Meet terrorism's worst enemy in Publisher's Weekly BookLife Award's 2016 Quarter Finalist and 2017 RONE Award Winner
From the best-selling & award winning author critics hail as "one of the strongest thriller writers on our scene" comes the unforgettable story of an unlikely "anti-hero" in Book 1 of the five-book Paladine Series. Robert Garcia was an unremarkable man, tapped out of a promising military career to become a death squad assassin for the CIA. Retirement was not in the cards for Robert, so he disappeared instead. After he comes out of the cold to answer the call to aid a fellow soldier facing a bum rap, he is thrust back into the spotlight when he kills a terrorist, thereby saving dozens of lives. He finds gainful employment in the slaughter of jihadists, which sparks an urban legend that Robert, a dangerous and unfeeling assassin, is a living paladin, whose mission is to rid the earth of evil for the betterment of mankind. Social media gives him the name: "Paladine" and God help whoever gets between him and his next target.
A bestseller on the fourth day of release:
Discover what critics are saying about this new terrorism thriller:
"In this well-written and fast-paced thriller, the author demonstrates skill not only with plot, but with character -- and character is what makes this book stand out. An ill-fated love story and an irresistible dog only deepen what could be just another hit-man-killing-jihadists story." --Publisher's Weekly, Booklife Prize in Fiction
"A satisfyingly original, compelling piece that moves well beyond genre writing and into the realm of military precision, insight, and adventure, linking action into modern-day pursuits and concerns with the precision of a surgeon. Highly recommended reading for anyone looking for a protagonist and purpose that goes the extra mile, and then keeps on running." Midwest Book Review
"A sharp, intelligent, unsentimental thriller that basks in Kenneth Eade
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Robert Garcia knows all about war. Born as John Richards jr., son of a Lebanese mother and an American military career men, his own career was clear since he was a little boy. He made Captain in the US Army, his Arabic looks, and second language, made him a great asset for his country in the fight against terrorism as a member of a band of assassins. After retiring he tried to live a normal life as Robert Garcia, but after testifying in court for a fellow soldier he doesn’t feel safe anymore and fears his new identity will be exposed. Therefore, he parts with his so-called normal life and hits the streets. At a McDonald’s, while munching his burger, Robert becomes aware of a man with a gun, and in a fraction of a second, due to his skills, shoots the assassin and immediately flees the scene. This incident is the beginning of the legend of Paladine. The man who kills terrorists and disappears like a ghost. Billionaire Bryce Williamson lost his son in a terrorist attack a few years ago and the idea of getting vengeance on the one responsible, an ISIS soldier, for what he did to his son starts to grow in Williamson’s head, he wants Paladine. He establishes a foundation for a fight against terrorism within a partner website on the Dark Net where he contacts Paladine and hires him for his own fight against terrorism. During his journey through the US, leaving a trail of dead ISIS fighters, Robert is chased by the National Counter-terrorism Center, FBI, and a Detective from Phoenix, living a life both of a hunter and a hunted. Kenneth Eade is covering issues we all know and worry about, terrorism, ISIS, and the fight against them, this is part of our lives nowadays. Therefore, it was about time to put it all into a novel. The author has plotted the story excellently. It is easy to read due to the short chapters and Eade’s engaging writing style. Although it is a serious topic, I enjoyed reading about Paladine. The idea that someone is out there taking charge is kind of comforting. The main character, Robert Garcia, is a killer, but nevertheless he seems to have his heart in the right place. I think it is difficult to build a character, being a killer but also a good man, but Eade accomplished this task very well. This book is a gripping thriller about terrorism and how people manage to coping with it, one way or the other. Although, everyone has to decide for him, or herself which way may be the right one. I think telling a story like this one is very important, therefore I thoroughly recommend you give it a read.