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The Ranger: A Quinn Colson Novel | [Ace Atkins]

The Ranger: A Quinn Colson Novel

Northeast Mississippi: hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, it's home - but not the home he left when he 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.
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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed, award-winning author comes an extraordinary new series about a real hero and the real Deep South.

Northeast Mississippi: hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, it's home - but not the home he left when he 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, 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.

©2011 Ace Atkins (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With terrific, inflected characters, and a dark, subtle sense of place and history, The Ranger is an exceptional novel." (John Sandford)

"One of the best crime writers at work today." (Michael Connelly)

In Colson, Atkins has created a compelling character, a coolly intelligent man who brings both the rare abilities of Special Ops training and a wider experience of the world to his festering little hometown. The plot feels mean and speedy...and the language echoes with the influences of Faulkner and Chandler but finds its own strong voice." (St. Petersburg Times)

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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-25-11
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-25-11 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "A New Favorite"

    I had not heard about Ace Atkins or Jeff Woodman before I saw this listing on Audible. I thought I may as well give it a try so I downloaded it. Once I started "The Ranger", I had trouble turning it off and walking away. Ace Atkins crafts a story that hold you and makes you want to hear more while Jeff Woodman does an outstanting job with the narration. I can hardly wait for the next one to come out. I can believe I found a New Favorite!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-11-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a good story for me."

    I did not smile during this book.

    Most 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 for.

    The two main good guys are Quinn and Lily. Quinn is an army ranger who came home for his uncle’s funeral and is investigating his uncle’s death. Lily is a sheriff’s deputy. It was not fun or special watching them solve the mystery. There wasn’t anything interesting about their relationship. Anna-Lee is supposedly a good character. Her husband is in danger so she begs Quinn to find him. Quinn risks his life to help the husband. Then Anna-Lee is rude and dismissive to Quinn. She doesn’t even thank him. Her actions make her unlikeable, and she’s one of the good guys.

    There were two action scenes that were missing key parts. Quinn creates a diversion to enter the enemy compound and rescue hostages. He gets inside to the hostages and says lets go. Then the story skips to the next day. We don’t see how they sneak off and run while the bad guys are shooting. Did any bad guys follow them?

    The other scene: Two guys A and B are taking a long car drive. They end up in an ambush with bad guys surrounding them. All of a sudden two good guys C and D are hiding in the nearby woods and shoot the bad guys so A can get away. How did C and D know to be hiding in that place? Were they following A’s car? I don’t know.

    I’m not sure how I feel about the narrator Jeff Woodman. I wonder if his interpretations made some characters more unlikeable than I would have made them if I were reading the physical book. All the characters are Mississippi locals so he speaks with southern and hillbilly accents - like sit-shee-aa tion (for situation). It was a little too much southern for me. But that may be personal preference.

    Genre: crime mystery suspense

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trudi L. Wood Seminole, Florida 10-08-12
    Trudi L. Wood Seminole, Florida 10-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Tupi

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    "I like this guy!"

    I really like this guy! If Quinn Colson were sheriff in my town, I'd vote for him just for being so honestly cool. The drama in this story just keeps going, and I can't wait to read the next book. ....ahhhh, swooon

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kennard 04-02-12
    Kennard 04-02-12

    Just an old retired guy, eyesight not as good as it was, so really enjoy listening to these books. Been listening for about 6 years.

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    "A interesting story, fast moving, an easy listen"
    Would you listen to The Ranger again? Why?

    It's one I might come back to if I had some time on my hands and no good newer books available.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Jeff Woodman's reading was easy to listen to. He does a nice job on different voices for the characters so they are recognizable.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Pulaski, TN, United States 03-07-13
    Erin Pulaski, TN, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Southern"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think the story had real potential and just the kind of book I enjoy listending too, but the narrator did not do a Southern accent very well at all. And his female voice was distracting. I wasted 45 minutes listening to this book before I gave up because I could not stand the accent any longer. Will look for the actual book so I can continue reading the story.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Woodman’s performance?

    His Southern accent was not good, to say the least. Very stereotypical. I looked up his bio - why get an actor from New England to voice a book set in the South, with Southern characters?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Norman FAYETTEVILLE, NC, United States 11-05-12
    Norman FAYETTEVILLE, NC, United States 11-05-12
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    "Ex-75th Ranger Bn guy after the army."
    What did you love best about The Ranger?

    The way the main character put's his ranger skill's to good use.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Ranger because he kick ass.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What he found about his sister.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vera CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Vera CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good start on a new series."

    Really like the characters in this series. I like the narrator better in this book than some of his others, he kind of reads a little slow sometimes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Denver, NC, United States 06-18-12
    Liz Denver, NC, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Ranger is entertaining"
    Would you listen to The Ranger again? Why?

    Ace Atkins is a new author to me and I enjoyed this book. It never was slow, but it was not too complicated either.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharron 02-18-12
    Sharron 02-18-12
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    "Couldn't Connect"
    What disappointed you about The Ranger?

    I chose this book based on a strong recommendation by a friend, who rarely leads me astray. Unfortunately I found little to like about it.


    What was most disappointing about Ace Atkins’s story?

    The lead character (the Ranger himself) was not likable, certainly not admirable. For a story to succeed, the author has to give the reader something to connect with, someone to root for, but this connection was missing for me.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narrator did a good job.


    What character would you cut from The Ranger?

    The core group of characters were all essential to the plot. Rather than cutting any, I'd like to see them all made more interesting, more appealing.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John L Knoxville, TN USA 06-12-13
    John L Knoxville, TN USA 06-12-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not so hot"
    What disappointed you about The Ranger?

    I didn't like Jeff Woodman as a reader. His southern accents were over the top. I also didn't like the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Woodman’s performances?

    Nope.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dislike and indifference.


    Any additional comments?

    I just wasn't interested in the story and never finished it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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