Paladine (Paladine Political Thriller Series, #1) by Kenneth Eade


The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Meet terrorism’s worst enemy

From the best-selling & award winning author critics hail as “one of the strongest thriller writers on our scene” comes an unforgettable story of an unlikely “anti-hero.” 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 is in the wrong place at the wrong time and 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.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Men’s Adventure
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Pulp
Series: Paladine Political Thriller Series, #1
Length: 276 pages
Release date: 2016-09-18



When Robert woke up and swept the Net, he was overwhelmed with images and stories of valor of this non-existent Paladine. He chuckled to himself and shrugged it off. The Internet was a crazy place, especially for what they called “the news.” Almost none of it could be believed, so he didn’t. For Robert, the truth lay in the balance between life and death. He could feel the rise and fall of his chest and the thumping of his heart. Someday he wouldn’t. That was all there was…

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Robert Garcia, ex-military, now killing terrorists.

With Paladine, Kenneth Eade has created an expertly woven thriller. It is a compelling read, you are drawn rather close to Robert – often too close for comfort. Kenneth Eade carefully elaborates Robert’s character and story in a world of terror and revenge. Despite his way of living, Robert is quite likeable, of sufficient depth, you learn what you need to know about the other characters – depending on their relevance. You might ask yourselves, ‘Why does she consider Robert quite likeable? He’s a killer!’ My take on this: There’s good and bad in everyone. Despite his killings, he is not completely cold-blooded. The story comprises some rough scenes, interesting turns, and has a really good flow. It is the first book in a series and – I am looking forward to reading the next one.

This is a book for you if you like fast-paced and chilling stories, thrillers per se, and if you like interesting characters.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😡
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Described by critics as “one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene,” author Kenneth Eade, best known for his legal and political thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, “An Involuntary Spy.” Eade, an up and coming author in the legal thriller and courtroom drama genre, has been described by critics as “One of our strongest thriller writers on the scene and the fact that he draws his stories from the contemporary philosophical landscape is very much to his credit.” He is often compared to John Grisham, whom many regard as the master of the legal thriller.

Says Eade of the comparisons, “Readers compare me in style to John Grisham and, although there are some similarities, because John also likes to craft a story around real topics and we are both lawyers, all of my novels are rooted in reality, not fantasy. I use fictional characters and situations to express factual and conceptual issues. Some use the term ‘faction’ to describe this style, and it is present in all my fictional works.”

Eade has written eight novels, which are now in the process of being translated into ten languages. He is known to keep in touch with his readers, offering free books and discounts to all those who sign up at his web site,

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Paladine?  Or – if you did not yet read Paladine – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂






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