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Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Estep
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Book Description

Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.

 

I'm Gin Blanco.

 

You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.

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    "High-octane-fueled action, labyrinthine conspiracies, and characters who will steal your heart."

    - Adrian Phoenix on SPIDER'S BITE

    About the Author

    Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, and Black Widow, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, and Kiss of Venom, are the other titles in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.

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    • File Size: 3502 KB
    • Print Length: 432 pages
    • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (May 5, 2010)
    • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003KN3M6S
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars apparently I'm the black sheep June 5, 2010
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I really enjoyed the first book, but I didn't think this one was as well done. I just glanced over the previous reviewer's remarks and I know I'm going to be the odd man out here, but I found myself scanning this book more than reading it. I thought there was way too much exposition (probably about 1/2 of the book could be considered a review of the previous novel). How many times did the heroine have to point out to us that she was with Fletcher for 17 years. That she was an assassin for 17 years? That her family died 17 years ago? She must have restated her family's death at least 10 times. She described her scars on her hand (circle with 8 lines, by the way it means patience) over and over. There were soooo many things that were repeated. Even little things. Did she have to refer to her restaurant as her "Gin joint" everytime she talked about it? Then, everytime Det. Caine showed up, there was the corney, "mmmm."

    I was becoming more and more annoyed with the characters the more I read the story. Det. Caine became a wussy bore. I know the reason why she made him so unlikable, but it totally ruined the character of Gin, too. What reader want to see the heroine throw herself on a man that doesn't want her, again, over and over.

    If you took out the repetition in the story it would probably have cut 2/3 of the book. I think that is a fair assessment of how much room the actual storyline (plot) took.
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    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Web of Lies starts out fast, furious, and fun. May 21, 2010
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep
    Urban Fantasy- May 25th, 2010
    5 stars

    Web of Lies starts out fast, furious, and fun. This book utterly delighted me with its wonderful cast of characters and cool urban landscape filled with: power, danger and corruption. Although it helps to have read the previous book in this series I feel that new readers will still be able to start with this book although I would highly recommend reading the first just for the added enjoyment! The main character Gin holds nothing back as she risks her life and her heart for those she cares about and for those she feels under appreciated. As a heroine Gin has her own sense of morality and prefers being solo but always seems to find herself with a colorful cast of characters that made this 2nd book well worth the wait. But because this is the 2nd book in the proposed 5 book series, it is a transitional book and the ending is left somewhat uncertain.

    Gin was the infamous Spider, the most dangerous and ruthless assassin for hire. In her last assignment her mentor was murdered and she was framed for his death. Gin was able to take her revenge for his murder and prove her innocence. At the end of the book 1 (Spider's Bite), Gin decides to retire, but we find in Web of Lies that she was not meant for inaction because trouble has a way of finding her.

    Now the new owner of the Pork Pit restaurant, Gin has just started her early retirement. But her restaurant is robbed by a pair of young hoodlums. One with powerful connections that could mean big danger for her! Her life is further complicated when an old friend of her mentor asks for protection from an unscrupulous dwarf who wants their land.

    I especially liked this book because it delved more into Gin's past.
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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Treat the reader like an adult April 14, 2011
    By Bobbee
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I will begin by saying I actually like the main character. She is fairly well developed. However, this writer treats the reader like an idiot, as if we have the retention capacity of a goldfish. She repeats information over and over and over. I'm not sure if she is just trying to fill pages or what but I don't need a full description of characters and elemental magic every chapter. I GOT IT the first time. Must you describe Mab Monroe in minute detail every time we see her even if we saw her 2 pages ago???

    Also, her obsession with repeating phrases over and over and over. And, worse even than that, her obsession with the eyes. Everyone's eyes when they meet are "gray on gold" or "gray on violet" or whatever on whatever. She says this a zillion times. It was stupid the first time and doesn't get better with age. They are called mother's darlings and are supposed to be eliminated in the editing process.

    I read the first three books in this series hoping she would improve. I love to find a good series and try to give the author a couple books to get in the groove, but book three just proved identical to 1 and 2 and I cannot take her ridiculous, repetitious, overbearing writing style any more.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Plot can't overcome the writing August 8, 2010
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The premise of this series - a "heroine" who is an assassin (albeit retired), a Robin Hood who lends her deadly skills to aid the downtrodden - is somewhat interesting if morally ambigious. Additionally, there is a mystery from said heroine's past that I'm interested in seeing resolved. However, I don't know if that interest is enough to combat the negatives.

    Ms. Estep expends a great deal of energy recapping the characters and events from the first book in this series. (From the preview I read of book 3, the same thing occurs in that book as well.) As someone who read the first book, this repitition was unnecessary and boring.

    I also found much of the writing to be repetitive and in some cases, inapt as well as unnecessary. How many times do we need to be told that Gin keeps five silverstone knives on her person at all times, or that Gin's rune is a spiderweb which is embedded in her palms?

    Much as I'd like to see if Mab Monroe gets her comeuppance and where sister Bria has been, I'm not sure I'll be able to muddle through the next installment in this series.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Well written and engrossing with exciting twists and turns!
    Published 4 days ago by Robert Sullivan
    3.0 out of 5 stars loved the series but it got boring
    Loved the series when I first started but got really tired of the same repetative definitions of what happened in book one. Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Take care In starting this book!
    This is my type of book. Add mystery,sci fiction, and adventures and I read it too.fast. If only the author would work faster on this series, I would be happy. Warning.. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Sherry A. Schmidt
    4.0 out of 5 stars Love Gin!!
    Note: This review will have some spoilers for those who haven't read the first book

    What happens when an assassin retires? They get bored. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Berls
    4.0 out of 5 stars Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep (thoughts)
    Summary from Goodreads:

    "Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.

    I'm Gin Blanco. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Samantha.1020
    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed them
    Enjoying the series. A little slow but at the same time can hardly put them down.
    Published 3 months ago by MistyBlue
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel!
    If I wasn't completely in love with the kick butt bad a$% that is Gin Blanco before reading Web of Lies, I am most certainly am now after finishing it. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession)
    5.0 out of 5 stars So again; I continue to be surprised at how ...
    So again; I continue to be surprised at how much I am enjoying Jennifer Estep's “Elemental Assasin books” which to say the least are not hard Sci-fi or traditional fantasy… yet a... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Bradleyman31
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite authors! I love love love this series
    One of my favorite authors! I love love love this series. I can't get enough! The series has enough mystery and suspense to keep my attention. Great job Jennifer!
    Published 5 months ago by Chase
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
    Good characters, good story, fast read. A bit of the cliche loner female but I just skim over those parts.
    Published 5 months ago by Angela (a.k.a S.M. Welles)
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    More About the Author

    Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

    Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, WIDOW'S WEB, DEADLY STING, and HEART OF VENOM.

    THREAD OF DEATH and KISS OF VENOM, both e-novellas, are also available.

    THE SPIDER, book #10, will be released on Dec. 24.

    Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington.

    Books in the series are TOUCH OF FROST, KISS OF FROST, DARK FROST, CRIMSON FROST, and MIDNIGHT FROST. KILLER FROST, the sixth and final book in the series, will be released on Feb. 25, 2014.

    FIRST FROST, a prequel e-story, is available, as is SPARTAN FROST, an e-novella.

    Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. Books in the superhero-themed series are KARMA GIRL, HOT MAMA, JINX, and NIGHTINGALE.

    A KARMA GIRL CHRISTMAS, an e-novella, is also available.

    Excerpts, free short stories, and more information on Jennifer's books can be found at http://www.jenniferestep.com.

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