PALADINE Traffic Stop, copyright 2017, Queen City Trading Ltd. a thriller e-book by Kenneth Eade.
Plot: The book opens: “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 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.” The story then unfolds to follow the activity of Robert Garcia, a man who had “run away from himself, had tried to convince himself that his past was not a part of his present” – a ‘present’ simply dedicated to following where the winds blew in his ocean going sailboat to quietly spend time fishing. This area right now was among the smaller Greek Islands. Robert never had a ‘normal’ job. Like his father it had been the military, more specifically with the Army’s Special Forces as a covert operative who’s training and exceptional skills had converted him into a fine-tuned, killing machine living a dangerous life of death-dealing assignments. Reportedly, and almost factually, he had been killed in his last assignment, so now as an unknown with nobody close and money from lucrative assassination jobs he pursued his solitary anonymous life from a base on one of the most obscure islands. Unfortunately, he was tired of fishing and ‘the beast within him wanted to come out and play’. He was about a 30 minute cruise to Porto Heli, a summer resort pecked with partiers and more easily accessible and less well-known than Mykonos. He sets sail to land on the island where the subsequent results of his evening sets in motion a whirlwind of activity. He returns beyond Isis lines, reconnects and partners with a former Russian adversary, acquires a new partner who unfortunately also has a personal agenda, all leading to a rousing finish.
Discussion: The author has set forth a well-written, fast paced thriller based on the totally vicious and degenerate practice of Human Trafficking/sex slavery extant throughout the world but seemingly more viciously prevalent in Syria and the entire ISIS/21st Century Terrorism expansion and movement. A number of references for additional reading are sited.
5* Thriller, well-written, fast-paced and based upon factual material.