"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)
To be up-front on the matter, I have read all 5 of the books, this and the following 4 as they are very easy to listen to, follow the story line and interesting enough from Story line and Characters to be very enjoyable.
A minor flaw in reasoning by the author is the heroin who is a professional assasin but during the run of the 5 books never completes a fully successful hit. All here Enemy's eventually get done in but as a professional top rated Assasin.....ugh.
Yet, this is just a minor issue, even though it may seem no so. The flow of the story is clear, the characters goo and consitent, the evil dudes a bit predicatble but still good. The Narrator is also brilliant, no ams & ahs or other suprflous noises, just the story!
If you want a good read without too many complexeties, this is it! And so are the following 5 Books! Hope there is more!
Great book. 4.5 stars.
In this book, Genevieve Snow aka Gin Blanco come out of Assassin retirement, which was how the last book ended.
A woman, Violet Fox, came to the Pork pit looking for the Tin Man (Fletcher's assassin moniker) and it lead them to Warren T. Star, Fletcher's old best friend, who was in trouble. The desire to protect the Fletcher's legacy and loved ones lead Gin to defend them. With her wing man Flynn, JoJo and Sophia, Gin set up a her plan to deal with Tobias Dawson (a stone elemental) and through it she learns about his partner, the fire elemental who killed her family.
BTW, the fire elemental's identity was not a surprise at all. But I look forward to Gin and the fire elemental's showdown.
We finally saw Donovan Caine make a choice about the future. I admire that the author allowed Donovan Caine to remain true to his morals and values. Usually in books like this, the male protagonist adjusts their morals after some incredible sex. Or they look the other way, compromising their position in order to make being with the woman okay. So Bravo for Jennifer Estep and Donovan Caine. At least he was honest with himself, Gin is who Gin is. She is an assassin and won't change. HE had to make a choice on whether to accept Gin for who she is and what she does AND slowly kill who he was inside...or walk away. I don't know how the author will evolve Donovan, but he chose and he will regret it.
On the other hand, Owen Grayson, he is an intriguing man. He definitely is everything Donovan Caine isn't. A man who sees life in shades, not black and white. I look forward to seeing where the author goes with this triangle. He gives Gin "options".
Loved this series, got all four audio books at once and was done in 3 days, I just couldn't stop listening. Lauren Fortgang was a wonderful narrater, I loved her voice, make the book easy to listen too.
Good storyline, lots of visual words, which some don't like, but I do, it adds to the story for me.. Gin, the main girl in the book is one hard, cold ass kicking assassin, I loved her...
Hoping for book 5 sooooooon...
After the death of the man who took her in after her parents death, Gin decides to retire. She hopes it would be easy, especially after meeting the sexy detective, Donovan Caine. Everything about her and what she does is against all Donovan stood for. Retirements not so easy for Gin. She kept getting sucked back in and she hated it. She wanted to just work at the barbeque pit she now owned. Somehow there was always someone needing help, the Spiders help. As for being an assassin that never dies and goes away.
I loved how this one ended. In an Urban fantasy you have to have the big fight and this one gives you an end fight like you wouldn't believe, especially since it served to changed things and move the story forward. All hail Gin Blonco, wish there was actually a Pork Pitt to go to because I'd love to taste that cheese sandwich. Looking forward to the next installment.
This is a well written series. Interesting characters that draw you in. For me, audiobooks can be made or ruined by the narrator. Lauren Fortgang does a wonderful job! I highly recommend this series!
I read the first book in this series. I bought this one on sale. I liked the story. Lauren Fortgang is nice as Gin. Her male voices aren't that great, but her skills are great enough that you can hear the difference between each character. The story is interesting, and entertaining.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I didn't like it as much as the first one. It is very similar in some ways, but had a lot more "angst" between Gin and her completely unexpected, out-of-character and out-of-the-blue "love" for Caine. To the point that her continual harping on about him became annoying. At one point she decides she's had enough of his cold shoulder and yet, a bit later in the story, she's upset over his neglect again. They were never a couple, he never indicated he wanted to be one - sure he shagged her a couple times, but so what? - and yet she spends way too much effort being "upset" because, gasp, he doesn't want to be in a relationship with her? I think that much was clear from book one sweetheart.
There was also a long "trapped in the mine" scene that went on and on and on with nothing much happening... like it was a page quota filler. Oh, and I thought the whole drama with Jake thing was a bit weak too - an unexpected problem pops up and is cleared up as unexpectedly. It wasn't even very believable: if someone kicks your butt once, chances are she's going to be able to do it again next time, so don't go following her around and expect to live.
Overall, I was disappointed in the story. I will read the next one and hope Gin stops being so sad-sack and gets on with her life. That, and if she's supposed to be an assassin, ex-or-otherwise, she should really be more competent than she was in this story - all her "successes" here were due to luck, not skill.
The narration was very good.
The dialogue between the characters was maddening at times. The things they would talk about or comments that they would make were out of place and unrealistic. This book seemed incredibly cheesy, and very predictable. I wont write specific examples as to not spoil it for others.
I felt the she stated the obvious much too often, as if she was writing to a child. Also the book is very repetitive.
I didn't like the males voices, and feel she stressed words incorrectly in places. Everyone had a whiny teenager vibe to them.
The story line is good but could be better written. Everything is just too obvious! For example in the first book there was a ruin of a triangle tooth- it took her the entire book to realize it was a shark tooth!
The story of Gin Blanco continues. She's a real likable assassin. I love this series and can't wait to listen to the next book. The narrator does a great job too!
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