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All Necessary Force

(Pike Logan #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  9,485 ratings  ·  262 reviews
A terrorist hit is coming. CIA, FBI, and Department of Defense systems have spiked, but traditional intel is going nowhere. It falls to the Taskforce--a top secret team that exists outside the bounds of U.S. law and is charged with finding and destroying asymmetric threats--to stop the unknown conspirators...
A shadowy trail leads the Taskforce to Egypt--where an attack le
ebook, 400 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Signet Book
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3.5 ⭐
When I first started reading Pike Logan series, I found the format strange; generally in third person except first person for Pike. Before I hated it, but now I look forward to reading Pike's point of view. Pace was inconsistent, dragging at parts but I enjoy the action.

Pike's globetrotting started even in early books?! Cambodia, Indonesia, Egypt, Czech Republic, and Hungary. 🤪 Did I miss any country?

In All Necessary Force a camera and film from 1970 resurfaced in present day. The items bel
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All Necessary Force is the second book in the critically acclaimed Pike Logan saga. The author, former Delta Force operator Brad Taylor really hits his stride in this book, raising the stakes and creating a surprising, sometimes jaw dropping military thriller. At the start, we’re in 1970’s Cambodia with a group of MACVSOG operatives who are spying on a North Vietnamese base. Noticing what seems to be a Russian military adviser, the team leader, the father of one of the Taskforce’s leaders, Kurt ...more
Steven Hildreth Jr.
Brad Taylor is a man who has walked the walk, and it shows in spades. All Necessary Force takes us on a roller coaster of a thriller, following Pike Logan and his partner and lover, Jennifer Cahill, as they chase a terrorist across the globe to prevent a major attack. Weapons, lingo, tactics--you name it, it's spot-on.

What's more, Taylor takes the time to develop the characters, to breathe life into them. Logan AND Jennifer are dynamic characters, expertly written. Seeing their evolution through
Nick Brett
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read “One Rough Man” and found it a little generic but I was informed that this is a series that gets better and better so I gave this one a chance to see if that was true. I do have to say that this was a much better book and I can see now what the fuss is all about. Pike Logan and his protégé Jennifer are occasional free-lancers supporting a taskforce that does the US “wet work” abroad, taking the fight to the bad guys wherever they may be. Brought into a team they come to realise that somet ...more
Mojo Shivers
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pike still has rough edges to his characterization where the rest of the supporting players remain consistent. But the writing definitely has improved considerably. Now even the more emotional scenes have a flair to them that only the action scenes from book one had. The central premise was well-imagined and had enough setbacks and fortunate breaks to make it feel true-to-life. Hell, even the political squabbling has an eerie sense of realism to it. Clearly this is going to be a series to be rec ...more
L.A. Starks
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although this book occasionally loses itself in the hypertechnical--something to which I fall prey to in writing also--the action is nonstop. Yet the characters are introspective about what they do, why, and the nature of good, evil and what lies between.

I appreciate Jennifer--a kickass partner who holds her own. Fully-drawn female characters in thrillers are a welcome change.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantastic! High adrenaline!
Jedidiah Behe
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Brad Taylor. I should have read "One Rough Man" first but I just happened to meet him at a book signing which is why I purchased "All Necessary Force" and I am so glad I did.

Brad Taylor has a background in Spec Warfare and you can clearly see it in his writing. This guy has real world experience, but he was able to take that and make a fantastic fiction that seemed all too real.

Pike is main character and he is THE MAN. He is the elite of the elite but its the fact tha
Dee Haddrill
Excellent!!! I really enjoyed the first Pike Logan book "One Rough Man", but this one was even better. I think the fact that Brad Taylor is ex-military gives more realism to the story and the action. I love Pike Logan as a character. He's a bit of an a-hole at times, but that is just a part of who he is. It helps him to get the job done. Jennifer was a bit annoying at first in that she wanted to be part of the team but then got cagey when things got tough. I can see that she's getting past it an ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second entry in the Pike Logan series. Starts off very well. I didn't love the ending. But what I do like is the action and the dialogue and the two main characters. Looking forward to more in the series. ...more
James Winchell
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even though I have not read all of Brad Taylor’s book in sequence, there are still amazing stories to read. The cliffhangers he leaves makes me wanting more each time. This was book number 7 so far. Never a disappointment.
Rex Fuller
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'll buy and read all of the Pike Logan books as they come out. ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taylor-brad
Just how many times can an author misuse the word myriad?
Richard Guerrero
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I almost gave it a three but gave it a rating of 4. It did go way out there especially with his partner but it ended up being good. It is still not like a Mitch Rapp but it’s getting better.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, the first book in this series was hugely enjoyable. This is better. Taylor's expertise in the area shines through, the set up of his 'heroic' organisation is just about plausible, and there is non-stop action, but where he really scores is in his ability to give his characters three dimensions. Admittedly the bad guys tend to be a bit simplistic, but this isn't Shakespeare, and what he does, he does incredibly well.
Particularly welcome is the presence of Jennifer, the romantic interest
3.5 stars, raising to 4

I got lost in the middle of the book, where the author spills one technical-weaponry term after another for pages on end.

The story was interesting: what if Americans in jail are converted to Islam by a clergyman sent to do just that? Then these men get out and have jobs where they can be hidden in sight until they are directed to do terrorist deeds?

How does a highly-secret group, commissioned only to operate abroad, deal with this threat when activated?

This book follows Bo
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
More like 3 1/2 stars. I don’t like all the foreign ops stuff. Much prefer the book in the good old USA. There’s gotta be more crimes they can fight here.
DNF @ 50%
Well that's unfortunate. I really wanted to love this book, but it just didn't work for me.
William Kolar
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I go back and forth about which Brad is my favorite. Thor, Metzger or Taylor? This was a good one; Pike and Jennifer progress and entertain.
David Erickson
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In April 1970 deep inside Cambodia, Staff Sergeant Chris Hale snaps a photo of an American meeting with a Chinese contact. Discovered, his team escapes, but Hale is left behind and what happens to him, unknown. In 2012 Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill, operatives for the Taskforce, a secret intelligence unit running in the basement of the White House, threads together enough facts to conclude there is terrorist organization bent on crippling the U.S. economy with weapons developed by ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
#2 in the Pike Logan series. Lt. Col. (ret.) Logan brings a wealth of operational knowledge to this 2012 series entry, if anything he brings too much of it. At 541 pages, this novel is overlong. In addition to the main theme of counter-terrorism, there is the constant sub-theme of The Taskforce being a non-governmental entity, capable of being denied if caught. There is also a secondary plot relating to an incursion into Cambodia 40 years earlier. With the Chinese characters from that story arc ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the second book by author Brad Taylor with Pike Logan as the lead character. Terrorists were planning a strike inside the United States that would exceed 9/11. The clandestine counterterrorism force which reported directly to the president was designed to attack threats outside the United States. This issue kept coming up but became clear the only means to stop this attack rested with Pike Logan and his crew. Pike was still a civilian but due to the circumstances he was put in charge of ...more
Susan Grace
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this second book in the Pike Logan series. Pike and Jennifer are together again now as a proper team. Jennifer continually questions her decision to join the team and this provides great opportunity for dialogue with Pike. I like that they react to one another, get angry with one another AND continue to come back and talk with each other. For me, this provides the emotional anchor necessary to this series. While there is so much action (which I love) and a lot of violence (which ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A great follow up to the first Pike thriller. After reading a few 2 and 3 star books in a row, I can truly appreciate the work put into this novel. I sure hope the Task Force and Pike Logan are kept alive and many more books in the series are written. As an author myself I can see the work that was put into this one, outstanding job. If your a fan of the genre I say buy this book today, you can't go wrong. As with all of my reviews I am not going to cut and paste what the book ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: espionage
Second book in the Logan Pike series.

Now that we have the characters more established, the book can move a lot faster, which is a big improvement over the first novel. I found the big schism between Pike and Jennifer to be contrived and artificial. Pike seemed very immature for a veteran in his 30s, as well.

The terrorists' evil plot was well done, even if the analysts seemed more dense than usual.

2nd in the series...Typical "Spec Ops" page turner...presidential and secret operations force working in our national interests to prevent Islamic terrorists from using specialized explosive technology against the US electrical grid...Logan is an interesting, bruised character...I will read the 1st in the series ...more
SteVen Hendricks
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
All Necessary force is Book 2 of ex Delta Force commander Brad Taylor's Pike Logan series. This novel is a great espionage thriller dealing with fighting terrorists in Asia, the Middle East and the US. One Rough Man, Book 1, showed real promise and All Necessary Force delivers on the promise of Brad Taylor being a great espionage action thriller author. Love the main character Pike Logan... ...more
Douglas Barrow
What good story. Kind of wondered where it was all leading to most of the way but once it picked up steam it was a roller coster ride of action, suspense, doubt and surprise. Plenty of action of course and some important character development, i.e., Jennifer. Excellent read.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
In the midst of decent plots, I wonder why so many must die. The list of casualties even includes good people who don't deserved to be maimed or taken out. My suggestion would be to save the bullets and knifings for the bad guys. 6 of 10 stars ...more
Mike French
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A continuation of "One Rough Man" featuring Pike Logan. If you like thrillers,you owe yourself to reading this series! ...more
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Brad Taylor served for more than twenty-one years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 2010 as a Special Forces Lieutenant colonel. During that time he held numerous infantry and special operations positions, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operations Detachment—Delta, popularly known as the Delta Force, where he commanded multiple troops and a squadron.

He has conducted operations in support

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