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forgotten soldier book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Forgotten Soldier is the ninth book in the Pike Logan thriller series. This is the third one in a row that I’ve read and I liked it more than the other two–even though the start made me wonder if I’d like it at all! Great setup and finish.

A task force man, Guy George, had a brother in Afghanistan as part of a special forces op and the whole team was ambushed and killed. His belongings are shipped back and by special request, are not ‘scrubbed’. Typically, belongings would be cleaned and filtered to spare the family extra hardship. As it is, Guy receives the same package his brother had for the mission he was on. The package contains information about the mission and photos of four targets–likely the same people who caused his brother’s demise.

At first, Guy is taking everything fairly stoically and agrees to sit out his next mission in order to help research other targets. But soon enough, he identifies someone he believes to be one of his brother’s targets. This someone happens to be the son of a powerful and influential man from Qatar. He also happens to be a ‘friend’ of the Secretary of State and the Secretary is not very pleased with his ally being identified as a potential terrorist.

Once Guy learns that there will be no authorization to look into the man and his friends, he decides to take the law into his own hands. He goes extralegal, from an already extralegal organization.

When the Taskforce discovers that Guy has gone rogue, Pike is sent after him to prevent him from causing an international incident. Only Guy has disappeared and no one knows where he is or where his targets are going to be. Pike needs to find him before he can stop him and the search takes him on a race around Greece.

I was a little leary about this book with one of the ‘good guys’ going rogue and becoming his own Judge, Jury and Executioner. But the author brought the story back to a Taskforce ending and while it was sad, it was still a very good one. For those who like international thrillers this is a good series to lose yourself in. Pike a bit of a dick, but he gets the job done.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Dutton. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.