Greg Rucka is one of the most exciting voices in thriller fiction—and bodyguard Atticus Kodiak one of its edgiest, most dangerous heroes. This time Kodiak breaks a cardinal rule when dealing with a client and finds himself in the most dangerous place of all…
Code-named Drama, she is a lightning-fast death machine—a hitwoman sought by intelligence agencies around the world. Drama kills as easily as she breathes…and the last time she and Atticus Kodiak met, they barely escaped each other alive.
Now he is her only hope for survival. And if he thought Drama was stone-code dangerous as a contract killer, Atticus is about to find out the hard way that she is ten times more deadly as a woman.
--Critical Space by Greg Rucka, Copyright ©2001 by Greg Rucka, published by Bantam Dell Books
Atticus’ security company, KTMH, is in high demand, but fame has its price and Atticus does not want their firm to be known as the security company for the rich and spoiled. But they will make an exception for Lady Antonia Ainsley-Hunter.
She’s coming across the pond to make a series of appearance on behalf of her children’s charity. It should be standard work, but there is a stalker following her, complicating matters. There’s also an assassin in the country codenamed Oxford from a secret organization known as The Ten. They don’t know if he’s after Lady Antonia, but they need to be on their guard just in case. Oh, and there’s an international female assassin known as Drama, also part of The Ten. Atticus was lucky to survive his last encounter with Drama and has no desire to ever meet up with her again.
But Drama wants to meet with him and will use Lady Antonia to achieve her goal. Because Oxford isn’t after Lady Antonia, he’s after Drama.
And Drama wants Atticus to protect her.
There’s a reason I don’t like to jump into the middle of a series when reading a new author. There’s usually a long, detailed history on the characters and experiences that you need (or at least want) to know about before you can fully understand the series you’re diving into the middle of. The Atticus Kodiak series illustrates this point.
While Critical Space works delightfully on its own, not knowing the history of the characters and of their past together left me feeling as if I was missing out on something. Even so, it was a great, edge-of-your-seat thriller. I’ll be looking for the other books in the series to catch up on the character’s histories.
I give this story FOUR STARS.