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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2011
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