An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1)
The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC’s Midnight, Texas, has written a taut new thriller—the first in the Gunnie Rose series—centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose.Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they’re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg’s blood can save the young tsar’s life.As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they’re set on by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.

An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1) Details

TitleAn Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 30th, 2019
PublisherPocket Books
ISBN-139781481494939
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Westerns, Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Magic

An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1) Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Soooo I got this from the library but Im definitely buying this when the HB price goes down!! There are mixed reviews on this book as there are on any book! My take? I FREAKING LOVED IT! This book is on my favorites list now!! There are a few shocking things in the book but overall it was awesome!! Trigger warning for a rape you can skim overHappy Reading!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Soooo I got this from the library but I’m definitely buying this when the HB price goes down!! There are mixed reviews on this book as there are on any book! My take? I FREAKING LOVED IT! This book is on my favorites list now!! There are a few shocking things in the book but overall it was awesome!! Trigger warning for a rape you can skim overHappy Reading!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review):The author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels jumps into the Weird West with her latest series, GUNNIE ROSE: Its a combination of Old West + magic + alternative history. An Easy Death appears to be set in the 1930s or 40s, but not in an era wed recognize. When Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated before taking office, the U.S. fractured and chunks of it were claimed by other countries, including 3.75 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Jana's review):The author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels jumps into the Weird West with her latest series, GUNNIE ROSE: It’s a combination of Old West + magic + alternative history. An Easy Death appears to be set in the 1930s or 40s, but not in an era we’d recognize. When Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated before taking office, the U.S. fractured and chunks of it were claimed by other countries, including the Russian royal family taking over California and Oregon, Mexico taking back Texas, and Native Americans reclaiming much of their territory. Nineteen-year-old Lizbeth Rose is a gunslinger or “gunnie,” part of a crew that gives travelers an armed escort to protect them on their journey.The very first thing we see Lizbeth Rose doing at the beginning of this book is cutting her hair into a pixie cut, mostly because her much older boyfriend Tarken liked it long and cutting it is her way of pushing back against his too often telling her what to do. It’s a signal of Lizbeth’s obstinacy and independence — qualities she’s going to need in the conflicts and difficulties coming her way. It's grimly amusing that "an easy death" is the accepted way to say goodbye to a gunnie and the kind of luck they wish for.After the Tarken Crew’s job escorting two farming families from Texas to New America takes a disastrous turn, Lizbeth — somewhat at loose ends, and financially strapped — overcomes her detest for wizards and accepts a job protecting a couple of Russian wizards or “grigori.” These wizards, Eli and Paulina, are searching for a particular Russian, Oleg Karkarov (or if not him, his descendants), whose blood is needed for transfusions to preserve the life of Tsar Alexei. Apparently the blood of Grigori Rasputin and his relatives has a salutary effect on hemophilia (it’s nice to know that in this world Rasputin was good for something). What the wizards don’t know, although Lizbeth mentions it in her narration to the reader fairly early on, is that (view spoiler)[Lizbeth is actually Oleg’s daughter … and that she killed him herself, for excellent reasons (hide spoiler)].In this gritty Wild West territory, life is precarious and the lives of most people, other than the wealthy, are hardscrabble. Cars and homes with electricity exist, but they’re too expensive for most folk, including Lizbeth. Bandits and magicians are equally feared. It’s not easy for a young woman to stake out her position in this world, but Lizbeth is determined both to make her own way and to protect those who she’s responsible for.There’s lots of action in An Easy Death, with guns blazing and magic slaying, but the book isn’t a whole lot deeper than that, and the logic of the plot got a little murky. But Lizbeth Rose is an honest, tough and appealing heroine, and her continuous adventures and struggles against opposition make for captivating if not profound reading. I’ll definitely follow Gunnie Rose into Dixie in the sequel, A Longer Fall, where the antebellum South has risen again ... in fact, I'm reading it now! Content notes: Rape of a minor character (on-page, but brief), sex, violence and murder, a handful of F-bombs.I received a free copy of the hardback book for review from the publisher and publicists. Thank you!!Original post (Oct. 2018): Look what just landed on my doorstep! Looks very interesting - the only question is how and when to fit it into my already overstuffed reading schedule. ETA: Well, it took me 11 months to read this. But better late than never?
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  • Tracett
    January 1, 1970
    Hooray! If, like me, you loved roughly 1/2 of the Sookie books (the beginning 1/2) but found the rest sort of meh (but still kept on reading) you will like An Easy Death. Same for the rest of her series, love some and are annoyed by the others (but still kept on reading). An Easy Death had me putting off chores so I could spend all my time with my new gunslinging girlfriend, Lizbeth. Oh boy, oh boy, I'm surely looking forward to this kick-ass series and its alternate history line.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris is the first book in her new Gunnie Rose series. I had a whole internal debate on what to even classify this series, sort of a historical western fantasy I suppose. Characters in here can wield magic and it does take place in an alternate version of our world in the past in the days of gunslingers.Lizbeth Rose is a gunslinger is an obviously mans world making her work that much harder to succeed at her chosen job. When out with her crew making a run protecting a An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris is the first book in her new Gunnie Rose series. I had a whole internal debate on what to even classify this series, sort of a historical western fantasy I suppose. Characters in here can wield magic and it does take place in an alternate version of our world in the past in the days of gunslingers.Lizbeth Rose is a gunslinger is an obviously man’s world making her work that much harder to succeed at her chosen job. When out with her crew making a run protecting a couple of families on their journey her whole crew is taken out but Lizbeth makes sure she saves her customers and finishes the job escorting them the rest of the way.After arriving back at her home she finds out there are a couple asking about for someone skilled to hire and before she knows it the couple are tracking her down. The pair turns out to be a couple of Russian wizards searching for a a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin in which Lizbeth is afraid that they will find out it’s her blood they need.Ok, I will first admit that I picked this one up strictly based on author only since I’ve never been a huge western fan but having read a few different series from Charlaine Harris and enjoying them curiosity killed the cat so to speak. After finishing the first book I’m glad I gave this a shot though as it was actually quite entertaining. A kick butt lead female gunslinger mixing it up with bandits and magicians is certainly different than anything I’ve picked up and I’ll definitely want to know where this one goes from here. So if you up for a different type of fast paced fantasy then I’d give this one a try.I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • PamG
    January 1, 1970
    AN EASY DEATH by Charlaine Harris is the first book in the Gunnie Rose series. This was an exciting start to a new series that spans genres. It is a western, an urban fantasy, an alternate history, a thriller and it contains magic.Franklin Roosevelt was elected President, but assassinated prior to taking office. The vice-president dies of influenza, the banks crashed followed by a large drought and massive influenza. With the population decreased, the government was not able to protect itself AN EASY DEATH by Charlaine Harris is the first book in the Gunnie Rose series. This was an exciting start to a new series that spans genres. It is a western, an urban fantasy, an alternate history, a thriller and it contains magic.Franklin Roosevelt was elected President, but assassinated prior to taking office. The vice-president dies of influenza, the banks crashed followed by a large drought and massive influenza. With the population decreased, the government was not able to protect itself and other countries grabbed pieces of America. Additionally, this is a world where magic exists and is mistrusted by many.With this alternative history, we meet our protaganist Lizbeth Rose who lives in the southwestern county now known as Texoma. She is a young gunslinging mercenary who protects and moves people and/or cargo. Within this world, the story progresses rapidly with Lizbeth's skills constantly tested.Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors and she did not let me down with this unique start to a new series. The worldbuilding is fantastic and the characters are compelling. Lizbeth's motivations are believable and well-drawn and the secondary characters were well-rounded and enhanced the story. The plot twists were believable but mainly unexpected. The story moved at an appropriate pace. The scenes were well described and gave me a clear sense of place. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you like blended genre books, then this may be a book that you would enjoy.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    April 21/19 -- This is the Audible daily deal today for anyone who was thinking about this one! Oh my stars, yes! Move over, Sookie Stackhouse, and take a seat, Angel Crawford! There's a new snarky southern chick in town and she's jumped right to the top of my supernatural fun list! This is not a deep read, but goodness, did I enjoy it!In An Easy Death we follow Lisbeth "Gunnie" Rose who lives in an alternate timeline where (when?) the US became fractured with the assassination of Roosevelt. April 21/19 -- This is the Audible daily deal today for anyone who was thinking about this one! Oh my stars, yes! Move over, Sookie Stackhouse, and take a seat, Angel Crawford! There's a new snarky southern chick in town and she's jumped right to the top of my supernatural fun list! This is not a deep read, but goodness, did I enjoy it!In An Easy Death we follow Lisbeth "Gunnie" Rose who lives in an alternate timeline where (when?) the US became fractured with the assassination of Roosevelt. Without his guidance, the country was divided and broken into pieces -- some parts were absorbed by neighbour countries Canada and Mexico, some states were taken by other countries altogether.Americans who were caught in states with new leaderships are trying to migrate to New America, and to stay safe on the trail, they hire gunnies for protection. Lisbeth Rose is one of the best gunnies, with an almost second sense to warn her of looming danger, and an aim that can take down even the quickest targets.Although Gunnie Rose comes close to falling into some tropey traps, I didn't find the character annoying at all, and my attention was held from start to finish. I alternated between reading and listening to the audiobook as narrated by Eva Kaminsky. I think this may be a case where the narration truly elevated a good book to one that was completely unputdownable!My only real disappointments here are that I don't know how long I'll have to wait for the next book in the trilogy, and the fact that it's only planned to be a trilogy -- I loved the world building here and I think there are many more stories that could be told in this world.Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a DRC of this book.
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  • Sh3lly
    January 1, 1970
    I might get this from the library and try it. I like alternate histories - plus magic. But... still not over Sookie. :P
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Just as the cover implies, An Easy Death is a cowboy shoot 'em up style book. In the classic comedic style of Charlaine Harris we are introduced to our bad-ass heroine who doesn't like anyone meddling in her affairs and has kept her hand on her gun mos of her life just to survive. CharactersSomething Harris is a master at creating are characters. Her original series 'True Blood' characters are unforgettable and as such so are the ones in An Easy Death. Not only is our lead gal likable, she has Just as the cover implies, An Easy Death is a cowboy shoot 'em up style book. In the classic comedic style of Charlaine Harris we are introduced to our bad-ass heroine who doesn't like anyone meddling in her affairs and has kept her hand on her gun mos of her life just to survive. CharactersSomething Harris is a master at creating are characters. Her original series 'True Blood' characters are unforgettable and as such so are the ones in An Easy Death. Not only is our lead gal likable, she has many traits readers may wish they had; including a fearless personality. Additionally Harris introduces us to a whole host of characters you come to care about. Although fair warning there are a lot of people that don't make it in this wild west dystopian environment; so try not to get too attached. Alternate Dystopian HistoryThe setting of Harris' new series is really interesting. It's back in the 1930-40's or so (I think) and yet the USA has been split into factions/areas that are no longer one country due to a rise in magic and magical abilities. This has led to outlaw areas, new regimes and intense politics. My fave part (because I'm very biased) was that Canada held onto their land and got a chunk of the northern United States. So I just have to say thanks to Harris for not assuming my country would fall. ;) The other side of the split of the USA is that the Russians have taken over portion of the former country including what was California. They are the ones with the most magic and a royal bloodline that includes the original royal line whom all suffer from hemophilia. There's no lack of politics in this world and yet it's not complex or heavily set. A perfect balance to the wild west feel of the show. ActionAn Easy Death is primarily a bunch of action scenes strung together with some mysterious plot. But don't be fooled into thinking there is a complexity to this story. At the end of the day it's just like your average John Wayne style story. Except our lead gal doesn't end up with near as many people in bed with her as Wayne might have had back in the day. (lol) OverallThis is a fun, take a break and laugh book. Just like the Sookie Stackhouse series (True Blood on HBO), Harris has taken a relatively simple approach to let us know that the books are really all about having some laughs, shooting up a lot of places and our heroine surviving. As our lead gal is only 19 (or so) she displays a strong desire to survive that is admirable and reminded me that I can totally handle -35C (on one of the days I was reading this) so long as no one is shooting at me. While no one is likely to give out a literary award for this new series, I know I will look forward to the next book. And I hope that this series can go on for 3-6 books and be decent additions to my TBR as 'break' reads from some of the heavy literature on there. To read this and more of my reviews visit my blog at Epic ReadingPlease note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    It pains me to write this review, almost as much as it pained me to finish this book. Ive always enjoyed Charlaine Harris writing: the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series, Harper Connelly, Midnight, Texas. When I saw that Harris had a brand-new, what I would call, dystopian/fantasy, I was all in.An Easy Death simply did not meet my expectations. Ive always loved the way that Harris could make me laugh out loud through a unique dark story. While Lizbeth Rose had a constant stream of sarcasm It pains me to write this review, almost as much as it pained me to finish this book. I’ve always enjoyed Charlaine Harris’ writing: the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series, Harper Connelly, Midnight, Texas. When I saw that Harris had a brand-new, what I would call, dystopian/fantasy, I was all in.An Easy Death simply did not meet my expectations. I’ve always loved the way that Harris could make me laugh out loud through a unique dark story. While Lizbeth Rose had a constant stream of sarcasm flowing from her mouth, it just didn’t hit the mark.Did Harris create a new concept of a dystopian world with An Easy Death? Absolutely. Was Lizbeth Rose a well-developed, strong heroine? Definitely. Sometimes this just isn’t enough. An Easy Death was dragged out far too long with too much repetitive action: Lizbeth leaves town escorting her charges, she kills bad guys, arrives in the next town, has a bath, changes clothes, repeat. Come on, Charlaine, you can do better than this.If you don’t know Charlaine Harris, (what rock are you living under?) I would have to say that An Easy Death is not the best place to start. Go for Dead Until Dark or Midnight Crossroad. From a technical aspect, there is nothing wrong with An Easy Death, but it felt like the story was tossed together just to get a book out.*I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley).
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    🤠⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🤠What a fun book! I usually dont like western gunslinger themed books but I absolutely loved this one! Lizbeth (Gunnie) is an awesome character that you easily like to read about rather quickly. In a torn and divided USA, Gunnie ends up being hired by two wizards (which she is not fond of because of something in the past...no spoilers from me!) and it is at this point that the story really picks up. At this point, I could not put this book down and I ended up finishing it in one sitting. 🤠⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🤠What a fun book! I usually don’t like western gunslinger themed books but I absolutely loved this one! Lizbeth (Gunnie) is an awesome character that you easily like to read about rather quickly. In a torn and divided USA, Gunnie ends up being hired by two wizards (which she is not fond of because of something in the past...no spoilers from me!) and it is at this point that the story really picks up. At this point, I could not put this book down and I ended up finishing it in one sitting. So if you start this book and think it is slow, just wait for the wizards to show up and then prepare for the thrill ride. I hope book two comes out soon! My quick and simple overall: fun and thrilling read (and that is coming from someone who does not normally like gunslinger and western themed books).
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Re read January 2020I needed a refresher before the new A Longer Fall Gunnie Rose book. Believe me, it was no hardship! This book was action packed and full of great characters in an alternate version of America. Theres a lot more to explore I. Terms of the magic of the grigoris and Im now really excited to move on the next book, especially as I had forgotten that I pre-ordered it!First readI didn't get on with Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. Never the less when I read about this book before Re read January 2020I needed a refresher before the new A Longer Fall Gunnie Rose book. Believe me, it was no hardship! This book was action packed and full of great characters in an alternate version of America. There’s a lot more to explore I. Terms of the magic of the grigoris and I’m now really excited to move on the next book, especially as I had forgotten that I pre-ordered it!First readI didn't get on with Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. Never the less when I read about this book before it was published, I was excited. I do love a weird western. And I absolutely loved this. Can't wait for the next one.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a hot while since I've had the desire to pick up one of Harris's books after not liking quite a few of them but, I decided to try again after checking out the reviews for this as well as the description and slight switch in blended genres. I'm so glad I did because even with the slow start, this actually turned out to be quite a good read and one that I am glad I took a chance on. I'm actually really looking forward to book two!
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    I have read and loved all of the series that Charlaine Harris has written... until this one. Definitely not her usual great story, fantastical world, and dynamic characters. I will not be continuing with this series.
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/15/...Before An Easy Death, my past experience with Charlaine Harriss work pretty much began and ended with the first Sookie Stackhouse book, and it was swiftly determined that southern vampires just werent for me. Afterward, I wasnt so sure about trying another one of her series, but then I heard about Gunnie Rose. Maybe it was the weird western vibes or the idea of a modern gunslinging urban fantasy set in a post-collapse 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/15/...Before An Easy Death, my past experience with Charlaine Harris’s work pretty much began and ended with the first Sookie Stackhouse book, and it was swiftly determined that southern vampires just weren’t for me. Afterward, I wasn’t so sure about trying another one of her series, but then I heard about Gunnie Rose. Maybe it was the weird western vibes or the idea of a modern gunslinging urban fantasy set in a post-collapse alternate world where most of the country and its heroes are wild again, but right away, the premise caught my attention like a fish on a hook.Lizbeth Rose, our intrepid protagonist, is a gunnie—a hired gun who makes her living with a mercenary team whose jobs frequently involve escorting bands of farmers across the treacherous landscape of what was once the southwestern United States. Following the assassination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s, the country suffered a massive decline in economy, infrastructure, and national defense, forcing its government to cede much of its territory to the other world powers. The Russians, for instance, have claimed much of the west coast as part of their Holy Russian Empire, while Canada has also taken a chunk out of the north, and in the bordering states to the south where we find ourselves now, the area has become known as Texoma. Much of society here has reverted to the times of the Old West, where bandits on the road are not uncommon, and travelers who wish to arrive at their destination in one piece are wise to hire gunnie crews like the one Lizbeth works for.But of course, survival—like everything else in Texoma—is never guaranteed. What was supposed to be a routine job turns into a bloodbath, as the caravan Lizbeth and her crew were hired to escort is ambushed on the road by a group of merciless bandits. All our protagonist’s teammates are killed, including a couple of their charges, but nevertheless, our girl perseveres, completing the job with what’s left of her party. Once safe, Lizbeth returns home for some much-needed quiet time in order to grieve and figure out her next step. Unfortunately, respite is not in the cards. Apparently, her reputation as a reliable gunnie has reached the ears of the Holy Russian Empire, and a couple of their wizards from California have found their way to her doorstep, looking to hire her to protect them while they search for one of their fellows. Pauline and Eli are “grigoris”—powerful magic users named for their venerated Rasputin—on a dangerous and secretive mission, one that would require the services of an effective and discreet bodyguard. What they don’t realize, however, is that Lizbeth has a personal stake in their manhunt too, and she knows a lot more about the situation than she lets on.Have you ever finished a book and thought to yourself, wow, this was just what I needed? I felt that way after reading An Easy Death. It’s the perfect book to raise you out of a reading slump, or to tackle on a leisurely Saturday morning after grueling week. Action-packed and fast as hell, this was a novel I finished in a single sitting. The pacing never really let up, and the snappy prose and dialogue kept me reading for hours until the very last page. I enjoyed everything about the book—so much so, I can’t decide what I loved best. World, characters, story—it was all so good.But I suppose Lizbeth Rose made the strongest impression. The author has a knack for writing feisty, spirited main characters who might not be very worldly for their young age, but they make up for it with cleverness, independence, and determination. Some of Lizbeth’s strongest traits include her sense of honor and loyalty. She’s only a killer when she needs to be, when she’s on a job or defending herself and her friends. She’s the kind of person who does right by those who treat her well, and will give no mercy to those she considers her enemies. This simple worldview of hers also has a tendency to make strangers underestimate her, always to their own detriment. In reality, Lizbeth is a lot more perceptive and calculating than others give her credit for, which she uses to her advantage.Then there’s the world-building. Charlaine Harris has created a no holds barred version of a post-apocalyptic Wild West-like setting where life is rough, violent, and mostly lawless. You get a sense that everyone is out for themselves out here, in this world where wishing someone “an easy death” is the kindest and most friendly greeting you could receive from a passing traveler. Theft, murder, and rape are everyday realities in Texoma, a notion backed up by the blunt, no-nonsense attitude of the prose. Horrifying as it is, none of the violence or suffering is really played up for emotional points or drama, and in a way, this stark presentation further adds to the gravity of the situation. Perhaps none serves as a better example than the massacre in the opening chapters. This is the only life Lizbeth has ever known. It is what it is, so you do what you do to pick yourself up and keep going.This being an alternate history, the setting also has its fair share of quirks, not least of them being the presence of the Holy Russian Empire in the Americas, bringing along with them their powerful magic. And yet, the fantastical elements remained a more understated aspect of the book throughout, though I enjoyed the interesting angles they provided. They added spice to what was a standard adventure plot following the trio of Lizbeth, Eli, and Pauline as they made their way across Texoma, stopping at town after town—some of which are more welcome than others. As you would expect, there was also a light touch of sexy action, though mixed in with the action and mystery, the romance wasn’t something that was emphasized or put on a pedestal, which was exactly the way I liked it.Bottom line, for a straight-up awesome read, pick up An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris. Whether you’re new to the author’s work or an old fan, I think most readers will be struck by the refreshingly different feel of her new series and be riveted by the energy of Lizbeth’s tale.
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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.Well, I loved this! I have been a huge fan of Charlaine Harris's work but I haven't picked up any of her new books since the Sookie Stackhouse series ended. I have re-read a couple of the early Sookie Stackhouse books but I guess I was more than a little upset by how that series ended so I took a break from her work. I decided that it was time to give her books another chance and I must say that I am very happy that I picked up this This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.Well, I loved this! I have been a huge fan of Charlaine Harris's work but I haven't picked up any of her new books since the Sookie Stackhouse series ended. I have re-read a couple of the early Sookie Stackhouse books but I guess I was more than a little upset by how that series ended so I took a break from her work. I decided that it was time to give her books another chance and I must say that I am very happy that I picked up this book. It was an incredibly enjoyable read from beginning to end.This book's setting is an alternate America in the 1930s. America has been broken up into several different countries and some areas are rather wild. Lizbeth Rose works as a gunnie, or hired gun. She takes her job seriously and will do whatever it takes to complete her mission. She finds herself without a crew and decides to take on a job offered to her by two Russian wizards.This story was really exciting and there is a ton of action to go around. Gunnie Rose seems to be able to protect her charges very well even when they are not cooperating. I loved Gunnie Rose. She is a little rough around the edges but she is incredibly smart and knows when to keep her mouth shut. She never stops trying no matter how the odds are stacked against her. Eli and Paulina were also wonderful characters. Paulina and Gunnie didn't always see eye to eye which made for some rather interesting scenes.I would highly recommend this book to others. I loved the Old West setting along with the alternate world that is very different than what is in the history books. This book was filled with action, wonderful characters, a bit of romance, and an interesting mystery. I cannot wait to read more of this exciting series.Initial ThoughtsWell, I loved this. I have to admit that I am still a little mad about how the Sookie Stackhouse series ended and while I have re-read some of the early books in that series in recent years, I haven't picked up any of Charlaine Harris's new work. Until now. I didn't want to put this book down. I loved the characters, the world the book was set in, and the fact that there was plenty of action to keep things moving. I am going with 4 stars for now but may end up bumping it to 5 after I have some time to think about it. I can't wait to get started with the next book.Book source: Purchased
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Charlaine Harris has a way of sucking me in to her books.  It isn't exceptional writing or story lines, in fact I do a lot of eye rolling usually, it's more about cozy entertainment with strong ordinary female protagonists.When I saw this new release is the beginning of yet another series, I was like, *sigh* "Another series?  Another series?" *clicks "Place Hold" on library account.I seriously don't know where this compulsive need for yet another Charlaine Harris series on my TBR comes from but Charlaine Harris has a way of sucking me in to her books.  It isn't exceptional writing or story lines, in fact I do a lot of eye rolling usually, it's more about cozy entertainment with strong ordinary female protagonists.When I saw this new release is the beginning of yet another series, I was like, *sigh* "Another series?  Another series?" *clicks "Place Hold" on library account.I seriously don't know where this compulsive need for yet another Charlaine Harris series on my TBR comes from but I went with it and I'm glad that I did because this book was a pleasant surprise.In An Easy Death, we're introduced to an alternate history of America where President Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated and a massive influenza outbreak during the Great Depression killed the vice president and caused a large population drop.  The vulnerable U.S. was overthrown and countries conquered large portions.The setting of our novel is known as Texoma (formerly the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and a portion of Colorado) and we follow Lizbeth Rose, a young gun for hire who protects people traveling across the lawless divided countries full of bandits and patrols.After losing her team on a routine job, she's hired to be a guide and gunnie for two Russian wizards (c'mon, this is a Charlaine Harris novel, of course there are wizards!) searching for a man believed to be a direct descendant of Rasputin in order to save the life of their young tsar.On a journey to the border towns of Mexico, the wizards are hiding something from Lizbeth that places them all in danger at every turn ...but she has an even bigger secret to keep until she can learn their true intentions.The Gunnie Rose series, an alternate history/paranormal fantasy Western, is off to a promising start with Harris's signature formula of an ordinary female protagonist living in a bizarre world.  If you enjoy a light but entertaining read with a little fantasy/paranormal thrown in, this fits the bill!  For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Lorraine Southern
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. I'm a huge Harris fan, have enjoyed all her other series, so I really hate to say this ... but, Gunnie Rose? Meh. That is all. Just, meh :(
  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    This was quite the unconventional story. The best way to describe this is that it had the feel of an old western with a more modern society. It was what western would feel like in todays world without the advancement of technology and a lot of fantasy thrown in.What I loved about that, was it gave us a heroine that is a gunslinger, or more known as a gunnie in this book. Her skill with guns was pretty impressive. This 19 year old seemed to just have the right instincts that kept her alive in This was quite the unconventional story. The best way to describe this is that it had the feel of an old western with a more modern society. It was what western would feel like in todays world without the advancement of technology and a lot of fantasy thrown in.What I loved about that, was it gave us a heroine that is a gunslinger, or more known as a gunnie in this book. Her skill with guns was pretty impressive. This 19 year old seemed to just have the right instincts that kept her alive in impossible situations. Just that part alone had me glued to the pages. The weirder side of this story was the Russians. They were constantly referred to as grigoris. There is a battle of the Russian royal family going on and they hire Lizbeth to guide and guard two grigoris as they track the descendant of a certain family line. They have magical powers that seem very dark and a bit frightening to what they can do. The combination of the magical powers and Lizbeth's skills with her guns was actually pretty fascinating. It was a weird story, but I liked it. I'm actually pretty excited to start the next book in the series. There is no cliffhanger. This could be read as a standalone.Trigger warning: (view spoiler)[Graphic violence and rape. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis was pretty good, but I didn't love it like I expected to. I like Charlaine Harris and I like Western themed fantasy, so I thought this would be an easy win for me. I listened to the audiobook, and while the narrator did a good job, I don't think this was the right format for me in this case. Most of my audiobook listening is done in fairly short segments, and I had a hard time keeping the flow of the story listening to it like this.That said, I did think the overall story and the 3.5 starsThis was pretty good, but I didn't love it like I expected to. I like Charlaine Harris and I like Western themed fantasy, so I thought this would be an easy win for me. I listened to the audiobook, and while the narrator did a good job, I don't think this was the right format for me in this case. Most of my audiobook listening is done in fairly short segments, and I had a hard time keeping the flow of the story listening to it like this.That said, I did think the overall story and the world Harris has created here are interesting. The main character, Lisbeth Rose, reminds me a bit of a slightly tougher Sookie Stackhouse. Both are independent young women with a little bit of magic about them they they mostly try to keep hidden as they make their way through the world. We didn't get a lot of what Lisbeth's small ability might do for her, but I got the sense it would become more important in later books. I'll probably read the next book, as I'm interested to see where Harris takes things next. There is definite potential here.
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  • Montzalee Wittmann
    January 1, 1970
    An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris and narrated by Eva Kaminsky is a book that is totally different than what I thought it would be. This has an alternative history and it has magic as part of life. It is a rough life like cowboy times but they have some cars and occasional electricity. This world building is amazing! Truly strange and fascinating! The characters are very intriguing too! Our gal of the story is paid to escort people through the wilderness or from one place to another. It is a An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris and narrated by Eva Kaminsky is a book that is totally different than what I thought it would be. This has an alternative history and it has magic as part of life. It is a rough life like cowboy times but they have some cars and occasional electricity. This world building is amazing! Truly strange and fascinating! The characters are very intriguing too! Our gal of the story is paid to escort people through the wilderness or from one place to another. It is a dangerous business to be in. She ends up taking magic users. This is a very suspenseful, unique, and wild ride through this bizarre world and I loved it!The narration was absolutely brilliant! Great job!
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  • Yodamom
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was really a fun read. Ms. Harris has hit the money spot with this series. Strong action packed, characters, magical extras and suspense with only a semi touch of romance. I really enjoyed this and want more asap.
  • The Captain
    January 1, 1970
    Yeah when the love interest waited for the protagonist to get old enough to have sex it creeps me out. And I couldn't get into the writing. Not for me. Arrrr!
  • Jacob Proffitt
    January 1, 1970
    I'm an enormous fan of Charlaine Harris, though not really a completist about it. In other words, I don't jump immediately after she writes a book and there are some I probably won't ever get to. I put this one off because the world didn't feel like one I'd enjoy much. It's kind of pre-apocalyptic in a post-apocalypse of a world that never was kind-of-way. In other words, things went to the bad place in the early twentieth century and it's limping along from there. Only, not everything fell I'm an enormous fan of Charlaine Harris, though not really a completist about it. In other words, I don't jump immediately after she writes a book and there are some I probably won't ever get to. I put this one off because the world didn't feel like one I'd enjoy much. It's kind of pre-apocalyptic in a post-apocalypse of a world that never was kind-of-way. In other words, things went to the bad place in the early twentieth century and it's limping along from there. Only, not everything fell apart. So stuff has familiar shadings, but the U.S. was torn apart and lots of bad things happen in the shadows of that destruction.Lizbeth Rose lives in one of the areas devastated and in flux and is a "gunnie" or gun for hire. Her story has a very serious and penetrating tone that becomes clear in the very first chapters so if you're going to bounce, you'll probably bounce early. Personally, I was pulled in completely and had a hard time putting the book down. Structurally, it's a journey story but at least some of that journey is self-discovery and since I liked Rose so much, I found that beyond engaging. She's hard in that way strong determination manifests and yet as kind as she can manage in a world gone dark and with skills that make her ideal for killing folks. And since she's being actively hunted throughout the story, the body count is eye-liftingly high.And I liked Eli and the secondary characters and that includes the world/setting as character as well. So while there was some hand waving around minor details (like how much gas did that car use/hold/carry/require, anyway?) I cared so much about the story that I hardly spared those more than a thought.So the fast pace and engaging story make this a five-star read and I'm ignoring the wobbles of the minor detail-niggles. Incredibly strong story and I really hope the next carries the expectations such a strong origin engender.A note about Steamy: There was an explicit sex scene or two and a rape and some sexual assault threats. None of it very detailed, even the ones that weren't horrible. So this is very low on the steam setting and that was exactly right for the story told.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    An Easy Death is the first book in the Gunnie Rose series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Its not what her mother, Candle wanted, but nineteen-year-old Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie with the Tarken Crew. They have a good reputation for safely transporting newly landless ranchers from Mexico through Texoma to New America. Gunnies are needed because bandit attacks are common. When such an attack sees Gunnie Rose without her crew, shes sought out by a pair of grigoris from the Holy Russian An Easy Death is the first book in the Gunnie Rose series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. It’s not what her mother, Candle wanted, but nineteen-year-old Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie with the Tarken Crew. They have a good reputation for safely transporting newly landless ranchers from Mexico through Texoma to New America. Gunnies are needed because bandit attacks are common. When such an attack sees Gunnie Rose without her crew, she’s sought out by a pair of grigoris from the Holy Russian Empire (on the west coast of their altered continent). People generally don’t trust grigoris (who prefer the term wizard) and Lizbeth has more reason to be wary than most, but something about their quest draws her in. And if this strange pair aren’t altogether forthcoming about their mission, neither is Lizbeth sharing all she knows. Set in the 1930s in a very different America, this is a fast-paced adventure with guns and magic and a high body count. Lizbeth is a fiercely independent protagonist, quick and clever and brave. Her support characters are interesting and sometimes enigmatic, and Harris’s worldbuilding is subtle and seamless. This novel is billed as Gunnie Rose #1 and more of this feisty heroine would definitely be welcome. Very enjoyable.
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    An Easy Death is the first volume in a new series written by Charlaine Harris. It's quite a departure from anything she's written before, being set in the past of an alternate America where history unrolled in a fashion quite different than it did in our world. (And magic works there, too.) There's a lot less mystery or romance and a dollop more adventure than one is used to finding in Harris's books. I enjoyed the characters very much, and was legitimately happily surprised by a couple of plot An Easy Death is the first volume in a new series written by Charlaine Harris. It's quite a departure from anything she's written before, being set in the past of an alternate America where history unrolled in a fashion quite different than it did in our world. (And magic works there, too.) There's a lot less mystery or romance and a dollop more adventure than one is used to finding in Harris's books. I enjoyed the characters very much, and was legitimately happily surprised by a couple of plot developments that came at me out of left field. I'll be looking forward to the next volume. (I listened to the audiobook version, thanks to my local library... it was performed and produced superbly.)
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  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    January 1, 1970
    While not great literary works of art, Charlaine Harris's books are relentlessly entertaining! I'm feeling pretty invincible right now, after reading about Lizbeth Rose, the grumpy, yet pragmatic gun for hire, in this post apocalyptic adventure story, set in the 1940's. She is resourceful, lives simply - is excited about having electricity and a refrigerator & I think she actually has a softer, caring side that she tries to hide from most people. This is the first book of a series, I think. While not great literary works of art, Charlaine Harris's books are relentlessly entertaining! I'm feeling pretty invincible right now, after reading about Lizbeth Rose, the grumpy, yet pragmatic gun for hire, in this post apocalyptic adventure story, set in the 1940's. She is resourceful, lives simply - is excited about having electricity and a refrigerator & I think she actually has a softer, caring side that she tries to hide from most people. This is the first book of a series, I think. I would be willing to read about Gunnie Rose's further adventures.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Strong start to a new series.Ive read and enjoyed most of Charlaine Harriss books, and even if I was disappointed in how she ended her Sookie Stackhouse series, I was curious to try this new one. Harris already has demonstrated that she writes in a variety and mix of genres, and this new Gunnie Rose series is quite different from all her others.The story takes place in an alternate history, in approximately the 1930s after the US was devastated by assassination, flu, and civil war, with the Strong start to a new series.I’ve read and enjoyed most of Charlaine Harris’s books, and even if I was disappointed in how she ended her Sookie Stackhouse series, I was curious to try this new one. Harris already has demonstrated that she writes in a variety and mix of genres, and this new Gunnie Rose series is quite different from all her others.The story takes place in an alternate history, in approximately the 1930’s after the US was devastated by assassination, flu, and civil war, with the former US broken up into separate territories. The original colonies returned to England, some of the south central to Mexico, the west to Russia, and the rest into three independent but struggling territories. The Russians are headed by the Czar, aided by magic-using grigories in Rasputin’s tradition. Our protagonist, 19-year-old Lizbeth Rose, lives in the depressed and often lawless area in the lower central plains and west known as Texoma. Lizbeth makes her living as a gunnie, a gun for hire who acts as guide and protection for those traveling through the area. When she’s hired by a couple of grigories on a quest from their czar, Gunnie Rose finds herself embroiled in a plot that is a bit more personal and a lot more dangerous than she would like.Lizbeth is a strong new character, one who kills easily when needed, who wishes that her own eventual death will be an easy one, but who expects that life itself never will be easy. Throughout, she follows her own code to make sense of the crazy life she leads.I look forward to reading the next book in the series, even if I haven’t yet quite forgiven Harris for the way she wrapped up Sookie’s world.
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: Paranormal. Fantasy. Western. Alternate History. Actual Rating: 4 starsI will be the first to admit that this genre is not one I would normally read. I don't care for westerns, fantasy novels, or books about alternate histories. However, I decided to read this one anyway because I have been a longtime fan of Charlaine Harris and wanted to see if she could persuade me to enjoy a genre I would normally avoid. Well, kudos Charlaine. I liked this book far Release Date: October 2, 2018 Genre: Paranormal. Fantasy. Western. Alternate History. Actual Rating: 4 starsI will be the first to admit that this genre is not one I would normally read. I don't care for westerns, fantasy novels, or books about alternate histories. However, I decided to read this one anyway because I have been a longtime fan of Charlaine Harris and wanted to see if she could persuade me to enjoy a genre I would normally avoid. Well, kudos Charlaine. I liked this book far more than I thought I would. It's expertly told, imaginative, magical, and extremely intriguing. Gunnie Rose is a really cool character and her story is one I won't soon forget. I got caught up in the gun-slinging, the wizardry, and being in a different or alternate time for the US. I think this book is also very original- I have never read anything like it! If you are a fan of all the things I mentioned above (wizards, magic, alnternate histories, gunslingers, and things like this) I very much recommend it to you. I am really looking forward to see what happens to Gunnie next!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Can't wait for the next book
  • Katie Gallagher
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
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