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Warren Ellis reimagines New York City as a puzzle with the most dangerous pieces of all: guns.

After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for 20 years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose.

Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he's walked into a veritable deal with the devil. An unholy bargain that has made possible the rise of some of Manhattan's most prominent captains of industry. A hunter who performs his deadly acts as a sacrifice to the old gods of Manhattan, who may, quite simply, be the most prolific murderer in New York City's history.

Warren Ellis's body of work has been championed by Wired for its "merciless action" and "incorruptible bravery", and steadily amassed legions of diehard fans. His newest audiobook builds on his accomplishments like never before, announcing Ellis as one of today's most daring thriller writers. This is 21st-century suspense writ large. This is Gun Machine.

©2012 Warren Ellis (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Perfect marriage between writer and narrator

Would you listen to Gun Machine again? Why?

Ellis' gritty prose paired with Reg E. Cathey's narration give this whole piece a level of street, humor and realism that makes for an enjoyable listen.

What did you like best about this story?

Ellis takes what is on the surface could be an episode of Criminal Minds and infuses it with great banter and a unique take on pathology/mythology. The banter between cops is funny without being campy.

Any additional comments?

Smart writing. Good story. Wonderful narrator. More by him, please!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • vanessa
  • pinole, CA, United States
  • 07-08-13

Maybe 3 stars?

Would you listen to Gun Machine again? Why?

I am ambivalent about "Gun Machine". I won't recount the plot points, because so many other reviewers have done so already, and done it very well. PROS: I really, really liked the writing style, the author is showing his comic book roots and really knows how to plot out a story. And the story starts great, with immediate action and an eerie mystery, and some funny parts too. Finally, without revealing any spoilers, there's a plot twist involving the killer that I rather liked. Not a big surprise or a big deal, but handled in a very matter-of-fact way that just appealed to me. The narrator does a good job and definitely has a way with delivering tricky/conic dialogue. CONS: But it all collapses in the last third of the novel, which is kinda slow. When the ending finally arrives, it is abrupt and flat. Also, most of the characters are common stereotypes. I am particularly tired of the lesbian with the rapacious sexual appetite who can get any beautiful, hot young thing the male protagonist/author desires; she seems to be everywhere lately.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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great build up, no pay off

Would you try another book from Warren Ellis and/or Reg E. Cathey?

The book started out amazingly.Great hook, some tragedy. Solid character building. The second act brought in some wonderful supporting characters and plot twists that only dragged you deeper into the story. The third act took all of that and chucked it in the bin leaving you with a rehashed and somewhat cliched police procedural. Such a let down from an amazing build up. I can not recommend this book because of that third act.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 07-24-13

Clever, Nimble, Robust... Like That.

Liked this. The storyline, the characters, the performance. I want more Warren Ellis. Want more of Reg E. Cathey. Yeah... Gun machine's clever.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Brewster, MA, United States
  • 01-18-13

Great Pulp Writing with a Twist of History

Where does Gun Machine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to many, many audiobooks (I finish two to three audiobooks a month) and this was incredibly well done. I'd put this in the top 25 I've listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the interesting history that's expressed on Manhattan. The actual Gun Machine is pretty neat too.

What does Reg E. Cathey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Loved the gritty style he brings to the book. He may not have a huge difference in voices, but that's not the case with every audiobook narrator anyway. Great voice acting.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A detective lost his partner and now fights through reams of history to solve hundreds of cases that may have been done by one man.

Any additional comments?

If you like detective novels with a twist (such as the Dresden Files) this is right up your ally.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Gun Machine good could have been better.

What made the experience of listening to Gun Machine the most enjoyable?

The performance of the reader was the highlight of the book.

Would you recommend Gun Machine to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to some of my friends who are fans of the detective story but don't get caught up in the "thats not how things are really done." mind set.

What does Reg E. Cathey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr, Cathey performance was great. His voice was able to bring a gritty feeling that am not sure was actually on the page but fit the book well.

Any additional comments?

Overall the book is good. The themes and imagery are fantastic. Weaving in the history of NYC was really cool. Being rather familiar with guns, police procedure and the language of law enforcement. I found some of the elements and language a little odd the characters often refer to them selves or others as "a police" instead of saying cop for example " he was an old school police". Just to nit pick a little some of the gun stuff is just plane wrong at one point a character extracted black powder from 9mm cases, modern firearms use smokeless powder, black powder is used in old school guns like flintlocks and old west era firearms, its not the kind of gun powder you will find in the rounds fired from a pistol made after the 1920's. To be fair most authors don't get gun stuff right either. Overall I enjoyed the book the story was decent but in the end it was a little too familiar and it was not as satisfying as I was hoping for.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Carolyn
  • SILVERTON, CO, United States
  • 01-30-13

Wish There Were More

Where does Gun Machine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

near the top besst so far in a long time

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gun Machine?

Hard to choose just ONE as the whole book was so good really sucked me into listening

Have you listened to any of Reg E. Cathey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but the performance was great!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A most EXCELLENT book wish there were more
Thanks for offering this to us listeners

Any additional comments?

Keep adding more of these great authors

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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something a little different

This book was fun. Some good forensics, interesting characters, lots of info on prehistoric Manhattan, corruption in the ranks, gruesome carnage. Not the run-of-the-mill good guys vs bad guys book: this author has some interesting things to say and has wrapped it up in a package whose central premise seems a bit weak but ultimately makes some kind of sense, and en route goes to some cool places.

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Modern crime noir with eccentric characters

I loved how this book weaved in so many different elements and themes. At its heart, it is modern crime noir, but it also contains a deep understanding of the Native American culture, historical and modern New York City, criminal history, and Crime Scene Unit methods. All the angles come together into one wonderful and exciting story.

During another crime, Detective John Tallow stumbles upon an apartment filled with guns. A collection of gun that spans twenty years. And each gun is tied to an unsolved homicide. With hundreds of unclosed cases brought back into the spotlight, Tallow gets assigned the task of figuring out the what, the why, and most importantly the who. The characters in the book are quirky, fun, and realistic as they behave in a manner that is consistent with real people. The CSU team is eccentric and extra fun. And even though she gets only a little "screen time", I loved First Deputy Commissioner; she's totally hard but fits the role perfectly.

While I loved the book and I look forward to reading more from Ellis, I did have a small issue. When Tallow met the wife of one of his suspects. It was a coincidental meeting and not planned by the characters, but it was also something that was a tad convenient. Coincidence happens and it was handled with subtlety, lines converging from multiple angles to make a big picture, but it was still a tad convenient. As I mentioned though, I look forward to reading more novels by Ellis.

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An entertaining romp

If you ever wanted to read a good detective story with a tight plot, weirdo characters, and grim, British Humor from an insane man, then this book is for you.