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A Gentleman's Game: A Queen & Country Novel Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2005
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Rucka's great strength is in creating flawed yet highly compelling characters. His protagonist, the intense and deadly Tara Chace, made a terrific spy in the comics and easily carries the lesser burden she shoulders in the novel, where one of the villains -- a British citizen turned terrorist, equally compelling -- gets nearly equal time. The novel also follows Tara's bitter, hostile, chain-smoking, gold-hearted boss, the great Paul Crocker, as he does his best to navigate the treacherous shoals of intelligence office politics to clear the way for his agents. New characters, like an amusing pair of Israeli spymasters, and old favorites from the comics like Tom Wallace and the stolid Poole, are equally interesting and welcome.
Rucka has a deep knowledge of his subject, and while his descriptions of weapons can become tiresome (he's the kind of guy who knows, and thinks we have to know, how many foot-pounds of pressure people put on triggers and the brand name every gun anyone has), his acronym-laden spy jargon is convincing and adds flavor to the text.
Rucka may always be a better comic book writer than novelist because he seems weakest when he describes places, people, and action -- things an artist can easily cover him on. But even at his weakest, he is perfectly adequate, and much of this book finds him at his best.Read more ›
The focus of A GENTLEMAN'S GAME is Tara Chace, Minder One for The Division of Operations. She is, in less polite terms, an assassin, who is very good at what she does, which is to take out the bad guys --- the terrorists, who have the destruction of Great Britain on their minds and in their hearts. Chace does her job well and finds herself being offered up as a sacrificial lamb by the very agency, and country, to which she has sworn loyalty. Rucka deftly guides his reader through a complex plot, where agents are considered to be expendable commodities.
One of the more fascinating characters here, as in the QUEEN & COUNTRY books, is Paul Crocker, Director of Operations and Chace's superior officer. Crocker is a political animal who somehow maintains a balancing act between protecting the interests of Great Britain and those of his agents, even while one goal is at odds with the other. While one may occasionally differ with Rucka's worldview, he has a canny vision with respect to the manner in which the world ultimately works.Read more ›
As a spy thriller, it works very well indeed. As the main protagonist, Tara Chase is a great character, highly competant but flawed. The plot is a doozy: following a terrorist attack on the London subway system, Tara's SIS section is called upon to retaliate against the terrorists. I won't spoil the plot any further, except to say that there are a couple of great twists that come just at the right time and are as logical as they are surprising. In fact, one of the greatest joys of the novel is that none of the characters have to act like idiots in order for the story to work. While characters may make bad decisions, they are not stupid decisions. I have no idea how accurate the details and settings of this novel are, but it certainly has the feel of authenticity and that Rucka has done his homework. His prose is detailed but doesn't get bogged down, and he can write action as well as the quieter moments. Given that this is based on a comic with which a majority of the readers will be unfamilar, there is a good deal of info-dumping in the first 50-100 pages to get things set up, but it is integrated into the plot and never feels like a plot summary.
A Gentleman's Game also works well as the next chapter for the Queen & Country series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really good book. Action packed. It's a realistic 21st. century James Bond type of tale. James is actually a real woman named Tara Chace who excels at her job. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diane Lynch
I'm a fan of the comic and you pretty much need to read this novel to finish the series. So if you like the series you'll like the prose. More of the same, way less drawings.Published 5 months ago by Gillian Spatz
Have read two Greg Rucka's "Atticus Kodiak" series and some of his work on comics, so I have an idea what to expect. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Humphrey
Excellent spy novel. Writing and story quality are possibly a touch above the David Robbins Pararescue series of books, which themselves are quite good. Read morePublished 14 months ago by AwardB
Great little book. I am fascinated by the British MI6 and MI5 genre. This book packed full of organizational insight (although I can't say how accurate that is) and great action. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael H. Young
A Gentleman’s Game is the first Tara Chace novel, squeezing in somewhere between other mission “arcs” in the comic book volumes (which I highly recommend!). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Matt Snyder
I enjoyed this. Queen & Country is a series featuring in both comics and through novels, this being the first novel. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Nick Brett
Queen and Country is a graphic novel series about the special operative unit with British secret intelligence service. Intelligence services are broadly divided into two groups. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Treetown
Best spy novel I've read, outside of Le Carre. Necessary to cover the gap in the comics (the beginning of "Red Panda") is very unclear unless you've read this novel, but... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Harry Bryan