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Tiger by the Tail - eARC
by John Ringo and Ryan Sear
Publisher: Baen Books

A new addition to the Paladin of Shadows military adventure series by multiple New York Times best seller John Ringo and Ryan Sear. Sequel to Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain, Unto the Breach and A Deeper Blue.

After saving America from Middle Eastern terrorists, even Mike Harmon and the Keldara could use a vacation. Of course, the Kildar's idea of a vacation includes taking down pirates in the Singapore Straits. But when he finds computer chips designed to run nuclear reactors in the pirate booty, Harmon has a new mission thrust upon him—discover how bottom-feeding thieves got their hands on top secret technology.

The chips are headed for newly democratic Myanmar, a country vital to American interests in the region. Now Harmon finds himself in a desperate race to learn who stole the chips and why. From glittering Hong Kong to the slums of Thailand to the swamps of Myanmar, Harmon and his Keldara team follow a trail of death and deceit across the glittering underbelly of Southeast Asia.

And as the path winds through dark jungle and slave labor camps to the heart of newborn democracy, Harmon must devise a way to prevent the nasty overthrow of a nation's capital by totalitarian tyrants. But if there's one thing Mike and the Keldara specialize in, it's doing what it takes to give freedom a chance.

Published 1/15/2013
SKU: A9781451638561
Ebook Price: $15.00 
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1. Paul D on 12/15/2012, said:

I made the mistake of buying this eARC because I found some of his other series interesting and quirky. I wish I had done a detailed read of this series book 1 reviews first. I stopped reading and began researching after reading a few chapters. I'm now soured on Ringo, and will probably never try Sear again.
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2. Frank on 12/7/2012, said:

Not great, worst book in series
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3. George on 11/27/2012, said:

Co-written, not the usual style, not Ringo, worth $6 not $15, wait and get the regular one instead of earc. Fast moving, read in one sitting, won't re-read like most other Ringo books. Lost my suspension of disbelief; very formula, no suspense, characters not the same tone as other books in series nor believable. Actually sorry I spent the money, I didn't read the sample chapters, just bought it. Mistake. Read Bradley's review, I agree with him.
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4. Michael on 11/27/2012, said:

Ian Fleming for the 21st Century - Tiger by the Tail – ARC Now – if nobody has told you – this is the FIFTH book in a series – John calls it the “Paladin of Shadows”, but it seems like an awful lot of people seem to call it the “Kildar” series. Do NOT start reading this series with this book, there is a HECK of a lot of background info that you will be lacking, and a lot of it won’t make sense. Truly, you can start with “Kildar” – the second book in the Series, but I consider “Ghost” more like a prequel. OK, first up, I remember when, in order to read John Ringo’s stories, you were looking for daGIN’s posting in Baen Slush…that was when he was known as Da Guy in Nomex (DaGIN). John is an incredible writer. He has produced an incredible body of work, crossing multiple sub-genres and styles. He is always experimenting, working to stretch out his abilities as a writer. First up – if you are looking for something that looks like one of his other series, you are in the wrong place. This book looks more like something Ian Fleming would write, were he alive today. Ian Fleming intended James Bond to be an “anti-hero”, a “bad man doing good things”. I remember reading that in a published interview. He EXPECTED his readers to be conflicted – considering Bond to be as evil as the enemies, a villain in fact, but “Her Majesty’s Villain”. The fact that people LIKED Bond, was utterly bemusing to him. But read the books – not the silly live action cartoons that use the name of the Character that Fleming created, but read the books and short stories that Fleming actually wrote. Fleming wound up caving in to market pressures, and making Bond a little less of a hard-edged psychopath in Her Majesty’s Service. Check some of his earlier Bond stories, such as “Dr No” or the stories collected in “The Spy who Loved me” – which by the way, is an excellent character study and bears no resemblance to the Movie of the same name, excepting that is has a character named “James Bond” in it. Mike Jenkins, the Kildar, is most assuredly NOT a hero. (shrug) The Kildar is the classic Orwellian “Rough Man” – he guards the good folk as they sleep, and he knows that they would be utterly horrified if they knew the terrible things he does on their behalf. It does not matter to him. The Kildar is the kind of man that knows he must – must! – stand on the rampart and guard the good folk behind him. He can never be one of them. It would be pointless to make the attempt – and his only OTHER choice – is to become an outlaw. If you are the kind of person that is more concerned about the “rights of the individual” – if you would prefer that 10,000 people die, than that one unquestionably guilty criminal be tortured to give up the information needed to ensure the safety of those people – then I GUARANTEE you will not like this book. If you want to see realistic Special Ops people in a realistic Special Operations world, using realistic weapons, making hard choices that would not be understood by the sheeple, then you will like this book. A few more items worth mentioning - I will have to say, this book is soft core pornography in some places. (shrug) If THAT bothers you, may I recommend that you do not buy this book, nor anything in this series. John has said, several times, that his original plan was to market these books to another publisher. (shrug) I generally skip over those parts. Much as I like John and his writing, he probably would not be able to make a living as a writer of pornography. But – I’m willing to indulge his addition to the page count, as long as he gets back to the stuff he writes well without an inordinately long delay. Somebody once mentioned that “the Kildar collects whores the way some people collect stray cats.” Most people use that line to criticize this character, not seeing, not understanding the essential reality of what John is saying, through the Kildar. In much of the third world, women are forced into prostitution through the inexorable press of economics. It is all well and good to cry about the “exploitation of women” – but until they have a viable choice, all you are doing is make meaningless mouth noises. What Mike Jenkins does in these stories, is that he will take an action that incidentally frees prostitutes from their slavery. He then makes sure that they have a safe place to live, until they can get an education that leads to a marketable skill. It is the difference between “talking a good show but doing little or nothing” – or – as Jenkins does, saying little, but doing a lot to ensure meaningful change. This is an excellent book. I just wish it was real, and our world was fiction….
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5. keith on 11/19/2012, said:

An ok addition to the palladin series, but nothing like ringos best, lacks heart.
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6. David on 11/4/2012, said:

This is a series-killer of a book. Sigh, and I so enjoyed the rest of the books in this series.
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7. Mario on 10/31/2012, said:

Not only this is by far the worst book of the series, but it also makes the main character an evil person (as noted by kevin) in fact a monster. He uses a torture chamber, rapes prisoners, tortures and kills with glee or indifference, etc etc. I understand the difference between reality and fiction and was able to enjoy the cowboy truculence of the previous books of the series, albeit with some qualms. But this is disgusting.
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8. Jo Anna on 10/30/2012, said:

Expected better
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9. Bradley on 10/25/2012, said:

First let me say that it really pains me to write a negative review of a John Ringo novel, since I've really enjoyed ALL of his series, and his Bolo novel "The Road to Damascus" is one of my favorite books EVER! He's co-written at least 17 books, with authors such as David Weber, Tom Cochrane, Julie Cochrane, and Travis Taylor (More "Looking Glass" books PLEASE!) so it's clear that he CAN collaborate well. Unfortunately, this effort with Ryan Sear resulted in a book that reads like a tourist guide and jumps through an ever more unlikely chain of events as if one author outlined the plot and left the other to fill in the blanks. I like the Ghost series so much that I bought the music by DragonForce listed in "Unto the Breach" so I'd know what Kacey the helicopter pilot was playing when she "went nuts" on the enemy bunkers. When it comes to the Kildar, I'm a FAN! Unfortunately, "Tiger by the Tail" is by FAR the weakest of the "Paladin of Shadows" books, or ANY book with John Ringo listed as an author. At times I wondered if I was reading a Ghost novel or fanficton. It's painfully obvious that for the first time in this series John had a co-author, and it's easy to tell which parts that co-author wrote. Every weapon introduced seems to be followed by a sales pamphlet describing its abilities, and the scenery and geography are presented like someone looked at each city using Google Earth, then tossed in a tourist guide or two. We don't need pages of details regarding each location's history and architecture, every weapon's capabilities, and the invention and use of every piece of nifty equipment. (Not to mention my pet peeve: an exhaustive description of what everyone is wearing a la "Wheel of Time" novels by Robert Jordan!) We're several books into this series and those of us who read this sort of book are familiar with pointy things that go bang, even if we don't have a cache of them in our basements. Yet at times I felt the author(s) didn't think their audience knows what end the round comes out of. Back to the story, Mike isn't a stupid guy, yet we find him strung along for a good part of this book without a clue that he's got a spy on his hands, despite it being blatantly obvious who that spy is. He should have been properly suspicious of the Chinese "hooker" they pick up early in the book, and they had no reason to keep her around given their need for tight operational security. The plot simply lost all believability at times - Bad guys: "Let's let the foreigners do all the dangerous but lucrative stuff and let them in on all our secrets along the way!" U.S. Government: "Let Mike go ahead and repeatedly sell top-secret stuff that could lead to nuclear weapons!" Really? There were times where this simply stretched the reader's credulity beyond belief, as a chain of events are presented with a straight face in which evil criminals take outsiders into their confidence, pay them big bucks, then kick them up the chain in the conspiracy. That's not how bad guys survive or become richer bad guys. I've enjoyed the series even with the graphic sex and S&M, but I found myself skipping over every sex scene in this book. Perhaps it was because I simply had no sympathy for the woman involved, plus she and Mike were both trying to use each other so there was no emotional attachment. I fully understand that Mike can be a very bad man and has a dark side he's not proud of - afterward. In this case the sex scenes were distasteful and boring. The torture scenes were graphic and brutal beyond what Mike has ever done to a prisoner before - onstage at least. The water-boarding was tame by comparison, but at least we readers learn what the term entails. If Baen were looking at this book cold, they'd never sign the author or publish it. I wish the editor had dug in his/her heels and pointed out the logical fallacies. Give me a tight, tense, BELIEVABLE plot and I LOVE this series. Unfortunately, "Tiger by the Tail" doesn't have any of that. It desperately needs further editing, so I hope the eARC is drastically revised before the book is published. At the very least I hope the tourist guides, fashion statements, and product placement ads are removed.
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10. alan on 10/24/2012, said:

If it was possible to give this book a no-star rating, I would. It was a waste of US$15.00. It reads like the worst sort of fanfiction, produced by someone who had maybe read a single book in the series. BAD Bad bad plot, poorly researched locations and a total lack of continuity with the rest of the Paladin of Shadows series demonstrates clearly that John is over the Kildar. I hope that Baen's current editors either ****can its release or insist on a complete re-write. Otherwise, demand the advance(s) back. There is no way that Jim Baen would EVER have published crap like this.
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