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The CALLSIGN: A Taskforce Story, featuring an exclusive excerpt from ENEMY OF MINE (Kindle Single) (Pike Logan) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Brad Taylor served for more than twenty-one years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant colonel. During that time he held numerous infantry and special operations positions, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operations Detachment--Delta where he commanded multiple troops and a squadron. He has conducted operations in support of U.S. national interests in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other classified locations. He holds a master's of science in defense analysis with a concentration in irregular warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. When not writing, Brad serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats to various agencies. He currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.

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  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (November 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009RYKVRC
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Brad was born on Okinawa, Japan, but grew up on 40-acres in rural Texas. Graduating from the University of Texas, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Brad served for more than 21 years, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. During that time he held numerous Infantry and Special Forces positions, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta where he commanded multiple troops and a squadron. He has conducted operations in support of US national interests in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other classified locations.

His final assignment was as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He holds a Master's of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, with a concentration in Irregular Warfare. When not writing, he serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston, SC with his wife and two daughters.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
According to Brad Taylor, "The Callsign" is intended to fill in background, giving readers a look at the creation of the Taskforce featured in Taylor's Pike Logan novels. It is obviously also intended as a promotional vehicle for Taylor's upcoming novel, Enemy of Mine. A "preview" of the novel follows the story. Attaching a short story to a preview of an upcoming novel is a recent trend, a way to make a couple of extra bucks from series fans while generating buzz for the novel. Because the stories rarely serve any other purpose, they usually aren't memorable. "The Callsign" is no exception. This review pertains to the story, not the preview. (Update: The new novel is quite good, much better than this short story.)

As "The Callsign" begins, Pike's Taskforce, having been assembled four months earlier, is on a training exercise in Charleston. The training involves committing a burglary and avoiding arrest. Sanctioning the commission of domestic crimes by military personnel seems like an odd training exercise, but then the very existence of an "off the books" clandestine organization that evades congressional oversight is illegal, so I suppose breaking into a privately owned building in Charleston isn't so bad by comparison. The exercise ends with the kidnapping of an individual who is presumably expecting to be kidnapped. All of this consumes most of the story, and the training's completion is a good place to pause for a yawn.

The first mission is to steal data in the computer used by al-Qaeda's passport forger in Yemen. It doesn't go well, thanks to a CIA operative who, according to Pike, should not have been part of the team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TMDG on January 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This short story was meant to give readers a look at how the task force was formed for the series of Pike Logan novels. It was an unusually quick read. I finished it in about an hour. The premise was good, but it seemed rushed and confusing to me. The beginning was drawn out, I didn't understand a lot of the military jargon, and the end seemed to come too quickly when the action started and excitement was building. Some of it seemed highly unbelievable, but I suppose no different than things you may see in a movie and say, "No way that would ever happen.". I have not read any of the full length novels, so perhaps, if I had, the story would have been better. In fairness, I prefer full length books and I didn't realize this was only a short story. There were some good action scenes. My favorite bit of comedic misunderstanding did give me a bit of a chuckle, him talking to one of his men who divorced young because of his wife's occupation.
I was given a copy of this story for free in exchange for an honest review.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tcf on November 20, 2012
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This is true to color Brad Taylor all the way. If you are a reader of of the Pike Logan series, it is a must read as it gives insight into the development of the Taskforce, and the troubles and challenges faced to put it together successfully; as well as into Pike himself and the other operators. Granted, it is a short story, but not one you want to pass up if you are a serious fan. Having the privilege to already read Enemy of Mine, you will come to see that The Callsign will begin to fill in some gaps that were unknown factors in Brad's first 3 books. Loved it and look forward to more of these. Great job Mr. Taylor!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Texas tamale on December 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading about how this call sign was assigned. Having followed an Air Force pilot around the
country for 23 moves in 19 years, I know how important call signs are to all AF men.
I have read all of Brad Taylor's books and can't wait for Enemy of Mine, especially after reading The Callsign.
I know it will be as exciting as All Necessary Force and One Rough Man. Pike Logan is my hero, however,
I think it's time for Pike and Jennifer to hook up. The Callsign is a great way for you to get acquainted with
Brad Taylor's writing and to get to know The Taskforce and "Enemy of Mine."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaC on December 26, 2012
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I did not enjoy this read. It was to predictable and the characters were not convincing. The third sin was the author is inept at painting with words. There is just no way to get lost in the story. The book has several good action sequence stages, and the overall plot though done many times has an interesting twist. The author, and maybe editor, fail to press these strengths.

It got two stars because I was able to finish the book but that was a close call.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2013
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A great little companion to the Taskforce series, which has become my favorite series of the genre. Written so well that you feel like you are part of the team and this was a good stop gap until the latest book came out. Keep it going Brad Taylor!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 12, 2013
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As the story begins, Pike Logan's newly formed Taskforce, is on a training exercise in Charleston. The training involves committing an actual burglary and avoiding arrest. All without any sanction from the 'authorities'-because they are an off the record group.

The new Taskforce is called upon for an urgent mission in Yemen, ready to go, or not to perform. Not all members were 'ready' and the mission goes south.

I know this was a short story to give a little background on the Taskforce, but it was too short to do justice to the author's talent. A bonus at the end is an excerpt from the next full size novel, Enemy of Mine!

This copy was provided by NetGalley and the Penguin Group in exchange for an honest review!
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