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THE PALADINA warrior who will show no emotion and question no order. A warrior who fears only the showing of fear.In the darkest days of World War II, Churchill needed such a warrior.His task was to pass unsuspected in the deepest territories of the enemy, to kill men or women one by one or in their thousands, to carry out missions that must remain shrouded in silence whenTHE PALADINA warrior who will show no emotion and question no order. A warrior who fears only the showing of fear.In the darkest days of World War II, Churchill needed such a warrior.His task was to pass unsuspected in the deepest territories of the enemy, to kill men or women one by one or in their thousands, to carry out missions that must remain shrouded in silence when the war histories are set down for generations yet unborn......

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ISBN : 9780330264556
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Number of Pages : 359 Pages
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The Paladin Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-25 22:19

    I just finished this absolutely wonderful novel, The Paladin by Brian Garfield. I could hardly put it down! I read the whole book over the course of two days, just wrenching myself away to work, see friends as I promised, eat and sleep. It was originally published in 1979, but its focus on a boy's adventures during WWII make it a timeless tale and one I think would appeal to everyone who likes adventure, intrigue, death-defying stunts and initiation into a secret of heads of state. The best part is that it is based on a true story, fictionalized to protect the identity of these secret agents. Young boys between the ages of 10 and 18 would identify with Christopher, which makes it a wonderful book to give to reluctant readers. It is written in an engaging, suspenseful style that makes it a real page-turner.Themes: Coming of age, good vs. evil, the questions of 'do the ends justify the means?' and 'What is good?'The story focuses Christopher, a young tenant on Churchill's estate. He meets Churchill and impresses him when he is ten-years-old. He is soon inducted into Churchill's small private spy agency, separate from the national force, and is sent on a dizzying number of dangerous spy missions as Hitler schemes and conquers Europe. He becomes Churchill's Paladin, his personal knight errant, who serves at the request and direction of Churchill himself. He grows up, learning more and more about the world of secret agents and participating in hugely important events of WWII, including the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He hardens and struggles with murder, torture and the emotions of growing up and becoming a man. There is also a bit of romance. It ends with him at age seventeen.As Christopher is drawn deeper and deeper into the world of international intrigue and political spying he struggles with the fact that these men he faces are simply doing what they believe is best for their country -- essentially born to their worldview just as he has been born to his. He struggles to determine the fairness of his missions -- ought he to 'off' these unsuspecting people just because he was ordered to do so? As he sees his friends die because of his missions, he begins to question the rightness of his orders and ultimately Churchill himself.I don't want to give it all away, but it is a wonderful story. I wish there was a sequel so I could find out what happened to Christopher the man. Does he continue with this life as a secret agent? Does he continue to be practically Churchill's son?I highly recommend this novel.

  • Machmoed Santoso
    2019-04-27 20:31

    Jika ini memang benar-benar kisah nyata, maka ini adalah kisah nyata yang benar-benar tidak dapat disangka. Bagaimana ternyata beberapa peristiwa besar pada perang dunia ke-2 memang benar-benar dimaksudkan untuk terjadi. Seperti serangan Jepang ke Pearl Harbor, Inggris bukannya tidak tahu bakal ada serangan kesana, tapi untuk menyeret amerika ke kancah perang dunia.Dengan segala cara inggris berusaha untuk menutupi berita itu bahkan hingga menghancurkan sebuah kapal selam belanda dan membunuh tiga perwira sinyal inggris sendiri. ..gilaaa…. Lalu blitzkreig untuk menaklukkan prancis,–bagaimana Christopher mengetahui rencana detailnya dan segera memberitakan pada Lord Gott–, invasi palsu di Dieppe, sampai akhirnya invasi D-Day di normandia.Yang bikin percaya ga percaya, adalah seorang remaja yang bernama Christopher, yang melakukannya sejak usia 14 tahun. Dia dilatih sedemikian rupa jadi seorang agen, jadi seorang assasin. Mirip-mirip Jason Bourne atau jangan-jangan Bourne yang terinspirasi dari Christopher.eniwei,, Yang saya suka dari buku ini adalah diceritakannya juga pertentangan moral dari Christopher dalam melakukan tugasnya. Bagaimana ia tidak terlalu suka dengan prinsip mengorbankan sebagian untuk menyelamatkan jutaan lainnya dan yang paling saya suka adalah intriknya, cerita dibaliknya. Maka seharusnya dia menjadi salah satu orang yang paling berjasa dalam Perang Dunia II. Seperti yang dikatakan atasannya Owl, tapi dia pun berkata. “Kamu adalah orang yang paling berjasa dalam perang ini. Seharusnya kamu mendapatkan bintang jasa akan hal ini. Namun karena sifat pekerjaanmu rahasia, maka kita tidak membiarkan orang-orang tahu tentang apa yang kamu kerjakan bukan”

  • Anne Freya
    2019-04-28 18:41

    Rada kecewa dgn buku ini...pertama, cover dan sub judulnya menipu krn membuatku beranggapan si mata-mata 'cilik' ini berusia di bawah 12 tahun, yg ternyata adalah remaja berusia 15 thn. Kedua, mgkn krn aku tdk begitu suka genre historical dan politik, sehingga langsung jemu setiap kali tiba di adegan percakapan Winston Churcill & Paman John (Owl) dan praktis menyerap semua tulisan bagian dialog si Churcill & Owl tanpa terlalu memikirkannya, dan hanya bersemangat saat si mata-mata 'cilik' sedang in action. Ketiga, aku rasa terjemahannya rada amburadul, ada bbrp dialog yg sangat sulit dimengerti, dan bahkan terkesan kalau diterjemahkan secara tergesa-gesa. Hanya krn tdk ada buku lain lg yg menemaniku dlm perjalanan panjang di udara lah yg membuatku bertahan menyelesaikan membaca buku ini. Meskipun kuakui, kalau nasib si mata-mata 'cilik' cukup menyedihkan, dipermainkan & ditipu sedemikian rupa oleh pamannya sendiri, dan hebat juga ia masih tetap waras setelahnya.

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  • John Blackport
    2019-05-16 20:20

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It struck me as a "true story" in the sense that it was probably a cobbling together of things many agents did, updated so that each exploit was attached to some great historical event during World War II. I couldn't believe that master spies would send invest the necessary knowledge and training for so many high-profile, critical missions into a single agent. But I didn't mind that so much. What strained me was the premise that all this was done, so flawlessly by a man so young. Too many of the missions required specialized technical knowledge, or too much finesse. But all this is a minor point in my overall enjoyment of the book. The major question is whether it worked or not, and I think it did.

  • Jane Francisca
    2019-05-11 02:34

    Highly Recommended!!Very stunning and inspiring.Inside this boy there are loyalty and morality. But somehow his loyalty is even more. This novel it just damn great! a boy, a little boy but have a big deal to a massive things, WWII. And above all, its true story...Waw!After the last page, I feel relieved and sad, because the story of Christopher Creighton is end. But somehow Im curious what kind of life he lived today.Love this book!

  • Heni Mujaa
    2019-05-01 20:14

    anything about WW never stops to amaze me. the conspiracy is in a whole different level. mindfuck as hell. I don't have a heart to imagine how they manipulated an innocent young man to be a cold-blooded assassin. I keep torn between my understanding that it was a war so almost every variable was abnormal (including moral) and, oh come on, he's so young what they did to him I'm so shattered I need to read a light reading after this

  • Patrick
    2019-05-13 19:21

    I remember being blown away by this. Thirty years later I'd like to read this again.

  • Ward
    2019-05-22 22:22

    Purportedly based on fact, hence a stranger-than-fiction WWII espionage thriller of a schoolboy who becomes a spy (when 15 years old) at the behest of Winston Churchill. Chapter 2, dealing with clandestine meetings of the "neutral" Belgian government and German operatives, could spawn a thesis chalk-full of deja vu of Trumpian-Russia parallels some 70 years later. Polar political stripes are crystalized in dealing with oppressors, from Chamberlin (Trump) appeasement at one end of the spectrum to war-/sanctions-engaging of Churchill (Obama) at the other end of the spectrum. Paladian "Christopher Creighton" loses his youth as a spy-assassin tasked by ends-justify-the-means missions assigned by the Churchill inner circle. A very stark political-espionage thriller.

  • Sue
    2019-05-07 22:31

    I read this many years ago, along w/ other books by Brian Garfield. This author wrote a number of unusually good novels in the general spy/historical fiction genre. This is one of the best, based loosely on the story of a real person who "did things" (was a paladin for) for Churchill during WW II. Garfield also wrote the novel "Hopscotch," on which a wonderful movie starring Walter Matthau & Glenda Jackson was based. Another Garfield novel was "Wild Times," a Wild West story of fictional Col. Hugh Cardiff, a kind of Buffalo Bill character; I read that one to a couple of my kids when they were growing up.September 2017: re-reading. Yep, a terrific story. Interesting, too, re-reading this shortly after re-reading Daniel Silva's "The Unlikely Spy," since both stories involve keeping the Nazis from finding out where the D-Day landing is going to take place on the coast of France.

  • James Christensen
    2019-04-24 19:21

    Concern's WW2 British spy for Churchill - very interesting.

  • Karen C Jones
    2019-05-01 20:37

    I have read this book at least three times and could easily read it again. It is very, very good.

  • Rofiqul
    2019-05-21 18:40

    I am sorry. But I was read the Indonesian version only. So, All I can say is about the Indonesian version. And yups I would like to use my Indonesian, Bahasa Indonesia.Hal yang saya kritik habis-habisan kali pertama membaca atau melihat buku ini adalah judulnya. Ini buku terjemahan dan mereka menggunakan judul Bahasa Inggris yang bahkan, ironisnya, tidak sama dengan judul aslinya. Anda harus terkekeh melihat judul aslinya "The Paladin" dan versi Indonesianya adalah "The Child".Oh Tuhan ampuni kesalahan bangsa kami yang begitu pemalu dan memalukan ini. Ini sungguh adalah "inferior complex" akut yang dimiliki bangsa ini atau paling tidak tim penerjemahnya. Diantara puluhan ribu kosakata Indonesia,mereka memilih dua kata Inggris. Saya merasa dijajah, hehehehehe.Saya akan lebih suka apabila diberi judul "Paladin" saja misalnya. Itu sudah cukup menarik perhatian.Atau Mata-Mata Kecil, Ksatria Kecil. Atau malah Paladin-SiMataMataKecil. Disamping itu terlalu banyak kesalahan ejaan. Saya bingung apakah disini sang editor benar-benar bekerja. Bahkan menemui satu atau dua kalimat yang menggantung dan tidak ada maknanya sama sekali. Sungguh membingungkan. Dan kesalahan yang fatal adalah kesalahan yang satu ini. Yaitu pada sebelumnya, bab 6 mungkin, diceritakan Christopher Sang Paladin membunuh 66 awak kapal selam. Tapi dalam bagian sesudahnya dikatakan 56 awak kapal saja. Oh tidak,ataukah ini cara mereka berbelas kasihan kepada si agen pembunuh kecil kita.Ceritanya sendiri menarik menurut saya. Saya suka jalan ceritanya yang bolak-balik. Tokoh-tokohnya yang digambarkan cukup menarik. Bahkan saya menikmati percakapan Winston Churchil, Tigger dengan Owl, Paman John. Entah kenapa saya selalu menemui bahwa penulis asing selalu memiliki jalan cerita rumit, menjengkelkan sekaligus menyenangkan diikuti.Dalam buku ini seakan dijelaskan PD II dari sudut pandang orang Inggris, yang yah pada waktu itu nenek moyang kita dijajah juga. Saya tidak bisa menerima sepenuhnya beberapa fakta yang dijelasakan dalam buku ini seperti bahwa Inggris membiarkan AS diserang Jepang agar mereka ikut bermain permainan mematikan itu. Namun saya suka konspirasi itu, atau paling tidak sudut pandang itu.Jika ini memanglah benar kisah nyata yang didasarkan pada agen rahasia yang direkrut saat umur 15 tahun, tentu dia masih kanak-kanak. Memang tidak ada kejayaan dalam perang. Luka yang ditimbulkan terasa sakit. Itu kesan yang saya dapatkan.Saya mendapati buku ini bosan pada 5 lembar pertamanya. Lalu jatuh cinta berikutnya. Dan menghabiskannya kurang dari 72 jam. Buku yang mengesankan , arah cerita yang tidak bisa ditebak, dengan sedikit plot yang kabur tapi menarik.Tokoh yang paling saya suka adalah Owl. Ya, dia terlihat begitu jahat, misterius, hitam terselimuti. Di sisi lain dia setia dan orang yang patut dikasihani karena kesendiriannya. Sungguh Ironi.Sebenarnya saya ingin melihat si Cristopher ketika berjumpa dengan ayahnya sendiri. Karena dalam buku ini terlukis jelas seaakan dia anaknya si Tigger. Ya, memang itu yang ingin diangkat. Ikatan hati sang PM terhadap Paladinnya yang menjadi Gong pada akhir cerita dan kesetiaan Sang Paladin pada majikannya yang telah dianggap bapaknya.Satu kata lagi untuk buku ini : membiuskan!.

  • an
    2019-05-13 02:26

    seorang anak kecil dan tugas berbahaya. tugas kenegaraan tapi tidak diketahui negara. pasukan diam-diam yang mengorbankan masa kanak-kanak dan remaja na untuk tugas seperti itu. jangan tertipu dengan cover na cz dia tidak sekecil itu dalam tugas na. tapi tetap saja sebuah loyalitas diperlukan untuk berani malaksanakan na.bentuk keberanian yang paling langka adalah keberanian untuk menghadapi bahaya sendirian saat kau tahu bahwa tidak ada orang yang mengamati kerjamu (hlm. 255)begitulah buku ini mengkisahkan perjalanan seorang remaja untuk melakukan tugas-tugas spionase selama masa perang dunia baik pertama maupun kedua. cerita tentang tipu muslihat dan saling memanfaatkan dibawakan dengan mengalir sehingga buku yang cukup tebal ini tidak terasa cepat untuk diselesaikan. diantara ribuan pasukan yang dikorbankan, ada satu remaja yang menjadi pion untuk melancarkan pengorbanan itu semua.kadang, tapi lebih sering, perang itu kejam. sejumlah pihak mengorbankan sejumlah pihak untuk melaksanakan tujuan tertentu. kemanusiaan yang diabaikan tapi ternyata tidak semua pelaku perang tidak memiliki rasa itu. mereka hanya menekan rasa itu supaya tidak muncul ke permukanaan dan melemahkan mereka.saat seperti inilah seorang agen dilatih untuk kuat, bahkan untuk mengkhianati hati na sendiri.-68-

  • Mida
    2019-04-27 21:38

    I actually could finished this book only in a couple of days, but alas. I was having a cold and it extended to 8 days reading. This book is.. I think it will be interesting if I can read the original version, as in, English language rather than Bahasa Indonesia. There were some glitches in the translation and I know, I can do better in vividly imagining the scenery if I read the English version.The story itself, well... it never ceases to amaze me that a loyalty can go that far. And in the same time, it leaves someone so vulnerable so that he/she can be used/manipulated that much into doing things one can't even imagine doing before. In this case, it's the loyalty of Christopher to Mr. Winston Churchill, and it was brilliantly described in this book.And war... yes, in a way, this book tells us about war: the world war 2, as well as the war that Christopher had with himself, internally. War never brings us any good--too much sacrifice that needs to be offered, too many souls has been damaged. And yet, it seems that it always tempting for human to do so, to have a showdown about power--not to mention how dirty the politics lies beneath it as well.

  • Simon
    2019-05-14 01:17

    There are fairly explicit hints dropped by Garfield that this story is "true". In this case, it has to be the sort of "truth" concealed in a myth, i.e. Churchill led a plucky underdog nation during World War II. But the reality of British resistance to the Nazis is exciting enough without embellishing it so that a teenager is present as a causal agent for several major operations: Dunkirk, the assassination of Darlan, the run-up to D-Day, you name it, "Christopher Robin" was killing people on the spot. It is better written than the average Clive Cussler, though not all of them. In the end, however, it is less Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin than Batman and Robin.Not really recommended unless you have some time to kill with nothing else available.

  • Rospiyarni Rosa
    2019-04-27 00:32

    Hehe...aku baru baca nih semalam, langsung sampai bab 6,hmm....setelah berbulan-bulan selera membacaku hilang...gara-gara ni buku semangat membacaku menggebu lagi... Seru, mendebarkan n benar2 keren...^^ Ntar sambung lagi ya..Yup, akhirnya tadi malam petualangan dengan christoper berakhir. Akhir yang benar-benar indah, perang telah membuat segalanya jungkir balik tak tentu arah, tapi selalu ada cinta yang tulus antara Perdana Mentri dan Paladin-nya, cinta seorang ayah kepada anak... Menderu dari awal dan akhirnya menarik nafas dengan bening di mata. Setelah tetralogi laskar pelangi, aku mencintai karya ini...^^-the end-

  • Rospiyarni Rosa
    2019-05-11 01:29

    Wihiiii...koq covernya beda ya?? Hehe...aku baru baca nih semalam, langsung sampai bab 6,hmm....setelah berbulan-bulan selera membacaku hilang...gara-gara ni buku semangat membacaku menggebu lagi... Seru, mendebarkan n benar2 keren...^^ Ntar sambung lagi ya..Yup, akhirnya tadi malam petualangan dengan christoper berakhir. Akhir yang benar-benar indah, perang telah membuat segalanya jungkir balik tak tentu arah, tapi selalu ada cinta yang tulus antara Perdana Mentri dan Paladin-nya, cinta seorang ayah kepada anak... Menderu dari awal dan akhirnya menarik nafas dengan bening di mata. Setelah tetralogi laskar pelangi, aku mencintai karya ini...^^-the end-

  • Andinandyn
    2019-05-07 19:34

    well, buat saya yang suka novel perang atau sejarah dsb ini cukup menambah wawasan. fakta-fakta yang ada cukup mengejutkan. dan iya, tertipu spoiler "bocah cilik" ternyata umurnya 14 tahun. tapi entah karena saya baca terjemahan atau memang jalan ceritanya begitu, di beberapa part saya skip karena cukup membosankan. dan jelas saya suka christoper beserta sandi-sandi winnie the poohnya, gimana tangguhnya dia dan dimanfaatkan oleh penguasa, dan betapa perang itu memang hanya bermanfaat untuk orang yang memiliki kepentingan *sighbuat yang suka cerita2 perang dan sejarah, bisa dibaca novel ini

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-02 01:33

    A Social Studies/History teacher* of mine back in Texas high school recommended this book to me ...* an ex-Nazi Prussian officer who survived 2 concentration camps after Prussian plots to kill Hitler failed ... post-WWII, he hunted down Nazi war criminals before being "forced to retire" in backwater redneck Texas

  • Annisa Nurbayanti
    2019-05-03 19:14

    sangat disarankan novel ini bagi anda para pecinta sejarah, membuat anda tercengang dengan kisahnya. saya sangat menyukai novel ini dan kenyataan-kenyataan yang diungkapnya (kalau memang ini benar kisah nyata) walaupun bahasanya memang ada yang sulit dimengerti karena pemilihan katanya yang terlalu tinggi sehingga sulit dimengerti masyarakat awam.

  • Faysal Subhani
    2019-05-11 02:21

    A boring book peppered with some interesting missions with a very underwhelming ending. If what's within is based on truth, then it's incredible, and fact becomes stranger than fiction (especially the whole Britain-having-ample-warning-of-Pearl-Harbour episode). However, after having looked it up, I still don't know if this book is based on reality.

  • Angela
    2019-05-02 01:13

    Great WWII book if somewhat scary/depressing as you realize that while this book is listed as fiction, it is true story with only a few updates that make it "fiction". It is scary what humans do to each-other (even our so-called "friends"). At least with enemies you know where you stand, and what to expect.

  • Anton
    2019-05-04 23:21

    Hingga halaman 266 dan tetap saja tak menemukan cerita menarik dari novel berdasarkan kisah nyata ini. Padahal kemarin lanjut baca buku biar ada selingan yang menyenangkan. Tapi ya begitah. Tak usah dilanjut bacanya. Ganti saja dengan buku lain.

  • Jim
    2019-04-26 00:21

    this book was just bullshit if this is a true story then my ass is a banjo i was able to suspend my disbelief that he could outrun gun fire early on for the sake of the story then he kills a soldier a 12 year old kills a trained soldier with his own rifle bullshit

  • Bunga Mawar
    2019-04-25 18:24

    Baca buku ini kayak nonton film. Film perang, dan ada Winnie the Pooh-nya :)Tapi walau agak tidak cocok kalau sontrek yang mengiringi membaca buku ini adalah "Return to Pooh Corner" dari Kenny Loggins, bolehlah diputar untuk mengurangi kesan muram dari sebuah Perang Besar.

  • Melinda
    2019-05-20 00:22

    Don't read this if your stomach isn't strong. It's about WWII and it's psychologically painful, particularly if you have a son the age of the protagonist (15-17 years old). I found it uplifting in the "it's a noble, vital cause, therefore we can and will persevere" vein.

  • Nnit4 aja
    2019-05-15 20:26

    buku baru datang hari ini \m/

  • Brett Milne
    2019-04-22 19:21

    This is an amazing story of courage and honour despite the evils of war

  • Megan
    2019-04-29 19:20

    I remember reading this in high school and loving it. Even now, I find myself wanting to re-read it.