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Private Wars (Queen and Country Novel Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2007

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    Greg Rucka is a writer whom I have very ambivalent feelings about. From reading his various interviews, from the various points of view he takes in his novels which I am opposed to politically and morally, and not least of which from the way he insinuated himself as a power writer at DC Comics with nothing on his resume other than being a writer of potboiler thrillers 'more on his comics work in a second', I am pretty sure that Greg Rucka is not a gentleman I would want to eat dinner with. Furthermore, as I have impliedly stated in the past, Rucka is not that talented a storyteller, with his pacing and resolutions of storylines very dissatisfying at times. Given all these faults I find in the man, then, one would naturally and deservedly question why I continue to read his work. Well, for the most part, I don't, and won't, anymore, but I will always have to make an exception for Rucka's brilliant work on 'Queen and Country,' his once-great Oni Comics work which has since been relegated to the prose-only sphere, in many ways very regretfully. I believe the reason why Rucka's work is popular is because there is no question that, whether you like them or not, his characters and characterization voice is a very strong one, and always the genres he works in 'superheroes, bodyguards, and 'Q&C's' venerable world-weary-spies' guarantees him a built-in audience and fan base. Thankfully, Rucka's politics do not have an easy entryway into tales about the British Secret Service, and thus, as with all good espionage tales, the characters must be made to fit the needs of the plot and not vice versa. Tara Chace and her 'Sandbaggers'-inspired employers, crew, and missions remain Rucka's strongest characters yet, and the writer's grasp of post-9/11 international anti-terror needs, tactics, and realities is top-notch. 'Private Wars' is not a perfect novel, by any means the book really does read a little disjointedly and I think would've been much better served in comics-paced doses. Indeed, after the resolution of one of the main plot points of the novel, much like with '24' this season, you are left wondering how Rucka will fill pages till the end, and he does not do so in a satisfying manner. Nevertheless, the action and plot of the book mostly makes you forget about such problems and remains a good read...and not so far-fetched a plot, either, as I was astounded to learn from a client of mine who is headed for Uzbekistan for, of all things, a vacation for two months who knows of an Uzbek Deputy Minister who was forced to leave his country under rather similar circumstances. Life can be funny that way sometimes! At any rate, while flawed, 'Private Wars' is nevertheless Greg Rucka's best work in any form for quite some time and is a worthy chapter in the life and career of Tara Chace.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong Tara Chace espionage thriller

    British spy Tara Chace left London on assignment in Saudi Arabia believing she was probably the best special operations officer in the world, but returns home in shock as her lover Tom Wallace died in the same fire fight that she was wounded in (see A GENTLEMAN'S GAME). She is sent to the Farm to recover, but her D-Ops superior at the Secret Intelligence Service Crocker expects her to act like Minder One and get back out there. However, besides battle fatigue, she is pregnant carrying Tom¿s child. Tara plans to become a full time mother to her child whom she names Tamlin after giving birth. However, she misses the danger so when SIS informs her they need her to work a situation in Uzbekistan, she leaps back into fold. The country¿s only President since it broke away from the Soviets in 1991, Mihail Malikov is dying his daughter Savara Malikov-Ganiev and his son Ruslan vie to become his successor. Civil war is imminent and British interests in the country require her to assassinate a third party manipulating the situation. --- The latest Tara Chace espionage thriller starts off somewhat different than the previous tales as the lethal heroine suffers from shellshock mostly caused by seeing Tom die and hormonal imbalance by her pregnancy. However, she gives birth early in the story and quickly knows that maternity leave is short for someone like her. Thus Greg Rucka humanizes his killing machine, but has her back in the middle of action-packed peril in which the enemy keeps switching and remains murky at best. In spite of motherhood, Tara still lives the life of danger where everyone she meets is a potentially deadly stranger. --- Harriet Klausner

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