A fantastic review of Marianne de Pierres’s Peacemaker. I’ve just finished this book and absolutely loved it! Genre bending, fast-paced, western sci-fi with just a hint of Tarantino.
She started life in a short story, received a comic book treatment, and now Virgin Jackson rides tall in her own novel. The heroine of Marianne de Pierres’s Peacemaker(Angry Robot) is, not surprisingly for followers of de Pierres, an opinionated and feisty character.
Jackson is continuing her father’s legacy as a ranger in a rather unusual park: this slice of outback Australia occupies a restricted space in a conurbation that takes up most of the east coast, has hi-tech protection against interlopers — no camping, no eco stays, and definitely no people smuggling! — and sports, uneasily, a thin veneer of the American wild west.
This attempt to woo international tourism with stetsons and chaps is the one element of the novel that rests uncomfortably in the saddle, as the park provides the hub for a quasi dude tourism industry that doesn’t quite spark on the page. Also…
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