By: Jennifer Estep
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Published by: Audible Studios 08/30/16
10 hrs and 32 mins
Unraveled Audiobook Sample
This is the fifteenth book in the Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep. You would think that fifteen books in, things would start to get boring. That is not the case here. In this book, Gin and her sister go with their men down to Bullet Pointe to see what Mama Dee left to her boy. So with Gin, Owen, Finn and Bria decided to make a vacation of it (if you’ve been following the series, you know how that worked out last time).
Gin is one of those people you can’t take her anywhere without her getting into trouble. That has not changed here. As they spend their time in Bullet Pointe at the upscale resort and theme park with a Wild West, things start to go on their head. See the original owner of the park, Sweet Sally Sue, left behind some very high value jewels. When Mama Dee buys the park and decides the park isn’t making enough money, she hid the jewels in the park and whoever finds them, gets to keep them. She did this to try to drum up more business. It worked too. However, after Mama Dee died, no one knew were the jewels were.
Mama Dee also brought in new management, Roxy and Brody. They are not a friendly group. Roxy is quite the talented shooter with her revolvers. She isn’t only the manager, but also part of the show with her trick shooting. It is nothing that Gin hasn’t seen before. However, Roxy has a few tricks up her sleeve.
Since this story takes place outside of Ashland, we have a smaller cast that are familiar, but that didn’t make the story any less entertaining. I really enjoyed my time with Gin, Bria, Finn and Owen. Silvio isn’t absent either, though most of his part is on the phone. A few others make the trip to Bullet Pointe before the story is over too. We also learn about a new villain that will probably be around for a bit, The Circle. We learned some here, but I know there is more to know.
We also get some flashbacks from Gin, back when her mom was still alive. Her father is even mentioned (I think this is the first we’ve heard of him). While, I love seeing the past with Gin, it is a little difficult to believe how she conveniently remembers all these pieces of information right when she needs in. (I know, I’m questioning believability about a story of about a girl who can read stones and create ice out of thin air, but there you have it). This isn’t a new theme, Gin has flashback in every book. Like I said, I do love the looks back into the past. The timing is just all too convenient every time.
As per usual, this book is another fun installment in the Elemental Assassins series. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend you give it a shot. Gin is a strong woman who stands on her own. She is even getting better about accepting help from her friends.
Unraveled Audiobook Narration
If you like audios, then this is a series you should pick up on audio. Lauren Fortgang does an amazing job with this series. She brings in a great Southern accent to these North Carolinians. In this story, we get even more Southern accents from the workers at Bullet Pointe. I loved the addition of Roxy’s voice who sounded a bit like Dolly Parton to me. It worked really well with the Wild West theme of the park. I love her male voices as much as the female voices. She has great pacing in how she reads. I will not read these books if they are available on audio.
Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a daily newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.
Jennifer’s books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications.
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Lauren Fortgang lives in New York City where she currently works as an actor and voiceover artist. Born in Wilmington, DE, she split her time there with an upbringing in a variety of rural towns in northern California. She had early training at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and is a graduate of Fordham University: College at Lincoln Center, where she majored in theater. Her curiosity for finding new niches in the industry has afforded her a broad career spectrum, both in and out of the ‘spotlight’ as actor, singer, spokesperson audiobook narrator, podcaster, and even costume designer.
Television credits include roles on Law and Order (NBC), Law and Order: SVU (NBC), and Important Things with Demetri Martin (Comedy Central). Recent theatrical endeavors include Creation Production Company productions of Escape (LaMama E.T.C. – 50th anniversary season) and Laughing Pictures (The Flea). She’s worked in a variety of capacities with a delightful smattering of companies headed by Fordham alumni and professors, and hopes to continue to support the work of this network of artists and friends. She seeks evolvement in independent films such as the recent Astoria, Queens and The Sunnyside Murders, both of which were featured at a variety of festivals, including Queens World Film Festival, NYTVF, Breckenridge Festival of Film and NewFest.
Her commercial gigs cover national on-camera and voiceover spots for Ikea, Walmart, TJ Maxx and Woolite. She’s given voice to material spanning from video games to textbooks and works regularly as an audiobook narrator at Audible, Hachette, Penguin, Random House and beyond, having recorded roughly 150 unabridged titles and some 200 segments for monthly programming. She has received recognition from Audiofile Magazine, the Audio Publishers Association, the American Library Association and the Young Aldult Library Services Association, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly.
A hobbyist-extraordinaire, she (at any given moment) might fancy herself a baker, gardener, chef or seamstress and plays coed touch football weekly.
Finally, no bio would be complete without noting the enormity of gratitude owed her parents for supplying her freedom of imagination and a bottomless well of encouragement during the ups and (more importantly) the downs. A couple of folks ‘having your back’ for a lifetime is no small thing…
Lauren is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.