Operator Down (Pike Logan #12)
Former Delta Force Officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller where Pike Logan's search for a Mossad agent and ally puts him on a collision course with a ruthless military coup in Africa—and tests his loyalties to the Taskforce.It was to be a simple mission. Nothing more than assessing whether a merchant in the fabled Israeli Diamond Exchange was involved in a scheme that could potentially embarrass the state of Israel. But nothing is ever simple in the world of intelligence, as Aaron Bergman—a former leader of an elite direct action team under the Mossad—should have known. Executing the operation as a contractor, a cutout that gave the State of Israel plausible deniability, he disappears without a trace.Pike Logan and his team know none of this, but he’s tracking an American arms dealer in Tel Aviv who may—or may not—be attempting to sell sensitive nuclear weapons components to the highest bidder. When Pike’s team breaks up an attempt at killing Shoshana, Aaron’s partner, they stumble upon much more than they expected—a concerted conspiracy to topple a democratic African country.Beginning to untangle a web that extends through both the American and Israeli intelligence community, Pike is forced to choose between his Israeli friends and his Taskforce mission, even as the execution of the coup begins to form. At the heart of it is Aaron, and his disappearance is the one mistake the plotters made. Because Shoshana is the greatest killing machine the Mossad has ever produced, and she will stop at nothing to help Aaron, even if it means killing Pike Logan.

Operator Down (Pike Logan #12) Details

TitleOperator Down (Pike Logan #12)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2018
PublisherDutton Books
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction

Operator Down (Pike Logan #12) Review

  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    Brad Taylor wrote this using a different philosophy than his past stories. While he may feel good about it, I don't believe it helped. This story was a bit muddled and leaves this listener empty. 3 of 10 stars
  • R J Mckay
    January 1, 1970
    I love Black Ops thrillers. I’ve enjoyed several Pike Logan books so far and plan on reading many more. My main reason for enjoying Brad Taylors novels is easy to explain. He knows what he’s talking about. When you write from your own experiences, it always comes across better than those who are just day-dreaming. Very thrilling and easy to follow, this book kept me on the edge of my seat.
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  • Viviane Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    The Taskforce is back again with Pike Logan, Knuckles and Jenny actively working a simple surveillance mission. Their job is to find out if a certain party involved in the Israeli diamond business is involved in a plot that could seriously embarrass and damage Israel’s reputation on a world-wide scale. But the simple mission blows up and goes awry, winding up with Pike’s good Israeli friends, Aaron and Shoshanna in serious trouble. Aaron is kidnapped by South African forces who believe he is spy The Taskforce is back again with Pike Logan, Knuckles and Jenny actively working a simple surveillance mission. Their job is to find out if a certain party involved in the Israeli diamond business is involved in a plot that could seriously embarrass and damage Israel’s reputation on a world-wide scale. But the simple mission blows up and goes awry, winding up with Pike’s good Israeli friends, Aaron and Shoshanna in serious trouble. Aaron is kidnapped by South African forces who believe he is spying for America or Israel against their takeover of the government in Lesotho, South Africa. Shoshanna is a secret Israeli, former Mossad, agent who is a hot-tempered killing machine who turns deadly at the slightest attempt at deception. The plot thickens and it turns out the Taskforce has wandered smack into a military coup in Lesotho and a plot by an American arms dealer to sell “triggers” for putting together a nuclear bomb to the right bidder. The latter must be stopped and that part of the plot is told in fragments as the kidnapping of Aaron takes precedence. Shoshanna doesn’t believe the group is doing enough to rescue her husband Aaron and so spends most of the novel alternatively going rogue when inflamed and cooperating when the Taskforce proves they are being trustful and loving.The Taskforce follows its usual game plan of tracking the multi-layered group of “bad guys” who are either involved in nuclear arms dealing or government takeovers. At times it’s a bit drawn out and too long. However, bones break, bodies fly, and death is an ever-distracting moment away for all the characters involved in this mission. Shoshanna prevails as the main character here, at points even turning against Pike and Jennifer. The force of her character leaves the readers breathless. Indeed the ending of the novel will also leave the reader stunned, far distant from what one expected. Again, a thriller that’s great adventure and a true international spy story to rival its counterparts in the genre!
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  • Tom Tischler
    January 1, 1970
    This was to be a simple mission for Aaron Bergman a former leader in an action team under the Mossad. He was to assess whether a merchant in the Israeli Diamond Exchangewas involved in a scheme that could potentially embarrass Israel. He was a contractor or cutout offering Israel plausible deniability and he disappears without a trace. Pike Loganand his team know nothing of this, they are in Tel Aviv tracking an American arms dealerwho may or may not be trying to sell sensitive nuclear weapons c This was to be a simple mission for Aaron Bergman a former leader in an action team under the Mossad. He was to assess whether a merchant in the Israeli Diamond Exchangewas involved in a scheme that could potentially embarrass Israel. He was a contractor or cutout offering Israel plausible deniability and he disappears without a trace. Pike Loganand his team know nothing of this, they are in Tel Aviv tracking an American arms dealerwho may or may not be trying to sell sensitive nuclear weapons components to the highest bidder. When Pike's team breaks up an attempt to kill Shoshana, Aaron's partner they stumble upon much more than expected. A conspiracy to topple a democraticAfrican country. Beginning to untangle a web that extends through both the American and Israeli intelligence community Pike is forced to choose between his Israeli friends and histaskforce mission even as the execution of a coup begins to form. At the heart of it is Aaronand his disappearance which is the one mistake the plotters made. Shoshana is the greatestkilling machine that the Mossad has ever produced and she will do everything in herpower to help Aaron even if it means killing Pike. This is book 12 in the Pike Logan seriesand it's a pretty good story and well worth reading. I gave it a 4
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  • Felicia Glover
    January 1, 1970
    Rating of 4.5 stars. I have always enjoyed listening to this series and each installment is better than the last. You must read the first installment, "One Rough Man" in order to follow this series. Character development occurs with each story. I enjoyed this particular tale due to the fact at the end, the author explained how he came of with the premise of this storyline and the effort he experienced in researching it, i.e. he and his interpreter-guide actually getting arrested in a foreign cou Rating of 4.5 stars. I have always enjoyed listening to this series and each installment is better than the last. You must read the first installment, "One Rough Man" in order to follow this series. Character development occurs with each story. I enjoyed this particular tale due to the fact at the end, the author explained how he came of with the premise of this storyline and the effort he experienced in researching it, i.e. he and his interpreter-guide actually getting arrested in a foreign country, detained and questioned. Hats of to Brad Taylor. Can't wait for the next installment of the Pike Logan saga!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Very exciting!
  • Mike Worley
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars
  • Belita
    January 1, 1970
    Think this is the last Brad T book I will read - not very good
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Pike Logan I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's one damn good adventure. I was expecting a fairly standard genre piece, and it surprised me. There's so much research and info in here. Way more cultural and landscape description than I would expect (resulting in it being a little wordy, but in a good way). Better development of characters and relationships than I expected for a serial, especially this deep into the series. I expected to be lost but wasn't beyond the firs This is the first Pike Logan I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's one damn good adventure. I was expecting a fairly standard genre piece, and it surprised me. There's so much research and info in here. Way more cultural and landscape description than I would expect (resulting in it being a little wordy, but in a good way). Better development of characters and relationships than I expected for a serial, especially this deep into the series. I expected to be lost but wasn't beyond the first 15 pages or so. And there is lots of time explaining how things work. Most things here I'm not an expert on, but the technology explanations were specific and on the mark, so that let me trust the other stuff. The result is that it drags here and there and is longer than is strictly required, but it made the read much better for me -- there was a richness here to dig into.One thing this book doesn't have is a whole lot of suspense. After reading the first 100 pages or so, I knew what had to happen and in roughly what order. Sometimes thrillers are an extension of the mystery genre, and this one certainly isn't. The thrills lie in the tactics, how exactly they do what they do, not that it has to be done. Despite the lack of plot-point surprises, it was a wild ride and I relished it. And the fact that there's a chase scene on the Baha'i garden terraces in Israel blew my mind -- he had me at Haifa. Just a solid great read.I got a copy to review from First to Read.
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  • Jennifer McLean
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GOD THAT WAS A GOOD BOOK!!! I just (5 minutes ago) finished “Operator Down”, Brad Taylor’s latest Pike Logan book. It’s the twelfth book in this blockbuster series and it was spectacular! I’ve read half a dozen of Taylor’s books in this series and every single one is a thrill ride. But this one was the perfect mix of intrigue, mystery, a pulse pounding adrenaline rush and rich characters. It was the perfect read.I have a theory about perfect books. They have to start with deeply interestin OH MY GOD THAT WAS A GOOD BOOK!!! I just (5 minutes ago) finished “Operator Down”, Brad Taylor’s latest Pike Logan book. It’s the twelfth book in this blockbuster series and it was spectacular! I’ve read half a dozen of Taylor’s books in this series and every single one is a thrill ride. But this one was the perfect mix of intrigue, mystery, a pulse pounding adrenaline rush and rich characters. It was the perfect read.I have a theory about perfect books. They have to start with deeply interesting characters who care about one another. The book shouldn’t hinge on the mystery, per say, but the characters’ relationships and how that is affected by the mystery/thiriller that surrounds them. I wouldn’t care a whit about just some mystery or thrill ride if I wasn’t also reading about how my favorite characters are affected by that situation. It’s human emotion that drives a great story. That’s what Brad Taylor has done here, combined beloved characters with a great thriller, it’s the perfect storm.Brad Taylor is the real deal. He writes what he knows. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and a twenty-one year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces. Taylor also had eight years with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment popularly known as Delta Force. He retired in 2010 and uses his extensive knowledge to write spectacular thrillers. It shows in the harrowing details he expertly weaves into his stories.In “Operator Down” Pike and Jennifer are working for the Taskforce to diagnose a potential international problem. While following leads, Pike thinks he’s heard a threat against friends Shoshana & Aaron who are former Mossad operatives. Getting permission from the Taskforce to uncover the true danger they’re facing will be a hard fight. Pike is hoping all won’t be lost because of bureaucratic red tape.Don’t miss this book! Even if, like me, you usually don’t love military thrillers, seriously, you have to try Brad Taylor! He writes a kick ass read but on top of that, his characters are so well rounded and written with such depth. The final nugget of gold you get when reading a Brad Taylor book is the organic learning that happens just by enjoying a great thriller. I don’t learn history or geography easily, it’s not an interest I have normally. BUT when reading any Taylor book I find I easily take in information that helps me understand what’s happening in the world more easily. What a bonus! I learn about current events and countries and military maneuvering and government oversight just by loving a great thriller. I’d take that anyway.If you haven’t read a Brad Taylor book yet, I started with “No Fortunate Son“. But the first Pike Logan book is “One Rough Man“, if you want to start at the beginning of the series.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    One of the true joys in an ongoing book series are the secondary cast of characters that are introduced along the way, especially those that make appearances often. Brad Taylor weaves a core cast of secondary characters through his stories as well as anyone out there writing today. In fact, in Operator Down the book opens with one of these characters, Aaron, a retired Mossad operator, who is now a free lance operator, primarily employed by the state of Israel. Make no mistake, this is still Pike One of the true joys in an ongoing book series are the secondary cast of characters that are introduced along the way, especially those that make appearances often. Brad Taylor weaves a core cast of secondary characters through his stories as well as anyone out there writing today. In fact, in Operator Down the book opens with one of these characters, Aaron, a retired Mossad operator, who is now a free lance operator, primarily employed by the state of Israel. Make no mistake, this is still Pike Logan's story, but Aaron and Shoshana, favorites of mine, and many others, figure prominently in this book, which is a delightful treat.For this installment, Taylor indicated he purposely wrote a novel that wasn't ripped from the headlines, which made for a nice change of pace. For those readers who relish the reality factor of headline driven stories, have no fear. There is still noted bad guys that have a real potential to threaten the security of the US, our allies, and really the entire geopolitical landscape of the planet. There is no shortage of intense action scenes, including the much admired improvisations that make Pike Logan stories so authentic. In addition, one of the main threads in the story, blood diamonds or the looting of a nations resources by those in power for personal gain, continues to be a relevant topic throughout the world. Taylor used that flawlessly (pun intended) to bring our Israeli friends into the picture.For fans of the genre that haven't read any Pike Logan novels, this is a great time and place to start. The novels are stand alone, with occasional references to previous stories, but short of knowing the key cast of characters well, you wont miss out on anything if you start here. Fair warning, you will want to go back and read them all. This is that good of a book. For fans of Brad Taylor there shouldn't be any disappointments. This is another action packed addition to a solid series, which takes place in a new setting in a small country in the corner of the world. There are the familiar struggles as Pike skirts his mandate, and then Kurt Hale, the commander of the Taskforce selling the mission to the Oversight Counsel.Excellent addition to the franchise. A solid 5 stars from this reader.Operator DownBrad Taylor
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  • Brett Thomasson
    January 1, 1970
    Ex-Mossad operators Aaron and Shoshana don't officially work for the government of Israel any more. Which means they do things the Israeli government wants done but doesn't want anyone to know they want them done. Pike Logan and the operators of the Taskforce know how that kind of game works, since they do it every day. When Aaron disappears and Shoshana is the target of an assassination attempt, the Taskforce's routine surveillance of an arms dealer turns out to be a deeper and more dangerous m Ex-Mossad operators Aaron and Shoshana don't officially work for the government of Israel any more. Which means they do things the Israeli government wants done but doesn't want anyone to know they want them done. Pike Logan and the operators of the Taskforce know how that kind of game works, since they do it every day. When Aaron disappears and Shoshana is the target of an assassination attempt, the Taskforce's routine surveillance of an arms dealer turns out to be a deeper and more dangerous mission than they thought. Not in the least because working with Shoshana could be just as lethal as working against her and because the Taskforce's oversight board has no interest in the matter beyond stopping an arms deal. The fate of Aaron and the ultimate design of the plotters is not their concern. But it is Pike's. Guess whose vision wins out.For Operator Down, the 12th tale of the Taskforce, retired special forces officer Brad Taylor didn't hang his story on an item from news headlines. He tried instead to spin up a yarn on his own, which makes for more focus on our characters than on explaining the evil plot, which is pretty simple at its base. It's a nice change of pace but doesn't reduce the suspense thriller mayhem level all that much. When Pike tries to rein in Shoshana's almost instinctive bloodlust, he's reminded of the same tendencies in himself and recognizes how Aaron is the Israeli assassin's link to humanity the way his partner and teammate Jennifer is for him. It's not a literary-level exchange but definitely owes a lot to Nietzsche's abyss and what happens when one gazes into it too long.The plot doesn't hold together as well as some of the other Logan tales that have real-world headlines as a peg; Taylor seems to work better with that kind of anchor. And Shoshana's anxiety-inspired mania starts to wear on a reader about two-thirds of the way through the book, especially when an episode of it seems to follow immediately after another declaration of belief in Pike and his plan. But a little extra work on the people he's been telling us about is welcome, and there's a fun little episode in the middle of the story that retells one of the mishaps Taylor had when researching his story. If Taylor's next novel also leans a little more heavily on character than plot, well, he'l probably be better at it the second time around. And if it doesn't we have some more depth to our team of heroes and a little more reason to care about what their dangerous missions may cost them even when they survive.Original available here.
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  • ElaineY
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JANUARY 11, 2017Narrators: Henry Strozier & Rich OrlowI didn't find this installment as fast-paced or suspenseful as the earlierbooks. The real action only came in at the last 25%. Nevertheless, by now Pike Logan and the Taskforce members have become like family to me so it was a comfort audio despite the low-key suspense. The plot is as shown in the book blurb with no twists or surprises. I feel Taylor needs to up his game a little and inject more high-0ctane scenes or REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JANUARY 11, 2017Narrators: Henry Strozier & Rich OrlowI didn't find this installment as fast-paced or suspenseful as the earlierbooks. The real action only came in at the last 25%. Nevertheless, by now Pike Logan and the Taskforce members have become like family to me so it was a comfort audio despite the low-key suspense. The plot is as shown in the book blurb with no twists or surprises. I feel Taylor needs to up his game a little and inject more high-0ctane scenes or throw in a plot twist.Narration-wise, Strozier and Orlow were superb as always. I really like the alternate 1st Person POVs though in the case of this series, Pike's POV is in 1st Person and the rest in 3rd. It made it very easy to follow each character through the story and the POV switch to Pike in 1st Person put me in an intimate space with our lead protagonist. I always enjoy following Pike's thoughts as he interacts with his team members, in this case, with the nutzoid, Shoshana. I recommend reading the series from the start in order to get a good feel for the secondary characters or else you will be doing them a disservice if you diss any without knowing how they came to be as they are in this 12th book.While I do not find this series to be in the same league (suspense-wise) as the Mitch Rapp, Ben Coes or even Greaney's Court Gentry, I still faithfully buy each audiobook as they come out.
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  • Dan Smith
    January 1, 1970
    It was to be a simple mission. Nothing more than assessing whether a merchant in the fabled Israeli Diamond Exchange was involved in a scheme that could potentially embarrass the state of Israel. But nothing is ever simple in the world of intelligence, as Aaron Bergman—a former leader of an elite direct action team under the Mossad—should have known. Executing the operation as a contractor, a cutout that gave the State of Israel plausible deniability, he disappears without a trace.Pike Logan and It was to be a simple mission. Nothing more than assessing whether a merchant in the fabled Israeli Diamond Exchange was involved in a scheme that could potentially embarrass the state of Israel. But nothing is ever simple in the world of intelligence, as Aaron Bergman—a former leader of an elite direct action team under the Mossad—should have known. Executing the operation as a contractor, a cutout that gave the State of Israel plausible deniability, he disappears without a trace.Pike Logan and his team know none of this, but he’s tracking an American arms dealer in Tel Aviv who may—or may not—be attempting to sell sensitive nuclear weapons components to the highest bidder. When Pike’s team breaks up an attempt at killing Shoshana, Aaron’s partner, they stumble upon much more than they expected—a concerted conspiracy to topple a democratic African country.Beginning to untangle a web that extends through both the American and Israeli intelligence community, Pike is forced to choose between his Israeli friends and his Taskforce mission, even as the execution of the coup begins to form. At the heart of it is Aaron, and his disappearance is the one mistake the plotters made. Because Shoshana is the greatest killing machine the Mossad has ever produced, and she will stop at nothing to help Aaron, even if it means killing Pike Logan.
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    I have read all but 1 of the books from Brad. I was lucky enough again to get an early read of this book from First reads spending my points to make sure. Not disappointed. Everyone always asks well which book is best? A very hard question to answer as they are all really good in their own right. I could not stop reading, I think finishing this in record time. As with all Brads books the pace is fast and lots of action. I love the fact of bringing Shoshana back with Aaron. Also Johan plays a lar I have read all but 1 of the books from Brad. I was lucky enough again to get an early read of this book from First reads spending my points to make sure. Not disappointed. Everyone always asks well which book is best? A very hard question to answer as they are all really good in their own right. I could not stop reading, I think finishing this in record time. As with all Brads books the pace is fast and lots of action. I love the fact of bringing Shoshana back with Aaron. Also Johan plays a large role in this book for those that remember him. It starts with Aaron along with Alexandra (not an agent) simply getting involved with the Diamond exchange with that leading to a coup in Lesotho. In between the task force crosses paths with Shoshana, Aaron gets abducted, and Jennifer and Pike go off the ranch to help. To be able to keep up the quality of writing this many books is a tough feat. I know as I read about 75 - 100 books a year and I have see authors misstep over time. The research that goes into each book, Brad puts his heart into it...and this time I learned he actually got interrogated himself. If that is not dedication, what is? Great read. Keep them coming. I cant wait to sometime be able to meet Brad and get some of my Books signed.
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  • Jarrod
    January 1, 1970
    Another fascinating Pike Logan novel. Well told with an interesting plot that spans Las Vegas, Israel, South Africa and the tiny country of Lesotho. Diamonds, kidnapping, a major coup plot and international espionage are all at play here. One of the operators retires in this tale and I'm interested to know how they will be replaced. He had good, unique skills and those still need to be used in future endeavors.Shoshana and Aaron make their appearance here again. Aaron is kidnapped when he is sup Another fascinating Pike Logan novel. Well told with an interesting plot that spans Las Vegas, Israel, South Africa and the tiny country of Lesotho. Diamonds, kidnapping, a major coup plot and international espionage are all at play here. One of the operators retires in this tale and I'm interested to know how they will be replaced. He had good, unique skills and those still need to be used in future endeavors.Shoshana and Aaron make their appearance here again. Aaron is kidnapped when he is supposed to be on his honeymoon and taken to a prison in South Africa. He needs saving, so Pike and company are on the job. Meanwhile the bad guy from the previous book is wrapped up in trying to purchase some nuclear triggers and sell them to a rogue state. It's an understatement to say that the team has their hands full. They have the primary mission with the triggers, but also have to convince the taskforce leadership that Aaron should be part of the deal as well.The "Shoshana is crazy" angle is getting a little tiring to be honest. I was getting bored reading for the 15,000th time that she's going to fly off the handle and not control her emotions and lash out. Then Pike and Jennifer reel her back into normalcy. At the end of this book, it is clear that she "owes" Pike and I'm certain that will play into a future tale. Overall, this tale fits perfectly into the stream of Pike/Jennifer thrillers. Plenty of action, a nice plot and good character interaction with a satisfying ending. Ready for the next installment.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Aaron Bergman embarks on a simple mission, to determine whether an Israeli Diamond Exchange merchant is involved in a potentially embarrassing scheme. As he was acting as a contractor, Israel had plausible deniability. But Aaron disappears.In Tel Aviv, Pike Logan is on the track of an American arms dealer suspected of attempting to sell sensitive nuclear weapons triggers. When Pike and his team foil an attempt to kill Aaron’s partner, Shoshana, they tumble into a conspiracy to topple a democrati Aaron Bergman embarks on a simple mission, to determine whether an Israeli Diamond Exchange merchant is involved in a potentially embarrassing scheme. As he was acting as a contractor, Israel had plausible deniability. But Aaron disappears.In Tel Aviv, Pike Logan is on the track of an American arms dealer suspected of attempting to sell sensitive nuclear weapons triggers. When Pike and his team foil an attempt to kill Aaron’s partner, Shoshana, they tumble into a conspiracy to topple a democratic African country. As they slowly unravel the tangled web extending through the both the American and Israeli intelligence communities, Pike finds himself faced with choosing between his Taskforce mission and his Israeli friends. And Shoshanna is determined to find Aaron, no matter what the cost.Pike Logan’s latest adventure offers readers all the thrills and pulse-pounding action they have come to expect from a Taskforce tale. With well-drawn characters, a strong sense of place, and a gripping plot, readers will find much to appreciate in this twelfth Pike Logan tale. Recommended.
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  • M. Conway
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed all of Brad Taylor's books, but this one was my least favorite. I gave it 3.5 stars, technically. The characters were great and were in their typical "operator" mode, but the premise just lacked that oomph. It was believable but kinda boring. I couldn't get into the whole Lesotho/regime change/threat to the US vibe the book was trying to get out. The question I ask myself about these books is, "If they fail or failed, how would it affect the country?" Usually you can answer with, "W I've enjoyed all of Brad Taylor's books, but this one was my least favorite. I gave it 3.5 stars, technically. The characters were great and were in their typical "operator" mode, but the premise just lacked that oomph. It was believable but kinda boring. I couldn't get into the whole Lesotho/regime change/threat to the US vibe the book was trying to get out. The question I ask myself about these books is, "If they fail or failed, how would it affect the country?" Usually you can answer with, "We're all dead, the country is ruined, Terrorism wins, etc..", but with this book the answer would be, "Well, Lesotho - which is a country within South Africa, by the way - has a new leader and regime." Oh. Really? Well, that sucks, I guess?Sure, the element with Aaron and Shoshana was good, but too much "operation" was put into it. I felt like Brad was really pushing the Shoshana/Pike relationship and tension a bit too much.Still, though, it was worth the read, as are all his books.
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  • John Falbey
    January 1, 1970
    Pike and crew at their bestHaving read all of Col. Taylor's Pike Logan books, I'm in a good position to compare this latest effort to the others. It's easily one of his best, perhaps the best. All of his books are packed with action, but this one more so than any of the others. He manages to maintain several storylines on a parallel track and all of them converge smoothly at the end.The main characters are reasonably well fleshed out, particularly if you read some of his previous novels, because Pike and crew at their bestHaving read all of Col. Taylor's Pike Logan books, I'm in a good position to compare this latest effort to the others. It's easily one of his best, perhaps the best. All of his books are packed with action, but this one more so than any of the others. He manages to maintain several storylines on a parallel track and all of them converge smoothly at the end.The main characters are reasonably well fleshed out, particularly if you read some of his previous novels, because you will be familiar with these characters. But this novel has many more characters than previous ones. So, some of the lesser characters are somewhat blank. But it's not something that will annoy the reader. The action will keep you turning pages. If I were to find fault with anything in this fine work, it would be the overwhelming use of acronyms. If you have a background in military-speak, it shouldn't be a problem. However, I'm guessing that most of his readers don't have that background, and struggle in places with the multitude of acronyms.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaways.I am a fan of thrillers involving "secret ops" which is why I wanted to give Brad Taylor's Pike Logan series a try. I was pleased that I could follow the book even though I hadn't read the beginning books in the series. The author makes it easy for the reader to play catch up. However, I found the book too wordy and I felt that it probably could have been cut in half. I also felt at times the dialogue felt forced and I received a free copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaways.I am a fan of thrillers involving "secret ops" which is why I wanted to give Brad Taylor's Pike Logan series a try. I was pleased that I could follow the book even though I hadn't read the beginning books in the series. The author makes it easy for the reader to play catch up. However, I found the book too wordy and I felt that it probably could have been cut in half. I also felt at times the dialogue felt forced and did not flow well. I could not stand the character Shoshana and found her incredibly annoying and terribly needy. I also found that the author kept referring to the characters by their code names and at other times by their real names. This drove me nuts trying to figure out who was who, but I finally did as they had "cute" code names that matched their personalities. Unfortunately, I now know that this series is not for me.
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  • Kelsie
    January 1, 1970
    I hate reviews with spoilers so you won't read any here. All you'll get is my humble opinion about the quality of this novel. I am a huge fan of Brad Taylor and I especially enjoy the Pike Logan series. For me, Operator Down is one of his best efforts. Even though this book is part of a series, Mr. Taylor made it as easy to follow as a stand-alone. This is a thriller from start to finish. Pike is as intriguing as ever and Jennifer, Aaron and Shoshana are an exciting support cast. Because of Tayl I hate reviews with spoilers so you won't read any here. All you'll get is my humble opinion about the quality of this novel. I am a huge fan of Brad Taylor and I especially enjoy the Pike Logan series. For me, Operator Down is one of his best efforts. Even though this book is part of a series, Mr. Taylor made it as easy to follow as a stand-alone. This is a thriller from start to finish. Pike is as intriguing as ever and Jennifer, Aaron and Shoshana are an exciting support cast. Because of Taylor’s extensive research, the backstory and surroundings are all beautifully rendered and richly detailed. Mr. Taylor has firmly entrenched himself on my favorites list with this endeavor. This is a definite must-read. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of the Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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  • Craig Wakefield
    January 1, 1970
    Pike Logan and his crew operate outside the law. Those in power in the United States are aware that there is the rule of law, but they have decided that the Rule of Law only applies to those too weak to take action for themselves. But even then the Task Force is only supposed to operate under certain guidelines. However,when you already work outside the Rule of Law, why would the operators worry about following those guidelines they have been given.Author Brad Taylor infers that the actions of P Pike Logan and his crew operate outside the law. Those in power in the United States are aware that there is the rule of law, but they have decided that the Rule of Law only applies to those too weak to take action for themselves. But even then the Task Force is only supposed to operate under certain guidelines. However,when you already work outside the Rule of Law, why would the operators worry about following those guidelines they have been given.Author Brad Taylor infers that the actions of Pike Logan and those associated with him are to be admired and praised because they take action no matter what the cost. Should we continue to read the Pike Logan series and support those that care nothing for the Rule of Law. Perhaps it is not so different than just reading the tweets of those in power today.
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  • Larry
    January 1, 1970
    In the 12th in the series, Pike Logan breaks the ‘rules’ and surveils an arms dealer, an American, and eventually finds him in cahoots with an is Israeli diamond dealer to initiate a coup in a African country in order to control its diamond trade. BTW, the arms dealer wants to be paid in nuclear triggers!This is not Bad Taylor’s best or worst. While the author has an appreciation for tactical skills, in this one, I most enjoyed his reoccurring character, Shoshanna, a former Mossad operator (and In the 12th in the series, Pike Logan breaks the ‘rules’ and surveils an arms dealer, an American, and eventually finds him in cahoots with an is Israeli diamond dealer to initiate a coup in a African country in order to control its diamond trade. BTW, the arms dealer wants to be paid in nuclear triggers!This is not Bad Taylor’s best or worst. While the author has an appreciation for tactical skills, in this one, I most enjoyed his reoccurring character, Shoshanna, a former Mossad operator (and empath – which is in itself interesting), who is so aggressive that she SCARES the other male operators! Initially, she believes that Logan is after her and it was entertaining to read of the clashes between her and Pike. Surprisingly, I also enjoyed the author’s comments at the end of the book.I’d like to see Brad Taylor write a standalone novel centered on Shoshanna.
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  • Joni Haynes
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book from Goodreads. It's a very readable book that takes us into the world of non-military operations on the world scene. The action begins upon opening the book, and never lets up. I learned a lot about spy operations, and found it pretty believable, since it is written by a former Delta Force soldier. There were two small problems...the book could have used a description of what some of the esoteric terms meant...I have no idea, for instance, what type of equipment "NODs" are. Also I won this book from Goodreads. It's a very readable book that takes us into the world of non-military operations on the world scene. The action begins upon opening the book, and never lets up. I learned a lot about spy operations, and found it pretty believable, since it is written by a former Delta Force soldier. There were two small problems...the book could have used a description of what some of the esoteric terms meant...I have no idea, for instance, what type of equipment "NODs" are. Also, I couldn't believe that the operator they were rescuing had been tortured and weakened by imprisonment, and not given much food, could have had the strength to do the things that he did after rescue...it just doesn't follow. But, other than those two items, I would have rated the book 5 stars.
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  • Julia David
    January 1, 1970
    Another roller coaster ride! I love Shoshana. She only wants to have a "normal" life and is tired of being a weapon. Aaron understands her, knows her and loves her anyway. But, Aaron takes a routine job and disappears. Aaron knows that Shoshana will come for him. He just has to stay alive until then. Pike and his team are following an arms dealer and their path crosses with Shoshana. Shoshana has been attacked, then Pike shows up and she isn't sure if he is part of the problem or a solution. The Another roller coaster ride! I love Shoshana. She only wants to have a "normal" life and is tired of being a weapon. Aaron understands her, knows her and loves her anyway. But, Aaron takes a routine job and disappears. Aaron knows that Shoshana will come for him. He just has to stay alive until then. Pike and his team are following an arms dealer and their path crosses with Shoshana. Shoshana has been attacked, then Pike shows up and she isn't sure if he is part of the problem or a solution. There is a coup brewing in Lesotho, betrayal, a prison break and the team is right in the middle of it. In trying to do the right thing, the team may cause an international incident. An exciting read.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a very fast-paced, action intensive book. Pike Logan and his team are tracking an illegal arms dealer in Tel Aviv. They stumble upon an attempt to kill one of their friends, ex-Israeli agent Shoshana. After thwarting the attempt, they discover that her husband Aaron is missing after conducting an operation looking into a scheme in the Israeli Diamond Exchange. This leads them to uncover a conspira 3 stars I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a very fast-paced, action intensive book. Pike Logan and his team are tracking an illegal arms dealer in Tel Aviv. They stumble upon an attempt to kill one of their friends, ex-Israeli agent Shoshana. After thwarting the attempt, they discover that her husband Aaron is missing after conducting an operation looking into a scheme in the Israeli Diamond Exchange. This leads them to uncover a conspiracy to overthrow a democratic government in Africa.The story crosses continents, agencies and agendas. The story is fairly complicated, with plenty of frantic firefights and military operations.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Operator Down is the twelfth book in the Logan Pike Thriller series. This can be read as a standalone. But since each book builds on the previous storylines, I recommend that you read them in order if possible. There is violence.The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. This is a well crafted thriller. The author did a good job of keeping a steady pace throughout the book to keep this reader interested. It kept me guessing what twists and Operator Down is the twelfth book in the Logan Pike Thriller series. This can be read as a standalone. But since each book builds on the previous storylines, I recommend that you read them in order if possible. There is violence.The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. This is a well crafted thriller. The author did a good job of keeping a steady pace throughout the book to keep this reader interested. It kept me guessing what twists and turns would be revealed in the pages ahead. As usual, nothing is quite as it seems on the surface. I enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.
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  • Milt
    January 1, 1970
    I have finally figured out why I so dislike this book that has been so highly rated by others ... my problem is that I have been listening when others - I assume - have been reading. Specifically as to this book ... Rich Orlow and Henry Strozier narrate. Strozier is a wonderful, skilled narrator who brings life into what he does. Orlow reads EVERY SINGLE LINE as if he is trying to be some mega tough macho guy who crushes FULL beer cans with his weaker hand while fighting off several biker dudes I have finally figured out why I so dislike this book that has been so highly rated by others ... my problem is that I have been listening when others - I assume - have been reading. Specifically as to this book ... Rich Orlow and Henry Strozier narrate. Strozier is a wonderful, skilled narrator who brings life into what he does. Orlow reads EVERY SINGLE LINE as if he is trying to be some mega tough macho guy who crushes FULL beer cans with his weaker hand while fighting off several biker dudes with his other. I'll probably try reading the rest of the book on down the line ... after enough time has passed that I don't hear Orlow barking in my head as I do.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this. What starts out as a simple surveillance mission goes horribly awry for Aaron - former Mossad, husband of Shoshanna, and friend of Pike. The team is on a mission that intersects, and the fur flies as Shoshanna goes crazy attempting to get to Aaron. From Tel Aviv to South Africa to Lesotho, the chase is on to complete the mission and rescue Aaron before time runs out.All of the favorites are back, including Johan from Ring of Fire. A Special Forces guy named Clint guest-starred. I hop Loved this. What starts out as a simple surveillance mission goes horribly awry for Aaron - former Mossad, husband of Shoshanna, and friend of Pike. The team is on a mission that intersects, and the fur flies as Shoshanna goes crazy attempting to get to Aaron. From Tel Aviv to South Africa to Lesotho, the chase is on to complete the mission and rescue Aaron before time runs out.All of the favorites are back, including Johan from Ring of Fire. A Special Forces guy named Clint guest-starred. I hope to see him again.Kudos to Brad Taylor on an exciting story well told. Nice spots of humor and romance between the gun battles and hand-to-hand combat scenes make for a really good read.
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  • Bill
    January 1, 1970
    This is a standard Pike Logan and team yarn. Pike discovers a plot against the U.S. by a U.S. citizen, the team gathers in Europe and on to Africa to follow the bad guys. Pike requests approval to do more than evaluate the situation to the big shots in Washington who control his team (who always tell him no). As usual, Pike ignores them and his team goes on a typical search and destroy mission, runs into one problem after another, but eventually they come out on top. The challenge for the reader This is a standard Pike Logan and team yarn. Pike discovers a plot against the U.S. by a U.S. citizen, the team gathers in Europe and on to Africa to follow the bad guys. Pike requests approval to do more than evaluate the situation to the big shots in Washington who control his team (who always tell him no). As usual, Pike ignores them and his team goes on a typical search and destroy mission, runs into one problem after another, but eventually they come out on top. The challenge for the reader is to figure out how Pike will succeed, the barriers along the way, and how he will save the world or the U.S. Brad Taylor's books are good fun and a joy to read.
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