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Greg Rucka’s Patriot Acts is perhaps his best yet. Let’s see, how to explain this without giving anything away…
If you’ve read the Atticus Kodiak book, you know that Atticus had tangled with a couple of the world’s best assassins, a group known as The Ten. You know that he’d become, shall we say, uncomfortably close to them. In the new book, Atticus – for a number of reasons that I won’t go into (if you haven’t read the Kodiak books and you like Lee Child, Dennis Lehane, Carol O’Connell, et al, get busy) – is thought to be one of The Ten and has been given the moniker “Patriot”. This becomes the exceedingly timely fulcrum of the book: what does it mean to be a patriot, to support your country but not your government, especially if people who work and hide in that government, who claim to be patriots themselves, are trying to kill you? If you’re like Atticus, like “Patriot”, you act.
While full of action, the book is meditative in many ways and melancholy as well. Atticus is in most ways alone, having lost so many friends in the course of his stories. More loss is in store in this novel, but there is also gain and, at the end – what felt to me like an end to the series – Atticus is in a good place, the logical place for him, the place where he will find the peace he’s needed. I hope that I’m wrong, that there will be more Atticus Kodiak books, because they’re some of the best in crime fiction. (and yes there is another book Walking Dead!)--JB
Suspense fiction’s most dangerous and unpredictable hero is back—with a vengeance. This time bodyguard-turned-fugitive Atticus Kodiak goes underground to protect the woman he loves and the country he may have to betray to defend.
It begins with a brutal ambush and the murder of a friend. Now Atticus is taking lessons from the world’s premier assassin, a.k.a. Drama. If he’s going to survive, he’ll have to become exactly what they’re accusing him of being: a stone-cold killer. From Eastern Europe to the Montana wilderness, Atticus and Drama will uncover evidence of a secret so explosive, it could shake the foundations of a nation . . . so shocking, their ruthless pursuers don’t care how many bodies it takes to bury it forever.
About the Author
Born in San Francisco, Greg Rucka was raised on the Monterey Peninsula. He is the author of Private Wars, A Gentleman’s Game, and six previous thrillers, as well as numerous comic books, including the Eisner Award—winning Whiteout: Melt. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family.
Praise for Patriot Acts…
"Rucka is a sharp and original thriller writer."—Chicago Tribune
"Rucka's Kodiak stories always read like wildfire." —Dallas Morning News
"Rucka keeps the adrenaline level high throughout."—San Francisco Chronicle