The Return

The Return From the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows the story of one man s fearless quest for revenge among some of the world s most dangerous criminalsLauded as his favorite

  • Title: The Return
  • Author: Michael Gruber
  • ISBN: 9780805091298
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows, the story of one man s fearless quest for revenge among some of the world s most dangerous criminalsLauded as his 1 favorite book of the year, Stephen King advised President Obama, in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, to pick up Michael Gruber s previous book, The Good Son With an unforgettable hFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows, the story of one man s fearless quest for revenge among some of the world s most dangerous criminalsLauded as his 1 favorite book of the year, Stephen King advised President Obama, in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, to pick up Michael Gruber s previous book, The Good Son With an unforgettable hero, The Return is as exciting and provocative as Gruber s best work.The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if they ever met him Even his wife, long dead, didn t know the real man behind the calm, cultured mask he presents to the world Only an old army buddy from Vietnam, Patrick Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of Then a shattering piece of news awakens Marder s buried desire for vengeance, and with nothing left to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions, years earlier, changed his life Uninvited, Skelly shows up and together the two of them raise the stakes far beyond anything Marder could have envisioned.As Marder and Skelly head toward an apocalypse of their own making, Marder learns that good motives and sense of justice can t always protect the people a man loves A range of fearsomely real characters, from a brutally violent crime lord to a daringly courageous young woman, a roller coaster of twists and turns, and a shattering exploration of what constitutes morality in the face of evil, Michael Gruber has once proven that he is a gifted and natural storyteller Chicago Tribune and shows why he has been called the Stephen King of crime writing The Denver Post cmillan thereturn 2 M

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    1. Michael Gruber

      Michael Gruber is an author living in Seattle, Washington He attended Columbia University and received his Ph.D in biology from the University of Miami He worked as a cook, a marine biologist, a speech writer, a policy advisor for the Jimmy Carter White House, and a bureaucrat for the EPA before becoming a novelist.He is generally acknowledged to be the ghostwriter of the popular Robert K Tanenbaum series of Butch Karp novels starting with No Lesser Plea and ending with Resolved After the partnership with Tanenbaum ended, Gruber began publishing his own novels under William Morrow and HarperCollins.Gruber s Jimmy Paz trilogy, while critically acclaimed, did not sell at the same levels as the Butch Karp series in the United States The Book of Air and Shadows became a national bestseller shortly after its release in March of 2007, however.Series Jimmy Paz

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    1. Book ReviewMichael Gruber is not well known in general reading circles. His fan base is small as compared to other well known writers but it is a fiercely loyal group. I am one of his readers. When I open a book written by Gruber I am confident that the star rating I will give it will be within the 4 or 5 star rating range: in other words, Michael Gruber is very consistent in the quality of books he writes. This does not mean that Gruber writes the same book twice, at least not since abandoning [...]


    2. Richard Marder, his daughter and oldest friend Patrick Skelly, are those rare characters in fiction that are so totally compelling and unforgettable, they grab you by the heart and soul. The lives of these wonderfully complex characters intersect over 40 years from the Viet Nam war to Manhattan to Michoacon, Mexico in a story so powerfully original, it makes the whole exercise of reading fiction so incredibly rewarding. The initial premise of the book is mild mannered NY book editor Richard Mard [...]


    3. Anyone who's read Michael Gruber's previous books: Tropic Of Night, Valley Of Bones, Night of the Jaguar, The Book Of Air & Shadows, The Forgery of Venus, or The Good Son, knows by now that he writes extremely realistic police procedurals, or historical novels, or action thrillers that are some of the least cliched of the present day. They all are set in believable worlds. They all have complex, adult, nuanced, interesting characters, who are not the usual thing. Strangely, they all slso hav [...]


    4. A very successful NYC book editor, Richard Marder, is dying of cancer and wants to put right a wrong that occurred decades ago when his in-laws were killed by a Mexican drug lord. And so he returns to the small Mexican coastal town where the crime occurred and starts down a path to revenge or justice.The story morphs into a modern day MAGNIFICENT SEVEN or SEVEN SAMURAI story, with the defense of a hacienda, which stands in for the village of those movies. Gruber knows the film background of all [...]


    5. One of the greatest thrillers I've read in many years.True to a Gruber novel, The Return weaves higher concepts into the fabric of the thriller genre. In past novels, he's tackled racism, the lines between the physical and metaphysical and the frailty of perception, faith and rebirth, greed and ecology. In this one, it's the delicate balance of revenge and justice, it asks questions about when it's right to use violence and when it isn't. His novels always leave you thinking for weeks or months [...]


    6. Graham Greene famously divided his books into "entertainments," (the thrillers) and "novels," (the more serious literary works that dealt with love, death, honor, God, sainthood, and faith.) If he had combined the two and lived until 2013, he might have produced something like this book. The set-up and plot are, frankly, so contrived as to be silly; but it's a tribute to Gruber's ability that you only realize that when you've put the book down. He can write with absolutely convincing authority a [...]


    7. Disappointed. I'm a big Gruber fan and have read most of the novels under his name. We literary writers and readers often talk about to whom you can turn when you want a good escape read that is well, GOOD. And I always say, Gruber, Gruber, Gruber. So I couldn't wait for this one, especially as I've been to Michoacan, and my son spent several months there during his gap year, though in the highlands, freaking me out with phone calls home like "Oh, hey mom, I hitchhiked down to such and such, and [...]


    8. I received an ARC of this book to review through the Firstreads program. I was a bit nervous when I received this in the mail. True, something made me sign up for the giveaway - but it looked more violent and adventuresome than I typically like. The cover is absolutely gorgeous but is covered with weapons and ammunition in the shape of a skull. Well, on page 1 I came across this quote I was inspired to write down: "You're dying and I'm not and as much as I care for you I can't treat you like a [...]


    9. Spurred by some bad medical news, a man returns to Mexico to right an old wrong. The novel is dense with non-patronizing details about life in Michoacan under the threat of warring drug lords. There's also some accurate (as far as I can tell) flashbacks to the Vietnam War, as the protagonist and his old buddy prepare the villagers for attacks. As a thriller, this is very well-written, although I did guess one of the surprises at the end, the second one caught me, well, by surprise. All of Michae [...]


    10. If you have never read Michael Gruber then "The Return" will have you hooked. I was already a fan, and thought "The Book of Air and Shadows", and "The Good Son", couldn't be outdone. but, "The Return" had me hooked from the first page.Richard Marder touches your heat from page one. His wife, the love of his life, gave up her family and her country to be with the man she loved. She has died 3 years earlier, never having reconciled with her family in Mexico. When he is told by his doctor that he h [...]


    11. Received an advanced review copy of this book for free through First Reads, well before the release date (September 3, 2013).I had heard of the author before (having considered The Book of Air and Shadows quite some time ago), but had not read any of his previous releases. I am of two (or more) minds regarding The Return by Michael Gruber. It is well-written, nice grammar, decent vocabulary, but the main character at times comes across as an anti-hero despite having the best of intentions of re [...]


    12. My first novel by Michael Gruber, it will not be the last.A great fun read and I had a hard time putting this one down.Mr. Gruber filled his characters with life, and I was actually ticked-off at one point in the story reading a plot twist that took one key character in a direction I was unhappy with, and didn't see coming. Mr. Gruber tied it all together in a surprising and satisfying climax.Not much of a reviewer, maybe the best thing I can say isI purchased two more copies to give to friends. [...]


    13. The Return by Michael Gruber was a fantastic Read! I have to say that action packed novels aren't my normal genre (although I'm not really quite sure what to place my go-to genre to be) but this read was wonderful. I loved the way the flashbacks were woven into the story and how surprises seemed to lurk around every page turn. When it comes out early this fall, RUN don't walk to your nearest book store. I was drawn into the story after the first page.


    14. Unusually refreshing and invigorating book. It's sad and funny at the same time. Very nicely written too. I liked very much this author's literary style. This novel is also inspirational and thought provoking. I will definitely read more Michael Gruber books in the future. Thanks a lot once more for the recommendation, Ed! The book wasn't at all dark or gloomy.


    15. Perhaps I've just gotten to old for White male revenge fantasies at the expense of Brown people. A Vietnam vet finds that his Mexican wife has gone increasingly batty and finally kills herself because Narco-terrorists have killed her parents vengeance must be meted out. I suppose because the vet is sympathetic to the lowly camposinos he can the himself indulge in racist and sexist behaviors without consequencee women cook and clean the men for some unknown reason all swear fidelity to the White [...]


    16. There are preconceptions associated with what makes a thriller. If you took two minutes time to scribble out some of those ideas and conventions, what would populate your list? Short punchy chapters—certainly, it is a physical representation and motivation for you to keep turning pages. A protagonist who has his burdened backstory spooned out in quippy expositional asides by supporting characters—or by an interior monologue. There are supporting characters that serve plot and not much else. [...]



    17. Michael Gruber provides a novel which was enjoyable to read. Marder desires to do something special with his remaining days after the doctor’s diagnosis and his old pal Skelly tags along. Memories from the past are sprinkled throughout the book which contributes to the adventure. Will this be a dream retirement or will revenge become Marders intent. Who is Skelly anyway and why would you not tell your daughter, Statch, you are heading to Mexico for retirement? All will be answered as the story [...]


    18. Interesting book, with some action, a well constructed plot that is unfolding nice, with interesting characters, dialogues, all placed in a somewhat exotic place in Mexico.The author is indirectly promoting the Mexican culture and traditions, revealing and the good and the bad that can be encountered once one may dive deeper into it.It is a relatively entertaining book, but the action pace is kind of slow - at least to my liking - so in my case I had to be patient and to kind of wait for somethi [...]


    19. This book was terrible. His pacing is awful, firstly, and the book just drags on and on about nothing. If describing in intricate, excruciating detail all the aspects of a character's daily life is supposed to make me connect with them, at the very least make the characters interesting. It felt like I was reading a book where every protagonist was a Mary-Sue. On top of that, Gruber spent so much time setting things up and then went absolutely nowhere with them. The novel is full of cliches and o [...]


    20. This book was OK. Not any better or worse than others of this genre. The character development was average at best. It was obvious that Marder had some issues, but were never really pulled out, at least not until the end of the book. While the plot was interesting, it was far from believable. I put this in my category of palate cleanser. Something to be read mindlessly and purely when I don't feel like thinking about what I'm reading. Would I read another book by this author? Probably, but again [...]


    21. What a superb book! What depth! What a plot! What characters! What an ending! Gruber simply has no equal among current writers. Set mostly in Mexico, with a lot of flashbacks to Vietnam and a few scenes in New York and Boston, this marvelous novel is completely believable even while it reaches far outside ordinary life. Unforgettable!


    22. Interesting premise. Excellent characters. Wonderful acquaintance with Mexico. Poor pacing. Badly edited. Would have profited from a sharp editing knife.


    23. Among the things researched for this outing was Mexico, past and present. Certainly, the food mentioned will have those in the know rubbing their tummies and yearning for some of the good Mexican food.The politics, corruption, violence, and folly (and hypocrisy) of the Norte involvement in Mexico's drug culture is all too accurate and as depressing as the reality. Our despicable, two-faced policies and money-grubbing ways are called out for what they are while forming the milieu for the Mexican [...]


    24. From start to finish, ‘The Return’ is an interesting and engaging story. The characters are dynamic and Skelly adds an air of mystery. While not a true thriller with tons of action, the story moved at a good clip and with so much going on it kept you guessing as to what would happen next keeping it suspenseful. The writing was great and really made you feel as part of the story, but could have been a little better with the addition of some more robust descriptions of the scenery to help the [...]


    25. Mr. Gruber certainly does his research! This was a complete panoply of weaponry, from grenades to AK47's to anything imaginable from the Vietnam War era and the Mexican drug Familia and cartels. This is not usually my genre, but I'd read a couple others and the author snatches you up with great characterization, action and settings, as well as asking some very heavy, even existential questions. The true nature of friendship, what we owe to family, how we confront death, religion, on and on. Leav [...]


    26. "The Return" is a ripping yarn from a new-to-me author. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of his stuff. The book is about a man named Marder, who learns he has a brain tumor that will soon kill him. This knowledge launches him on an adventure where we learn about his past, his friends, his family, and his complex relationship with Mexico.The story is compelling, with surprises and twists, and the characters are complex and interesting.





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