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Down-and-dirty British operative Tara Chace returns in Greg Rucka's second Queen and Country novel (sequel to 2004's A Gentleman's Game) to kick more felonious butt, this time in Uzbekistan, where the country's ailing president is close to death and his two children -- one a dictator-in-waiting and the other sympathetic to Western interests -- are preparing to grab control by any means necessary.
The last thing Chace -- a former Minder for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service -- expected to do was to be called back to duty. After quitting her job to focus on her newborn baby's well-being -- as well as her own -- she's been living a quiet life in Lancashire. But when her former boss, Paul Crocker, shows up at her door with an "unofficial" mission that potentially has the stability of the entire free world riding on its successful completion, she has no other choice but to agree. The assignment involves getting the president's pro-West son safely out of Uzbekistan, but after Chace has killed dozens to extract him, she realizes that the political landscape has shifted and her and her charge are suddenly expendable…
Based on Rucka's award-winning Queen and Country graphic novel series, Private Wars is breakneck-paced, packed with nonstop action and political intrigue, and, above all, brutally realistic. Sexy blonde spy Tara Chace is one of the coolest, most complex protagonists to hit the espionage/thriller genre in decades. Forget Ludlum's Jason Bourne, Clancy's Jack Ryan, and le Carré's Alec Lemas: Chace is the real deal. Fans of the aforementioned authors should definitely give Rucka's adrenaline-fueled Queen and Country saga a try. Paul Goat Allen