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Choosers of the Slain (Paladin of Shadows #3)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  2,164 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Sequel to Ghost and Kildar.

Former SEAL Michael Harmon (Ghost, Kildar) has a pretty good life. He's settled down in the country of Georgia and built a solid commando-quality militia out of his local retainers. The Keldara have an ancient history of being first-class mountain warriors and all they needed was a few million in modern weapons and training to bring them up to sp

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Baen (first published May 1st 2006)
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May 29, 2016 Mike added it
Shelves: scifi, charity-2016
Finally one in the series that is marginally ok. 2 Stars and a little more.
Apr 03, 2008 Roberta rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ringo fans, men's adventure, dom/sub sex
Shelves: adventure
More action, less sex. Better than its predecessors.

Definitely do not pick it up in the middle of the series though as you at least need to read Kildar before reading this one as it is a continuation.

In this book, Mike gets a simple mission to rescue the daughter of a Senator's major campaign contributor or so he thinks. He ends up taking his team the Mountain Tigers to try and find the girl and ends up uncovering a sex slave scam that implicates leaders of various governments world-wide.

William Bentrim
Dec 01, 2010 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
Choosers of the Slain by John Ringo

Politics and black mail fuel the action in this Ringo follow up to the Kildar. Mike is at it again, facing daunting odds with ambivalence in his heart but courage and fire in his action. Hookers are being snuffed and it is impacting his people and the politics of his world.

Ringo dives in were fools fear to tread. He attacks the structure of Albanian prostitution but in essence he attacks the forcible implementation of the entire industry. According to Wikipedi
Steven Sheeley
Mar 02, 2015 Steven Sheeley rated it it was amazing
Mike is back with more action and less sex. As good as the previous books if not better.

I highly suggest that you do not start in the middle of the series and that you read, at least, Kildar before reading this one.

What starts as a simple mission to rescue a Senator's daughter uncovers the reality of the sex-slave trade in Eastern Europe, implicating leaders of governments world-wide.

This book is very graphic regarding what happens to women in the sex-trade. It does make you wonder just how exte
Sep 28, 2011 Andreas rated it liked it
In the third book of the series, things really start to heat up. Ringo takes us on a scenic tour of the white slavery movement in Eastern Europe as a senator “hires” Mike and his Mountain Tigers retainers to find a girl caught up in prostitution and slavery. The subject matter is quite awful but such is reality.

Ringo is really hitting his stride here with great action scenes and development of the characters. This book also inserts some interesting interactions with senior officials of various s
Jan 15, 2015 Michael rated it it was ok
Shelves: mil-fic, 2014
These books... I don't know why I read them. It is like watching a trainwreck in slow motion.

It is just wonderful wish(?)fulfillment, and I can't do a better review then the person who originally started the "Oh John Ringo, no" meme.

I started this book 6 or so months ago after I had finished the previous two. I really can't explain these books. You will either enjoy them, or hate them utterly. I don't really think there is an in-between, and I don't know
Former SEAL Michael Harmon, a.k.a. Ghost and Mike Jenkins returns as the Kildar in the Keldara area of Georgia. The Keldara warriors that he has trained have been keeping the area safe from Chechen raiders but now a well-know Senator has a problem and needs the Kildar's help. His daughter has been kidnapped by the Albanian mafia where she has been sold into the sex trade and the Senator wants Mike Jenkins to rescue her.
Randy Patton
Sep 29, 2015 Randy Patton rated it liked it
I guess you could describe Chooser of the Slain as a military action thriller with some shock value and comedy thrown in. The central character, Mike, is a leader of a group of militia. He is hired by an anonymous US senator to rescue his daughter. Of course the job unravels more than expected. Mike is an unlikable, despicable, and disgusting human being. But this is also what makes him an interesting character. I did enjoy this, but I did wish there was more action and less shock value.
Nov 24, 2013 Art rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Ringo does a good job of writing a hard-hitting story, with an eye to keen action. He approaches the whole idea of forced prostitution and kidnap/slavery with a critical eye. I enjoyed this one, especially since he's added even more sensory description, and made it more interesting with a deeper plot and interwoven ideas. I hope he'll do even more in the next one.
Feb 18, 2014 RJ rated it really liked it
More training, enlistments, and missions of Mike Harmon the Kildar's, elite retainers, now know as the Mountain Tigers. Less BDS&M in this book. Mike is actually taking it easy and respecting the Kildara women. The missions are mainly against the Chechens and Albanian gangs; putting a major dent in their drug and slave trades. Great writing, good stories.
This was supposed to be the top of the plot arc, but I just didn't love it. It's huge messy, and split all over.

Ringo has a tendency to sometimes be bogged down in details over the view of the the characters, and this starts to come out here with the splits in perspective.

Still I'd recommend it to anyone who like the others, because it sets up the next book.
William Babichuk
Oct 17, 2015 William Babichuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual engaging mix of escapism from Dingo - sex, blood and violence. So much fun!

Ringo at his best - lots of military action, enough sado-machismo to satisfy even the most extreme. You really need to read the first 2 installments to get the whole flavour, though.
May 09, 2015 Howard2nd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Integrate warfare and Beer

Take clan motive and add modern training and equipment and get excitement. Have beauty and Beer and semi-feudal romance. Then remember that feudal relationships go both ways. Bonding and bondage tie really tight knots.
Jeff Means
Aug 30, 2015 Jeff Means rated it it was amazing
Sex and battle and amazingly well done, almost a porno but done so that anyone over the age of 12 can not only understand it but not come away with their mind blown in a bad and illegal way....
William Ritch
Aug 04, 2015 William Ritch rated it liked it
Books 2 &3 of this series are more like two halves of a novel. Also, Ringo's SF creds are coming through: we have an alien culture and super-humans in these books.
Mrs Johnnie Tate
Aug 15, 2011 Mrs Johnnie Tate rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: never-finished
Okay, this is just getting way to far into the PERFECT PALADIN unbelievable realm. Stopped reading this to pick up something a bit more Sci-Fi and beleivable. Will pick it up again later.
Jun 29, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
Another American version of James Bond, but grittier. A bad man who does good things, but an honest bad man. Nice action.
Mike and his keldara blast a gaping hole in the Balkan sex trade.
I think our antihero rapes a prostitute in this one.
Male fantasy.
Warning graphic sex and violence.
Dave Spence
Apr 01, 2013 Dave Spence rated it liked it
Found the action sequences quite entertaining. Well detailed. However I can do without sadomasochistic sex scenes. They don't add anything to the story IMHO.
Mar 25, 2010 Steed rated it it was amazing
Lot's of action and good fun. Technically very accurate. I like that in a book. I hate it when the author call magazines clips. It helps to read the series in order.
Aeoli Pera
Jan 03, 2016 Aeoli Pera rated it really liked it
Same as books 1 and 2. Half military fantasy and half sex fantasy. Masculine wish-fulfillment, easy reading.
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John Ringo is a prolific author who has written in a wide variety of genres. His early life included a great deal of travel. He visited 23 foreign countries, and attended fourteen different schools. After graduation Ringo enlisted in the US military for four years, after which he studied marine biology.

In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful.
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Other Books in the Series

Paladin of Shadows (6 books)
  • Ghost (Paladin of Shadows, #1)
  • Kildar (Paladin of Shadows, #2)
  • Unto the Breach (Paladin of Shadows, #4)
  • A Deeper Blue (Paladin of Shadows, #5)
  • Tiger by the Tail (Paladin of Shadows, #6)

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