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Peacemaker: Peacemaker #1 Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2014
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Praise for de Pierres:
"An exciting, adrenalin-pumping read."
-The Sydney Morning Herald
"I can only hope Marianne de Pierres won't keep me waiting too long for the next volume."
"[de Pierres] has a knack for spinning her tales at breakneck speed."
- Vector Magazine (British Science Fiction Association)
About the Author
More About the Author
The PARRISH PLESSIS series has been translated into many languages and adapted into a role-playing game.
Marianne has also authored children's and young adult stories, notably the Night Creatures trilogy a dark fantasy series for teens. She also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt.
Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers.
You can read more about Marianne at www.mariannedepierres.com, www.tarasharp.com.au, www.burnbright.com.au and glitterrose.wordpress.com
Top Customer Reviews
Virgin Jackson is a ranger in one of the world's last natural reserves -- Birrimun Park in Australia. Her troubles begin when she witnesses a murder in the park after hours and the incompetent police detective doesn't believe her story. Moreover, the higher ups partner her with an US Marshall who's investigating drug trafficking inside the park, and she keeps seeing an imaginary eagle that shows up to warn her of impending danger.
I have mixed feelings about this book. First off, I requested an ARC of Peacemaker because the setting and genre intrigued me: a futuristic urban dystopia mixed with a western. Just look at that cover. However it took me forever to finish the book because the beginning is just too boring. Yes, there's the murder and everything, but it didn't immediately spark my interest; I had to force myself to read a couple of chapters every evening to get through it. Only after one third, when we got a bit into the story and the characters, the book finally became interesting.
The main problem for me was the awfully dry prose. From the stilted grammar and poorly constructed sentences, I would have guessed that this was a debut novel. The setting was described too vaguely and never gave me the impression of being inside the story, so to speak. It reads like someone's first draft rather than a finished novel, and that's a pity because the ideas behind the story are good. But the story itself feels like a sequence of events strung together haphazardly, in which things happen just because they're needed to advance the plot. Why didn't Virgin read her father's journal years ago, anyway? It makes no sense and doesn't fit with what we know of her character.Read more ›
There is an odd detective style novel in here but some of the setting questions really start eating away at the suspension of disbelief. Virgin is a pretty could main character and the book IS told from her point of view. Which might have been part of the problem. Sometimes you feel like you’ve started watching a movie after it’s already been on for a half hour and you missed all the setup. I can usually pretty easily roll with this. But the author takes WAY TOO LONG to explain some things and some things she NEVER explains at all. I really liked the story in Peacemaker and I think I would have liked it even more if I understood how everything that happened fit into the setting. Some things I’m fine with not knowing, but the list on this book is a little too long for my tastes.
Peacemaker walks a strange line between futuristic police procedural and old-fashioned Western, mixing in a supernatural conspiracy to boot. With such a bizarre melange of elements, not to mention two lead characters with borderline-ridiculously iconic names, there's no way this book should work. And yet it does, carried along by strong character work and a solid investigative core. Virgin is a tough loner with a tragic past who's buried herself in her work - of course - and Sixkiller is a strong, laconic lawman who knows more about what's going on that he's letting on - of course - but their strained partnership dodges around cliches of sexual tension and professional jealousy and works all the more strongly for it. The supporting cast is very strong, including Virgin's stripper boyfriend, her investigative journalist best friend and an introverted tech support guy with privacy boundary issues.
The action moves fairly quickly, and Virgin in particular comes off the worse for wear in virtually every confrontation, but it all remains remarkably grounded and focused.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really fantastic. Vivid setting, engaging characters, thrilling story. Too keen to read the next one to spend any more time writing this review. BRB...Published 18 days ago by mhod
Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres is a blend of paranormal fantasy, mystery, crime, western and little bit of sci-fi; it had me hooked within a couple of pages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tracy Joyce
I love Marianne's imagination. I love the way she drops you into her created worlds and allows you to work out how they function as the story progresses - no spoon feeding. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roy Varley
wow! Loved this book! A genre-bending, fast-paced Western Sci-fi mystery, with just a hint of Tarantino. And did I mention that the heroine is kick-ass?! Read morePublished 4 months ago by highfantasyaddict
This is a book I regret even considering reading. It was impossible to get into the story. I stopped reading after about 20 pages.Published 5 months ago by ghosty girl
Peacemaker brought together two very different, but very fitting genres. Western and near-future sci-fi has been done before, and been done well. Read morePublished 5 months ago by rotinaj
Intriguing story(kept me interested). Read it in one sitting. Written well enough to make me look for the next step in the story.Published 5 months ago by Valerie Al-Naemy
Marrianne de Pierres takes urban fantasy and societal downfall in a unique and intriguing direction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ju Landeesse
A fairly good story. The world was fairly well described and the story fits nicely into the over arching future scape that the author built. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer