Brad Taylor delivered to us a fullilment of sorts, a gap finally closed for all die hard fans that wondered just how Jennifer aka Koko transformed from a scared civilian with some climbing skills in One Rough Man to a Jane Bond in All Necessary Force attempting and successfully completing taskforce assessment.
The Ruins starts off with Jennifer finally and physically graduating college with her Athropology degree. All while Pike is planning their future, what we came to know as Grolier Recovery Services. Named after what her uncle had been using to find the temple in Guatemala, The Grolier Codex. About a year has passed since the events of One Rough Man in Bosnia and the beginning of All Necessary Force has not occured yet. Pike and Jennifer have spent the year having what he painted to her as “fun.” Hitting the gym, the firing range, and other vital training Pike knew she would need to pass assessment.
Many of those lessons came in handy on their first business trip. The trip itself is no secret, Brad Taylor had mentioned many times throughout his books that Grolier Recovery Services had infact found the Mayan temple and thus was put on the map as a legitemate business. How they accomplish this is what The Ruins covers. A short story, therefore any details would more than likely give up the entire plot. But, Pike’s anger and rage from losing his family is very much still there and fresh, remember, that occured just a year and a half ago or so for him at this point. That rage gets him kicked out of a bar and on the winning side of some deadly battles he finds himself in the Guatamalan jungle. Make no mistake, the Pike Logan Predator we were introduced to way back in One Rough Man is on these pages and he exacts revenge by any means available to him to stay alive, keep Jennifer alive, and accomplish their new mission. This Taskforce short story is one you don’t want to miss is you’re a fan of the Pike Logan series.
The Ruins: A Taskforce Story is available for purchase now and is sure to keep your Pike and Koko withdrawals in check until Daughter of War hits stores on January 8, 2019 and we get a full book filled with Pike, Koko, Knuckles, and the Taskforce.
About Brad Taylor:
Brad Taylor was born on Okinawa, Japan, but grew up on 40-acres in rural Texas. Graduating from the University of Texas, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Brad served for more than 21 years, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. During that time he held numerous Infantry and Special Forces positions, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta where he commanded multiple troops and a squadron. He has conducted operations in support of US national interests in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other classified locations.
His final assignment was as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He holds a Master’s of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, with a concentration in Irregular Warfare. In 2011, Brad published his debut novel, One Rough Man, which was an immediate success and launched the Pike Logan series. Now with more than 12 installments and more than 2 million copies sold, the series has consistently hit the New York Times bestseller list. When not writing, he serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston, SC with his wife and two daughters.