The Ruins

A Taskforce Story
Narrated by: Rich Orlow
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Retired Special Forces officer Brad Taylor's thrilling new short story sets Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill on a hunt for an ancient Mayan temple and reveals the origin of their archaeological company, the cover for their clandestine work with the Taskforce.

Deep in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a huge protected tract of rain forest in Northern Guatemala, lies the mythical Temple of Priests. Only one man knew of the temple's location, but he was killed before he could relay the coordinates. Now, newly reinstated Taskforce operator Pike Logan has the grid location of the ruins, and he's convinced Jennifer Cahill to travel to Guatemala in search of the Mayan temple her uncle died trying to find. 

But Pike and Jennifer are not the only ones heading into the rain forest in search of hidden treasure. A Canadian mining company is determined to explore the Biosphere for rare-earth metals, even if it means destroying the way of life for local villagers. When they learn that Pike and Jennifer's impending historical discovery might thwart their plans, it sets the newly minted team on a crash course with a group of men hellbent on getting their hands on the prize, no matter the cost.

©2018 Brad Taylor (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Great, as usual!

THE RUINS is a short story that goes back to early in the Pike Logan series when Jennifer Cahill is invited to join the taskforce as its first female member. Pike and Jennifer had already formed their archeological investigations company. Rich Orlow narrates.

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Excellent short story.

One of the better Brad Thor Task Force books I’ve enjoyed recently. Probably wouldn’t pay a full credit for it for 3 hours though.

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Acceptable Two Hour Entertainment

Engaging story with some refreshing twists. Actually puts forth a woman in a role normally owned by men. a great place to begin. Pike, an ex-mikitary operator belonging to the Taskforce, shows none of the chauvinist cliches that most tales in this genre include. That is commendable. The characters, though true to the type cast in such stories are presented well. I can see this short book as a sort of prequel of things to come. Jennifer and Pike, co-owners of a company that does archeological research for their clients, but which is secretly a front for Taskforce adventures. Pike has trained Jennifer to be as effective as he is. Bring on the adventures .

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Excellent - I enjoy the short stories

I enjoy the short stories - especially those that build the 'back story' of the series - This is a fast listen with enough adventure and history to keep you interested -

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still awful after all these years

I read a couple of these books some years ago, and did not like them at all. When I saw that this one was not only short but cheap, I decided to check back in--to see if either my tastes or the series had evolved. Nope, still awful. Unpleasant characters read in a suitably unpleasant voice. A weird mix of ammosexualism and prim victorian sex. A book not to be taken seriously, but alas apparently taken very seriously by author, reader and audience base. This book makes me sad.

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