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Publisher's Summary

Compared to such luminaries as #1 New York Times best-selling authors Brad Thor and Vince Flynn, Brad Taylor delivers edgy and adrenaline-drenched military thrillers. The Widow's Strike pits Taskforce operator Pike Logan and his partner Jennifer Cahill against a Chechen suicide bomber intent on releasing a deadly, genetically mutated virus. Traversing the globe to stop this catastrophe, the two soon discover there is a more dangerous enemy lurking in the shadows.

©2013 Brad Taylor (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Terrible.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Fans of the Grey Man, maybe. The characters are flat as cardboard. No background or personalization whatsoever. I previously complained that Patricia Highsmith spent too much time in developing a character and what they were thinking. This is the other extreme: no character at all.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not at all. I didn't care a bit for the characters, therefore the plot was of no interest. If anything kept me on the edge of my seat it was wondering when I might learn something about the characters.

What about Henry Strozier and Rich Orlow ’s performance did you like?

Unlike others, the use of two different narrators, one for first-person and one for third-person, didn't bother me at all. They were adequate but didn't have anything interesting to work with.

Any additional comments?

I have worked my way through most books that I didn't care for, but a few, including this one, I just couldn't finish. I really didn't care what happened, so the slog wasn't work the effort. I quit and returned the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Getting even better

I'm really getting into this series. the writing gets better in every book. I don't think any character will ever replace Mitch Rapp as my favorite series but pike is definitely my number 2 now. can't wait to get through the rest of the series. thanks for the great stories with just enough side drama to make the stories keep going and feel so realistic.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-23-16

New release in this series on June 28, 2016

During recent years the Pike Logan-Jennifer Cahill series by Brad Taylor has become one of my favorites. The genre is espionage/action thriller. Brad Taylor is a very prolific author releasing novels at the rate of 2 annually. The Widow's Strike is a solid 5 star thriller. To get more info on the book read the publisher's summary. Book 10 in the series, Ghosts of War., will be released in 6 days. I really like the narration style on these novels. Rich Orlow narrates the first person Pike Logan parts and Henry Stozier narrates the third person parts. Both narrators are outstanding.

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Great story and performance!

Very good story from the Pike Logan series. Chilling in the realistic nature of the threat.

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Action Action Action

What a ride! Love the characters, the plot and the writing. If you want a story that holds your attention this it! This is a WELL written story and an excellent narration.

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Edge of Your Seat

What other book might you compare The Widow's Strike to and why?

Taylor's writing offers that same experience as the tv show The Unit. I love the insider's perspective.

What about Henry Strozier and Rich Orlow ’s performance did you like?

I'm not a big fan of using multiple narrators but their performance is excellent.

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Great Story

I am a fan of BT's books, but the narration is just awful. The use of military vernacular is excellent and makes me both laugh and reflect on my own 20 + yrs in the military. its a shame we can't have a do-over on narrators.

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Good series

I'm enjoying this series and the readers make it all come to life. Will continue on the the rest!

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Not the best in the series, but still a great read

Not my favorite Pike Logan book, but still a good deal of action and a high-stakes plot. The performers reading the story do a fantastic job!

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  • Tedd
  • United States
  • 12-09-13

A story in need of a performance

What did you like best about The Widow’s Strike? What did you like least?

A tight plot with abundant action and healthy doses of reality.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Henry Strozier and Rich Orlow ?

Any number of narrators. Lou Diamond comes to mind. I'm also not sure having two really adds anything in audiobooks in general -- particularly if they are both male. Even a bit distracting. In any event, one highly prepared one beats two less-than- prepared ones. This seemed the issue as opposed to their talents per se.

Any additional comments?

I would read this author again.