Taylor, Brad. “American Traitor: A Pike Logan Novel”,William Morrow, 2021.
Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are enjoying a sunny vacation when they get disturbing news: their friend and colleague Clifford Delmonty is in trouble. While he was working as a contractor at an Australian F-35 facility, he saw something he shouldn’t have, and now he’s on the run from Chinese agents.
Pike and Jennifer learn that Dunkin’s attackers are a dangerous link to a much larger scheme that could launch a war between China and Taiwan. China is determined to reclaim Taiwan—an ally the United States has sworn to protect. Pike learns that the Chinese have a plan to bait the island nation into all-out war by destabilizing the government and manipulating an artificial intelligence defense system.
When the threat becomes very real, Pike realizes that what they’re seeing isn’t actually real. He must now track down and neutralize the missing man who holds the key. With the help of Jennifer, the Taskforce team, and a Taiwanese intelligence agent, he rushes to prevent a catastrophic conflict from pushing the world to war.
There are many new and clever ideas here as well as thoughts about silent expansion of China. China has a team working within Taiwan to use AI targeting systems to “start” a war with China that will end Taiwan forever. Logan’s team battles with Chinese operatives while trying to understand exactly what is going on.
From the very beginning we see that China is the bad guy and only Pike Logan can stop what is happening.
The story picks up after an act of sabotage. A case of mistaken identity on vacation leads from one ambush to another. A South Pacific regional conflict that quickly becomes a National Security Flashpoint for the United States but it must be a silent operation.
The plot is very real and therefore frightening. Brad Taylor is a retired Special Forces lieutenant colonel and knows what he writes about. There were times that I had to stop reading and take everything in yet I was totally into what was going on. The plot is filled with twists and turns with non-stop action of politics and death.