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Kildar (Paladin of Shadows #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,681 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Problems, problems, problems! All Mike Harmon ever wanted to be was a SEAL. But after problems in the teams, college student was a decent second best. However, trouble seemed to follow him where he went. Now, after having angered every terrorist on Earth and at least five governments, buying a farm in a third world country was looking pretty good. Of course, nothing was ev ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Baen (first published 2006)
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Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
File this under "guilty pleasures." Definitely what some would call a guy's equivalent to the romance novel. Stuff blowing up, hyper-cool military gadgets, battles, and, oh yes, he gets his own harem of horny teenage girls. What more could an ex-SEAL ask for?

I was actually hoping, halfway through, that he might set up the liberated-from-potential-sex-slavery girls as his own commando team, but he went for the harem instead. Eh. In its own, over the top way, this was probably just as fun to read
Mar 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ringo fans, men's adventure, dom/sub sex
Recommended to Roberta by: David Broussard
Shelves: adventure
The second book in the Paladin of Shadows book was much better than the first. For one thing, the main character doesn't rape anyone. Admittedly, I could do without the having sex with the 16 and 17 year old girls; it didn't do anything for me, but presumably Ringo is trying to be a little realistic in his portrayal of how an ex-military man with a sadistic streak that he tries to control would handle having future prostitutes thrust upon him.

In this book, the protagonist buys a lot of farm and
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
If you've read John Ringo's first Mike Harmon (aka "Paladin of Shadows") book, Ghost, you'll know that it kind of sucks. In fact, it really sucks. What you might be surprised to learn is that it actually gets better. I know, I'm as shocked as you are. Of course, when you've set the bar as low as Ghost did, that's not hard.

Mostly, this book is better because Ringo backs off on a lot of the fairly disgusting sexual stuff that characterized Ghost. Oh, every so often, it becomes turgid once more and
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
7/1/17 3rd reread. A much improved story compared to the first in the series(Ghost).
Jul 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was the second in a series. The action wasn't as "edge of your seat" but the sex was not as violent and graphic which made up for it. This author truely has a male fantasy character going on here. He kills terrorists and can do just about anything physically despite not being a young man. He also manages to always be saving beautiful young women whom he quite often has sex with and they are always eternally grateful and ready to follow him everywhere.
In this book he ends up with a harem. I
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-fiction
So it's a fantasy masquerading as a "Clancy" style techno-thriller, so what?

Ringo's a hoot, and if I prefer the "Paladin of Shadows" series after the first book (Ghost, which isn't bad), I hope Mr. Ringo understands that maybe the character and concepts matured a bit in his second through fifth in the series. I say it's a fantasy because it sure seems like Conan the barbarian went through SEAL training, the super-masculine, super-competent, generally lucky Mike (what's my name today?), having su
Read it to get it off the shelf and make room for something good. Surprised that it wasn't near as bad as the first. Still pretty silly 16-year-old kid fantasy of hero getting all the girls. Compared to the first, much less violence (boring) and much less cruel treatment of women but still some. One day read for mindless entertainment. Could be so much better. 1.5 Stars
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Any attempt to learn anything from these books is disrecommended by the author, the publisher and the author's mother who wishes to state that he was a very nice boy and she doesn't know what went wrong.
David Beck
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mike is on the move after the events in Paris and is on even more terrorists list of people to kill soon. He decides to winter in Georgia and gets lost in a snow storm which leads him to a remote area that is home to the Keldara people. Mike soon decides that he wants to stay in the area and train the Keldara to be a fighting force as a means to protect both himself and the Keldara. Mike and his new army kick some serious terrorists ass and have lots of fun.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fun read

If 50 shades of gray read like the Dark Paladin Series, it would have sold double to number of copies.
Samuel J Hale
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet the Kildar

I love how this book changes the pace of the series. The first book hooked me with three different stories and sides of the same man. This is the first time we see him actually living.
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mike from Ghost is back. While driving through Georgia (the country not the state), our hero is snowed in while in a remote mountain valley. On a whim, he buys the local caravanserai, which also comes with a large farm and most of the valley. He thus inherits the local retainers, a group known as the Keldara. These brew the best beer he has ever tasted, and (of course) turn out to be an ancient warrior tribe. He proceeds to set up a militia to combat Chechen incursions. He is also saddled with a ...more
May 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: milfic
The other night I wanted a testosterone fantasy and Kildar was what I chose to re-read.

Ringo's books are interesting, in a macho military SF kind of way. This book actually is much more personal than some of his other books.

It chronicles the further adventures of Mike from Ghost. I don't generally recommend Ghost unless you are very comfortable with BSDM. If you don't know what that means, you aren't comfortable with it.

Kildar is a sequal and really the first book in a new series, though it shar
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers
This is a funny book... In a way that it's so bad it's actually good, some times. After "Paladin of Shadows" I wasn't expecting anything else, of course, so if you just want to shut down your brain and gulp something that can be described as "trashy woman's fantasy romance for young men", this book will do.

However, some things irritated me very much. Most of the action in this book happens in Georgia (the country, not the state, as the protagonist says numerous times). It is clear to me that th
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-read
Kildar is the second book in John Ringo’s Paladin of Shadows series and make no mistake the military adventure/porn format is still there in full force. What makes this book stand out from the previous book is that it seems like mostly exposition for the books that come after it. There is a good deal of action in the story, but it does not throw you headlong into it like the first one did.
In the first book you go from a rescue mission behind enemy lines to stumbling onto a terrorist plot while
Dec 31, 2009 rated it liked it
There are interesting elements in this book, but it strikes me as untidy in plot, and doesn't really seem to get anywhere. I haven't read any other John Ringo, so I don't know if this is emblematic, or situational.

First, this is unvarnished male fantasy. The Gor books are actually mentioned at one point. This is tough guys blowing stuff up, saving the day, and getting lots of female action.

I would say the biggest issue with this book is that there's no try/fail cycle to speak of. I kept waiting
Jeff Means
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"We greet our new Kildar. Let him be proud of the peoples he now leads. And let us give thanks to the Father of All that a true Kildar has returned."

John Ringo has a rather unique manner of writing that has me literally wanting to eat right out of his hands. This prose is some of the best I've read and yes I've read quite a bit. Thus when I say that John has a manner in which readers will enjoy, I find that I enjoy his work quite a bit. John's 'Paladin of Shadows' series is almost a work of porn
Glenn Conley
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book is porn. Pure, un-adulterated porn. It's like John Ringo read his own book Ghost, and decided to write some fan fic about his special forces character and a bunch of hot bondage girls getting it on.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. I mean Ghost was pretty close to being porn too, so I kind of expected it, seeing as this book is the sequel. But, this book really has no story. It's just a created scenario for porn. Written like its some bad fanfic. Because, the writing in this
Steven Sheeley
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. -- George Orwell

Mike Harmon is back!

This series is awesome. The action is well written, the characters are well developed and plot is well thought out. The author writes as if he has been in these situations himself and the quality shows through. One word of caution though, there are parts that are not appropriate for the under PG13 crowd, IMNSHO. However, I found them to be tastefull
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book slid well to the half that detailed Mike the counter-intelligence agent rather than Mike the Dom. That's not to say that aspect of Mike's character was ignored, not by any means. Mike buys a valley in Georgia, the country not the state, in order to lay low, regenerate after multiple missions, and enjoy his wealth accumulated by destroying terrorists and retrieving WMD's. The valley includes a manor and farming village complete with retainers. We learn that the farmers, the Keldara's, d ...more
Sep 19, 2013 added it
Less action than his first book in the series. Again, a bit far fetched but If you want facts read the news paper. This books spends more time developing characters and laying down the plot line for the upcoming sequels.

I am a sucker for these books my wife calls my Bromance books (basically over the top military, special operations, CIA, Clandestine). As with the previous book in this series, there is an undertone of odd sexual relationships, such as his under aged harem and collection of live
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
No its not called a GARY Stu anymore its a Mike Harmon . Wish fulfillment at its best . This is much better than the previous one . As guys put it it is definitely a guilty pleasure.
In this edition Mike becomes pretty much the feudal lord of a tribe whose forefathers were warriors. He impresses them with his prowess on the battlefield and of course theses people have beautiful women. HE then ushers these people into the 21st century and trains them to be commandos. So far great stuff. Oh and to
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I read Ghost a while back and was very put off by all the BDSM in the novel, but liked the main character, the action and the story other than that.

Kildar I picked up after reading a bunch of other Ringo books and liking them a lot. None of them had the BDSM scenes like this series. Kildar has less of the BDSM, but adds in some pedophilia to the mix. On the positive side - the story is interesting, I like the way he reveals information about the Keldara, the building of his realm and the combat
Chuck Springer
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Paladin of Shadows series. I found "Kildar" to be much less outrageous, and rather better written than the first novel. As I've found in Ringos' other novels, this is a top notch action story. I enjoyed the various major elements including the intriguing guerrilla style tactics; the setting up of a self-sufficient "community"; the discovery of the true linage of the mountain people; and further exploration of his "moral compass".
Not as good as Ghost but more like the set up for book 3 in the series, Choosers of the Slain. In Kildar, "Mike Jenkins" buy a caravanserai in the country of Georgia, teaching the residents to farm in a more modern style, building a militia and protecting his lands from invading Chechans all the while finding more and more signs that the people have roots back to the Celts, most likely of Scottish or Irish heritage.
Gabe S
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Ghost becomes a king! Bug nut crazy times two!

A slightly more jingoistic flavor to this sequel which detracted a little bit of my enjoyment but it still manages to surprise (which, after Ghost is very surprising in itself) but essentially a continuation of the first - Bombs, Bullets, Beer, Babes, Bondage and Banging

Kevin Beck
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
After two near fatal encounters with terrorism Mike decides to spend some time in Eastern Europe where no one is looking for him. Mike stumbles into the Keldara people and decides to train them to help protect the local area. The Keldara are from an ancient order of warriors and take to the training and are soon kicking terrorist butt.
M.E. Logan
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked this up as a freebee. It's not one I would have purchased but it was interesting. A warlord, tired of fighting, and having a lot of money creates his own little kingdom and sets the rules.

10/4/17 -- a re-read while I'm down sick.
Andronicus Kok
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From his missions in Ghost, he moves into a new country with a new identity. Here the Ghost sets up a new life and a new army to protect things dear to him and to keep his enemies out!! A great read :)
The protagonist finds a small valley in eastern Europe or one of the former Russian satellite states and buys himself a warlordship and ends up with a harem of teenage girls.
Very male fantasy thing.
Graphic violence and sex.
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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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Paladin of Shadows (6 books)
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