Book Review: The Ranger by Ace Atkins

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“The Ranger” by Ace Atkins (web­site | Face­book) is a fic­tional book fol­low­ing a home­town hero fight for right. This is the first in a new series.

  • 352 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Put­nam Adult
  • ISBN-10: 0399157484

My rat­ing for The Ranger Dead — 4

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I have read sev­eral books by Ace Atkins and was very excited when I heard that Atkins is com­ing up with a new book. Even though all the ones I read tread the waters of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion and "The Ranger" is a fic­tional book . Mr. Atkins’ writ­ing style, south­ern locals and over­all feel of his books are what kept me com­ing back.

The story revolves around Army Ranger Quinn Col­son, a tough vet­eran who comes back home and lays down the law on the bad guys.
I know what you’re think­ing: “I’ve seen this before” – and you’re right, the story isn’t very orig­i­nal but the set­ting, writ­ing and cast of char­ac­ters make this book a work of art.

The story takes place in north­ern Mis­sis­sippi, some­where around Mem­phis in the fic­tional Tibbe­hah County. The cast of char­ac­ters are the oppo­site of what a north­erner like myself would imag­ine the south­ern sunny happy-go-lucky folks to be.

Quite the oppo­site in-fact, if Tibbe­hah County wasn’t fic­tional we might have had to take have the Rangers take it over and cleanse it out. The county is inhab­ited with mean, igno­rant, vio­lent and unhinged peo­ple that ever pop­u­lated Mis­sis­sippi.
All of which makes a cap­ti­vat­ing read from a south­ern author.

The action is fast, there are no unnec­es­sary speeches, sym­pa­thies or solil­o­quies. Col­son is a man of few words, with faults who walks a gray line between right and wrong.
A mod­ern west­ern set in the south.

The Ranger” is not only an ori­gin story, but also a crazy ride into the shad­ows of Mis­sis­sippi and I’m look­ing for­ward to read the next book in the series.

So tell me, are you will­ing to over­look the story for the writ­ing and characters?

Army Ranger Quinn Col­son is com­ing back home to the funeral of his uncle who also hap­pen to be the local sher­iff. Col­son is a tough solider, a war­rior vet­eran of both Iraq and Afghanistan and is dis­mayed to hear that his uncle has com­mit­ted suicide.

Quickly Col­son learns that the sher­iff might have been mur­dered and starts dig­ging more into the case. Com­bined with fam­ily issues, high school bag­gage and teen preg­nancy, Col­son has his work cut out for him.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free.
Arti­cle first pub­lished as Book Review: The Ranger by Ace Atkins on Blogcritics.

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