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The Paladin [Paperback]

Ken Newman

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May 5 2011 1934597449 978-1934597446
"Tongue-in-cheek action-adventure in the genre of 'Kill Bill' and 'Hell Boy' --- the Publisher" Larry is an angel of the Lord...retired. To avoid final judgment and a rather warm room without a view, he seeks to make amends by helping humanity against spiritual darkness. Unable to directly interfere, he must use a human to do his dirty work, or as he calls them...Paladins. A lonely kindergarten teacher, Harriet Smith, dreaming of romance and an exciting life of high adventure, has no idea that she has been chosen...that is until she is kidnapped by a five-year-old, and reborn as the sultry, Maggie Black. Maggie is about to find that the world is a far different place than she could have ever imagined as she faces shape shifting hit men, psychotic witches, and four-thousand-year-old living weapons of mass destruction. Fortunately, Maggie isn't alone, as Silas Cole, a deceased Paladin, comes to her aid, possessing the body of his murdered great grandson. Maggie soon falls in love with the dashing Silas, but finds that to save humanity, she must sacrifice the man she loves.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (May 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934597449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934597446
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 376 g

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Entertaining Jan. 1 2012
By Lucy Ditty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book :D Oct. 1 2011
By RJDoesBooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
(Received Copy For Review by Author)
Overall Rating: 3.7/5 (Rounded to 4)
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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.
2.0 out of 5 stars OK Oct. 31 2013
By Pete C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
not a great story line lost interest and never finished the book but it is not a total lost cause to read
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!! July 19 2012
By AngelaDB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read "The Paladin" not knowing what to expect; I walked away a HUGE fan of Ken Newman's writing style. I enjoy his new ideas and characters. If you want to read something different, give "The Paladin" a chance. There are twists and turns that you never see coming. Check out "The Ark" too; The next book by Ken Newman.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Pulp Fiction Jan. 7 2012
By David Sayers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was a lot of fun. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I took a chance based on other reviews, and I was not disappointed. This book kept me on the edgeof my seat, and the ending was one I was surprised at. Unlike a lot of books in this genre, nothing was telegraphed, and you were sucked into the story. Every time I had a few minutes, my Kindle drew me back to this book.
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