This ''Ghost'' May Not Walk Through Walls, but Walls had Better Not Get in His Way!
Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'
'A fast-paced, highly-sexual, military-action thriller that ranges from a poison factory in the Mideast to the Florida Keys to Siberia, the novel will keep you guessing what twisted fate will bring next for the man once known as . . . Ghost. Keep an eye on him or . . . poof, he'll be gone.'
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I love this author and was very surprised with the turn this book took at part two. I recommend stopping when part one is finished. Believing in finishing books I have tried to get through the second part but if I wanted to read an erotic novel I'd go looking for erotica not the action packed story I was expecting from one of my favorite authors.
"HARD CORP Descriptive Sex Warning!"
I've always been a huge fan of Ringo's books, and was glad to see Audible getting a lot more of his works on the site! (Thanks Audible!) I'm not sure though how this series is really, well, "Sci-Fi"... I guess there IS Science involved, and Fiction, but it's mostly "Near Current Times, Hard Corp Military Fiction". Which is fine by me, but if you're looking for Space Ships and Far-Futuristic Science Tech, "No so much"...
I've met Mr. Ringo many times, and been involved in "Extensive Pool-Side Conversations" at Dragon-Con and other such events with Mr. Ringo and many other Fans of his work, as well as a few "Sci-Fi personalities" that stopped by to join in from time to time.. We share a strikingly similar past (He was at Bragg, I was at Benning), and seem to even still tromp over the same ground while vacationing (passed him once in the Caribbean, and I think my last trip to Europe, from London to Rome and back, via Gibraltar and various Ports along the way, saw me get home about the time I heard Mr. Ringo was headed over there)... We even seem to have the same eclectic tastes in music and movies and books, not to mention I own a largish Mountain Top Ranch in SC that gets pretty much "Landed On" in one of his other Series of Books when the Posleen land and attack Northeast Ga, Northwestern SC, NC, etc.. ;) So I'm no stranger to the MANY various "out there things" that get discussed in VERY Well-Researched Detail when it comes to Mr. Ringo's Books...
But the B&D and S&M Hard Corp Descriptive Sex Scenes in THIS particular Series of books may catch you by surprise if you're not ready for them, and may cause a few folks to want to "Skip This One".. My Wife listens to the same books I do on our iPhones, and at one point she started laughing loudly, removed her ear buds, and said, "I SWEAR I think John's throwing in some of these descriptive sex scenes just to hear Audible's Narrator have to read them out loud to the public"... I don't think that's why he went "all out" on the DETAILED descriptions, but I also wouldn't put something like that past him if it crossed his mind to do so ;)
The Narrator of this Series, Jeremy Arthur, really does an outstanding job though! I HAD to rate the Narration on the whole series 5 Stars, even if it had been only for the way Mr. Arthur gets through many "difficult" parts without so much as a stutter! Luckily, that wasn't the only reason I gave his Narration 5 Stars, he really does a great job all through the Series, especially with his exacting diction, and even using the proper dialects, of the foreign languages! I can't say I've ever heard a Narrator use different Accents between a character from around Moscow, and then change the Russian accent to the one used by characters from closer to the "Georgia Area" (The Country, not the State)... That was even more "Over the Top" than the precise Military Details in the "over the top" action all through this series! Mr. Arthur can even "Becky Ara-bee" (and Farsi, etc ;) convincingly! I have to say I'm highly impressed by the effort he obviously put into "getting things right" in his Narration!
If you like Military Sci-Fi, as I do, then you'll probably highly enjoy this series (as I have).. But if you're turned off by long and VERY descriptive Hard Corp Sex scenes, you probably won't get very far into Book 1. You know the sex is over the top when THAT is mostly what you discuss in your review, while seeming to forget to mention "getting smacked in the face by bone fragments and someone's intestines" ;)
Definitely "NOT For the Kiddies"!
"Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
WOW! I loved this book!
Yes, there is some pretty disturbing sex and even rape, so if you cannot stomach that sort of thing, then skip it.
I love military books real and fiction, but the true stories seem to all but neuter the real life heroes or vaguely imply they even have a sex life, and the so called romance/erotica try to describe an "operation" and have no clue what an elite soldier does as to sound so wrong it's just stupid.
Elite soldiers are elite because they are just wired differently than the average guy. Mike Ghost is all that with a few wires crossed when it comes to his sex life.
Ghost is the first of the Paladin of Shadows series. There are 6 books so far but Audible has only the one book! Now I have to figure out where to get the other books...I'm hooked.
"RAW!! REFRESHING AND SOMETIMES BRUTAL!!!!"
Great story with a very strong main character. If you want a book or characters that are PC this is not the book for you and that's what I enjoyed the most.
Yes, great story even if some of it is far fetched but it is fiction. The plot was unique with great action. I listen to a lot of action thrillers and this was one of the more unique stories I have come across.
Jeremy Arthur was fantastic. Every character had a specific voice. It was as if there was more than one person doing the voices of the individual characters. First audio book with this narrator and I was very impressed.
I don't know if any part of the book "moved me" but it kept my attention the whole way. I did enjoy the no nonsense approach of the military characters. If they thought it then they said it, AWESOME.
I want to be clear on this book not being for everyone. Ghost (the character) is a know it all sexist pig. He is also very aware of this flaw in himself. What I really enjoyed was that the characters views seemed much more real than in most books. In my opinion it is refreshing to see someone write a book and not worry about being politically correct or if a fictional character or characters will offend anyone. Having said that, give this book a try and go in with an opened mind or just wanting to be entertained.
"Very sexually graphic, to the point of loosing the story."
Very sexually graphic, to the point of loosing the story.
Story (book) number 2 is more porn than story. I skipped over large portions and did not miss any of the plot. The real story was about 1 - 2 hours at the end.
I expected better from author.
"Book 1 is great, Book 2 however..."
Book 1 or part 1 is just what the summary implies, ex-seal returning to college after years with the teams, that seemed to be something that could hold my attention. It did not disappoint, I was looking forward to listening every time I had to stop.
John Ringo did an excellent job, accents, female voices and gruff voices, no fault there.
Near the end of book 1 when the seals come in and rescue the girls and the Chief explains that "with the exception of Ramos, we are not gay" that cracked me up.
Just was excited that there was going to be more, book 2 was coming up
Book 2 or part 2 was a total let down, it continued on from the last chapter, I think that it should have been labeled under romance. I made it to the part where Mike is having sex with underage girls and they were discussing "safe" bondage words.... pause.... delete.
You have to keep my attention during an audio book, if I wanted a Lifetime movie with softcore porn I would purchase it. The book may have gotten better but smut is still smut, and seals should not be portrayed as rapists
"Makes you go "wow/cringe/cheer" inside."
The most interesting aspect of the story is that the main character is full of realistic defects and not so realistic situations.
The author doesn't center the storyline on them, or the character on the storyline so very good plot line. It's very rare to find characters that lead the story and are not draged by it in a series.
"Missing some adult tags... Bondage, rape, S&M."
It contains three books/stories. The first one is a great story where you are cheering for the main character, angry at the antagonists and are relieved at the end. Then, umm... the second one has a 50 shades quality to it. The third one was enjoyable... except the hero rapes a prostitute.
No... Not really. I would want the contents of this story to reflect on me.
I wasn't really prepared for the... rawness of the story. I don't know if I'll get the next one. But I wanted to add my two cents because the publishers summary nor the other (one) review say how explicit this story is.
John Ringo is a great author... Get his books, but be prepared for this one.
Mike the main character was good. Some of the female voices seemed a little shallow (voice of someone that sounded a little stupid).
YES!!! It actually made me feel awkward listening to some of the S&M scenes. There is an occasion where he rapes a prostitute... Not a fan of rape.
I want everyone to be clear that this guy isn't a sexist pig that says or thinks mean things. He is an evil person that's marginally restrained that fulfills his evilness a few times.
Also, if one of my friends gave me this story as one that they wrote; I would suggest that they seek professional help. Seriously...
"Not So Hot"
This novel is really a collection of three (3) short stories that are loosely related, starring a semi-retired Navy Seal character that prefers to call himself Ghost. I regret completing this review for several reasons (mainly, obviously some readers love it): (1) This book has foolish stories that all end with atomic bombs (two go off and one is disarmed in the last 5 seconds before detonation). So you have that kind of novelist that believes now everyone will like the US for nuking Middleeastern countries. (2) Our lead character is a self-confessed sadomasochist that practices his killing skills and abusive behavior in escalating intensity throughout the three stories. (3) The US President loves Ghost so much that he pays him something like $65 million through the three stories; so you have Rollo the Rich Kid pursuing bad guys in a leased Gulfstream; I guess the US does not have an AMEX Platinum Card like Mr. Ghost. (4) Oh, and of course, the entire US Military, CIA and Special Operatives are all 1000's of miles away, so Ghost has to race around the world saving us solo. (5) He kills some of the renown bad guys of past and present as a bonus, why just rescue hostages?...why not reset the geopolitical balance too? What's a head of state or two? (6) Inbetween the relentless killing we get relentless plugs for Fox News and the Republican party. Author Ringo does not miss a beat.
John Ringo writes a lot of science fiction, a genre that permits the author to go outside the bounds of reality, science and logic. This military, spy, counter-terrorism, hero series is sophomoric entertainment, base and senseless and lacks any grounding. The Navy Seal strategy for Ghost is to go in the front door and shoot 10 people standing dumbly around before they can raise an automatic firearm...now that is realistic. Of course, he takes 5 - 6 grievous wounds per story and spouts half-baked philosophy all the way to the trauma center. What a guy!
I am so very ashamed I completed this novel. It's very low-brow, loaded with action and some very disturbing behavior that other reviewers have commented on much better than I could or will. There are much better thriller series to explore.
"Great Novel too much ridden pornagraphfic fetish"
Less Pornographic fetish, not suitable for younger listeners
Good story, easy listen, BUT the story line does not need the graphic depiction of sexual fetish to show the protagonist is a broken man who has a good heart.
"Not For the Mild of Heart"
Having read most of John Ringo's previous works I thought that I knew what to expect when purchasing this book. Most of his other works are 'straight' escapist military sci-fi with a healthy dose of Tea Party leaning under-leanings. So once one gets over the rants, there are some really well constructed action, interesting characters and storylines.
Without giving major spoilers, this book is divided into 3 distinct books. The first and last are primarily escapist 2005 era military action macho fiction, sandwiched around some very heavy S&M action, The second book in all honesty made me feel very uncomfortable just listening to and didn't feel transitory or logical to developments in the last book. I did keep thinking that the author either had some interesting research for this character or revealed way too much about himself!!
I enjoy military and military sci-fi as escapism and brain candy and so have a low suspension of belief for the structures within which the authors of these genres create fictional little worlds. My problem here is that it's hard to see if Ringo is attempting to give a character who harnesses his base urges constructively, or if this is titillation, strange titillation.
"A must read for any John Ringo fans."
It introduces many of the themes and big ideas that he develops in latter books like the Troy rising series and in the Last Centurion.
A fantastic book and a must read for any John Ringo fans. It introduces many of the themes and big ideas that he develops in latter books like the Troy rising series and in the Last Centurion. While not hard Science fiction when compared to his later book, Military SF fans will certainly enjoy this as will all fans of other military authors like Chris Ryan or Andy McNab.
"nine out of ten a great read"
yes beyond question but with a warning, the sex is just to strong for my liking, that said thats why i gave it 9 from 10
the way it was written and told, a great choice in the voice.
what can i say, i just love these books, but not so much detailed sex please.
yes like many of these books, i laughed and cried.
read chris field waters writing.
The opening chapter sets the tone for the rest of the book
Not one particular part, but the whole book left me wanting more
If your a fan of Ringo you must get this. I hope they get the rest of the series.
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