Choosers of the Slain
by John Ringo
Cover Artist: Kurt Miller
Review by Ernest Lilley
Baen Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416573845
Date: 30 October 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
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. From official release/information:
Book Description: Sequel to Ghost and Kildar.
Former SEAL Michael Harmon (Ghost, Kildar) has a pretty good life. He's settled down in the country of Georgia and built a solid commando-quality militia out of his local retainers. The Keldara have an ancient history of being first-class mountain warriors and all they needed was a few million in modern weapons and training to bring them up to speed. Now, with the Keldara keeping the area safe from Chechen raiders, and the various other terrorists that want Ghost's head on their wall, he can settle back, relax in his harem and drink a few beers. However, a US senator has a problem. A "major financial contributor's" daughter has been kidnapped into the labyrinthian depths of the Balkans sex-slave trade. The US government has been unable to find her and the Senator is very interested in changing that condition. Five million dollars interested. As Ghost and his Keldara warriors blast a gaping hole through the middle of the trade, it quickly becomes apparent that there is more to the mission than a "poor missing waif." There's a rot underneath, and the stench is coming from the very floor of the Capitol. Being at war with Albanian gangs is one thing. Taking on Washington is a different ball game. But Ghost never believed in fighting fair.