the insider threat book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Insider Threat is the eighth book in the Pike Logan series. Fortunately, this is one of those thriller series that you don’t need to read in order. Pike is co-owner of Grolier Recovery Services, ostensibly a company that tries to protect historical sites. But it is also a clandestine service with the purpose of neutralizing terrorists while providing the U.S. government with full deniability.

This time Pike and the crew are working against ISIS supporters and are trying to prevent some professional oil people from getting imported from Nigeria to help run the oil fields to increase revenue.  Some Saudi prince is helping facilitate the deal but since he is a member of the royal family, all Pike’s group can do is gather proof against him to hand over to the Saudi government who will clean their own house. They can however, go after the oil field technicians.

There is a group of young Americans fighting for ISIS and they have been nick-named “The Lost Boys”. One of these “Lost Boys” is recognized in a beheading video put on the internet as an agent recruited by the CIA. He happens to be beheading another undercover agent in the video. When his passport flags going into Jordan, Pike is called to recover him, only to find that they may have gotten there just in time to prevent a terrorist attack.

Conflicting intelligence reports keep pulling Pike and his team to different objectives that ultimately happen to be the same one. Pike is on the clock and he doesn’t know how much time he has before it runs out, or even what the target is.

The Pike Logan thrillers are always intense and action packed. Pike is a get-the-job-done kind of individual and can focus very hard on his mission. So hard that he can be a total jerk to the team trying to give him important information. He tries to shut them down once he is in mission mode, assuming it is extraneous info. Given how long and how well the team has worked together, Pike should really know better. They don’t just try to interrupt him for stupid questions or pointless remarks. I find that to be an irritating characteristic. Other than that, I find these books to be fun kick-the-bad-guys’-butts and move on to the next target type of stories.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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 by Dutton. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.