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

Jennifer Estep
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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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 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, and Spider’s Revenge are the other books in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, which includes Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost. She’s also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series, featuring Karma Girl, Hot Mama, and Jinx. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit her website at www.jenniferestep.com.

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  • File Size: 3501 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KN3M6S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 59 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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21 of 23 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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15 of 17 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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10 of 11 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Never A Dull Moment!
My review of Book 2 may have Book 1 spoilers - You have been warned.

Making good on Fletcher's final wish for her to retire finds Gin hanging out and running the Pork... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sapphyria
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Estep has quickly moved up into excellent company among my...
To be honest, this series has been popping up all over recommendations for me: on Amazon, on Goodreads, etc. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Nauti Vixen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Good story, but still much too much repetition of what we have already read. Why not give a summary of the previous story as a preface and then skip it in the body of the book?
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Magel
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Fantasy at its BEST! Strong Characters, Epic plot lines, and...
Web of Lies is the second installment in Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. Web of Lies continues the story of Gin Blanco aka The Spider. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Annie Slasher
3.0 out of 5 stars Web of Lies
Web of Lies is good, but not as good as the first book. It's a few months after the events of Spider's Bite, and Gin has retired. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great author!!!! Has another series I would enjoy reading. If you have good reads and me and give me book suggestions
Published 6 months ago by Sierra
2.0 out of 5 stars Worse than the first book
This book is written in first person with a self-congratulatory, pat-myself-on-the-back-because-I-do-everything-perfect tone. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine tale.
I just finished the second story in the series. I was not disappointed in the storyline or characters. Now on to the next one in the series.
Published 7 months ago by Arco
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be even better
Web of Lies is the second book in the Elemental Assassin series. Gin Blanco says that she is a retired assassin but somehow she continues to be drawn into these life or death... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lowcountry Book Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed Web of Lies
Reviewed by Zita
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book on 12/15/2010

Gin Blanco (formerly the renowned assassin Spider) has hung up her knives and taken... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Romancing the Book
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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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