The Forgotten Soldier Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In New York Times best-selling author Brad Taylor's latest heart-stopping thriller, Pike Logan returns with his most dangerous and personal threat yet: a Taskforce operator gone rogue.
For years the extralegal counterterrorist unit known as the Taskforce has worked in the shadows, anticipating and preventing attacks around the globe. Created to deal with a terrorist threat that shuns the civilized rule of law, it abandoned the same, operating outside of the US Constitution. Though wildly successful, it was rooted in a fear that the cure could be worse than the disease. And now that fear has come home.
A Special Forces soldier is killed on an operation in Afghanistan, and complicit in the attack is a government official of an allied nation. While the US administration wants to forget the casualty, one Taskforce member will not. When he sets out to avenge his brother's death, his actions threaten not only to expose the Taskforce's activities but also to destroy a web of alliances against a greater evil.
Pike Logan understands the desire but also the danger. Brought in to eliminate the risk, he's now forced to choose between his friend and the administration he's sworn to protect while, unbeknownst to either of them, the soldier's death is only the beginning....
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 1 minute|
|Narrator||Henry Strozier, Rich Orlow|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 29, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #22,740 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#137 in Military Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#283 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
#346 in War & Military Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2016
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THE FORGOTTEN SOLDIER is the most gripping and darkest entry to date.
A family member of a Taskforce operator has died in combat operations. The killers have connections to a prominent Middle Eastern government. With the Oversight Council opting to ignore the operator's evidence, he goes off the reservation to avenge his brother.
In turn, the Oversight Council deploys Pike Logan and his team. They are to capture the operator and stop him from causing an international incident. Worse, they are implicitly ordered to kill the operator if they cannot bring him in alive.
Throughout the Pike Logan series, Taylor has hinted at how badly the Taskforce could be abused if they went off the reservation, individually or collectively. This time, he made it a central focus of the novel, and made it his most gripping novel yet. It is incredibly dark as the operator slips into the abyss, something with which Pike Logan is intimately familiar.
Over nine novels, Taylor has managed to continue developing his characters. This time, the focal point of development was Pike, using the rogue operator as a mirror. It was excellently done. And, as always, the plotting and action are top notch. I could go on and on about that, but anyone who has been reading my reviews of the Pike Logan novels already knows what I'll say.
My only (very minor) gripe is that it could have been darker. Call me a twisted individual, but I would have loved if things went absolutely as dark as they could get. But, that isn't enough of a gripe to detract from the overall rating.
All in all, excellent, action-packed, character-rich novel. Highly recommended.
While going through the box of personal effects from his brother, recently killed in Afghanistan, Guy George, a seasoned Taskforce operator, discovers that there might be more to the story of his brother's death than the official story. Slowly slipping into the dark side, Guy goes rogue to get the truth and avenge his brother's death. The Taskforce is sent to stop him, and it's not easy to track one of your own who knows all the tricks of the trade. Especially when the Secretary of State has himself become unintentionally working with terrorists.
There is non stop action in this book that keeps you on the edge of your seat and an extra dose of humor that is mixed perfectly with times of grief and the hard examination of one's own conscience and loyalty. It also highlights Pike's empathy for Guy from his own near fatal trip to his darkest side. Not just Pike but everyone on the Taskforce goes through their own self examination and it is brilliant. A great story and plotline with an entirety new view of our favorite characters. I can't recommend it enough.
I don't know how Brad Taylor manages to do it better each time but he does. This time, he's exceptional. If you're not already a fan of his books, you are missing out. It's always worth it, and he's outdone himself with The Forgotten Soldier.
In addition to his brother's clothing, he finds an armband, which he removes. It contains four pictures with Arabic names. These men were the last targets his brother had chased. These were the men who had killed his brother.
Going through his brother's "leftovers" has made him late for a meeting with a firm named Blaisdell consulting, where he is to get an award for his actions on a target in Dubrovnick, Croatia. Blaisdell Consulting is anything but a consulting firm, and Guy is a member of "The Task Force", which is commanded by Col. Kurt Hale.
What the meeting is really about is a mission to eliminate a national threat. That mission is to eliminate the men who killed Guy's brother.
It is called a "James Bond" mission, and is headed by Pike Logan and his team, Jennifer and "Knuckles". And the also perform other missions for "The Task Force".
Were it not for detrimental factors, such as extended descriptions of mundane events and activities, and the persistent use of first and last names and titles, this novel would have been an excellent read. Since the detrimental factors do not disrupt the reading greatly, it is still very good.
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As for this latest book, it's probably the best in the series. The plot is interesting from the start, with lots of interweaving elements, lots of cliff-hangers, and nice character development. He continues to evolve the story of the Taskforce, and it's on-going issue of balancing between law and what's necessary, as well as exploring that balancing act for individuals in the book. There's solid location descriptions, as well as useful current information. Throughout it all, I enjoyed every chapter, often reading on beyond what I had planned to see how things worked out.
Very enjoyable read, and highly recommended. Whether you're someone who has read previous books, or looking for a place to find out if you're interested in this series, this is the best to come from Brad Taylor to date.