, but he's tracking an American arms dealer in Tel Aviv who may - or may not - be attempting to sell sensitive nuclear weapons components to the highest bidder. When Pike's team breaks up an attempt at killing Shoshana, Aaron's partner, they stumble upon much more than they expected - a concerted conspiracy to topple a democratic African country.

Beginning to untangle a web that extends through both the American and Israeli intelligence community, Pike is forced to choose between his Israeli friends and his Taskforce mission, even as the execution of the coup begins to form. At the heart of it is Aaron, and his disappearance is the one mistake the plotters made. Because Shoshana is the greatest killing machine the Mossad has ever produced, and she will stop at nothing to help Aaron, even if it means killing Pike Logan.

©2018 Brad Taylor (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-10-18

Brad Taylor never disappoints!

Operator Down is Book 12 in Brad Taylor's Pike Logan espionage series. (There are also 6 short stories in the series.) This novel takes place mostly in Lesotho (a diamond-rich mountainous small kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa). There is an early appearance in Tel Aviv, Israel with emphasis in the Israel diamond exchange. Unsurprisingly, the novel is mostly about espionage and terrorism related to diamonds in Lesotho, but also about illegal arms trade in triggers for nuclear weapons. The major characters in this novel, other than Pike Logan, are Logan's business partner/girlfriend/Taskteam member Jennifer Cahill and the now-married ex-Mossad duo Aaron and Shoshana. (Aaron and Shoshana have been in some earlier novels in the Pike Logan series.) Logan and the Taskteam find themselves in the midst of an attempted coup in Lesotho.

Brad Taylor again writes a marvelous espionage tale. Henry Stozier and Rich Orlow narrate perfectly, as usual.

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  • Robert
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 01-14-18

Outstanding Characters & Fresh Plot

Surrounding Taylor’s Pike Logan is a solid group of regulars plus interesting new additions of villains worth hating.

In addition, I enjoyed the relief from Middle East-centric plots. Mix in a good performance by Orlow and Strozier and you’ll enjoy a wild Pike Logan ride.