Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: The Polaris Protocol by Brad Taylor

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 more innocents who face unfathomable violence and bloodshed.

Pike 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 Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups. His desperate call to his sister is his last before he’s kidnapped.

In their efforts to rescue Jack, Pike and Jennifer uncover a plot much more 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 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 place.

With 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 ever.

Received for review.

Brad Taylor is right up there with Vince Flynn as one of the top military themed suspense novel writers.  This is another great addition to his Pike Logan series.

This was not my first experience with Pike Logan so I was prepared for the unrelenting action and suspense worthy of a Jason Bourne novel.  While it is a nice addition to the series it works quite well as a standalone novel for those new to the series.  The book quickly brings up to speed with the characters and situations so you don't feel left behind if you haven't read the other books.

I wasn't overly fond of Pike and Jennifer as people but they were excellent characters and their lives as Taskforce members were reminiscent of Nikita.

The story was timely and clearly well researched.  It was fascinating to read about the very real weaknesses in the UAV infrastructure.

I highly recommend this very well written novel to all military fiction fans who are sure to enjoy it.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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