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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  118 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dan Schwent
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, angry-robot
When park ranger Virgin Jackson witnesses a murder in Birrimun Park, the last natural landscape on earth, things quickly spiral out of control. With an unwanted partner by her side in the form of US Marshall Nate Sixkiller, can she get to the bottom of things? But what do the strange occurences have to do with Aquila, the mysterious eagle that has been appearing to her since she was a child?

I got this from Angry Robot via Netgalley.

Peacemaker is a sf mystery set in the future. Virgin Jackson, st
Amy Parker
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just to stir up some spoiler-free hype... I've been lucky enough to read the book ahead of publication, and I loved it. As a world-builder, Marianne de Pierres is better than a huge percentage of authors out there - especially when it comes to creating dangerous, ghetto-like areas with violent inhabitants - and Peacemaker is no exception. The author is also really good at avoiding the 'damsel in distress' trope without making her heroines go too far into two-dimensional 'I am strong woman, hear ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, genre-blends
Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres is a blend of paranormal fantasy, mystery, crime, western and little bit of sci-fi; it had me hooked within a couple of pages.

The novel is set in the future in Australia and the world de Pierres has created is believable and detailed. The cities in Australia have merged into a megalopolis and parklands are rare. Virgin Jackson is a ranger in Birrimun Park and devoted to its preservation. The park has, however become the sole wild west theme park in the Southern
Paula Weston
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There’s already a lot of discussion about Marianne de Pierres' genre-blending new series - kicking off with this action-packed instalment (out in April).

Marianne has built a career writing (and successfully combining) a range of genres, and Peacemaker brings quite a few of them together. But genre labels can be so distracting, so the best way I'd describe Peacemaker is as an intricate and highly original page-turner with elements of science fiction, western adventure, supernatural mystery and c
I’ve been meaning to read something by Marianne de Pierres for ages. I don’t know if this was a good place to start, but I usually enjoy Angry Robot books; they usually have interesting ideas, and they’re quick reads. And I got this on Netgalley before I cut down my requesting habits, so I have finally, finally got round to reading it. And I enjoyed it! It keeps up a hell of a pace, there’s a bunch of interesting mysteries (some characters are mysteries in themselves, there’s a larger mystery wh ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

Virgin “Ginny” Jackson loves working at Birrimun Park, a protected piece of land set against the city sprawl of the Western Quarter. She particularly enjoys watching the sunset in the park, and one night, she discovers that she’s not alone. In fact, there’s one dead body where moments before she had heard two distinct voices. She can’t linger at the scene, however, because she’s been tasked with picking up US Marshall Nate Sixkiller from the airport. He’s
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I had fairly high hopes here after reading the blog, so I quickly requested a copy from NetGalley, which they provided.

That said, my hopes weren't entirely met. I did enjoy the story, and I very much liked the characters and the 'near-future' Australia setting with a Western (USA) flavored theme park. It really had the feel of a good blend of Western and Urban Fantasy.

The story wasn't disappointing, it just didn't stand out and wow me. There was a lot going on with the plot and it seemed to take
Deborah Ideiosepius
In the not too distant future, humanity has swallowed all the natural land and covered it with concrete and fluorescent lights. Around the world a few nature parks and reserves have been maintained and one of them is Birrimun Park, in what I suspect is today's NSW. Virgin Jackson’s father was instrumental in establishing the park and now he is dead, but Virgin is a ranger there and is passionately protective of it.

Then she is landed with a US marshal for no apparent reason and the story progres
Althea Ann
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Oh man. I really wanted to like this book. Not least, I must admit, because I actually own SEVEN other books by the author which are in my TBR backlog (hey, they looked fun!).

This one went to the top of the list because I got it from NetGalley. (Thanks to NetGalley and Angry Robot for the copy.)

Near-future Australian Park Ranger Virgin (yes, that's her name) finds a dead body at the end of her shift. Together with a Native American U.S. Marshal, her endlessly-resourceful best friend Caro, and th
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good stuff!

Set in Australia in an undetermined point in the future, it's future noir. Park Ranger Virgin Jackson and a US Marshall reluctantly team up to solve an impossible murder, and Jackson learns there's much more to her world than she ever suspected.

This book has great characters and character interactions, an interesting setting and world building, and so much possibility. And pretty much no one is who they seem at first glance, or at least everyone has secrets.

Great ending too: satisf
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, fiction, terrible
‘Peacekeeper’ caught my eye in the library because it has a badass-looking lady cowboy on the cover and is by Marianne de Pierres. Years ago I read her Code Noir series, which I remember being utterly ridiculous but quite a lot of fun. (The heroine wore a pleated nylon catsuit - let that sink in.) I expected the same from this: sci-fi nonsense, with a neo-wild West vibe in this case. That is essentially what the book provides, however I fear I have become more demanding since I last read de Pier ...more
eARC provided by Netgalley.

In the future, Earth's wildernesses have been decimated, the landscape dominated by megacities. Only one natural place remains - Birrimun Park. Its senior ranger is Virgin Jackson, a tough-talking, stubborn woman who loves the park, though she is not overly fond of the American West themes inflicted on the Australian park in order to feed the tourist trade.

The park is supposed to be inviolate, a fact that Virgin believes until she witnesses a murder within its boundari
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all, thanks to the Angry Robot overlords for making my kindle happy.

Now, you should all run over and see my friend, Dan Schwent, he wrote a way better review of this than I will. This was another pleasant suprise for me, I think maybe I should open my mind a bit more (shudder at that thought) and take more chances on authors I have never heard of.

Very interesting story, I liked the characters, it sort of came across as a cop drama meets Longmire meets Blade Runner. Let that one run thr
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
*I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a refreshing idea. Can I just say the bland narration and flat characters ruined that potential?

Question: Choose the correct answer -
Who will Virgin fall in love with at the end of this series?
a) Nate
b) Totes
c) Heart
d) Hamish

Me: *gags*

The writing reminded me of telling someone the synopsis of a book (this happens, that happens and blah blah) instead of drawing pictures in my head.

Definite thumbs down.

ETA: a formatted re
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Earlier this year I saw the release list of Angry Robots for 2014 and one title directly caught my eye, Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres. One thing that is becoming more and more to show in the fantasy fiction is writing crossovers, this can be a tricky bit but I am always in for when authors try to do something new and Peacemaker really had this to offer. The synopsis of the book already reveals something stating the words megacity
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enter my international giveaway for a copy of Peacemaker here: Books, Bones & Buffy. Ends Friday May 23!!

The nitty-gritty: A quirky mix of old west and sci-fi, a kick-ass heroine who can’t seem to stay out of trouble, and just a bit of romance, in all the right places.

Heart without the smile was a good looking guy with a great body. With the smile he became a weapon of mass destruction.

I was immediately intrigued by this book when I first saw the eye-catching cover by Joey Hi-Fi, an artist who h
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
Originally published at SFFWorld.

Peacemaker (Peacemaker #1) is Marianne de Pierres’ new novel out from Angry Robot Books. With a combined setting of both future Australian mega-city and Wild West style landscape expanse, Peacemaker dips its toes into multiple genres. With such a unique and interesting setting to play with the question of whether this is too much for the story is present from the offset. However, de Pierres manages to keep everything in check while delivering a quick and action p
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Marianne de Pierres’s Peacemaker is a richly imagined genre-bender, a sci-fi Western grounded by a fascinating supernatural mythology and further realised by a murder mystery shrouded in suspense; lead by stoic and relentless, headstrong and independent Virgin Jackson with the help and support of US Marshall Nate Sixkiller, best friend Caro and professional stripper/intimate lover Heart (among others!), all likeable, all memorable, to the point of presenting symptoms of separation anxiety once t ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-owned

Wow. Just … wow.

Peacemaker is an exciting and creative narrative that skilfully combines elements of westerns, science fiction, fantasy and crime to create one of the most engaging books you’ll read this year.

The book is set in a future Australia unlike any other I’ve read: one where overpopulation has created a mega-city spanning the entire east coast and Australia’s desert is the only natural landscape left. It has been preserved as a national park, and Virgin Jackson is the senior park r
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Birrimun Park, one of the world’s last remaining natural landscapes, is Ranger Virgin Jackson’s domain. She is more committed to it than to any human in her life, and she takes her duty to protect it seriously. When a Marshall is sent in from the US, Virgin begins to wonder whether there’s more going on with her Park than anyone is letting on. She has worked and loved the Park for years, and her father fought, and possibly died, for it before her. Unless Virgin’s boss is keeping something from h ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, australian
I first encountered Peacemaker protagonist Virgin Jackson in de Pierres' story "Gin Jackson: Neophyte Ranger" (first published in the Agog! Smashing Stories anthology in 2004, and reprinted in FableCroft's Australis Imaginarium in 2010). I was delighted to read Peacemaker in graphic version in 2011, and was a bit sad when that format was unable to continue, so it was with huge anticipation I started on the novel version! And I have not been disappointed.

Virgin Jackson is a senior ranger in a the
Marianne de Pierres latest novel is a fusion between the paranormal urban fantasy and detective novel. De Pierres lets the paranormal mystery unfold gradually. While there are plenty of instances of attacks and counters by spirit animals, there is no great reveal. We have to slowly come to grips with the role of the paranormal. It keeps the suspense higher. The reader will have to judge whether de Pierres is successful.

Virgin Jackson (what a name) is a park ranger at a great preserved wildernes
Steven R. McEvoy
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With the number of books I read it is seldom that a book or new author takes me completely by surprise. This was one of those books. The cover grabbed my attention, it looked like a mix of old school western, and classic science fiction. The story was even better than that. It reads like a cross between Robert A Heinlein and a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western. From the first few pages I struggled to put the book down. It was an addictive read. This book contains great characters, awesome storyli ...more
Sachin Dev
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
More coherent thoughts here:

Initial raw reactions. This debut somehow underwhelms, a confused tale that's an intriguing mix of suave urban fantasy, magical realism and action.

While the narrative was flowy enough, there wasn't enough happening to keep track of, except for perhaps inside the protagonist park ranger Virgin Jackson's troubled head. Finished this book in 2 sittings, testament to the great pacing but for an urban fantasy, the world building was a little undercooked an
Ryan Lawler
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well written mix of about a dozen genres. Can be confusing and a little nuts at times, but it works it sings. The ending got a little out of control, every single person was hiding something and the revelations kept coming like a procession at a funeral. But i liked it, and I really want to see what happens to Ranger Jackson next.
Emma Darcy
Apr 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I will give this nonsense ONE STAR because I finished it. It is a star most grudgingly given.

There are plot holes, contradictions and logic flaws that even a preliminary proof read should have flagged.

All of the names in the book are terrible except for Benny, who is a horse.

The tagline for this book is pretty much "A park ranger, who prides herself on her independence and intuition, but who never listens to anything that anyone ever says to her, is surprised to find out that everyone around h
Keith Stevenson
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review of Peacemaker originally appeared on the Newtown Review of Books -

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
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
the world building was fun and the premise was certainly unique, but I found myself thinking two things the entire time:
2. How does she STILL NOT believe in the incarnates/mythos????!?!
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're a sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast, how often have you read a book and, whether or not you liked the story-telling, felt like it was really nothing but a rehash of an already over-used scenario?  Move over stale f/sf themes; enter: Peacemaker, a wholly original and thrilling fantasy adventure.

Set in the future, when urban sprawl has decimated much of the earth, Australia's Birrimun Park, an ecological haven in the middle of a coastal megalopolis, the story focuses on Virgin Jackson, the park'
The Speculative Post
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dan-s-reviews
The first thing that jumped out at me as I was reading through Peacemaker was how fantastic a character Virgin is. Most female characters in westerns tend to be reduced to their choice of femme fatale, swooning hostage, or strumpet. Rarely do we get to see them in a leading role, and rarely are they so well developed and interesting as Virgin Jackson. It’s something I’ve mentioned in other reviews, but it is distressingly rare to see a female protagonist treated like a whole person, with family ...more
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Marianne de Pierres is the award winning author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis,Sentients of Orion and Peacemaker science fiction series. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia. Her Night Creatures series, Burn Bright, Angel Arias and Shine Light has been very popular among young adult fiction readers. Marianne is also the ...more

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