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Bravo (Jad Bell) Hardcover – July 22, 2014
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PRAISE FOR ALPHA:
"Alpha is hands down, the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping, butt-kicking novel I've read in years. Rucka is the real deal. If this one doesn't make you stay up late rooting for the good guys, you don't have a heartbeat. Highly recommended!"―Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Deception and Numbered Account
"Read Greg Rucka. It's that simple. Open one of his books and what you've got is a fistful of dynamite."―The Cincinnati Enquirer
About the Author
Greg Rucka is the New York Times bestselling author of almost two dozen novels, including the Atticus Kodiak and Tara Chace series, and has won multiple Eisner awards for his graphic novels. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.
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Bravo picks up literally where Alpha left off, and propels you into an action sequence worthy of anything you can read today penned by other respected combat operations authors.
I found Rucka years ago through Finder and Keeper, and earlier Queen and Country novels.
I think Jad Bell is as good a character as Rucka has ever created. I hope this is a long series. There are plenty of letters remaining after A and B.
The more or less consistent use of "handles" for his characters. This was the only negative for me in "Alpha", and I found it increasingly difficult to figure out who was who among the team, or to really care about people identified mostly by off-putting code names.
The lack of interesting locale. Wilsonville made "Alpha" stand apart from other thrillers, but "Bravo" has nothing comparable going for it.
The main story is familiar enough (minor spoiler alert), in fact it somewhat repeats "Alpha", but there is a secondary story that almost overwhelms it in interest and intensity. That is the theme of female undercover operatives and their attachment to their controllers. It is a powerful message and quite well done, but it is odd to find Jad Bell edged out of the center of the story. I found the parts of the story involving Jad's deaf daughter Athena to be quite good.
I won't say more about the unraveling of the threat except to note that I don't understand the need to invent enemies when there are so many real ones around.