By a Thread : Elemental Assassin

  • by Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
  • Series: Elemental Assassin
  • 11 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"When killing people is your job, there’s no such thing as a vacation. Then again, how often does an assassin live long enough to enjoy her retirement? In this line of work, you either get lucky or you get dead. And since I destroyed my nemesis, Mab Monroe, a few weeks ago, all of Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning to make a name for themselves by taking out the lethal Spider—me, Gin Blanco.
"So I’m leaving behind my beloved barbecue joint and heading south with my baby sister, Bria, to cool my heels in a swanky beach town. Call it a weekend of fun in the sun. But when a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic threatens an old friend of Bria’s, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all.
"Complicating matters further is the reappearance of Detective Donovan Caine, my old lover. But Donovan is the least of my problems. Because this time, the danger is hot on my trail, and not even my elemental Ice and Stone magic may be enough to save me from getting buried in the sand—permanently."


What the Critics Say

"Gin Blanco is one of the most intriguing heroines on the scene.... If you have not gotten on the Gin bandwagon yet, do so today!” (RT Book Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

very enjoyable

loved the narration and the love struggles going on while killing, really enjoyed the listen.
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- Sally Goddard

This one's a dud!

The Good

Strong female characters are always welcome for me.

The stupidity of her ex is classic and realistic for some men that think they can get away with that sort of treatment. But this was too heavily emphasised in the story. Raking over old ground.

The Bad

Every male character either wants to rape her, kill her, or be her boy friend. Its just too much!

Not only is there nothing new in this story in the series but it is not even entertaining as a story in and of itself.

The story is too lurid! Too many sexually explicit scenes for my liking.

Poor prose style, there's little of technical merit here. Quite clunky writing.

The Narrator

Too slow and too nasal - which grates after a while.


I decided to revisit this series after quite some time and was disappointed with this particular book. I will download a previous book in the series and see if it is as bad as this one. It is possible that my taste has changed since I last listened to them or maybe this one is a dud.
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- Ozzymandias

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios