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Author: Jeff Woodman,Ace Atkins
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Title: The Ranger (A Quinn Colson Novel)
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Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 1, 2012)

The Ranger (A Quinn Colson Novel) by Jeff Woodman,Ace Atkins

A Quinn Colson Novel. Narrated by: Jeff Woodman. Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins. 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.

Army Ranger Quinn Colson, twenty-nine and already too old, recently benched from "storming the castle" and assigned to teach instead, is brought back to his childhood home in Tibbehah County when his beloved uncle di LOST LOCAL BOY FOUND. Kemper 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. 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. When Army Ranger Quinn Colson journeys home to the small town of Jericho, Mississippi for the funeral of his uncle, the sheriff, he finds far more questions than answers waiting. His uncle’s death is listed as a suicide, but some think it is murder.

Ace Atkins (Author), Jeff Woodman (Narrator), Audible Studios (Publisher). Get this audiobook plus a second, free. Quinn Colson, Ace Atkins' newest character who debuted in "The Ranger", returns in "The Lost Ones". Quinn, a former Ranger, is now the sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, where he finds himself knee deep in two cases-a child abuse/baby selling racket and a gun running ring-that may or may not be connected. Still ably supported by his more experienced and hard case Chief Deputy, Lillie Virgil, Quinn is driven to find eleven missing children after the beating death of a young infant.

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. Listeners Also Bought. The Lost Ones: A Quinn Colson Novel, Book 2 (Unabridged).

Written by Ace Atkins, narrated by Brian D'Arcy James. Quinn Colson, Book 4. By: Ace Atkins. Narrated by: Brian D'Arcy James. Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins. Regular price: £2. 9. A Quinn Colson Novel.

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In Quinn Colson, bestselling author Ace Atkins has created an American hero in a time when we need him. -C. J. Box. After years of war, Army Ranger Quinn Colson returns home to the rugged, rough hill country of northeast Mississippi to find his native Tibbehah County overrun with corruption, decay, meth runners, and violence. His uncle, the longtime county sheriff, is dead. A suicide, he’s told, but others-like tomboy deputy Lillie Virgil-whisper murder.

“Atkins can write rings around most of the names in the crime field.” — Elmore Leonard “Atkins has solidified his place alongside Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos as one of our most important crime writers.” — Associated Press Every year, Ace Atkins’s novels win extraordinary critical acclaim, awards, inclusion on year’s-best lists. But he has never written anything like The Ranger: the first of a remarkable 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 find a place overrun by corruption, and 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 of all, himself. And once it is discovered, there is no turning back. South Louisiana has Dave Robicheaux. Minnesota has Lucas Davenport. Los Angeles has Harry Bosch and Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Florida has Doc Ford. Now rural Mississippi has a magnetic young hero all its own, and his ongoing adventures in a world of violence and honor. With prose, characters, and atmosphere so rich they leap off the page, The Ranger proves why Michael Connelly calls Atkins “one of the best crime writers at work today.”
Reviews: 7
I had not read any modern novels for decades, and I had never even heard of novelist Ace Atkins. If you had asked me, I would probably have guessed that that was the name of a country western singer, or perhaps a little-known NASCAR driver, or just maybe, one of the fictional TV characters of old who might have drifted into Dodge on Gunsmoke, or ridden onto the Ponderosa in an old episode of Bonanza.

But I do read the Wall Street Journal, and I saw an intriguing piece that described William Faulkner's having served Four Roses whiskey (the long-gone American Blended Whiskey variety of the 1950s, rot gut of the worst kind, legendary in a bad away, the butt of jokes everywhere, and not the excellent Four Roses bourbon that is on the shelves today) to his guests, while pouring for himself from a bottle of Jack Daniels. The old fox.

The writer of the piece was a man named Ace Atkins. I looked him up.

Ace is a former Tampa, FL crime reporter who now lives on a farm outside of Oxford, MS, which was Faulkner's home. He writes novels. The reviews are generally pretty good. One that caught my eye is called The Ranger. It is the first of several books he has written about a character called Quinn Colson.

I downloaded it onto the Kindle and started reading. I am not an accomplished book reviewer, but I'll share my impressions with you.

The Good

I'll save that until last. The book is good. Why I think so: it is exciting.

The Bad

There is a perhaps just little too much detail in some places in the beginning, and it can slow down the reader. I really didn't need to know that the Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix is down at the end of Aisle 8 at the Piggly Wiggly. Maybe that's the crime reporter in the author coming through.

But that effectively ceases to be an issue at all, once the stage has been set and the story starts to unfold. At that point, the reader will be engulfed in it.

The Ugly

Some passages--not many at all, really, but a few--are just a little too earthy for my taste. Ace is a whole lot younger than I am. But I would not recommend against the book for that reason.

A Short Review

The story is set in the modern American South, in a fictional county in the rural area of Mississippi along the state highways that run near and through Oxford. The protagonist is a US Army soldier who has returned home for a funeral.

A rather shallow review in a major Eastern newspaper described the book as part of a genre that the reviewer called "redneck noir". Indeed, Atkins has said that five Southern movies heavily influenced the Quinn Colson books. They are Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, White Lightning, Thunder Road, and Walking Tall. Of those, I have only seen Thunder Road.

However, I think that The Ranger is much better described as a Western novel, transplanted in time and place.

Sixty years ago, my maternal grandfather in Itta Bena, MS liked to end the day by reading paperback Western novels, such as the works of Zane Grey, before going to sleep. The "good guys" were bigger than life, and they "commanded the stage", as it were. They bravely set things right against the forces of evil by force of character, toughness, and if necessary, by drawing the "big irons" on their hips. They rode magnificent horses. The hand-drawn cover illustrations showed wonderful dry, colorful, and picturesque Western ranches and mountain settings that made one imagine going there. At the time, I was reading comic books about the Masked Man and the other western good guys.

Quinn Colson is the same kind of man as the fictional heroes in those novels and the movies of the 1950s. He returns home not from the Civil War, but from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. We know that he is tough, because he has served as an Army Ranger. Of course, "Ranger" fits the Western theme. He has a big but more modern revolver, and instead of riding a horse, he drives an aging Ford F-150 pickup truck. He doesn't sing as he rides, like Gene Autry, but he does listen to Country Western music on the radio as he drives. He isn't followed around by a deputy with a limp, but he is helped by an able partner who is missing an arm. And unlike any of the westerns of old, his partner is African American, and the tough deputy sheriff with whom he teams, female.

The setting is suited to the story in its own away, but unlike those in the westerns, the descriptions do not evoke nostalgia for the old frontier. Descriptions of dilapidated places in a badly depressed area populated by dangerous meth addicts and hate-filled white supremacists will not make many people fantasize about going there.

I think the local color is well portrayed, but I have to take into account that decades ago I spent some summers in nearby counties, and my impressions are formed by a combination of what Atkins describes today and what I remember about the way things were. And things have changed--not much is the same at all.

The bad guys are bad--really bad. One would certainly avoid them. They are today's villains, and they run the gamut from the explosively violent meth addict to the evil, corrupt business man. In place of the black hats and the sadistic expressions of squinting gunmen hired by evil cattle barons, there are the tattoos and the skinheads of people who are even meaner. In place of fictional renegade Indians who won't stay on the reservation, we meet survivalists who resent the Government. There are cattle rustlers, but they use motorized vehicles and do their work in the darkness of night.

The interactions among people are described realistically, and the conversations are not contrived.

The action sequences are riveting, and frankly, much more realistic than what was portrayed in High Noon.

The plot of The Ranger is well crafted, and that's what made it hard for me to put down. It is much more complex than those of the morality play genre such as High Noon. The evil perpetrated by the "bad guys" insinuates itself against more victims in more ways than one sees in the classic Western, requiring Colson and the deputy to solve a multifaceted and interwoven mystery.

I'm not sure how one would going about writing a coherent screenplay for the story, but one can readily imagine Tom Selleck playing the part of Quinn Colson.

I do recommend The Ranger.
Powerful. Stand-alone start of a series. Easy to follow and difficult to put down. No drag-you-down drama. Graphic violence.
FYI: the dog Hondo is not killed.

Interesting storyline with descriptive writing that draws the reader into both the scenes and emotions of the characters. Plenty of twists, surprise ending. Not all questions are answered.

The characters are believable with distinct personalities.

The realistic dialogue is thought-provoking, informative and snarky.

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. —G . K . CHESTERTON

Don’t ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won’t be ambushed. —ROGERS’ RANGERS STANDING ORDER No. 11

'After a point, you have to give up on some people. People wear their own paths.'

'...tuned to an infomercial about a religious enema called the Almighty Cleanse.'
'Wouldn’t that be something if you could just [email protected]@ out your problems? Damn, I’d be on the toilet for a week.'

'He’d learned to appreciate strong coffee out on maneuvers, grounds and all, and wished he had some now. But sometimes coffee is just warm company, especially when it’s cold with the heater off in your truck, and he sat there in a dark...'

“Only religion I found gets counted at the church.”

I will re-read this story and always look forward to works by this author.
The Ranger by Ace Atkins has been compared to Lee Child's Jack Reacher stories.

The Ranger is exactly like Jack Reacher... except for a compelling story, action and the ability to keep the reader fully engaged.

Quinn is an Army Ranger, home from combat duty in Afghanistan. He came to attend his Uncle's funeral. His uncle being the Sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. Folks say he took his own life. Quinn thinks he was murdered. Who would kill the Sheriff? There's plenty of suspects. The leader of a band of skinheads who cook meth to fund their little end of times cult, the minister of the church housed in the empty movie theater who handles the cash for the skinheads, or the County Supervisor who is a shady wheeler-dealer with big plans but no money of his own?

Quinn sets out to find the killer but runs into so many crooked leads that he can't make heads or tails. All he knows is that he's willing to die to avenge his Uncle.

This is really a pretty decent book, but not on a level with Lee Child's offerings. The story starts very slowly while giving the reader a LOT of backstory. The characters are what you'd find in a rural county with a depressed economy. A county where the only ones hanging on are the elderly and the devoted. The way the aged good ol' boys are described, makes sure the reader can smell the burbon, cigars and Musterol.

Quinn begins to make some headway when he encounters his old school friend, Deputy Lillie Virgil. Quinn and Lillie cruise the back roads and turn up leads and clues until a very bad picture begins to develop. Can Quinn and Lillie take down the corruption that's been in place for forty years?

The book is quite well written, if a bit lethargic for the first two thirds of the story as the clues add up. If you don't mind the glacier-like pace, you'll enjoy this tale.