cover image Hunter Killer: A Pike Logan Novel

Hunter Killer: A Pike Logan Novel

Brad Taylor. Morrow, $27.99 (432p) ISBN 978-0-06-288602-6

Worries about Pike Logan’s mental health among those close to him hover over bestseller Taylor’s sturdy 14th novel featuring the head of the elite counterterrorism unit known as Taskforce (after 2019’s Daughter of War). Pike and his love interest and partner in Taskforce, Jennifer Cahill, along with their 13-year-old charge, Amena, who was rescued in Syria, are targeted at their home in Charleston, S.C. Pike’s mentor, Kurt Hale, gets blown up by a car bomb meant for Pike, setting the enraged Pike off on an unauthorized mission of vengeance. Meanwhile, a group of Russians are going down a list of assassinations in Brazil, where two of Pike’s Taskforce team members are swept up in an unrelated terrorist kidnapping on a ferry. The wide-ranging plot has lots of moving parts, which initially slows the action, but the pace picks up once Pike calls in his Israeli married friends, Aaron and Shoshana Bergman, who as usual raise the excitement level as they wreak havoc. A big surprise on the last page will please series fans. [em]Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune. (Jan.) [/em]