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One rough man
Brad Taylor
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Taylor's debut, a derivative and overly complicated thriller, introduces Pike Logan, the titular rough man, who's one of a band of secret government warriors known as the Taskforce, the operational arm of Project Prometheus, whose presidentially mandated mission is to hunt down terrorists and eliminate them by any means necessary. A personal disaster sidelines Pike, but he gets reluctantly dragged back into the fray after rescuing Jennifer Cahill, a student at the College of Charleston (S.C.), from two mysterious hit men. Meanwhile, in Guatemala, Jennifer's professor uncle has discovered an ancient Mayan weapon of mass destruction, which two Arab terrorists steal and plan to use to start a war in the Mideast. Taylor needs to dial back the body count and concentrate on a more original setup and cast of characters if he ever expects to compete with the other Brad (Thor) on the international thriller playing field. 5-city author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

This series debut introduces Pike Logan and his clandestine band of counterterrorist government agents called the Taskforce. Operating outside the law, they don't make the headlines because they officially don't exist. Following a personal tragedy in which his wife and child are murdered, Pike is on his own, using just his wits and deadly skills against an Islamic terrorist faction that stumbles upon a deadly new bioweapon. While these are recurring themes in current action fiction, the author adds a worthy female protagonist and unique twists to the usual secret agency-versus-the-bad-guys scenario. The deadly duel between Pike and the terrorists is both cerebral and graphically violent, with a high body count. Verdict Taylor, a former Delta Force commander, brings such incredible realism and authenticity that readers feel like they are looking over the shoulders of a real antiterrorist operation. This will appeal to Brad Thor and Vince Flynn fans. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/10.]-Michael Schau, Seminole State Coll. Lib., Sanford, FL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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