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Oh John Ringo No on Live journal is the best review for this book and the rest of the seres but I love them even as my brain melts with the improbablity of it :) ( )
  moglwi | Apr 22, 2009 |
Hmmm. Not real impressed. A large chunk of the section Book Two basically amounted to an intro to submission/domination sex play, and there is a blatant sexual undertone to the entire book. I've enjoyed the sci-fi materials that John Ringo has contributed to. This just falls flat. There are much better action/adventure stories out there. ( )
  ElementalDragon | Jan 25, 2009 |

This collection is what you get when you cross a third-rate version of the Executioner that works globally with a bad porn novel. For extensive analysis and hilarity, ok up 'Oh, John Ringo No' on livejournal, which is how I found out about it.

It is a trainwreck, as the main character cannot help saying what he is thinking, unless that involved disclosing secret mission info. This doesn't matter whether he is ordering naked torture victims into action while he is shooting terrorists, or whether he is talking about BDSM scenes with the mothers of new girlfriends.

So there's a certain bizarre fascination with the first two stories, being a thriller rescue mission, then a fishing trip interlude with a nuclear ending.

The third tale however fails even so-bad-it's-readable status that the first two stories, it is just bad, and dull, as he goes chasing the best looking prostitutes in Eastern Europe, and isn't the only one with that idea.

Ghost : Winter Born - John Ringo
Ghost : Thunder Island - John Ringo
Ghost : On the Dark Side - John Ringo

Stalker follow Osama lopping girl rescue spook shot SEALing rant.

3.5 out of 5

Double co-ed BDSM scene terrorist nuke fishing trip blowup.

3 out of 5

Terrorist likes hos like me.

1.5 out of 5

http://freesf.blogspot.com/2008/11/ghost-john-ringo.html ( )
  bluetyson | Nov 25, 2008 |
This is an extremely difficult book to review. If you read it, I think you'll know what I mean.

SPOILERS ABOUND. Read at your own peril.

This book is pure "action porn" for guys who like their action with a side dish of rape. It follows the adventures of Mike Harmon, a SEAL who has been medically discharged. Mike is now taking college courses at the University of Georgia, when he's not wiling away the hours stalking female college students (does anyone other than middle-aged male chauvinists still call them "co-eds" as they are referred to consistently in the book?). Yes, his hobby is stalking women. And fantasizing about raping them. Literally fantasizing about raping them. Mike is a bad, bad man, as he consistently reminds every female character he meets. Yes, he is, but I'm not sure in the same way that Ringo means.

While stalking one woman on campus, he sees her abducted by a terrorist cell. Mike, being the badass that he is, follows them to a warehouse and takes out the terrorists. He tracks down the aircraft where 50 other kidnapped young women have been stored and hops aboard (does hiding out inside a wheel well count as "onboard"?). They land in Syria and are taken to a secret chemical weapons facility. The women are scheduled to be tortured, raped, and murdered live over the Internet for a global audience. Mike then kills Osama bin Laden and the president of Syria who are visiting the plant, then rescues the women. Read that last sentence again. Mike and a female ROTC student hold off the Syrians until they can be relieved by a SEAL team dropped in by a modified B-2 stealth bomber. The other women manage to call in to Fox News live where one of them -- previously a bleeding-heart liberal -- proclaims her newfound conservative political beliefs. (When you get to that part of the book, read her rant aloud as I did; it's lots of fun.) The US then nukes the site. End part one. Yes, that's only the first third of the book. Some (lesser) author would have been content to make that the focus of the entire book. Not John Ringo.

Part two is Mike in semi-retirement. He's living on a boat down in Florida and picks up two female college students. Mike then introduces them to the joys of BDSM -- explaining it ad nauseum -- and helps them awaken their inner submissive sides. The two quickly become Mike's willing slaves (and bisexual). He chats with their mothers on the phone at length (the first phone call takes up about ten pages or so) where he describes what he plans to do to the two in graphic detail. Both their mothers are also submissives and wish they could join the fun. Mike and his new sex partners have lots of graphic sex. Mike is then called in to intercept a stolen nuke that some terrorists are trying to smuggle into the US. Mike kills all but one of them, who sets off the nuke. Guess blowing up an uninhabited Florida key isn't too big of a deal. Don't worry, Mike and his slaves get away safely.

Part three is Mike visiting various whorehouses in Eastern Europe. While slumming around, he's called in to assist with a old Soviet nuke that has been sold to terrorists. It's been smuggled to Bosnia, where Mike follows a hunch and finds where it had been stored. He brutally anally rapes a prostitute in a brothel there (four times, I might add), fulfilling his fantasy expressed frequently in the first two-thirds of the book. Mike then tracks the nuke to Paris and saves the pope, who is going to be assassinated with it (which will also conveniently take out most of the city). Yes, Mike not only kills Osama, but he saves the pope (and a couple million undeserving Frenchmen).

The book is absolutely unbelievable in terms of its basic premises, the course of events, the dialogue, and the characterization. It is filled with racism and sexism on a level I don't think I have seen before, and I've read a fair about of men's adventure novels from the '70s. It is graphic in terms of both sex and violence. The sex is universally very sadistic (and frequently nonconsensual), so it won't be too all readers' taste. The protagonist is a hyperviolent, murderous, unrepentant rapist. Having said all that, there's...something about this book that included just enough wish fulfillment that I couldn't stop reading it. What red-blooded American male doesn't want to read about a SEAL killing Osama, dealing with multiple nukes going off, and getting laid? I just felt guilty as hell the entire time I was reading it.

By the way, for a thorough -- and hilarious review of the first few books from this series, see:


That reviewer is exactly right: every few pages, you too will say: OH JOHN RINGO NO!

I feel like a bad person for admitting this, but I plan to read the next sequel.

Review copyright 2008 J. Andrew Byers ( )
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"Former SEAL Mike Harmon, team name "Ghost", was, apparently, an unassuming college student. Discharged with partial disabilities, he was having enough troubles passing classes and fitting in on a very liberal college campus; he didn't need any more. But when he observed the kidnapping of a coed, it was time for others to be troubled." "Because underneath his usually placid exterior, Mike Harmon, Ghost, was a bundle of barely controlled fury. Highly motivated, highly trained fury. And when terrorists gave him the opportunity, he became ... himself." "A series of at the time rational decisions led him, via a series of tortured terrorist bodies, to a facility in Syria, a "logistics warehouse" called Aleppo Four. And in the dank basements of that "warehouse" the true, horrible nature of the kidnappers plans were revealed: if the Great Satan would not withdraw over the deaths of aid workers and soldiers, then let them see what could happen to their lovely daughters.""The only fly in the ointment being one banged up former SEAL." "Now Ghost is as free to do his will as the wolf running beneath the moon. Freed of military regulations, freed of military justice. And morals and ethics were never his strong suit." "Sometimes it takes a very bad man to do a good job."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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