New & Notable: Brad Taylor’s ‘No Fortunate Son’

Brad Taylor, the author of six bestsellers featuring counterterrorism operator Pike Logan, says most of his readers seem to be civilians. That’s surprising to the retired Special Forces lieutenant colonel. “Because I never expected to have any readers,” he says, “civilian or otherwise.”

Book seven in the series is the just-released No Fortunate Son, in which an Irish Republican Army splinter group snatches American soldiers whose parents are highly placed government policy-makers.

Taylor is still pinching himself that he gets to do this for a living. When he wrote his debut thriller, 2011’s One Rough Man, he did it just for himself, to be able to say he had written a book.

“I thought it would sit on the bedside table,” he says. “But I shopped it around, to see if I could get it published, and sure enough it was. Then my publisher asked if I could write a second one and I said, ‘Well, sure, I think so.’ The fact that it became a career surpasses all of my expectations.”

This week, Taylor gets to enjoy one of the perks of his success: meeting his fans. His book tour brings him to Books-a-Million in Grapevine (3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway) at 3 p.m. Sunday and to Barnes & Noble in Dallas (7700 W. Northwest Hwy.) at 7 p.m. Monday.

— David Martindale

No Fortunate Son

by Brad Taylor

Dutton, $26.95