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Killer Protocols (Richard Paladin Series Book 1) by [Manuel, David]
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About the Author

David E. Manuel grew up in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Houston, receiving degrees in history and political science. After college, he worked for a few years in the corporate office of an offshore drilling company. In the mid-1980s he moved to the Washington DC area and took a job with the U.S. Government, where he still works.

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  • Print Length: 289 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007J5T2I0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,322,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Killer Protocols is not the sort of novel I would usually read. Thus, I was (wrongly) expecting to slog through a story on the premise of having committed myself to the act of doing so. Instead, I've spent every spare minute (and I don't get many) reading this book, significantly in the middle of the night, which seems most fitting, given the genre.

The plot is truly compelling, although it really shouldn't be, in the sense that it is told through matter-of-fact, first person narrative with barely any variation in emotion. The main character (Richard Paladin) is fascinating, with his cold, stark perspective on life, which obviously shapes his approach to his work, and even the way he questions the orders he is given. That said, there are couple of nice little twists in there where we get to see a little deeper into Paladin's soul, and some wonderfully subtle, dry humour.

I can't say much more than this without giving the story away, but I have to admit I'm hooked and eager to read the rest of the Richard Paladin series.
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Killer Protocol, the first in the Richard Paladin series, is a suspenseful and engaging thriller that keeps you guessing all the way through. The protagonist, Paladin, is a lonely and cynical person, which is probably a good thing as he is a government hit man. So when this hot-blooded assassin's inner humanity begins to force him to question some of the targets being selected for him, the foundations of his life and number of people he can trust starts to wither, forcing him to use all of his skill to tackle the various known and unknown enemies now occupying his world.

A thoroughly enjoyable thriller, I look forward to reading more Paladin...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thriller! 25 Aug. 2013
By Joan Ashley - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't like Richard Paladin. He's a man's man - the testosterone-packed kind who swills beer for breakfast, works up a sweat at the gym, runs miles every day, and has a view of life that's completely opposite to mine. But it stands to reason that Paladin (not being exactly the suave James Bond type) isn't my kind of guy. I'm a woman, though a woman who enjoys a good thriller, and Killer Protocols definitely falls into that category. Notwithstanding my feelings about Paladin, he's a very well flushed out character, unusual for this action-driven genre in which characterization is traditionally sketchy.

Manuel not only does a first-class job in creating well-rounded, believable characters, he paints a superb picture of American life, both through his character's observations and through his meticulous attention to location details. I haven't hung out at the kind of bar Paladin frequents (doubt women would be welcome), but I've stayed in the kind of hotels he stays in, driven on some of those roads, and Emanuel's descriptions of Washington are spot-on.

I'm an environmentalist, so I was particularly interested in Paladin's cover being a job with the Environmental Protection Agency. Except Paladin isn't sure what his job at the EPA entails. This puts him in a sticky position down the line, but that's as much as I'll say about the plot as this is a thriller and it wouldn't do to throw out spoilers. You'll have to read the book and find out what that's all about, and I highly recommend you do. It's a well-written story that not only entertains, but captures aspects of the American culture beautifully. Despite not being head over heels in love with Paladin, I can't wait to see what he'll get up to in the next book of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fun Is Back In Reading A Book 13 May 2012
By JohnnyApril - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, the plot of the story is based on Richard Paladin, who is hired by the EPA in a secret part of the government with a mission to kill terrorists and spies. Could be a TV show on the USA Network to join others like Burn Notice for example. Or better yet, something you might see in a novel by Carl Hiaasen. Another novel that I could think of as well is The Ax by Donald Westlake, where the murderer wants to kill off competition so he can get a job.
What makes this novel different and better than the others is Richard Paladin. David Manuel, the author, has the gift of putting Richard in a room and being able to make the story filled with laughs. No matter where Richard is, whether it's the airport, the mall, or watching Fox News and commenting on Bill O'Reilly, my one thought is that he has put the fun back in reading in a big way.
The plot is great and believable, with Paladin being professional in his career choice much like Michael Weston in Burn Notice. He is the ultimate expert in creating the murder and making it an accident at the same time, only adding to the suspense of the story. Wrapping up the story at the end also shows how the author is not only able to tie everything together but also include several surprises as well.
The story is a great blend of comedy, action, and suspense mixed together to make a great read. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more of the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Parker! 10 Jan. 2013
By James S. MacLachlan - Published on Amazon.com
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This was fun, rather tongue-in-cheek at times. Paladin is a great character, as amoral & opinionated as they come - kind of a Parker (Richard Stark) but with a better sense of humor & a different job. I almost gave this book just 4 stars because it was a bit long-winded, but possibly I'm a bit spoiled by the Leonard & Westlake (Stark) novels I've been reading lately. As the author's first book, it was excellent & I expect the next to be even better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder & humor & suspense...oh, my! 12 Aug. 2012
By Rebecca Stroud - Published on Amazon.com
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At first, it was difficult to grasp why the EPA (of all the bureaucratic governmental departments in this country) would be hiring a paid assassin; however, the story soon becomes clear. Add to that the endearing - yes, endearing - and humorous personality of the killer and this book was a very entertaining read (although I was not happy at all about what happened to one of my favorite 'victims'). Four solid stars for this author's debut novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes 11 May 2015
By LD - Published on Amazon.com
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Kept my attention from beginning to end and wanted to finish it in one sitting. Recommend if you're interested in this type of storyline.
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