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Venom in the Veins

Written by: Jennifer Estep
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Blood might be thicker than water, but venom is stronger than just about anything… 

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends - but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld. 

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First Trust bank. Lots of people have grudges against Mosley, but the more I investigate, the more Mosley’s problems seem to be connected to some of my own, especially when it comes to the Circle, the evil, shadowy group that is secretly responsible for much of the crime and corruption in Ashland. 

But when another blast from my dark and deadly past as the Spider comes to light, I wonder if I’ll be able to survive this dangerous new enemy, who has a burning thirst for revenge that will only be satisfied with one thing: my death.

©2018 Jennifer Estep (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Struggling with main character

Lauren Fortgang does a great job as usual, however, Gin Blanco has become tiresome.

It was okay for her to be an occasionally inept assassin somehow surviving every ordeal by sheer luck and feeling guilty about her past but in the last few books it's become grating.

In Venom in the Viens Gin has become annoyingly whiny lamenting about how she is responsible for making the evil character what they are today while at the same time knowing the character was already evil.

In addition, on one hand she can take out multiple trained giant guards by herself but then somehow loses all her fighting skills, doesn't use her magic effectively and gets beaten to near death.

It's time Gin accepted her role as underworld queen, stopped whining about her past, takes charge and kicks butt like the strong, ingenious and feared assassin she's supposed to be!

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  • Nighteyes
  • 2018-11-23

Same setup, same ending

I'm not saying it's bad, but the recipe is getting a little stale...
I ain't done with the series, but unless Miss Estep throws in a spanner the wheels are hopefully working towards the end in a book, 2 max...
It's getting a little tiresome to hear Gin save the day all by herself again and again...
the characters are wonderful and I want them all to shine...
but as I listened to this book i could honestly tell what was gonna happen simple because it followed the same flow of the books before...
We get some seemingly irrelevant scene, Gin does every day things, get's interrupted, gets caught up in a plot seemingly in no way related to the circle, Gin messes something up, it is revealed that it is related to the circle, Gin almost dies, Gin saves the day, Gin doesn't die

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  • carol
  • Cherokee, N.C., United States
  • 2018-10-09

cliche

The problem with her books is there starting to sound like reruns. also the brother likes to keep dredging up the past like it can keep being relevant. how many times can somebody that died in the first book keep coming up 10 books later?

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  • Ryan
  • 2018-10-03

Good but could be better

In all the other books in the series gin just outclasses them in the end with raw power. In this one she gets her butt kicked basically all the way through the story. Not the character I know

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-22

No spoilers

Oh holy hell. Estep has given yet another fantastic well written book. Action, suspense, laughs, mystery, and so so much more. why oh why is Estep off writing a different series. This one is clearly not over or at least I sure hope not she can't leave us loyal Fans of this series hanging. Fortgang has done yet another FANTASTIC listen. I highly recommend you listen rather than read this series Fortgang is one of the best narrator's I've listen to. This duo of Estep writing and Fortgang narration is a grand slam out of the park. GET IT NOW.

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  • J. M. Stenzel
  • 2019-07-09

Loved it. when is the next book release?

Thoroughly love the hard ass Assassin, Gin. I have listenend to the series a few times. look forward to the next book.

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  • Rebirth
  • 2018-10-05

Speechless!!

Super!!!. I can't wait to see if Mason really is the long lost uncle of the Spider!!!

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  • Ezinwanyi
  • Dallas, TX USA
  • 2018-08-27

Gin is closer than ever to The Circle

This is one of my favorite series. It's one of the only series I listen to solely on audio since the narrator totally nails this character. I enjoy the assassin/great cook Gin Blanco and her cohorts. Since the author revealed that Gin’s family were involved with the illuminati-ish group “The Circle”, I’ve been waiting to see which one of Gin’s parents is still alive. That didn’t occur in this book but I know the deceased savant Fletcher knew which one of Gin’s parents was into shady business and I can’t wait for him to reveal it in one of his notes to the gang.

While I continue to enjoy the plot, I am impatiently waiting for the big reveal of Hugh Tucker’s motivations because he is a gray area in this story. He is portrayed as a villain, but he goes out of his way to assist Gin, Finn and Bria. So, what exactly is Hugh’s deal? I am also waiting for a villain on the level Mab Monroe. No one, not Mab’s daughter, Finn’s mom Deidra or anyone else has captured my attention like the elemental sociopath Mab Monroe. I want the Spider to have another great rival, and I am not convinced the real power behind the Circle will provide that. I hope so, but I am certainly waiting for the next one.

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  • Art M
  • United States
  • 2018-08-14

Not enjoying the weaker character trend

struggled to finish. Gin seems to have become a weaker version of her original character

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  • Fran
  • 2018-08-10

Gin discovers a shocking family secret.

Gin has at least two near death experiences. Lucky for her her friends and family keep a close eye on her. I love her interactions with Owen. He's a gentle gentleman keeping her grounded.

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  • C Mack
  • Martinez, CA USA
  • 2018-08-06

I'm a big fan

Followed Gin since the beginning, and love diving into her world. Lauren's southern accent is right on for me and a joy to listen to.