Book Title: One Rough Man (Pike Logan, #1)
Author: Brad Taylor
Series: Pike Logan
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Published: February 17th 2011 by Dutton
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.
I wanted to give Brad Taylor and this new guy Pike Logan, a 4-star review on this first installment of the series. I can’t help but force myself down to a 3 for the sheer reason of main character backstory. The amount of espionage/shooter series that feature a top-tier operator who’s thrown off track by losing their family, is almost laughable now. Were it not for Taylor’s great story and entertaining action sequences I’m sure I would have put this one down after a few chapters. “Are you kidding me, another SF on a rampage after losing his family?”
While Pike Logan does go into rampage mode, his reaction to the brutal loss of his family is a bit different than similar titles. This is what kept me reading at the beginning, and honestly I’d say by halfway through the book I no longer cared about the “same-ole” backstory.
Co-star slash sidekick Jennifer is a great addition, I could never really tell where that relationship was going, which was a nice change and avoided predictability. I think Brad Taylor plugs in just enough of his military experience to make the reader feel they’re in-the-know, without over doing it to either extreme. When I finished One Rough Man I was compelled to start #2 right away, and a large part of that was to follow the connection between Pike and Jennifer…
All and all, Pike Logan #1 is a 4-star action novel who gets a 1-point deduction due to the outrageously overused Bad-ass with a grudge backstory. In defense of the author, the book was released in 2011 and I’m not sure who spoiled this method of main character motivation first.