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One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller Paperback – January 3, 2012
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“An auspicious, adrenaline-soaked rocket ship of a debut novel.”—John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
“A coiling plot, crisp writing, and constant braids of suspense make One Rough Man one exciting read.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“A fast and furious tale with a boots-on-the-ground realism…Pike Logan is a tough, appealing hero.”—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
“Taylor’s debut flows like the best of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor.”—Booklist
“The deadly duel between Pike and the terrorists is both cerebral and graphically violent...[Taylor] brings such incredible realism and authenticity that readers feel like they are looking over the shoulders of a real antiterrorist operation.”—Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
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
I initially got this book from the library. I thought it was interesting that the main character was such a mess. The archeological spin to it was a good hook. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the action and the flow of this book. I would recommend it to any action-thriller book reader who wants steady action and colorful charactersPublished 14 days ago by m. mcdallion
If you are into espionage thrillers with a resourceful (and lucky) hero, you will enjoy this one. Brad Taylor has created a hero who is like many of the other supermen operators... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Spike72
Far from being a prude....the page after page of "F" this, "F" that got to be an unnecessary distraction to the story.... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Spur33
This was the first Brad Taylor book for me and I'm happy to find a new author! Much like Brad Thor.Published 28 days ago by Mickey L. Luedecke