The Punisher: A Novel

The Punisher: A Novel

by D.A. Stern

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ISBN-13: 9780307417336
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 691,211
File size: 571 KB

About the Author

D.A. STERN is the author of several previous works of fiction and nonfiction, including Dark Angel: The Eyes Only Dossier, Black Dawn, Your Secrets Are My Business (with Kevin McKeown), and Enterprise: What Price Honor. He lives in western Massachusetts with his family and two very pointy dogs

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I will not scream, Micky Duka told himself.

I will not beg, nor will I cry. I will reason with Castle, I will talk to him mano a mano, I will tell him what I know, which is not much, and I will subtly work in references to our previous association, the hash in Amsterdam, the young ladies in St. Pete (though he frowned at that, not being able to remember just that second if Otto–no Castle–had stuck around to enjoy those young ladies or not), the Fourth of July picnic on that yacht Loopy rented–and he will acknowledge my honest efforts to help him, and he will cut me down, and we will say good-bye.

Except the second Castle spoke, the second Micky heard that I-don’t-give-a-fuck tone in the man’s voice, he got a bad feeling in his stomach. An I-think-I’m-gonna-be-sick, oh-God-I-don’t-want-to-die kind of feeling.
“Stay away from me, Otto–Castle–whoever you are! I’ve got friends, you know!”

“Oh, I know.” Castle’s chair rolled even closer, then stopped. Metal hinges creaked, and Micky saw Castle was reaching inside something–a cabinet of some kind. For a brief second, light from within illuminated his face. Duka caught a glimpse of a long, nasty scar along one side of the man’s face before the cabinet shut and the darkness swallowed Castle again.

“That’s why you’re here. Let’s talk about your friends, Micky.”

“Make your own friends, buddy! You’re nuts, okay? Kidnapping me like this–I mean, that’s against the law, you know. Aren’t you the law?”

Castle ignored his question.

“Sorry you feel that way about me, Mick,” Castle said in that same creepy monotone. “But let’s talk about it, why don’t we?”

Castle’s chair rolled into the circle of light surrounding Micky then, and Duka saw the scar again.

It was really more of a burn, running all down one side of his face. The skin looked red, raw, and painful–he couldn’t imagine how it had looked, or felt, back when he’d first gotten it.

Then there was the hair–Frank Castle black, not the Otto Krieg brown. It was thinner, too, just like the man himself. Castle had lost a lot of weight–too much, Micky thought. He didn’t look healthy. Just skin and bones. And the look in his eyes . . .

“Come on, man. Just leave me alone, okay?”

His voice, Duka was ashamed to realize, was shaking.

Castle rose slowly from his chair, ignoring Micky again, and moved closer. He was holding something in his hands; Duka tried to twist his body so he could see what it was, but failed.

“Question.” Castle leaned into his face. “Who gave
me up?”

“I don’t know, I swear.”

Castle grabbed him by the hair and yanked.


“You don’t help me,” Castle said. “And I’ll kill you now.”

The man yanked even harder–tears came to Micky’s eyes as Castle pulled his head up higher, till the two of them were literally face-to-face.

“Who gave me up?”

“I swear,” Micky said. “On the Bible, on my father’s grave, I don’t know. The Saints tell me nothing.”

“Nothing.” Castle shook his head. “They pay your rent, your legal bills . . . you should know something.”

He let Micky go then. Duka swung like a pendulum for a second, then came to rest.

Then he saw what Castle had been holding in his hand.

An acetylene torch.

“Frank,” he said. “Otto. Remember when we were out on the boat? Didn’t we have a good time then? Buddy? So why the torch? What’s the torch for, hey?”

“What’s the torch for?” Castle turned a valve–with a little pop, the flame lit. “I said I was going to kill you–
remember? Though that doesn’t mean you’re going to die right away.”

Duka let out a little squeak. “You’re not serious.”

Castle held the torch out in front of him and adjusted the flame.

“Two thousand degrees. Hot enough to turn steel into butter. It won’t hurt at first, Mick. It’s too hot.”

Micky’s eyes darted this way and that. He had to get the fuck out of here, get away from this lunatic before–

“See, the flame sears the nerve endings shut. It kills them. You go into shock, and all you feel is . . . cold. Not what you would expect, right? Isn’t science fun, Micky?” He shook his head and shrugged, as if he had a hard time believing it himself, the hot/cold thing. “Isn’t science fun?”

“Yeah. Okay. Science is fun. You know what else is fun, Otto? Good friends, you know, good times–remember when I gave you the last hit off Reggie’s spliff, in Amsterdam? And I bought you–”

“You’ll smell burning meat, Micky and then . . . then, it’ll hurt.”

“I swear,” Duka said. “I’m telling the truth. I don’t know anything. Please, for God’s sake–”

“Ah.” Castle held up a hand and shook his head.


He didn’t want to hear about God. Candelaria had talked about God, too, when Castle was leaving for the
mainland. What was it he’d said then?

Right. Vaya con Dios. Go with God.

Castle told Duka now what he’d told Candelaria then.

“Sorry, Mick,” he said. “God is gonna sit this one out.”

He brought the thing in his hand forward then, and touched it–ever so lightly–to Duka’s back.
Micky screamed like a woman giving birth.

From the Paperback edition.

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Punisher 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
GiovanniG More than 1 year ago
When I saw this available, I just had to get it. I am a big fan of the series and had been collecting as many of the title since he came on the scene. I was intrigued that the graphic novel was tied into the movie and was interested to see if it came close to it. I read it quickly and I would say that it exceeded the movie in my estimation. The graphic novel is well designed, being broken up into three different parts. Part one has the movie, part two is an old comic book, and part three is the newer version of The Punisher. The first segment of the graphic novel is the movie adaptation. I have seen the movie, was not wowed by it. It had its flaws. The spirit of the origin story though came through on the written page much better and the artwork complimented it so much; I felt it was much better done. The emotion, the pain he was suffering was tangible. The story was shorter to read, not having as much detail in some regards as the movie, but it works none the less. Part two is Amazing Spider-man #129 The Punisher's historic first appearance. The art work took me back to yesteryear and made me chuckle. The innocence of it, the softer lines, and the colors used. The storyline was the usual one they used with everyone thinking that Spiderman was a bad guy, The Punisher just the same, all so misunderstood. It was nice to revisit the old days. Part three is Punisher number one, I quote from the afterward of the graphic novel: "With his mind once more focused and his goals again clear, the Punisher went back to basics, returning to what he does best: killing criminals. No more high-tech weaponry, tricked-out Battle Vans, assistants to partners. Just the Punisher and his gun against the criminal scum plaguing the city streets. His philosophy has been summed up by Castle himself: He has not dedicated his life to a war on crime to protect the innocent, but because he hates criminals and wants them dead- every single one of them." What is your favorite Punisher comic book? Which movie do you enjoy more? What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook and Shelfari. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Book Blogs, and the Gelati's Scoop Facebook Fan Page; also look for our posts on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and the Bucks County Library System. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati's Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; we will see you tomorrow. Have a great day.
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: Frank Castle is ready 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 the agent's family. And 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. . BOTTOM-LINE: Punishment for the reader . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is awsome i read this about 3 months ago and now i am reading it i also saw the movie and i wish they made a war zone book just like the movie
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. The action and the storyline was the best highlights. the part with the russian was probbaly my favorite the action in there was non-stop and the part after it was gruesome. The end was just right when he revealed all those things hed been doing throughout the story. So as you can see i enjoyed this book verymuch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is done much better than the film. It gives a load of more insight to the dark world of The Punisher and is given a much more realistic feeling in writing as compared to the movie were every shot is flashy and stylized. And a little note is that read it after you see the movie because it will kill the effect for you and it will also fill in the blanks that the movie left for the audience. So all in all a pretty great action/adventure/thriller novel that really does keep you reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome in action and everything else. One problem action does'nt start til page 130.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book adds more insight into the story. It allows you to see the thoughts of the characters. It also has a second plot line that the movie did not go into. I read it first, but it gives away the story line. I thought it was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that D.A. Stern did an AMAZING job with this book. The Punisher is one of my favorite superheros and it's storyline is great too. It will also be a great movie. I STRONGLY reccommend this book!! :o)~
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a awesome book and it will be an awesome movie and it has one of the best superhero storylines ever!!! I recommend you get it now!!!