Walking Dead (Atticus Kodika) Hardcover – April 28, 2009
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- Publisher : Bantam; First Edition (April 28, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 055380474X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553804744
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.21 x 1.13 x 9.32 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,991,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tiasa is quickly pumped into the pipeline of human sex traffickers and Atticus has the formidable task of following a cold trail to locate Tiasa while becoming a major target for every evil or twisted killer or pervert he encounters along the way. His single minded efforts to find the girl and to punish anyone who gets in his way ultimately brings grave repercussions to his beloved wife Alena and his home in the Republic of Georgia. Bridgette Logan makes an unexpected appearance and provides some needed humor when she and Alena team up for a time.
His search takes Atticus from the Georgian Republic to Turkey to Dubai to New York, Las Vegas and finally Ireland. Never has Atticus been so focused, so deadly, so unforgiving, yet never has he shown his humanity and compassion as much as he does in "Walking Dead." Make no mistake that this novel is as much about Atticus finding and reaffirming his core values as it is about him finding and rescuing a kidnapped girl.
Rucka presents a tightly plotted, edge-of-the-seat thriller that will have the reader gasping for air at times. Never has Atticus been this deadly or this vulnerable. And the depiction of one of the sickest aspects of humanity, the trafficking of young girls in the sex markets of the world, is enough to make one nauseous. Having read all five novels in the series, this reader easily rates this as the finest and it is enough of a stand alone that new readers can enjoy it without knowing all the back-story. I heartily recommend to all who enjoy fast paced, danger-laden suspense thrillers.
Rucka makes you like the characters in the book, even when they're "bad" people. And the story is very interesting. I don't know if he knows about these places around the world or if he just researches them, but they are very detailed and believable. As others have said, Atticus is a conflicted guy - no super hero. He is often injured, can't see because his glasses are broken, and runs into stumbling blocks at every turn. Nevertheless, you will pull for him and generally be satisfied with the happenings, though they aren't always happy.
I have read many, many books of this genre. This is one of the best. Highly recommend (the whole Atticus series). Read them - you won't be sorry.
It was the topic that gave me pause, sex trafficking and slavery. I have a teenage daughter and as much as I wanted to know what Atticus was up to, I just couldn't bring myself to read a novel about this horrific business. So, I put it on the shelf and left it there for the past year and a half.
Rucka has since published his latest Queen & Country novel, which I loved, so I decided last week to pick up Walking Dead and attempt to read it. I'm so glad I did. If you know Atticus, he is a very complicated character and has always operated in the grey, between the line that separates good and bad. I knew going into this that it would be impossible to put down and it would be constant adrenaline from the first chapter on and that was definitely the case. I also knew Rucka's character's aren't super heroes (ok, some literally are, but not in this series), so there was a chance that the good guys would die and the ending would be tough. It was with this knowledge that I picked up the novel, not knowing where this ride would go.
What I found was one of his best Atticus Kodiak books to date. The book begins with Atticus and his ex-Soviet assassin girlfriend, Alena Cizhova, living in a Georgian town in the former USSR. Laying low and establishing a new life was all they wanted and they were well on their way to living a life of anonymity and peace, until their neighbor's are brutally murdered and their daughter, Tiasa, is kidnapped. Atticus and Alena probably should just let it go, but they are unable to do that and what follows is a pursuit into the dark work of sex kidnapping and slavery around the world - from Georgia, to Turkey, to Dubai and finally to Las Vegas.
Despite my fears, Rucka handled the topic with a lot of sensitivity and there was nothing graphic in regards to the subject he was bringing awareness to. What was at times graphic was the vigilante justice displayed by Atticus. If you're at all familiar with this all too real horrible business you will wish there were a thousand Atticus' out there, as this is a worldwide problem that is destroying millions of lives.
With Rucka you never know what he's going to do and until I closed the book I was nervous. I won't give away the ending, but I will tell you that justice for Tiasa is finally done and the novel ends with her in a place where she can heal. I came away glad I had finally read the book and satisfied with the justice dispensed for the truly evil characters who came between Atticus and an innocent child. I also set the novel down with an acute awareness that something has to be done. Whether you live in Portland or Las Vegas, the United States or Georgia, sex trafficking is a real issue that needs to be addressed and that needs more public awareness. I hope that those who read this book will take a second to think about what they can do to raise awareness of this modern day slavery. And let's hope for more Atticus who are willing to put their life on the line to stop this injustice.
OPD did a great job spotlighting the issue on the air - I believe you can download the show here - [...]
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I have now read my way, in order, through the entire sequence, and to my mind it is one of the best in the series. If you have not read any of the other titles, then you would nevertheless enjoy this one as a standalone title. The plot is straightforward and pleasantly direct, Atticus and Alena are hiding out in Russia, a neighbouring family are slaughtered with the daughter being kidnapped. It becomes apparent that she has fallen victim to sex traffickers specialising in underage girls. Atticus sets out to retrieve her, once again earning the 'boy scout' epithet that was previously applied to him.
The morality is straightforward, these are bad people, and Atticus is keeping bad company and walking a dangerous path in tracking down the missing daughter.
I think the book really benefits from being about something, Rucka put a fair bit of research into the book, and it comes across as a convincing read. This is a difficult and unpleasant subject, that has been used responsibly for a thought provoking thriller.
There is final action sequence that felt a bit contrived, but overall this is exciting, enjoyable thriller about the real evil that exists in the world.