The Gauntlet Assassin
Just over a decade into our future, America is a stricken country where jobs are scarce, health care is a luxury for the wealthy, and hope rides on the annual Gauntlet games—a punishing physical and mental competition where the victor brings not only pride but an economic windfall back to his or... show more
Just over a decade into our future, America is a stricken country where jobs are scarce, health care is a luxury for the wealthy, and hope rides on the annual Gauntlet games—a punishing physical and mental competition where the victor brings not only pride but an economic windfall back to his or her home state. In the 2023 games, former police detective turned paramedic Lara Evans represents Oregon. But the contest’s notorious obstacles and cutthroat rivalry may be the least of her challenges. After saving a government bureaucrat’s life—and literally dodging a bullet—she finds herself in the crosshairs of a relentless hit man. And when another Gauntlet contestant is murdered, a stroke of bad luck puts Lara on the wrong end of damning evidence. Still, the games must go on. And with the country, the law, and a killer watching her every move, Lara must use all her strength and savvy to beat the odds, claim the prize, and win back her life in the most dangerous game of all.
Publish date: February 26th 2013
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Pages no: 268
Edition language: English
Originally read April 9, 2014 I found this book to be a reasonably fun and quick read, although I liked some parts better than others. The book switches between two main point-of-view characters. One character is Lara, the heroine of the story. She’s a paramedic who used to be a police officer ...
Pretty good story - Sci-Fi element was minor as this was a not-too-distant future, where the world was just a bit more on its downward spiral, with high unemployment and people struggling to get jobs with medical benefits. The characters are three-dimensional, Lara with her guilt preventing her to e...
In this dystopian departure from her other novels, we find Lara, ex-cop and now paramedic, representing Oregon, off to compete in The Gauntlet, the winner of which will receive federal grants for her state. Just before her departure she had been called to an emergency shooting where she had seen a m...
My take - You will find yourself intrigued with The Arranger: A Futuristic Thriller (now called "The Gauntlet Assassin). As Lara prepares herself for the Gauntlet, a futuristic sort of Ironman triathlon competition for the athletically inclined and mentally sharp contestant, she finds herself in the...