Operator Down by Brad Taylor

Operator Down

Brad Taylor

“Logan is a tough, appealing hero you’re sure to root for.”—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author

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Former Special Forces 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.


Advance Galley Reviews

Operator Down, which is the latest installment in the Pike Logan series did not disappoint. With the story set in Africa and many of the background details plucked from recent scenarios in this setting, this was a fast paced page turner. Love Brad Thor's writing and really enjoyed the newest in this series.

Pike and his team are at it again, saving everyone, in secret, while traveling the world, this time a small-time arms dealer has decided to go big with a deal to acquire nuclear launch codes. Soshana and Aaron, Israeli friends of Pike and Jennifer, are in trouble, and somehow connected to Pike's team current mission.

"Operator Down" is the newest Pike Logan novel written by Brad Taylor. Pike is an independent operator with a team of highly trained and skilled people/weapons. Taylor himself a Delta Force retiree, writes with the testosterone driven love for strategy and violence that keeps most men (and many women) returning again and again for the Pike series that thrills them all. It is practically soaked in adrenaline. In this novel, Pike and his team are on a mission to retrieve nuclear triggers from possible terrorist. Coincidentally, Aaron and Shoshana, Israeli operators and friends of Pike, are on their honeymoon when Aaron decides to take an assignment to South Africa because of some diamonds. The two assignments are believed to be connected, leaving Pike's team to solve both problems and clean up an international mess. Love this series and love this book. Oddly, when I logged on to type this review, I see an article about Cape Town and the water crisis. Which is weird because I know extremely little about South Africa and yet I knew exactly what the article was talking about because of this book. Full of headlining stories and current events! I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com. I posted a copy of this review on my website and amazon.com.

Going into Operator Down, I was aware that it was the 12th book in the Logan Pike series by Brad Taylor. However, I had never read the series prior and I do believe that you can enjoy this book as a standalone; however, at times, I felt that perhaps I might have enjoyed the story more had I known the back story to the characters beyond what we were provided in the book. I did find the book a bit difficult to get into, and found that I was putting it down far more than I anticipated based on the exciting premise. However, it did eventually become more thrilling and carried me through to the end. If you enjoy thrillers or suspense novels that center around military and secret ops, I definitely recommend picking this one up. Thank you First to Read for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinions.

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.

Brad Taylor has been churning out bestsellers year after year. Operator Down is his best novel till date.

I am providing an honest review in exchange for an advanced copy. I really struggled with this book, and actually gave up about 3/4 of the way through. It is typical of the genre I love to read, however, I found it difficult to "bond" with the characters and found it even more difficult to embrace what little character development there was. The story was just to technical for me, and although there are threads of realism, this book did nothing for me. Try as I might, I hung on as long as I could, thill I finally said, I give up. Maybe if I had read the first book in this series I would have been able to enjoy the book and embrace the characters, but I think each book should have enough overall development of plot and characters to stand alone. Sorry, but this is a two thumbs down for me.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have read early Pike Logan stories and eventually stopped because they just didn’t really grab me like Coe’s Dewey Andreas novels did. Each novel CAN be read as a standalone which is a definite plus in the world of fiction. I found Operator Down a little too wordy, a bit too technical. I want to read a story that is true to life and factual in its presentation of people, places, and things (which these books are) yet not really come away with the degree of technical knowledge expressed. I guess I am just more of an adventure and people reader! Shoshana, a returning character, is one of the more interesting characters I think. She was raised to be a weapon of the Mossad and really would love to live a normal life. In this installment of the story line she has married Aaron. A good change for her character. I would consider reading more to see how her character is fleshed out. I enjoy the genre, but this book never got off ground.150 pages in to it, I was getting bored and started skimming, eventually just putting it down. I could figure it out and the people just didn’t develop as I would have liked to have seen. Not nearly enough suspense.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. First off, I have to say this is yet another excellent installment in the Pike Logan Taskforce series! This time they are operating in Africa and you will see a different side of the Taskforce in this one. I highly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this one too!

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.

I enjoy the genre, but this book never got off the mark for me. 106 pages in I was still waiting for the story to develop. Decided to give this one up.

Operator Down is grossly engaging. It was difficult at first differentiating between all the characters but it didn’t take long and the story was fast paced throughout the whole book. This was a great book with a lot of historical context.

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.

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.

I am not the typical fan of military fiction but Brad Thor is an exception. Operator Down continues Mr. Thor’s ability to engage readers who usually enjoy other types of fiction.

This is the first book I've read by Brad Taylor and I'm wondering why I have some of his others on my shelf that I haven't cracker yet. Operator Down had that urgency about it that most thrillers do, but I also learned something about Africa and South Africa that I didn't know about. I really enjoyed how Mr Taylor used his own personal experienceduring the research of this book, in the storyline. He talks about it in the Acknowledgments sectio. I fell in love with almost all of the characters, which I had never met before thanks to my way behind reading schedule. But I didn't find it to get caught up quickly with the amount of backstory Mr. Taylor provided for someone just like me. What a thrill of a ride Operator down was. My only complaint would be the quick rap up. I expected just a tad more action from that story thread than there was. Overall, it was a great read and I look forward to dusting off some of my other books by him.

Brad Taylor writes about military action with a clarity that makes it clear that he deeply understands his subject matter. The pacing of Operator Down keeps the reader turning pages waiting breathlessly to find out how the two converging plot lines will resolve. Operator Down includes the excellent writing that Taylor has become known for, with some deeper character development (especially with Aaron and Shoshana) that will lead readers to an even deeper emotional connection with the Taskforce and their allies. I highly recommend picking this book up. When you do, I’m certain you won’t put it down.

There is a plot against the US by a US citizen. Pike Logan and his team are working the case. They discover their case is much more complicated than they originally thought and involves multiple intelligence communities. This book refers to the characters by both their code names and their real names which was confusing sometimes. This is part of a series but could be read on its own.

This was one of the best books in the Pike Logan series yet. The action was more prevalent in this story and the storyline was also extremely well developed. This story was a couple notches better than the last few books. This was researched well. Writing was top notch.

I once again really enjoyed this thriller with Pike Logan, Jennifer and all the other familiar characters. More exciting missions, some on the book and some where Pike goes slightly rogue to help a friend. I thought the book might be difficult to read, might be really complicated to follow, but Brad Taylor is such an excellent writer he made the story easy to follow, easy to understand, yet full of details. I was glued to the book from the start and couldn't put it down until I found out whether Aaron gets rescued and Shoshana is reunited with him and all missions are accomplished. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

The book was a little slow to start, took a minute to figure out the characters with the jumping around from one scene to the next. However, once you got the flow down and who all the characters were, the speed of the story picked up and it was a good read. Almost disappointed that the story ended. I wanted more from some of those characters. I will have to go back and ready other books that have these characters in them to get a better feel for them.

This was the first book that I’ve read from the series. I tried to get into it day after day, but couldn’t get past the first 50 pages. Thank you for the opportunity to read this ARC, but it just wasn’t for me.

This was my first Brad Taylor novel, but it won't be my last. This book was fast paced, non-stop action that kept you glued to the book until the last page. Not being familiar with the characters in the book did not keep me from enjoying the story, but it did sometimes made it hard to understand some of the comments that the characters referenced from prior missions. So now I get to go back and read some of the other earlier books from this author and get caught up. I would recommend this author to anyone who really enjoys action adventures.

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. (Come to Denver please )

This is another exceptional 'Pike Logan' story from Brad Taylor and will no doubt hit the best seller's list. While I may be somewhat prejudice, since I have read all of the books and short stories by Brad Taylor, his novel 'Operator Down' did not disappoint. This 'Pike Logan' thriller picks up only a couple of months after the end of Taylor's latest short story 'The Infiltrator' where Aaron and Shoshana get married. Now Aaron is on a non-Mossad mission to South Africa for the Diamond Exchange. Brad Taylor works Pike and Jennifer into a mission tracking an American arms dealer in Tel Aviv where they attempt a social (lunch) meeting with Shoshana. This leads to a rather interesting encounter where Pike and Jennifer help break up an attempt at killing Shoshana but she is suspicious that Pike is somehow involved in setting her up. I particularly enjoyed the setting within Lesotho with the comparison to the Italian microstate of San Marino. Taylor puts together a number of credible threats that is woven into the Taskforce's mission through a little manipulation by Curt Hale. I would give this book five stars and highly recommend it.

Wow! Another nail biting mission in the continuing saga of Pike and Jennifer. Picking up from the last installment, this page turner gives more than a glimpse into the minds of not only the main character but his extended team as well. Bravo Mr. Taylor in your continuing development as a storyteller, this edition puts more meat on the bone along with exotic locations and a very believable plot line. The introduction of new characters and bringing back an old one makes it hard to wait for the next book. Keep up the great work and thanks for showing us the struggle of doing the right thing even when it's hard

Another great Pike Logan thriller. I really enjoyed this story and the attention to details. For your most enjoyment read the entire series but works well as a stand alone novel as well. If you get the chance, attend one of Brad’s book signing, very interesting back story for this author, a true American hero. Thank you First to Read for the advance galley copy,

Another nonstop thriller from Brad Taylor. I love the characters in the book. It’s fascinating to see the characters and their relationships developed throughout the series. Can’t wait to read the next book!

Taylor's latest book continues to deliver hard-hitting action and kept me on the edge of my seat. However, Operator Down delivers far more character development than previous books in the series and it is a welcome addition. I enjoyed the earlier books for their suspension of disbelief driven entertainment value, but this book made the characters stand out front and center aside from the action and story arc. I hope this trend continues!

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Non stop action, twists and intrigue abound in this thriller! It is one that a person cannot put down!

If you are a fan of anti-terrorist thrillers, Brad Taylor’s novels about Pike Logan and the Taskforce are must reads! Mr. Taylor has walked the walk in his military career and has put his vast knowledge into some excellent novels. Operator Down is slightly different from previous books, in that all the earlier books were “ripped from the headlines” and this new thriller comes out and gives the reader an exciting topic that catches them off guard. It covers the world diamond trade, African political coups, and much more in it’s pages. Another fun thing is that two supplimental charactors from previous books have a large part of the plot. Brad Taylor keeps upping his game with each new book and Operator Down does not disappoint.

This book was awesome!!

Very well written! I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was in the fight with them. Completely realistic novel. I would definitely recommend! Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

 


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