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Big Review: Keeper by Greg Rucka
Atticus Kodiak is a professional bodyguard, trained to step in front of a bullet if that’s what’s necessary to protect his client. Dr. Felice Romero is doing the best she can to raise her daughter, while working at a clinic that, amongst other things, offers abortions. Felice is helping to organise a conference to be a safe space for all sides of the abortion debate to be heard. What with all the death threats, protesters and strongly felt opinions, Felice needs Atticus and Atticus really has his work cut out for him.
What I liked:
This book deals with a really sensitive issue and it’s handled well. Greg Rucka does a great job of showing both sides of the argument and the fact that there are good people who have strong opinions either way.
I was so emotionally invested in the story that there was one point where I was genuinely afraid for Atticus. If I was thinking logically, I shouldn’t have been. After all, he’s the main character and there was enough of the book left that I should have been certain that he wasn’t in danger. But I was really, genuinely afraid for him and I didn’t want anything bad to happen.
The story also kept me guessing about what was going to happen next. There were some great action sequences and some women who kicked major ass. I loved both Natalie and Bridgett.
What I didn’t like:
Okay, I know I already mentioned this in my tweets while I was reading but, wow, do I think Atticus Kodiak is a stupid name. I’m pretty sure that Greg Rucka is with me on this one so I don’t feel too bad about it. There were also times when I felt like Atticus was a little too much of a ladies-man, man’s man, man-about-town. He was a little too good at things so that it did stretch the edge of what I found believable.
This story was pretty violent. I was expecting that when I started because it was a pretty “manly” kind of story but I was upset by it a couple of times. Not because I don’t enjoy reading about violence – sometimes I do – but because bad things happened to characters I cared about. You should probably brace yourself for that if you want to read this book.
I also had some issues with the character of Alison, who I felt was only in the story to further Atticus’ plot and didn’t have her own story at all. She gave him a reason to visit the clinic and a reason for his own stance on the issue of abortion but after that she’s largely written out of the book. She’s mentioned in passing and has, I think, one telephone conversation with Atticus. I understand that he has a whole bunch of his own stuff going on in this story, boy does he ever, but it still really bothered me.
Keeper isn’t in print in England right now, which sucks because I really enjoyed it and I’d like to read the next one. It’s pretty obvious that this was Greg Rucka’s first novel and there were a few things that I hope he worked on for the sequel, but I’d definitely recommend it if you can get hold of it. I picked it up while I was on holiday in Seattle so I guess I’ll just have to go back for book two.