Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Russian Holiday A Paladine Novel by Kenneth Eade @KennethEade1 #Suspense #Terrorists #Thriller

The Plot:

Even killers need a vacation

Paladine, terrorism’s worst enemy, is back in this sequel to the hit political thriller.

Unlikely “anti-hero,” Robert Garcia, a dangerous and unfeeling assassin of jihadist terrorists, has been exalted by social media as “Paladine,” a living paladin whose mission is to rid the earth of evil for the betterment of mankind.” In this installment of the series, Paladine crosses paths with a Russian assassin, which puts him in the middle of the controversial new cold war between the United States and Russia.

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 thirty years before publishing his first novel, “An Involuntary Spy.” Eade, an award-winning, best-selling top one hundred thriller author, has been described by his peers as “one of the up-and-coming legal thriller writers of this generation.” He is the 2015 winner of Best Legal Thriller from Beverly Hills Book Awards and the 2016 winner of a bronze medal in the category of Fiction, Mystery and Murder from the Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards. His latest novel, “Paladine” is currently a quarter-finalist in Publisher’s Weekly’s BookLife Prize for Fiction. Eade has authored three fiction series: The “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series,” the “Involuntary Spy Espionage Series,” and the “Paladine Anti-Terrorism Series.” He has written fifteen novels which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

“I’ve been writing all my life, but began publishing my work out of a passion for the environment. My wife, Valentina, is a professional photographer, who worked for two years on an environmental exhibition called, “Bee Cause I Care” which was exhibited by the Prince Albert II Foundation and is now touring cities in France to bring awareness to the importance of pollinators and the dangers facing them. I penned a few articles on the subject for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and turned my research into my first book, “Bless the Bees.” That passion continued with the publication of my novel, “An Involuntary Spy,” which is an action thriller that also points to the dangers of genetically engineered food. Then I began publishing the “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series,” which, in part, is based on actual experiences during my long career in law.

“Now I divide most of my time between France, where I have resided for the better part of ten years, and Russia. I try to put as much realism into my novels as possible, and they all revolve around important social issues. I treasure all of my readers and love to hear from them, whether it’s good or bad. Sometimes I make changes based on their suggestions and one reader has inspired a character who has appeared in my latest two novels. Everyone who signs up on my mailing list at gets a free e-book, and I give away a Kindle Fire every month to a lucky winner on the list. I love this new adventure and hope you enjoy taking it with me.”


When he read my review of the first book in the Paladine series, Mr. Eades was surprised I felt sympathy for his “unfeeling” assassin. Of course, he didn’t realize that as a volunteer at the VA and former Navy medic I’ve come across quite a few people who have buried their feelings as a defense mechanism. Besides, anyone who would adopt a scruff-butt mutt like Buttface can’t be completely unfeeling. I see Robert Garcia as damaged. The Army turned him into a killing machine, and with heritage that’s half Hispanic and half Arabic, he speaks flawless Arabic and has the swarthy looks needed to infiltrate terrorist groups. And if that doesn’t work, he can hit a target at an ungodly distance with a sniper rifle, or kill a man before the guy even knows Robert’s there. Yup, a real killing machine—but not a totally unfeeling one.

In Russian Holiday, Robert has one last mission for the government’s uber-secret agency to which he’s sentenced for killing terrorists in the US without permission. When his pick-up fails to appear, a Russian patrol rescues him. The officer in charge is a fellow assassin who invites Robert to accompany him to Moscow for a holiday. Together they enjoy food, vodka, and women. Until Robert’s nabbed by his own agency and sent back to work. He just prays he never has to face his Russian friend in a firefight. Because they’re actually on opposite sides of a second Cold War.

In addition to being a much more sympathetic character than his author seems to realize he is, Robert Garcia doesn’t sit around and think much. He moves at a fast, page-burning pace, grabbing your attention on the first page and holding it to the last—pulling you away from work and keeping you up when you should be sleeping. He’s a complex character with feelings that are a bit farther under the surface than usual, but they’re there. He’s basically a good guy whose job requires him to do bad things—depending on your perspective. I suggest you take a good look at Paladine. Have fun with him on his Russian Holiday.

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Book Info:

Warnings:  Violence
Length:  316 Pages
Print:  $11.65
Digital:  $3.99

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