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One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller Hardcover – February 17, 2011
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Here's why this book got 5 stars. This is one of the best first novels I have ever read. The author has good plot development, great character development, a mix of action and also the family life/problems that operators face (kind of reminds me of the Unit but without the drama) and solid action sequences. I like it! Now, there are some rough spots, and if this was not a first novel, I'd have had to knock it down a notch to 4 stars. For a first novel though, this is about as good as it gets, and seems very realistic.
Brad Taylor has huge writing talent. I hope he's got another good one in the works, and keeps up the good work.
The book suffers though from a lot of outlandish coincidences that end up, of course, either leading to success or the perfect set of circumstances for revenge. It also has some dialogue that is--for lack of a better word--cheesy and left me saying, "Really? He just said that?" At times, I felt like I was reading a script for one of those late night, "movies for men who like movies" about some lone rebel dude out for blood, etc., etc. Even so, Taylor tempers the budding romance in the book and presents it realistically considering the trauma that Pike Logan has endured.
The best part about this book is the action, which is described in a stellar fashion that really gets your adrenaline pumping. He does a good job of presenting operational intricacies without getting too technical. Mr. Taylor definitely knows his stuff having lived through many situations similar to Pike Logan's. I hope his second effort (which this book at least ensures I will purchase) will be better than this pretty good first effort.
Pike and his covert operation are so deep cover that they're illegal. Now I don't mean like "certain members of Congress don't know" illegal, I mean like "George Washington just rolled over and kicked Benjamin Franklin's coffin" illegal. But they're trying to deal with the very real and deadly threat of terrorism, and they can't get the job done with the sissified cowards in D.C. running around lighting candles, holding hands, and singing Sarah Mclachlan. They need hard men to take care of a hard problem. Enter: Taskforce. Reading about a few of their operations, I see why they have to operate waaaaaaaaaay under the radar. They use techniques and extermination methods that made me cringe and would arouse a snotty Yale lawyer.
Their motto is simple: get the job done. Period. Show no quarter to the haters of infidels who want to kill innocents in the name of some false prophet. If they step on your toes, then you mushroom bullet their skull. An EYE for an EYE only sounds good in 4th grade Sunday school. A problem (to put it mildly) arises when the basement hiding cowards bring the fight to U.S. soil, and are aided with the help of traitors within the fraternity of our government. Pike is in the wrong place at the wrong time and just happens upon something that will lead him yet another insane and brutal plot by "those guys". What causes him to be at that place and at that time will sadden you.
Thus begins the Pike adventure assisted by an unlikely woman named Jennifer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Started out pretty slow - just about gave up on it. Want to read the next in series before looking at any more.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was my first Brad Taylor read. I am a Tom Clancy, Daniel Silva, Robert Ludlum, Brad Thor and Stephen Coonts reader. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Dave East
"One Rough Man" was one killer thriller, as usual. Alway looking for the next one. A great character.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I cannot put down a Brad Taylor novel. They are action packed and keep me on the edge of my seat.Published 1 month ago by Shannon Dean
Great read. Very well written. He keeps getting better with each book. Fast pace action.Published 1 month ago by Raymond Gabriel
Yes, this was a decent one. Pretty fast paced. Kept the interest alive. The story took some time to settle in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deejay
Awesome read, completed in a day and a half. Everything stopped once I got into the story line. Very fast moving story line. Loved the military connection.Published 1 month ago by Alice J Curtis