The Fallen by Ace Atkins

The Fallen

Ace Atkins

Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson is back in the latest thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins. 

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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.

Advance Galley Reviews

I don't like routine, I don't like doing the same stuff all over again just for the sake of it and because it's "how it always been". But I sure am a fan of traditions. Quinn Colson and Tibbehah County has been tradition for a few years now where I patiently await the new Colson comming fresh out of press every mid-summer. Can't take that away from me now. Can't stop tradition. It's set in stone. It's how summer is supposed to be. The seventh installement is true to the series, where Quinn Colson might be the main protagonist but Atkins plays the novel on so many other level. Giving Lily Virgil the time and space she deserves and most of all, making Tibbehah a living carachter of its own. This city IS the Colson series. I feel like it's my home town even though i've never set foot in Mississippi and I live half of the year under 3 feet of snow. Like the 6 other novels of the series, I would not advise for teenagers as there is a significant amount of profanity, corse language and violence. I'd like to emphasis though that a setup in the deep south of Ace Atkins not only needs this type of writing and content but would be qualified as amateur if it didn't. A strong 4/5

The Fallen quickly pulls the reader into a world that most of us are not aware that it even exists. The quick action and plot twists keep you reading long after you should be asleep. Mr. Atkins has developed a plot line that I can not wait to read more about.

Review: Not for publication. At 276 pages, I had to set this book aside. I'm all for colorful language and unsavory characters but the authors prodigious use of the word "titties" and other derogatory vulgarity was a turnoff. If the context had been strictly used by the antagonists, that would have been one thing, but the verbiage was present in the writer's narrative as well, suggesting the author subscribes to the ignorance and sexism of his characters. I'm sure there's a market for this type of pulp fiction, as evidenced by Ace Atkins' success with this series. I understand he's a Pulitzer winning journalist which gives this reader pause, however, this attempt falls short.

Had not read any of the previous entries to the Quinn Colson series, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying this book as I felt it was just fine as a standalone. I'll have to get my hands on the rest of the series as I do like Ace Atkins writing style (I've become familiar with his work due to his work in the Spenser series).

I tried to read through this book. I struggled through the first few chapters. Vulgar words dressed the pages every few words and just couldnt get past that. It's just not my cup of tea. If you dont mind the cussing you may actually enjoy this book, otherwise put it away and find something else.

I received an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review via first to read. It is an excellent story of the corruption and violence that goes on in todays society. The characters are colorfully woven and human and the story is smoothly written.

We've got all the Southern tropes: dumb rednecks, redneck thieves and the ever popular redneck hunters all endeavoring to move this tale forward. I prefer my Southern tales with more nuance but this story isn't offering much. Landing somewhere between parody and action, this story is a true beach - or swamp - read. Nothing much is required except an active imagination and some down time.

This book left me quite surprised. I couldn't get into it from the very beginning, maybe because it is the seventh book in the series, or maybe I just didn't like the characters that much, but as I continued reading I slowly began to enjoy the characters. There is a lot of spunk and individuality from each of the characters and towards the end of the book I did feel very connected to everyone and everything. This book rated high in my book and I may just have to go ahead and read the other six books before this one. This book was very enjoyable and I believe if you are into crime, robbery, and detective work (I hope the first two you enjoy just reading about) then this is the book for you. I am not that much into these elements but I have to say this book may have changed my opinion around. Thank you so much to First to Read for the opportunity to read this and for helping in falling in love with another genre.

This is the first book I have read in this series. It has a very good plot and I finished the book in a couple days. There is alot of foul language, so be warned if that's not your thing. I will say there were at least a dozen places words were left out of a sentence (and I'm not referring to the slang). I also didn't care for the ending being right in the middle of a conversation. But I guess that's how you make a book series work. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. 7th in a series about a Sheriff in a small town in northern Mississippi, I don't know exactly what I was expecting. Granted, I have lots of preconceived notions about Mississippi based on an extensive family history there. Granted also, I have lots of preconceived notions about detective stories. Consequently, this book surprised me. In it we have a strong of bank robberies and a local Sheriff who must solve the case, along with a wonderful cast of side characters, and side stories that all tie somehow to the bigger mystery. There is less in this detective story about solving the actual case than there is about the interplay of all the different characters and forces acting in this book, forces much too complex for just one book, which makes me glad there is a series wherein these forces hopefully play out. It works very well as a stand alone novel. Having never read any of the other books in this series I did not feel at all lost, but I did find myself very curious about who all are recurring characters. Fannie Hathcock, a business proprietor who features heavily in this book, was one I was very curious about. I hope this is not her only book, and I found her character development over the course of the story to be very intriguing. She is kind of a villain, but also not really. She is a complex character, which only furthered my curiosity. Quinn Colson, our Sheriff, is obviously the central character. His sister Caddy and their friend Boom, seem also to be highly likely to be recurring, and they both appear to have very interesting back stories I would like to know more about. Which, of course, means I will be looking into more of this series. All together, I very much liked this book and will continue reading the series to which it belongs.

This was the first book by this author that I have read and I found this to be a good read. The story line kept me interested throughout the entire book, and I found it hard to put down at times. Some people may be offended by some of the language, although it's not much worse than you would find in an R rated movie. I did feel that there might have been one too many story lines going through the novel but overall I would read another book by this author again. I received an advance reading copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for a fair review.

I received this advanced reader copy thru First reads. It is the first book by this author I have read and It was a really good read and will now have to circle back and read the first 6 books in this series. In this novel, Quinn Colson finds himself investigating this bank robbery that happened in his town. It turns out he happens to be seeing the soon to be ex wife of one of the robbers. It is a tight story woven together with several twists and turns. Fannie Hathcock, is another main character who crosses paths a few times with Quinn just out of reach to what she is really up to. The ending left wide open for the next book in the series as some really bad guys are about to get started with something big. Stay tuned.

Being new to this series, the language was raw, and for me made the reading too problematic trying to navigate through the rough areas, even though the story line was interesting. I am sure most people would enjoy the story.

Full disclosure this is the first Ace Atkins novel I've read. I'm a fan, but this is not a series I can recommend to everybody. If you're offended by foul language - this isn't for you. Ace does a great job of developing characters and weaving their stories together throughout the novel. His dialogue is smooth and well timed. While, I wouldn't have picked this book up off the shelf, as always if I start a book I finish it and this was well worth the time invested. I might just start from the beginning of the series.


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