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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-seller Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, True Blood, Midnight Crossroad) delivers the first thriller in a new trilogy that presents a chilling alternate history of the US where everyone believes in magic - but no one is sure whether they can trust it. 

After the assassination of FDR in the 1930s, the US collapses and is picked off by the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. We find ourselves in the Southwestern states, now known as Texoma. It is here that the gunnie Lizbeth Rose tries to piece out a life, running security on runs from Texoma across the border to Mexico, where work and prospects are stronger. 

When two Russian magicians come looking for a man named Alex Karkarov, they hire Lizbeth to find him or his family, but there are problems: The man they're looking for is dead, but he has a daughter they now need to find, as an ever-growing set of sorcerers and gunnies do not want them to succeed. It's a good thing Lizbeth is a deadly gunfighter; too bad she hates sorcerers, even the ones on whom she has to learn to rely. 

Number-one New York Times best-seller Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, True Blood, Midnight Crossroad) returns to fantasy in a taut thriller set in a US where magic is an acknowledged truth, but disreputable.

©2018 Charlaine Harris, Inc. (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Interesting and worth checking out

Really interesting world building in society and characters. It’s different from my usual books; including all of Harris’ books that I’ve read. It does have the feel of a western to me; with a taste of dystopia.
I wasn’t sure about Kaminsky’s narration at the start, but it became clear that her style and voice fit Gunny Rose and her world.

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  • Pinky
  • FRANKLIN, TN
  • 10-09-18

Boring

I have read & loved basically everything Charlaine Harris has written but this title was just boring. The story was slow & the characters weren’t interesting nor likable. And to be honest the story just
didn’t feel fleshed out almost like a bad ghost writer wrote most of it.

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An engaging Western tale with a female protagonist

The protagonist of the story is neither sinner nor saint, but is guided by a higher moral code. leave it to Charlaine Harris to create a female character who is both admirable and questionable. Loved it!

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Another Charlaine Harris Winner

Excellent character development.
Excellent environmental development.
Great story.
What's not to like?
Grab it and immerse yourself in the alternate America.

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  • Paul
  • United States
  • 10-15-18

Another hit by Charlaine

I've yet to find fault with anything Chatlaine writes.
Good read by the narrator as well.

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  • neichan
  • SanFranciscoBay Area
  • 10-14-18

Grim

Masterfully atmospheric writing. Astonishing number of deaths and loss. Seamlessly woven into a wonderful tale, I do hope there are more books coming. Fast!

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Could have been better

I love Charlaine Harris and I have so much respect for her as an author and as much as I wanted to like this book I just couldn’t get it to it. The narrator was great but the story fell flat.

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Want The Next One

Charlaine Harris does not disappoint. Hope this is the beginning of a new series. Female gunslinger, what a concept.

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  • JS
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 10-10-18

A great new story from Charlaine

I was fully hooked from the first chapter and I eagerly await sequels. Charlaine has a way of capturing the look and feel of places and people that is unique.
The narrator did an excellent job!

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Yes... Boring.

I'm a HUGE fan of Charlaine Harris, but this book was a real disappointment. For me, it was just boring and I could care less for the characters. I've listened to EVERYONE of Ms. Harris's books that are on audible, but this book in a 3 part series, I will not purchase the other 2 books.

Would love to hear more from Ms. Harris's trilogy collection "Midnight Crossroads" series.