- File Size: 690 KB
- Print Length: 317 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008Z8J5PA
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Clean Coal Killers (Richard Paladin Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Paladin is wonderfully amoral and has a dark sense of humor. I'm not good at detailed reviews but if you're into crimne fiction with plenty of action, a fair body count and twists and turns, you'll be glad you checked this out.
I suggest you read the series in order and enjoy the character development.
Having just put this book down, I'm already looking forward to the next book already.
In The Clean Coal Killers Richard Paladin is called in to investigate a possible terrorist threat to a Pennsylvania power plant. Someone is leaking classified documents and it is Paladin's job to figure out who it is - not really his area of expertise, he's the guy who usually comes in AFTER the leak has been pinpointed to "close" it. The deeper he gets into the whole mess the less he likes it as he is confronted by one oddball character after another, with nobody seeming to be who they say they are until both Paladin and the reader are left wondering if there's anybody involved in this thing at all who ISN'T working for some secret agency of some sort.
This one is completely different than the first yet familiar enough to give the impression of a known character - the kind of easy familiarity of an old, more adventurous friend stopping in to visit and update you on their latest crazy exploits. Paladin is less in your face in this second novel (not that he's mellowed by any means!), a little less acerbic without losing any of his edge. As always, he says the kind of politically incorrect things that have probably crossed through everyone's mind - however fleetingly - at one time or another. The plot is fun with pieces of the puzzle given in small incomplete portions that leave the reader (this reader at any rate) trying to figure out where it's all going before it gets there... I had mixed success.
I've never been exceptionally good at classifying a book into a particular genre, I would place this one firmly in the arena of crime fiction with a healthy dose of dark humor (more wit than comedy) that also serves as a broad satire on the often inept nature of government bureaucracies. There is strong language, some sexual situations as well as some violence that, while not particularly graphic, might tend to offend more sensitive readers. Honestly, if you are a very sensitive reader then you probably shouldn't be reading these novels at all because they really do poke fun at just about every sacred cow imaginable at one point or another.
My only criticism is the final chapter when they did the wrap-up of everything in the story explaining everything so that it was all tidy and laid out in front of you. It fit well within the overall framework of the story but I would have preferred that it was just left as a bit of an enigma for the reader to put together themselves.
I enjoyed this novel very much and I'm actually excited to see where this series goes down the line.
Clean Coal Killers picks up right where Killer Protocols left off and continues the story of Richard Palladin, government assassin working for the EPA. Manuel is not only a skillful author, but also is able to incorporate a scary amount of realism into his novels. Manuel's writing is a look behind the curtain at the blatant corruption that happens all around us, but is hidden to all except to those in the know. Manuel is able to blend this exciting and thought provoking plot in with his sporadic social commentary, which is an excellent depiction of current day American society, told with a cynical and humorous twist.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good spy/mystery/thriller, and even more so to anyone who wants a glimpse of what may really be going on behind the smoke and mirrors of big government.
David Manuel hit it out of the park with his second novel, five stars for Clean Coal Killers!