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“If you like your thrillers a little on the strange and dystopian side or your dystopias a little on the mythological and crime-solving side, Peacemaker could be the start of a series you're looking for.”
- NY Journal of Books

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."
-SF Crowsnest

"[de Pierres] has a knack for spinning her tales at breakneck speed."
- Vector Magazine (British Science Fiction Association)

About the Author

Marianne De Pierres is the author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis and award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a roleplaying game. She's also the author of a teen dark fantasy series. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, three sons and three galahs. Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt.

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Product Details

  • Series: Peacemaker (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857664182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857664181
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular PARRISH PLESSIS trilogy, and the award-winning SENTIENTS OF ORION and PEACEMAKER series.

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,, and

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Irene on May 4, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Pecoraro on May 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I found Peacemaker to be a very strange book. There are lots of things about the setting that even once you’ve completed the book are probably going to be a mystery. Like is this a distant future where something bad has happened that has hampered some technologies while allowing other technologies to flourish? Hard to say… Why do all the main characters have names out of Saturday morning cartoons? Nate Sixkiller, Bull Hunt, Heart Williams(He is a stripper, but they seem to insinuate that’s his real name), and Virgin(why would you name your kid Virgin? I guess it could be short for Viriginia? Except that NO ONE EVER calls her that). How is it that the US Marshalls don’t have authority over state police in a State Park? Not sure… Oh and where are all the cars? Why can’t Virign’s disincarnate hurt anyone? Where are all the freakin Police? Some of the areas are so crime ridden that there are people having shoot outs in the middle of the street. With not even an after thought of Police. But the main character sneezes and they are all over her. What is going on? None of these questions will be answered for you in this book. Sorry…

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Versace on August 3, 2014
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Peacemaker by Marianne De Pierres concerns Virgin Jackson, a park ranger who works in Birrimun Park, a vast desert nature preserve in the middle of the megalopolis that covers the eastern Australian coast. Jackson witnesses an after hours murder, when the park should be deserted and monitored by every surveillance device known to man - but there's no sign of the killer, she's wounded by what appears to be a ghost crow, and an implacable police detective seems determined to fit her up for the killing. She bristles when her boss agrees to United States cooperation in the investigation, and she is assigned a stetson-wearing, sixgun-packing partner named Nate Sixkiller.

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.
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