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Maggie Get Your Gun: Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker Series (Volume 2) Paperback – May 14, 2012
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Kate Danley began her writing career as an indie author in 2010. Since then, her books have been published by 47North, she spent five weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, has been honored with various awards, including the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year, and her Maggie MacKay series has been optioned for film and television development. Her play, Building Madness, won the prestigious Panowski Playwriting Award. Her works have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Canada, and the UK. She has over 300+ film, television, and theatre credits to her name, and specializes in sketch, improv, and Shakespeare. She wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood and has performed her original stand-up at various clubs in LA. She learned on-camera puppetry from Mr. Snuffleupagus and played the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot. She lost on Hollywood Squares.
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One of the best things about this book is why Danley wrote it. Proceeds from the write-a-thon where this book was mostly written benefited the Young Writers Program, which funds free creative writing programs in hundred of schools and communities around the world. With the state of public education and the lack of support for the arts, I give Ms. Danley full kudos for her work.
The story itself picks up after the action in Maggie for Hire (Maggie MacKay - Magical Tracker). Maggie has her dad back and he and her mom have gone off for a nice weekend away to celebrate his return from two years stuck in limbo. Now, a new client walks in her door, with what seems a ridiculously simple job. To retrieve a simple ladies hair comb, 'dropped in the desert' outside of Calico Ghost Town on the far outskirts of Las Vegas. What happens next is a rather slap-stick (read 'vintage Danley') chase through deserts and down mine shafts to an old fashioned "Standoff At The OK Corral" ghost and monster style, in the streets of a real "Ghost Town" on the Other Side. As always, the good guys win, but only by a 'ghost' of a chance and with enough snark and 'F' bombs to float the Marie Celeste. (I will admit that I would appreciate some different and more creative expletives - the bomb is getting rather old . . .)
All in all, this series is funny and charming and is quite a pleasant way to wile away an afternoon. It doesn't put a strain on the brain, the characters are to my mind quite likeable and you learn a bit more about Maggie's mom in this one. I like her more even than I did before. I am really looking forward to the next one. I haven't read The Woodcutter yet, that is on my list of must reads. Thanks, Ms. Danley, for a fun read and I look forward to more soon.
Funny throughout, good world building, likeable characters, lots of "F"bombs if you are offended by that sort of thing. Kate still needs a good editor, a few too many errors are creeping through that could set off the "Grammar Nazis". Nothing five stars, but still well worth the $3.99.
Yet there has to be a reason why this series is getting so many high reviews.... It wasn't until I was halfway through the book that I finally caught on. Aha! This is not supposed to be urban fantasy like Briggs, Mayer, and Bishop. I'm not supposed to take this book seriously. From there on I pictured the characters as cartoons and enjoyed the story for what it was.
With that being said, I am no longer in a hurry to read the rest of the series, though I'm sure I will, eventually. I enjoy the occasional cartoon but prefer a story with a lot more substance.
We join Maggie after her victorious last case, where she rescued her father (who everyone thought was dead) and managed to defeat her evil uncle. Worried that Killian stayed away after that? Have no fear! Killian is just as present in this book as the last, so I happily got a good dose of awesome elf. Maggie is still her cursing, brawling, tracker self, complete with a case that turns her world upside-down. What starts as a simple enough case to recover an evil object spirals out of control in typical Maggie fashion. There’s a genie, some werewolves, some vampires, a devious con-man, a wise Chinese man, a meddling mom, and an awesome brownie in this book. Oh, and ghosts. Always with the ghosts.
I have learned to expect a story that goes this way and that before finding its final and happy conclusion. While we never really end up with 100% of the answers, we end up happy enough and it pushes me even further into Maggie’s wonderfully chaotic world. It’s like Mulder and Scully, if they were always stabbing things and cursing. I’m still rooting for a little romance action (just like Maggie’s mom), but I am oddly satisfied even if there isn’t any.
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