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Unto the Breach (Ghost/Kildar series no 4). (Explanation this is NOT part of the "Legacy of Aldenata" series, it is part of the different series by the same author which starts with "Ghost") Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416555358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416555353
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Explosive... fans of strong military science fiction will appreciate the lively narrative and flavourful characters." - Publishers' Weekly." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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. In addition to his nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon, his novels for Baen include the 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," "Against the Tide," and "East of the Sun, West of the Moon"), the novel "Into the Looking Glass," four collaborations with fellow "New York Times" bestselling author David Weber ("March Upcountry," " March to the Sea," "March to the Stars" and "We Few") and four collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: "Hero" (with Michael Z. Williamson), "Watch on the Rhine" and "Yellow Eyes" (both with Tom Kratman), and the "New York Times" best seller "Cally's War" (with Julie Cochrane).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2008
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This is the fourth book in the series which began with "Ghost" and continued with "Kildar." I have seen the series described by the names of both those books and also "Paladin of SHadows."

Can I begin this review with an apology to Amazon customers for the convoluted title above, which results from an attempt on my part to correct how the book was originally wrongly described.

When "Unto the Breach" was first listed on Amazon, the words "Legacy of Aldenata" were wrongly given after the title. John Ringo's "Legacy of Aldenata" series are military SF set in a universe where Earth was invaded in 2005 by ravenous aliens called the Posleen: that series starts with "A Hymn before battle" and includes titles like "When the devil dances", "Cally's War" and "Hero.")

This book is nothing to do with the Posleen universe, so I fired off to Amazon a suggested correction, which has been accepted and implemented. Overestimating the sophistication of the systems involved, I included an explanation for the correction, which appears above as if it were part of the suggested description of this book. DOH !

"Unto the breach", like the second and third books in the series, is less outrageous, and a bit better written, than "Ghost" but still pushes the envelope hard in several places. As a rough litmus test, if you were strongly against the Iraq war, are very pro-feminist, or even slightly prudish, do your blood pressure a favour and refrain from touching this entire series with a ten foot barge-pole.

Former SEAL Mike Harmon, codename Ghost, after fighting and defeating a number of terrorist plots, has settled down in a remote valley in the country of Georgia where he bought the local castle.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
best of this series by a large margin 17 Dec. 2006
By Mike Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the fourth book (third novel) in a contemporary military fantasy. The books feature lots of violence (discussed graphically -- more so in this one than any of the others), lots of sex (discussed graphically -- although not nearly so much in this one as the others), and lots of right-wing political commentary. The violence, sex, and politics have been both a strength and a weakness of the series. While they have made the books feel real, they have also been a little to obtrusive, interrupting the flow of the story. But in this book, that doesn't happen nearly as much.

Mike Harmon/Jenkins still inhabits the perfect fantasy world for a Spec Ops soldier. He has a great team to work with, all the luxury and women he could want, his pick of arms and military technology, the unstinting support at a personal and professional level of President Bush (renamed "Cliff" in the novels), and not a single problem soldier in his entire command structure (except for possibly one sociopathic former whore turned spy/assassin). Plus, he doesn't have to take any missions he doesn't want to take.

But unlike some of the previous books (and especially the last one), this novel shows that Mike also has some problems to deal with. In a nutshell, he has become responsible for the welfare of an entire culture, and he struggles to be worthy of this burden. I thought that the previous book was much too self-indulgent, but in this book I felt more sympathy for Mike. I also thought the supporting characters were better drawn and more "characters" than "supporting" -- a welcome improvement.

There are a few slow moments early on in the book, and a certain amount of (what seemed to me to be) unreality. The setup takes a long time, and yet still manages to happen too fast. It's not just that in the span of about a week he pulls off a hugely complicated operation, but he also recruits helicopter pilots, buys and arms Hind helicopters, hires a spymaster who trains his current spy, trains his soldiers for mountaineering, trains some of them for HALO drops, and otherwise does months or years work of work, mostly personally. During that time he also manages to fly to the White House (from the country of Georgia) and dine with the President while his executive assistant and hareem-master hits it off with the First Lady and does some shopping. All of this is entertaining, though not convincing.

But when the operation actually starts, so does the real heart of the book. I won't describe it in great detail, since the book itself does that. But you feel pulled in to the action with the Keldera, especially when they end up in the classic situation of a small force of light infantry stuck on fortified high ground and surrounded by a much larger enemy force. The result is a battle that reminded me strongly of the best work by Jerry Pournelle.

It would be hard to recommend that new readers start with Unto The Breach. This is the fourth book in the series, and while the basic story does stand alone, the characterization does not. To understand Mike, and perhaps more importantly, the Keldera he rules, you have to at least read Kildar. Even though there was an annoyingly large amount of "Previously...." recapping exposition, that is not enough to actually understand where the characters are coming from. But that's always an issue in a series, and this book is more independent than many.

If you are looking for an exciting thriller, and especially if you liked the previous books but disliked the graphic sex, this is a book you want to read. If you are squeemish about depictions of violence and graphic death, then this is one you want to avoid -- but then you probably wouldn't be looking at reading it anyway. And if depictions of President Bush and his cabinet as the perfection of leadership, wisdom, and and honor infuriate you, well then those sections of the book can be glossed over without any real harm to the story.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Harlequin Romance for us guys. . . and then some. . . 23 Dec. 2006
By Keith Glass - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As others have mentioned, John Ringo's writing just keeps getting better and better. Yes, the tales of the Kildar and his crew are perhaps the ultimate in male military fantasy: Bold men, sexy women, riveting action. And yet John goes beyond pure testosterone slush: we care more and more about Mike Harmon, the Keldara, and the rest of his merry band of warriors. Deep pathos, unsuspected romance, realistic politics, it's all there.

I've been following the tales of Mike Harmon, aka "Ghost", and more recently known as the Kildar, since John posted what he called "the Wanker Piece", years ago, on the Baen Bar. It just doesn't get better than this. . . until, of course, the next volume comes out in 2007 ("A Deeper Blue". . .and I've seen the first 9 chapters, it IS even better. . .).

So sit back with a cold bottle of Mountain Tiger beer, and hang on for the ride of your life. . .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ringo Does It Again 20 April 2009
By MC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The fourth book in the life of Mike Harmon, former SEAL and now Kildar. This book cannot be read on its own without reading the first three novels. Each book builds on the character of Mike Harmon and the Keldara (except for the first, which is just about Harmon). I won't give away any plotlines for people who are going to read this series because you want to pick it up and enjoy it.
John Ringo does the best sci-fi/military set in the modern world these days. In fact, if he wrote straight fiction, he would have to be considered with Tom Clancy and W.E.B. Griffin as among the best military fiction writers of today. Ringo's books usually involve former or current Spec Ops members/teams and it is no different in this series. And as usual, Ringo's characters are not the bland, balls-to-the-wall soldier, but somehow unusual, which helps build the character's depth and improves the books. Harmon is no different and he has some unusual tastes to say the least.
I seriously recommend the Paladin of Shadows series but I will say to start with the first book, "Ghost," to get the full enjoyment. If you've liked Ringo's previous books, and other Baen writers Weber and Flint, you will definitely enjoy this book and the series it is a part of. I'd also rate it for adults only and no children allowed for this series. Enjoy the five books in this series and hope he comes out with the sixth book soon. I know I am.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Pity About the Chechens 13 Dec. 2006
By Bill Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Unto the Breach (2006) is the fourth novel in the Ghost series, following Choosers of the Slain. In the previous volume, the distaff side of the operation against the Albanians pulls their weight. Creata -- Mouse -- saved the DVDs by disemboweling Boris with her laser after he has killed her guard Ivan. Elena and Catrina rescued Oleg and Juris with three boxes of ammo for the MG-240. Katya -- Cottontail -- saved Natalya by beating Bezhmel to death. Mike did get a little fun by offering the Senator the choice of getting out of politics or going down in flames; of course, Mike billed him for the full five million.

In this novel, Mike gets a request from the President for him to drop by for a visit. Mike takes Anastasia along for a shopping spree and she thoroughly enjoys meeting the First Lady and shopping with the General's wife. Meanwhile, Mike is briefed at the Pentagon on a meet between Russian mafiosi and the Chechens to hand over three pocket nukes.

The weapons had been liberated from a Russian research facility by Dr. Telegen Arensky. Apparently his daughter Marina had been taken by the Russian Mafia and used to buy his cooperation. He would be guarded by Sergei Rudenko, a former Spetznaz colonel, and his group of former Spetznaz.

Then Mike has a very private briefing by Colonel Erkin Chechnik, a Russian intel officer, on the real nature of the items being traded in the Pankisi Gorge. He learns that the stolen containers actually house a biological weapon of great potency. Mike still doesn't want to take his Keldara into the Chechen controlled area, but the stakes are exceeding high.

In this story, Mike sets up an operation into the Pankisi Gorge and starts acquiring weapons, equipment and training devices, including a freefall trainer. He also acquires the services of Jay, a humint specialist, whom he puts in charge of Katya. Jay gets her attention at the first meeting and keeps her interest throughout the operation.

Mike is finally forced into acquiring two helicopters -- new Hind-J models -- and two ex-Marine pilots to fly them; fortunately he has no problems with female pilots. Ex-Captains Tammy Wilson and Kacey Bathlik have prior experience with Mike, having meet him after the nuclear explosion in the Bermuda Islands. He also gets the services of a US Army Ranger company to guard the home area while the Mountain Tigers are away and an Ukrainian AN-70 to drop them into the valley.

Then there is the young male tiger roaming the Keldar area. A symbol of Keldara empowerment?

Once again, this work contains explicit violence and sex. Even the President gets sick at the gore in this story. Don't read this book unless you have a strong stomach.

Highly recommended for Ringo fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of special operations, political intrigue, and a touch of romance.

-Bill Jordin
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
great Mike Harmon thriller 9 Dec. 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The terrorists hold hostage the beloved daughter of Russian research biologist Dr. Tolegen Arensky. They demand that he provide them with weapons of mass destruction from his place of work, the Russian Institute for Agricultural and Biological Research, or else his offspring and others he cherishes will die.

Meanwhile in Georgia, American expatriate Mike Harmon is the warlord of the Keldara Caucasus tribe. He enjoys his life in the former Soviet republic, but worries about the nearby Chechen war. Now his former associates from when Mike was a Seal operative and instructor ask him to rescue a Russian scientist and his daughter from terrorists who demand Arensky abet their efforts to obtain WMDs. Mike reluctantly agrees to enter Chechen with some of his best warriors, but soon realizes his so called friends failed to tell him the rest of the story.

The fourth Mike Harmon thriller is John Ringo at his best. The story line is loaded with action especially a terrific battle scene climax yet it also deeply allows the reader to see inside Mike as he struggles with values he took for granted, but no longer can as he wonders just who the terrorist is. Readers of the series will want to read this latest entry, perhaps the best of a strong series while newcomers will enjoy this stand alone, but also seek the backlist (see GHOST, KILDAR and CHOOSERS OF THE SLAIN).

Harriet Klausner
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