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Tara Chace works for MI6 as a 'minder'. Those who go out into the field and carry out top secret spying operations. Very good at her job, and full of self loathing because of it.

This is the latest part of her story, the earlier stages of which were told in the comic queen and country, and the earlier greg rucka novel a gentleman's game. Thus she has a lot of back story, which is covered well enough at the start of the novel so that it shouldn't be a problem for those who haven't read her earlier tales.

Tara, pregnant and having quit her job, has tried to walk away from it. But the political situation in uzbekistan requires a job to be done. And she's the only one who can do it.

Torn very much from the pages of today's headlines, with the west supporting dictators who torture people because it's politically expedient, this is a tale told in very well written prose that really does grip. And it gives you the impression that spying must really be like this, as tara is a pawn in the political machinations of her superiors and others.

The book is just over five hundred pages long, and the story would almost appear to reach a conclusion on 330. But then it neatly twists off into another direction, as tara's earlier actions have consequences. It may start to seem a little too long and stretched out at this point, and it would have rated five stars otherwise, but stay with it as the ending of the book is a real kicker, and one you won't forget in a hurry. A really good read all in all
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The second in the Queen and Country trilogy featuring British assassin Tara Chace. Having left Government service at the end of the previous book, Tara is now the single Mum of a young daughter but the opportunity arises to regain her credibility by undertaking a mission in Uzbekistan. What at first appears to be a snatch and grab becomes more complex with regime change and some missing missiles.

It’s got the brisk writing style of the previous novel, the same gritty feel and the same powerful action. Despite the brisk style the characters are interesting and have surprising depth and the book has considerable pace. Not quite up to the high standard of the first one but still very entertaining.
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