The Fallen

The Fallen

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"A classic southern tale of backroom deals, tainted honor, dysfunctional family, high-stakes greed--and everyday heroism--from the New York Times-bestselling author. Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson had to admit he admired the bank robbers. A new bank was hit almost every week, and the robbers rushed in and out with such skill and precision it reminded him of raids he'd led back in Afghanistan and Iraq when he was an army ranger. In fact, it reminded him so much of the techniques in the Ranger Handbook that he couldn't help wondering if the outlaws were former Rangers themselves. And that was definitely going to be a problem. If he stood any chance of catching them, he was going to need the help of old allies, new enemies, and a lot of luck. The enemies he had plenty of. It was the allies and the luck that were going to be in woefully short supply"--
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399576713
Characteristics: 358 pages : map ; 24 cm.


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Dec 20, 2017

Another good read by Ace Atkins in THE FALLEN starring Quinn Colson. Drug running, human trafficking, lots of crazy characters and getting real edgy about how some veterans deal (or don't) with their combat experiences when they come home. A new love arrives in Quinn's life, Lillie finally moves on and out and the usual Colson family dysfunctions make for a lively read. And the last line of the book basically assures the series continues, which is fine with me. I do have one complaint, and that it is the ultra-heavy overdose of crude language. I always expect some of that in novels of this type, but even by Atkin's standards this was way overdone - and basically unnecessary to the story line. Clean it up man!

Oct 05, 2017

Another hit in the series. While you could read this a stand alone, I would recommend reading all in the series and then, re-read this. Can't wait for the next..

Sep 27, 2017

The worst Ace Atkins/Quinn Colson novel I've read (and I've read many). I accept "off-color" dialog from the characters, when it is in-character, but this novel had an overabundance from, not the characters, but from the narrator/author. Not acceptable. That, and too many proofreading slips, cheapened this effort by a talented author. Come on, Ace, get back to quality writing.

Sep 02, 2017

This was my first Ace Atkins and first Quinn Colson book, though it is the seventh of the Quinn Colson series… No doubt, I will go back and read these early volumes.

Northern Mississippi noir, and very satisfying. Gritty, funny, brutally honest. The corruption and the vice. The good guys blending in with the bad, flinty and flawed, seeking honor and redemption.

May 26, 2017

My spiritual fiancé Sheriff Quinn Colson is once again...oh crap I've gotten my realities mixed up again.
Full disclosure I don't think Ace Atkins could write a bad book, or a boring book. (But then again I don't read the Spenser books because I dislike that entire series). So I guess I could stop here and just say read this, read this the minute it comes out. But I'll spend a bit of time telling you why.
He writes beautifully of the setting, north Mississippi with its stark beauty of the Delta or the lush beauty of the hill country. Since Atkins now lives in Oxford, MS he knows the awful history, poverty and corruption balanced by the warmth of the people, the faith, the culture and the growing prosperity.
Ace Atkins rarely has a character painted in grey tones. Some might see that as a negative, but these are thrilling action packed stories. Shades of grey aren't needed. I would surely love to be invited to one of Miss Jean's fried chicken dinners and share a table with Quinn, Boom, Jason, Cady and Lillie. I might also like to visit Vienna's and meet Fannie, just because she is so fascinating. By the end of the story she makes me wish the original Tibbehah bad guy was out of jail and back in town.
The story is of three men wearing Trump masks robbing banks across the south. They finally hit a bank in Tibbehah County. But what is unknown is that two of the men have connections to Tibbehah. The robbers finally bite off more than they can handle because of these connections. There is a sad subplot of Cady trying to track down two young girls who have had the misfortune to have encountered Miss Fannie.
Atkins does dialogue so very well, fast moving, realistic and clever. Warning, if you are offended by bad language steer clear. He does action equally as well, also fast moving, realistic (mostly) and clever.
My favorite line was uttered by a bad guy but still almost made me cry with envy: "Had a Sazerac over at the Roosevelt." Damn, I miss those days when I could say those same words.
I have been a fan of Atkins since he wrote the Nick Travers series. So I will raise a Sazerac in honor of Ace in salute of a terrific new read. Although this is part of a series, I see no reason why it could not be read as a standalone. It will just want to make you go back and read the others.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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