A Lima Charlie Review: ‘Exit Fee – A Pike Logan Novella’ By Brad Taylor

Exit-Fee_Taylor-600x949HUNTER KILLER, the 14th must read Pike Logan thriller from Special Forces Veteran Brad Taylor is just around the corner, one of the first novels to hit stores in 2020. What happens when a well-oiled machine filled with skilled operators, top notch cyber warriors and the best gear, plane, and weapons money can buy meets their match? The taskforce is that well-oiled machine and in HUNTER KILLER, they may have met their match. Up against a formidable group that is also well trained, well-funded, and very motivated to rid the world of Pike Logan and the Taskforce.

Is January 7th just too far away? Fear not, Brad Taylor, a retired Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel knows how to take care of his troops. For your reading pleasure, Exit Fee: A Pike Logan Novella is out Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

These short stories are utilized to fill in gaps, such as in The Ruins, which goes back between One Rough Man and All Necessary Force and tells us how Jennifer got ready for Taskforce Assessment and how their company Grolier Recovery Services came to be. One of my personal favorites, Call Sign which explores the very first Taskforce mission, we see Pike Logan leading a team he doesn’t trust, and a fan favorite character earns his call sign.

In the last Pike Logan thriller, Daughter of War, we were introduced to Amena. A thirteen-year-old Syrian refugee that was down on her luck in the worst way imaginable. Witnessing the brutal murder of her brother and father, Amena ran for her life and the vicious killers tracked her and would not stop. Trying to evade them worked for a bit but her luck was running low, caught by the bad guys, she was spent, emotionally and physically. She just screamed at them to let her go, that they had killed her entire family. Within earshot, another killer heard her plea, and in that moment, Pike Logan transformed into what Amena describes as “unworldly.” Amena’s luck had changed drastically at that moment and at the end of Daughter of War, it got even better. Amena was able to climb aboard the Rockstar bird and go to America with them.

Exit Fee takes place about four months after Amena’s arrival to the states. Being cooped up in Pike’s house was beginning to bore her and she craved attention and adventure. Allowing her to roam Charleston alone was a non-starter. Not only did her beautiful exotic looks garner much attention, she is essentially an illegal alien. Even with formidable contacts, Pike was realizing these things take time. As a teenager though, Amena did not understand or believe, and like many teenagers worldwide, she rebelled. On a trip to a local festival, Pike and Jennifer thought some out door activities would do her some good, but Amena felt like she was on a leash and yet another fight ensued. This time, she stormed off with some new friends she met at the festival, a nice girl named Beth and her guardian, Slaven. When Beth realized Amena was wanting to stick around, her attitude changed in an effort to get Amena to leave, Slaven however was as pleasant as can be and even invited Amena to their beach house, Amena was excited and said yes. Amena quickly realized what Pike has known all along, even in America not everyone is nice and not everyone has good intentions.

The dangers of the world, the evil he has seen throughout his lifetime consume Pike with worry, he goes out hunting for Amena and quickly uncovers multiple things at play. A girl scared to death into submission, classified nuclear information is about to be sold, Amena caught in the middle, and Slaven, a ruthless ringleader who offers an Exit Fee for anyone that wants to leave. A fee no one is willing to pay, but some are forced to if they don’t play by his rules. An absolute must read for all die-hard Pike Logan fans. This novella has no shortage of action and because the stakes are personal for Pike and Jennifer, the emotional rollercoaster you go through while reading is intense and leaves you satisfied, yet as always wanting more. And more you shall get, HUNTER KILLER is out in just a few months, hands down, the best Pike Logan thriller to date.

 

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Review for HUNTER KILLER coming soon.

 

In Exit Fee: A Pike Logan Novella a four-chapter excerpt is included of HUNTER KILLER!!

 

HUNTER KILLER Overview

Pike Logan tracks highly-trained Russian assassins to Brazil in this blistering, action-packed thriller from New York Times bestselling author and former Special Forces Officer Brad Taylor.

Pike Logan and the Taskforce were once the apex predators, an unrivaled hunting machine that decimated those out to harm the United States, but they may have met their match. While Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill prepare to join their team on a counter-terrorist mission in the triple frontier—the lawless tri-border region where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet—they are targeted in Charleston, South Carolina. A vicious explosion kills a friend, and the perpetrators have set it up to look like an accident. While the authorities believe this was not foul play, Pike knows the attack was meant for him.

When he loses contact with the team in South America, Pike is convinced he and the Taskforce are under assault. His men are the closest thing to family that Pike has, which means he will do anything, even ignore direct orders to stand down, to find them. Pike and Jennifer head to Brazil to investigate their disappearance and run headlong into a crew of Russian assassins. Within days they are entangled in a byzantine scheme involving Brazilian politics and a cut-throat battle for control of offshore oil fields.

Forged in combat, the Russians are the equal of anything the Taskforce has encountered before, but they make a mistake in attacking Pike’s team, because Pike has a couple of elite Israeli assassins of his own. And Pike will stop at nothing to protect his family.

 

 

About the author:

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 13 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.

 

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