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The Presence of Evil

(Task Force Orange #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  24 reviews

Drake Woolf is the perfect throwaway agent—a deadly, invisible force able to handle the blackest of black-ops missions. No one’s better when it comes to search and destroy. But his lethal drive feeds a relentless hunger. It’s all his handlers at Task Force Orange can do to point him at the right targets. This time he’s up against a massive, global
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Published August 20th 2019 by Lyrical Underground
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Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Once again Drake Woolf has to fight evil. I must say that I'm very glad that J.T. Patten asked me to read his first book in this series. Now I find myself somewhat addicted to his work. Great books, I strongly recommend them to everyone. I must also thank #Kensington and #Netgalley for letting me try more exciting work.
Slaven Tomasi
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
J.T. Patten is back with his second Task Force Orange novel, The Presence of Evil. Writing under a pseudonym due to his long successful career in the intelligence community. Some notable work he shares in his bio reads like Mitch Rapp’s biography. Having spent a lot of time in the Middle East, including being a notable authority on Iran and the IRGC, as well as the Qods Force, cyber threat detection, financial crimes, irregular and unconventional warfare strategies in counterterrorism, intel col ...more
Bodo Pfündl
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A brilliant tale of blood and betrayal

Drake Woolf is back with a vengeance. In his second entry of the TASK FORCE ORANGE series, J.T. Patten – the thriller genre’s duke of deception and psychological torture – pulls out all the stops. In short: Think his previous novel BURIED IN BLACK with a double dose of action and bloodshed and even more insane twists, then you know what you’re getting into with PRESENCE OF EVIL.

Drake Woolf and company continue to hunt down Iranian sleeper agents but their pu
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
If you are an action and thriller junkie like I am you are going to love this author and his books!

I enjoyed this book, not quite as much as the last one because it left me hanging on something I considered important while it gave a ton of details on things that I didn't consider quite as important.

I enjoyed the pace of this book and the way it kept me hooked and holding out on my opinion about Dexter. I would love to know more about his family and what that darn message said. So it was absolut
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good book from a man who has been there, done that, got the tee shirt. Clearly the author knows the ins and outs of the government agencies mentioned in the book and their capabilities. I do have my doubts that a character as broken as the main character would be able rise to the level he has. Great story with lots of twists and turns.
Michael Bethel
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Couldn't stop reading!

This book was captivating from the very beginning! This book has action nonstop and I just couldn't put it down! Love how the characters interact with each other and just the overall depth the writer has put into this book. This is the first book from this author that I've read but now I'm going to read the first book in this series! I look forward to future releases from this author!

I received an advanced kindle arc of this book from Goodreads and Kensington i
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Presence of Evil is a fast-paced and dark espionage thriller. It shines a spotlight on the intelligence gathering apparatus involved in locating and eliminating terrorist threats. What really sets Presence of Evil apart from other thrillers in the genre, is its extremely vulnerable and weathered down protagonist. Drake Woolf is a great character study of a complex and broken-down protagonist.

Presence of Evil is the sequel to Buried in Black, and it picks up with Task Force Orange locating and el
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Presence of Evil is the follow up book to Buried in Black and while they can be read independently, I highly recommend reading them in sequence. In my opinion, the authenticity, character development, technical expertise, insider knowledge and flow of the story has not been surpassed by anyone in the genre. J.T. Patten brings the thrill to spy thriller. Being in the Birddog's head sweeps you up in the action and doesn't let you go, not even after the last page. I'm already anxiously awaiting ...more
Marq Cobb
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Next step in the evolution of spy/operator novels

The author I would now consider the tip of the spear of this genre, pardon the pun.

Just as much kickass as Mitch Rapp, but with an extra layer or two of tech/hacking skills on top of it.

Seriously, I believe that JT Petten is the guy I’m going to be impatiently waiting until his next book comes out for the years ahead more than any other author.
Thomas Lennek
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terror Comes to the Heartland.

Very realistic settings (we drove through the public roads on the Savannah River Plant in the mid '70s and the scene brought back memories.) Plausible dirty bomb scenario. Good characters, fast paced, exciting plot. Reminded me of early Vince Flynn novels.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kept my interest from the first page to last
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
J.T. Patten returns with WMD-sized bang in the "Presence of Evil," an absolutely thrilling second book in his Task Force Orange series. "Presence of Evil" is packed with bloodshed, Wild West-styled justice, and a gripping plot that you can't turn away from. The writing is pretty much effortless, keeping you engaged at a breakneck pace. In addition, the tradecraft is both exciting and authentic. It's easy to tell why Patten has to have his books cleared by so many alphabet soup agencies before th ...more
Sean McCormick
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a white-knuckle thriller that jumps from the starting line and never loses pace. I read it in an afternoon--once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Readers of the preceding book, "Buried In Black," already know what to expect from this series: intrigue, jaw-dropping set pieces and scenes, remarkable character moments, and the heart-stopping knowledge that the sinister events described on any page could be written in tomorrow's headlines.
The character of Drake Woolf is unique in t
Derek Luedtke
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great follow up to Buried in Black, and the second in the Taskforce Orange series. Great thrill ride of a read with a main character who is vulnerable, flawed but one pretty badass dude. Drake Woolf is not only fighting America’s enemies, but also fighting his internal demons; which makes him all the more human, and likable.

No spoilers, but if you want to read a story that moves at lightning speed, with great action, gadgets and a pulse pounding plot, do yourself a favor and pick up,
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Drake Woolfe is probably the darkest 'hero' in modern action thrillers. He's hunted by voices in his head who want him to kill everyone. After the wars he was in overseas he now is the last denfense on homeground against devastating terror attacks. A still very entertaining read.
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solid second installment in the Task Force Orange series. Looking forward to the next book
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I own 3 of his books. this one is great as are the others. you should read action packed.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Slow at the begining .stay with the story as it builds to an incredible ending .well written with lots of suspense
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A scary look into the Counterterrorism world!

This book had my heart racing from the get go! My life was put on hold as I HAD to find out what happened to Drake.
I loved this book because Patten did not hold back punches as he showed us this Shadow World. We delve deeper in book 2 about who Drake is, and how has his past made him who he is. I love Drake because he is not our classic “good guy” hero. He’s flawed and broken. Sometimes his flaws makes him veer into this almost “bad guy” persona. We
Steven Lee
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5/5 really enjoying this series. Looking forward to the next installment
Steven Dawson
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy, where to start.....just as I wrote in the review for the previous book, I rarely give 5 star-reviews, regardless if its a new book from a favorite author who I’ve been following for years; but once again, there’s no doubt in my mind whatsoever that this book deserved another 5 star-rating, too. Shoot, I’d honestly give it 6 stars if I could. No exaggeration.

I’ve read hundreds of books from all of the top guys in this Genre, and very few have made me feel the way Patten’s “Task Force Ora
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
J.T. Patten stands out from many other writers in the genre not only because of the obviously high competence and knowledge of the subject matter, with all its intricate technical and political details, but also because the writing is of very high quality (something that sadly is increasingly rare these days).

Character development is top notch, with unique and deep back stories (far from the obvious copycat of the invincible hero), and the setting is very much aware of the rapidly evolving soci
Aug 12, 2019 added it
I did not care for this book, which is not to say it wouldn't appeal to someone else. JUst not my style.
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"J.T. Patten" has worked with the intelligence and special operations community in support of national defense and policy. He has a degree in Foreign Language, a Masters in Strategic Intelligence, graduate studies in Counter Terrorism from the University of St. Andrews, and numerous expertise certifications in forensics, fraud, and financial crime investigations. Patten shares these unique experie ...more

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