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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (15 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638561
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Ringo began writing for Baen in 2000 with his first release "A Hymn Before Battle"--the first novel in his Posleen Wars--which has become a "New York Times" best-selling series with over one million copies in print. The series continued with "Gust Front," "When the Devil Dances," "Hell's Faire" and "Eye of the Storm." In addition, Ringo has penned the Council War series: "There Will be Dragons," "Emerald"" Sea," "Against the Tide," and "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." Adding another dimension to his skills, Ringo created nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon ("Ghost," "Kildar," "Choosers of the Slain," "Unto the Breach," and "A Deeper Blue"). His latest techno-thriller, "The Last Centurion," " "was also a national best seller. A more playful twist on the future is found in novels of the Looking-Glass series: "Into the Looking Glass," "Vorpal Blade," "Manxome Foe" and "Claws That Catch," the last three in collaboration with Travis S. Taylor. His audience was further enhanced with four collaborations with fellow "New York Times" best-selling author David Weber: "March Upcountry," " March to the Sea," "March to the Stars" and "We Few." There are an additional five collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: "The ""Hero," written with Michael Z. Williamson, "Watch on the Rhine," "Yellow Eyes" and "The Tuloriad," all written with Tom Kratman, and the "New York Times" best seller "Cally's War" and its sequels "Sister Time" and "Honor of the Clan," both with Julie Cochrane. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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Paladin of Shadows is turning out to be fantastic series and a must read for any John Ringo fans.

After reading Ghost and Kildar; I have just purchased the rest of the series. The books follow on like in the Legacy of the Aldenata series.

Great fun, fast paced action with an epic story line but thought provoking as well, with interesting details about different styles of military force organisation, Special Forces tactics and strategy, geopolitics and terrorism, espionage, cutting edge military technologies, even ancient warrior history and beer brewing…!

While not hard Science fiction when compared to his later books, this series introduces many of the themes and big ideas that he develops in latter books like the Troy Rising series and in the Last Centurion, also passing references to the ideas of the great Robert A Heinlein.

Military and Adventure SF fans will certainly enjoy this as will all fans of more traditional military authors like Chris Ryan and Andy McNab, Tom Clancy and Patrick Robinson also those who enjoy Adventure and Thriller writers like Wilbur Smith, Larry Bond, Stephen Coonts, Dale Brown, Matthew Reilly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allan A. Macbain on 23 April 2013
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Okay, let's be upfront about this series - it's contentious; it's 'hero' says he is nothing like one; it contains sexual violence in every book - however, *normally* the overall story in each book makes up for it (and a lot of people won't agree with me on that).

This one though?
Yes, people have been shouting out for a new book.
Yes, John is *way* busy trying to write books in his other series.
Yes, there hasn't been a new Ringo out in a while.
But... They should have waited for him to write the next book on his own.
Maybe, just *maybe* Ryan Sear added enough to make an acceptable book in the series; but no way it should have been put out until John had gone over it - and re-written vast sections of it - with a fine-toothed comb.

I'll still be buying John Ringo books - he writes excellent action stories - but, in my opinion, don't waste your time with *this* one.

Sorry, John. 8-(
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2013
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"Tiger by the tail" is the sixth 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 as "Paladin of Shadows."

The first book in this series offended some people with its presentation of sexual violence - the central character often says that he is not a good guy but a bad guy who is fighting on the side of good and at one point he proved it by raping and brutalising a teenage prostitute.

The following books in the series, though apparently designed to shock, were not quite so far off-the wall, but this one will upset some readers with the approach it presents to torture in general and waterboarding in particular. I don't want to "spoil" the story by giving too much away but the central character orders the waterboarding, described in some detail, of a female prisoner who he believes may know something about the pirates he is trying to defeat even though there is minimal evidence that she is in any way responsible for their crimes.

I accept that the fact that the author of a book is not necessarily endorsing the actions of or opinions expressed by the fictional characters who appear in it. In a similar context S.M. Stirling once quoted Larry Niven as having said that

"There is a technical literary term for those who mistake the opinions and beliefs of characters in a novel for those of the author. The term is 'idiot.'"

The books in this series do indeed have the clearest possible warning that they contain actions and opinions which the author is not endorsing. Most of these novels carry the following warning:

"This is a work of fiction.
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By Booked worm on 2 Mar. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
As expected, a good addition to the series.
I cannot wait for the next one to be published, hopefully soon.
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By Freddy Deman on 27 Feb. 2013
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Big disappointment. Will now stop buying books from this series. Shallow and boring story. Characters one dimensional. Reminds me of book 1. The ones in-between were good
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