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Ghost (Paladin of Shadows #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,477 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
Retired after 15 years in special ops due to a myriad of physical ailments, Michael Harmon is having trouble fitting into his new role as a University of Georgia undergrad. Instead, Ghost (named for his uncanny ability to "blend") likes to stalk unknowing coeds and speculate on the carnal possibilities. But when a van-load of men suddenly abduct a blonde that Ghost had bee ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Baen (first published October 1st 2005)
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Al Cormier
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fubar-reads
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)
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: action
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Morgan Engel
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ehh...
Recommended to Morgan by: John Ringo
I've always laughed at romance novels, but I never imagined (naively) one would be written for a man. This is it. The male romance novel, personified. The story is ludicrous, the characters over the top, the sex sexy, the fighting fighty. If you're looking for something trashy to read, pick it up.
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is what you'd get if Laurel K. Hamilton wrote hardcore military fiction. Fantastic story line, with closer to realistic human reactions, and sex. Good enough that I'm reading the whole series through again.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
6/30/17 3rd re-read.
Timothy Maguire
Sep 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
If there's one moment that sums up the entirety of Ghost, it's when our 'hero' kills Osama Bin Laden and cuts off his head for proof. Rather than being the cathartic finale of the novel, this is instead almost an aside to the main plot, which is the rescue of an entire army of kidnapped college girls. This minor plot element is an indicator of just what you're getting into with this novel.

Anyway, Ghost tells the story of Mike, an ex-Navy Seal who has the remarkable talent to fall over both nub
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first part of the book! I have mixed feelings about Mike, the hero and I could have done without reading his sexual exploits.
chris tierney

Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world.
—Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

But as it was, there just wasn't time for anything but . . . stupid heroics.
—John Ringo, Ghost

I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into here thanks to, but I still wanted to see for myself how hilariously awful it could be. The answer is quite a bit, but not enough to outwei
Glenn Conley
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Some stupid, hormone-infused teenager must have written this book. Because that's the only way I can explain all the hot naked chicks in this story. Why'd they have to be naked? I mean yes, of course I want them to be naked. But is there really any reason for them to be naked? Not really.

This book tells the story of some fucked-up terrorist organization that kidnaps several hot college chicks. They strip the girls naked, and chain them to a few rows of benches in a hot, sweaty room.

The terrorist
Mar 11, 2010 added it
This is handily the most astonishingly offensive book I have ever read. It is immensely xenophobic, terrifyingly misogynist and thoroughly jingoistic, hitting every right wing talking point - hating academics, hating tolerance groups, hating the French, and on, and on, and on. It is part Rambo-style glorification of one man's psychopathic violence (which is, of course, ok because it is visited on Muslims), part disgusting rape fantasy. Every woman in the book is either a total bitch or a literal ...more
Faith Hunter
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Well written, as are all of Ringo's books, but this one was a very difficult book to read. The anti-hero main character has the mindset of a serial rapist. Can't star it higher, but do suggest it as research for anyone writing an anti-hero novel .
Dec 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Nov 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I cannot begin to describe how utterly disappointed I am in this series.

It is essentially a glorification of a man who unapologetically rapes women, objectifies them into means for sexual gratification, and all of that is just perfectly okay because he has military skills and knows how to kickstart a civilization into the 21st century.
Rape? Misogyny? Gutting the humanity of the very women he should be protecting or at the very least respecting as fellow human beings? Renaming them "Flopsy" and "
Sep 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
The main reason I'm admitting to reading this is to warn people away from it. It reads like a male wet dream--and that's it's problem. It's too much like a wet dream. The action sequences are over the top--one man being able to do all that? But they're fun, and guys read these for fun. The problem is the second third of the book--pure, hardcore porn. I made the mistake of giving this as a Christmas present to my older brother, without having read it. He just told me he didn't like it and sent it ...more
Niels Bugge
White man accidentally fix people's problems and is entitled to respect, loads of money, fucking any girl he wants and generally doing nasty things because the good guys are completely incompetent. And it's boringly easy for him, because the bad guys are even more incompetent.

In the book, the world is arranged as a hierarchy, where the people in the third world have lost their humanity by living in dirt and it's ok to kill them if they hate USA, the second world is inhabited by corrupt slavers a
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Our hero, Mike Harmon AKA “Ghost”, is an ex-SEAL trying to get by. Through somewhat random circumstances, he ends up foiling a terrorist plot to kidnap and torture American college girls. Now rich with reward money, he moves to the Keys. And ends up foiling a plot to place a nuke on American soil. After that, he ends up in Russia, where he… You get the picture. The book is episodic, with three quite distinct parts. Constant are the visceral, brutal, violent action scenes as well as the explicit ...more
Eric Woods
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I actually reviewed each novella separately so I thought I hated the book by the time I got the third novella but I did not yet understand what a piece of shit John Ringo really is. There was no way I could until I read an entire fucking chapter of a man beating and raping a 15 year old sex slave over and over again. I don't have a joke for that. That is vile, contemptible filth. I had an entertaining time ripping the first two parts up one side and down the other but that last one... where do y ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! was all I had to say at first. First half of the book was an interesting action, military and espionage tale of a rogue operative working for the United States black ops group. That alone was enough to keep me coming back for more of Mr. Ringo's imagination. Then we moved on to the second half of the book...holy cow! Mr. Ringo's imagination took a definite left turn into the S&M bondage theater of war. I thought I had opened a different book! As it turns out this is the dark side of our ...more
Dec 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
I found this book so profoundly offensive I could not even finish it. Do NOT read or purchase this book. It is - at least the parts I managed to make it through - disgusting and astoundingly-misogynistic. This book has graphic descriptions of rape and sexual violence. It oozed hatred and racism in multiple forms from nearly every page I read.

Frankly, I'm surprised and deeply disappointed Baen published this this piece of pornographic offal. I will not be purchasing any more of John Ringo's book
Sep 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Oh John Ringo no!

While most books by John Ringo are literary equivalent of a bag full of potato crisps stamped all over with right-wing Republican propaganda, they are also entertaining and readable.

Well, this one not only blew my circuit breakers (I only managed to read about half of the book before giving up in disgust, and I rarely do that), it also coloured my subsequent view of any other books by Ringo. Now I tend to notice the undercurrents of BDSM and despair over the 18 years old age o
Gabe S
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Balls out, insane action that I couldn't believe John Ringo had the balls to publish.

Suspension of disbelief is not only required but has to keep increasing as Ghost 'just don't give a S#@!t'. A hilarious reading experience not for the faint hearted or morally prudish.

Hard for someone as Left leaning as myself to justify my enjoyment of this series but so much bug nut crazy in here, I was laughing in shocked outrage almost all the way through but funnily enough, didn't think it was particularly
Sep 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
My eyes are still bleeding.

This mish-mash of Tom Clancey and Fifty fuckin' shades of Grey is, to put it bluntly, god-awful. I'm not sure if I should be laughing at the absurdity of the story, cringing at the believability of the scenarios, weeping at the trivialization of rape, or screaming at the horrible BDSM practices in the book..... but I was doing all, at one point or another.

The worst thing is that I've been told it's part of a series, and that I'm obliged to read them all now. "It's for
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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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