A Different Lie

A Different Lie Now a new dad the infamous Silver Bear finds himself staying up late for feedings and changing diapers all while leading the double life of a contract killer The struggle is not with his conscience H

  • Title: A Different Lie
  • Author: Derek Haas
  • ISBN: 9781605988993
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Now a new dad, the infamous Silver Bear finds himself staying up late for feedings and changing diapers all while leading the double life of a contract killer The struggle is not with his conscience He enjoys his gig But a child forces him to weigh selfishness versus safety Continue his line of work, and he ll always wonder if he s putting his child s life at risk HisNow a new dad, the infamous Silver Bear finds himself staying up late for feedings and changing diapers all while leading the double life of a contract killer The struggle is not with his conscience He enjoys his gig But a child forces him to weigh selfishness versus safety Continue his line of work, and he ll always wonder if he s putting his child s life at risk His partner, Risina, serves as his fence Like Columbus, she s good at her job and likes doing it An unusual take on working motherhoodWhen the next assignment comes in, both Columbus and Risina are surprised to find that the mark is another assassin a brash, young killer named Castillo Castillo is an assassin on the rise Even Columbus is impressed by his tenacity and talent and as he closes in on his target, he realizes that Castillo is a younger version of himself It s almost like looking in a mirror Castillo has even studied Columbus s work But Columbus s assignment is clear kill the young man However, Castillo learns that his hero and unwitting mentor has a family a revelation with enormous ramifications.

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    1. Columbus is a contract killer and a new dad, taking contracts because he has to, but worrying about the danger he's putting his child in through his profession. His wife, Risina, is also in the business and works as a go between, bringing him contracts and information about the targets. When they get a hit for Castillo, another assassin, one whose youth and skill have begun to bring him infamy, they face a challenge in tracking him down. Things get tense when Castillo manages to locate informati [...]

    2. I picked this book up rather randomly in the library. I saw afterwards that it is #4 in a series called Silver Bear. But it was quite a good stand-alone. I would categorize it as a hybrid thriller/spy novel. The protagonist, code-named Columbus (and also the Silver Bear, I gather), is a new husband and father. He adores his family. But although he and his wife (who is also his "fence"), have employed various safeguards, he knows they are in a precarious position. When his next assignment as a co [...]

    3. GreatHaas has written three previous novels featuring the hitman Columbus. Like this one they are well written, cinematic, violent and suspenseful. And they are about two hundred pages each. In this era of the bloated thriller these compact novels are a welcome relief. But they're not good because they're short they're good because they are exciting and different. Read this one and the others. Haas will slowly become better known. Get in on the ground floor.

    4. Wow, this book is action-packed. Not my usual type of read but it was really really good. It's part of the series but it's definitely a stand-alone novel. I can't wait to read the rest of them. What fun!

    5. Apparently, this is No. 4 in a series about an assassin for hire. It's my first and the book reads just fine as a stand-alone.I liked that it's relatively short a quick read as to number of pages AND as to how the writer gets your attention and keeps you turning those pages!!The narrator style of writing works well for the author. A quote, right from the "get-go" sets the theme in A DIFFERENT LIE: "I've already lied to you, countless times. I will go on lying because that's what my life isI will [...]

    6. Derek Haas books are always a good read. I finished this one in 3 sittings, and would have just read it in one, had I not had other things to do in my life (lol). The Silver Bear books never disappoint! The writing style is really natural/conversational, and despite the intense situations, the interjection of humor keeps me on the pre-order list for all the Columbus books. In addition to the clever details and colorful characters, it's exciting, suspenseful, a bit gruesome in parts but that's ex [...]

    7. I can't say anything bad about this book. It is a concise, well written, suspenseful thriller that keeps you in its grip and punches you in the gut. It is clear that when the protagonist Columbus, a contracted killer, goes after another equally skilled contracted killer, he does not have his best day. I'm an art teacher and I would have told him that his plan was disjointed and complicated since he mans up with another killer who is clearly not his equal. But the writer skillfully weaves the sto [...]

    8. 4.5 starsI didn't realize that this was the fourth installment in a series-- but the story is so clear and well-told that it didn't matter. You can read this as a stand alone with almost no problem. Fast-paced adventure involving Columbus, a career assassin, who has been tasked with taking down Castillo, a younger and more deadlier foe. There's a lot at stake for Columbus, and he pays steep (and often unexpected) prices for his past. Violent and suspenseful, very well-written. I wonder why this [...]

    9. I didn't know that this was part of a series of a hit man turned father, but it didn't matter. Haas writes so beguilingly and sharply that you can't help but care for the assassin, even as he is beating a man bloody. I loved that his wife was his fence and they were in it together -- there was no bad man with a heart of gold or damsel in distress, only a man whose job happened to be hit man, a wife whose job happened to be fence, and a son who happened to have two kick ass parents. A fun, quick [...]

    10. Not my favorite of the Silver Bear thrillers, but another solid entry in the series nonetheless. Like all of Haas' books, it is fast-paced and full of action with plenty of unique locations and fight sequences (both gun and hand-to-hand) throughout. I like how Hass explores how having a family can weigh on the conscience of Columbus, but sometimes the reactions and decisions feel too impulsive and too far-fetched for someone of his experience. Overall though, that's just a slight damper on this [...]

    11. A hired killer with a wife, who serves as his "fence," and child. He now works for the government, the dark men as he calls those who direct him. His next contract, to his surprise, is another assasin, and it gets personal. Geez, it's hard to sum this up without giving away much. Good tension, good action, a conflict between family responsibilities and "job." A tense read.

    12. This story goes deep into the thoughts and feelings of the main character whose life is unlike anyone I would normally learn about. This is one of the few books I have ever read that has left me unsure of truth and fiction. Or maybe it has given me more awareness of both. A story of life, love and how quickly they are gone.

    13. A fast-paced and cinematic thriller, told in the first-person narrative of a contract killer protagonist, Columbus. Smartly written and to the point - the author is a TV procedural screenwriter, so the story flows well and is action packed. A quick and escapist read, recommended if you like espionage and action! 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

    14. Once again Mr. Haas has kept his character Columbus intriguing for his readers. I know it has been said many times before, but he truly has the gift to make us love such a character. I am a big fan and can't wait to read his next novel. Thank you Derek and all the best always.

    15. Riveting The author has a way to pull you in, and make you care about the protagonist, no matter how flawed he might be. This book is a prime example of that. It is therefore worth the read.

    16. Everything Derek Haas touches turns to gold. if you like books that travel faster than rocket sleds on rails, this is the book for you!

    17. Here is a character, a career people-killer, who pretends to have relationships with other people, but can not. Not so thrilling, not so interesting, not so different.

    18. Excellent; Continuing character: Columbus; now working for the dark men / government, Columbus's latest assignment is to find and kill a younger version of himself who is out for him as well

    19. Enjoyed this book, a VERY fast read. The author is one of the creators of the "Chicago Fire", "Chicago PD", "Chicago Med(?)" TV series.

    20. Named one of the best books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews. High rating. Haven't read the silver bear number 3 yet

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