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All Necessary Force (Pike Logan Series #2)

All Necessary Force (Pike Logan Series #2)

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by Brad Taylor

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A terrorist hit is coming. CIA, FBI, and Department of Defense systems have spiked, but traditional intel is going nowhere. It falls to the Taskforce—a top secret team that exists outside the bounds of U.S. law and is charged with finding and destroying asymmetric threats—to stop the unknown conspirators…

A shadowy trail leads the


A terrorist hit is coming. CIA, FBI, and Department of Defense systems have spiked, but traditional intel is going nowhere. It falls to the Taskforce—a top secret team that exists outside the bounds of U.S. law and is charged with finding and destroying asymmetric threats—to stop the unknown conspirators…

A shadowy trail leads the Taskforce to Egypt—where an attack leaves one Taskforce member dead and another barely alive. Veteran warrior Pike Logan and his young partner, Jennifer Cahill, are forced to helm the increasingly convoluted and dangerous mission: a mission that tests both Jennifer's ability to justify her actions, and Pike's tenuous ability to stay in control.

Sifting their way through the opposing plots of two terrorist organizations will turn out to be the least of their problems when a weapon of unthinkable power touches American soil—the only country in which Taskforce members are forbidden to operate, and the only country that Pike Logan may be unable to save…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Taylor’s exciting second Pike Logan thriller (after 2011’s One Rough Man), Pike, who’s been mustered out as the leader of Taskforce, a secret unit authorized by the U.S. president to target terrorists, heads a civilian business designed to assist Taskforce activities worldwide. When U.S. intelligence operations pick up Internet chatter indicating that an attack on American soil is imminent, Pike gets back in the game. He turns for help to Jennifer Cahill, his girlfriend and business partner, who saved his life in the last book and under his tutelage tried out for Taskforce. The supporting cast includes such familiar types as the well-meaning president, the government traitor, the craven high-level government adviser, and an assortment of Middle Eastern terrorists, this time aided by Americans recruited from prisons. While some readers may find the terrorists’ U.S. targets insufficiently important, the high violence level and authentic military action put Taylor, a retired Delta Force officer, solidly in the ranks of such authors as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“Fresh plot, great action and Taylor clearly knows what he is writing about…. When it comes to tactics and hardware he is spot on.” —Vince Flynn
"Pike ranks right up there with Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher, and Jack Bauer.”—John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
“[Taylor is] solidly in the ranks of such authors as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn.”—Publishers Weekly
“[Pike Logan is a] feisty, devil-may-care hero.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
Library Journal
The terrorists are coming, but nobody knows where they'll hit or when. It's up to TaskForce, which operates outside the law, to track down clues. After an attack in Egypt, Taylor hero Pike Logan ends up in charge with partner Jennifer Cahill, who's worried about the legality of their mission. They'll still triumph. Retired Delta Force officer Taylor had a big hit with his first Pike Logan work, One Rough Man, and has since been speaking up on Fox News, MSNBC, and elsewhere, so expect interest.
Kirkus Reviews
Terrorists plan to strike America with a vicious blow, and it's Pike Logan's job to stop them. This fast-moving thriller poses the dilemma: Must he obey the law, or must he use all necessary force to thwart the enemy? In the second book in Taylor's series (One Rough Man, 2011), Logan is part of the top-secret Taskforce set up to handle asymmetric threats to the United States. Muslim terrorists plan an attack on the Great Satan's power grid, and they set out to kill anyone who is remotely in their way. Logan is no pansy himself as he terminates his share of bad guys. Also he encourages Jennifer Cahill to earn a place on Taskforce, to the chagrin of his chauvinistic colleagues. Cahill proves as tough as any man, and she has a conscience too: you can get her to kill, but you can't make her like it. As the story veers back and forth between the terrorists and the Taskforce, the weight of saving America from disaster falls squarely on Logan and his team--can they stop the impending simultaneous attacks on nuclear power plants? It's a simple post–Cold War scenario: The black ex-convict finds Mohammed in prison and wages jihad against America. Meanwhile, the hero breaks all the rules, because that's what heroes do. Logan angers some of his superiors because of actions that could land him in prison, even though the whole concept of Taskforce is that it's supposed to be extralegal. Whose side will President Warren take in this dispute? What makes the story even more interesting is the moral component Cahill adds, forcing Logan to examine his conscience as they both do what they must to protect the rest of us. Well written, edgy and a damn good yarn.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Pike Logan Series , #2
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18 Years

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“Gritty…Readers will want to hear more of Logan and Cahill.”

Meet the Author

BRAD TAYLOR is the author of the New York Times bestselling Pike Logan series. He served for more than twenty years in the U.S. Army, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta, commonly known as Delta Force. He retired as a Special Forces lieutenant colonel and now lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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All Necessary Force 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
ASAK More than 1 year ago
I had the priveledge of reading an advanced copy of this excellent new novel. "One Rough Man", the first book in the series, was action-packed and hard to put down. However, "All Necessary Force" has introduced powerful new elements to the Pike Logan series. The result: Brad Taylor has, without a doubt, found his voice as an author. The first new element to the series is an inward, almost existential look into the country's counterterrorism apparatus. The Task Force, although a fictional organization, confronts the real-world issues of the War on Terror. How do we categorize and combat home grown extremists? What is the potential for another 9/11 type attack and will we see it coming? Is the military a viable tool if Federal and local law enforcement are unable and/or unprepared to stop a pending attack? Brad Taylor is not afraid to ask the tough questions. Through his characters, the author explores all sides of these issues. This new subplot adds depth to the action and violence of the novel. Just as Brad Taylor came into his own in writing this novel, the character, Jennifer, finds herself during the course of "All Necessary Force". Now an unnofficial part of the Task Force, Jennifer struggles and overcomes again and again to confront life as an operator. Brad Taylor, having been one himself for many years, conveys this violent coming of age with brutal realism. Finally, the character of Pike Logan draws in the reader more than ever before. Pike has evolved from the unrestricted avenger of "One Rough Man". In "All Necessary Force", Pike has become an even greater asset to the Task Force. He is now smooth and controlled, once again the mature operator from the beginning of the series, before the death of his loved ones. However, when needed or provoked, Pike becomes rage and violence on a whole new level, eagerly killing any enemy in his path. For those who enjoyed the action and can't-put-it-down quality of the first novel, "All Necessary Force" does not dissapoint. This novel contains all of the raids, espionage, and political intrigue of "One Rough Man". However, Brad Taylor has raised the Pike Logan series to another level in the quality of storytelling and character development. Pre-order the book today and you will be in for one great read on January 17, 2012.
Carolyn641 More than 1 year ago
I have just finished All Necessary Force and as with the first book in the series (One Rough Man) I couldn't help but read it in one gulp. The plot carries you away at such a quick clip it's truly hard to put down. A few reviewers mentioned a slow beginning, but I didn't find that to be true. I knew all of those disparate storylines were heading for a collision at some point so I just enjoyed the ride. It's fascinating how much of a sense of place the author is able to convey about each location as you hop around Indonesia, Egypt, Prague, even the Washington DC area. All of this is managed without slowing down the story with too much exposition. One of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much is that I find all of the characters in Brad Taylor's stories to be so much more developed and well rounded than other plot-driven books that I read. It's not just the main characters, but also the secondary and tertiary characters are fleshed out. Even when the least discussed Task Force member is wounded you will feel a sense of loss. They all read as real people and (refreshingly) even the bad guys are multidimensional. The tension that has been ratcheting up between Pike and Jennifer since they met in the first book is deliciously frustrating. I found myself thumbing ahead hoping to get a glimpse of what would occur between them in the pages ahead only to be left wanting more. They are a great pair that will hopefully be around for us to enjoy for a long time. Another job well done! I can't wait for the third book.
Daddeo More than 1 year ago
Brad Taylor does a great job following up on Pike's heroics from One Rough Man. This novel keeps you in suspense without wanting to put it down. His military experience enables him to create realistic situations and tactics that the Taskforce faces in this global crisis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ONE ROUGH MAN, was a great book. Brad Taylor has knocked the follow up out of the park. ANF was outstanding! As the charecters continue to grow you can feel yourself get caught up in their emotions. You are rooting for them to suceede in both their mission and their lives. Everyone has a charecter they can get attached to. You will go threw arange of emotions while following the charecters to the end. This book is a must have.
nightmoves More than 1 year ago
With both books (One Rough Man and All Necessary Force) Brad Taylor grabs your attention within the first few pages and you continue to want to find out what the next obstacle is and how will Pike and Jennifer deal with it along with their own demons from the past and present. I could not put this book down. I thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer coming into her own and demonstrating her capabilities and asset to the team dynamic. This was a fast read that took me away to an exciting adventure. Great job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Necessary Force is a great follow-up to One Rough Man. I highly recommend both!
Overtme More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy reading Spy/Thriller Books you will enjoy this book. Reminds me of books by Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Robert Crais, or David Baldicci. The character of Jennifer provides a unique contrast to the other charaters in the book. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This new author forges his place in the same category as Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and David Baldacci. In his first novel, One Rough Man, Brad Taylor proves himself a worthy equal of the masters in this genre. Although a little slow in the beginning, it lays the groundwork for a highly suspenseful page-turner, and it doesn't fail to fulfill expectations. In this second novel, All Necessary Force, Taylor refines and sharpens his writing skills and brings to life the characters and plot that we come to expect in these type of books. He gives readers a frighteningly realistic view of terrorism, while garnering respect for an elite group of patriots who risk everything to keep our country safe. Well written, exciting, and terrifyingly believable!
Nook_Lover21 More than 1 year ago
I love a good series and this series is starting out that way. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you liked the first Pike Logan book - you will like this one. Good read for fans of kick butt thrillers.
Jim73MN More than 1 year ago
Good story line...Brad Taylor is becoming another Vince Flynn with his Pike Logan character
proffwen More than 1 year ago
A new force in the field. Taylor writes well, has well crafted plots, believable characters and unbelievable action. Ringo, Thor, Child, Preston & Child must make room for another throne to be added to the dais. If you like action you will love this series. He only needs to channel Sandra Brown to bring the romance to a head.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interested to see how the plot, underlying moral and political tensions, and characters develop. Will continue reading the series.
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Thistlestar at 'ite' res 5. She is a fighter and the last person that tried almost died. Be prepared.
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Tito jay of ethereal. She killed my cat. Make her pregnant.