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Ghost

Paladin of Shadows, Book 1
Written by: John Ringo
Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
Series: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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This ''Ghost'' May Not Walk Through Walls, but Walls had Better Not Get in His Way!

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,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

'A fast-paced, highly-sexual, military-action thriller that ranges from a poison factory in the Mideast to the Florida Keys to Siberia, the novel will keep you guessing what twisted fate will bring next for the man once known as . . . Ghost. Keep an eye on him or . . . poof, he'll be gone.'

©2005 John Ringo (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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  • Joe
  • 2017-12-03

Not very good.

Very pulpy, repetitive and predictable. The main character is completely forgettable. John Ringo should stick to science fiction.

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  • Trip Williams
  • 2014-01-15

HARD CORP Descriptive Sex Warning!

I've always been a huge fan of Ringo's books, and was glad to see Audible getting a lot more of his works on the site! (Thanks Audible!) I'm not sure though how this series is really, well, "Sci-Fi"... I guess there IS Science involved, and Fiction, but it's mostly "Near Current Times, Hard Corp Military Fiction". Which is fine by me, but if you're looking for Space Ships and Far-Futuristic Science Tech, "No so much"...

I've met Mr. Ringo many times, and been involved in "Extensive Pool-Side Conversations" at Dragon-Con and other such events with Mr. Ringo and many other Fans of his work, as well as a few "Sci-Fi personalities" that stopped by to join in from time to time.. We share a strikingly similar past (He was at Bragg, I was at Benning), and seem to even still tromp over the same ground while vacationing (passed him once in the Caribbean, and I think my last trip to Europe, from London to Rome and back, via Gibraltar and various Ports along the way, saw me get home about the time I heard Mr. Ringo was headed over there)... We even seem to have the same eclectic tastes in music and movies and books, not to mention I own a largish Mountain Top Ranch in SC that gets pretty much "Landed On" in one of his other Series of Books when the Posleen land and attack Northeast Ga, Northwestern SC, NC, etc.. ;) So I'm no stranger to the MANY various "out there things" that get discussed in VERY Well-Researched Detail when it comes to Mr. Ringo's Books...

But the B&D and S&M Hard Corp Descriptive Sex Scenes in THIS particular Series of books may catch you by surprise if you're not ready for them, and may cause a few folks to want to "Skip This One".. My Wife listens to the same books I do on our iPhones, and at one point she started laughing loudly, removed her ear buds, and said, "I SWEAR I think John's throwing in some of these descriptive sex scenes just to hear Audible's Narrator have to read them out loud to the public"... I don't think that's why he went "all out" on the DETAILED descriptions, but I also wouldn't put something like that past him if it crossed his mind to do so ;)

The Narrator of this Series, Jeremy Arthur, really does an outstanding job though! I HAD to rate the Narration on the whole series 5 Stars, even if it had been only for the way Mr. Arthur gets through many "difficult" parts without so much as a stutter! Luckily, that wasn't the only reason I gave his Narration 5 Stars, he really does a great job all through the Series, especially with his exacting diction, and even using the proper dialects, of the foreign languages! I can't say I've ever heard a Narrator use different Accents between a character from around Moscow, and then change the Russian accent to the one used by characters from closer to the "Georgia Area" (The Country, not the State)... That was even more "Over the Top" than the precise Military Details in the "over the top" action all through this series! Mr. Arthur can even "Becky Ara-bee" (and Farsi, etc ;) convincingly! I have to say I'm highly impressed by the effort he obviously put into "getting things right" in his Narration!

If you like Military Sci-Fi, as I do, then you'll probably highly enjoy this series (as I have).. But if you're turned off by long and VERY descriptive Hard Corp Sex scenes, you probably won't get very far into Book 1. You know the sex is over the top when THAT is mostly what you discuss in your review, while seeming to forget to mention "getting smacked in the face by bone fragments and someone's intestines" ;)
Definitely "NOT For the Kiddies"!

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  • Brian
  • 2013-12-13

RAW!! REFRESHING AND SOMETIMES BRUTAL!!!!

What did you love best about Ghost?

Great story with a very strong main character. If you want a book or characters that are PC this is not the book for you and that's what I enjoyed the most.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, great story even if some of it is far fetched but it is fiction. The plot was unique with great action. I listen to a lot of action thrillers and this was one of the more unique stories I have come across.

What about Jeremy Arthur’s performance did you like?

Jeremy Arthur was fantastic. Every character had a specific voice. It was as if there was more than one person doing the voices of the individual characters. First audio book with this narrator and I was very impressed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't know if any part of the book "moved me" but it kept my attention the whole way. I did enjoy the no nonsense approach of the military characters. If they thought it then they said it, AWESOME.

Any additional comments?

I want to be clear on this book not being for everyone. Ghost (the character) is a know it all sexist pig. He is also very aware of this flaw in himself. What I really enjoyed was that the characters views seemed much more real than in most books. In my opinion it is refreshing to see someone write a book and not worry about being politically correct or if a fictional character or characters will offend anyone. Having said that, give this book a try and go in with an opened mind or just wanting to be entertained.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014-02-03

Book 1 is great, Book 2 however...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Book 1 or part 1 is just what the summary implies, ex-seal returning to college after years with the teams, that seemed to be something that could hold my attention. It did not disappoint, I was looking forward to listening every time I had to stop.

What could John Ringo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

John Ringo did an excellent job, accents, female voices and gruff voices, no fault there.

Which scene was your favorite?

Near the end of book 1 when the seals come in and rescue the girls and the Chief explains that "with the exception of Ramos, we are not gay" that cracked me up.

Did Ghost inspire you to do anything?

Just was excited that there was going to be more, book 2 was coming up

Any additional comments?

Book 2 or part 2 was a total let down, it continued on from the last chapter, I think that it should have been labeled under romance. I made it to the part where Mike is having sex with underage girls and they were discussing "safe" bondage words.... pause.... delete.
You have to keep my attention during an audio book, if I wanted a Lifetime movie with softcore porn I would purchase it. The book may have gotten better but smut is still smut, and seals should not be portrayed as rapists

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  • Pavel
  • 2014-01-07

Makes you go "wow/cringe/cheer" inside.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The most interesting aspect of the story is that the main character is full of realistic defects and not so realistic situations.

The author doesn't center the storyline on them, or the character on the storyline so very good plot line. It's very rare to find characters that lead the story and are not draged by it in a series.

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  • M. Wood
  • 2013-12-16

Missing some adult tags... Bondage, rape, S&M.

What made the experience of listening to Ghost the most enjoyable?

It contains three books/stories. The first one is a great story where you are cheering for the main character, angry at the antagonists and are relieved at the end. Then, umm... the second one has a 50 shades quality to it. The third one was enjoyable... except the hero rapes a prostitute.

Would you recommend Ghost to your friends? Why or why not?

No... Not really. I would want the contents of this story to reflect on me.

I wasn't really prepared for the... rawness of the story. I don't know if I'll get the next one. But I wanted to add my two cents because the publishers summary nor the other (one) review say how explicit this story is.

John Ringo is a great author... Get his books, but be prepared for this one.

What does Jeremy Arthur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mike the main character was good. Some of the female voices seemed a little shallow (voice of someone that sounded a little stupid).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

YES!!! It actually made me feel awkward listening to some of the S&M scenes. There is an occasion where he rapes a prostitute... Not a fan of rape.

Any additional comments?

I want everyone to be clear that this guy isn't a sexist pig that says or thinks mean things. He is an evil person that's marginally restrained that fulfills his evilness a few times.

Also, if one of my friends gave me this story as one that they wrote; I would suggest that they seek professional help. Seriously...

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  • Jenassecret
  • 2013-12-28

Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!

WOW! I loved this book!

Yes, there is some pretty disturbing sex and even rape, so if you cannot stomach that sort of thing, then skip it.

I love military books real and fiction, but the true stories seem to all but neuter the real life heroes or vaguely imply they even have a sex life, and the so called romance/erotica try to describe an "operation" and have no clue what an elite soldier does as to sound so wrong it's just stupid.

Elite soldiers are elite because they are just wired differently than the average guy. Mike Ghost is all that with a few wires crossed when it comes to his sex life.

Ghost is the first of the Paladin of Shadows series. There are 6 books so far but Audible has only the one book! Now I have to figure out where to get the other books...I'm hooked.

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  • Gyula Mészáros
  • 2014-07-07

Rapist hero? No way!

I would have thrown this book into the corner if I were reading a paper copy. Since I was listening to the audio version, I just stopped it around 3 hours and deleted it from my smartphone. Sure like hell I'm going to return it to Audible.

If you want to read about a hero, who is turned on sexually when seeing a girl raped and tortured the same time, this book is for you. As for me, I'll never read any book from this author.

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  • lesley
  • 2014-03-11

This on is is a sleeper unmatched Do the series

If you could sum up Ghost in three words, what would they be?

Heroicly currupt.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost?

The black humor, not dark, black!!!

Which character – as performed by Jeremy Arthur – was your favorite?

All were perfect

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Kill'em & let God sort'em out.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for this series, you must have had a hell of a time finding a publisher!!!!
AMAZING

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  • Chiefkent
  • 2013-12-17

Not For the Mild of Heart

Having read most of John Ringo's previous works I thought that I knew what to expect when purchasing this book. Most of his other works are 'straight' escapist military sci-fi with a healthy dose of Tea Party leaning under-leanings. So once one gets over the rants, there are some really well constructed action, interesting characters and storylines.

Without giving major spoilers, this book is divided into 3 distinct books. The first and last are primarily escapist 2005 era military action macho fiction, sandwiched around some very heavy S&M action, The second book in all honesty made me feel very uncomfortable just listening to and didn't feel transitory or logical to developments in the last book. I did keep thinking that the author either had some interesting research for this character or revealed way too much about himself!!

I enjoy military and military sci-fi as escapism and brain candy and so have a low suspension of belief for the structures within which the authors of these genres create fictional little worlds. My problem here is that it's hard to see if Ringo is attempting to give a character who harnesses his base urges constructively, or if this is titillation, strange titillation.

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  • M. Murphy
  • 2015-11-19

Very sexually graphic, to the point of loosing the story.

Very sexually graphic, to the point of loosing the story.

Story (book) number 2 is more porn than story. I skipped over large portions and did not miss any of the plot. The real story was about 1 - 2 hours at the end.

I expected better from author.

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