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"Tongue-in-cheek action-adventure in the genre of 'Kill Bill' and 'Hell Boy' --- the Publisher" Larry is an angel of the Lord...retired. To avoid final judgment and a rather warm room without a view, he seeks to make amends by helping humanity against spiritual darkness. Unable to directly interfere, he must use a human to do his dirty work, or as he calls them...Paladins. ...more
Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Sunbury Press
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Natasha
Mar 04, 2012 Natasha rated it liked it
When I was sent a review copy from the author, I was thrilled to read something so full of adventure and originality. Who doesn't want to live the life of their favorite heroine from a novel?
I knew I was going to like it from the first chapter. The characters were fun and very well written. I think the only thing that bugged me was what one character would say particularly. Larry as an adult calling Harry/Maggie baby girl. He called her girl quite frequently, which was a bit annoying, but I cou
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Rebecca
Aug 28, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it


When then author Ken Newman sent me a review request for his book The Paladin and part of the blurb attached was: "Tongue-in-cheek action-adventure in the genre of 'Kill Bill' and 'Hell Boy' --- the Publisher" After reading that quote I jumped on the chance to read The Paladin. Thankfully I was not disappointed.



Who hasn’t wanted to jump into the life of one of your favorite book characters? I know I have! Well careful what you wish for because that is sort of what happens to Harriet Smith. I lo
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Niina
Aug 18, 2011 Niina rated it liked it
Harry (that’s short for Harriet) is a kindergarten teacher with a small addiction to Blue Fox novels, which her employee does not approve – when she gets a new 5 year old into her class she isn’t expecting the kid to come with aggressive bodybuilders who try to take her down. She’s about to kick some serious ass when she’s drawn through a portal and loses a whole month, but that is not the weirdest thing yet, she wakes up in a spa in Japan, apparently having passed a job interview. Now most ...more
Michelle
Aug 20, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
The Paladin is a novel by Ken Newman from Sunbury Press.

Book Blurb:

Larry is an angel of the Lord... retired. To avoid final judgment and a rather warm room without a view, he seeks to make amends by helping humanity against spiritual darkness. Unable to directly interfere, he must use a human to do his dirty work, or as he calls them... Paladins.

A lonely kindergarten teacher, Harriet Smith, dreaming of romance and an exciting life of high adventure, has no idea that she has been chosen... that
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Lisa
Jan 20, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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Wowee! The Paladin is a ride. Not only is it a humorous and fun read but it's very original. This book follows the mission of one Maggie Black, paladin extrodinare, on her quest to stop a devoted husband from lifiting a curse put on his wife that has kept her entrapped for hundreds of years. Oh - did I mention the wife is a supernatural demon who has the power to destroy the world? Or that her husband uses witches and shape-shifters to stop Maggie? And how about the fact that Maggie works for an ...more
Valentina
Aug 10, 2011 Valentina rated it liked it
What I liked most about this book was its freshness, not only in plot, but also in writing style. As readers in this modern age, we are constantly bombarded by supernatural mysteries, etc. which while fun, tends to run in the same direction ie vampires, werewolves, zombies. This book is a bit different, which is why it made it a pretty interesting read.
The characters were well done. Larry, the angel who recruits Harriet (or Maggie as her alter ego is called) is hilarious, with many moments of di
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Nina
Sep 19, 2011 Nina rated it liked it
When I saw the cover of The Paladin I knew that this book would be action packed. And let me tell you something, it was. Harriet Smith is one tough cookie who can kick ass, just like the Bride (Beatrix Kiddo) in the movie Kill Bill. She was awesome. The story was fast paced and I was quickly absorbed into the pages to read what happens to this character. The thing I didn’t like about this story is that there where too many characters. And too many characters can make you either love the story ...more
Jennifer
Jul 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
I highly recommend The Paladin to any urban fantasy fan that loves to read about a heroine that starts out as an unlikely hero that grows into a kick ass chick. Newman did a great job of keeping me entertained and there was so many twisted that I could not pretend the end of the book, which is a sign of a great writer, in my opinion. I also liked the fact that Newman was not afraid to let a few of his characters die and don’t expect a nice clean ending with a bow on it. There are few things left ...more
Norma
Aug 03, 2011 Norma rated it it was amazing
Loved the book! I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun urban fantasy. Had a great plot and very developed characters. I really got into the character of Harry/Maggie, plus Larry the Angel is a hoot! My only quam is that the cover really sucks. Hope this is book one of a series. If it is, please get a better cover artist!
Brooke
Aug 10, 2011 Brooke rated it it was ok
Ex-kindergarten teacher, Harriet, finds herself doing the bidding of ex-angel Larry. His duty is to right wrongs that have been made, and he wants Harriet to do the hard work. Harriet, now transformed into her alter ego Maggie and now Paladin of Larry's, must find a man named Zack and kill him before he can, unknowingly, release a tornado of evil on the Earth. Maggie will face a scummy priest, a nasty witch, a snobby girl, and many other baddies throughout her attempts to find and kill Zack and ...more
Stephanie  G
Jul 30, 2011 Stephanie G rated it it was ok
Harriet was a kindergarten teacher until Larry appeared one day. Larry, the ex-angel decided that Harriet would make a great Paladin. Righting wrongs is what Larry does to get back in good with God. Instead of handling supernatural problems himself, he gets his Paladin to do it for him.

After Harriet is chosen, she is whisked off and transformed into Maggie Black. Instead of flipping out with all of the supernatural stuff Maggie has come backs, and kicks ass. This was a fact that actually bugged
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Beth Dawkins
Jul 30, 2011 Beth Dawkins rated it it was ok
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Harriet was a kindergarten teacher until Larry appeared one day. Larry, the ex-angel decided that Harriet would make a great Paladin. Righting wrongs is what Larry does to get back in good with God. Instead of handling supernatural problems himself, he gets his Paladin to do it for him.

After Harriet is chosen, she is whisked off and transformed into Maggie Black. Instead of flipping out with all of the supernatural stuff Maggie has come backs, and kicks ass. This was a fact that actually bugged
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R.J. Gonzales
(Received Copy For Review by Author)
Overall Rating: 3.6/5 (Rounded to 4)

When I read "kidnapped by a five year old", "shape-shifting hit men", and "psychotic witches" I knew I had to read this!After reading, “in the genre of 'Kill Bill' and 'Hell Boy'” It went from a yes, to a HELL YES! haha. In the beginning of The Paladin by Ken Newman we meet kindergarten teacher Harriet Smith who is busy reading and daydreaming of an action packed life, one she knows she’ll only be able to experience through
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Deidre
Jul 24, 2012 Deidre rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Going in to this book, I wasn't sure what I expected. But I was pleasantly surprised that Mr. Newman was able to hold my attention throughout. Yes, it is rather like a B-Movie and the characterization is lacking depth and growth. This was not a detractor for me though others may find it to be a problem. Reading this book, I willingly suspended my disbelief and enjoyed the ride. I sincerely hope there will be additional books with these characters.
Tanya
Jan 17, 2012 Tanya rated it did not like it
Take my rating with a grain of salt, I did not finish the book. Once I ran into language that I considered very offensive I removed it from my kindle. I felt for those first few pages I read that the writing was subpar, and simplistic, when I ran into language I would not tolerate in my own home I had enough.
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Ken Newman has loved stories of the fantastic since listening to his grandmother's folk tales of witches and haints when he was a child. Devouring the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury and Fredric Brown, to name a few, gave his imagination wings. Ken is the author of the paranormal thriller Forsaken and the newly released science fiction adventure Dead Ends, both released by Black Opal ...more
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