Daughter of War
A Pike Logan Thriller
Former Special Forces Officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller featuring Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill as they come face to face with a conspiracy where nothing is as it seems.
Hot on the trail of a North Korean looking to sell sensitive US intelligence to the Syrian regime, Pike Logan and the Taskforce stumble upon something much graver: the sale of a lethal substance called Red Mercury.
Unbeknownst to the Taskforce, the Syrians plan to use the weapon of mass destruction against American and Kurdish forces, and blame the attack on terrorists, causing western nations to reassess their participation in the murky cauldron of the Syrian civil war.
Meanwhile, North Korea has its own devastating agenda: a double-cross that will dwarf the attack in Syria even as it lays the blame on the Syrian government. Leveraging Switzerland's fame for secrecy and its vast network of military bunkers, now repurposed by private investors for the clandestine storage of wealth, North Korea will use Red Mercury to devastate the West's ability to deliver further sanctions against the rogue regime.
As the Taskforce begins to unravel the plot, a young refugee unwittingly holds the key to the conspiracy. Hunted across Europe for reasons she cannot fathom, she is the one person who can stop the attack--if she can live long enough for Pike and Jennifer to find her.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Former Delta Force commander Brad Taylor calls on his field experience to weave gripping thrillers starring special ops soldiers Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill. Daughter of War, the duo’s 13th thriller, finds Pike’s crew tackling an escalating threat: A young refugee steals an iPhone and inadvertently uncovers a deadly conspiracy involving the Syrian government, North Korea, and a lethal new chemical weapon. As the team scrambles to save the young woman and defuse the deadly situation, we’re treated to Pike’s dry wit and the Taskforce members’ wry banter. The indomitable warriors and resourceful refugee join forces for a tense, well-orchestrated adventure.
Bestseller Taylor's meticulously plotted 13th Pike Logan thriller (after 2017's Operator Down) supplements the derring-do of Pike and the other Taskforce counterterrorism agents with the story of Amena, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee. Amena has landed with her family in Monaco, where she and her younger brother steal valuables from tourists to survive. But when they steal an iPhone from a Syrian intelligence agent, they find themselves in big trouble. The phone contains information about a Syrian plan to use a North Korean biological agent known as Red Mercury, a deadly poison that kills then renders itself safe and untraceable, on an American Special Forces outpost. Pike and his team are in Monaco on a separate mission when they stumble on the Red Mercury plot. Soon Amena is fleeing from the Russians, the Syrians, and the North Koreans, all of whom want the phone. Pike and his fellow agent/love interest, Jennifer Cahill, display their usual resourcefulness, but it's the plight of Amena that makes this entry particularly gripping.
I liked it. The little girl part is a stretch but I enjoyed the story and I’m a sap that likes happy endings so even the girl part worked for me.