The Twelfth Paladin

The Twelfth Paladin

by Nora Weston




The Twelfth Paladin By Nora Weston -- In The Twelfth Paladin, good against evil battles as angels, demons, and a temptress extraordinaire, named Rachel Darnell, vie for the soul of Jake Cottrell. Jake foolishly dares Hell to burn him. Hell agrees. Scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel, named Micah, Jake Cottrell is sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah's supernatural unit of slayers. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished and ordered to protect what he now despises...a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor. Never fear, Jake is a seeker of mischief who soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell while he transforms into the twelfth paladin.

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ISBN-13: 9781612351766
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Twelfth Paladin 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
cmh627 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those stories that keeps you rooting for the good guy. Jake is tired of dealing with crap from his girlfriend, and his abusive father, and just wants to catch a break. For some reason, he is drawn back to his girlfriend Rachel, and just cant seem to escape her grasp. Jake knows that hes had enough, but what he doesnt know is just how far lifes about to throw him. He soon learns that he is wanted to be a Paladin, and participate in the fight of good vs. evil. What if you were suddenly told that you were superhuman? And what if there was no denying your new fate? You would be forced to accept it, and try to deal with it to your best abilities, even if that meant messing up along the way. This book has a supernatural element, and is different from a lot that ive read. I liked the storyline and some parts were a bit slow at times, but once the story develops it gets interesting. I enjoyed reading about the choices Jake could make, and trying to figure out which path he would take.
jessiesouthie More than 1 year ago
Its always nice when a story starts with a very captivating introduction that immediately pulls you in and makes you want to read more. Not only was it captivating, but it was very well written and, in all honesty, it was a sexy intro. It was all about the struggle of right and wrong and so badly wanting what is wrong for us at times… The story is well written and real… despite the fact that it is one of the mystical and not ACTUALLY real. But the emotion and the character development is real. You feel actually attached to the characters, as though you know them. It is very well worth the read.
JM89 More than 1 year ago
It begins with Jake Cottrell participating in a motocross race. He notices that one of his buddies bikes tire is about to blow, so he purposefully loses the race to save his friend. this causes an accident where he is critically injured, but his friends life has been saved. After having a miraculous recovery in the hospital, Jake is released and brought home. Soon after he meets Davis, an old friend from high school, at his favorite bar. Jake's dislike of Davis is apparent, but the man makes Jake an offer he cant refuse: an offer of sexual pleasure. Though Jake has his reservations about Davis intentions, he goes along anyway, having always been one to flirt with evil, and he loves his sinful pleasures. Before he knows it, he is involved in a ring of demons, with the succubus Rachel having him in her sights. He is taken by her physical beauty and all that she has to offer him in the realm of sin. After his father dies, Jake starts to listen to his intuition about Davis and Rachel, and decides to get away from them, with Angie, Davis fiancé. Like Jake, Angie was sucked in to Davis lies and false promises and felt trapped. Soon, they are being pursued. Rachel want Jake for her own, but she isn't the only one. We are introduced to a second main character, Micah, an angelic warrior sent down to earth by God to protect humanity, especially Jake, who is supposed to become a spiritual warrior. Micahs disdain for humanity is made apparent from the moment you meet him. He used to like humans, but lost all compassion for them as they continued to sink lower into depravity. After you reach this point, the story becomes a wild ride of Jake and Angie trying to evade both angel and demons, each struggling with their own inner demons. After all, they are human. This book is told mostly through first person, from Jakes point of view. However, when we are introduced to Micah, it switches to third person narrative. That was a little confusing at first. I had to flip back and reread that section where the switch was made until I realized what had happened. Once, I figured it out, it became smooth reading. But the jump, for me, was a bit abrupt. I will admit that I had a little difficulty getting into this story. Normally, I like these sorts of books, but this one didn't draw me in. To me, the first half of the story drags a bit until you reach the point where Jake wises up and realizes who Davis is. The book does suffer from differing tenses, going from present to past and back to present. The author needs to choose which tense she wants to use and stick with it. The other thing I found annoying was all of the italics text. I understand that the author was trying to section off Jake's thoughts from the narrative, but since Jake is the one speaking when it show us, its not needed. When Jake shows up, he is the one telling the story. Since it is all from his point of view, obviously everything that is said is his thoughts, making the italicized text unnecessary. I like how the characters struggle with their own humanity. They aren't angels, but they aren't demons. Like all people, you see Jake and Angie make mistakes and give into temptation, but you also see them try to redeem themselves. This wasn't a bad book, but I did have a little trouble getting into it.
SunMtnReviews More than 1 year ago
In The Twelfth Paladin, Nora Weston puts a modern twist on the age old classic tale of good versus evil. Unlike some of those classic tales, however, the protagonist in this story, Jake Cottrell, isn’t depicted as an honorable, virtuous hero who does what’s right and resists evil temptations. No, Jake is a man who doesn’t hesitate to look the Devil, himself, in the eye and say, “Bring it on.”  He isn’t overly concerned about what happens to his eternal soul; he’s just focused on mindlessly getting through each day working a dead-end job while living with an abusive, alcoholic father.  Danger, mischief, and women are the vices he seeks out in his free time.   So, when Jake finds himself caught in the middle of an eternal supernatural war between Heaven and Hell, God and Satan, angels and demons, well, let’s just say he doesn’t take it as seriously as he should.  Instead of turning toward the light, Jake embraces the darkness that begins to immerse him after a deadly motorbike accident that he barely survives.   Much of this story is told from Jake’s POV, which initially limits our understanding of the events taking place.  Jake has no idea that God has chosen him to become one of his mighty warriors, one of his paladins in the war against Satan.  Unbeknownst to Jake, his life changes when he decides to forfeit a win in a motocross race to help save a fellow racer in danger.  Instead of dying, God leaves Jake scarred by “angelfire,” a supernatural power that will help Jake to fight and kill demons that prey upon human souls.  However, before Jake can use his emerging powers, he must first awaken to this new role God has planned for him and realize his worthiness in God’s eyes. This will be a challenge for Jake since he has also drawn the attention of demons intent on stealing his soul for Satan.  To make things worse, Jake openly taunts these demons, initially welcoming the evil that descends upon him.  I like the use of Jake’s POV in building suspense as he gradually discovers the truth about the demons surrounding him. I have to admit that I had a difficult time liking and connecting with Jake as the central character in this book.  His apathetic nature and foolish choices kept me frowning through much of the story. Yes, Jake had a difficult childhood. Being abandoned by a selfish mother who cared more for material possessions than her own son and being raised by an abusive alcoholic father has certainly played a role in the man he has become.  Even though I understood Jake hadn’t experienced much, if any, goodness, love, and support, I still wasn’t able to fully empathize with his character as much as I would have liked.  Now, upon further reflection, I have a sneaky suspicion this may have been one of Weston’s intentions.  Jake is a man easy to dislike, easy to fault, easy to judge...but who among us can really know and understand what’s in another’s heart and soul?  This is a prominent theme illustrated throughout the novel.  Micah, a powerful angelic warrior, is an important character in developing the plot and reinforcing this theme.  God has sent Micah to watch over and protect Jake as he struggles to escape darkness and find redemption before joining God’s army of supernatural slayers.   Micah is distressed over his new mission and grumbles about his fall from God’s favor for disagreeing about Jake’s worthiness. Although it was easy to see that Micah is too quick to judge, it took a bit of time for me to realize that I was being just like Micah in my assessment of Jake.  Both Micah and Jake are two well-developed, dynamic characters whose emotional growth infuses the story with a sense of hopefulness about our humanity.  A part of being human is the frailty we have toward temptation, and Jake’s former high school classmate, Davis Travers, knows exactly how to entice Jake to embrace his sinful nature.  Davis loves to arouse feelings of self-doubt and jealousy in Jake, which makes him more vulnerable to the seductive demon temptress, Rachel, who has been sent by Davis to claim Jake’s soul.  Although Jake easily gives in to the sexual fantasies Rachel promises, these scenes are not explicit but, instead, focus more on Jake’s inner conflict, knowing what he’s doing is wrong, yet unable to physically resist this demon succubus with her own plans for Jake.  To retaliate against the evil Davis has inflicted upon Jake’s family and friends, Jake runs away with Angie, Davis’ fiancé.  Angie is basically a good person, but like everyone else in the story, she has flaws, and her choices have left her living in fear and darkness with Davis.  Just like Jake, Angie wants nothing more than to be free from the demonic hold Davis has on her.  Angie also becomes a powerful motivator for Jake to change. I enjoyed the twist that Angie’s situation added to the story’s major conflict and loved seeing the impact she made in helping Jake move away from the darkness that had enveloped his life.  As Jake increasingly moves toward God’s light, the evil intensifies leading to Jake into the ultimate battle for his soul.  I found the resolution to be unified and satisfying in wrapping up the story.  Although the story had a solid, well-developed plot, I did have some issues with story’s POV and narration. Although the majority of the story is told from Jake’s limited POV, at times the author switches to the perspective of other characters, such as Micah and Davis. This is fine except that in a few places, the POV becomes unclear. Another aspect I found problematic is the use of both past and present tense in narrating the story. Jake tells the story as if it has already happened, and, at times, he interjects his own reflective commentary about what he knows to be true now. These reflective comments are helpful in establishing conflict, foreshadowing, and building suspense. Unfortunately, when Jake describes events in past tense and then reacts to them in present tense, I found that the switch disrupted the flow of the story. I would have preferred that the author used the past tense consistently. I know the present tense can help intensify a scene’s drama, but this switch became awkward for me as a reader.  Overall, I am glad I read this book; I enjoyed the complexity of Jake’s character, the suspenseful storyline, and overall, how Weston made me think about my own perceptions of others.  I received a copy of this book from the author via Book and Trailer Showcase in exchange for an honest review. 
QueentuttsWorld More than 1 year ago
Awesome Read with the powerful message of how light consumes the darkness. For those of you who love reading about how God's soldiers over comes and defeats the devils demons then this is the book to read. The story gives insight into a young man's life of harsh and sinful ways, where lustful ways are to die for regardless of the consequences. But when death comes into the picture of a love one who didn't deserve to die is when we get a peek at the reality around us and begin to see the light. WARNING - there are some bloody graphic scenes and violence. I loved how the characters played a game with hell not knowing they had made a deal with the devil. I loved how it started out by receiving emails from next(at)hell(dot)net and to dareme2(at)earthzone(dot)net - I thought it was brilliant how even evil can get to us through technology. There was romance between Jake (human/12 Paladin) and Angie (human) and the sex scenes between Jake and Rachel (Succubus demon) were not explicit like most books I read but the story was great without it and it was a nice change for me. I love the whole concept of the Paladins where they seek out evil and destroy it using the angelfire. Micah's (Fallen Paladin Angel) role was perfect for even he had fallen from the light into the darkness for a short period but the light never left him and he found himself asking for forgiveness in order to save another human and to do God's will. The relationship between his friends was touching and the craziness of his old friend Davis who sold his soul for power and fame was well developed. The ending climaxed well and all became good but now I want to know more about Jakes future endeavors and his two friend's future. I hope the author writes more about the Paladins life. Great Read!