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A Catskill Eagle [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert B. Parker
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June 1 1986 Spenser
Spenser's girlfriend Susan runs away with another man, Jerry Costigan, the son of a very rich and dangerous criminal. Spenser and his friend Hawk go in search of Susan, but are soon caught up in the world of the CIA, guns and murder. "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations and original titles that introduce students at all levels to the pleasures of reading in English. Originally designed for teaching English as a foreign language, the series' combination of high interest level and low reading age makes it suitable for both English-speaking teenagers with limited reading skills and students of English as a second language. Many titles in the series also provide access to the pre-20th century literature strands of the National Curriculum English Orders. "Penguin Readers" are graded at seven levels of difficulty, from "Easystarts" with a 200-word vocabulary, to Level 6 (Advanced) with a 3000-word vocabulary. In addition, titles fall into one of three sub-categories: "Contemporary", "Classics" or "Originals". At the end of each book there is a section of enjoyable exercises focusing on vocabulary building, comprehension, discussion and writing. Some titles in the series are available with an accompanying audio cassette, or in a book and cassette pack. Additionally, selected titles have free accompanying "Penguin Readers Factsheets" which provide stimulating exercise material for students, as well as suggestions for teachers on how to exploit the Readers in class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Rachel Wallace and Hawk, feminist and leg-breaker, connect for some exquisite, touching banter. Though that's not the main theme, it's one of my favorite feathers in the nest of A CATSKILL EAGLE, # 12 in the Spenser series.

CATSKILL's plot and delivery changed style considerably from previous novels in the Spenser series, giving the appearance that the classic detective novel's solitary-private-eye may have walked off lonely street. Here he sang heated duets of a different kind of wounded blues (slowly being healed). Spenser and Hawk were a team throughout this plot. They committed and sacrificed nearly everything, to rescue Susan, both body and soul. Paradoxical hints were given that she couldn't, yet might rescue herself, which brought up the issue again of Robert Frost's "need and love being one." The full quote from Frost's poetry was used in MORTAL STAKES, # 3 Spenser, and repeated here within a fascinating, key exchange between Spenser and Susan's psychiatrist.

We had the FBI and CIA entering into this plot, requiring their piece of the purge-of-society-pie, in return for rescuing Hawk and Spenser from legal consequences of ethically chaotic acts collecting the highest of criminal charges, in the name of saving Susan.

The GYRE was still churning. The storm swirled stronger, hotter, and faster. Of course, due to all the above, this novel pushed a more rapid, forceful read than previous Spenser offerings. What a contrast this was to the pilot, THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT, both great novels, and as age-stretching different as the 70's were from the 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parker's best--a crowning achievement April 27 2002
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This is Robert B. Parker's best Spenser novel and best novel to date. Besides updating the hardboiled/film-noir/detective novel genre for the new age, it has always been clear to me that Parker, an English Professor who has taught at Tufts and Harvard, is also exploring the concepts of the Hero and the Heroic in our decidely un-heroic, if not anti-heroic, age. He does so masterfully here.
The book soars on many levels. Lovers of literature will not be disappointed with many obscure allusions--not the least of which being the title of the book. Action fans will find plenty of violence. Lovers of pithy prose and repartee will also not be disappointed.
Parker accomplishes the almost impossible: an exciting novel that manages to be literature at the same time. No mean feat, but he's been doing in for 30 years. If some of the later novels fall somewhat flat, e.g. Small Vices, Hush Money, Pale Kings and Princes, this book repays endless rereadings. And, since discovering it in 1987, I've read it at least a dozen times. It repays each new reading. Truly a book for a life time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Catskill Screenplay? May 2 2000
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I'm in the process of reading all of the Spenser novels, and so far this is the most unusual. Unlike other Parker novels, which feature somewhat realistic settings and situations, Catskill is wildly unbelievable -- more like a Bond movie than anything else. Spenser and Hawk actually start a small war in weapons installation!
A welcome change in this book is the fairly limited appearance of the hateful Susan Silverman; whose actions in this book make you wonder why Spenser doesn't end their relationship -permenantly.
Generally speaking, Parker's greatest weakness as an author is his writing of women. Both Rachael Wallace and Silverman's dialogue is more like Mr. Spock than any female I've ever met. Fortunately we are spared the inevitable three page chapters in which Susan expounds on Spenser's motivations or some other character's. But Parker knows this isn't his strength, because I've been skipping those chapters lately, and it doesn't hurt the story at all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Spensers March 11 2000
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Having read all of Parker's Spenser novels -- and all but the first are very good or better -- this one is the best. It integrates all the familiar Spenser characters from earlier novels, even Rachel Wallace, sheds further light on the relationship with Hawk, and, most especially, on that with Susan Silverman, which is the subject of the esoteric title. It shows Spencer sensitive and suffering over the woman he loves, seems satisfying psychologically to me, although I'm not sure Susan would act quite as she did. But that's a quibble. This is Parker at his best, Spenser at his height, and a good, rip-roaring, cross-country adventure story to boot. I like God Save the Child and Mortal Stakes and Early Autumn and Small Vices very much. But if I had to take one Spenser book with me on a long, boring journey, this would be it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the end for Spenser... Feb. 5 1999
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Bad, bad, bad. Spenser goes pretentious and boring. After an interesting beginning, things (and the length of the book) spin out of control, as Spenser finds Susan again and makes up. Ever since, they've been gag-reflex inducing lovebirds... Still, the worst part of this book is the finale. Spenser becomes Bond, invades an underground base (all the while soul-searching himself endlessly), wraps things up before you know it and very unspectacularly, and goes out again. Pointless and ridiculous - and totally at odds with the attempts at greater profundity. Things were never the same after this... unfortunately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spenser and Hawk at their best
This was just great. A longtime fave. Very action packed and a different feel than usual. If you want to see Spenser mad Hawk at their most brutal this is where it happens.
Published 10 months ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars My Rev. of "A Catskill Eagle"
This path in the Spenser series was silly. I really like the character and the books, but Susan was changed into a foolish idiot who is selfish and not at all like she was. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2012 by DDC
3.0 out of 5 stars Waiting
I was happy with my order, everything was fine. I am however still waiting for a much earlier order please advise ship daye thanks
Published on Nov. 24 2011 by Lynne M. Lasko
1.0 out of 5 stars Please go away Susan
I've only read a few Spenser novels and until now I've enjoyed them. Spenser's love for Susan is painful...painful for the readers, that is. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2011 by subrosa
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate "What if..." novel.
The ultimate "What if..." novel of the post-War era, FAIL-SAFE still holds up remarkably [and tragically] well in the post-9/11 era. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
5.0 out of 5 stars Soars Higher than Most
I just finished Robert B. Parker's "A Catskill Eagle" for the fifth time in as many years. Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by Patrick Burnett
4.0 out of 5 stars Making a Convincing Case for Nuclear Disarmament
A fictionalized, but chillingly realistic depiction of the men and machines who nearly brought the world to extinction during the height of the Cold War. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Dave Deubler
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking Flashback
A routine procedure is activated when an unknown plane is spotted on radar; luckily is quickly identified as non-hostile. Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by Name
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning ending
In this day and age we have more to fear from a biological holocaust than nuclear destruction (though it is still there), but Fail-Safe helps to bring back the terror of the Cold... Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by adead_poet@hotmail.com
2.0 out of 5 stars Spenser faces the Battle for Susan
I had trouble getting into this story, mainly because the characters didn't behave as I am accustomed with so many other Spenser novels. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by Paul Skinner
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