A new addition to the Kildar military adventure series created by John Ringo. Sequel to Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain and Unto the Breach.
After saving America from Middle Eastern terrorists, even Mike Harmon and the Keldara could use a vacation. Of course, the Kildar's idea of a vacation includes taking down pirates in the Singapore Straits. But when he finds computer chips designed to run nuclear reactors in the pirate booty, Harmon has a new mission thrust upon him - discover how bottom-feeding thieves got their hands on top-secret technology.
The chips are headed for newly democratic Myanmar, a country vital to American interests in the region. Now Harmon finds himself in a desperate race to learn who stole the chips and why.
From glittering Hong Kong to the slums of Thailand to the swamps of Myanmar, Harmon and his Keldara team follow a trail of death and deceit across the glittering underbelly of Southeast Asia. And as the path winds through dark jungle and slave labor camps to the heart of newborn democracy, Harmon must devise a way to prevent the nasty overthrow of a nation's capital by totalitarian tyrants. But if there's one thing Mike and the Keldara specialize in, it's doing what it takes to give freedom a chance.
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"Not as good as the first 5 books"
Performance of the story is terrific, however ,the basis of the story line does not seem plausible to me. Going all the way to Asia to train commandos in underwater activity and counteracting piracy? The book has a lot of errors (typo's?)..like a several hundred foot yacht that can only handle 20 people?
The story characters are as good as usual, and the narrator is excellent. I hope the next book holds together as good as the first 5 did.
"Not remotely part of the series"
As others have said, this book was written by Ryan Sear just using John Ringo's characters.
Apart from being a horrible writer, Mr. Sear doesn't seem to "get" the series. The Keldara characters are all flat and interchangeable, where they actually had interesting personalities in the books John RIngo actually wrote.
In the first 5 books, the "bad guys" were terrorist groups. In this one, the "bad guys" are Asian organized crime. How interesting do you think an action book about US special forces vs mafia hitmen would be? This one is worse. A team of elite soldiers takes on an organized crime family's headquarters..now there's a one-sided fight that's not worth the listen.
In between the short and boring action sequences, the author tries to convince us he's actually read the first 5 books. He does this in the from of Grandpa Simpson style style stories interjected at random places that sound like senile ramblings.
The story itself meanders in a similar way, there's no flow to it and no real story. Just a bunch of random stuff happens for no real reason, some of it is loosely related, the Kildar is there for some of it, and the characters do weird things totally out of character.
Even Jeremy Arthur who did a fantastic job narrating the first 5 books sounds like he's having a hard time not falling asleep as he's reading this crap. I can sympathize with him, he really earned his paycheck this time around.
"Nicely Done Series. More beer less sex."
I found myself genuinely interested in the characters and its difficult to believe it was read by one person. Jeremy Arthur did a great job.
It is an interesting thriller that engages the listener, but is misfiled as a Sci Fi book.
I am still glad to have purchased the entire series.
If I ever saw Mountain Tiger Beer I would probably buy a case irrespective of the cost. The author and Narrator did a great job of selling the stuff. Perhaps some vertical marketing opportunities available there.
great story, awesome action, tasteful sex scenes. love the series. john ringo does it again.
"I liked it"
Great series. I'm a new listener/ reader of John Ringo's books but enjoyed the ones I've read very much. I usually listen to Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, Steven Konkoly, and many others.
This book keeps you engaged with action, battle, history, geography and sex/romance. I found myself pausing the book on many occasions to look up different items I found intriguing. Most were factual or very close.
The reader/ narrator is excellent!! I'm not really sure how he does it, but he uses about a dozen different voices!
"Not quite as good."
I have read the others. Ghost was my first. I waited anxiously for a new 1. It lacked something. Like when another person tries to emulate an author. Nonetheless, I hope there is a book 7.
"It was good but not great"
This being the last book at the time of this review (30 Dec 2014) that's out isn't really an ending to the series because like the other books it ends the current story arc but there could be more, I hope there is.
I said this in the first review I think but I have most all the books by John Ringo and I really wanted to get back into his type of writing so I just got book 1 and after a few hours of listening to it I decided I wanted the rest of the books so having 2 credits I bought book 2 and 3, then I got to the part in book 1 with the graphic sex and rape scenes and it went on for ever with really detailed descriptions and seeing as I am not wanking while listening to books this was strange and it was a man reading it so even stranger, I just wanted enough and decided to get my credits back for book 2 and 3 and I did - then I decided because of my OCD I would have to finish the book 1 and upon skipping over those scenes I decided I wanted to here more of the actual story and just skip over those parts, and it was great.
This book deals with computer boards that control nuclear power plants being stolen so that cant be good, you are going to know what to expect at this point in these books if you have read the first 5 books so the only thing to say is that this book wasn't as good as the ones before it but just a little less, I cant give it a half of star so it gets 4 not 4.5 - not sure what wasn't as good but just that it was something that I expected a little more of and it didn't deliver, maybe it was because there could be more books and if that's the case then this is OK not being great as it might fit in a larger group of books to complete the story.
So I would say that if you have read any of Ringo's other books and you like the writing style you will like these books, just maybe skip over the graphic sex/rape scenes which are really only in book 1 and 2, the rest its sorta lessened down.
"great story line and believable characters, I laug"
like I said above, it is such a great story line, I cried, and laughed, and wished I had such a talent.
The battles, and the way in which they were described, by a very realistic orator? If I spelt that correctly.
A very difficult question, as I became so involved in the book.
Yes the death of certain characters, who I had wanted to live, but then that is true to life.
keep writing, you have changed the quality of my life, I suffered an industrial injury in 1975, 9 days after I married, I lost my wife, my job and my home,and then in 1999 a drunk drove his car into me, so my life was a bit of a mess, incredibly you lifted that, and brought laughter and tears back into my life, and in simple truth, Life is a gift, to be enjoyed, keep writing.
"Just as good as the earlier books in the series"
Continues on from the previous 5 books in the series, so if you enjoyed those then you will like this one also.
But start at the beginning as Paladin of Shadows is a fantastic series and the books and characters do follow on, a must read for any John Ringo fans.
While not hard Science fiction when compared to his other books, this series introduces many of the themes and big ideas that he develops in other books like the Troy Rising series, Legacy of the Aldenata and in The Last Centurion.
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