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 V.22 No.29 | July 18 - 24, 2013 

Book Review

Strikingly Entertaining

The Widow's Strike

Brad Taylor
Dutton Penguin Group

The fourth installment of Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan Series, The Widow’s Strike, pits Pike Logan, Jennifer Cahill and the other members of the Taskforce team up against an imminent apocalyptic terrorist threat, the H5N1 virus. This naturally occurring but manufactured bioweapon is abducted by an obscure Iranian general obsessed with unleashing the awesome power wielded by the Black Widows of Chechnya.

The Black Widows are an extremist faction made up solely of widowed women that resort to suicide bombing after the ruthless Chechen police force targeted their husbands. Elina, a Black Widow, was recommended for a mission beyond that of anything she could have imagined.

From Thailand to Singapore, Hong Kong to New York and Macau to Florida, Pike Logan’s Taskforce finds themselves consistently a step behind General Malik Musavi’s plans of total genocide. In the meantime, each member of the Taskforce team stumbles into their own struggles of personal animosity and traumatic experiences; Jennifer is haunted by events of her past while the others get their egos shaken when Pike puts Jennifer in chargeevents that lead the team both into and out of duress. Finally, the team is faced with the unthinkable release of a possible pandemic and they are, reluctantly, forced to come to terms with adverse circumstance.

Though The Widow’s Strike is packaged like a run-of-the-mill suspense thriller, I was pleased to find Brad Taylor's action intriguing and his charactersincluding Elina the Black Widow and General Malik Musavito be well-crafted and convincingly developed. All in all, The Widow’s Strike was an enticing novel, and I applaud Brad Taylor’s career change from a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army to a New York Times bestselling suspense novelist. Under duress, if my choices were between reading Brad Taylor and James Patterson, I would certainly choose Taylor's The Widow's Strike. Pike Logan has earned a place in my heart somewhere between Rambo and Detective John Kimble.

In Albuquerque July 19, 2013!
In Albuquerque July 19, 2013!

Author Brad Taylor at Bookworks

Friday, July 18, 7 p.m.

4022 Rio Grande NW

Tomorrow's Events

When the regional Mexican government violently put down a peaceful teacher’s strike in Oaxaca de Juárez in 2006, the brutality of the police inspired a group of artists in the community to form themselves into a collective called the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO) to protest the bloodshed. Two current exhibits in Albuquerque showcase their work. One exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center was curated by the University Libraries and Learning Sciences Curator of Latin American and Iberian Collections Suzanne Schadl and her graduate student Michael de la Rosa. One at the Herzstein Gallery on the second floor of Zimmerman Library on the UNM campus was curated by graduate student Megan Jirón. She writes “Unlike the European or Anglo-American perspective, Mexico’s inhabitants embrace death. They confront it with a sense of playfulness, defiance and acceptance.”

Midnight Train to Memphis Exhibition at El Chante: Casa de Cultura

Above the East China Sea at Bookworks

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