“Ring of Fire” by Brad Taylor


By Brad Taylor

Taskforce is an off-the-books team of secret operatives that answers only to the President of the U.S. and a group of thirteen people from various branches of the government, known as the Oversight Council.

When Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are called to the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Taskforce, they know that something covert is up. It seems that while Taskforce was tracking terrorist exchanges, they stumbled across repeated conversations held between a known jihadist and a reporter. Although the conversations were harmless, a piece of valuable information was disclosed. Turns out that some secret documents, known as the Panama Papers, are going to be released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a group of whistleblowers with a history of honesty.

Taskforce is concerned about a law firm they once used to create offshore shell companies to cover up their existence. Kurt Hale, Director of Taskforce, has requested permission to obtain the documents before they’re made public, in order to start damage control. Hale is denied by the Oversight Council; they decide that it’s too risky to use Taskforce operatives for anything other than a true threat.

As for Logan and Cahill, however, they don’t technically work for Taskforce. They own their own company and simply moonlight for Hale if need be. Receiving the orders to seize the Panama Papers and report back, they are given no backup for the operation. It will soon be the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, and there is a very wealthy Saudi businessman planning an attack for that day. Called the Ring of Fire, this attack is slated to cause even more damage to America, giving Taskforce a very real threat that they must stop in time. And with two separate operations occurring, it will be interesting to see who can complete their job and keep the U.S. unharmed.

This is one of those action/thrillers that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

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