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Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann
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Jul 03, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-read, ya
Read on July 03, 2010

Not your typical YA. With protagonist Ellie Cooper at the helm, ROCK PAPER TIGER is fast-paced and frightening story set in China. Cooper is an Iraq War Vet with a foul mouth whose husband has left her and whose artist lover has recently disappeared. A chance meeting with an Uighur--a Chinese muslim minority--leads Cooper on a chase around China, from Beijing to Treasure Chicken Village, with various US and Chinese agencies at her heels. A warning for the faint of heart: there are some disturbing scenes that will likely call to mind the horrifying photos of Abu Ghraib. This is a gritty novel with an imperfect protagonist who grapples with her actions during the war and in the end, follows her lover's advice: "You've already crossed the river; why carry the boat up the mountain? Let it go." Recommended.
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Lisa Brackmann Gina, thanks for the insightful review. I wanted to note only that the book is shelved in adult fiction, not YA.

Many thanks,


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