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on 5 September 2011
Book 7, featuring Atticus Kodiak

This series and author is new to me, I realize starting with the 7th instalment is not ideal but with 'Walking Dead' I was quickly hooked. Although it may have been most helpful to have read the previous books, I immediately felt comfortable in the story and found it could easily stand by its own.

Written in the first person in a clear and concise prose the story grabs the attention from the start with its action, timely plot and stone cold protagonists that have been tested over and over and pushed to the edge seemingly right into the abyss at times. Do not fear as in all great thrillers the characters are like the energiser bunny ...they just keep on going...

This riveting storyline opens with Atticus and his lover Alena living in Kobuleti, Georgia, a place where they felt they could start a new life and distance themselves from the past. Their neighbours, the Lagidze family appear to have done the same. One day suddenly everything changes when the Lagidze family is slaughtered and Tiasa, the 14 year old daughter, is abducted. At this point Atticus swears to move heaven and hell to find Tiasa and give her a chance to live a life without fear. When Atticus discovers that Tiasa has been sold to sex traffickers to pay her father's debt, he becomes even more determined to find her; the trail takes him to Dubai, Amsterdam and Las Vegas

While on the home front we see a second thread quickly developing one as important as the first: Alena narrowly escapes an attack and a terrible fire' this point I wondered if there was a possible link to the kidnapping or something from their past coming to back to haunt them? The suspense just kept on growing.

This thriller is very captivating and one of the best I have read in a long time. The storyline is well-crafted with plenty of brutal and never ending action that exploits the dark side of human trafficking and the political shenanigans that it often attracts. The scenes are crawling with details that are sure to raise goose bumps. I was emotionally invested in Atticus; I wanted him to succeed regardless. This cleverly written thriller will leave you on a reader's high.
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on 8 November 2010
Having read Walking Dead, I think that its actually a fitting swansong for Atticus Kodiak and the world he lives in, if this is the last book. Atticus started out a Bodyguard and, in this book, in a way, the story finishes with him as one. Along the way, Rucka sneaks in an overview of Atticus's career via having old and new characters appear while having Atticus consider how he's changed-including a welcome reappearance by Bridget Logan, his Ex and who is, once more, clean of drugs. Not surprisingly, given how everything-including their relationship-ended last time they saw each other, very nearly the first thing she does on meeting Atticus again is nearly kill him. Some things never change.

A very basic overview is that Atticus and Alena, still in hiding, witness a double Murder and Abduction where they live in the dead of night, involving a family they know. Alena wants to leave it all alone-but Atticus won't, and his attempts to find out whats going on lead him across the world as he deals with Hitmen, Drug Smugglers, modern-day Slavery and-worst of all-Politics. Lee Childs Jack Reacher could take lessons from Atticus as he works his way along the trail via espionage, torture, gunfire and hand-to-hand combat and uncovers some truly ugly things along the way. Atticus may not be an out-and-out hero, never was, but, in this book, he shows again just why we all like him so much. He can't stand leaving alone something as wrong as what has happened-and may Heaven help whoever gets in his way to putting it right.

If you enjoy Rucka's Atticus Kodiak books? Read this one, its a fitting end to his story.
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on 19 August 2009
Rucka started out with several marvelous books and I ordered and bought everything he wrote but now something has gone wrong. Patriot Acts was a massive falling off and this book could have been written by a computer gifted with a selection of movie plots. In fact it would not surprise me if it was subcontracted to and written by someone else.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 25 September 2011
This is the seventh, and at time of writing, last book in Greg Rucka's series about body guard Atticus Kodiak.

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.
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