Brad Taylor: No Fortunate Son

Bestselling author Brad Taylor’s latest Pike Logan thriller, No Fortunate Son, has the counterterrorist expert on a whirlwind race around the globe as he tries to save a group of hostages who are constantly being moved. Logan’s not on an official mission (actually, he just got fired), so things are complicated by his lack of support and authorization. Along with trying to find the hostages (who include the vice president’s son), he has to battle the politicos who sit in conference rooms making decisions about what actions on-the-ground personnel (Logan included) should take.

Taylor, a retired special forces lieutenant colonel, knows that struggle well. “Everybody on the ground always complains about the guys above you,” he tells us, “but we all understood the reasons [that oversight was necessary]. It safeguards everybody involved.” Logan, in fact, has made some bad choices and has faced the consequences. (Did we mention he just got fired?) He isn’t a superhero. He has flaws. He even gets outsmarted a couple of times. He’s not perfect, but he gives the mission everything he has. That’s something Taylor is committed to portraying in his books. “Too often in Hollywood, you’ve got a guy who says, ‘Damn those politicians. They won’t let me put a drill bit through this guy’s kneecap. If they leave me alone, I can solve all of the world’s problems.’ Or you’ve got a bad guy named Dr. Evil. I’ve met a lot of bad guys, and you sit there across from them sometimes, making jokes and talking, and you end up thinking, ‘Why do you want to kill everybody?’ They’re human. Good guys, bad guys, everybody’s human.”

Taylor, who grew up in Conroe, signs and discusses No Fortunate Son today at 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑524‑8597 or visit murderbooks.com. Free.
Tue., Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m., 2015

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