I'd suggest reading at least those two before this one, though it's not strictly necessary. Read it way too fast and missed it after it was done. Not my kind of book. It was like reading an action flick. The protagonist, Atticus Kodiak, is a more socialized version of Lee Child's Jack Reacher: man of action and white knight rescuing those in distress. I did not know this was part of a series so I had no backstory on these characters and no preconception of what to expect. Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac.
Through this, Rucka takes us into the horrifying world of the child sex trade and the remorseless men behind it. So - this is my second Atticus Kodiak book with the only previous one being Critical Space. The series to date consists of Keeper, Finder, Smoker, Shooting at Midnight, Critical Space, Patriot Acts, and Walking Dead. Do not fear as in all great thrillers the characters are like the energiser bunny. I think I might be biased, but I loved this book, probably because it was my first audiobook that I borrowed from the library and I thought that the actor who read it was amazing. Atticus and Alena probably should just let it go, but they are unable to do that and what follows is a pursuit into the dark work of sex kidnapping and slavery around the world - from Georgia, to Turkey, to Dubai and finally to Las Vegas.
Atticus Kodiak knows where people go to hide. Over the last fourteen years I've read every book Rucka has written, most within days of publication. I read the novel over the next few days, then called the Rucka and had the privilege of hosting his first ever book signing. Everyoneeven Alenaseems satisfied to leave it at that. I knew going into this that it would be impossible to put down and it would be constant adrenaline from the first chapter on and that was definitely the case. Starting with 7 is kinda weird, but it was a good read.
I don't read a lot of these but Rucka's are quite good, because he's continually grown the series and evolved the hero over time. One day suddenly everything changes when the Lagidze family is slaughtered and Tiasa, the 14 year old daughter, is abducted. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format. Turns out to start in Georgia, and has a Georgian main character, but it is mostly a chase across multiple countries in pursuit of a girl being sold into the sex slave trade, with much detail. Taking over as the title's protagonist.
I don't put spoilers in my reviews. They were tense, funny and sorta relatable. All the best thriller writers in the world in one place. Rucka's best friend, David Hale Smith, is also his literary agent. Other similarly minded souls, Atticus knows, have sought peace, quiet and a low profile in the town of Kobuleti in the former Soviet satellite of Georgia.
If you know Atticus, he is a very complicated character and has always operated in the grey, between the line that separates good and bad. Over the last fourteen years I've read every book Rucka has written, most within days of publication. I also set the novel down with an acute awareness that something has to be done. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Atticus, using the alias, David Mercer, tells the police chief that he's going to find Bakhar's daughter. When neighbor Bakhar Lagidze is slaughtered, with 7 in the Atticus Kodiak series. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added.
That much of the background is based on research Rucka did on real-life human trafficking makes it hard to dismiss, but also harder to enjoy as a story. With Rucka you never know what he's going to do and until I closed the book I was nervous. Fast paced and well writt The subject matter, human trafficking of young girls for sex, was difficult to read. One night, his neighbor Bahkar Lagidze, wife and son are murdered. Highly recommend the whole Atticus series. Since Rucka killed off 90% of the cast and Kodiak became Jason Bourne, they're not so relatable.
I've been following Atticus Kodiak's story since the beginning. I found the plot to be minimally interesting while the details of the international slave trade were imho endlessly and unnecessarily dwelled upon. Nevertheless, you will pull for him and generally be satisfied with the happenings, though they aren't always happy. I found the plot to be minimally interesting while the details of the international slave trade were imho endlessly and unnecessarily dwelled upon. Dead to the world, no longer hunted, he has lived with his common-law wife Alena for more than a year in a small town in the Republic of Georgia.