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The Paladin

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  235 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
THE PALADIN

A warrior who will show no emotion and question no order. A warrior who fears only the showing of fear.

In the darkest days of World War II, Churchill needed such a warrior.

His task was to pass unsuspected in the deepest territories of the enemy, to kill men or women one by one or in their thousands, to carry out missions that must remain shrouded in silence when
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Paperback, 359 pages
Published 1981 by Pan Macmillan Australia (first published 1980)
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Jennifer
Oct 28, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I just finished this absolutely wonderful novel, The Paladin by Brian Garfield. I could hardly put it down! I read the whole book over the course of two days, just wrenching myself away to work, see friends as I promised, eat and sleep. It was originally published in 1979, but its focus on a boy's adventures during WWII make it a timeless tale and one I think would appeal to everyone who likes adventure, intrigue, death-defying stunts and initiation into a secret of heads of state. The best part ...more
Machmoed Santoso
Mar 28, 2011 Machmoed Santoso rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiksi, sejarah
Jika ini memang benar-benar kisah nyata, maka ini adalah kisah nyata yang benar-benar tidak dapat disangka. Bagaimana ternyata beberapa peristiwa besar pada perang dunia ke-2 memang benar-benar dimaksudkan untuk terjadi. Seperti serangan Jepang ke Pearl Harbor, Inggris bukannya tidak tahu bakal ada serangan kesana, tapi untuk menyeret amerika ke kancah perang dunia.

Dengan segala cara inggris berusaha untuk menutupi berita itu bahkan hingga menghancurkan sebuah kapal selam belanda dan membunuh ti
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Anne Freya
Aug 10, 2011 Anne Freya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Rada kecewa dgn buku ini...pertama, cover dan sub judulnya menipu krn membuatku beranggapan si mata-mata 'cilik' ini berusia di bawah 12 tahun, yg ternyata adalah remaja berusia 15 thn. Kedua, mgkn krn aku tdk begitu suka genre historical dan politik, sehingga langsung jemu setiap kali tiba di adegan percakapan Winston Churcill & Paman John (Owl) dan praktis menyerap semua tulisan bagian dialog si Churcill & Owl tanpa terlalu memikirkannya, dan hanya bersemangat saat si mata-mata 'cilik' ...more
John Blackport
Jun 04, 2012 John Blackport rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. It struck me as a "true story" in the sense that it was probably a cobbling together of things many agents did, updated so that each exploit was attached to some great historical event during World War II.

I couldn't believe that master spies would send invest the necessary knowledge and training for so many high-profile, critical missions into a single agent. But I didn't mind that so much. What strained me was the premise that all this was done, so flawlessly by a ma
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Jane Francisca
Mar 22, 2011 Jane Francisca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jane by: none
Highly Recommended!!

Very stunning and inspiring.
Inside this boy there are loyalty and morality. But somehow his loyalty is even more.
This novel it just damn great! a boy, a little boy but have a big deal to a massive things, WWII. And above all, its true story...Waw!

After the last page, I feel relieved and sad, because the story of Christopher Creighton is end. But somehow Im curious what kind of life he lived today.

Love this book!
Patrick
Apr 16, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it
I remember being blown away by this. Thirty years later I'd like to read this again.
Rofiqul
I am sorry. But I was read the Indonesian version only. So, All I can say is about the Indonesian version. And yups I would like to use my Indonesian, Bahasa Indonesia.

Hal yang saya kritik habis-habisan kali pertama membaca atau melihat buku ini adalah judulnya. Ini buku terjemahan dan mereka menggunakan judul Bahasa Inggris yang bahkan, ironisnya, tidak sama dengan judul aslinya. Anda harus terkekeh melihat judul aslinya "The Paladin" dan versi Indonesianya adalah "The Child".

Oh Tuhan ampuni ke
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an
Aug 14, 2011 an rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoar
seorang anak kecil dan tugas berbahaya. tugas kenegaraan tapi tidak diketahui negara. pasukan diam-diam yang mengorbankan masa kanak-kanak dan remaja na untuk tugas seperti itu. jangan tertipu dengan cover na cz dia tidak sekecil itu dalam tugas na. tapi tetap saja sebuah loyalitas diperlukan untuk berani malaksanakan na.

bentuk keberanian yang paling langka adalah keberanian untuk menghadapi bahaya sendirian saat kau tahu bahwa tidak ada orang yang mengamati kerjamu (hlm. 255)

begitulah buku ini
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Mida
Nov 28, 2014 Mida rated it liked it
I actually could finished this book only in a couple of days, but alas. I was having a cold and it extended to 8 days reading. This book is.. I think it will be interesting if I can read the original version, as in, English language rather than Bahasa Indonesia. There were some glitches in the translation and I know, I can do better in vividly imagining the scenery if I read the English version.

The story itself, well... it never ceases to amaze me that a loyalty can go that far. And in the same
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Simon
Aug 07, 2016 Simon rated it it was ok
There are fairly explicit hints dropped by Garfield that this story is "true". In this case, it has to be the sort of "truth" concealed in a myth, i.e. Churchill led a plucky underdog nation during World War II. But the reality of British resistance to the Nazis is exciting enough without embellishing it so that a teenager is present as a causal agent for several major operations: Dunkirk, the assassination of Darlan, the run-up to D-Day, you name it, "Christopher Robin" was killing people on th ...more
Heni Mujaa
Feb 05, 2017 Heni Mujaa rated it really liked it
anything about WW never stops to amaze me. the conspiracy is in a whole different level. mindfuck as hell. I don't have a heart to imagine how they manipulated an innocent young man to be a cold-blooded assassin. I keep torn between my understanding that it was a war so almost every variable was abnormal (including moral) and, oh come on, he's so young what they did to him I'm so shattered I need to read a light reading after this
Rospiyarni Rosa
May 20, 2011 Rospiyarni Rosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hehe...aku baru baca nih semalam, langsung sampai bab 6,hmm....setelah berbulan-bulan selera membacaku hilang...gara-gara ni buku semangat membacaku menggebu lagi... Seru, mendebarkan n benar2 keren...^^ Ntar sambung lagi ya..

Yup, akhirnya tadi malam petualangan dengan christoper berakhir. Akhir yang benar-benar indah, perang telah membuat segalanya jungkir balik tak tentu arah, tapi selalu ada cinta yang tulus antara Perdana Mentri dan Paladin-nya, cinta seorang ayah kepada anak... Menderu dari
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Rospiyarni Rosa
May 17, 2011 Rospiyarni Rosa rated it it was amazing
Wihiiii...koq covernya beda ya?? Hehe...aku baru baca nih semalam, langsung sampai bab 6,hmm....setelah berbulan-bulan selera membacaku hilang...gara-gara ni buku semangat membacaku menggebu lagi... Seru, mendebarkan n benar2 keren...^^ Ntar sambung lagi ya..

Yup, akhirnya tadi malam petualangan dengan christoper berakhir. Akhir yang benar-benar indah, perang telah membuat segalanya jungkir balik tak tentu arah, tapi selalu ada cinta yang tulus antara Perdana Mentri dan Paladin-nya, cinta seorang
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Andinandyn
Oct 06, 2013 Andinandyn rated it liked it
well, buat saya yang suka novel perang atau sejarah dsb ini cukup menambah wawasan. fakta-fakta yang ada cukup mengejutkan. dan iya, tertipu spoiler "bocah cilik" ternyata umurnya 14 tahun. tapi entah karena saya baca terjemahan atau memang jalan ceritanya begitu, di beberapa part saya skip karena cukup membosankan. dan jelas saya suka christoper beserta sandi-sandi winnie the poohnya, gimana tangguhnya dia dan dimanfaatkan oleh penguasa, dan betapa perang itu memang hanya bermanfaat untuk orang ...more
Jonathan
Sep 12, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
A Social Studies/History teacher* of mine back in Texas high school recommended this book to me ...

* an ex-Nazi Prussian officer who survived 2 concentration camps after Prussian plots to kill Hitler failed ... post-WWII, he hunted down Nazi war criminals before being "forced to retire" in backwater redneck Texas
Annisa Nurbayanti
Nov 02, 2013 Annisa Nurbayanti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sangat disarankan novel ini bagi anda para pecinta sejarah, membuat anda tercengang dengan kisahnya. saya sangat menyukai novel ini dan kenyataan-kenyataan yang diungkapnya (kalau memang ini benar kisah nyata) walaupun bahasanya memang ada yang sulit dimengerti karena pemilihan katanya yang terlalu tinggi sehingga sulit dimengerti masyarakat awam.
Faysal Subhani
Sep 30, 2016 Faysal Subhani rated it liked it
A boring book peppered with some interesting missions with a very underwhelming ending. If what's within is based on truth, then it's incredible, and fact becomes stranger than fiction (especially the whole Britain-having-ample-warning-of-Pearl-Harbour episode). However, after having looked it up, I still don't know if this book is based on reality.
Angela
Jan 03, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Great WWII book if somewhat scary/depressing as you realize that while this book is listed as fiction, it is true story with only a few updates that make it "fiction". It is scary what humans do to each-other (even our so-called "friends"). At least with enemies you know where you stand, and what to expect.
Anton
Jan 28, 2012 Anton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiksi
Hingga halaman 266 dan tetap saja tak menemukan cerita menarik dari novel berdasarkan kisah nyata ini. Padahal kemarin lanjut baca buku biar ada selingan yang menyenangkan. Tapi ya begitah. Tak usah dilanjut bacanya. Ganti saja dengan buku lain.
Jim
Aug 04, 2016 Jim rated it did not like it
this book was just bullshit if this is a true story then my ass is a banjo i was able to suspend my disbelief that he could outrun gun fire early on for the sake of the story then he kills a soldier a 12 year old kills a trained soldier with his own rifle bullshit
Bunga Mawar
Baca buku ini kayak nonton film. Film perang, dan ada Winnie the Pooh-nya :)
Tapi walau agak tidak cocok kalau sontrek yang mengiringi membaca buku ini adalah "Return to Pooh Corner" dari Kenny Loggins, bolehlah diputar untuk mengurangi kesan muram dari sebuah Perang Besar.
Melinda
Feb 08, 2013 Melinda rated it really liked it
Don't read this if your stomach isn't strong. It's about WWII and it's psychologically painful, particularly if you have a son the age of the protagonist (15-17 years old). I found it uplifting in the "it's a noble, vital cause, therefore we can and will persevere" vein.
Riovogan
Sep 23, 2016 Riovogan rated it really liked it
这其实不是一个间谍故事,而是谈论一个少年如何长大.如何面对正义战争中的非正义.
Nnit4 aja
Apr 20, 2011 Nnit4 aja marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terjemahan
buku baru datang hari ini \m/
Brett Milne
Apr 26, 2015 Brett Milne rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story of courage and honour despite the evils of war
Megan
Dec 10, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
I remember reading this in high school and loving it. Even now, I find myself wanting to re-read it.
Ritma Fakhrunnisa
May 26, 2014 Ritma Fakhrunnisa rated it really liked it
Christoper Creighton is a boy who saves his country, not just himself.
Rea Reina
Dec 07, 2014 Rea Reina rated it it was amazing
one word, GREAT!
Nay
Mar 26, 2015 Nay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satu-satunya yang kusayangkan dari novel ini adalah terjemahannya yang kadang membingungkan
Cris Mcgrath
Jul 23, 2012 Cris Mcgrath rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down and when it finished I wanted more.
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Brian Francis Wynne Garfield is an American novelist and screenwriter. He wrote his first published book at the age of eighteen and wrote several novels under such pen names as "Frank Wynne" and "'Brian Wynne" before gaining prominence when his book Hopscotch (1975) won the 1976 Edgar Award for Best Novel. He is best known for his 1972 novel Death Wish, which was adapted for the 1974 film of the s ...more
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