|Title: “Operator Down“|
|Author: Brad Taylor|
|#Pages: 464 (Hardcover)|
|Release Date: January 9, 2018|
OH MY GOD THAT WAS A GOOD BOOK!!! I just (5 minutes ago) finished “Operator Down”, Brad Taylor’s latest Pike Logan book. It’s the twelfth book in this blockbuster series and it was spectacular! I’ve read half a dozen of Taylor’s books in this series and every single one is a thrill ride. But this one was the perfect mix of intrigue, mystery, a pulse pounding adrenaline rush and rich characters. It was the perfect read.
I have a theory about perfect books. They have to start with deeply interesting characters who care about one another. The book shouldn’t hinge on the mystery, per say, but the characters’ relationships and how that is affected by the mystery/thiriller that surrounds them. I wouldn’t care a whit about just some mystery or thrill ride if I wasn’t also reading about how my favorite characters are affected by that situation. It’s human emotion that drives a great story. That’s what Brad Taylor has done here, combined beloved characters with a great thriller, it’s the perfect storm.
Brad Taylor is the real deal. He writes what he knows. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and a twenty-one year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces. Taylor also had eight years with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment popularly known as Delta Force. He retired in 2010 and uses his extensive knowledge to write spectacular thrillers. It shows in the harrowing details he expertly weaves into his stories.
In “Operator Down” Pike and Jennifer are working for the Taskforce to diagnose a potential international problem. While following leads, Pike thinks he’s heard a threat against friends Shoshana & Aaron who are former Mossad operatives. Getting permission from the Taskforce to uncover the true danger they’re facing will be a hard fight. Pike is hoping all won’t be lost because of bureaucratic red tape.
Don’t miss this book! Even if, like me, you usually don’t love military thrillers, seriously, you have to try Brad Taylor! He writes a kick ass read but on top of that, his characters are so well rounded and written with such depth. The final nugget of gold you get when reading a Brad Taylor book is the organic learning that happens just by enjoying a great thriller. I don’t learn history or geography easily, it’s not an interest I have normally. BUT when reading any Taylor book I find I easily take in information that helps me understand what’s happening in the world more easily. What a bonus! I learn about current events and countries and military maneuvering and government oversight just by loving a great thriller. I’d take that anyway.
If you haven’t read a Brad Taylor book yet, I started with “No Fortunate Son“. But the first Pike Logan book is “One Rough Man“, if you want to start at the beginning of the series. See all my reviews of his books here.
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