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Slow start. Actually, very slow start. Lat 25% redeemed it. ( )
  EctopicBrain | Dec 4, 2012 |
If you like classic espionage, this may be for you. Reminded me of the UK television drama Spooks - and has about as much realism (which is to say, very little indeed) - but perfectly serviceable entertainment.
  bfister | Nov 27, 2011 |
Decent spy thriller with some serious inter agency turf wars. Topic is terrorism and the Saudis do not come out looking very good. Plot is a little hard to swallow but still makes a good yarn. Recommended for old school spy thriller addicts looking for a new author. ( )
  BookWallah | Jan 30, 2011 |
A Queen and Country novel.

An Islamic terrorist attack kills several hundred people on London's Underground, so, of course, the government wants payback. Their target is the religious inspirational head of the particular group responsible. Special Operations is tasked to put together a plan to assassinate him, and Minder One, Tara Chace, wants the job. Trouble is, she has to do it Yemen.

The mission leads to complications, and a three way tangle between the CIA, MI5, Mossad with Special Operations and Chace's head literally in the middle.

The only way out is to remove the terrorist group in question's base of operations in terminal fashion.

A well done superspy thriller.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2009/07/gentlemans-game-greg-rucka.html ( )
1 vote bluetyson | Jul 10, 2009 |
This was one of the best straightforward espionage thrillers that I've read in a long time. The best way to describe the style of the story would be a cross between James Bond and Quiller (I know that doesn't make much sense, but trust me...). Tara Chase is a terrific new heroine in the espionage genre and both the "world" in which she operates and the missions themselves, felt much more accurate and real than many (most?) other espionage thrillers. The story is more serious in tone than many Bond stories (hence the comparison to Quiller), but Chace has many foibles that remind me a bit of Bond. Highly recommended. ( )
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To Laurie Mackintosh,
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553584928, Mass Market Paperback)

Tara Chace may be the most dangerous woman alive. She can seduce you into believing she’s the woman of your dreams—or kill you with the icy efficiency of an executioner. As the new head of Special Operations for British Intelligence, she no longer has to court death in the field—she wants to.

Throw away the old rules, the old school, the old-boy network. The world of international espionage is about to learn the hard way that spying is no longer merely…
A Gentleman's Game
Greg Rucka’s electrifying thrillers have pushed the boundaries of suspense fiction to where few have dared to go. Now, in A Gentleman’s Game, one of the genre’s most fearless writers brings readers of international espionage his most
fearless heroine yet: a no-holds-barred woman who’s as lethal as an assassin’s bullet.

When an unthinkable act of terror devastates London, nothing will stop Tara Chace from hunting down those responsible. Her job is simple: stop the terrorists before they strike a second time. To succeed, she’ll do anything and everything it takes. She’ll have to kill again.

Only this time the personal stakes will be higher than ever before. For the terrorist counterstrike will require that Tara allow herself to be used as bait by the government she serves. This time she’s turning her very life into a weapon that can be used only once. But as she and her former mentor race toward destiny at a remote terrorist training camp in Saudi Arabia, Tara begins to question just who’s pulling the trigger—and who’s the real enemy. In this new kind of war, betrayal can take any form...including one’s duty to queen and country.

Based on the graphic novel series that won the coveted Eisner Award, A Gentleman’s Game is an electrifyingly realistic, headline-stealing thriller with an unforgettable protagonist—one who redefines every rule she doesn’t shatter.

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When an unthinkable act of terror devastates London, nothing will stop Tara Chace from hunting down those responsible. Her job is simple: stop the terrorists before they strike a second time. To succeed, she'll do anything and everything it takes. She'll have to kill again. Only this time the personal stakes will be higher than ever before.… (more)

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