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Peacemaker (The Peacemaker Series Book 1) by [De Pierres, Marianne]
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Virgin Jackson is the senior ranger in Birrimun Park - the world's last natural landscape, overshadowed though it is by a sprawling coastal megacity. She maintains public safety and order in the park, but her bosses have brought out a hotshot cowboy to help her catch some drug runners who are affecting tourism. She senses the company is holding something back from her, and she's not keen on working with an outsider like Nate Sixkiller.

When an imaginary animal from her troubled teenage years reappears, Virgin takes it to mean one of two things: a breakdown (hers!) or a warning. When the dead bodies start piling up around her and Nate, she decides on the latter.

Something terrible is about to happen in the park and Virgin and her new partner are standing in its path.

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  • File Size: 4489 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (27 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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In the future Australia of Peacemaker we seem to be managing. There have been ructions, wars and incidents due to water shortages, asylum seekers and the other things most of us already see coming, but things are relatively stable in the vast megalopolis that extends along the eastern seaboard – Melbourne merging into Sydney merging into Brisbane – despite the loss of state governments and the welfare system. Of course there are technological advances too, but in this world created by author Marianne de Pierres, the technology has a ‘future contemporary’ feel that doesn’t intrude into her still-recognisably-Australian but somehow more cosmopolitan cityscape. It’s a city that also includes a vast walled pleasure zone, Birrimun Park, modelled on a Wild West Death Valley-type experience, which doesn’t seem out of place given our current penchant for Warner Brothers’ Movie Worlds and Disneylands.

In this park works Ranger Virgin Jackson who, despite her Christian name, is anything but naive. In fact, in a genre currently swamped by adolescent heroines like Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games and Divergent’s Beatrice Prior, Jackson is a welcome representation of a grown woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. That’s not to say she doesn’t have her flaws and her demons. She’s a very self-contained character, with only a small circle of friends she has chosen to trust; but if you found yourself in a scrape, you’d definitely want her in your corner.
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As a fan of the Night Creature series, I thought I'd give Peacemaker a go. And it didn't disappoint. Strong characters and a great story line that kept things moving quickly. It was evident that it was one of a series (apart from the the fact that the second book is already available!) and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment. If you enjoy a story with a strong but still flawed lead character, then Peacemaker is a great place to look.
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Marianne DePierres is great at building a gritty, plausible future world but her characters leave a lot to be desired here. I enjoyed the Parrish Plessis books and I didn't mind the Mira Fedor series, either, but this one doesn't work for me at all. Virgin Jackson is simply not a likeable protagonist and it makes no sense that anyone would put up with her, much less risk their lives to help her. Overall, though, it isn't terrible and I don't feel I wasted my time reading it but I won't be reading the other book in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic weird wild west 4 August 2014
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Peacemaker by Marianne De Pierres concerns Virgin Jackson, a park ranger who works in Birrimun Park, a vast desert nature preserve in the middle of the megalopolis that covers the eastern Australian coast. Jackson witnesses an after hours murder, when the park should be deserted and monitored by every surveillance device known to man - but there's no sign of the killer, she's wounded by what appears to be a ghost crow, and an implacable police detective seems determined to fit her up for the killing. She bristles when her boss agrees to United States cooperation in the investigation, and she is assigned a stetson-wearing, sixgun-packing partner named Nate Sixkiller.

Peacemaker walks a strange line between futuristic police procedural and old-fashioned Western, mixing in a supernatural conspiracy to boot. With such a bizarre melange of elements, not to mention two lead characters with borderline-ridiculously iconic names, there's no way this book should work. And yet it does, carried along by strong character work and a solid investigative core. Virgin is a tough loner with a tragic past who's buried herself in her work - of course - and Sixkiller is a strong, laconic lawman who knows more about what's going on that he's letting on - of course - but their strained partnership dodges around cliches of sexual tension and professional jealousy and works all the more strongly for it. The supporting cast is very strong, including Virgin's stripper boyfriend, her investigative journalist best friend and an introverted tech support guy with privacy boundary issues.

The action moves fairly quickly, and Virgin in particular comes off the worse for wear in virtually every confrontation, but it all remains remarkably grounded and focused. De Pierres sneaks some fascinating world-building in at the edges, shoring up the implausible setting elements with some real thought and care. This is a fascinating setting, and I'm keen to see more. 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). The resolution of the central murder mystery become almost incidental as the scope of the plot expands outwards. I'm also looking forward to seeing whether the author will successfully pay off what seems like a contrived final-chapter revelation. That said, Peacemaker is a solid, fun and confident-enough book that I'm definitely on board for the next instalment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars That's the good stuff. The bad 3 September 2015
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Peacemaker brought together two very different, but very fitting genres. Western and near-future sci-fi has been done before, and been done well. Trigun and Cowboy Bebop immediately spring to mind, but I would say that Peacemaker took a different tack with it. The world felt so vibrant, so alive, that I can't help but want more. Much more of this setting, this character, this author, all of it. The story was gripping, and the twists and turns of the overarching plot were rad.

That's the good stuff. The bad, is that it felt like there was never really any true enemy. None of the bad guys have a name, and nobody shows up as a villain to hate. When the climax comes, Virgin is dealing with a bunch of faceless mooks. There's no investment in her beating them, because they're so unimportant, they might as well just be called Thug 1, 2, and however many there are.

This book was obviously written to be the launching point for a series, and that's cool, but you gotta make sure that the book stands on its own. As it is, the twists of the ending are all to make you want to read the next book. And I do, I really do... But this book doesn't stand on its own. The story is not selfcontained, and nothing is really resolved at the end of the book. That's why this can't get five stars. The quality of the writing alone got it four, however.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peacemaker delivers great genre-bending action and adventure 30 July 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Marianne's imagination 19 October 2015
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I love Marianne's imagination. I love the way she drops you into her created worlds and allows you to work out how they function as the story progresses - no spoon feeding. She can write, too: "The silent ride across town in the arrest-wagon was punctuated by garble on the police band and a desultory conversation between the two officers in the front seat of the van. Detective Chance sat in the back with us, staring, not speaking, as if daring us to confess."

Peacemaker is a tale of murder, intrigue, big city gangland and more in a post-apocalyptic environment where the natural world survives only as a "Wild West Park" tourist attraction. Our hero, Virgin Jackson, is the park ranger.

It's pointless trying to force Peacemaker into any particular genre, Western, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Crime... it's as complex as the real world. Just sit back and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A promising first book in a series 12 August 2015
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A fairly good story. The world was fairly well described and the story fits nicely into the over arching future scape that the author built. The (main) characters were fairly fleshed out and didn't all feel one dimensional (can't say the same for all of the supporting cast, though). I wish the author had the heroine save herself a little more often, but overall I thought it was quite enjoyable. The book ends without tying up any storyline, though, so be ready to get the second book if you liked this one.