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An Easy Death (1) (Gunnie Rose) Paperback – May 5, 2020
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In a fractured United States, a new world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards. Lizbeth Rose has a wildly fearsome reputation but these wizards are desperate. Searching the small border towns near Mexico, they’re trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner believed to be a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin.
As the trio journey through an altered America—shattered into several countries after the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression—they’re set on by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose has never failed a client, but this job may stretch her to her deadly limits.
“Immersive, involving, suspenseful and intriguing, with a main character you’ll love” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author), An Easy Death is a fast-paced thriller of the highest order.
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* “[A] fast-paced thriller fueled by magic and gunslinging.” ― -- Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
"This looks like another winning series from a sure-bet author." ― -- Booklist
“Immersive, involving, suspenseful and intriguing, with a main character you’ll love. Think you know Charlaine Harris? Think again!” -- – Lee Child, ― #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels
“A gripping, twisty-turny, thrill-ride of a read." -- -- Karin Slaughter, ― New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her
"When a master of her craft offers to tell you a story, let her. The results are dazzling." -- – Seanan McGuire, ― New York Times bestselling author of the Alex, Hugo, & Nebula, Award-winning Wayward Children series
“A gritty, action-filled story, An Easy Death is an alternate history Western with a touch of magic. Gunnie Rose, the tough but sympathetic protagonist, gives us a clear-sighted look at her world as she works to complete her contract and keep her clients alive.” -- -- Anne Bishop, ― New York Times bestselling author of Lake Silence and the Black Jewels novels
About the Author
- Publisher : Gallery / Saga Press; Reprint edition (May 5, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198214467X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982144678
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #169,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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…