Thursday, August 4, 2011

Book Review - The Ranger

A veteran Army Ranger comes home to attend the funeral of his uncle, the sheriff of a down and out town in rural northern Mississippi. Not only does he find that his uncle died under mysterious circumstances, but there is trouble in town in the form of several meth labs and a failed real estate scheme. You can guess what happens from here.

While the plot is very familiar (at least to those of us old enough to remember Bufford Pusser) Ace Atkins story telling ability made it difficult for me to put this book down. I kept wanting to get to the next section to find out what was going to happen and he had enough surprises to keep the plot development exciting. Like his other books, Atkins descriptions of the territory bring it to life for the reader although the town, and county, are fictional. I hope that he will continue with the adventures of this character. It may be a while, though. I think he next book will be the newest in the Robert Parker series which he is ghost writing.

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