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Private Wars by Greg Rucka
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Aug 03, 2008

it was ok
Recommended for: hard core fans of the comics series Queen & Country

Dear Greg Rucka,

Congratulations. In the last chapter of this book you totally destroyed my sympathy for your main character. You may write more novels and comics starring Tara Chase, but you've systematically destroyed everything in her life that made her interesting. Now she's just a (physically, emotionally, and ethically) damaged shell, and I don't really have any interest in her further adventures.

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Also, I'm used to reading Rucka's Queen and Country comics, where events can be illustrated but it's up to the artist as much as the author to detail them. I don't read that many political/spy thrillers so I'm not sure what level of lurid sex and violence is commonly depicted -- but in a few instances in this book, the sex writing was pretty cartoonish and distractingly terrible. I guess it's weird to criticize a book based on a comic book for being "cartoonish," but I became a fan of Rucka specifically because of his well-researched, realistic point of view. *sigh*
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