Ringo's Chooser of the Slain is another satisfying installment in the Ghost series. He continues to add to the history and culture of the Keldar and to add more events and action for the reader to explore.
The Keldar have been successful thus far as they are returned to their Warrior Heritage and Mike Jenkins, former SEAL, is growing in his role as Kildar. The pace of the story seems to follow a familiar pattern of status update, new threat, preparation for the new threat, initiation of movement, steps to conflict, conflict and subsequent danger... I feel like I am quoting the troop leading procedures.
My problem is that I feel like Jenkins is turning into James Bond who always gets the girl and comes out ahead in the end despite the losses and injuries he sustains. There are problems, true, friends get killed, true, but in the end it just seems like we know that he will be a hero and win. I guess that I want to see him break some new ground where his money and former SEAL skills don't automatically provide for a solution. That might make the story irrelavent....
It's a fun series and this book is a great installment as he rallies his troops to follow a girl into the bowels of the sex slave markets of the Balkans and finds that the reasons he has been sent are as slimy as the people who traffic in young women. Sounds like a James Bond movie, but it's still a fun story.
To all who liked the 2 prior "Ghost" books, (Ghost and Kildar), John Ringo has done it again!!! This book is more action packed, just as techno, and kinky as the prior 2 books. While "Darker" than the other two books, this makes the book more realistic. Things happen, and bad things happen when your in the "Kildar's" world.
This is also a "Read in one sitting" type of book. You'll hate to put it down until your through!!! Since you will probably reread the book more than once, (I know I did and I noticed little things I missed the first reading), seriously consider buying the book in hardbound.
My fifth reading. I have read every book in this series except the most recent 4-5 times. Needless to say I enjoy the characters and the story lines. This is not the best of them, the next, Unto the Breach and the 5th, A Deeper Blue are both somewhat better but it is a close thing. The plot has enough twists to keep you interested and there is enough action for any fan of the Paladin of Shadows series. I would recommend reading the series in sequence and be prepared to be disappointed when you get to the most recent, Tiger by the Tail which I will NOT read 4-5 times.
the first book in this series was a little (?) extreme -- i think Ringo was trying to prove he could write in a new genre (fast action ex-military anti-hero, rabid (though hardly baseless) rightwing politics, etc.) i really like this book and its predecessor. the lead character is stereotyped by the genre, but the rest of the characters are well thought out and develop continuously from one book to the next.