cover image End of Days: A Pike Logan Novel

End of Days: A Pike Logan Novel

Brad Taylor. Morrow, $28.99 (464p) ISBN 978-0-06-288610-1

Bestseller Taylor’s entertaining if overstuffed 16th Pike Logan novel (after 2021’s American Traitor) opens in Switzerland, where Shia militia member Mustafa is on a mission to kill former Mossad head Gideon Cohen. After Mustafa engineers a paragliding accident in which both he and Cohen die, the Mossad asks private contractors Aaron Bergman and his partner, the deadly, spooky Shoshana, to help figure out who was behind the hit. Bergman and Shoshana insist on bringing in their best friends, Taskforce operatives Pike and Pike’s fiancée, Jennifer Cahill, as backup. Because of Covid, Americans can’t travel internationally, so the Israelis have to issue Pike and Jennifer fake Israeli passports, which adds another layer of difficulty. In Rome, the pair follow a trail of bodies that leads to the head of security for the papal order of chivalry, the Knights of Malta—and to an ambitious scheme that threatens the entire world. There’s plenty of action, but readers may tire of dealing with too many characters, too many plotlines, too much moralizing, and way too much detail. Hopefully, Taylor will dial it back next time. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Jan.)