Brad Taylor: The Polaris Protocol

T times how Pike Logan would adapt to the increasingly difficult tactical environment The author also put his research trip in Mexico City to good use successfully capturing the insane and twisted atmosphere of the Mexican Drug War where acts of horrific violence have become as easy as flicking off a light switch This is the most brutal book in the series and I advise first time readers to go back to the other books before reading this one In terms of character interaction and development this book trumps its predecessor in so many ways Firstly Pike and Jennifer are now having to learn to deal with the struggles of their relationship with Pike trying to reign in his natural protectiveness of Jenifer to prevent it from getting in the way of their job while Jenifer is forced to make tough calls in her personal and professional worlds when they come together with near disastrous results for her and the Taskforce The book also focuses on how she s the moral compass and sometimes brains of Pike s team making a critical spot check which saves the day at the eleventh hour SecondlyPike and Jennifer s team gets a major dose of character development when they begin to show a lot appreciation for Jennifer in subtle ways even sticking their necks out for her at a critical moment in the story when all appear to be lost Thirdly we have Mr Sicario and Gamal Hussein the two main antagonists of the book who offer an interesting philosophical perspective about killing The Sicario while ruthless has a nagging doubt in the back of his head about the justifications he uses for his actions and is constantly trying to find someone to challenge them while Gamal Hussein has a streak on honor in him but is an unapologetic killer to the core What I ve always loved about Brad Taylor s villains is that they ve got shades of gray along within the blackness of their morality making them much interesting and far dangerous than other villains in the genre Finally there s Arthur Booth the American HacktivistContractorTraitor who kicks off the events of the book Cowardly egotistical and utterly opportunistic even the unstable Sicario is a much worthy opponent than Mr Booth who dissolves into a blubbering mess when the universe decides to drown him in a tsunami of bad luck and trouble But the thing that damns him the most is that unlike the Taskforce he never stops to consider the conseuences of his actions which is fully demonstrated when he murders a planeload of people with the software he plans to sell to a hostile third party But the star of the show is the main epic threat of the novel the compromising of the GPS constellation The author has put his studies in asymmetric warfare to good use creating a uniue and terrifying threat which would be damn near impossible to counter in time From transport to financial services GPS is critical in many things which we take for granted and in the story Brad Taylor creates a scenario where the titular Polaris protocol a fictional computer software exists to screw up the GPS networks timing signals along with everything that is connected to it From planes falling out of the sky to economic collapse due to financial transactions not knowing where to go this threat is far interesting than our usual assassination of stop the bomb plot On a related note recently the university of Texas conducted an experiment with GPS spoofing using a powerful transmitter to deceive the navigation systems of a acht and successfully make it go off course by sending false coordinates making the threat of this story just that plausible and worrying Minor criticism there was a moment in the book involving a certain type of restraint where Pike should have known better and dropped the ball causing a complication which normally he would have seen coming Apart from that the story was fantastic Overall the author has rebounded strongly from the sopho slump from the previous book From addressing issues such as contractors the difference between whistle blowers and traitors the Mexican drug war and the importance of a infrastructure system we take for granted Brad Taylor has matured as a thriller writer and in my opinion has clawed his way up to the top of the Military thriller genre with the best installment in the Pike Logan series to date COMPLETELY RECOMMENDED One of the better books in the series so far Logan and the Taskforce once again doing their bit to protect the USA I liked the less obvious route this takes there is a major threat someone who can shut down the GPS system but a lot is thrown into the mix Logan is still a Mitch Rapp type of operator well how Rapp was a few books ago anyway but it takes him a while to buy into the threat and there is a Mexican cartel element and a Middle East element all with slightly differing agendas The chaos means everyone is chasing a different aspect of the prize and not uite understanding who they are dealing with In this confusion is a lot of action and a lot of funThis was clever stuff and I very much enjoyed it Another action story by the extremely knowledgeable and talented Brad Taylor This could easily be 5 stars but I nit pick at the almost juvenile relationship between jealous Pike and Jennifer Less of that makes this novel focused and rewarding In addition the ending could have been embellished around the conseuences of the final actions taken 8 of 10 stars. Signals making it possible to manipulate everything from traffic signals and banking wire transfers to cruise missiles but only while the system’s loophole remains in placeWith the GPS hack about to be exploited and Jack’s life at stake Jennifer and Pike must find a way to infiltrate the cartel’s inner circle and eliminate the impending threat The price of failure for both the Taskforce and the country is higher than eve.

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Mating problem Then military is trying to keep its implications on the hush since losing a drone anywhere in Iran would be catastrophic Skip to present day where there s evidence that something s wrong with the North American GPS system Is it something due to human error that can be resolved or something sinister at bayOn to Pike Logan and his team What a bad a Pike and his team are handling a mission in Turkmenistan when Jennifer receives word from her brother that while on assignment his life is in jeopardy Jennifer is frantic and needs to bail on the current mission since she knows that her brothers voice mail although brief means that he is in need of her assistance Somehow he s gotten his self caught between two opposing Mexican drug cartels while investigating on their turfEventually Pike s whole team goes out to save the precious cargo Jennifer is in trouble and so if he brother Let the dead bodies begin to pile upIn a nutshell I loved this book Polaris Protocol moves at lightening speed is multi layered and easy to follow Brad Taylor manages to bring every scene to life Every kick to the throat and punch in the eye was descriptive I almost felt as if I was reading a movie Thank ou Mr Taylor There are bad guys galore so in the beginning it was a little hard to remember who was a part of what opposing gang They were both eually menacing Eventually those rough patches get smoothed out as the novel progresses Ultimately I was just hoping nobody got their hands on the Polaris Protocol program This program is designed to cripple North America s GPS with no trace I have only recently become privy to how much we rely on this system Its timing is embedded in the United States architecture in a way that is scary Breaking into GPS could cause massive levels of damage to the very things we use daily Imagine Playhouse your bank account being wiped out Yeah It s like thatThe other thing that stood out for me with this novel is that Pike is a well drawn character With Polaris Protocol being well into an already well established series its easy for the feature character to get lost in the fray I didn t feel that this happened at all to Pike His struggles with managing his team as well keeping his love life with Jennifer balanced was real It provides a level of depth to a man that seems best at being a bad a I lack the vocabulary necessary to explain just how cool Pike is and for that I apologizeUltimately fans of Brad Taylor s won t want to miss Polaris Protocol Ifou re a fan of espionage secret military operations and just plain ol bad aery please check this novel out This is my first dance with Logan and his special team but it will definitely not be my last Copy provided by Penguin Group via Netgalley Brad Taylor s Pike Logan anti terrorist thriller series travels down the well worn kidnapping plot line but Taylor finds a way to make the familiar new by combining it with an interesting take on using technology against the USA Pike Logan his girlfriend Jennifer Cahill Knuckles Decoy and Blood are all undercover operators for Taskforce an uber secretive clandestine service used to find terrorists and identify them for a secret USA government counsel that then decides if the terrorists can be captured or killed While on a mission Cahill receives a call from her brother a reporter who has been kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartelBecause he is an American the c BACK ON TRACK In the previous book of the Pike Logan series The Widow s Strike I noted that the author Brad Taylor appeared to be suffering a sopho slump For starters there was only one competent villain in the book and it seemed that The Taskforce was having an easy time instead of working for their paycheck in one of the challenging and horrifying situations they had gone through in the previous books In The Polaris Protocol however the author has improved on the previous book crafting the strongest story in the series with major character development a nail biting plot and a epic threat that in real life ou wouldn t see coming till it s to late Now to the reviewwhat if the most asymmetric danger to our way of life was already among us The novel begins with a brief snapshot of how GPS systems are critical in modern warfare and how the conseuences can be catastrophic if they fail We then cut to Mexico where Jack Cahill a journalist who has stumbled onto a strange business deal between an American hacktivist and a drug dealer is making a frantic phone call before he s kidnapped by the Sinola Drug Cartel This phone call reaches Jenifer his sister in Turkmenistan where she s helping conduct an ongoing surveillance operation aimed at pinpointing an Islamist terrorist Traveling to Mexico Jenifer s hunt for her brother ends up dragging Pike Logan and the Taskforce into what starts as a simple kidnap and ransom job but turns into race to stop the destruction of a piece of infrastructure which has become one of the main foundations of modern life in the 21st century In terms of plot The Polaris Protocol is the best I ve seen from the series with the author once again creating some seriously unexpected twists like a surprise guest appearance from one of the previous books The action is also spot on From a covert infiltration into a Cartel kidnapping house to a frantic free for all fight in a Mexico City museum at times I was left breathless and even wondering N drug cartels Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups His desperate call to his sister is his last before he’s kidnappedIn their efforts to rescue Jack Pike and Jennifer uncover a plot much insidious than illegal drug trafficking the cartel that put a target on Jack’s back has discovered a GPS hack with the power to effectively debilitate the United States The hack allows a user to send false GPS.

OkayI went 3 stars on this one and it s a little charitable to that high in some waysI have liked the Pike Logan books I ve read before this and if I go into detail about the problems here it will entail some spoilers Here I ll simply say that while the books all have a strong strain of fantasy built into the actiongeopolitics this steps into a story place that I found annoying and would havefranklydestroyed the team dynamicIn the end the story works out but the plot device andcharacter interaction puts my continuation of the series in serious doubt Still has some pretty good action and descent plotting other than the problematic bit I referred to earlier You ll probably enjoy the action but if ou like some of the realistic action thrillers this one may seem pretty flawed It has stepped away from the Pike Logan of the earlier booksview spoiler Okay so what s the big deal The big deal is Pike sleeping with Jennifer and having to figure out his feelings toward her and realize he s been trying to protect her The big deal is Pike turning to Jennifer and getting her to approve his actions some team leader The big deal is that the rest of the team has decided that it s okay for two members of the team to be romantically involvedThis is an emotional swamp that would destroy any teamThe military doesn t even like have siblings posted together or spouses in the same commandWhat happens when one of these two decides to give the other the silent treatment after a disagreement How much angst will the team survive if one of them decides to protect the other during a fire fightCombat much less a Spec Ops team is no place for romantic angst hide spoiler With this entry in the Pike Logan series Pike and Jennifer s relationship becomes public knowledge Jennifer s brother an unindicted undercover reporter is captured by a cartel and smuggled into Mexico The Cartel has plans to interfere with the GPS system for the whole world to facilitate their drug smugglingJennifer goes south of the border to rescue him and gets in over her head so Pike has to rescue her after which they spend most of the book suabbling One thing leads to another and after some brutal killings by an uber assassin the cartel is trying to sell the GPS process to Hezbollah Pike lets The Ghost out of prison to go undercover After a lot of buildup the confrontation between the elite assassins is anticlimacticA good novel but some definite weak spots Love this installment of the adventures of Pike and Jennifer The tension is really high in this one Taylor also does an excellent job of further developing the character of Pike and Jennifer while bringing back a character from my so far favorite of the series Enemy of Mine It s a windy twisty turvy plot that ou wonder how he s going to get from beginning to end but it all comes together with a big bang literally and a very satisfactory endingHighly recommend this series for fans of Vince Flynn Ben Coes Brad Thor This is the first book I have read in this series and Taylor does really good job onboarding new readers before setting off on high adventure The prolog to the book has Pike and Jennifer and the rest of the taskforce team finishing up a mission Much like the start to a James Bond film this works really well as a device to introduce the charac The Polaris Protocol is a thrilling read with a healthy diet of action thrills romance and wonderful evolution of characters that readers have come to love in the Pike Logan series The thrilling narrative of an attack on Global Positioning System that can prove to be catastrophic since almost every major aspect of infrastructure now depends on GPS Mr Taylor presents a scary scenario of this aspect and infuses realistic action and storytelling into the narrative that kept me glued to the book Pike Logan keeps evolving with a finesse that is due to Mr Taylor s exuisite writing I personally enjoyed reading Pike s and Jennifer s chemistry that does not take after a cliche but rather presents an understanding feel to their relationship that made me root for them even The entire Taskforce members create an amazing team atmosphere that keeps the conversations and witty banters all the fun to read While I prefer the action to be weapon detail oriented the action in this novel still holds up very well The novel makes references to prior adventures of the Taskforce which makes it all the interesting for the readers of the series While this novel appeals to the fans of Pike Logan new readers of the series can jump into the novel easily as well All in all The Polaris Protocol is a stunning and grounded thriller that does not disappoint I have been interested in reading a Brad Taylor novel for some time now I ve received tons of recommendations and friends urging me to start his Pike Logan series After reading Polaris Protocol I can see why it was essential to get my hands on this thrilling seriesAfter being initially being declined by Netgalley to read Polaris Protocol I was certain my hopes of fulfilling this need to become acuainted with Pike Logan was DOA With a heavy heart I reluctantly opened a second email saying my reuest had been approved I did a little jig and then sent the copy to my Kindle before the Penguin Group could change their minds Polaris Protocol begins with some serious GPS failures that appears to be something than just a softwarehardware. Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to putting their lives at risk but in The Polaris Protocol it’s Jennifer’s brother and countless innocents who face unfathomable violence and bloodshedPike and Jennifer are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce a top secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law when Jennifer gets a call from her brother Jack Working on an investigative report into the Mexica.

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Brad Taylor served for than twenty one years in the US Army retiring in 2010 as a Special Forces Lieutenant colonel During that time he held numerous infantry and special operations positions including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operations Detachment—Delta popularly known as the Delta Force where he commanded multiple troops and a suadron He has conducted operations in support