"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because
rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would
do them harm." George Orwell
The Task Force was devised to meticulously identify specific
terrorist threats then move swiftly to end their potential
to harm the rest of the world. Pike Logan is a valued (if
somewhat unpredictable) member of the Task Force, bringing
more successful missions to a close than any two of his
fellow team leaders. That all changes the day his absence
contributes to deaths of those he holds dear. He leaves the
Force and is doggedly trying to wear his way free of grief
when a random encounter opens a door he thought forever
closed to him.
Through mere chance and an inability to blindly allow a
civilian to walk into mortal danger alone he comes into
possession of information hinting that men affiliated with
the Al Qaeda are in pursuit of a weapon of mass destruction.
Former Delta Force commander Brad Taylor has written a tale
that allows those of us behind the padded wall of safety
they provide a glimpse into the world of those who defend
us. Pike is a hero exemplifying a distillation of the men
and women defending us every day, through decisive action
taken in deepest secrecy. His story is about despair and
redemption, but any moralizing is kept to a minimum by
Taylor allowing his character's actions to speak loudest.
Most of all ONE ROUGH MAN is a damn exciting book. Leaving
aside the deeper glimpses the book provides into the type of
man needed by organizations like the mythical Task Force,
Brad Taylor has used his experience to provide his thriller
with a gritty realism. The violence is to be expected, but
the tale also contains moments of humor. The intensely-
driven storyline grabs a reader by the throat and drags them
into a world made real by an author who knows it intimately.
The second Pike Logan Thriller, All Necessary Force
is due out January 2012. I am eagerly awaiting it.
Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, move over: introducing a
pulse-pounding new international thriller series by a former
Delta Force commander.
They call it the
Taskforce. Their existence is as essential as it is illegal.
Commissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government.
Protected from the prying eyes of Congress and the media.
Built around the top operators from across the clandestine,
intelligence, and special forces landscape. Designed to
operate outside the bounds of U.S. law. Trained to exist on
the ragged edge of human capability.
Pike Logan was
the most successful operator on the Taskforce, his instincts
and talents unrivaled-until personal tragedy permanently
altered his outlook on the world. Pike knows what the rest
of the country might not want to admit: The real threat
isn't from any nation, any government, any terrorist group.
The real threat is one or two men, controlled by ideology,
operating independently, in possession of a powerful weapon.
Buried in a stack of intercepted chatter is evidence
of two such men. The transcripts are scheduled for analysis
in three months. The attack is mere days away. It is their
bad luck that they're about to cross paths with Pike Logan.
And Pike Logan has nothing left to lose.