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Finder: An Atticus Kodiac Novel Audio Cassette – 1 December 1999
- ASIN : 0788739948
- Publisher : Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (1 December 1999)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1845051866
- ISBN-13 : 978-1845051860
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Like Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series, Rucka earns a suspension of disbelief because he's so good at developing his characters. If there's one flaw, it's the same problem KEEPER had, with New York City feeling a little too sterile. The names and places are all correct but there's a certain something missing, that something that Block does so well in making the City a living, breathing character as opposed to simply a backdrop.
All in all, another strong, if flawed, outing and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.
I purchased this book and Mr. Rucka's previous Atticus Kodiak novel "Keeper" largely due to the reviews here on Amazon. Unfortunately, the reliability of Amazon as a source was less, in this case, than has previously been my experience.
It's not that this is a terrible book, but it certainly isn't great, or even very good. The dialogue is frequently perfunctory, and often unbelievable. Most of the characters are shallowly drawn, and many of the minor players are actually more developed than the central cast. Too often the only reason for a character's very existence seems to be as a device to move the plot forward, instead of having the plot grow from the actions and motivations of the characters.
Also, there were significant technical errors, especially with regard to police procedures and firearms. While I realize that most authors do not have extensive real-world experience in law enforcement, military service, or high-risk private military contract work, I do feel that they have a responsibility to their readers to either exclude technical detail, or else get it right. In one scene a character, supposedly a highly-trained Israeli special operator, fires a high-velocity assault rifle on a downtown New York street, but tells Kodiak that there is no risk to bystanders, since he loads his own ammunition and uses such low powder charges that the bullets will not injure anyone past a hundred yards. I won't bore you with all the technical detail, but take my word as a veteran of both the military and law enforcement, that simply isn't possible.
There were also certain inaccuracies relating to the SAS that seem to indicate the author merely skimmed some general source about the Regiment, and has no real knowledge of their structure, training, or methods. One minor example of this is his repeated and pointed use of the phrase "brick" to refer to a four-man team. Having done some liaison and exchange program time with member of the 22nd SAS, I can say categorically that I have never heard them refer to a four-man component as anything other than a "patrol", within the higher structures of Troops and Squadrons. (The term "brick" is used by the British Army to refer to a four man tactical element, but this was a development of the Army's Northern Ireland Training Team (NITAT) and the brick concept was used for improved flexibility by every regiment which operated in Ulster. While the 22nd SAS did participate in NITAT, they retained their own terminology.)I cannot categorically state that members of the 21st SAS or 23rd SAS may not use the word "brick", as I have no operational or personal experience with either unit, but my understanding is that these units function more as training and development commands, and occasionally in support of various British intelligence and security agencies, and would not therefore be involved in such activities as Mr. Rucka imagines. I also have to say that in one scene, and this is a key plot point, an SAS entry team is outwitted, and outmaneuvered , by a much older man who is dying from AIDS and is barely able to draw enough breath to speak, yet can outrun SAS troopers.
So while I understand that many readers might feel, as some reviewers point out, that Mr. Rucka explores a world of close-protection specialists that few authors have examined, I'm afraid that his books are simply too slapdash to be on any lasting interest.