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Publisher's Summary

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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Wait, I have to catch my breath...

This is an excellent globe trotting espionage book. This publisher's description and the review by Wayne are enough that I don't need to recap the story.
I'm writing this review because I think the author deserves it and other listeners may find it helpful when looking for a good book to purchase.
I really enjoyed this book. Very fast paced, definitely written for the adrenaline junky. Other then Logan and his team you're not exactly sure who is good and who's not and then there are those who change sides and others that get suckered into giving assistance Luckily Jennifer and Shoshana a former Mossad operative do not have to perform sexual favors in order to obtain this assistance. Listen to the book, you'll understand!
Rich Orlow and Henry Strozier do an outstanding job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Great book, takes time to get used to narration

I won't do a book recap, as many already have. It is fantastic. I will talk about the narration.

I saw one review saying who is who in this story. Let me address that: First, yes, there are two narrators, which is obvious from above. Let me preview this by saying Brad Taylor has an interesting writing style. He bounces between first and third-person throughout the book. At first I found this distracting, but once I got used to it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the narrators does Pike Logan, all in the first-person. The other narrator does everything else, all in the third-person. This helps make you see Pike Logan's point-of-view, but also allows you to see what's going on outside of his field-of-view.

Again, at first, it's a little distracting. But it only took a chapter or two for me to be engrossed in this book. It is one of my favorite Brad Taylor novels to date. I can't recommend it enough. Just prepare yourself for two narrators.

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As always,

Great fun! Good entertainment and not such a stretch of reality. Probably the best of the series, all around well worth it!

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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.

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  • John
  • OWENSBORO, KY, United States
  • 02-04-18

Who's who???

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have just started this audio book and not sure if I will finish it. I have read all the Pike Logan books and thought about trying an audio version. Big mistake! There are two different narrators for the same characters. It makes no sense to me. One chapter Pike Logan's voice comes through from Orlow, the very next chapter it's Strozier. It makes listening to it very confusing. Won't buy another audio version of this series.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As mentioned above, there are two narrators for the same character.

Could you see Operator Down being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

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  • paul
  • United States
  • 01-20-18

the best pike Logan yet 👍

what are the best stories I've listened to this year. well worth the read. good job Brad

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Another Excellent Addition to the Pike Logan Serie

What did you love best about Operator Down?

I particularly liked the Lesotho setting. Brad Taylor's descriptions of the Maseru and the country side are exceptional. He is able to take you inside the country. Brad Taylor has become a master at weaving multiple threads into a coherent story.

What other book might you compare Operator Down to and why?

The early Tom Clancy books, particularly 'Red Storm Rising'. The character development along with the multiple story threads which weave into an exceptional novel.

Which character – as performed by Rich Orlow and Henry Strozier – was your favorite?

I've not been able to select a favorite. Pike and Jennifer are done perfectly but then so are Aaron and Shoshana. What is surprising is the excellent portrayal of each of the secondary characters from Knuckles, Blood, Kurt, Blane, etc. They are able to make them leap into the listener's imagination.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Leashing the 'dogs of war'

Any additional comments?

This is another exceptional 'Pike Logan' story from Brad Taylor and has already hit the best seller's list. While I may be somewhat prejudice, since I have read all of the books and short stories by Brad Taylor, his novel 'Operator Down' does not disappoint. This book picks up only a couple of months after the end of Taylor's latest short story 'The Infiltrator' where Aaron and Shoshana get married.

Now Aaron is on a non-Mossad mission to South Africa for the Diamond Exchange. Brad Taylor works Pike and Jennifer into a mission tracking an American arms dealer taking them by 'circumstance' to Tel Aviv and the exchange. Since they had attended the marriage of Aaron and Shoshana, they attempt a social (lunch) meeting with them but can only contact Shoshana. This leads to a rather interesting encounter where Pike and Jennifer help break up an attempt at killing Shoshana but because of their 'lunch' offer she is suspicious that Pike is somehow involved in setting her up.

I particularly enjoyed the setting within Lesotho with the comparison to the Italian microstate of San Marino. Taylor puts together a number of credible threats that is woven into the Taskforce's mission through a little manipulation by Curt Hale. I gave this book five stars and highly recommend it.

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Save your money and time

What disappointed you about Operator Down?

The plot, or lack of a plot. Ir is the same story that has previously been published, over and over again, The real kicker, why I could not go past chapter, was the readers, the narrators. Such boring voices with such lack of emotion. Poor selection on my part. From no on I'll preview my purchases.

What was most disappointing about Brad Taylor’s story?

It's really no fair to judge the entire story because I stopped reading it early on.

How could the performance have been better?

Narrators with a story to tell that transmit that they care about the listener.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No redeeming qualities from my view.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Reader Down

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

By trusting my instincts and deleting the file about half an hour in

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ken Follett

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Terrible delivery from one of the actors. He's just a caricature.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Regret

Any additional comments?

Looks like my search for a worthy successor to Tom Clancy continues. Operator Down is a bore. Dialogue that is flat as cardboard, and delivered with cartoonish performances. There's a God in every machine. "This is going to be impossible! But we might just be able to do it! There, we did it!" I just saved you all a credit. Unbelievable situations, no finesse in any character, delivered with a blunt force trauma. One of my most hated scenes is when two female operatives are trying to bluff their way through a situation, and they keep pinching and elbowing each other. Really, Brad Taylor? Really?? Is this a thriller, or a Nickelodeon production? Don't waste your time, like i did.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful