There has always been a need in the spy game for operations outside the realm of legality-covert missions so black no one in the American government, and almost no one in intelligence itself, is aware of their existence. . I was finally able to read this book while on vacation. It was an easy read, and the ending was a surprise, and a good one. Columbus is the orphan son of a prostitute who became dangerously involved with a successful young congressman named Abe Mann. It never really justified or explained how a lonely kid went from being a kid that just fell through the cracks to a sociopath killer. Haas, Michael Garnett and Tobias Weymar will serve as executive producers.
The Silver Bear is just the first chapter of a trilogy of books Haas wrote that gives Columbus his most personal target yet, a young congressman and rising figure in the Democratic Party who is also his father. There have been four other books in the Silver Bear series, the most recent being , which came out in April. I blew through this in a day. A straight-out thriller that moves at an arrow's pace. Columbus called for his proficiency Silver Bear is a professional hitman.
The Silver Bear must now sever this last link with his dark past if he and Risina are to ever have hope at a new life. The magnetic Abe Mann has since become the Speaker of the House. There is a sub-strata of books about professional hit men. Another novel with the same main character is expected to be published sometim. They call him the Silver Bear. It's the name Vespucci gave him, ten years ago, when he discovered a dark, new world of fences, clients, marks, jobs, jack. Haas does a good job of keeping the story interesting, both in the here and now and with the main character's back story intermingled.
The writing turns a 2-star book into 3 stars. He's proved his merit often, usually with a Glock semiautomatic, but he's improvised too, with his bare hands, the heel of a shoe, knives, even a sewing machine. Given his childhood, it's hard to see how he could have turned out all right, but it's hard to be interested in somebody as far out on the sociopathic spectrum as Columbus. It will be interesting to see if Haas can bring a little more empathy to the character. He wants you to know him, maybe even admire him, but only for his excellence in his craft.
The plot development at the end was unexpected and masterful. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. I have a minor quibble with the ending, but one does have to suspend belief in this type of book, so perhaps that is my problem, not that of the book. Too rated-R for my taste. The process he goes through to accomplish this are amazingly thorough and detailed.
I can't wait to read the sequel. He is the consummate assassin, at the top of his form, immune to the psychological strains of his chosen profession. Even though Columbus was a killer, he's a really likable character. Memorable and able to be discerned easily from one another without sounding cliche, a plus for a book with so many characters to keep track of. There is no guarantee that The Silver Bear can be the next assassin franchise Lionsgate is likely looking for, but the combination of McMurray and Jordan immediately makes it a project to keep an eye on. This is the 1st in a series of 3 books. His personal life and his work cross paths, and Columbus follows his plan to discover why.
When Columbus finds himself drowning in a pool of secrets, he begins to question the path he has chosen in life. One of the other projects he , another book adaptation that centers around a highly skilled assassin named Columbus. Columbus is a professional killer. Columbus' story continues from there as he has to take on crime lords, prostitution rings, drug dealers, and much more. Derek Haas clearly writes as well as any of the others, maybe even better, but he has produced a protagonist who inspires shudders rather than respect. All the while, Haas stokes sympathy for his anti-hero.
Much like Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Columbus has no attachments and works violently and with no remorse -- unlike Lee Child's Jack Reacher, this book was interesting. Bravo for an author who doesn't need 500+ pages to tell a story like this! The writing was good so I would recommend this book to noir fans. But while Columbus is following his target around and piecing his own past together, the criminal life around him starts to unravel dangerously. The duo have gone on to reinvent the Rocky franchise through and most recently teamed up for , where Jordan's Erik Killmonger was a standout. Has a hard-bitten style, is convincing, intelligent, and overall a worthwhile read. The main character, Columbus, is really not very likeable and has no real redeeming features or values. Not that his real name meant much to him anyway.