Taylor, Brad. “Hunter Killer: A Pike Logan Novel”, William Morrow, 2019.
Bestselling author and former Special Forces Officer Brad Taylor’s, “Hunter Killer” is the story of Pike Logan and the Taskforce, once the apex predators and an unrivaled hunting machine that decimated those out to harm the United States. Here they may have met their match. As Logan and Jennifer Cahill prepare to join their team on a counter-terrorist mission in the triple frontier (the lawless tri-border region where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet), they are targeted in Charleston, South Carolina. A vicious explosion kills a friend, and the perpetrators have made it look like an accident. While the authorities believe this was not foul play, Pike knows the attack was meant for him.
He loses contact with the team in South America making Pike convinced that he and the Taskforce are under assault. His men are his family and he will do anything to find them. Pike and Jennifer head to Brazil to investigate their disappearance and run into a crew of Russian assassins. Within just a few days, they are entangled in a scheme involving Brazilian politics and a cut-throat battle for control of offshore oil fields.
The Russians are the equal of anything the Taskforce has ever dealt with, but their mistake was in attacking Pike’s team since he has a couple of elite Israeli assassins of his own.
Right after the murder in Charleston, two of Pike’s team, Knuckles and Brett, drop off the radar after a ferry they were on was captured by terrorists in Brazil. Soon, Pike and Jennifer are headed for Brazil and an eventual confrontation with a Russian assassin crew. Brazilian politics has aroused the interest of many parties as an upcoming election will decide the fate of offshore oil and, of course, Pike and his team and two Israeli commandos who owe Pike a heavy favor, are on their way into a collision course with the Russian agents. Pike Logan and his gang face many comfortable elements.
This is the14th novel of the Pike Logan series. I was confused trying to understand how the main characters were capable of critical thinking while still being physically strong and still able to control their reactions. Even though Taylor gave enough background about the characters, I still had a good deal of trouble keeping everyone straight. But then, something shifted and I became caught up in the story and read it with interest even though the characters seemed foreign to me in their motivations and the plot lines came across as unrealistic.
This is the first time I have read Brad Taylor so the Pike Logan Series was new to me. Some of the schemes are ingenious but the major characters spend too much time arguing whether Pike will kill captured Russian agents.