Daughter of War by Brad Taylor

Daughter of War

Brad Taylor

Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill stumble upon the sale of a lethal substance called Red Mercury. As they begins to unravel the plot, a young refugee unwittingly holds the key to the conspiracy.

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Former Special Forces Officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller featuring Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill as they come face to face with a conspiracy where nothing is as it seems.

Hot on the trail of a North Korean looking to sell sensitive US intelligence to the Syrian regime, Pike Logan and the Taskforce stumble upon something much graver: the sale of a lethal substance called Red Mercury.

Unbeknownst to the Taskforce, the Syrians plan to use the weapon of mass destruction against American and Kurdish forces, and blame the attack on terrorists, causing western nations to reassess their participation in the murky cauldron of the Syrian civil war.

Meanwhile, North Korea has its own devastating agenda: a double-cross that will dwarf the attack in Syria even as it lays the blame on the Syrian government. Leveraging Switzerland's fame for secrecy and its vast network of military bunkers, now repurposed by private investors for the clandestine storage of wealth, North Korea will use Red Mercury to devastate the West's ability to deliver further sanctions against the rogue regime.

As the Taskforce begins to unravel the plot, a young refugee unwittingly holds the key to the conspiracy. Hunted across Europe for reasons she cannot fathom, she is the one person who can stop the attack--if she can live long enough for Pike and Jennifer to find her.


Advance Galley Reviews

Another great Pike Logan and the Taskforce thiller. The locations really come live in this book. Really a great read.

Just finished reading this book and is was so good. I loved it. From the first page to the end I didn't want to quite reading. I love the TaskForce group, and their assignments this book were so thrilling, non-stop action from start to finish. And the inclusion of the young girl Amena who actually helped them (a lot) was great as was the fantastic ending. I would definitely recommend this book.

Brad Taylor's Daughter of War is a great read. I love the characters and their code names for each other. It's an adrenaline rush that makes you want to laugh and cry. Great book!

Daughter of War is the 13th novel in Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan series. This thriller adds a new element to the continuing adventures of the Taskforce, a clandestine US counterterrorism unit led by Pike. The novel works well as a standalone, but backstory from previous novels enhances the understanding of the primary characters and the team dynamics. Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are partners in Grolier Recovery Services, an archaeological recovery business, which serves as a front for the covert missions of the Taskforce. This novel begins with the team being pulled from a real archaeological dig to subvert a ploy by North Korea to sell top-secret US data to Syria. The team discovers that the data transfer they are attempting to disrupt is actually the sale of a lethal new biological weapon, mythically known as Red Mercury. The mission is now critical. My favorite character, Amena, a young Syrian refugee who survived the horrors of Aleppo, becomes an integral part of the action and is critical to the success or failure of this latest mission. Amena’s personal mantra, “if it is to be, it is up to me”, serves her well when her actions place her in the path of the bad guys. The drama traverses several locales, ultimately ending in scenic Switzerland, where all the important players intersect, and the action reaches a satisfyingly climatic end. I am a fan of Brad Taylor, and Daughter of War is another expertly written novel from this master of the action thriller. The primary characters are developed even more in this edition of the series. The riveting plot is intricate and scarily believable. The action is fast-paced and keeps the adrenaline pumping. I was enamored by the detailed rendering of the scenery. Taylor explicitly describes the background scenery and blends it seamlessly into the plot. He takes the reader around every historic corner and to breath-taking summits. I thoroughly enjoyed this 13th edition of Pike Logan’s escapades. Daughter of War gives a complete view of the collaboration between Pike, Jennifer and the entire team. I couldn’t find any cons in this novel, so I rate it a solid 5 out of 5. If you crave action and adventure with realistic human interaction, this is the book for you. If you’re not a fan of violence, you might want to take a pass on this one. I was given the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

Wow! I just finished this page turner and must thank you for an even better than expected look into Pike Logan and friends. This effort has even more character development, humor and sight seeing along with the action and thrills. I'm sure we will see the plucky yet damaged Amena again as well. I feel that the politics that affect decision making at the highest level could be a character on its own. You make me want to stand up and shout to "do the right thing" no matter the fall out. Thanks for giving me someone to root for. Yes, your plot is very plausible and well presented, I can highly recommend this fairly quick read that will be thought provoking too.

I loved this adventure with Pike Logan and team, with the addition of the titular young girl named Amena who takes over the novel in an oddly lovable way for a military thriller. The plot is an international adventure, starting in Monaco but taking place mostly in Switzerland, with bad guys from North Korea and Syria. The overall plot was both scary and believable, which the possible exception of Amena's role in it. Taylor makes the locations vivid, backed up with his own travel. The characters on the team are well developed. This is the second Pike Logan I've read, and I am very comfortable with the characters even after joining the series this late. The story is well written, fast paced, and the scenes follow one another cinematically. And I loved Amena, even though she didn't actually come off as very realistic. She's 13, and has to be that old to be as smart as she is, but other characters describe her as a small child and she sometimes acts like someone much younger. So that was a little awkward but didn't keep me from rooting for her. I got a copy to review from First to Read.

Pike Logan is back in Daughter of War from retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Brad Taylor. Lieutenant Colonel Taylor commanded multiple troops and a squadron within the Special Forces Operational Detachment aka Delta. Using his 21 years of experience and knowledge, Taylor brought us the Pike Logan series, which with Daughter of War, is 13 novels deep, plus multiple Taskforce short stories, all part of the same universe that help tie up loose ends or just give us a better understanding of how and why something occurred, my personal favorite, The Callsign. His most recent, The Ruins goes back to between One Rough Man and All Necessary Force, letting us know how Jennifer got ready for Taskforce Assessment and how their company Grolier Recovery Services came to be. A definite must read for all Pike Logan fans. Daughter of War begins with a North Korean scientist showing off his new chemical weapon, nicknamed “Red Mercury.” They chose this name because many within the Arab community have heard of this weapon as a myth, therefore seeing it and the idea of using it in real life gave them the utmost confidence. All while North Korea is planning their own mission, which would coincide with the terrorist attack and hence, give them a scape goat to blame their attack on. The Taskforce in the form of Pike and his team are after the North Koreans initially because of a list they believe is about to be sold off to the terrorists, this list contains names of high level government employees and operatives all over the world. However, they quickly realize the list isn’t what the North Koreans are trying to sell, but a WMD. If I didn’t know better, I would imagine this plot was not a work of fiction but pulled straight from real world news outlets. Taylor introduces us to a new character, Amena. A thirteen-year-old kid that is down on her luck, trying hard to survive and almost getting herself killed multiple times in the process. A Syrian refugee that just can’t catch a break. We first meet Amena and her brother in Monaco, a tiny independent city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline where they search for ‘marks’ or tourists whom they can score a payday by stealing cameras, wallets, phones, etc. Anything that will feed them for another day or week. Their first heist is unsuccessful, but their second is. This one however, begins a chain of events that would see Amena’s world come crashing down all around her and have her running all over Europe for her life. The entire team Pike is use to working with is back, including Jennifer, aka Koko. VEEP, the US President’s son. Blood, who still can’t get over his callsign, but does get to see some action and we see it through the eyes of a scared thirteen-year-old girl. Creed, their technical support back in the states who comes through for the team when Pike needs him the most, a very small part, but one I was hoping would get him some much-deserved recognition. Maybe in Brads next short story. Colonel Kurt Hale, the commander of the Taskforce. And of course, the fan favorite or I should say the ladies favorite, Knuckles. He does not disappoint, in one scene he meets with an “asshole, I’m sorry I misspelled asset,” and totally and utterly puts the fear of god into him in classic style. Finally, Nephillim ‘Pike’ Logan. Pike is back and has not slowed down one bit. As we all know, a deep character full of compassion, determination, and rage. The rage he can control and channel 98 percent of the time. Those other two percent however, are what great thriller books are made of. Right here is where Brad Taylor comes through with some heart thumping action. For long time Pike Logan fans, you know exactly what I mean. For those just getting introduced to the Pike Logan series, I urge you to stop reading this right now and start from the beginning with One Rough Man. You will be in for a treat reading through this series from the beginning. If you haven’t stopped reading and you haven’t read Taylor’s entire Pike Logan series, you’ve been warned. Spoilers ahead for One Rough Man. We know that Pike lost this wife and daughter in a brutal and violent way, and we know where his rage comes from. When he comes into ear shot of Amena and her pursuers in Daughter of War and hears her pleading for her life and hears what they’ve done to her already. Pike is transformed into what Amena describes as something “unworldly,” “tearing open a scab that never healed,” like a demon escaping wanting to feed. And boy does it feed. Brad Taylor is back with Daughter of War. A suspenseful, action packed thriller. The story relevant, the plot driven, the action nonstop. In what I think to be Brads best work yet. Definitely one of 2019’s best thrillers. I highly recommend you pre-order Daughter of War and set aside a day or two in early 2019, this won’t be one you can read leisurely, the non-stop action is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat, glued to the book. Daughter of War will be available on January 8, 2019.

I received an advanced readers copy (ARC) of Brad Taylor’s ‘Daughter of War’ from First to Read in exchange for a fair review.. Having read Taylor’s previous work with Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill, I naturally compared this book to his earlier. With that in mind, this book is one of his best works. On what initially appears as a side thread, Taylor introduces Amena and her brother, Adnan, refugees from Aleppo, Syria who have become pickpockets and thieves to support themselves and their father. While the taskforce begins their search, Amena has already stolen the iPhone belonging to the Syrian Pike’s team is chasing. This action places her directly into the crosshairs of multiple actions throughout the storyline. As in his previous books and stories, Brad Taylor weaves an exceptionally good story while keeping the level of action high and overall excellent flow within the different storylines. What some reviewers often miss within Taylor’s books is the extraordinary development and depth of his characters. In ‘Daughter I’d War, his introduction of Amena includes a three dimensional development of her character while it has the added effect of bringing even more depth to Pike Logan’s loss of family. Brad Taylor’s descriptions of locations as well as the techniques, tactics, and procedures of the task force are flawless. There is sufficient detail to make the story ‘feel’ accurate without getting in the way of the flow or giving too much away. This novel combines what we’ve read or seen in the news about North Korea, Syria, and chemical WMDs in a way which is generally forgotten. By adding Amena, Taylor brings the refugee issue from the Syrian war into the mix. Add the usual action and high adventure of Pike Logan’s team and you have one of the best action thrillers around. Personally, I find Taylor’s books better than those of Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, or David Baldacci with crisper, more realistic action and characters with tremendous depth. Brad Taylor’s initial Pike Logan novel, ‘One Rough Man’ was very impressive for a new author. He has continued to get better with each successive book and story. This is a book that I highly recommend and I’m certain you’ll enjoy.

Was given an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review from First to Read online. This had an amazing storyline with awesome action scenes, amazing characters, and tremendous flow. Brad has always been a talented author but this had me turning pages nonstop. Pike and Jennifer are flung into the middle of an extremely lethal substances impending release on humanity with so many layers that I was honestly wondering what would happen next. The spotlight is shown on a young girl, from a war torn country who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pike’s team is awesome and are professional as they come and I love their banter while being able to operate in tough situations. I highly recommend this and hope you pick it up!

 


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