Thursday, October 5, 2017
Book Review: 'Traffick Stop' 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 ANTITERRORISM THRILLER NOVELS, of which this is Book 3 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, ‘Paladine, terrorism's worst enemy, is back in this third episode of the hit political thriller series a continuation of the unforgettable story of an unlikely "anti-hero," Robert Garcia, a dangerous and unfeeling assassin of jihadist terrorists, exalted by social media as "Paladine", a living paladin whose mission is to rid the earth of evil for the betterment of mankind, is an assassin working covert black ops for the CIA. In this installment of the series, Paladine seeks to retire from the assassination business and finds himself fighting a band of Syrian sex traffickers.’
Kenneth opens this installment with a bit of philosophy – ‘Sacrifice, charity, and concern for others has always been a characteristic of the human spirit. But there is a wild, hungry, thirsty, selfish creature that lurks deep within the libido of each of us. That id some of us ignore, others deny, and still others put a mask on it or lock it away so even they cannot release it. But when the balance is tipped to its side, it can break any bonds that have tied it down, and we are powerless to stop it. The result can be exhilarating, intoxicating, mind-blowing, or it can be deadly.’ And in those words he sets the magnetic tone for this story.
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, February 17
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited
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