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Surprisingly EntertainingJan. 1 2012
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Format: Kindle Edition
At first, I wasn't sure whether I would be able to finish this book. I found myself distracted and annoyed by spelling, punctuation, and style issues. I won't list the errors here, but I would say this book would definitely benefit from some editing and proofreading help - and I think it would be well worth doing.
There was one major roll-eye moment very early on that almost caused me to hit "delete" on my Kindle (the aliases chosen by two characters would not have fooled anyone over 12 and I may be generous in that estimation), but I continued reading and wasn't sorry by the time all was said and done. The author seemed to hit his stride after a bit and the book flowed more easily. I found myself still noting the problems as I found them, but overall more interested in the story. It is, in my opinion, relatively easy to figure out what is likely to happen, so I couldn't really call it suspenseful. However, I was definitely curious about how exactly events would shake out and how the characters would react during the process. Most of the characters were lively and interesting, but in contrast to at least one other reviewer, I couldn't say that Larry was my favorite. To me, the Maggie/Brenda interactions were more amusing, and Kali was more interesting.
I am not sure how much to say without creating a spoiler issue, but I would have preferred a bit of explanation about Harry's skills much earlier in the book, and I would have liked some additional explication of the metaphysical concepts. On the plus side, there were some very worthwhile moments to be found. The name of an amulet had me...well...howling with laughter when I got the joke. I also particularly enjoyed Beck's comment about the quality of obedience and Jan's comment about her observation of religion.
I did not pay any money for this book, as it was a free book at the time. I would say it is worth more than the price I "paid," but I would have been disappointed if I had paid more than $2.99 for it. I buy books to be entertained, and errors detract from the value of a book to me. The book was clever, humorous, and enjoyable.
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Great Book :DOct. 1 2011
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(Received Copy For Review by Author) Overall Rating: 3.7/5 (Rounded to 4) Review originally posted at: [...]
When I read "kidnapped by a five year old", "shape-shifting hit men", and "psychotic witches" I knew I had to read this! After reading, "in the genre of `Kill Bill' and `Hell Boy'" It went from a yes, to a HELL YES! haha. In the beginning of The Paladin by Ken Newman we meet kindergarten teacher Harriet Smith who is busy reading and daydreaming of an action packed life, one she knows she'll only be able to experience through words in a book...right? WRONG! Her life is turned upside down when she is given a test and reborn as kick-ass character Maggie Black, and it is then that the action she's been dreaming of becomes all too real.
I was just a tad bit confused in the first few chapters as to where things were going. The 3rd person narrative kept on changing between different characters who were all connected to each other is some way, and I had a difficult time keeping up when so much was going on. I really would have preferred if there were more chapters that followed Maggie. She had to be my favorite character in this book (which is probably why I wanted more chapters of her. Her's were so interesting and just plain awesome, it's hard not to want more of that. haha.
Nevertheless, The Paladin is a great first novel in what I hope will be phenomenal series. It has moments of comedy, action-y goodness, and even a little romance. I can easily see this being turned into a movie and certainly hope it one day becomes one. Ken Newman does a fantastic job with this book and I am anxious to see what will lie ahead.
I Want to be The Paladin!Aug. 28 2011
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When then author Ken Newman sent me a review request for his book The Paladin and part of the blurb attached was: "Tongue-in-cheek action-adventure in the genre of 'Kill Bill' and 'Hell Boy' --- the Publisher" After reading that quote I jumped on the chance to read The Paladin. Thankfully I was not disappointed.
Who hasn't wanted to jump into the life of one of your favorite book characters? I know I have! Well careful what you wish for because that is sort of what happens to Harriet Smith. I loved Harriet's character. In the first chapter she is given a test to see if she has what it takes to be The Paladin, aka badass super hero, for her new boss Larry. (Who happens to be a fallen angel that can't kill anyone if he ever wants a chance at getting into heaven again.) Harriet passes the test with flying colors. As she becomes the Paladin and her story line progressed, I was amazed at how smoothly Harriet went from kindergarten teacher to Paladin world savior, and it didn't feel forced to me. I was with her every step of the way.
I will say that the introduction of characters in the first few chapters did get confusing, especially when it came to the super evil bad guy's flunkeys for the simple fact that they had first and last names, and Newman interchanged them on occasion. Other than the disconnect in the beginning I loved The Paladin. There is so much more I want to say about characters but they would be spoilers!
I could definitely see this book turned into a graphic novel or a super hero movie. I am very glad to tell you that Mr. Newman says this is hopefully the first in the series. I was so happy when he told me this because I have to know what happens next to the Paladin after the news she got at the end of the book!
Good start...Aug. 16 2011
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Ex-kindergarten teacher, Harriet, finds herself doing the bidding of ex-angel Larry. His duty is to right wrongs that have been made, and he wants Harriet to do the hard work. Harriet, now transformed into her alter ego Maggie and now Paladin of Larry's, must find a man named Zack and kill him before he can, unknowingly, release a tornado of evil on the Earth. Maggie will face a scummy priest, a nasty witch, a snobby girl, and many other baddies throughout her attempts to find and kill Zack and save the world.
There were a lot of things to like about The Paladin. First of all, the plot was intriguing right away. Mostly because it was something new. Second, the many different characters. All the characters offered very distinct personalities, which is great because there are SO MANY in this story. Third, the cover. It's rugged and has a cool comic book style.
Unfortunately, some of the things that were positives about the book were also negatives. The plot while interesting and action packed, was choppy. This is also a product of the multiple characters and points of view. The transitions between different characters was not always smooth, which left me with a jerky reaction and pulled me out of the story.
The character Silas and his history were definitely my favorite part. His past and how he ended up the way he did were the result of a major deception and betrayal, and I feel like he handled it all pretty well. Once he entered the story, it really picked up and gave it the emotion I feel was lacking in the beginning.
Maggie on the other hand, pretty much handles things TOO well. She hardly questions Larry's ideas, and goes right along with the plan to kill Zack. I feel like a true heroine should attempt to think of new ideas and create new plans for tough situations. Murder of innocents should never be a first option. The characters could all have used a little more soul searching. I feel like their personalities were there, but showing why they are this way (instead of telling) would have more impact. The evil (in all forms) that Maggie, Silas, and Larry must face is pretty nasty; however, I feel like it was wrapped up too easily in the end.
What I think was needed in this story, and I'm sure others who read this will agree, was more editing. I don't usually focus on this in my reviews, because I prefer to focus on the story itself. However, I feel like this is a big enough issue that it needs mentioning because I know how picky some of you readers are. With a few more rounds of editing I think this could have been a stronger story. The grammar and spelling errors were obvious, enough to pull me out of the story, and the dialogue was a bit static.
Overall, I did like the story, but feel like it is not ready for public viewing yet.
Very fun light readAug. 15 2011
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Wowee! The Paladin is a ride. Not only is it a humorous and fun read but it's very original. This book follows the mission of one Maggie Black, paladin extrodinare, on her quest to stop a devoted husband from lifiting a curse put on his wife that has kept her entrapped for hundreds of years. Oh - did I mention the wife is a supernatural demon who has the power to destroy the world? Or that her husband uses witches and shape-shifters to stop Maggie? And how about the fact that Maggie works for an angel named Larry and owns a sword that's really a demon? And the fun just starts there. Wait until you meet the hypocritical town preacher or Silas Cole, the once-thought murderer who is actually the worlds savior?
The Paladin is pure entertainment. Nothing really deep. My only critiques would be the cover art (not a good representation of the book) and the characters are slightly shallow (but I was so excited to read the next page that it didn't bother me one bit). Read this book for the pure joy of reading or for a laugh. It's easily picked up, put down, and picked up again. If you like fantasy set in the real world, stories featuring a strong female lead, characters that span the range of human personality, even action set to an intriguing background, try The Paladin.