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The Callsign

(Pike Logan #2.5)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,599 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Commissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government, and designed to operate outside the bounds of U.S. law, a new counter-terrorist unit known as the Taskforce has just been formed, but not fully tested. Until now. Pike Logan has been given a team of operators drawn from the CIA’s National Clandestine Service and the military’s Special Operations Forces without any s ...more
ebook, 80 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Dutton Adult
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Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The first Taskforce mission and it was a bit of a train wreck. Initially I was thinking of giving a three star rating as it was so short and there wasn't much to it until I understood the “callsign” at the end...yes, YES! ...more
Scott A. Miller
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
These .5 novellas are great for background so I read them. This one provided a nice little blurb that filled in a few blanks. That’s all you can ask for.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
True to color of Brad Taylor's style. Sets the stage well by providing more insight into the development of the Taskforce, Pike Logan, and the other operators. Great flow for a short story, but one that is a MUST READ if you are a Pike Logan fan! ...more
As the story begins, Pike Logan's newly formed Taskforce, is on a training exercise in Charleston. The training involves committing an actual burglary and avoiding arrest. All without any sanction from the 'authorities'-because they are an off the record group.

The new Taskforce is called upon for an urgent mission in Yemen, ready to go, or not to perform. Not all members were 'ready' and the mission goes south.

I know this was a short story to give a little background on the Taskforce, but it wa
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pike, Koko, Retro... and now Knuckles. Nice. Thanks @BradTaylorBooks
In another short-story look back at events before 'One Rough Man', 'The Callsign' details the first mission for Pike Logan and his Taskforce, who are after an Al Qaeda sympathiser in Yemen, and, specifically, how Knuckles got his call-sign. ...more
Ron Garcia
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story.

Great story! Reaper? Knuckles? Who knew? So cool to get a safe glimpse into a world you could never stand in. Much appreciation for those that can.
Drew Widney
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love authors who publish short stories. Excited to read the novels and the short stories that fit in between. Very very excited
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great novella. Loved it!
Jesse Deleon
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this story!

It's been a few years since I've read Brad Taylor Taskforce series and after this short story. I'm going to catch up. A fan!
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too short

If you like military books this is a good introduction to the series. I look forward to the next book.
Terry O. Nickle
Oct 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I am glad he kept writing to really show his talent. I see now why this effort is not listed in his list of books in his later novels.
Edward Berwager
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gets better

Another great story can not wait to start the next one in this series of the Pike Logan and his team
Colbert  L. Boyd
To short

The storyline was good but the development of a full story is missing. This book i# more like a prequel to an untold story.
Disappointed jus as it got interesting.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Pike and Knuckles

I'm a huge Pike Logan and Brad Taylor fan. I really enjoyed reading about the beginning of the Taskforce and especially how Knuckles got his call sign.
Pierre Tassé
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
A solid short story about the evolution of Pike's team member. ...more
Michael Henderson
Great story

These .5 books are great. I enjoy the background and character development. If you enjoy the concept of the Prometheus project, read the .5 books.
rick incremona
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Knuckles is the man. I hope he get's to be back in action in "Enemy of Mine" ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good for a short story.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Callsign review

The Callsign is a short action novella ( # 2.5 ) in the Taskforce series written by author Brad Taylor.
Erin Wildman
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love the short stories to provide some background. They are great!
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this short story about some of the teams history. I'm now looking for a longer book to keep reading of their adventures. ...more
Robert Berry
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Pike and his band get their first assignment. Easy snatch some data and run ends up with the dinner host dead.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoy everything Brad Taylor writes... Matter of fact, he's my favorite "Brad" author!!!

Good to have some more backstory to help fill in with the free-standing books... Keep 'em coming!!!
Linda Goudreau
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story....

Love Pike Logan stories. Good guy. Like his co-workers,too. Way to go Brad Taylor. Have read several of your full book stories. Like them all. Thanks, Amarillo Turtle
Steven Hildreth Jr.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been reading Brad Taylor's writing for a while now. I took a chance on him when I saw his book in the PX and I was very pleased to find that he had a style that was both incredibly authentic and highly entertaining. When I heard he had an eBook short story available, I immediately snatched it up and downloaded it to my iPhone.

"The Callsign" is indeed a short story, true to form, and can be read in a little under an hour. It shows the formations of the Taskforce, some of the problems that
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
This short story was meant to give readers a look at how the task force was formed for a series of Pike Logan novels. It was an unusually quick read. I finished it in about an hour. The premise was good, but it seemed rushed and confusing to me. The beginning was drawn out, I didn't understand a lot of the military jargon, and the end seemed to come too quickly when the action started and excitement was building. Some of it seemed highly unbelievable, but I suppose no different than things you m ...more
J. S. Turner
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-read
The Callsign by Brad Taylor is a great introductory short story to his Pike Logan series of novels. Taylor, a 21 year veteran of the U.S. Army, has spun his knowledge of Special Forces operations and tactics from his distinguished and impressive military career into a formidable writing career. As you read The Callsign, it is obvious Taylor knows what he is writing. The dialogue, tactics, red-tape and camaraderie feel and read authentic.

If you are a fan of modern military fiction, but have never
I liked this one and seeing the Taskforce's beginnings. It's interesting to see Pike before the tragedy that changed him and how he was then. More so than is shown in the beginning chapters of One Rough Man. I also liked learning where one character got his nickname and that it is very aptly deserved and also well earned. I knock off one star though as the book was too short. I don't think I've ever truly been a fan of novellas, as they end way before I want them to. This one falls into that cat ...more
Bill Donhiser
A great Pike Logan short story
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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.

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