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Choosers of the Slain (Paladin of Shadows, Book 3) Hardcover – July 1, 2006
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While it's a novel that deals with the ugly truth of the international sex trade, it's true that Mike has his own kinks and falls into situations where he gets to exercise them. My wife, a conniseur of such fiction, rates one scene in particular rather highly.
The trigger pulling portions aren't bad, but often soft on some of the details. SPR's aren't really explained for what they are, and I think there's too much use of the H&K MP-5, then again I'm not an admirer of any 9mm SMG for beyond room use.
The disclaimer in the front of the book, often overlooked, actually contains one of the funniest lines in the book.
We first encounter the phrase “Choosers of the Slain” when Mike Harmon aka The Ghost aka Mike Jenkins aka numerous other names, speaks those words to a Keldaran hunter. Lasko has the kind of eyesight and coordination that allows him to hunt mountain goats in the Caucus mountains, high up where the air is thin and the zephyrs unpredictable. Jenkins, the Kildar, offers Lasko the chance to choose between the living and the dead. Lasko, a man of middle years not some enthusiastic teen recruit, needs no more cajoling than that simple offer. The Kelara to a man think of themselves first and foremost as warriors. Warriors kill.
“Choosers of the Slain” takes the number three position among the five books in Ringo's Kildar series. The Kildar has a mission given him by a senior US senator to track a young girl forced into prostitution in the Balkans. He and his mountain warriors must hack a trail from the Ukraine to Montenegro to find her, leaving the lifeless bodies of dozens of pimps, slavers and whore masters in their wake.
Ringo combines first class, non stop mil-tech action with occasional episodes of soft core porn. He excels at both kinds of writing but we find it unusual to have such a combination. His over all plot is all too believable. The depiction of the filthy underworld of sex trafficking is all too real. The things he describes actually happen more or less everywhere with the horrors coming up faster and harder in second and third world areas with scant government control and greed unbuffered by any sense of humanity. So when the bad guys get it in the neck, we applaud.
The above mentioned Lasko might properly be placed in the third or fourth tier of characters in importance.Read more ›
Choosers of the Slain is a continuing book about Mike Jenkins and his "life" and his effects on people who enter it as well as those that affect him. In Ghost, After retiring from the service Mike starts to use his college benefits and performs a daring rescue of American women held hostage, he gets his reward on the death of several "bad" people and lives a life of luxury and travels the world where he ends up in Georgia. "Kildar" begins with him purchasing a valley filled with farms and tenants. The tenants are special in that they are a people different from the local population, i don't want to give too much away, but after training these people and doing a few local missions, "Choosers of the Slain" begins with more plots and intrique. From senators and pimps the action doesn't slow down.
Ghost, i purchased on a whim, my first e-book purchase. My second was Kildar, and now i bought this one as well. I can't wait to read the next installment, as there seems to be plenty of potential story lines John can go to from here.
Like the format, but maybe a time for some change up on Ringo's part? The training, training, training, training, and finally some kick ass. I understand that to everyone in the military training is the end all to be all, but after so many books- yes, I am a fan, believe it or not- it might be time to try something a little less predicable.
How about going deep undercover and rooting out some of the green peace imbeciles?
And Ringo- you need to be a little more discriminate in who you farm your outlines too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of this is definitely PG 13... harsh look at women's issues in third world countries... human trafficking and what goes on behind some closed doors. Read morePublished 21 days ago by hCharles Obert
This entire series hook me and wouldn't let me go. I love the complex main character and how all the other characters develop.Published 4 months ago by Daniel J Schinhofen
One of the top fictional military action series out there! This volume is up to the high standard set in the very first book, "Ghost". Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeff the Industrial Engineer
I've been a John Ringo fan since he first appeared on the scene. Sometimes he can be a little long winded when it comes to describing a battle scene, but at least he has a good... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wynn Hancock
continuation of the series. Enjoyed the story. The code for violence and sexual content are real, sso pay attention to themPublished 5 months ago by Penman47
This is the best book in the series. I would love if he wrote more. It keeps you wanting more and he always delivers.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
If you have never read John Ringo, you are really missing out. One of the best writers of our time. I wouldn't let your young ones read this particular series though. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brett E. Baker
Good story line. Great detail of military ops (I'm a retired Army officer).Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer