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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141652133X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416521334
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mike Harmon, the former Navy SEAL who stumbled on a jihadist plot to destroy America's morale in a particularly nasty manner in Ghost (2005), makes a welcome return in this entertaining sequel, which again is more techno-thriller than SF. When Harmon gets lost in a blizzard in Georgia (the country, not the state), he's saved by a young girl who takes him to a remote valley, which he purchases. Harmon develops a semifeudal relationship with the local mountain tribe, the Keldara, which he organizes into a militia for defense against Chechen raiders. He comes to learn much of their customs and history, but there are still secrets the Keldara keep even from the kildar, the tribe's ruler. In his role as warlord, Harmon is increasingly tempted to yield to the same dark side that plagued him in Ghost. As in his military SF, Ringo explores the moral complexities the warrior faces, giving fair warning that the road to hell is easy. (Mar.)
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"explosive... lively narrative and flavourful character." - Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

I'm a professional author of... Well, I used to say "science fiction." Then came There Will Be Dragons, which is sf with a distinct fantasy twist. Then came Ghost which is techno-thriller crossed with porn. Then came Princess of Wands, a Christian soccer mom battling demons through the power of God. Who knows what's next? Children's books? (I've actually got that one mapped out. You see, there's this girl who is raised by dolphins... You think I'm joking, don't you?)
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Customer Reviews

And more than a bit disturbing.
Big Dog
Kildar, John Ringo's sequel to "Ghost", is just as well written and exciting the original "Ghost".
Steve
I look forward to the next book.
Phillip Nunemacher

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mike Garrison on April 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The sequel to Ghost is (unlike that first book) a single novel with a coherent storyline. In tone it is most like the first section of Ghost (though with more set-up and less "servicing of targets"). Our hero of dubious morality accidentally ends up becoming a feudal lord in the mountains of Georgia (the country, not the state).

He decides to train his retainers (members of The Six Families) as a special forces team for the defense of their valley. Almost all of the book is taken up by this training process. Along the way, Mike also discovers the secrets to their heritage (and ends up, somewhat accidentally, with a hareem of about a dozen young women and a source of very good beer).

This is the sort of fantasy where one American soldier comes into town, is treated as a hero and lord, raises a military force, wins the hearts (and other body parts) of the women, defeats the men in single combat trials, and then (finally) slaughters the nasty enemy terrorists in a one-sided contest of brains and skill. He's also the best lover any of the women have ever had. In other words, something that Heinlein might have written. Or possibly Leo Frankowski.

There is a lot more (quite explicit) sex than there is (not so explicit) violence -- which, for some reason, seems to bother people -- but neither is quite as unfocused and extreme as some parts of Ghost. And there are no nukes and no meetings with the President of the US or Russia (though there is a meeting with the President of Georgia).

The political slant of the book is much less obvious. There are even at least one or two instances of minor Muslim characters who are not evil.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Nunemacher on February 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Ringo has produced a much better sequel than the original book in this series. The sex has been downplayed in this novel, although some still exists, and an intriguing mystery has been added. Just who are the Keldara?

For those who expect a large amount of military action, there will be some disappointments. The only major military action takes place in the last few chapters.

This book seems to be setting the stage for further books in the series. I look forward to the next book. As another reviewer has mentioned you can read a few chapters on-line for free at the Baen website.

Highly recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on September 25, 2006
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He goes under the fictional name of Mike Jenkins (a.k.a. Ghost). He is a retired SEAL, traveling, a multimillionaire due to a few jobs he did for the government. While traveling through Georgia, the country not the state, he is snowed in while driving through the Valley of the Keldara. The Keldara people are very poor and an extremely private type of people. Six "families" govern the area. The Chechens use eastern Georgia as a type of safe base. They often raid the area, murdering entire families, abducting young girls for the slave market, and stealing anything worthwhile. Jenkins only meant to stay until the snow thawed. Instead he ended up buying the farm.

The Keldara have not had a Kildar (leader) in a very long time. The "Kildar" is the one who owns the fort and rules the valley, as well as, the Keldara people. Jenkins buys the caravanserai (fort) and all the land and possessions entailed with it. Slowly, the people come to trust him. Unlike the government and prior managers, Jenkins immediately begins making changes for the better. Jenkins brings in some farm machinery to help the Keldara with their farming. Since Jenkins also has some enemies (specifically among Islamic terrorists) he hires some seriously high military personnel and brings them in to reside within the caravanserai with him. These trainers begin to mold the Keldara into a well-armed militia.

Jenkins takes his responsibilities seriously! So when the Chechens first try to kidnap some girls, Jenkins makes an example of them. By doing so, he rescues the girls, but the girls are already considered ruined. Therefore, Jenkins now has a harem. Good thing the caravanserai has a harem wing already. Convenient!

Turns out the Keldara are not pacifists in any way, shape, or form.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Former Navy SEAL Mike Harmon uses the large award he received for his recent rescue mission (see GHOST) to travel. Currently he is in the Caucasus Mountains touring the former Soviet state of Georgia looking for the Bakuriani Resort when a blizzard leaves him stranded and in need of shelter. He is fortunate as a young girl Katrina rescues him and takes him to her home in a remote area over the objections of her father. The American likes the tranquil area and soon buys the land.

Harmon rules in his fiefdom with kindness towards the natives, but soon finds that Eden has its outside snakes. He organizes the local tribe, the Keldara, to protect them from Chechen raiders and begins to learn their customs and heritage. However though he is their ruler, the Keldara hide some information from their foreign warlord.

Mike Harmon is a fascinating hero who epitomizes the maxim that power corrupts as he learns that moral issues are not simple up and down votes; choices for the good of one person can negatively impact another. The story line is action-packed as expected with a John Ringo tale, but as in GHOST, once again Mr. Ringo provides a thought provoking character driven thriller (not a military sci fi) as his champion finds the paradox of ethics means someone, often an innocent, gets hurt. This is a great sequel from Mr. Ringo.

Harriet Klausner
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