Pike Logan, one of the most badass characters the thriller genre has to offer, is set to return when The Devil’s Ransom, the latest must-read thriller from New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor, hits bookstores on January 24, 2023.
This will be the 17th go-around for Pike, who first appeared in Taylor’s high-profile debut, One Rough Man, back in 2011. After writing two books a year for nearly a decade, Taylor throttled back to one release a year in 2018, the same year Operator Down (Pike #12) came out. Most recently, the Taskforce operator was seen earlier this year in End of Days, which followed Pike, Jennifer Cahill, and the rest of his team as they chased a serial killer connected to the Knights of Malta through the streets of Rome.
This time around, it would appear the stakes have been raised yet again, as Pike will no doubt have his work cut out for him if he’s going to stop a man who knows America’s weakness and is planning an attack like no other.
Check out the plot info and cover art below.
In the latest explosive thriller from New York Times bestselling author and former special forces officer Brad Taylor, Pike Logan races to stop an insidious attack orchestrated by a man who knows America’s most treasured secrets.
Conducting a routine cover development trip to Tajikistan, Pike and Jennifer learn that Afghanistan has fallen, and there’s a man on the run. One that has done more for the United States in Afghanistan than anyone else. Pulled in to extract him, Pike collides headlong into a broader mystery: His covert company, along with every other entity in the Taskforce, has been hit with a ransomware attack, and there’s some connection between the Taliban and the hack. Given the order to track down the perpetrators, he has no idea that the problem set is much, much larger and more dangerous than a simple attack on his organization. That hack was just a test-run, and the real one is coming soon, engendered by a former NSA specialist in the U.S. government.
A man who wants to return to the bipolar world of the Cold War, the turncoat has cloaked his attack behind hackers from Serbia and Russia, and if successful, his target will alter the balance of power on the global stage. So far, the specialist has remained one step ahead of the Taskforce, but he has just made one massive mistake: hitting Pike Logan.
Brad Taylor, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), is a twenty-one-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with Delta Force. Taylor retired in 2010 after serving more than two decades and participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has written fifteen New York Times bestsellers and is a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.
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