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One Rough Man

(Pike Logan #1)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  13,075 ratings  ·  651 reviews
Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, move over: introducing a pulse-pounding new international thriller series by a former Delta Force commander.
They call it the Taskforce. Their existence is as essential as it is illegal. Commissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government. Protected from the prying eyes of Congress and the media. Built around the top operators from across
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Hardcover, 417 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by Dutton
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of a/a military/ex-military tough guys
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Eileen
One Rough Man sounds like a strange title on first glance, but it fits the character of Pike very well. Pike is a tough guy who went through a very horrible personal tragedy that made him even more rough around the edges. He's kind of like John McClane, with added military training. He's the guy who's there at the right time (although not exactly your first choice), and the one who has to save the day.

Initially, this was a slow start. The author gave us a lot of intel into running surveillance o
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Barbi
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A new warrior has just ridden into town. If you like John D. McDonald's Travis McGee (I know, I'm dating myself), Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, Gregg Hurwitz's Tim Rackley, Brad Thor's Scot Horvath, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (Sr. or Jr.), or anything at all by Nelson B. DeMille - AND I DO! - then I think you're going to like Brad Taylor's debut novel "One Rough Man" featuring Pike Logan. In Pike we have the ultimate hero - a highly trained combat veteran with a big heart and a ...more
Sean Peters
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I am on a run with my favourite type of books, action packed thrillers!

Again reading one of the many authors who specialise in these great books.

Brad Taylor, is the right man to write this type of books, why you ask?

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Brad served for more than 21 years, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. During that time he held numerous Infantry and Special Forces positions, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operat
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
This book had been on my radar for some time before I finally got around to it. I'd seen the glowing reviews the comparisons to other well know action writers so I kept "meaning to get to it".

At first my take on it was, "just another angst ridden super soldier". Some the opening scenes (and this isn't a spoiler) will be familiar to a lot of action, thriller and techno-thriller readers. Without giving details we have a "retired" special ops guy who was "the best in the business" now whiskey soake
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Kay
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine debut by Brad Taylor. I've read this series out of order and will say that his books get better.

One Rough Man is a great introduction to Pike Logan. I get a better background for Pike and how he operates along with other supporting characters. However, the book felt long especially where the bad guys obtained WMD. The final act was exciting and will put you on the edge of your seat. 3.5 stars
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, thriller
This book had been on my radar for some time before I finally got around to it. I'd seen the glowing reviews the comparisons to other well know action writers so I kept "meaning to get to it".

At first my take on it was, "just another angst ridden super soldier". Some the opening scenes (and this isn't a spoiler) will be familiar to a lot of action, thriller and techno-thriller readers. Without giving details we have a "retired" special ops guy who was "the best in the business" now whiskey soake
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Mike Tueros
Jan 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've long been a fan of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, 2 of the best thriller writers in recent years, and was optimistic that Brad Taylor could deliver along the same lines. Taylor has a background in the military and should have brought a unique insider perspective to the fight against terror. I couldn't have been more disappointed with his first effort, "One Rough Man". The primary character, Pike Logan, is on the Taskforce, a secret organization working outside the boundaries of the US governmen ...more
Deep Ranjan
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One Rough Man by a former Delta Force commander Mr.Brad Taylor is a high energy action adventure thriller with engaging character developments, debuting a badass fallen from grace former antiterrorist operative and a budding bold heroine.


Pike Logan was the most successful operator on the Taskforce – until a personal tragedy.Logan knows:The real threat is one or two men, controlled by ideology, operating independently,in possession of a powerful weapon.Buried in a stack of intercepted chatter is
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Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
As a devotee of thriller writers such as Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, the arrival of a new talent is cause fOR celebration. Brad Taylor and his Pike Logan character has now joined the ranks of Mitch Rapp and Scott Horvath, no small feat! One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller serves up all the drama, thrills and finely drawn characters discerning thriller readers crave, but so often do not get. Mr. Taylor certainly knows about what he is writing about, and it is this authenticity, along with the ski ...more
Samuel
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jeffrey
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jamie Anketell
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Damn! This Brad Taylor really has something going here! There are a couple of things that I need to emphasize about this author and this series. Brad Taylor first. Holy crap I love the way he writes! Every page has action. No words wasted. No fluff. 3 Taylor books and each literal page turners. I absolutely love the way he writes such that all he gives you is what you need to understand what is happening.

"I was glad for my choice of attire. Jennifer always complained that I dressed like I was g
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Gail
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Bob Mayer
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great new series for thriller readers. Written by someone who knows what they're writing about, having lived the life.

He served in Special Forces and in Delta Force and speaking from experience, his writing has the extra ring of truth of having "been there and done that."
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Mark
I have read them out-of-order...this is the 1st of the series...I like the genre and Taylor has now given me the sufficient background for continuing the series...I now have the backstory for Pike, Jennifer and the Taskforce...as well as the Taskforce's uneasy relationship with Pike...very Mitch Rappish, in that they must stop a terrorist plot while enemies within provide the roadblocks...I love the Title's reference to my favorite George Orwell quote, "People sleep peaceably in their beds at ni ...more
Tim
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
This high body count novel was an alright read. The excessive human toll and the petty U.S. security department squabbles to the detriment of American lives does little to endear this reader to enjoy this story. The ending, while better is not strong enough to mask all the misery and deaths. 4 of 10 stars
Mike Worley
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
OK read, first Pike Logan book I've read, 3.75 stars. ...more
Kristen
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Brad Taylor's One Rough Man, the first installment in the Pike Logan military/political thriller series, this debut would have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. Pike Logan was a devoted family man and a Navy SEAL. He promised his wife that he would retire after one last tour of duty, when the call came in to serve for his country. But while he was in action, he learned about the devastating news that his family was killed by a brutal home invasion. And that had pushed him ove ...more
Bryan
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced auction packed thriller. This was my first book by author Brad Taylor. I'm looking forward to the rest of the Pike Logan series! Thanks to Sean Peters of Goodreads "A good Thriller" group, for the recommendation. ...more
Aki
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
An awesome introduction to the Pike Logan Series! There are places where things become to good to be true (for example a civilian like Jennifer being so brilliant at spy stuff), but overall it was a very satisfying read. This is my first experience with the writings of Brad Taylor.

I am off to binge-read the whole series !!
Ron
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It started out slow... but then... I could not put it down!
Alan
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read. I look forward to reading more of the Pike Logan series.
Giovanni Gelati
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a debut novel from a man who has an impressive biography; I am enclosing it with the post. Is this novel the real deal like Brad Taylor American hero is? I am going to be nice and say it makes it some hay in a very crowded genre; read on and decide if you want to grab this thriller. Here is what is between the covers and his bio:
“They call it the Taskforce. Their existence is as essential as it is illegal. Commissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government. Protected from the pryin
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Matt Zanella
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book spent a little too long to set the plot, so it started to lose my interest. In the end I am glad I continued on as the last 70% of the book was very exciting. It was the 1st book in a series, so now I am looking forward to book 2.
Kristin
Jul 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-books, mystery
DNF.

Read as an audiobook. Which probably skewed my opinion of this book because the main narrator (there were two) made our female protagonist a whiner who questioned everything, despite the fact that a total stranger was busy saving her ass.

To say I detested this book would be a fairly accurate review.

Character-wise I liked 'Pike' Logan. I could have done with out Jennifer. Then the plot went down hill for any kind of plausibility - and I say this KNOWING I read scifi and fantasy. The book los
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Paul
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another fine book from GoodReads FirstReads.

Few books, for me, are so good I can hardly put them down. This was definitely one of them Mr. Taylor has written a fast-paced, action-filled page turner. And, it's thoroughly believable.

Pike ends up going from hard working family man to down-and-out drifter and back to a semblance of his previous self. He is helped along the way by Jennifer who turns out to be the perfect companion for him on his adventure.

From Charleston to Guatemala to Norway to Bo
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Tom Lloyd
Apr 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
giving up after two hundred pages, I just can't be bothered with it now. The main character's presented as the ultimate hero but for someone running black ops he's got the standard dick Marine personality, all his team do - from what I could tell that was the standard for all the good guys, who're hindered by grasping, weak subhuman men who're not soldiers.

Add in a whole lot of talking at the reader and the default reason for a soldier man to be angry - dead wife and child - and clearly this isn
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Lee Mossel
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
The protagonist, Pike Logan, is intriguing although quite reminiscent of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp. Logan is another in an expanding cast of "flawed heroes" found in several best selling authors' crime thriller/counter terrorism novels. Personally, I found the plot line a bit stretched and the violence, particularly at the hands of Pike Logan, somewhat gratuitous. For a first novel in this genre, the page count at 533 is rather long. I will, most likely, read a second installment in hopes of find ...more
Kenton Monjon
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Fast Paced read

Brad Taylor's One Rough Man not only has excitement and suspense, but it also has believable characters who have depth and are engaging. I like explosive action but it has to have more than that. This novel has people I have come to care about and want to read more about them.
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Scott A. Miller
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exhilarating story and characters. Series has a ton of potential. Logan is going to be interesting to follow.
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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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