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An Easy Death

Written by: Charlaine Harris
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
Series: Gunnie Rose, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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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.

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

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Guns and Magic, what's not to like?

In an alternate universe where FDR was assassinated, the US broke up onto several large states, some of them forming the Russian Federation where the Russian monarchy set up shop after the communists took over Russia, violence is everywhere. Descendants of Rasputin can do magic. The protagonist is a Gunnie. This seems to be a mix of guide, bodyguard, and hired killer. Electricity is spotty, cars are rare, poverty is rampant. Sort of 1930's US meets westerns from the 1960's.

Overall the plot moves along pretty good. The plot is relatively interesting. The narration is ok. I would probably listen to another in the series, they seem to be plots set with the same character rather than a serialization, but I am not sure I would seek it out. If the next book comes up as a $3 or $4 deal of the day I might pick it up, but I wouldn't spend a credit on it.

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Very very good

This universe and heroine would be a great movie under good directors. Bravo to C. Harris

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Promising disappointment

This book started out in an interesting way and it seemed like it might be a true adventure with a female lead.
Unfortunately there wasn’t follow through and it ended up like a typical girl romance.
Every 10th word is “real” and it gets REAL hard to listen to.
I’ll be returning this one!

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  • Maggie May
  • 2019-04-24

Teenage Heroine Dystopian World & Very Slow Reveal

Gunnie Rose takes us back (sort of) to the Charlaine Harris of the Shakespeare series. A woman who is not physically alone, but is quite solitary in her own mind. There feels to be a bit of Stephen King's Gunslinger in here as well.

This is an indeterminate world. And it's a dark one. Is it in the recent past? (as in just post WWII) or in near future? Or the now? Harris doesn't really say. She does say that the world changed after President Roosevelt (I'm thinking it was FDR, but did she mean Teddy? I might have to check back for that) was assassinated and the USA now longer stands as we know (or knew) it.
We are dropped in with no information at the very top and only get nibbles here and there about how the world has come to be so changed and, I think, there will more explanation to come. It did require some trust and patience to get to the first backstory nugget.

There is a ton of gunplay and killing. There's rape, though it's not graphic. There's dirt and spotty electricity and not a lot of food and water at times. There is a Czar in California (I KNOW!) who is of a magical sect. He has hemophilia and some of his devoted followers are in search of a purported relative who is needed for the occasional blood donation. He or she will be rewarded with a pretty good life and, since life nearly everywhere else seems pretty crappy, this doesn't seem a terrible deal. Unless you happen to like your independence.

Anyway, the pair come upon Gunnie Rose and hire her to protect them as they quest for the rumored young relative. They are beset with murderous enemies from the git go. For me, some of this went on a bit too long and/or repetitively in the mid-section of the story. However, we do get some original characters and a new universe for a really very good new Harris heroine.
So YAY!

Eva Kaminsky does a fine job with all the different characters and she keeps the plot moving along well. I liked her work on this very much.

I'm looking forward to more in this universe.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2018-10-03

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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  • Shannon
  • 2018-11-10

cowboy and magic

The story style is a bit different, but works. Fast pace killing but not gory. Rough and tough setting but kept my attention all the way to a weird end.

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  • Deborah Smith-Evans
  • 2019-04-12

An Easy Death was an Easy Read

I like strong women characters, love stories, westerns, magic, and intrigue. . . .An Easy Death had all the ingrediants you want in good story! Lizbeth Rose is the perfect heroine for today's independent women. She is sensible, logical, no nonsense, shrewd and she can hold her own in a gun fight! i totally recommend this book if you are looking for an entertaining read.

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  • Kelly M
  • 2018-10-26

Gunnie for Hire

NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3
When I saw that Ms. Charlaine Harris has a new series coming out I knew I had to give it a try. I love the Sookie Stackhouse series. I have not read Midnight Texas yet but I love the TV series. So I grabbed an audio copy of An Easy Death, book one in the Gunnie Rose series.

An Easy Death is a good first book. There is a lot of world building so the book is a bit slow. But it does pick up as the story goes on. Lizbeth Rose is a gun for hire and she is good at her job. But things are not going right for her. Her prior job is gone and now she must figure out her future. Being hired by a pair of Russian Wizards was not on her list of potential jobs. Lizbeth can’t turn down the money that they offer even if it makes her uncomfortable.

This is also my first audiobook narrated by Eva Kaminsky. I really enjoyed having Eva read this story and bring these characters to life. I will be continuing this series on audio as long as they keep Eva as the narrator (I will also be looking up more of her audiobooks).

Looking forward to the next book and were Ms. Harris takes Lizbeth. I really do hope that we get to see more of Eli and a possible relationship between these two.

If you are a fan of Ms. Harris, magic, fantasy and westerns I would suggest giving this new series a try.

Disclaimer:
I purchased this audio book and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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  • Stacey
  • 2019-11-12

“Where are we going?”....

I did not enjoy this book—it was a lot of meandering going no-where. I started over several times and barely made it to the end. How many people were killed as Gunnie Rose went along shooting everyone down? and why was she killing everyone? I liked the idea of the US being broken up but did it suddenly turn into saloon towns? Wasn’t this set in the 20’s or 30’s? As for wizards—there wasn’t much of a supernatural stuff going on—just guns, guns, and more guns. Maybe this would be a more exciting TV show or video game but I just didn’t get the premise. Why should we care if the Tsar lives or dies?

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  • BBBonilla
  • 2018-10-17

Cool, well-written, fresh story!

The voice actress seems to be very talented but may have been directed to play the role a little too emotionless for my taste. I really enjoyed the story. I would never have been able to tell was written by Charlaine Harris. What a talent!

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  • Erin
  • 2018-10-06

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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  • Robin
  • 2018-10-09

Meh

meh. It was okay and I'd try another just to see how the next one goes. I generally like her books but this wasn't anything to write home about. Her characters are usually better. This one didn't do much for me. Also the narrator was just okay.

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  • Kelleefornia
  • 2019-01-02

Sookie Stackhouse with a different name!

This character is just Sookie Stackhouse with a different name and set in a different genre. Typical Charlaine Harris. I was hoping for more, but didn't get it.

Charlaine Harris has a formula that works for her books and this one is no different. As far as stories go, I wasn't enthralled. It's worth the read, but keep your expectations low.

The narrator did a good job, but her voice didn't fit the character at all. She's supposed to be 20ish and the narrator sounds older.

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