The anti-terrorist thriller genre lost a leading light with the untimely passing of Vince Flynn this year. Luckily for fans of this genre, there are still other action thriller authors who can pick up the mantle, but never replace, the great Vince Flynn.
Brad Taylor's fourth Pike Logan thriller "The Widow's Strike" http://www.amazon.com/The-Widows-Strike-Logan-Thriller/dp/0525953116is another fast paced and exciting read filled with action, secret missions, guns and violence. Taylor sets up the action convincingly with a plot involving a bold terrorist general who is intent on unleashing a plague on the world. We get a bird's eye view of the presumed motivations of the general and of the recruited Chechen widow, who will be the actual instrument of attack. Taylor knows weapons and tactics and is particularly adept at describing the efforts that the team must go through to thwart a terrorist attack. The least convincing part of this book is Logan's perspective of the widow's reasons for agreeing to be a suicide bomber and use a plague against innocents that are not involved in the Chechen area, but he does spend a lot of time trying to provide a window into the face of evil. It's up to the reader to determine if he succeeds.
The evil general is operating out of Thailand, when he stumbles onto the fact that a biological factory has developed a murderous strain of the Asian flu. Motivated by his hatred for the West, the general kidnaps a scientist's kid at the mall and then threatens to kill the kid unless the scientist will provide the vials containing the disease.
Pike Logan and his partner Jennifer Cahill are members of the Taskforce, a typical secret government agency tasked with stopping terrorist attacks on America. Knuckles, one of the other members of Logan's team is captured by Thai police while on a mission trailing the general. It's up to Logan and Jennifer to find a way to free Knuckles.
Once free, the team tracks the general and during a firefight captures one of the general's team of terrorists, who reveals the general's deadly plot. Can Logan and Jennifer stop the general before he gets the virus or at any point during his deadly plan to unleash the virus on the World. Will all of America's Taskforce members standup and be counted?
This is an exciting page turner as Logan, Jennifer and his team race against time to prevent the deadly plague from being unleashed. It's a wham bang action packed thrill ride.