- Series: Silas Cade
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (July 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780670025794
- ISBN-13: 978-0670025794
- ASIN: 0670025798
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,339,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Silas Cade (Clawback, 2012) is an off-the-books auditor who uses his military-interrogation (and weapons) training to scour his clients’ ranks for corruption. His latest contract takes him to the Rust Belt, where he’s been hired to identify the employee embezzling millions from Clay Micro. Cade starts at the top, but, in an unexpected turn, he finds that the company is infested with corruption, a different scam at every management layer. He’s feeling good about uncovering the embezzling schemes and embarks on his secondary mission: to make contact with the Silas look-alike alleging to be his long-lost brother. But a rampaging gang of Russian gangsters and a relentless female operative named Harmony are racing to see who can get to Silas first, challenging the would-be brothers to become either immediate allies, enemies, or collateral damage. Corporate ethics, ecological controversy, and public-relations smokescreens are a topically relevant mix rolled out at tire-squealing speed— think V. I. Warshawski with Semtex and rocket launchers. Silas Cade’s self-deprecating commentary and occasional foul-ups add to the fun, magically rendering the gun-wielding CPA relatable to armchair operatives. --Christine Tran
Praise for CLAWBACK:
"This reads like a made-for-TV movie with a pleasing mix of action, sleuthing, clever tricks, a slow-developing romance, and far-out chase scenes. A great start for what one hopes is a series character, this will appeal to anyone who likes a fast-moving thriller leavened by wit.”
— Library Journal
"Cooper, 'a former financial executive,' vividly renders a gossip-fueled world where self-important one-percenters begin to carry guns to protect themselves from murderous “peasants,” anarchists, and jihadists. Clawback has intriguing characters, knowing insights into the Wall Street demimonde, a blistering pace, lots of action, and some over-the-top derring-do that may attract Hollywood."
— Booklist (starred review)
“By mid-tale, Cade’s gone hand-to-hand more than once, dodged a shoot-out and arm-wrestled a helicopter before jumping into the Hudson River to save himself. Cooper’s characters will probably populate sequels… There’s much snappy, half-cynical repartee reminiscent of 1930s Hollywood cinema, including snarks about the necessity of gun control, and a firefight aboard a mega-yacht followed by a jet ski-Zodiac water pursuit. Cooper sets the action in New York City, a locale he has down pat, from neighborhood diners to the only place it’s legal to live on your boat. Arm a Hollywood hero with a Beretta and disposable cell, point him at a Gordon Gekko–type, and this book’s big screen ready.”
"Engaging ... Cooper clearly knows the investment world.”
— Publishers Weekly
"Mike Cooper’s Clawback is fantastic. If Tom Wolfe could channel Robert Ludlum, he would have written this novel. Think Bonfire of the Vanities meets The Bourne Identity and then kick it way, way up. Action, suspense, and tons of insider information. This is my kind of thriller and I can't wait for the next one. If you like Nelson DeMille, you will love Mike Cooper."
— Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Full Black
“Clawback is a great guilty pleasure. It has vivid but convincing action, a sympathetic protagonist with a specialty we haven't seen before, and plentiful antagonists we all have reason to despise. Buy it.”
— Thomas Perry, Edgar Award-winning and bestselling author of The Butcher’s Boy
"Sharp, invigorating and remarkably assured, Mike Cooper's financial thriller Clawback has done the unthinkable: it's made Oliver Stone's Wall Street look downright naïve.”
— Josh Bazell, author of the New York Times bestselling Beat the Reaper
“Better than a bank with wheels, Clawback reads like a rollercoaster on a financial graph! Mike Cooper’s debut novel has a narrative that’s breezy and light, kind of like the fire that backdrafts under a door before it blows off the hinges.”
— Craig Johnson, bestselling author of Hell is Empty
"Clawback is smart and savvy, and paced like a bull market rally! Silas Cade is part Jack Reacher, part Seal Team Six in the Madoffian canyons of power and greed."
— Andrew Gross, bestselling author of Reckless
"Intriguing...Clawback is definitely worth the investment."
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Due diligence is when you look over the books of a company, interview the employees and especially the customers to see that the company is what it seems. Silas takes a few shortcuts involving guns, threats, scare tactics. It gets faster results.
Anyway, that part is irrelevent to what happens next - just trust me that it's similar and different and just as good as the first book - a good read.
Proceeds to our Hero visiting his long lost brother, who is an ace mechanic with a dirt track Charger that for some odd reason (author research fail?) is capable of doing mundane duty as a street sedan and who seems highly successful as a horn-dog - and who, is of course, maddeningly quirky but lovable --
And up pop The Russians! What Russians? Who knows, they must be Russian Mafia because when they appear they start shooting - full auto!
Though our Hero shoots back, occasionally, nobody hits anything much. Except cars. Cars get shot, cars crash, cars blow up. It seems the writer is trying hard for a TV movie sale, providing lots of gun play and explosions, but trying to avoid the moral ambiguity of killing people.
And there's a Sex Bomb of Death, a particularly lethal Spec Ops Gal, who is trying to collect our hero merely to bring him to an Unknown Unknown for a bit of conversation. Never fear, that won't happen and our seductively lethal pair will do the expected thing in the expected ways. She may even help him climb back onto the far left tail of the IQ curve.
But not quite, because Our Guy is dumb! Dumber than the hump on a dead camel! He can't do anything right (especially figure out what's going on) and no matter what he does, up pop the Russians! And despite babbling frequently about guns (presumably to stoke the psychoses of the Guns-in-Bars-and-Church crowd) he can't even shoot the damn things. There's a car chase. Surprise! Sexy Spec Ops is driving, our Hero is riding shotgun. It must be The Russians. Bang bang. Our Hero's rear window is blown out. Two bullets pass through his car and out the windshield, narrowly missing Hero and Femme Fatale. Pretty close. Not bad shooting.
Does our Hero shoot back? Nah, not a chance. Instead, Hero opines that he has no chance of hitting anything from the moving swerving bouncing car. Given his lack of ability at everything else, this may be true. But the Russians can! And these are NOT Russians who ride around naked on horseback, flexing their pecs. These are unknown, untraceable, unnameable scruffy Russians who Our Hero cannot seem to find, despite their being everywhere, and who, therefore, must be hiding out, bedded down in the dirt underneath some local chicken coop. And yet these severely Sub-optimal Russians, with chicken poop dripping from their eyebrows, are nevertheless better at everything than is Our Hero.
A truly sorry state of affairs.
Silas Cade is not your ordinary financial auditor who investigates company fraud. He's the guy you call in when you need some serious juice. Former special operations Cade gets in, finds what needs to be found by whatever means necessary. In Full Ratchet, Cade's latest job takes him to Pittsburgh to look into some hinky bookkeeping by a small company that makes seismic detectors. Cade works his way through the company in short order to find the problem but afterward is followed to his motel. And his residence in Manhatten is broken into. Cade is now a target and to save himself, he has to find out the truth behind curtain. Russian mobsters and an attractive assassin, however, want a different outcome. Oh, and let's not forget one other issue with which Cade had to contend...his long lost brother.
Sometimes, you just need a bullet ridden, explosive, car crashing story and this one fills the bill. Cade's CPA work hides in the back seat in short order as Cade runs into problems from the get-go. I like his style of ferreting out the wrong-doers in the Pittsburgh company. This story throws Cade into a puzzle and he has to work his way through the minimal clues to find the answers. While avoiding guns aimed at him at nearly every turn.
Silas Cade: financial auditor, owns a Sig Sauer P226, grew up in New Hampshire, foster child, former military, lives in NewYork
Dave Ellins: Cade's older brother, foster child, owns a welding shop, race car driver, was in prison for auto theft
Harmony: blonde, assassin
There's not much details on the characters. A little background on Cade and Ellins, but that's okay. You're not here for deep emotional issues and a character driven story. This is an action thriller, so the characters stay, relatively, surface. I like Cade's slick, cynical attitude. He's knowledgeable and his past military experience comes through. Ellins I also like because of his driving skills.
Pretty standard. Cade's voice as well as his friends come through pretty well. Conversations stay on point and aren't lengthy.
First person from Cade's POV. Profanity. Some good cynical humor. Fast action, minimal descriptions just to get you into the picture without going into long details. The book reads like Cade is telling you a story of what happened last week during a car ride you and he are taking. Quick points, then moving on. I thought a bit about this because my original inclination was to give it a blue, but because of the different type of story (I mean, a CPA with a gun, for heaven's sake), I'll bump it up one rank to: