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Publisher Comments:

Her name is Tara Chace. Within hours she can convince you that she's the woman of your dreams. Or she can kill you with her bare hands. Head of Special Operations for the British Secret Intelligence Service, she no longer has to take the field assignments. But she wants to. When a terrorist attack devastates London, it's a race against time to stop those responsible before they strike again. Tara will do her job. And she will do it well. She will kill a man. For queen and for country. And when they retaliate, she'll use herself as bait — with the full force of her government behind her. But she'll learn that there are many kinds of betrayal, and some are deadlier than others...

Review:

"Inspired by his Eisner Award-winning Queen & Country graphic novel series, the author of the adrenaline-charged Atticus Kodiac thrillers (Critical Space) offers up this British cloak-and-dagger hardcover introducing Tara Chase, an intrepid, relentless female assassin. In a coolly orchestrated terrorist raid chillingly reminiscent of September 11, a well-trained trio of al Qaeda-linked fanatics bomb London subway trains at three major stations, killing 372. In retaliation, Minder One (the head assassin of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligent Service) Tara Chase is given the assignment of killing Dr. Faud bin Abdullah al-Shimmari, a Saudi Arabian religious leader. She can't undertake an operation inside Faud's high-security Saudi homeland, but when the Mossad gets involved on a mission of its own, the hit is scheduled to take place on Yemeni soil. In a bit of bad luck, Chase completes her primary mission with a daring hit on Faud inside the Great Mosque, but ignites international outrage when she blows away a Saudi prince, too. As a result, her queen and countrymen betray her, and she is forced to flee with one final chance to avoid being sacrificed as a pawn in a worldwide political chess game. Though a trifle muddled by bureaucratese, the novel's superb pacing, offbeat characters, wry plot twists and damning insight into oily schizoid Middle Eastern diplomacy add up to an engrossing read. Agent, David Hale Smith at DHS Literary Inc. (Oct. 5)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"By mining the world of his award-winning Q&C comics, Greg Rucka has crafted his finest novel yet....And it doesn't hurt that Chace is the most tough-as-nails-but-still-shag-worthy secret agent since Mata Hari. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Rucka keeps the adrenaline level high throughout....Tara is tough and gritty, and her world is one of moral ambiguity." San Francisco Chronicle Books

Review:

"[A] solid piece of work that doesn't immediately betray its [comic] origins but never quite rises to the challenge of the novel form....Better-than-average writing can't overcome a tired plot." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"There are echoes of le Carré here, to be sure, although the tone is less cerebral. Those who know The Sandbaggers will be intrigued, but the novel will also interest anyone with a taste for classic British espionage. A sequel would be most welcome." Booklist

Review:

"Rucka's seventh novel is his best yet, a skillful blend of intriguing characters, gripping action, and a highly charged atmosphere. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Rucka hasn't disappointed this long-time fan. The book progresses at a breakneck pace and the plot twists are believable. He has taken his strengths as a writer and gone into a new direction and locale." BookReporter

Synopsis:

Based on the Queen & Country 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.

About the Author

Greg Rucka has worked at a variety of jobs, from theatrical fight choreographer to emergency medical technician. The author of Critical Space, Keeper, and four previous thrillers, he resides with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he is at work on his next Queen and Country novel, which Bantam will publish in 2005.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553584929
Author:
Rucka, Greg
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Queen & Country
Publication Date:
July 26, 2005
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
7.25x3.81x1.18 in. .52 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Inspired by his Eisner Award-winning Queen & Country graphic novel series, the author of the adrenaline-charged Atticus Kodiac thrillers (Critical Space) offers up this British cloak-and-dagger hardcover introducing Tara Chase, an intrepid, relentless female assassin. In a coolly orchestrated terrorist raid chillingly reminiscent of September 11, a well-trained trio of al Qaeda-linked fanatics bomb London subway trains at three major stations, killing 372. In retaliation, Minder One (the head assassin of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligent Service) Tara Chase is given the assignment of killing Dr. Faud bin Abdullah al-Shimmari, a Saudi Arabian religious leader. She can't undertake an operation inside Faud's high-security Saudi homeland, but when the Mossad gets involved on a mission of its own, the hit is scheduled to take place on Yemeni soil. In a bit of bad luck, Chase completes her primary mission with a daring hit on Faud inside the Great Mosque, but ignites international outrage when she blows away a Saudi prince, too. As a result, her queen and countrymen betray her, and she is forced to flee with one final chance to avoid being sacrificed as a pawn in a worldwide political chess game. Though a trifle muddled by bureaucratese, the novel's superb pacing, offbeat characters, wry plot twists and damning insight into oily schizoid Middle Eastern diplomacy add up to an engrossing read. Agent, David Hale Smith at DHS Literary Inc. (Oct. 5)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "By mining the world of his award-winning Q&C comics, Greg Rucka has crafted his finest novel yet....And it doesn't hurt that Chace is the most tough-as-nails-but-still-shag-worthy secret agent since Mata Hari. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "Rucka keeps the adrenaline level high throughout....Tara is tough and gritty, and her world is one of moral ambiguity."
"Review" by , "[A] solid piece of work that doesn't immediately betray its [comic] origins but never quite rises to the challenge of the novel form....Better-than-average writing can't overcome a tired plot."
"Review" by , "There are echoes of le Carré here, to be sure, although the tone is less cerebral. Those who know The Sandbaggers will be intrigued, but the novel will also interest anyone with a taste for classic British espionage. A sequel would be most welcome."
"Review" by , "Rucka's seventh novel is his best yet, a skillful blend of intriguing characters, gripping action, and a highly charged atmosphere. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Rucka hasn't disappointed this long-time fan. The book progresses at a breakneck pace and the plot twists are believable. He has taken his strengths as a writer and gone into a new direction and locale."
"Synopsis" by , Based on the Queen & Country 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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