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The Ranger (Quinn Colson Novels) Hardcover – June 9, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
Best known for historical thrillers like Infamous, Atkins kicks off a new series with a solid action-packed yarn featuring U.S. Army Ranger Quinn Colson. When Colson returns home to Jericho, Miss., from his most recent tour of duty in Afghanistan for his uncle's funeral, he's surprised to learn that his uncle, former sheriff Hampton Beckett, shot himself to death. An old friend, Deputy Lillie Virgil, suspects that Beckett was actually murdered. Colson's efforts to prove that theory bring him up against both the violent and the corrupt. During Colson's time away, his rural community has been overrun with meth dealers, whose blight affects those close to him. The contours of the story line are a bit too familiar—the prodigal son returning home to clean up the town—and the setup for sequels is predictable, but the author's superior prose will carry most readers along and raise hopes for more original plotting next time. Greg Iles fans will find much to like. (June)
Praise for The Ranger
“I have always been impressed with (jealous of) how easy Ace Atkins makes it look. The Ranger is by far his best work...I hope Quinn Colson and Lillie Virgil stick around for a good long time.”—Michael Connelly
“Atkins has written a bunch of great thrillers, but this one sets up a series that should push him to the top of the bestseller list.”—John Sandford
“Has the down-and-dirty vibe of a ’70s drive-in action picture.”—Dallas Morning News
“[His] estimable ranger may bring to mind Lee Child’s hard fisted, soft hearted Jack Reacher, which is entirely a good thing.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Give this one to Stephen Hunter fans who like fast-moving plots and decisive good guys facing down evil.”—Library Journal
“Atkins kicks off a new series with a solid action packed yarn…Greg Iles fans will find much to like.”—Publishers Weekly
More Praise For Ace Atkins’s Quinn Colson Series
“In Quinn Colson, bestselling author Ace Atkins has created an American hero in a time when we need him.”—C. J. Box
“Ace Atkins’s Quinn Colson series is, quite simply, the best in crime fiction today—and also so much more. With a rich cast of characters, and a hero we can count on, these are tales of morality and desperation, of shocking violence and the enduring resilience of family and community. And the emotional places they take us make them unforgettable.”—Megan Abbott
“Quinn Colson is my kind of guy. I would follow him anywhere.”—Lee Child
“Atkins finds his natural-born storytellers everywhere. It’s all music to these ears.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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'The Ranger' introduces us to Quinn Colson, an Army Ranger back home in northeast Mississippi for the first time in six years. Quinn's returned to bury his Uncle. He's been told the death was a suicide but doesn't believe it, and he's determined to find the truth. Doing so means taking on meth dealers, white supremacists, official corruption, and friends who aren't what they seem.
Atkins is on par with John Grisham as a storyteller, and his prose is detailed in the fashion of Stephen King's. His characters are larger than life, and the poverty of the region and the hopelessness of its uneducated and underemployed residents leaps off every page. If you grew up in a small town or lived in a poor county you'll recognize the main characters, from the good ol' boy sheriff, to the local preacher/ meth dealer, to Quinn's sister, who abandoned her son for a life as a drug-addled stripper, to the white nationalist building an army of unemployed young men with no hope and no future.
I'll be busy over the next few months burying myself in Atkins' library of work. If his other books are half as good as The Ranger it will be time well spent.
Having said all that, if Ace does a sequel to this one, it would probably be worth trying, because he's set the scene for what could probably be a pretty good story of some kind.
Most recent customer reviews
Husband really enjoyed this book and would like the rest of the series,. Thanks for a good read