Monday, September 25, 2017

Book Review: 'Unwanted' by Kenneth Eade

Said once and said again, Kenneth Eade is 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. Kenneth Eade may be best known to readers as the author of ’Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What We Can Do To Stop It, and A Bee, See: Who Are Our Pollinators and Why Are They In Trouble? - two superlative books about his concern for our environment, a topic he takes to the top level in his superb books. Eade is an international business lawyer, based in Los Angeles, specializing in international law, Internet Law, appeals and complex litigation. He is a member of the Bar of California, the federal District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Southwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge. He is also an accomplished filmmaker and a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal as well as an environmentalist.

What most readers who hear the name of Kenneth Eade now think about is the name Brent Marks – a very special breed of Perry Mason cum Jason Bourne cum Jack Ryan et al – men who face tough action with skill and finesse. Now Kenneth places before us a vey contemporary topic – Terrorism. And in presenting his intensely suspenseful story he has created a new series – PALADINE ANTI-TERRORISM THRILLER NOVELS, of which this is Book 4 And for those following Kenneth’s main characters, 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.’ The title of the book is a moniker the social media assigned to his new hero. But we are getting ahead of the story.

In summary, ‘ISIS is making a business out of refugees, but not for long. Paladine, terrorism's worst enemy, is back. This is the unforgettable story of an 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 targets ISIS terrorists who deliberately attack innocent people, forcing them to flee their homes as refugees, and then charges them for passage into Europe. Robert Garcia meets his greatest challenge in an attempt to shut down their operation, and an old problem comes to the surface.’
Ken adds a bit more about Robert Garcia in this novel – ‘Born John Richards, to a black military father and white Lebanese mother, Robert and his family moved around from army base to army base and he never really found a place to fit in or anyone to fit in with until he joined the army himself. By the time he did, having moved so many times as a child, he had already become an accomplished fighter, who had beat his way through every conflict growing up until his schools wised up, and placed him on their wrestling and football teams, in order to create a socially acceptable “steam valve” for his aggression.’ The more we get to know Paladine the more we want to know his exploits!

Another top-flight novel from the master of intrigue – one of his best series. Kenneth Eade obviously is just becoming our go-to man for thrillers. Highly recommended Grady Harp, April 17

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