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The Ranger (Quinn Colson Book 1) by [Atkins, Ace]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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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 )

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The first Quinn Colson novel, a contemporary book with a dash of classic westerns and noir. One of the best crime writers at work today.' Michael Connelly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AN2KKBY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Raven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2013
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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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I would say that this is an accurate representation of life in a small (corrupt!) town in Mississippi and the local patois (often profane) takes some getting used to. My enjoyment increased as I got used to keeping up with the numerous 'baddies' and 'goodies' and their backgrounds and the author is skilled in creating 'atmosphere' over a very big canvas. Quinn Colson is a good lead character. A tough ex-Ranger with a 'brain' who, despite an absence from his home town of 10 years, quickly picks up the threads of corruption and criminality which involved the death of his uncle - the Sheriff. The story soon gains momentum and there are scenes of graphic violence , but also just enough family 'normality' to maintain a balance. I still think that James Lee Burke is the master story teller of the 'Deep South' crime novel, but Ace Atkins has his own distinct 'voice' and I enjoyed this book enough to get the sequel 'The Lost Ones', which I am currently reading.
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I was initially intrigued by this tale of a U.S. Army Ranger (Quinn Colson) returning from a tour of Afghanistan to attend his uncle's funeral in a back-water town set in Northeast Mississippi. His uncle had been the county sheriff and there was a mystery surrounding his death - officially it was suicide. Not surprisingly, Colson sets about 'investigating' his uncle's death. Add in a whiff of local corruption and a gang of trailer-trash red-necks and there was the potential for a quirky, gritty tale. But I'm afraid that this novel just didn't work for me. The pace was slow and meandering and, at times, stretched my patience. The story was mediocre at best, it lacked tension and it offered up very little in the way of originality. Even the artwork on the front cover was a rip-off of the style of covers seen on recent Lee Child novels - I guess that this is the target readership this is aimed at. I have read all of Lee Child's output and this (in my humble opinion) is no substitute.
I see that The Ranger is the first in a series of five (thus far) - so maybe they do get better. Personally, on the strength of this one, I'll be avoiding any further instalments.
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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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