Rock Paper Tiger-Lisa Brackmann

Rock Paper Tiger

Lisa Brackmann

Soho, Jun 1 2010, $25.00

ISBN 9781569476406

Iraq War combat medic veteran Ellie Cooper suffers from post traumatic stress disorder following her theatre tours of duty.  Currently she is in Beijing trying to figure out what next as she hangs around the growing art world.  Also in China is her former Army interrogator husband private security consultant Trey who recently dumped her.  She has replaced Trey with artist Lao Zhang and Percocet but neither helps her forget Iraq or Trey.

Zhang accompanies an unidentified person until they vanish, American and Chinese officials wonder where they went.  Each nation looks deeply at Ellie because of her relationship with the missing Zhang.  Forced on the run, Ellie eludes cops, suits, and thugs while gathering information on line through a multiplayer game from Zhang’s friends.

This is an exciting China thriller starring a resilient kick butt heroine who readers will admire for her courage.  The Chinese subplot is action-packed as Ellie takes readers on an exhilarating tour.  The back story of what she and Trey was directed to do in Iraq is harrowing and heartbreaking.  Mixed together nicely by excellent Ellie, the two subplots make for a terrific brisk thriller that brings China alive

Harriet Klausner

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