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Patriot Acts (Atticus Kodiak Series #6)

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    A sharp turn in Kodiak's adventures

    So far, the Atticus Kodiak books have been enjoyable, well revised books about a bodyguard. In this one, Atticus leaves his previous life behind dramatically when his government turns against him. The sudden change in tone is striking, but the quality of the books just get better. Atticus is a different character now, and Rucka a very different writer from when he wrote "Keeper." Like most of Rucka's work, Patriot Acts is unputdownable.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Patriot Acts -good, but not up to previous books in the series.

    The subject is good ,but farfetched plotlines made it less than a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    Good, but not as good as the previous installments

    The best part of the latest Atticus Kodiak novel is the stark reversal of the premise. Whereas Atticus was previously a man who took money to protect someone's life, even at the expense of his own, he has now become a man who kills for money. The elimination of the previous supporting cast was done well, with nameless references to a few of the vanished characters. And given the finality with which his life was destroyed in the previous book five years ago, a return to status quo would have been bad. That said, the writing in the new book just isn't as strong as the series has seen since Rucka's early days, and Drama just isn't as compelling or sympathetic as Bridgett, Natalie, Erika, or even Dale. Patriot Acts is still an above average genre thriller, and Rucka takes his protagonist in some interesting directions. Given how important a chapter this is- is it the end of this character? or will we see more of Atticus Kodiak in his new life? -I feel like the book could have been stronger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    The 'New' Atticus Is Worth Reading

    Our old friend, Atticus Kodiak, conflicted bodyguard, is back to tie up the loose ends left from ¿Critical Space¿, his last appearance 6 years ago. The plot is simple although wrapped in convolutions in fact, the whole novel surrounds two of the great literary themes, greed and revenge. Natalie Trent, Kodiak¿s great friend and partner, has been killed in a botched attack on Atticus and Drama, world class assassin and his new love. Essentially, the rest of the story concerns their attempts to identify and track down the party responsible for Natalie¿s killing. The fact that both Atticus and Drama need to heal from physical as well as psychological wounds provides them with the time to work through a lot of this in the three years it takes them to begin exacting their vengeance. Since Atticus is metamorphosing from bodyguard to assassin during this time period, few of his former team and comrades appear in this book. Kodiak is called upon to utilize all his old skills along with new talents gained from his training with Drama. This may be the most complex of Rucka¿s Kodiak novels in that it contains elements of the thriller, a love story, a morality play, and, as always, a character study. I particularly was struck by the passages that highlighted Drama¿s and Atticus¿s ongoing inner conflict between their confidence of training and their doubts of their humanity. I am weary of the posts on here lamenting the changes in Atticus and wondering what they portend. Why can¿t a character evolve in the course of a series to become something/someone new and different? Isn¿t that exactly what happens to many of us as life happens around us. Certainly revenge can change any of us¿why not an action figure involved in the world of violence in the first place? If Rucka brings Atticus back in the future, he will have a wider spectrum of opportunities to explore than ever before. And if he does return, I will be here to greet him.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent thriller

    Running away after killing a man who was hired to kill them, Atticus Kodiak, Alena Cizkova and Natalie Trent run to the safe house at Cold Spring. Atticus is a wanted man because it is believed he killed his friend Scott Fowler, an FBI agent, when it was Oxford who fired the gun. He leaves the women at the cabin and takes off when two teams of assassins hit them. He makes it back to the cabin after he disposes of them to find Alena and Natalie have dispatched those sent to kill them. There is one assembly among the friends, Natalie, and the group using to avenge her. --- It takes him years to track down the man who betrayed him and when they catch him he regain to give up except he owes him. In order to find the man who ordered the hits, Alexa and Atticus devise a trap but in Lynch, Wyoming they are trapped by various government agencies and it is only through ingenuity and luck they escape. They are hired by Natalie¿s father to kill the man who ordered the hit that killed his daughter but to do that Atticus and Alexa, now known as Patrick and Diana must work it so that justice is served without the president and his government tarnished. --- Atticus and Alexa can kill in cold blood but they are not stone cold murderers. They live in a different world where murder is a tool yet when they have an easy chance to catch the man who destroyed their lives they pass, because it would mean involving a woman under his protection. That also means they have to work harder to catch him. Both anti-heroes are and would not be killing their adversaries, to save one who didn¿t put a hit out on them. Greg Rucka scores a best seller with this thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

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