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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857664182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857664181
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,746,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Marianne de Pierres is the Australian science fiction author of the award- Sentients of Orion, Parrish Plessis, Peacemaker and Night Creatures series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a Role Playing Game. Marianne is also a Davitt award-winning crime author under the pseudonym, Marianne Delacourt. You can read more about Marianne at www.mariannedepierres.com, www.tarasharp.com.au, www.burnbright.com.au and glitterrose.wordpress.com

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This book contains great characters, awesome storyline and stunning attention to details.
Steven R. McEvoy
If I have a complaint about the book, it's that it leaves an awful lot open for the sequel (or sequels, I'm not sure).
Dave Versace
When I first started reading I was like, wait, what is happening but by the end I was like, wait, what, I need more!!
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10 of 10 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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6 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MK on July 30, 2014
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Marianne de Pierres has proven herself across a number of genres including sci-fi, young adult, crime and cyber punk so it's no surprise that she's come up with the genre-bending Peacemaker. With elements of western, urban, spec-fiction and packed with action and adventure, it's a rollicking read set in a near-future Australia.

Ranger Virgin Jackson loves her job working out on the vast plains of Birrimun Park where she gets to escape the city, ride her horse and spend time in the great outdoors. She's fiercely independent, so is not too happy when her boss forces her to work with a ranger imported from the US, Nate Sixkiller, especially when he seems to attract trouble wherever he goes. But Nate and Virgin have something in common: they both have a "disincarnate", an animal that appears whenever they are in danger.

The disincarnates represent the supernatural element of Peacemaker, and its an element that fits in seamlessly in this story of underworld crime, murder and general mayhem. de Pierres covers a lot of ground in this quite short novel, touching on elements of urban decay and chaos, environmental disaster, chronic surveillance, crooked cops and even a little political intrigue. The action moves quickly, with Ranger Jackson lurching from one dangerous near miss to the next, and there are chases and narrow escapes aplenty.

Ranger Virgin Jackson is the sort of strong woman I like to read about. She's physically and emotionally tough, intuitive, street smart and just a little bit gawky. There is a little romance in the storyline, but not too much, and its definitely not the focus.

If you like fast-paced action with strong characters, intrigue and thrills, then you'll enjoy Peacemaker. Highly recommended.
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