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.
"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)
A thick lawn, running water, and a tree to sit under. That's close to heaven!
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!
It's one I might come back to if I had some time on my hands and no good newer books available.
Jeff Woodman's reading was easy to listen to. He does a nice job on different voices for the characters so they are recognizable.
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.
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.
Yes, the narrator did a good job.
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.
The way the main character put's his ranger skill's to good use.
The Ranger because he kick ass.
He did a good job.
What he found about his sister.
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
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.
Ace Atkins is a new author to me and I enjoyed this book. It never was slow, but it was not too complicated either.
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.
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?
I couldn't get past the horrible narration of this book. I listened to about a third of it and was so annoyed with the narrator's inability to inject any life into it that I totally lost interest and tossed it.
I thought Atkins was supposed to be pretty good!!??
And I *know* I've listened to Woodman before but holy cow!!!
The story was dumb, the dialogue was worse and the narration was ridiculously bad.
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