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Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson had to admit he admired the bank robbers. A new bank was hit almost every week, and the robbers rushed in and out with such skill and precision it reminded him of raids he'd led back in Afghanistan and Iraq when he was an Army Ranger. In fact it reminded him so much of the techniques in the Ranger Handbook that he couldn't help wondering if the outlaws were former Rangers themselves. And that was definitely going to be a problem. If he stood any chance of catching them, he was going to need the help of old allies, new enemies, and a lot of luck. The enemies he had plenty of. It was the allies and the luck that were going to be in woefully short supply.
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By Cathy on 08-21-17
If you could sum up The Fallen in three words, what would they be?
Veterans Gone Rogue
Who was your favorite character and why?
The one-armed mechanic. He was a consistent character and a reliable friend.
Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. Consistently well done.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
While it would be nice to have the luxury to listen to a book in one sitting, I don't. If I did, I might have listened to it all at once.
Any additional comments?
This book, while not dwelling on this concept, presents a different perspective from the popular genres that all vets come home, suffer from occasional nightmares, but otherwise assimilate back home as upstanding citizens unaffected by war horrors, except for their capacities for heroism that they demonstrate at every opportunity. This book also reminds us that not every soldier who went into combat did so voluntarily or for altruistic reasons. Some soldiers like to kill--or learn to like to kill-- we are reminded. Combat service either creates heroic, reluctant and introspective killers [the current stereotype] or exacerbates the evil tendencies of others [the dirty secret no one discusses]. The soldiers who were bad apples from the beginning [go to jail or go to war] inwardly scoff at those who say "thank you for your service" and take advantage of the kindness of people who express their generosity and appreciation--not to mention discounts, special parking, status with women and the like. This book pits one of the good returnees against the bad ones, but it is interesting to not only acknowledge that the latter exist, but to gain a little insight into how they view the world.
The other characters are interesting and the author continues to develop their relationships in this book. There is also a subtle set-up for things to come in the next publication. Will Lily go? Come back? Will the sheriff keep his job, or be beaten down by the politicians? Will the cunning woman who owns the pole-dancing bar that provides so many other services finally get her due? What trouble will Caddy [Catty?] attract next time? There are enough mysteries to look forward to the next installment.
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