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eBook Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel ePub

by Robert B. Parker

  • ISBN: 0142415731
  • Category: Growing Up and Facts of Life
  • Subcategory: For Children
  • Author: Robert B. Parker
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (March 18, 2010)
  • Pages: 176
  • ePub book: 1633 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1767 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 590

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Spenser-his first name is never officially revealed-is a fictional character in a series of detective novels initially by the American mystery writer Robert B. Parker and later by Ace Atkins

Spenser-his first name is never officially revealed-is a fictional character in a series of detective novels initially by the American mystery writer Robert B. Parker and later by Ace Atkins. He is also featured in a television series (Spenser: For Hire) and a series of TV movies based on the novels. Spenser was born and grew up in Laramie, Wyoming and is a Boston private eye in the mold of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, a smart-mouthed tough guy with a heart of gold.

For almost forty years, Robert B. Parker's inimitable private investigator Spenser has been solving cases and selling millions of books worldwide. Chasing the Bear" is recommended for all Spenser fans, but especially for those who feel that a kind of sameness has crept into the main Spenser series over the years (not a huge criticism on my part, though I know others have communicated the feeling). That's because this Spenser tale tells a totally fresh, new type of story, but one that flows seemlessly into- and logically informs- Spenser's modern tales.

Chasing the Bear book. Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel. I was eagerly anticipating my reading of Chasing the Bear, for it was the only Spenser adventure written by Robert B. Parker that-probably because it was classified as a YA-I have not chosen to read before. Now-alas!-I have read it. I do not think it is a success.

Chasing the bear : a young Spenser novel, Robert B. Parker. p. cm. Summary: Spenser reflects back to when he was fourteen years old and how he. helped his best friend Jeannie when she was abducted by her abusive father. 1. Kidnapping-Fiction. 2. Child abuse-Fiction.

Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel is a 2009 novel by Robert B. Though set in present day, it is a prequel to Parker's venerable Spenser series of novels. Unlike the rest of the Spenser series, Chasing the Bear is a young adult novel and not strictly detective fiction. Spenser, while relaxing at a park with his love interest, Susan Silverman, reflects on some experiences in his life as a youth, before becoming a detective.

Robert B. Parker’s bestselling Spenser novels are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, for the first time, he gives us a glimpse into the formative years of his most iconic character

Robert B. Now, for the first time, he gives us a glimpse into the formative years of his most iconic character. Chasing the Bear is a suspenseful thriller sure to satisfy Parker’s growing legion of fans. Also by Robert B. See all books by Robert B. About Robert B. Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Police Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole–Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writer. ore about Robert B.

Items related to Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel. For almost forty years, Robert B. Parker Chasing the Bear: A Young Spenser Novel. ISBN 13: 9780142415733. Now, for the first time, see how it all began as the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master sheds light on Spenser's formative years spent with his father and two uncles out West. This is an event book for every fan of Spenser, and a revelation for teens about to discover an American icon. Parker's inimitable private investigator Spenser has been solving cases and selling millions of books . Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

New York : Philomel Books ; Penguin Group. Penguin Young Readers Group. Spenser reflects back to when he was fourteen-years-old and how he helped his best friend Jeannie when she was abducted by her abusive father. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

Comments

Ndyardin Ndyardin
I've read just about everything Robert Parker has written but I wasn't sure about this one. I needn't have worried, it's Parker in good form. While out for a day on the Boston Common Spenser's paramour, Susan Silverman, asks him about growing up and how he became who he became. We learn that he was raised by his father and uncles. A lot of their conversations with the young Spenser will remind you of Hitch and Cole from the Appaloosa series. Short and sweet remarks that carry a lot of weight. The chapters alternate between young Spenser and older Spenser & Susan. There are several adventures that let you know how Spenser became the man he is. If anything I would have wished for more stories but what's there will not disappoint.
Kulalbine Kulalbine
In the summer of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", thriller novel fans get an even bigger treat: "Robert B. Parker Origins: Spenser". Because, despite that it's actually called "Chasing the Bear", that's exactly what this engrossing, adventurous, and ultimately quite moving book amounts to: no less than the tale of how Mr. Parker's intrepid detective hero Spenser- star of more than 35 novels to date- came to be.

"Chasing the Bear" is recommended for all Spenser fans, but especially for those who feel that a kind of sameness has crept into the main Spenser series over the years (not a huge criticism on my part, though I know others have communicated the feeling). That's because this Spenser tale tells a totally fresh, new type of story, but one that flows seemlessly into- and logically informs- Spenser's modern tales.

And, though some here on Amazon didn't like the following aspect of the book, I enjoyed the fact that every second or third chapter is set in the modern day, as Spenser and longtime love Susan Silverman sit in Boston's Public Garden during a lazy afternoon, mulling over the details of Spenser's youth as he relates them in the other chapters (I also liked the way Mr. Parker smoothly switches to a child's point of view in those chapters). Seeing a generous amount of the present-day Spenser and Susan helped the book feel closer to the regular series, and not a totally separate thing.

Finally, the book is surprisngly mature for an offical "young adult" title. Aside from the absense of profanity, I doubt maybe readers will notice any difference- aside from the type of plot being unfolded- from the way Mr. Parker usually tells his stories. There is no talking down or over-explaining things to the youth audience the book is primarily targeting.

Anyway, as you can probably tell, "Chasing the Bear" was a big winner for me, and I think most Spenser fans will find it to be so, too. It's also a good place to start if you've never read a Spenser adventure but have been meaning to. After reading this engaging origin tale, you can move right into the first "regular" Spenser novel, "The Godwulf Manuscript".
Aver Aver
It's so funny it's almost sad. When I heard about the concept of this upcoming book about the mysterious youth that led to the man our "pal" Spenser is today... I was really excited for two reasons. The first is that I couldn't wait to learn about Spenser's Father and two uncles that were teasingly mentioned periodically in the Spenser books. The second... and most tantalizing of all anticipations... was the fact that assuredly... the story couldn't possibly include the boring and predictable Susan character... now could it? Well I was sure fooled/mislead on that front. Instead of just starting with his childhood in a normally accepted prequel format... the author instead starts out in the current time with Spenser sitting on a bench in the Boston Public Garden... with... guess who? None other than the girl of Spenser's dreams... yes... the one who nibbles lettuce like a rabbit... is the most beautiful woman the good Lord ever created... the boring overused character Susan. Now even though this is a book for young adults... hence the large print... the author still feels obligated to include a couple of childish sexual innuendos between these "middle-aged-romantics". In addition to their normal boorish sexual braggadocio... it also seems to be necessary to alert the reader many... many... many... times... that Susan has graduated from Harvard. (NOTE: It took all of three sentences to get Susan in the book.)

Now putting Susan aside... which I surely wished the author had done completely... the rest of the story is a very enjoyable coming of age book that will satisfy new young adult Spenser readers... and pleasantly and cleverly fill in missing pieces of the finished product of Spenser the adult... for longtime adult Spenser fans. Spenser's saga is unraveled in the guise of Spenser talking to Susan at the park... with flashbacks to his childhood. As his past picks up steam... momentum is dashed periodically... so we can flash forward to the present... so the scholarly Harvard PhD Susan can interject some "PSYCHO-BABBLE". The reader gets to know Spenser's Father Sam and his two uncles Cash and Patrick who are Spenser's Mother's brothers. Spenser's Mother died right before Spenser was delivered by cesarean section. All four men (Spenser at fourteen is treated like a man.) live together and the secret formula that created our future "Detecting" hero is unveiled for the world to see. Each man takes turns cooking... Spenser gets boxing lessons every night... along with reading, fishing, hunting and carpentering. Young Spenser shows bravery... learns about unrequited love and sex... and fights racial prejudice. The three "other" men in the Spenser household are a combination of "wise-men" and "Confucius" seamlessly rolled into one with life lessons at every turn. Such as when a bully makes disparaging remarks about Spenser's girl friend: "I LOOKED AT HIM SILENTLY, THE WAY I'D SEEN MY FATHER DO WHEN PEOPLE ANNOYED HIM. NO SENSE SHOUTING BACK AND FORTH, MY FATHER USED TO SAY. IF IT'S NOT WORTH FIGHTING ABOUT, THEN IT'S NOT WORTH A LOT OF MOUTH. IF IT IS WORTH FIGHTING OVER, THEN YOU MAY AS WELL GET STRAIGHT TO IT."

Sans Susan... this is an enjoyable "very" short story. It literally took about two hours to read... so if you're going on a long trip you should buy more than one book.