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  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 11 minutes
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  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 May 2009
  • Language: English
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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'..at 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.
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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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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2011
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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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 35 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We need more Atticus' in this world... 20 Dec. 2010
By Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been following Atticus Kodiak's story since the beginning...having picked up Keeper the first day it arrived in my store in the summer of 1996. As I read the inside of the jacket all those years ago, I realized the author was local. I read the novel over the next few days, then called the Rucka and had the privilege of hosting his first ever book signing. Over the last fourteen years I've read every book Rucka has written, most within days of publication. This all changed last year when Walking Dead was released. As usual, I picked the novel up immediately upon it hitting the bookstore shelves, but upon reading the jacket and realizing the story centers around the kidnapping of a fourteen-year old girl, I paused in my haste to read this latest installment.

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 - [...]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read! 26 Feb. 2011
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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If, as somebody here mentioned, Rucka is going to end Atticus series, it's going to be a huge dissapointment. Going to miss those. Love the hero, the action, the twisted plots. Also simply have to add that Rucka is probably the first thriller writer who got Russian and Georgian names right - no small feat. Being Russian, I am tired of seeing Leonovna this and Fiedorovitch that in books written (presumably) with some research done . This writer clearly does his homework.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent characters, writing, story 1 Sept. 2011
By Mark Lorenz - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first started reading about Atticus, I thought the book was a bit boring. But... about a 1/3 of the way into the first book about him, I was totally hooked. Read it way too fast and missed it after it was done. Then I found this book and took it up. Read it too fast too... Argh. It is difficult to tell you exactly why.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Non-Stop Page-Turning Thriller As Atticus Enters The Ugly World of Sex Trafficking 4 Jun. 2009
By TMStyles - Published on Amazon.com
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Greg Rucka is a major stylist in hard core thriller fiction today. His signature character, Atticus Kodiak, who has metamorphosed from body guard to assassin to international fugitive, is back in the fifth installment of the series. In "Walking Dead," Atticus adds one-man crusader to his resume as he launches himself on the seemingly impossible quest to rescue Tiasa, a 14 year-old neighbor who was kidnapped when her entire family was eliminated in an act of vengeance.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling dark journey 18 May 2009
By E. Richard Franke - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing book.

It is a page turner and a thrill ride. Atticus Kodiak is one of the most complex, interesting, heartbreaking and ultimately decent characters in American thrillers for a long time.

The reader goes with him on a journey to find out what kind of person Kodiak has become. In the previous novel, Patriot Acts, for reasons of revenge and self preservation, he had crossed lines that he had never even been close to before. There is no going back after that, but there are still the broken pieces of his old self to fit together. Has he gone to far to ever believe he could be a decent human being again?

This story addresses that question squarely as he seeks to be the salvation of just one girl who has been swallowed by the horror of the international human sex trafficking industry. His travels take him through the Caucases, Anatolia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. He is tested physically, mentally and spiritually, trying to forge a new path for himself, and do the one thing he knows is right, no matter the cost.

This is a thriller with a conscience, an adventure with a lesson, and an unforgettable thrill ride. Rucka is in top form. The writing is tight, the characterization crisp and the action is brutal.

Read this book!
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