An Easy Death Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 48 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 02, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #11,458 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#25 in Alternate History Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#84 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#96 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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This one kept me long at lunch, up late nights, and up early mornings. My chores went undone and the yearning to get back to reading was something powerful, something I haven't felt in a number of years. Gunnie Rose is a total winner of a character, a fast-shooting, insightful, unique-voiced woman with standards. I refuse to tell you one iota of the plot, it should surprise you at every turn like it did me!
Don't be reading the other reviews, stay away from spoilers, and get to gettin', because you're in for a wild ride. Hang onto your standards, hang onto your hat, fork over your money; you can thank me later. My wish for you: may all your books be this good and may you have an easy death.
Rose - a teenage gunslinger, and good at her job - lives in Texoma, a somewhat-lawless region that includes parts of Texas and Oklahoma. She is hired to assist a couple of magicians (okay, that's another difference from our world) who are headed for Mexico on a mission that turns out to be fraught with political importance for the Russian court.
The actual story doesn't matter, and that's the main weakness of the book. Its purpose is to introduce the milieu and some of the characters. It's a competently-told adventure story - the party comes to a new town, someone tries to kill them, Rose shoots the assassins, the party heads for the next town - but the author doesn't seem to have her heart in it.
It may be more useful to think of "An Easy Death" as the opening of a longer series that may have much of the same feel as the Sookie Stackhouse series, if the author can pull it off.
Charlaine Harris a favorite and she delivers a fresh new adventure. More, please.
OK, I really did start it this morning and read until I finished.
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Harris always manage to create characters and worlds you want to spend time with. While also having that vein of grittiness which saves her worlds from being too cosy. This particular book is packed full of action as Lizbeth and her two employers find themselves being hounded relentlessly as they try to fulfill their mission, I would say it runs at a faster pace than previous Charlaine Harris books I have read. But if you like Harris style then you'll probably like this book.
I really liked the character of Lizbeth Rose, whose tough, self-reliant attitude helps her bounce back after the initial devastating incident at the start of the book, which puts her in the path of the two Russian wizards. Harris is good at making us care for her protagonists and I was quickly invested in Lizbeth prevailing against the odds. This dystopian, broken-backed landscape where the remains of metalled roads and ruins of houses pock the countryside should have given this book a more downbeat feel, but Lizbeth’s first-person narrative rescued this from being a grim, post-apocalyptic exploration of a destroyed civilisation. While she mentions such features, she’s matter-of-fact about the whole business, which happened before she was born. And besides, she’s too busy trying to keep herself and her clients alive to spend too much time brooding about the past.
Harris perfectly paces this adventure, so that we have plenty of time to appreciate what is at stake, before the situation flips around to heighten said stakes and once more Lizbeth is engulfed in yet more life-threatening action. It became physically impossible to put this one down, as I kept turning the pages as if my life depended upon it – and once I reached the end of the story, I felt drained and a tad shaky, suffering a real book hangover, which doesn’t happen very often to me, these days.
If you like your fantasy with a sideorder of wild west action and backdrop, then track this one down. I’m looking forward to seeing how this one plays out on TV, too…