cover image The Polaris Protocol: A Pike Logan Thriller

The Polaris Protocol: A Pike Logan Thriller

Brad Taylor. Dutton, $26.95 (400p) ISBN 978-0-525-95397-5

Bestseller Taylor’s fifth Pike Logan thriller (after 2013’s The Widow’s Strike) takes all the energy of the previous installments and multiplies it by a force factor of 10. Pike and his girlfriend, Jennifer Cahill, are in Turkmenistan working on an assignment for Taskforce, the super-secret government antiterrorism agency, when Jennifer gets a phone message from her brother, Jack, who’s in El Paso, Tex., reporting on a story involving the Sinaloa drug cartel. Jack has recorded a conversation that seems to be not about drugs but about a far greater danger to U.S. security. Certain that Jack is in trouble, Jennifer persuades Pike to search for her brother. Taskforce joins in once our heroes discover a plot to sell a device known as the Polaris Protocol that can disrupt worldwide GPS software. A great premise, nonstop action, and one of the baddest villains in the genre—the assassin and torturer known as the Sicario—make this a winner. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Jan.)