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The Gauntlet Assassin by [Sellers, L.J.]
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About the Author

L.J. Sellers is an award-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series: Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, and Liars, Cheaters & Thieves. Her novels have been highly praised by Mystery Scene, Crimespree, and RT Reviews, and the series is a Kindle bestseller. L.J. also has four standalone thrillers: The Sex Club, The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Suicide Effect. When not plotting murders, she enjoys performing standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She’s also been known to jump out of airplanes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1155 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984008624
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer; Reprint edition (26 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089OEIQQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I decided to start reading this e book last night, and as soon as I started I knew I was hooked. I knew I was in for a long night and I was right.

The hero of the hour is Lara, she was a police officer for 16 years and is now a freelance paramedic, the year is 2023 and she is to take part in the annual contest "The Gauntlet". As Lara is female and the oldest competitor, she is not ranking too highly, but she knows she has put the work in and has the experience behind her. The day before she is due to travel to the contest, and when on a call out, she is shot at as she arrives on the scene, on entering the property she find the Federal Employment Commissioner alive but with a large bullet hole in his shoulder!

When Lara arrives at the competition site, she is taken aback to spot the shooter, and wanders if he has followed her to the competition to finish the job......... And then the action really starts with Lara taking part in the gruelling competition - which needs all of her wits, intelligence as well as strength and stamina - dealing with the other competitors, murder and mayhem with a little romance thrown in for good measure.

At the same time, we are reading about events taking place months ago from a seemingly unrelated story, we actually bob back and forth between the here and now to the past as it all comes together in an explosive ending.

Nothing has been said if there will be more novels with Lara, can I request, pretty please, that there be more, I finished reading the book and wanted more, that says it all for me.
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I gave up on this book after about 30% because it just didn't keep me interested enough to care. It's almost a very mild version of the hunger games, where the version of society is difficult (but not extreme like Hunger Games' district 12). The Gauntlet itself is tough but is more like an army assault course meets big brother reality TV. The drama of the story is based around a killer so it's a detective/crime thriller featuring this Gauntlet.... I don't know. I tried to enjoy it but ultimately there wasn't enough tension or mystery to keep me reading.
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The year is 2023. Lara Evans is an ex-police officer, currently working as a freelance paramedic. Describing herself as "forty-two, no partner, no children, no power" she has dreams of changing that as she has qualified for the national finals of "The Gauntlet" the country's most popular reality TV program where representatives from each state compete in competitions of mental and physical skill and prowess with the winner taking a huge reward for the economy of their home state.

Meanwhile, several months earlier, Paul Madsen, an overweight, early thirty's computer programmer with serious self image issues, daydreams of dating his beautiful colleague Camille, and the latest programming job he has been given has given him an idea as to how he might make this daydream a reality.

What struck me straight away with this story is how professional the plot feels. With two interleaved stories that link together and drip feed you the clues, it feels very well put together indeed. All the clues are there if you want to try and work them out, and if not, then the revelations relating to the various plot twists and turns are nicely handled as well.

Kindle layout and presentation also feels very professional with very few mistakes of any description in the entire book.

Overall: 4 stars - I enjoyed this story and finished it in two evenings. The author's interpretation of our world in 2023 is believable, if slightly conservative. The story is fast paced and very well plotted and I would happily read a follow up if the author decides to write one.
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"The Arranger"'s protagonist, Lara has demons to battle, but they are not presented as making her so angst-ridden that the reader becomes impatient with her. The story is told with flashbacks to a different character point of view, not the easiest thing to carry off, but Sellers does it beautifully. You know that somehow, the whole thing will join up to make a coherent whole, but, as a crime writer myself and veteran of plot twists, I have to admit that I didn't work out the end at all. I loved the fact that Lara isn't young and stunningly beautiful and that she has to use her wits as well as her strength to compete in "The Gauntlet". The description of the competition itself is inspired. A mix of 'Gladiator', and 'Celebrity You-name-it-they'll-do-it'. Lara's whole concentration is set on winning, but, when it comes to the crunch, she has to decide whether to realise her dream or let her natural compassion win the day. The result is satisfactory, logical and the extra twist in the tail so very unexpected. As a fan of the Jackson books, I wasn't sure what I would make of this one, but I'm so glad I read it. So will you be.
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Having read all the Detective Jackson books was very disappointed with this book. Set in the future yet no explanation given as to why there are no jobs for example. The ending was rushed - as if the author got as bored writing the story as I was reading it and yet, there was a much more interesting sub-plot barely hinted at. In summary - badly plotted, poorly written - one could be forgiven for thinking that this was a book that the author began many years ago, half finished and has now been dragged out of the cupboard and hastily completed.
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