Saturday, January 4, 2014
With an annual budget of over $550 billion a year, the United States Armed Forces comprises the largest and arguably most advanced military force in the world. From NSA wiretapping to Homeland Security to global air-missile defense, the U.S. government has pulled out all the stops on fighting terrorism. But what if the United States’ biggest threat was the destruction of something unseen to the naked
eye, something people rely on every day in countless ways?
The US Global Positioning System (GPS) is the invisible grid that keeps both its citizens and its security running smoothly. From airplanes departing commercial airports to the navigational devices in cars to the systems used to keep drones and satellites on track, the GPS controls and regulates it all. If this system were ever compromised, the fallout would be catastrophic. Even more frightening: the possibility of this system being hijacked is far too real.
In “The Polaris Protocol” (Dutton; Jan. 14), New York Times bestselling author
Brad Taylor’s latest ripped-from-the-headlines Pike Logan thriller, Pike, Jennifer and the rest of the Taskforce, an extra-legal counter-terrorism unit, come face to face with an invisible threat that reveals just how fragile the GPS grid really is.
When Jennifer receives a frantic voicemail from her younger brother, Jack, a newspaper reporter investigating drug cartels beyond the border, she drops everything to go to him, ignoring Pike’s advice to wait until she has Taskforce backup. Before long, Jennifer is searching for her lost brother in the slums of Juarez, Mexico’s most crime-ridden city.
When he gets wind of the trouble Jennifer is in, Pike throws the weight of the team behind her, putting his men and the entire Taskforce at risk for what seems to be a personal vendetta. But when they arrive in Juarez, they realize their mission is far
more insidious than a basic rescue. Against all odds, a destructive GPS-hacking computer virus, created by an American traitor, has made its way into the hands of a Mexican drug lord, bent on using it against the United States.
With the security of the nation hanging by a thread, and complications building by the second, the Taskforce dives into a world where politics, crime, and revenge are hardly separate entities. With the return of one of Taylor’s most terrifying villains, as well as the Pike and Jennifer love story we’ve all been waiting for, “The Polaris Protocol” will thrill recurring fans and new readers alike.
Brad Taylor, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.), is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces. He is the New York Times bestselling author of “One Rough Man,” “All Necessary Force,” “Enemy of Mine” and “The Widow’s Strike.” He lives in Charleston with his wife and two daughters.