Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Review: 'Russian Holiday, an American Assassin's Story' by Kenneth Eade

Said before 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 has placed before us a very contemporary topic – Terrorism. And in presenting his intensely suspenseful story he has created a new series – PALADINE POLITICAL SERIES of which RUSSAN HOLIDAY is Book 2. The title of the book is a moniker the social media assigned to his new hero.

In the initial installment of this series (PA LADINE) we met ‘Unlikely "anti-hero," Robert Garcia an unremarkable man who tapped out of a promising military career to become a death squad assassin for the CIA. Retirement was not in the cards for Robert, so he disappeared instead. After he comes out of the cold to answer the call to aid a fellow soldier facing a bum rap, he is thrust back into the spotlight when he is in the wrong place at the wrong time and kills a terrorist, thereby saving dozens of lives. He finds gainful employment in the slaughter of jihadists, which sparks an urban legend that Robert, a dangerous and unfeeling assassin, is a living paladin, whose mission is to rid the earth of evil for the betterment of mankind.

Now as the series advances in RUSSIAN HOLIDAY we read the continuation of 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 crosses paths with a Russian assassin, which puts him in the middle of the controversial new cold war between the United States and Russia.

From page one we know we are reading a story of immense immediacy as the news states daily. And Kenneth starts his new book, ‘Aleppo, once an idyllic jewel between Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean, was the oldest inhabited city in Syria and one of the oldest in civilization. Robert Garcia had been in many battle zones before, but this was nothing like he had ever seen. Aleppo had been decimated. Jagged slabs of concrete hanging on the exposed bones of twisted, rusting steel, the ashes of wooden shops now reduced to cinders, broken corrugated shutters of what used to be jewelry stores, and the ruins of bombed out, formerly splendid historical mosques, their once glittering chandeliers now hanging from the dusty rubble.’

Another top-flight novel from the master of intrigue – one of his best series yet. Kenneth Eade obviously is just becoming our go-to man for thrillers. Highly recommended Grady Harp, December 16
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary ARC copy of this book.

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