Ghost: Book I of Kildar

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Baen, Oct 1, 2005 - Fiction - 416 pages
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This "Ghost" may not walk through walls, but walls had better not get in his way! A new techno-thriller adventure series by a New York Times best-selling author. This is a breakout title with strong cross-category appeal.

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 facory 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.

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After reading reviews of this book, I thought it would be entertaining. I love a good action novel, and Mr. Ringo had drawn comparisons to Tom Clancy in some reviews. Well this book was neither entertaining or good. It is terrible, so terrible in fact that I could not even finish it. If you read it, you might be able to get through the first half, a disjointed and weird account of the protagonist in the story randomly happening to stumble upon a terrorist cell and trace its roots all the way back to where it originated, at the same time teaching a bunch of naked, traumatized, kidnapped women how to fight against terrorists. I admit it, I read that part, it was fucking terrible but I read it. THEN, the second half of the book switches to the protagonist on a boat, after he has been rescued. The second half of the book is basically a bondage sex fetish novel. Like I said, I stopped reading it once I realized that the book had taken that turn, and it is hinted early in the second half of the story that the protagonist will be attacked, no doubt by terrorists in international waters seeking revenge while he runs his bondage scene, but frankly at that point, the story was so bad I couldn't stand to read anymore. I give it 1 of 5 stars, because I'm not sure I can rate something 0 of 5 stars and get it to actually post. 

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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 ... Read full review


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John Ringo had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school. This left him with a wonderful appreciation of the oneness of humanity and a permanent aversion to foreign food. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction. His novels for Baen include the four novels in the New York Times best-selling Posleen War series (A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hell's Faire), the Council War series (There Will be Dragons, Emerald Sea, and Against the Tide), the novel Into the Looking Glass, four collaborations with New York Times bestselling author David Weber (March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few) and two collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: Hero (with Michael Z. Williamson) and the New York Times best seller Cally's War (with Julie Cochrane).

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