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The Ranger (Quinn Colson Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ace Atkins
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Northeast Mississippi is hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as they were in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, just back from a tour of Afghanistan, it's home. But home has changed.

Quinn returns to a place overrun by corruption. His uncle, the county sheriff, is dead - officially it was suicide, but others whisper murder. In the days that follow, it will be up to Colson, now an Army Ranger, to discover the truth - not only about his uncle, but also about his family, friends, hometown and himself.

But once the truth is uncovered, there is no turning back.

Praise for The Ranger:
'This exciting thriller leaves you looking forward to the ranger’s return.' Sunday Telegraph

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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)

Atkins can run rings around most of the names in the crime field. (Elmore Leonard)

This exciting thriller leaves you looking forward to the ranger's return. (Sunday Telegraph)

Book Description

The first Quinn Colson novel, a contemporary book with a dash of classic westerns and noir.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start of a hopefully long series 7 Nov. 2012
By Strv 74
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I actually read the follow up book to this one first (The Lost Ones) and since it was great I just had to find and read the first one in the series as well. That turned out to be a great idea since The Ranger is an excellent story told by an author who knows how to write.

The Story is about a ranger sergeant home on leave for a funeral and how he gets tangled up in the local crime scene in his small home town in Mississippi. This is a perfect mix of mystery combined with a number of interesting characters. The Story just flows along and you with it. The Ending is a little like OK Coral but it does not feel to artificial. 300+ pages just went by rapidly.

Ace Atkins has created an interesting hero in Quinn Colson that I hope to meet a number of times in the future.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good ole slice of redneck noir 24 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Being a steadfast fan of the wonderful Ace Atkins for many years, I always relish a new book from this gifted and compelling crime writer. I am pleased to report that `The Ranger' does not disappoint and, in my ever so humble opinion, marks the start of what I believe will be a superlative series featuring Quinn Colson, a man who would be more than capable of giving Jack Reacher a good old run for his money!

When the book opens Colson has returned from Afghanistan and is at a crossroads in his Army career, so along with attending his uncle's funeral is using the time back home to reassess his future career. It becomes evident that there is a lot more to his uncle's apparent suicide, drawing Colson into the crosshairs of a community with more than one secret lurking beneath the surface. What Atkins does so well is draw together aspects of Colson's upbringing within this community, and how the loyalties of the past must inevitably fall by the wayside in his search for the truth. Colson's immediate family is put under the microscope what with the reckless and selfish actions of his errant sister, and the gradual unveiling of his uncle's troubles with the most powerful members of this community. This is world of trailer parks and meth labs, and another reviewer tags this book as `redneck noir'. Entering into the fray are a small violent band of typical backwoods criminals, highly reminiscent of the criminal fraternity in `Justified', who also have Colson in their sights, but it soon becomes clear that the last thing you should do is underestimate this tough and uncompromising soldier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff 17 Mar. 2013
Saw the cover of this book at my local library and initially thought it was a new Lee Child book.

On closer inspection found it was by someone called Ace Atkins, an author new to me. Thought I'd give it a try anyway and wasn't disappointed. Extremely tightly written with a well constructed storyline, interesing characters who you want to get to know; all set in the very atmospheric Deep South of the US.

The sort of book that keeps you up into the early hours to see what happens next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 10 Nov. 2013
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Solid Ace Atkins; you know what you are going to get and it's delivered. Interesting story which keeps the pages turning.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Yarn With A Southern Twang 7 Jan. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Hey Folks,

I just finished reading 'The Ranger' by Ace Atkins, the first book I've come across by this particular author. I enjoyed it as a bedtime read, it paces along nicely and ticks a lot of the right boxes for the crime/americana reading public.

As a fan of the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child it seems obvious to me that this book, or rather this series, is aimed at the same market…even the cover resonates with the house-style of Lee Child's work. The Ranger however is NOT Jack Reacher, the writing is frankly less sophisticated, but nonetheless I found it to work in it's own context. The grimy, trailer-trash aspect of the story is well served by the quick-fire, rather dry prose that Atkins uses. The chapters are cut up into scene-sized bites so it all flows along a bit like the screenplay for a movie, (which no doubt it eventually might become!)

To be honest, 3 stars is probably more than the book really deserves, but I enjoyed the story and as it left me wanting to read any further novels in the same series (I now see there are already 2 sequels which I'll add to my reading list,) I feel like being generous!
Reading some of the less favorable reviews here I'd just say, don't expect polished prose, this is not great literature.. it's written with a Southern twang and is very idiomatic so if you insist on grammatical correctness and such you may well not like it! If however you fancy a ripping yarn populated by a colourful cast of characters, like me you may well enjoy 'The Ranger'.

If you like the Jack Reacher novels, or yes 'Justified' on TV, you may well enjoy this book. It isn't quite as good as either of those mentioned but it's in a similar vein and an easy read, perfect if you're going on a plane or train or need something for the beach perhaps. I hope you'll enjoy it too.. I'm looking forward to the next one now!

Thanks, Px :))
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like cj box 8 April 2014
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You'll like this book. Similar in many ways the Joe Pickett books and this Quinn Colson book follow a storyline of a main character who can't help getting involved.

An enjoyable first novel which twists and turns towards the bloody conclusion. Interesting support characters help give the book depth. I'll be reading the next in the series
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