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Sleeper, Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker
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Sep 17, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2006

This is a review of the entire series not just this book. Not a super hero book but the characters are super human. A government agent goes undercover in a terrorist organization and the only goverment official who knows he is a plant is attacked and put in a coma. Now the protagonist has no way to prove he didn't go rogue and is trapped as a member of this terrorist organization.

One of the things I enjoyed about the TV series 24 is the character was often forced into morally questionable situations where there were no good choices and instead of miraculously finding some third option to get out of the situation, the lead character actually had to choose one of the impossible options and live with the consequences. This book provided that same drama but unlike 24 it didn't go on for 8 or 9 seasons and keep replaying the same plots. As the lead character Holden is forced to act like a terrorist and begins to lose hope he will be able to extricate himself from the siutation. He develops friendships with some of the terrorists and cares about what happens to them. Although he often tries to disrupt the terrorist plans in many cases he can't and has to kill innocent people. He justifies these actions by convincing himself that, if he brings down the organization it will be for the greater good. Ultimately these acts of violence get easier to commit and Holden isn't sure if he is one of the good guys any more.

The book has lots of action, interesting moral dilemmas, and some great plot twists. If you like the TV show the Shield or the early seasons of 24 you will enjoy this book!
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