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Ghost (Paladin of Shadows #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,545 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Baen
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mark monday

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Al Cormier
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a liberal, do not read this book!

If you are a feminist, do not read this book!

If you are a Baptist, do not read this book!

If it weren't for the great action sequences, in this offering, I would think you could only find GHOST in an ADULT book store. The book tells three stories revolving around a former SEAL who doesn't candy-coat the fact that he is a bad man. He has two ways of venting his frustration and relieving tension--he has to kill someone...or he has to rape someo
Twerking To Beethoven
This book is a big bowl of wrong. It's a cross between Edward Lee's fucked up exploitation horror and, I don't know, fucking Die Hard. Oh, there's plenty of sex as well. The second story - Thunder Island - is basically Fifty Shades of Grey on steroids and, in case you're wondering, I didn't read E. L. James's load of wank. And I didn't see the movie either.

Anyway, "Ghost" isn't a masterpiece. Far from it. It's a bucket of phlegm and pus, alright. But it's far from being boring. I, being nothing
Mike (the Paladin)
There are quite a range of "rating reactions" to this book. I think there are probably several reasons for this. I have several friends here who have nothing good to say about this book. Then I have others who gave it 5 stars. Why the disagreement(s).

I think There are (as I said) several reasons for this. The main character (Mike) and I have somewhat different definitions of the word Paladin, LOL. Had the entire book been more like the first half I could probably have gone much higher on my own
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like military stories or thrillers. The Kindle Smut club
Shelves: kindle
Well, the author wrote his own review which I will quote:
"It is not PC. It is not PG-13. It is not understated. It is a raw, bawdy, kinky, violent, over-the-top story of an ex-SEAL who is approaching life, love and the pursuit of bad-guys with no-holds-barred. James Bond without the bedroom door closing. Dirk Pitt meets Harold Robbins. Jean Auel writes a Mack Bolan book. With details. Kinky, kinky details.

Since I had not previously been known for this sort of writing, I felt it germane to empla
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't be fooled by the author's other books. This first book of the series is neither Science Fiction nor Fantasy (at least not in the classic sense). Fans of Ringo know he has a soft spot for military/action adventures and the Ghost series is definitely full of adventure.

If you are easily offended by graphic battle descriptions, stay away from these books. If you are easily offended by graphic sex (lots), then stay away. I'm not so easily offended by either and found all five (so far) books to
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is split into 3 short stories, full of kickass terrorist wasting awesomeness. Initally we find Mike 'Ghost' Harmon, a former member of the SEALS disrupting a terrorist operation taking place in Athens Georgia and Syria. Watching him kill some high level terrorists, and bank some serious cash in the first story. Then we see him catch some fish, take a swim, bang some coeds and have a nuclear device set off somewhere in the Carribian. Lastly, we find ourselves in Paris, Ghost being torn ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
No, No, NO!! Basic premise, decent. Medically retired SEAL tracks terrorists who kidnapped 50 coeds from college town. Locates terrorist hidey-hole and calls for reinforcements. BTW, the girls are stripped naked and are being tortured to death while broadcast to the world. Much shooting, blood, guts, hero and most of the girls survive. After that, forget it. Nothing honorable in this guy. Feels like it was written by a bunch of 16 year old boys gorged on Gor novels but plenty of mindless cruelty ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this after disregarding the other reviews. Because honestly I am the only one fit to judge what I will like. That being said.
Not no but hell no.
As long as Harmon kept his fantasies to the realm of fantasies and consensual scenes I was fine. The bdsm element was boring and written from the view of someone who has perhaps played, or watched but was not involved in the life. Fine no problems there and I did enjoy the action scenes.
The rape and beating of Magdelena was pointless and served
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a messed up book. I started reading it and LOVED the first part. Great action, a flawed, but interesting character, lots of boobs.

The second part was like 100 page BDSM porno that ended with action similar to the first book. Very similar.

The third part was more action, but the flawed, but interesting character went over way over the edge with sexual violence.

I kept hoping that the book would return to the awesome start it had, but wow... it sunk a bit too low for me.
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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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“Nuke them until they glow and shoot them in the dark.
No questions. ”
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