A kidnapping is a treasure trove for the thriller writer. The suspense is already implicit in the concept. Someone needs to be found before the criminals put them to death. When the victims are children, the suspense is ratcheted up tenfold. Naturally, a thriller writer is going to return to this type of plot again and again, merely changing the story angle and victim. Add in that the kidnappers are terrorists, the parent in this case is not a grieving Mom or Dad, but the United States itself, who will do anything to find the kidnappers and has the soldiers and spies to do so, and now we are cooking up some good hot military suspense.
In “No Fortunate Son” http://www.amazon.com/No-Fortunate-Son-Logan-Thriller/dp/052595399X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424539027&sr=8-1&keywords=no+fortunate+son. Brad Taylor’s latest Pike Logan novel, Pike and his girlfriend / partner Jennifer have been booted from their secret quasi government agency because of Pike’s running off the reservation during his last adventure in “Days of Rage”. While fuming at the injustice of it all, his boss Kurt Hale throws him a bone. Hale’s niece Kylie, who Pike knows for a long time, is missing and Hale’s sister is afraid that something has “happened”. Hale asks Pike and Jennifer to investigate her disappearance in England.
While Pike and Jennifer are on their own interviewing Kylie’s roommate, America and its intelligence and anti terrorist apparatus are gearing up to finding terrorists who have seized the sons and daughters of prominent American political leaders. After a gruesome killing of one of the hostages, the terrorists have America’s undivided attention.
The action switches between America’s hunt for the terrorists, Pike and Jennifer’s investigation, the terrorists and their plotting and the victims. We soon know who has Kylie and who has the other kidnapping victims. We feel her pain. She is no soldier or child of privilege. Just a girl on what turns out to be a really bad date. But her boyfriend has convinced the kidnappers that she is his fiancée, so they let her live. Big Mistake for them because now Pike Logan is after them.
Meanwhile Pike, a trouble magnet, and Jennifer, find that Kylie was meeting a soldier. Their low key investigation soon leads to serious results. It seems that Kylie may have been taken with her boyfriend, who it turns out has been hiding his identity from Kylie. Like the film of the same name, Pike and Jennifer turn up the heat.
Pike and Jennifer may be on the sidelines of America but they still have access to its technology. A little call to Hale, and they have satellite imagery and Pike’s instincts are always top notch.
Then Taylor switches to other hostages, who are also prisoners. Twins of the same terrorists. They are held separately, in a room rigged with explosives.
Can Pike and Jennifer find the two separate groups of hostages. It’s a roller coaster ride. The terrorists are not one single group and they have plans to hurt the US and its allies too. So there is a race to find the kidnapping victims plus the added thrills from stopping the other terrorists plots. Meanwhile, you will be racing to finish this great piece of escapist fiction.
Pedal to the metal, it’s a fast great read.