The Punisher by D.A. Stern (2004) – BR00040 (2004) – 🐸⚪⚪⚪⚪
Plot or Premise
Frank Castle is ready to move to London. He’s worked undercover for years for the DEA, now he’s ready to take a desk job and spend time with his family. But his last case goes a bit sour and an unknown newbie to crime gets killed along with Castle. But then the newbie turns out to be the son of a big-time gangster who wants revenge on the agent responsible for his dead son. And on the agent’s family. And on anyone who ever loved the agent. So, he exacts revenge but fails to kill the agent. Now the agent, Castle, wants revenge from beyond the grave.
What I Liked
I liked the premise, and as this is a novelization based on the film, a lot of the description is very visual. The pace moves along well and there is little time to worry about not enough stuff happening.
What I Didn’t Like
Neither the writing nor the story is first-rate. It moves along, from cliché to cliché, and there are lots of reasons en route to just stop reading. I didn’t and I kind of regret that as I don’t think this is a series I’ll follow. Love the character of Castle, hate this version.
The Bottom Line
Punishment for the reader.