The Kildaran

Adult
Rated 4.25/5 based on 6 reviews
The Keldara are threatened with nuclear extinction, even as their Kildar plans his wedding to Katrina. Leaving plans in the hands of his staff, Mike and Kat take a tour of the US - but back in Georgia, a plot is afoot where an foe from the past will try to wreak his revenge on one of the Kildar's agents. In the end, who will win the day - and will the victory be worth the cost? More
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About Adam Gaffen

Adam Gaffen, Author.
Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
I do too. But then again, it’s something I’ve been working towards for, well, years. So for me, it’s EXTREMELY satisfying to be able to say that with some actual chops behind it.
Anyway.
For today, I’m going to tell you about myself.
I’m on the wrong side of forty - or maybe the right side of forty, I’m not sure yet. I attended Deerfield Academy and a number of colleges - college, for me, was spoiled by the Academy, THE finest educators I have ever encountered.
Married. Quite a number of years, actually, and only once. Which makes me a rarity today, I guess.
Three children; fortunately for them, only one resembles me strongly; the other two have escaped that fate.
I work two mundane jobs, one for a restaurant, one for the Census - guess which one I enjoy more? Yup.
A dog, a cat, a hamster, some fish, two ducks and six chickens complete the household. Need some eggs?
I live in Maine - no, it’s NOT as cold as you think it is, at least not all the time, and we DON’T all have that ridiculous accent! Boston is my all-time favorite city, and I will be attending my first con next year - definitely Dragon*Con, and maybe Boskone (if I can arrange it).
Oh yeah. Writer. Professional, thank you very much.

Reviews

Review by: Steve Knox on Dec. 07, 2013 :
Hi, found this site and decided to read this book again. While I like the Ghost Series, felt that the last 2 by Ringo were kind of Bleh. I am re reading this, and find it way better the Tiger *etc* If I recall the ending, well, that is not our "Mike". Sorry to say. However, in this universe, it is possible that Pierson was ordered to do what he did. Now, that being said, there SHOULD Be a sequel to this...Please? Will there be one?
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Review by: firstname lastname on March 12, 2013 : (no rating)
Adam Gaffen and Dick Evens for mostly beginners this was a fine work. I find that it still needs some polishing and editing though. I really only have a couple of things to say about this book and it's really about your writing of this book. Any one reading this book has more than likely read the first five so you drove us to distraction by belaboring explaining who characters were and how they got there since we already knew it. Kurt was the wrong character for the whole bomb plot for the way you wrote it since he did not have to track katya down he knew who she was and that she worked for the Kildar and knew where the Kildar hung out also kurt had better options to follow if he wanted to nuke the kildar and he would have been after the kildar not Katya and if he was after katya he would have known for sure she was there before he set off the nuke. on a personal note I did not particularly care for the end since I felt you turned the Kildar into a whiney little girl and you made pierson out to be a scum bag. Now a note for John Ringo you need to be taken to Singapore and cained for inflicting that trash you called Tiger By the Tail on us and if they did a little editing on this book I would have been willing to buy it and it kicked your ass as it is
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Review by: Robert Henderson on Jan. 18, 2013 :
Having been a fan of John ringo's work for some time and enjoyed his Paladin of the Shadows Series, a divergance from his normal genre. I was delighted to find a Fanfic continuation of the series. That being said however I do have to agree with Mr Nuttall this story it really needed editing and probably could have given rise two or three books rather than this one. Personally I found these non mainplot interludes distracting and annoying. While I have beeen left still wanting more which, by the way, has has now been supplied by the original author in the form of "Tiger by the Tail" these two authors have with their undeniably contrived ending, which to divulge would spoil the book for other readers, made it very difficult continue using these same characters and to use them without the Kildar would be pointless. If they should attempt to do I would be interested in seeing the result of their efforts but I would suggest simplifying the plot and checking the grammar and spelling which if they depend purely on a spell/grammarchecker is unreliable. This was a reasonable effort but I feel it was as if, while writing, one said how about if this or that happened without any reference to whether it added to, helped or hindered the main plot.
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Review by: Ed White on Jan. 02, 2013 : (no rating)
Too many spelling and grammatical errors - the plot was convoluted too much to make an enjoyable read - it became a chore to finish it. Fanfic that had to throw in every scenario for yuks.

Fanfic is an appreciation - "Imitation is the best form of.....etc.." C'mon man!

Really - editing, editing, editing - two, maybe three books if you had done that - but the ending was contrived at best. Why not petition Ringo to carry on - that is all we really want.

What more do I want Mr. Nuttall - a NOVEL that made sense in an entertaining way.
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Review by: Christopher Nuttall on Dec. 07, 2012 :
The Kildaran
-Adam Gaffen and Richard Evans, based on a universe by John Ringo

It is rather curious that while I normally like John Ringo’s writing, Ghost was the only book of his that I couldn't really get into. By around CH7 of the first part of the novel, my sense of the absurd was overpowering my suspension of disbelief and I gave up. But then I read Book Two and found myself hooked. The Paladin of Shadows series is politically incorrect, strongly masculine...in short, very much like James Bond. Mike Harmon, former SEAL, is just what every man wants to be.

The series is set in an alternate universe of sorts, where a tribe of families – the Kilder – live in a mountain settlement in Georgia (the country, not the state). In Book Two, Mike accidentally becomes their leader and starts training them up as proper warriors. This expands rapidly through the next three books, with the families eventually serving as a Special Operations force closely allied to the US military, battling terrorists, insurgents, criminals...and saving the world on more than one occasion. John doesn’t sugar-coat anything; the villains are very evil, the barbaric habits and customs of certain cultures are illustrated, along with the result of criminal activities like drug trafficking and sexual slavery.

Part of the charm of the series lies in the Kilder themselves. At first, they appear to be just another tribe in a barbaric and deeply corrupt country. As the series continues to expand, however, they reveal surprising depths – and their origins, drawn from a lost tribe of Vikings. (This isn't entirely impossible. There are suggestions that Romans, captured in Persia, eventually ended up in China.) Some of their customs are thoroughly odd, but just right to appeal to the readers. One example is a form of ‘bride price,’ with the bride selling her virginity to Mike for her dowry. And even that has deeper implications...

One of the most important characters in the series is Katrina, a young girl who Mike rescued right back at the start of Book Two. Unsurprisingly, she fell in love with him; surprisingly, Mike didn't move in on her at once. Katrina set her sights on becoming the Kildaran, the wife of the KIldar, and was working towards it when John Ringo put the series on hiatus.

Adam Gaffen and Richard Evens, however, have continued the series with The Kildaran. With Mike settling into a kind of domestic life in the village, complete with harem, Katrina finally makes her move, convincing him to marry her. In the meantime – because it wouldn't be the same without a B-Plot – several nukes have gone missing in Russia and one of them might be on the way to the village. Another seems to be heading for Moscow...which is a problem, because Mike and Putin have clashed once before and Putin wants him dead.

As Mike allows his relationship with Katrina to grow and develop, the teams scramble to hunt down the nukes before they can be deployed, unaware that a deadly shadow from the past has returned to take revenge on Mike – and one of his most trusted allies.

I wrote two books set in one of John Ringo’s universes, but Adam and Richard took on a much harder task, using John Ringo’s characters. I can offer no higher praise than to say that all of the characters sound right, very much like their original versions. Even the ones who have grown up over the novel (and previous books) show very definite links to the past, particularly Katya. It is a rare fan fiction writer who manages to mimic the original style so well, but this book definitely succeeds.

Like the books written by John Ringo in this universe, the novel is delightfully and outrageously over the top. Beautiful women, cool gadgets, villains who thoroughly deserve every bad thing that happens to them, a complete lack of political correctness...

What more do you want?

The Kildaran can be downloaded for free from https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260223

Or you can visit the author’s blog - http://www.thekildaran.blogspot.com/

And you can download the first five books from http://baencd.freedoors.org/Discs/Baen%2018/index.htm
(review of free book)

Review by: Christopher Nuttall on Dec. 07, 2012 :
The Kildaran
-Adam Gaffen and Richard Evans, based on a universe by John Ringo

It is rather curious that while I normally like John Ringo’s writing, Ghost was the only book of his that I couldn't really get into. By around CH7 of the first part of the novel, my sense of the absurd was overpowering my suspension of disbelief and I gave up. But then I read Book Two and found myself hooked. The Paladin of Shadows series is politically incorrect, strongly masculine...in short, very much like James Bond. Mike Harmon, former SEAL, is just what every man wants to be.

The series is set in an alternate universe of sorts, where a tribe of families – the Kilder – live in a mountain settlement in Georgia (the country, not the state). In Book Two, Mike accidentally becomes their leader and starts training them up as proper warriors. This expands rapidly through the next three books, with the families eventually serving as a Special Operations force closely allied to the US military, battling terrorists, insurgents, criminals...and saving the world on more than one occasion. John doesn’t sugar-coat anything; the villains are very evil, the barbaric habits and customs of certain cultures are illustrated, along with the result of criminal activities like drug trafficking and sexual slavery.

Part of the charm of the series lies in the Kilder themselves. At first, they appear to be just another tribe in a barbaric and deeply corrupt country. As the series continues to expand, however, they reveal surprising depths – and their origins, drawn from a lost tribe of Vikings. (This isn't entirely impossible. There are suggestions that Romans, captured in Persia, eventually ended up in China.) Some of their customs are thoroughly odd, but just right to appeal to the readers. One example is a form of ‘bride price,’ with the bride selling her virginity to Mike for her dowry. And even that has deeper implications...

One of the most important characters in the series is Katrina, a young girl who Mike rescued right back at the start of Book Two. Unsurprisingly, she fell in love with him; surprisingly, Mike didn't move in on her at once. Katrina set her sights on becoming the Kildaran, the wife of the KIldar, and was working towards it when John Ringo put the series on hiatus.

Adam Gaffen and Richard Evens, however, have continued the series with The Kildaran. With Mike settling into a kind of domestic life in the village, complete with harem, Katrina finally makes her move, convincing him to marry her. In the meantime – because it wouldn't be the same without a B-Plot – several nukes have gone missing in Russia and one of them might be on the way to the village. Another seems to be heading for Moscow...which is a problem, because Mike and Putin have clashed once before and Putin wants him dead.

As Mike allows his relationship with Katrina to grow and develop, the teams scramble to hunt down the nukes before they can be deployed, unaware that a deadly shadow from the past has returned to take revenge on Mike – and one of his most trusted allies.

I wrote two books set in one of John Ringo’s universes, but Adam and Richard took on a much harder task, using John Ringo’s characters. I can offer no higher praise than to say that all of the characters sound right, very much like their original versions. Even the ones who have grown up over the novel (and previous books) show very definite links to the past, particularly Katya. It is a rare fan fiction writer who manages to mimic the original style so well, but this book definitely succeeds.

Like the books written by John Ringo in this universe, the novel is delightfully and outrageously over the top. Beautiful women, cool gadgets, villains who thoroughly deserve every bad thing that happens to them, a complete lack of political correctness...

What more do you want?

The Kildaran can be downloaded for free from https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260223

Or you can visit the author’s blog - http://www.thekildaran.blogspot.com/

And you can download the first five books from http://baencd.freedoors.org/Discs/Baen%2018/index.htm
(review of free book)

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