Choosers of the Slain (Paladin of Shadows, Book 3)
by John Ringo
Review by Ernest Lilley
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 1416520708
Date: 04 July, 2006 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
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In this third book about Mike Harmon, now going by the name "Jenkins" ex-retired-Seal and now soldier of fortune, he's settled down on the edge of Russia and acquired himself a band of farmer serfs that appear to be descended from a group of Viking warriors that wandered too far from home. Now he's training them to be a fighting force, to stabilize his little bit of the world, and along the way has also acquired a harem (slightly used) to keep his mind off work. It's a rough life, and he's clearly the only person who can do it, but old enemies keep popping up and making things rougher for every one. The current adventure takes him back to DC and deeper into the corrupt world of international sex slavery as he responds to a plea for help from the highest levels of American politics. Though this series deals with a lot of moral ambiguity, especially regarding sex and violence, nobody can say Ringo quails from dealing with it head on, and getting his characters to examine their values openly. As a result, it's and exciting techno-thriller you won't want to leave around where YA readers might pick it up. Much as they might like to.