Book Review: 'The Insider Threat'

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Brad Taylor. Dutton, 432 pp. $26.95

Every thriller series author has their character ― or characters. James Patterson has Alex Cross (among others), Kathy Reichs has Temperance Brennan, Clive Cussler has Dirk Pitt (among others). Brad Taylor has Pike Logan.

"The Insider Threat" is Taylor's eighth Pike Logan novel. Pike is a member of a very secret Special Forces unit of commandos, and his expertise helps him take on military threats all over the world. In this latest novel, the threat is seemingly ISIS, but ends up something much worse.

This book, and I expect Taylor's other novels, are very tactical. Often thriller authors put their characters in a field they know well, and he is no exception. Taylor served 21 years in the military, and retired as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. He conducted military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other classified locations. He has graduate degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he studied irregular warfare.

While "The Insider Threat" isn't a story that I would typically read, I can appreciate the expertise that goes into the writing and into the character of Pike. Taylor absolutely knows his stuff, and he brings a notable accuracy to the events Pike goes through in defeating the enemy.

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