Featured Review: ‘End of Days’ by Brad Taylor

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Pike Logan returns with a thundering force in this riveting change-of-pace thriller from New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor.

Following the events of American Traitor, Taylor’s 16th thriller opens in Switzerland where the former Israeli Head of Intelligence is murdered in a paragliding “accident” engineered by a Shia militia member. Naturally, needing answers fast, the Mossad turns to operators Aaron and Shoshana to find out what really happened, who’s behind the attack, and what their endgame is. But the Israeli terrorist-hunting duo needs help if they hope to uncover the truth, which leads them to Charleston, South Carolina, where their American counterparts are ready and eagerly awaiting their next assignment.

For Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill, the last several months have been uneventful. Like everyone else, they’ve been couped up and stuck inside during COVID-19 lockdowns in an attempt to “slow the spread.” So, when Aaron and Shoshana show up on their doorstep with a new mission, they jump at the chance to get back into the action. Armed with fake Israeli passports (since Americans can’t travel abroad), they follow their friends to Rome, assisting in their investigation. The story takes a turn, though, when American officials start winding up dead, and Pike and the gang realize that there’s far more going on than what meets the eye.

Secretly, a deranged terrorist is hellbent on drawing both the United States and Israeli into a war with the rest of the Middle East, in an attempt to usher in the Apoloypctic events foretold about in the book of Revelation. To stop him, Pike, Jennifer, Aaron, and Shoshana must connect the dots and make sense of things before it’s too late, and with the end days rapidly approaching, there’s little to no room for error.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, it’s once again up to Pike Logan to save the day—and this time, he’ll have to pull out all the stops, and even that might not be enough . . .

Lots of authors have tried their hand at the Apoloypctic thriller, but none quite like what Brad Taylor attempts here. Whether it was Joel C. Rosenberg or David Hagberg, nobody has captured such a plot through the lens of an operator as capable as Pike Logan, who continues to anchor one of the best series going today. As always, Taylor’s own military experience and insights bleed onto the page, but in an honest and informative way that makes his story seem a little too real for comfort. Whereas a lot of former special forces guys use their background to craft military-driven thrillers, an approach that works for some, Taylor, on the other hand, has cemented himself as one of today’s finest storytellers—who just so happens to be a retired Lieutenant Colonel with twenty-one-years of experience, includ­ing eight years with Delta Force. There’s a big difference between the two styles, and Taylor puts his full talents on display here, delivering his finest novel to date.

Considering 2022 just got started, it’s probably too early to call this the thriller of the year, but one thing’s for sure—End of Days sets the bar high, and will no doubt stand among the year’s very best offerings. Watch Brad Taylor to headline everyone’s “Best of” list about eleven months from now, and whatever you do, don’t miss this heart-pounding adventure.

Book Details

Author: Brad Taylor
Series: Pike Logan #16
Pages: 448 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 006288610X
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: January 11, 2022
Real Book Spy Rating: 9.75/10

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raised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. Additionally, he co-hosts ThrillerTalk, a new podcast with K.J. Howe. His debut thriller, FIELDS OF FIRE, comes out on August 2, 2022.  For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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