Ghost

Ghost

Book - 2005
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This "Ghost" may not walk through walls, but walls had better not get in his way A new techno-thriller adventure series by a New York Times best-selling author. This is a breakout title with strong cross-category appeal.

Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name "Ghost," retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names "Bambi," "Thumper" and "Cotton Tail." A fast-paced, highly-sexual, military-action thriller that ranges from a poison facory in the Mideast to the Florida Keys to Siberia, the novel will keep you guessing what twisted fate will bring next for the man once known as . . . Ghost. Keep an eye on him or . . . poof, he'll be gone.

Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2005.
ISBN: 9781416509059
1416509054
Call Number: RINGO
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: United States. -- Navy. -- SEALs -- Fiction.
Adventure fiction.
Middle East -- Fiction.
Siberia (Russia) -- Fiction.
Florida Keys (Fla.) -- Fiction.
Terrorism -- Prevention -- Fiction.
Retired military personnel -- Fiction.

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 14, 2016

Brilliant modern satire on 1960s men's adventure story in magazine with glossy pictures & politics in general by making the Republican more competent & praising Fox news. Kudos on Jim Baen on going out of his comfort zone & taking huge risk on dark adventure book. I loved the phone conversation on female university students to their mother on having similar taste in S&M during safe sex subject. I wondered people who were put off the S&M scenes would do the same thing on a little opus named Fifty shades of grey few years later. I liked flawed character & gritter setting. Saddened that over the top never happen in real life adventures more plausible thanks to recent Paris & Belgium attacks. I'm not surprised on more graphic cover in homage to said men adventure magazines & books .

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juliusprtlnd
Feb 13, 2016

One of the darkest novels I've read.

Tachikoma Mar 24, 2014

This was my first time trying reading a book by John Ringo. The book is cut into three stories about Mike Harmon that claims to be Techno Military book, but it feels far from it. Maybe that's because when I think of techno-military I think Tom Clancy who goes deep into the tech stuff. Some will complain about the sex or the violence, neither of which bothered me. What got me to toss this book back before finishing it was that it was boring. Once you read the first story you more or less know how the other two are going to go. This at best bad cheap pulp fiction, Mike Harmon is no John Clark or James Bond; he is just a super action hero. Some might say he's an anti-hero and even on those terms he is no good. Anti-hero should have some charm like Dexter Morgan with his sly dark humor or tough determined like the professional thief Parker. As for the sexual content I was not bother by it as many who have gave it a negative review. In a fact it was not until the S&M fantasy ended in the second story that I tossed it back because I knew without much thought how the rest of the story was going to go. So in the end I can't really recommend this book, not even as soft of junk book to kill time with. Anyone who wants to read good action should look up Ian Flaming instead.

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senji1101
Mar 24, 2014

I read a lot of Ringo's Military Sci Fi and picked this one up because I hadnt read it yet. This is not along the lines I was expecting. I expected something along the lines of Gust Front or Live Free or Die. Im sure there are people that will really love it for the Darker aspects alone, and I will admit it didnt take me long to read it and I did like parts of it. The darker parts, not my cup of tea. I wouldnt call this a 'porn' book, but it does get pretty explicit at times.

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paulopacheco21
Mar 23, 2013

Not a book for the Timid, but for all you closet libertarians and action junkies who apreciates the dark side. Michael Harmon is a man who could of become a true Monster if he hadn't joined the Millitary and learned to control his baser impulses. This book contains three stories of a man who is more demon than angle in situations where a demon is needed. Enjoy.

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jimbrennan
Jan 29, 2013

This is FICTION. Fun and highly entertaining, with frequent laugh-out-loud moments, for those with military experience, political experience and a sense of humor.

Note that somebody just HATES that the author has a different viewpoint than his own and has posted this identical virulent diatriabe in ever link to Ringo's books. Granted, many of the points are quite valid, but other rant-points of the anonymous poster are frothingly extreme and rather silly. LRS1969 probably hated the Mark Twain works by Samuel Clemens, too.

LRS1969 Jan 22, 2013

Ghost is first book in the Paladin Series (or often as known as the Kildare Series).

It is a disgustingly shocking book. This book contains elements of all these Notices: Coarse language. Violence. Sexual Content (perverse). Frightening Scenes. Highly perverted and - in some cases - illegal sexual content! And more. Frightening scenes of mass rapes, torture, etc. Much of which author's main character himself enjoys, thinks about, gets aroused by, etc. Improper pursuit of his own Far Right Wing agenda (when reality of life proves his mindset to be both wrong and frightening). Incredibly bad!

Not only does he have viewpoints - throughout this book and all of the first 5 of this series - that are extremely Far Right (*) but that are just plain wrong when viewed from the "step back and look at the whole picture REALITIES of things!

I have come to realize that the only books of his that I have actually enjoyed have been those co-authored by other (true) authors - like David Drake, David Weber, etc. The few authored solely by Ringo have been atrocious (see this Paladin / Kildar series in its entirety for my point).

(*) Also I find it so interesting that Ringo is Far Right Wing Conservative ONLY in those areas that he personally favors while being EXTREMELY non Conservative - at least I hope that real Conservatives don't believe in his perversions as shown in his personally written books - in his personal beliefs that are truly perverse as shown in those books.

Also, so reader KNOWS that these are his beliefs, check him out under Wiki and look up his Works and find the Paladin Series and see what his publisher says about why Ringo wrote that series.

The series itself?

Politically biased to the point of psychotic paranoia (and incorrect factually in almost every instance).

Highly racist.

Filled with not just sex (I am an adult and have no problem with consensual adult sex), but constant examples of perverted sex (just as one example from book 3 of series, where "Kildar" gets an erection when a nude 12-yr old girl - a child - is forced to sit on his lap while he is negotiating buying her from a couple sex slave traders and he becomes aroused at thinking of the rape and abuse that she was put through -- as that is the way HIS feelings are)!!

Additionally he is not only completely anti Muslim (occasionally refers to "Islamic terrorists" but too often slips and just refers to "Islamics" when talking about the bad guys and constantly refers to them as "black-asses" - apparently in the belief that all Islamics are very dark skinned and Mideasten types, disregarding fact that many Chechens, for example, have blue eyes, green eyes, light brown hair, red hair; and the multitude of non brown or black Asian "Islamics"), but also speaks despairingly of "fundamentalist Christians" and rich people (as in "the politicians and those rich bastards" - who caused such and such problem)!

Apparently in his political adolescent naiveness does NOT realize that fundamentalists and the wealthy ARE the Core Base of both the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party! In the first five books of this series (written well prior to 2008 and generally just a few months apart in 2005 / 2006) in those first five books of series, he simply loves everything American military and President Bush (President Cliff in his series) and hates everything liberal (or that he simply labels as being liberal and paints ALL in such a category as being that way with a very prejudiced brush!) - especially Senator Clinton (Senator Walker [??] in his books, other than his January 2013 book 6 of the series which he outlined for a co-author... while then claiming top billing!), the Senator Clinton that he repeatedly references as being THE Dem presidential candidate in the next election (first 5 books written well before 2008, so Obama getting nomination must have truly shocked him - and Obama winning must have totally infuriated him)!!!

taxman44035 Jun 03, 2012

Great reading adventure..but not for the faint at heart! Our hero has a dark side when it comes to women, which he tries to control. If you just want some fun action packed reading, enjoy! 5 stars!

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rvbolo
Aug 24, 2011

Thriller fiction instead of Ringo's usual military sci-fi. Part 1 and part 3 is typical, well crafted military fiction for Ringo but Part 2 is a trip in to S & M fantasy with a bit of Penthouse Forum thrown in! The author writing his fantasies perhaps? This book a must for Ringo fans but not for the faint of heart!

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chgarland
Apr 12, 2011

This is definitely not the greatest thriller in the world, but neither is it the worst. I read the hole thing, partly because I was hoping it would get better. The story was too episodic and I still don't see what the p0rn did to advance the story.

I particularly didn't appreciate Ghost's tour of eastern European whorehouses. He's supposed to be one of the good guys yet he is using trafficked women.

This was a very mixed bag and I don't know that I would recommend it to anyone but it did have some real moments of suspense.

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