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The Last Run: A Queen & Country Novel (Queen & Country #3)

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In the Special Operations Section of the British Secret Intelligence Agency, there are only three ways you leave the job: You’re promoted out, you quit, or you die. Tara Chace has been waiting for the first while avoiding the third. After ten years, though, she’s getting old, and she’s getting slow, and the time has come for her to step aside.

But before she can leave the S
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Bantam (first published October 21st 2010)
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This is my first novel by Mr. Rucka. It's a humdinger of a spy caper. Starts out sort of slow, but once it gains traction, the pace is crisp, the characters likeable, and their cause just. I like Tara Chace, the hardboiled, gutsy heroine. But she's also her own lady. The modern setting of the Iran add to its flavor. I plan to read more in the series.
This is more of a 3.5-star review. WHY CAN'T I HAVE HALF STARS, GOODREADS?

I love Greg Rucka. I've pretty much braingasmed over everything he's ever written, novels and comics both.Even his misfires (Fistfull of Rain) feature endearing characters who make me give a shart.

The Last Run is the third (and last?) of the Queen & Country novels, and the novels serve to cap the story started in a pretty lengthy comic series. It's a decent, entertaining read, and I was satisfied with the end to the se
Nick Brett
The final episode in a trilogy I have really enjoyed. I have seen the odd review that suggests the author fails to capture a very British organisation (the Secret Intelligence Agency) or the British culture, I would completely disagree as I think it has been captured perfectly.

In The Last Run, Tara Chace is feeling her age and the challenges of being a front line agent. As she seeks to resign, she is convinced to undertake one last mission, bringing out a sleeper agent from Iran. But nothing is
Matt Smith
If Queen and Country: A Gentleman's Game was Queen & Country the novel, and Queen and Country: Private Wars was Q&C as a season finale, then this book is Q&C as an action blockbuster, one relentless tide of one last operation for Tara Chace.

Given the events of Private Wars this is wholly unsurprising. Part of the question of that entire novel was "just how many more operations does Tara Chace have in her". And the answer is this book, this last book. Needless to say it goes well. Esp
The Last Run is the final book in the Queen and Country trilogy (A Gentleman's Game and Private Wars are the two others). The main character in the trilogy is a female secret agent, Tara Chace. In The Last Run, Tara has elected to retire but is sent on one final mission before her retirement.
I've enjoyed all three books in the trilogy, but this one is perhaps my favorite. The characters are well developed by this final installment, and the plot is both complicated and filled with unexpected twis
David Dalton
I have enjoyed reading this series. Tara Chace is like a female version of Jack Bauer, or you could say Jack Bauer is a male version of Tara Chace. Very similar in nature to Strike Back: Season 2 (Cinemax), but not with all the sex. Well written.
Mark Schlatter
The latest (and probably the last) volume about Tara Chance, the protagonist of the Queen & Country graphic novels and prose novels.

I currently have a love/hate relationship with Rucka's work. His current comics series Lazarus is excellent --- a dystopian future with a strong realistic feel and a heavy dose of economics. I loved his early Atticus Kodiak novels. However, his other recent comics work has been hit or miss for me, and I really disliked the plot turns in the later Kodiak novels.

This was virtually the only book I started and finished while I was out sick for a week, and it was altogether too short! I like the Tara Chace series - and while I agree she's nearing the age of retirement from the field, I'd still like to see what happens after her time as a spy.

Just like the others in the trilogy, this one moves quickly through time, offers a good balance between the action and the thinking scenes, and furthers the character development of Tara and a few of her cohorts. Ruck
The Last Run by Greg Rucka - again I've started a series by
reading the last book. Not to worry though, that simply means
that I still have two to enjoy.

The centerpiece of this thriller is super agent Tara Chace,
called in another review a "female version of Jack Bauer".
Well, tactically yes, she's brilliant, but there's only one
strategic thinker in the entire cast and it doesn't go too
well for him.

It's also been mentioned that the book starts rather slowly
and that too is true. However, once the ac
Greg Rucka started out a mystery novelist who then migrated to comics where he first created Tara Chace, a special operations operative for British Intelligence. Later he took into novels where his storytelling for this character works better. The Last Run is exactly that-Chace's last operation as a field agent. She has turned in her resignation, but the nephew of Iran's Supreme Leader has said he wants to come in (he was a former British asset). The CIA insists on Chace, and Britain insists on ...more
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One of my favorite comics of the last ten years is Queen & Country, Rucka’s series about British secret agent Tara Chase. A few years ago, the comics series ended, but he continued Queen & Country as a series of prose novels. Like the comic, they’re gritty, violent, and very firmly based in the real world. They’re not James-Bond-with-Boobs stories full of larger-than-life escapades where the hero escapes unscathed after tossing off a few quips. They’re intense, down-to-earth, and nobody ...more
Endings are tricky and often messy things, but they're necessary especially in the world of series fiction. Awhile back I interviewed a writer about his series of books and he says if a series goes on too long you run the risk of it just becoming a collection of expected scenes and not a novel. So when you write series fiction you always want to keep things fresh and moving forward or you want to bring your series to a close. With his last novel “The Walking Dead” writer Greg Rucka showed that h ...more
Greg Rucka is one of those writers that you find yourself impressed with in every book. He describes a world in which government works behinds the scenes, and a good politician can be more lethal than a sniper. And Tara Chace is good enough at her job to survive most of them.

The Last Run is especially satisfying to me because Cocker, the man in charge while Tara is running a mission, finds himself with no more political capital to spend. He's overruled by his boss and corralled neatly to the sid
I will take any and all of the Queen and Country I can get. LOVE this series (both the original comics) and the 3 novels. This one was the least powerful in some ways, because the hero (Tara Chace) has changed so much in the 10 years since we started following her character as a field operative on an assassination mission in Afganistan. That being said, it is one of the best things the author has done: kept her aging/changing rather than freezing her in time.

That being said, in the moments where
The latest (and last?) Tara Chace tale that began with the unparalleled Queen and Country comics and has continued in two other novels before this one. It's been five years since the operation readers know about, Red Panda, and Tara is juggling the pressures of life when a job only she could do becomes necessary.

By this point Tara is a find of mine and it's great to read her again. This is a gripping read as Rucka doesn't waste any page on things that don't matter. I read a lot of "literature" t
D.B. Reynolds
The story begins with Tara Chace flat on her back and wondering if she can get up. And she realizes the moment has come. It's time to turn in her sniper's rifle and ride a desk. She has a five-year old daughter who needs her to come home at night, not be halfway around the world, risking life and limb for British Intelligence. Just one more mission ... is this Rucka's final Queen & Country novel? I hope not. He's one of the finest suspense writers around and I read everything he writes with ...more
This was one of the best espionage novels I've had the privilege to read. Greg Rucka's descriptions, how he weaves the story, and the ending of the book were unique, fresh, and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and this would be a book I could see myself re-reading.
In just over 250 pages, Greg Rucka proves once again, how good his international espionage world of QUEEN & COUNTRY is. Swift and intense, with choppy prose and realistically detailed, albeit wonderfully fictional, the adventures of Tara Chace, a modern spy for the post 9/11 era are the most exiting reads on the market. While from the get-go Rucka sets this book up as Chace's swan song he nevertheless, like any good writer, sets up even more exciting possibilities if he should ever revisit t ...more
Katharine Ott
"Queen and Country: The Last Run" - written by Greg Rucka and published in 2010 by Bantam. A middle fiddle British spy story taking place in an Iranian locale.
PROTAGONIST: Tara Chace, Minder One (special agent)
SERIES: #3 of 3
WHY: Although she's just tendered her resignation, Tara Chace is off to Iran to oversee a situation involving a high-stakes Iranian hostage who could be a defector. She suffers a potentially fatal injury. As always, Rucka is very topical - it feels like this is ripped from the headlines. Tara's self-treatment of her injury was incredibly over the top, and it was difficult to keep the various UK agencies an
John Carter McKnight
A disappointing end to the Queen and Country novels. The previous two were tense, disturbing, memorable, a huge contribution to the post Cold War spy thriller genre. This final volume is... fine. It's a serviceable, if transparent, story that moves from A to B to C at a decent clip. It's a fine way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.

What it is not, is powerful, complex or imaginative. It gets the job done, but it reads like a publishing contract fulfillment rather than a work of passion and comm
Nuked Brains
My only real complaints about this book is that it feels way too short and you really don't get to spend more time with the fantastic main character; Tara Chase. Who spends most of her time in this novel bleeding!

Other then that; it still manages to be a really exciting read with interesting characters and and a twist that will make you want to kick yourself for realizing it sooner!
James Schneider
Queen and Country has long been one of my favorite series, and this is the finest installment of that series. Rucka is in full command of his powers and the results are dazzling. This would serve as a poor introduction to these characters, but if you are already acquainted, you will be very pleased indeed. If, in fact, you are not acquainted, you would do well to become so. Q&C is particularly well suited to the reader more frequently prone to literary fiction and political non-fiction who w ...more
Great book. Greg Rucka is one of my favorite authors these days and Tara Chace is one of my favorite characters. This is another in-depth, heart-pounding, intelligent spy novel that nails all of the best things of the genre and outshines most other spy novels because of Rucka's great gift for character. The plot is driven, exciting, and overlaps with contemporary politics but it is the characters that make this book work, especially Chace, who is so well-drawn I feel like I know her. Or want to ...more
Greg Rucka brings his Queen & Country character Tara Chase to straight print in The Last Run. It's the story of Chase's final mission, the extraction of a high-ranked Iranian defector. It's told from two sides, the British spies trying to complete the mission in Iran, and the Iranian counter-espionage agency trying to stop them.

Convincing, plausible, riveting, fascinating. Great book. Wonderfully plotted and reasonably well-written. Reminiscent of the earlier Tom Clancy novels (the good ones
Jason Seaver
Having followed "Queen & Country" since the first issue of the comic, I'm not surprised that we finally got to where this one ends - I'm not sure how realistic Rucka's series is, but it certainly has the ring of truth to it.

To a certain extent, that familiarity is what makes the book enjoyable; the action goes roughly as expected and even the final act's surprises are kind of familiar surprises. But it's good to see Tara Chase again, and I'm looking forward to seeing where Greg Rucka takes h
Did some speed-reading through some of the sections. I really liked the premise but something got lost in the writing of it. Basically, a long-serving spy is nearing the end of her tenure, finding it hard to meet the physical and mental demands of the job. A story that Elizabeth Bear handled very well in the Jenny Casey novels.

Then a cryptic message comes out of Tehran and she's back to do one more job.

I may see if there are early Tara Chase novels--maybe I'll like her better in the earlier days
Duncan Mcgregor
Not a bad book, but a definite step down from Private Wars, which was itself a small step down from A Gentleman's Game. The way the book was set up just left me not caring enough about a job that nobody wanted done (again) that goes wrong (again), especially when so much of what was going on was telegraphed. Rucka's normal talent for misdirection must have been on the fritz while writing this.

I don't regret having read it, but there is no real reason to keep going in the series after Private War
Lil Phil
By this book, I didn't want this series to end. Chace is still amazing and still grips your heart, but the other characters really shined in this book too. Like everything else by Rucka, the honest respect he writes every character on the page is apparent, even if that character is an antagonist capable of things that rile your disgust. Also, like everything else by Rucka, the story, despite it's fantastical spy thriller labeling, is full of incredible heart.
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Greg Rucka, is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman: Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Queen & Country series.
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