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Went to Afghanistan Now an Army Ranger he returns to a place overrun by corruption and finds his uncle the county sheriff dead a suicide he's told but others whisper murder In the days that follow. uinn Colson is an Army Ranger who returns on leave to his home in Tibbehah County in northeastern Mississippi to attend the funeral of his uncle who had been the local sheriff Upon arriving he is shocked to learn that his uncle apparently committed suicide He is even upset when Lillie Virgil a deputy sheriff suggests that his uncle was actually murdereduinn is also troubled by the fact that while he has been overseas defending his country both his family and his home town have badly deteriorated His father a former movie stuntman had abandoned the family years earlier Now his sister Caddy has left home as well tumbling into a sordid world of drugs and other vices Caddy has left her small child with uinn s mom who is not coping with the world all that well herself Meanwhile Tibbehah County is sadly overrun with schemers thugs and corrupt local officials and is sinking under the tide of a meth epidemicuinn s uncle has left his home and farm to uinn but then a local would be wheeler dealer named Johnny Stagg shows up claiming that he has liens against the property and that he intends to take possession uinn has only a few days before he s due back at his Army post and clearly he s got a lot of work to do before then to sort all of this out As he probes deeply into his uncle s death and the other problems of the county he stirs up a proverbial hornets nest and the blood begins to flowThis is the first book in a new series and Ace Atkins has created here a very intriguing protagonist He has also surrounded him with a great cast of characters both good and bad and set them in a very well drawn world that is interesting in and of itself The book is somewhat reminiscent of Ken Mercer s Slow Fire which also portrays the way in which the scourge of meth can eat away at a small town and its inhabitantsAce Atkins has been much in the book news lately for taking over Robert B Parker s Spenser series and his first Spenser book Robert B Parker s Lullaby has just been released But uinn Colson is at least as compelling a character as Spenser and I m looking forward to the coming books in the series Wild Storm Derrick Storm 5 years earlier Now his sister Caddy has left home as well tumbling into a sordid world of drugs and other vices Caddy has left her small child with uinn s mom who is not coping with the world all that well herself Meanwhile Tibbehah County is sadly overrun with schemers thugs and corrupt local officials and is sinking under the tide of a meth epidemicuinn s uncle has left his home and farm to uinn but then a local would be wheeler dealer named Johnny Stagg shows up claiming that he has liens against the property and that he intends to take possession uinn has only a few days before he s due back at his Army post and clearly he s got a lot of work to do before then to sort all of this out As he probes deeply into his uncle s death and the other problems of the county he stirs up a proverbial hornets nest and the blood begins to flowThis is the first book in a new series and Ace Atkins has created here a very intriguing protagonist He has also surrounded him with a great cast of characters both good and bad and set them in a very well drawn world that is interesting in and of itself The book is somewhat reminiscent of Ken Mercer s Slow Fire which also portrays the way in which the scourge of meth can eat away at a small town and its inhabitantsAce Atkins has been much in the book news lately for taking over Robert B Parker s Spenser series and his first Spenser book Robert B Parker s Lullaby has just been released But uinn Colson is at least as compelling a character as Spenser and I m looking forward to the coming books in the series

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Northeast Mississippi hill country rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War where killings are as commonplace as in the Old West To uinn Colson it's home but not the home he left when he. I see them long hard times to comeWait a second This isn t Justfied But there s enough similarity to excuse my temporary confusionIn his younger days uinn Colson was a small town hell raiser in Mississippi but he went on to become a US Army Ranger who has spent most of his twenties fighting in Afghanistan and Ira About the only thing that could get him to return home is the funeral for the uncle who practically raised him and uinn has every intention of not staying a second longer than necessaryHowever uinn learns that his uncle who was also the county sheriff died under suspicious circumstances and a slimy redneck wannabe land baron pops up claiming that the family land is now forfeit due to a debt his uncle owed uinn s refusal to sign over the land gets him tangled up with a bunch of meth dealing white supremacistsThe comparisons to Raylan Givens are fairly easy to see You ve got a government trained and certified bad ass reluctantly returning to his Southern hometown and having to deal with a variety of criminal rednecks as well as his own family issues This also seems like the classic action hero set up of a soldier returning home to find that his people have fallen prey to vicious thugsDespite the similarities to Justified or a story that is pretty familiar from several action movies Ace Atkins makes uinn a uniue character and spins the plot off in unexpected directions so that it doesn t play out in the obvious ways The Alabama born and Auburn educated Atkins lives in Mississippi now and it s obvious that he s a guy who knows the ways of small town life as he lays out a vividly realistic portrayal of what it s like in an area where the only growth industry is meth productionAtkins also nails what it likes to return to the small town where you grew up As a guy who left the Little Town for the Big City I can testify that there s a weird dynamic at play when you have reason to return You re not entirely an outsider but you re not one of the locals any It s kind of like watching a TV show for a few years then skipping a couple of seasons and then seeing a new episode You know most of the actors and the basics of the story but you always feel like you re missing somethingI wouldn t say this fits the hick lit or redneck noir styles of a Daniel Woodrell or Donald Ray Pollock but it s a well crafted and entertaining crime story in a rural setting by a guy who knows that lifestyle well My Big Book Of Sewing younger days uinn Colson was a small town hell raiser in Mississippi but he went on to become a US Army Ranger who has spent most of his twenties fighting in Afghanistan and Ira About the only thing that could get him to return home is the funeral for the uncle who practically raised him and uinn has every intention of not staying a second longer than necessaryHowever uinn learns that his uncle who was also the county sheriff died under suspicious circumstances and a slimy redneck wannabe land baron pops up claiming that the family land is now forfeit due to a debt his uncle owed uinn s refusal to sign over the land gets him tangled up with a bunch of meth dealing white supremacistsThe comparisons to Raylan Givens are fairly easy to see You ve got a government trained and certified bad ass reluctantly returning to his Southern hometown and having to deal with a variety of criminal rednecks as well as his own family issues This also seems like the classic action hero set up of a soldier returning home to find that his people have fallen prey to vicious thugsDespite the similarities to Justified or a story that is pretty familiar from several action movies Ace Atkins makes uinn a uniue character and spins the plot off in unexpected directions so that it doesn t play out in the obvious ways The Alabama born and Auburn educated Atkins lives in Mississippi now and it s obvious that he s a guy who knows the ways of small town life as he lays out a vividly realistic portrayal of what it s like in an area where the only growth industry is meth productionAtkins also nails what it likes to return to the small town where Acts Of Mercy Mercy Street 3 you grew up As a guy who left the Little Town for the Big City I can testify that there s a weird dynamic at play when The Chicolini Incident A Rex Nihilo Adventure you have reason to return You re not entirely an outsider but reckless-charity-a-charity-styles-novel-caribbean-thriller-series-book-3 you re not one of the locals any It s kind of like watching a TV show for a few The Eightfold Path years then skipping a couple of seasons and then seeing a new episode You know most of the actors and the basics of the story but neurologie you always feel like Again Calls The Owl you re missing somethingI wouldn t say this fits the hick lit or redneck noir styles of a Daniel Woodrell or Donald Ray Pollock but it s a well crafted and entertaining crime story in a rural setting by a guy who knows that lifestyle well

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It will be up to Colson to discover the truth not only about his uncle but about his family his friends his town and not least about himself And once the truth is discovered there is no turning back. Ace Atkins protagonist uinn Colson is in the mold of El Leonard s Raylan Givens Lee Child s Jack Reacher and Craig Johnson s Walt Longmire If none of those literary references work for you the plot of this novel is very reminiscent of this But this simplistic plot a soldier returning home to find his idyllic hometown corrupted while he was away is pushed to a new level by the author s ability to write realistic interesting characters Nothing about Colson or the supporting cast around him is one dimensional There are layers to each of the characters both the protagonists and the antagonists and moral shades of gray for both as well This depth and shading made what I thought to be a simple page turning action revenge into something much interesting and memorableThe highest compliment I can give this book is that as soon as I finished it I bought the second in the series The Lost Ones and started reading it that same night


10 thoughts on “The Ranger

  1. says:

    South Louisiana has Dave RobicheauxMinnesota has Lucas DavenportLos Angeles has Harry Bosch Elvis Cole and Joe PikeGeorgia has Rick Grimes high fivesNow rural Mississippi has uinn Colsonuinn Colson returns home from Afghanistan and his job as an Army Ranger when his uncle that raised him is found dead Apparently from a self inflicted gunshot wound Once home with the help of a local deputy and a former soldier he realizes that the town he

  2. says:

    All the classic ingredients are in place a uniue setting a reluctant hero a small town rife with corruption a criminal element who are Really Bad Guys a pregnant teen looking for the baby daddy who cooks meth Well maybe not the last one although I think the pregnant teen was used in a Walt Longmire story as we

  3. says:

    I see them long hard times to comeWait a second This isn’t Justfied But there’s enough similarity to excuse my temporary confusionIn his younger days uinn Colson was a small town hell raiser in Mississippi b

  4. says:

    When his uncle the county sheriff eats a gun uinn Colson comes home to Tibbehah County Mississippi for the funeral Turns out his home town is a cesspool and the chief turds are Johnny Stagg a county official and

  5. says:

    uinn Colson is an Army Ranger who returns on leave to his home in Tibbehah County in northeastern Mississippi t

  6. says:

    Nice to have finally read book one after having listened to book 3 7 Now I have only The Lost Ones left and of course The Sinners book 8 that I'm going to listen to as soon as it's availableIt was great reading The Ranger although yes I knew some of the stuff mostly concerning uinn's uncle since I have read pretty much every book in the series I like uinn and I most definitely like Lillie Virgil the deputy s

  7. says:

    Okaythis is not the kind of book I usually enjoy if I were placing it in a preference category based simply on the story in general The thing is it is simply written so well that I got interested and never lost interest And as I'm now reading the 4th book in the uinn Colson series I figure it's time to review the first 3 though I may not get them all reviewed in this sittinguinn Colson is a USArmy Ranger and has been for 10 years He has ju

  8. says:

    Ace Atkins' protagonist uinn Colson is in the mold of El Leonard's Raylan Givens Lee Child's Jack Reacher and Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire If none of those literary references work for you the plot of this novel is very reminiscent of this Bu

  9. says:

    Not a good story for me I did not smile during this bookMost of the book has mean unlikeable characters doing things that are not interesting to watch Most of the characters were poor and uneducated Their thoughts and actions were not entertaining No one intrigued me There was no one to root forThe two main good guys are uinn and Lily uinn is an army ranger who came home for his uncle’s funeral and is investigating his uncle’s death Li

  10. says:

    LOST LOCAL BOY FOUNDKemper said this would help scratch the Justified itch and that combined with how much I liked Atkins's Spenser reboot made me go into this ready to have a good time Those are the kinds of expectations so often

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