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Web of Lies Audiobook

Web of Lies: Elemental Assassin, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

"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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    RabidReads 10-13-12
    RabidReads 10-13-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Takes escaping reality to a whole new level!"

    Thanks to Lauren Fortgang's mesmerizing voice, Jennifer Estep's poignant first person POV writing style and Gin Blanco's stellar personality; the Elemental Assassin books are rapidly turning into one of the best Urban Fantasy series that I have ever read. So much so, that I find myself forsaking all of the other lovely novels on my shelves because I can't seem to get enough of this amazing story. I rarely step into a heroine's shoes while reading but with this series it's hard not to. Now, whether adopting an assassin's mindset in my daily life is a good thing or a bad thing still remains to be seen but regardless, Web of Lies takes escaping reality to a whole new level.

    Usually I only read a handful of audio books a year but after having had Estep's first two stories read to me I can't imagine experiencing the Elemental Assassin world any other way. Nailing the first person POV is not an easy task to begin with but Jennifer makes it look easy. Her incredible writing style paired with Fortgang's superb narration helps to tip the realism factor of these novels over the edge. Taking a break from reading a good book is never easy but Estep makes it damned near impossible with this series. They say that the first step to dealing with an addiction is admitting that you have one well, I full-heartily acknowledge that I have a problem and that I have absolutely no intention of fixing it. The story itself is exceptional, the characters are outstanding and the writing is to die for.

    Oddly enough, I found that the earlier parts of Web of Lies were a little dull; I just couldn't get into the McAllister side plot. However, once Jake was "dealt with", the story really picked up from there. I guess that I've come to expect non-stop action from Jennifer Estep and when she actually took the time to focus on some the other important aspects of a good book I got a little impatient. Regardless, once Tobias Dawson showed his ugly mug it was go-go-go until the end. Speaking of the ending, talk about one hell of an "oh shit" moment! It's pretty much a foregone conclusion that I'll be reading Venom next.

    Donovan Caine is a douchebag. Other than the scorching sexual chemistry between him and Gin, I had a hard time seeing any long term potential for them. Even though I felt sad for Blanco about the way she was treated and how everything kind of blew up in her face; I think that everyone's better off in the long run. Plus, I barely even know Owen Grayson and I'm already infatuated with him! There's just something about him that makes me go rawr, hubba-hubba! Yes, I realize that those are sound effects and not actual words but you get the idea.

    After two stunning installments and more awesomeness on the way; I think it's safe to say that the Elemental Assassin series is a must read. Web of Lies is bursting at the seams with snark, badass-edness and unforgettable characters. The main plot that connects all of these books together promises to be a doozie and I for one can't wait to uncover Jennifer Estep's end game.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    betsy Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 05-28-14
    betsy Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Aw Shucks, No Choice, Guess I'll have to Kill Him"

    I know it's a series about an assassin. Gin's retired now, and winds up involved in the lives of a family who are beset by a bad guy. I hope it's not a surprise that she ends up killing someone. I just really don't like how she immediately leaps to assassination as the only solution. She tries to explain how nothing else would work, and it's just incredibly weak and nobody calls her on it, not even the straight-arrow cop she's throwing herself at who has the disapproving hots for her. We live in a world where tough things are happening all the time, and a lot of problems are tough, and-we don't just decide to kill people. It was too close to a real-world problem to require this fantasy solution. This weakness together with Gin's ill-placed affections make her hard to respect. Is this a step on a path from amoral killer-for-hire to some sort of defender of the innocent, or is this all Estep has for us? I just didn't like this time with Gin enough to find out.

    Estep uses a few repetitive phrases that grate pretty quickly. The goth dwarf and gin joint really need to be retired or used more sparingly. Find some other way to describe Sophia, for the love of all your readers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-06-12
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "payback time"

    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".


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 07-01-13
    Ashley Charlotte, NC, United States 07-01-13
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    "Gin is awesome!"

    Lets go through Ashley's awesome books checklist:

    - Awesome MC- CHECK
    - Unique Supes- CHECK
    - Boys?- CHECK
    - Potential for more books?- CHECK
    - WANT to read more books?- CHECK

    Gin Blanco is, by far, my favorite assassin in all of fiction land. She kicks so much booty. So much. Please or please let me read more about her.

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    CLARA 05-21-17
    CLARA 05-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I love this dook "

    just the right mix of sex mistory and violence to make a fabulous book the reader is great to

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JESSICA 01-26-17
    JESSICA 01-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Getting better- I like it!"

    I can't help it if the narrator's southern drawl sounds like home-I love it! The story is improving and I don't even mind discussing eye color anymore.

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    Annette Mitchell 10-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Freaking Awesome"

    Wow, book two and I'm already hooked. This book has everything. Great storyline,great characters, great dialogue and fantastic narration. Bring on book three, I can't wait to dive in. Kudos to you Ms Estep.

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    Philip 10-11-14
    Philip 10-11-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Sadly worse than the first"
    What would have made Web of Lies better?

    Not having her chase a guy (with whom she has spent NO time with). Who is disgusted by everything she has done (so no matter how much she changes for him it won't change her past). And we know how well a relationship works when you change your very nature for someone else. And once again, not repeating what has happened to her family in detail four or five times.


    What could Jennifer Estep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think I have groused enough


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?

    Depending on the book, yes. She does womens voices well. She has warmed to her character in this book and has improved her performance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 10-04-14
    Farrell 10-04-14
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    "Better, but......"

    A bit better than the first one, not much. Her writing has settled down a bit. However, there I still have no emotional attachment to any of the characters, and while there is a mild interest in how the story turns out, it's just mild.

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    Jennifer (The Book Nympho) United States 10-24-12
    Jennifer (The Book Nympho) United States 10-24-12
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    "Another great book in an AWESOME UF series"

    Ok let me get the rant part of this review over with….. Bye, Bye Dick-tective Douche Bag! That’s all I will say so that I don’t spoil you guys but those of you that have read this series will know what I mean.

    Web of Lies takes place about 2 months after the events in Spider’s Bite. And we find that Gin has been retired after taking a long vacation and is now running the Pork Pit full time. But what does a retired assassin do when she gets bored?

    She plans the murder of one of the rich douche bags in town, which is trying to strong arm an old man by having one of his thugs rape and kill the old man’s granddaughter one night on the college campus.

    Gin dusts off her skills and goes to work. The whole team from Spider’s Bite, Fin and the Deveraux sisters are back to help Gin with the dirty work. Also detective Donovan Caine is back to get Gin’s warm spot, hot again.

    Gin is juggling a few things this time around. She has a few bad guys to deal with, she’s still grieving over Fletcher’s death and not to mention her conflicting feelings about Donovan. Plus Gin is trying to figure out how to hand the news she learned about her past in Spider’s Bite.

    After all is said and done, Gin gets her man….well the man she means to murder and plus one. As far as getting her man in her personal life that’s a bit harder for her.

    Web of Lies ties up a few things just to build up more things to come in the coming books in the Elemental Series by Jennifer Estep and I for one can’t wait to dig into the next book, Venom. In fact, see y’all botches later. I’m off to start it on audio NOW.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "The powers are out at last"

    Gin is an ice and stone elemental and at last you are starting to see her powers. You are starting to feel the character now and her "brother" Finnigan and her cook Sophia you are also starting to warm too. I am still not convinced by her romance with Donovan Cane which is boring, however there seems to be a sniff of a new love interest which is very intriguing. In fact I will endeavor to go to book three to see how this plays out.

    It does frustrate me that she doesn't practice her powers as I am sure this would mean that she would be able to beat some of her opponents instead of coming close to death all the time. Thank goodness for JoJo.

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