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The Polaris Protocol (Pike Logan) Hardcover – January 14, 2014

4.4 out of 5 stars 472 customer reviews
Book 5 of 11 in the Pike Logan Series

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“Bestseller Taylor’s fifth Pike Logan thriller takes all the energy of the previous installments and multiplies it by a force factor of 10… A great premise, nonstop action, and one of the baddest villains in the genre... make this a winner.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Taylor continues to tell exciting action stories with the authenticity of someone who knows the world of special ops. He also has the chops to create terrific characters whom readers will root for. This series just gets better and better." - Booklist

"Admirers of the late Tom Clancy will enjoy this and other works in the series." - Kirkus Reviews

“Fresh plot, great action, and Taylor clearly knows what he is writing about. . . . When it comes to tactics and hardware he is spot-on.”
—Vince Flynn on All Necessary Force

“The high violence level and authentic military action put Taylor, a retired Delta Force officer, solidly in the ranks of such authors as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn.”
Publishers Weekly

“Readers of novels set in the world of Special Forces have many choices, but Taylor is one of the best.”
Booklist on Enemy of Mine

“Satisfies from start to finish.”
Kirkus Reviews on Enemy of Mine

About the Author

BRAD TAYLOR is the author of the New York Times bestselling Pike Logan series. He served for more than twenty years in the U.S. Army, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta, commonly known as Delta Force. He retired as a Special Forces lieutenant colonel and now lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pike Logan (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953975
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Reading a Taskforce novel is an adrenalin rush. While that could be said of many action novels, Brad Taylor's Taskforce novels have the additional virtue of being intelligent. Taylor has a clear, cliché-free writing style that helps the story move swiftly. Plentiful action scenes contribute to the pace, but Taylor avoids the overdone and over-the-top nonsense that pervades so many action novels. The plots are farfetched but plausible enough for fun escapist fiction. I keep waiting for Taylor to stumble, given the speed at which he is churning out Taskforce novels, but the quality continues to be consistent.

The Polaris Protocol begins with the Taskforce chasing a bad guy in Turkmenistan while different bad guys in Mexico are messing with the GPS system. The reader knows that it's only a matter of time before the Taskforce takes on the new threat to national security. As is always true in a Taskforce novel, everything that can go wrong does ... until the end, of course, when Pike Logan and his team clean up the mess. It's a formula, but it works.

Another part of Taylor's successful formula has been: Pike wants to do something to defeat a menace; Pike is ordered not to do it; Pike does it anyway, saving the world (or at least some part of it) in the process. Taylor varies that formula a bit in The Polaris Protocol. This time Pike is giving the orders and Jennifer is disregarding them. As always, Taylor strikes a workable balance between action and character development, while the addition of friction between Pike and Jennifer adds interest to the story.

The friction arises because Jennifer's brother Jack, a journalist investigating a Mexican drug cartel, accidentally discovers a bigger story that leads to his kidnapping.
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Jennifer, Pike and the Taskforce operators are involved in an operation in Turkmenistan. A call from Jennifer's brother, Jack, puts Jennifer into a "rescue" mode. She senses that something is seriously wrong and returns to assist him.

From the malfunctioning of GPS drones and a plane crash, Taskforce Operators are thrown into a plot of a GPS hacker, Operation Gimlet and a man nicknamed "Ghost". More grisly action south of the border with the Sinaloa and Los Zetas drug cartels come into focus. There are several torture scenes which are grisly, to say the least. Jennifer's run near Cuidad Juarez is one that will make you take notice.

The purported connection between Hezbollah and al-Queda in this novel is most interesting. Operation Gimlet was a real surprise to me and I appreciate the fact that "Ghost" does have a conscience!

One more time (as is typical with this author), the reader is taken on a trip of many miles. From Turkmenistan to Mexico and then to Colorado and back to DC, it is indeed a gripping novel. Plot is well developed, characters (both the good and the bad ones) are well defined and just an outstanding read for me.

Most highly recommended.
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Lt Colonel Brad Taylor, a retired officer with experience in the U.S. Army's elite Delta Force brings us the fifth in a series of novels featuring Pike Logan and his partner Jennifer Cahill. Pike heads up a unit of the Task force, a top secret anti terrorist organization that operates outside of the United States reporting only to the highest echelons of the American government.
The book opens with Pike's unit on assignment in Turkmenistan and proceeding to complete the work there when Jennifer receives a call from her brother Jack. He is a newspaper reporter and on assignment investigating two Mexican Drug Cartels. Just after advising his sister that he is in trouble he is kidnapped by one of the Cartels. Jennifer requests and get permission to leave the current assignment and travel to Mexico to help her brother. Not surprising, she is shortly joined by Pike and then the rest of the group that work with them. They are in time to discover a plot to hack into the U.S. GPS system and by doing so completely disrupt most government and private systems creating utter chaos. One of the cartels is preparing to buy the hacking equipment in order to sell it for a huge amount to America's enemies.
Colonel Taylor did a good deal of research to bring places and customs in and around the Mexican capital of Mexico City to life. He is conversant with tourist areas, areas where the rich live as well as the poor and describes them quite well. He also fleshes out the cartels for readers that only hear about them via newspaper or T.V. These groups are completely devoid of any feeling for human life. They have no compunction about killing one or many people, nor do they show mercy to their own if any doubt exists about loyalty.
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I like Brad Taylor's books but this one was disappointing. The plot was disjointed and seemed out of touch with the action until the author finally managed to pull it together at the end of the book. Jennifer and her moralizing is getting old also. Does it always have to be her way? I think that Taylor's books would be better if she were an active partner instead of always acting like Pike's disapproving mother. It gets worse with each book. I hope that Taylor isn't out of juice at four books but just wrote a bad one. His next book will tell the tale.
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