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Rock Paper Tiger Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2010
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In this action-packed suspense thriller, war veteran Ellie Cooper has been stumbling through life--literally and figuratively--since her tour of duty in Iraq left her with a damaged leg, a faithless husband, and a desperate need to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. The problem is, if she can't first figure out what her pursuers want from her, the rest of her life may be counted in minutes.
Underlying the breakneck pace of this page-turner is an extraordinary attention to detail, lush, savory descriptions, and the occasional wry humor that make Ellie and her world-view deliciously three dimensional.
The scenes in Iraq are gritty, dark, and gut-wrenching. Just as the author writes about the Iraqi desert wringing every drop of moisture from the human body, so the author's words wring every drop of emotion from the reader.
But it is in the action in China where the author truly shines. Ms. Brackmann has travelled and worked extensively in that country, and her love for it--and her acknowledgment of the practical realities and darker underbelly of that enigmatic place--are the true strength of this book. Her understanding of the massive geopolitical and economic force that is China is amazing. Yet, like the artist whose life and work is the at the heart of Ellie Cooper's world and this book, Ms.Read more ›
Still bearing the scars of service to her country in Iraq, the young American is drifting along the edges of a Beijing artists district when scary men in suits come looking for her sometimes-boyfriend Lao Zhang. But Zhang has disappeared, leaving Ellie to dodge dangerous adversaries while seeking the truth about Zhang's activities, her continued freedom, and insight on what she needs to reclaim her lost happiness and direction in life.
Because the story is told through the eyes of a young American, readers can experience urban China through fresh eyes. Woven throughout this story are countless incredible details that make the tale come alive, particularly for those who have never visited modern China -- complete with coffee bars, fast-food joints, and online gaming communities where the players and stakes can be just as deadly in real life.
A terrific, engrossing read, this is a book that will stick with you for some time.
I am also a reader, and I know what I like, and I loved this book. I particularly love the main character who's thrown into a number of situations that are way above her pay grade and how she weaves her way through spies and governments and mysteries while at another level deals with personal issues of her own.
The book made me:
a) Want to go to China
b) Not want to join the government, any government
c) Read Ms. Brackman's next novel.
ROCK PAPER TIGER is such an example. It's undoubtedly a work grounded in the author's China experience; as such, it's wonderful. The atmosphere, characters and story lines are well drawn and quite interesting. But the story suffers. It doesn't reach a conclusion in re the the book's central question: What the hell is going on and why is the protagonist being hounded so? I wish it had. It bore so much promise. But as it is, it's like a play without a climax.
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This book is of the genre "somebody's after me, but I don't know who or why, and I don't know who can be trusted" and it is never entirely clear, even at the end, why she... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MarW
I really enjoyed this first book in the Ellie McEnroe series and can't wait to read the rest in the series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathryn W
The first of three of the Ellie McEnroe novels...Lisa Brackmann is a brilliant and stunning writer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MARY LOU CASSINGHAM
Fast, furious, and awesome read for people who want intellectual writing served up dark n dirty.Published 9 months ago by Lauren Monahan
A good international crime story introduces the reader to Ellie Cooper, an Iraq vet who has moved to Beijing with her husband who is working for a military contractor. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nelda Brangwin
Novel is set in China and uses a lot of Chinese phrases with phonetic English, that I found hard to follow at times. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jimmy D
I'm a big fan of Lisa Starting with the first book which was based in Mexico The rest have been just wonderfulPublished 11 months ago by Peter Russell
Very interesting dynamic characters. Fast moving informative story.Published 11 months ago by Frances Kaplan