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From Barnes & NobleJon Sable, Freelance was one of the most exciting and different comic books of the 1980s. It was originally published by First Comics, one of the first independent comic companies to break the Marvel and DC stranglehold on the marketplace. But the more important difference is that it broke with the traditional superhero fare, and instead presented a gritty, hard-edged, down to earth hero who is both sinister and fragile. The comic book became the forerunner of darker and more realistic portrayals of comic book heroes that dominates the market today.
Now, Jon Sable, Freelance is reborn is Sable, a full length novel that recounts Jon Sable's journey from Olympic pentathlete to African big game hunter and mercenary to hunter for hire in New York's urban jungle. The novel lives up to the promise of its original material and in many ways surpasses it. Sable is the kind of thriller that you don't see too much anymore; fast-paced and constantly moving forward like a shark, but with a strong hero who is both brutal and breakable. Yet the character's leprechaun stories and his "secret identity" give Jon Sable a warm and gentle side which very much connect him to his comic book roots. When so many of today's thriller writers give us ordinary people in extraordinary situations, Mike Grell's Sable has chosen to write a story about an extraordinary man: smart, skilled, daring, ruthless, violent and vulnerable. It's a powerful combination and it makes for a novel well worth the trip.