Series: Paladin of Shadows #2
Published by Baen on May 22, 2007
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction
Problems, problems, problems! All Mike Harmon ever wanted to be was a SEAL. But after problems in the teams, college student was a decent second best. However, trouble seemed to follow him where he went. Now, after having angered every terrorist on Earth and at least five governments, buying a farm in a third world country was looking pretty good. Of course, nothing was ever simple. With Chechen terrorists knocking on the door and tenant farmers with a truly Byzantine culture, the question was whether he could drag the keldara into the 21st century before the Chechen put them back in the 6th. Kildar answers the question: Where would an international security specialist and former SEAL choose to retire? If he's going to buy the farm, it should be one with beautiful women and the best beer in the world. Valhalla on Earth complete with Vikings.
As I read through Kildar I was glad to find it was far more along the lines of what I was expecting compared to the first book in the series, Ghost.
Mike Harmon, aka Ghost is trying to escape his past of battling terrorists by touring the cold regions of Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia. Getting lost is a blizzard he soon finds himself in the secluded valley of the keldara. These people have odd traditions, act like they are still in the dark ages, and yet have been recognized as warriors extraordinaire in times past. I was drawn in by these odd people just as Mike Harmon was, their traditions gave me clues to their true origins far before even the main character seemed to suspect, but I won’t give that away, I’ll leave that surprise for you to discover.
When Mike Harmon buys the farm, he gets a castle, a valley, and a whole lot of retainers. Bringing them into the modern age takes some doing, but he’s ready when terrorists come a knocking on his door once again. This book kept me on the edge of my seat with action, mystery, and I’ll admit, there’s still a bit of sex thrown into the mix. But unlike Ghost, Kildar isn’t drowning in the erotic aspects.
I won’t shout out to everyone from the rooftops the merits of this book, but I will spread the word to my friends who enjoy similar novels. Kildar earns a solid 4 stars out of 5 and I’ll recommend it to any fans of military fiction thrillers. Kildar is a great combination of character building, action, and suspense. More than enough to leave me diving into the next book in the series.