The Revelators

The Revelators

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"Quinn Colson returns to take down a criminal syndicate that has ravaged his community, threatened his family, and tried to have him killed"--
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780525539490
Characteristics: 386 pages ;,24 cm.


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Aug 08, 2020

I love the way the Quinn Colson character has evolved through the series. One character I would really like to read more about is Lillie Virgil; maybe she should have her own series. This novel was a very entertaining read; lot of surprises in the end. Thanks again to Ace Atkins; what a cool name. The “Big Green Machine” lives on.

Jul 24, 2020

Last year’s Quinn Colson’s book The Shameless ended with the black queen, Fanny Hathcock, attempting to take the white king, Sheriff Quinn Colson, off the board permanently. Her tools this time, everyone’s favorite black pawns, The Watchmen. Big mistake as Colson, a former Army Ranger survived.
The Revelators(A Quinn Colson Novel #10) is the story of how the assassination attempt has secretly brought the white knights onto the chessboard, along with other pieces.
Located in the north Mississippi (MS) hill country, the new venal governor and Black King, Jimmy Vardaman has installed a version of martial law enforced by a crooked sheriff and this can not stand.
The Revelators begins in an oh-so-familiar, ripped from the headlines manner. ICE has raided a chicken processing plant, taking the parents to north Louisiana and leaving young children behind.
The Revelators is a classic, old -as -time story of good VS evil. It is the classic story of redemption, forgiveness, and most of all, revenge. Stories so southern, you hear Elvis, smell the chicken and catfish, and see the sweat and feel the hopelessness. A story so southern you see, hear and smell the corruption, the crime, the helplessness of so many. But then Ace Atkins grants us a chance to read of the family, friendship, love and faith in Jesus, abiding love in all its forms, rich history and culture of the same area.
All of the Feds and some of the locals know that if Fanny Hathcock falls, so will all of the others: including the Governor, the good ol’ money men in Jackson and the corrupt leadership of the Choctaw Reservation. Fanny has her hand in every crime taking place in northern MS. The worst, her involvement in sex trafficking.
In Atkins’s world, there is no one so totally evil that some sympathy can’t be found. Fanny is beyond the pale, yet her rough beginnings and how she has been used by men all her life until she decides to beat them at their own games garners some understanding. The Choctaw assassin, Sam, who gunned down Colson, he doesn’t care about much except finding out who killed his beautiful son, and where his son is buried. We root for him in the quest, at least a little bit, yet we want Colson to take him down; but not until Sam takes down Fanny. This is part of Atkins’s genius, because those two are the very last we want to waste sympathy on.
Villains in past books sometimes come to Jesus, and realize their own sins, deciding to fight with Colson. Or should I say Colson and his stalwart friends. Atkins does not make Colson a superhero taking on the bad guys on his own. Instead he bands together with Federal agents, friends, and some unexpected allies. The third battle of Jericho is heating up.
I really can’t think of anything I don’t like about this book, about the entire series. Well maybe, I think Colson might have overcome his burgeoning pill problem a bit too easily.

Mississippi, especially north Mississippi may be one the most culturally fertile grounds in the country. Ace Atkins may not be a native but he has breathed enough air, eaten enough catfish and drank enough bourbon and branch to stand with the greats. Except he writes mysteries, thrillers and non-fiction about long ago crimes, genre writers never get the respect they deserve. Too bad. I'll say it again, Atkins should stand with with greats.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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