"Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon. I'm Gin Blanco. You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I'm retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day, when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren't aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox.
"Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, Im beginning to wonder if Im really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I'm a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn't made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man...dead or alive."
©2010 Jennifer Estep (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
“The second chapter of the first-person ‘Elemental Assassin’ series is just as hard-edged and compelling as the first. Gin Blanco is a fascinatingly pragmatic character, whose intricate layers are just beginning to unravel. Estep has truly hit the jackpot with this outstanding series!” (Romantic Times)
I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
Gin is enjoying her retirement when her BBQ joint had two guys try and rob it. Well, them dummies picked the wrong place because this BBQ joint is own and run by no other than the Spider, the South's most lethal assassin-recently retired. But then meets a young girl looking for her recently deceased mentor, and foster father. After Gin and her foster brother save the girl Gin finds out the girl is related to her mentor's former childhood best friend and their in trouble. So after talking with Warren Gin decides to help by coming out of retirement for one last kill, but her on/off lover Det. Caine may not let her. But during an encounter with the problem and seeing he's not going to back down and a recon finding millions of dollars are the cause Det. Caine relents but won't help. So the adventure begins.
This book is a fast paced supernatural adventure thriller with great characters who the readers can know and continue to route for the anti-hero. So if you like urban fantasy like Briggs you should enjoy this book and its series.
Naturally Gin couldn't stay totally in retirement, although this time she doesn't do it for the money. Violet and her grandfather are being harassed by a dwarf mine owner who wants their property. Gin helps them out by going after him There's a couple side stories, lots of action and, of course, violence. A little sad when she loses her love interest but probably for the best since they were too different, but there's a new one on the horizon that would be a lot better fit. It will be interesting to see how that storyline develops.
The narrator was a good fit and pretty good on the male voices.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
Fun stuff with a consistency that's important to such books - the characters don't suddenly jump in with bizarre powers you never suspected before as has happened with other books I've read.
I liked the characterizations performed by the narrator. She did a great job with the voices. That was about all I did like about it.
The writer's use and re-use and re-re-use of certain phrases was extremely annoying. For example the phrase "got dead" was funny once, maybe twice. But the author used it probably fifty times in the story. The basic plot of the story was too predictable too...by about chapter three I had predicted exactly how the book would end. I was right on all counts. She gave away too much too soon. She has a bad habit of having her main character repeat herself. She also has the main character speaking other characters' thoughts as if she's telepathic (which I don't believe she is). It all added up to a book that I forced myself to finish because I'd paid for it. I was relieved when it finally ended.
There wasn't one.
No. Save your credits for something else.
I wanted to shut off this recording so often, but it was a good story and a good reader (performance), so I continued on. I couldn't get over how bad the writing is in this book, probably made worse by listening to it rather than reading it. Apparently this author never met an adjective she didn't like and never let a description go unrepeated.....again and again, every time it comes up. Every time she mentioned her eyes, she never failed to mention their colour. Every. Single. Time. And that goes for mentioning other character's eye colour, hair colour, favourite drink, or style of clothing. Every. Single. Time. Did she think we've forgotten, or maybe that we were too dense to understand it the first time around. And she never failed to repeat what type of knives she had (apparently, she couldn't mention having a knife without labeling it as a "silverstone knife", in case we thought she'd changed them since the last time she mentioned them), what type of tragedy had befallen her family, what type of torture she'd gone through, or what the meaning of a spider rune is. Every. Single. Time. We get it! We read it (or listened to) the description the first time! And we're smart enough to remember without being bashed over the head with it another dozen times in the novel. I think if she mentioned that her family died, she didn't have to (again) mention how, when, and who was involved.
Grrrr.....it makes me angry, and I'm kind of embarrassed I wasted time listening to this and supporting such bad writing.
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
up there :) maybe not the best, but I'm finding the series worth the cover price.
Slow, with character
"Slow" is because there was a time or two when her drawling-take-forever-to-get-a-sentence-out pace acted like nails on chalkboard.
"With Character" because when she was in a more natural pacing, the drawling tone worked, and, especially with the first person narrative, she managed to make it sound like it was written to be performed, not just read.
I loved Gin Blanco in the first book, and this one continues to expand her character. As she battles the land of Ashland, NC and it's power players to help the little guy, our retired assassin continues to struggle with her personal life. Although she has always done "what she had to", Gin questions her worthiness for love and life beyond retirement as an assassin. At 35, she is finally ready for love, but will anyone accept her after all the things she's done. obviously not the great Detective Donovan Cain.
Yes.. this is a series I will listen to in the future... again
really enjoyed the voice of this reader
This sequel was very enjoyable. but down.
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Bought on Audible
Audio Rating 4
Story Rating 4
What I Loved: Who doesn't love when a series gets stronger in the 2nd book? This is looking to be a series that consistently builds on the story, characters, and plots from the previous books and keeps you wanting more. Gin is a very impressive leading character. She is tough, smart, a chameleon (though I loved Owen's reaction to her hooker gear), and yet still vulnerable. She truly is a great mix of everything. The storyline was fantastic and I like how the new characters were introduced. You can tell the story still has some ebbing and weaving to do and it will be fun watching it all come to, what I am going to assume, will be one bloody head with Mab.
What I Liked: I love all the side characters. I believe that a good series has great characters that are not in necessarily even in a 1/4 of the book but still make a huge impression on you. Jennifer has managed to do that with several of her characters and I can't wait to see what they get up too in future books (Yes, Finn I am talking about you, JoJo, and Sophie)!
Complaints: Donovan Caine--just don't like him.
Audio Specific Review: The story was narrated by Lauren Fortgang and she does an excellent job. There were only a few voices that I thought were a little off but overall it was a fantastic job.
Why I gave it a 4: This was a fantastic continuation to the story of Gin Blanco.
Who I would recommend this too: Urban Fantasy Fans
I love a good series. I bought the 1st book when Audible had sale on many 1st books of series. I just thought I'd give it a try. Now after reading the 2nd book, I'm officially hooked. I love the way the author ends each story with something to look forward to in the next book. I'm on to book 3 now!
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