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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Warren Ellis Narrator: Reg E. Cathey Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781619692909
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Warren Ellis reimagines New York City as a puzzle with the most dangerous pieces of all: guns.

After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for twenty years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose.

Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he’s walked into a veritable deal with the devil—an unholy bargain that has made possible the rise of some of Manhattan’s most prominent captains of industry. A hunter who performs his deadly acts as a sacrifice to the old gods of Manhattan, who may, quite simply, be the most prolific murderer in New York City’s history.

Warren Ellis’ body of work has been championed by Wired for its “merciless action” and “incorruptible bravery” and has steadily amassed legions of diehard fans. His newest audiobook builds on his accomplishments like never before, announcing Ellis as one of today’s most daring thriller writers. This is twenty-first-century suspense writ large. This is Gun Machine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A mad police procedural just north of the border of dark fantasy. Delightful.”

    William Gibson, New York Times bestselling author of Neuromancer

  • Warren Ellis's work displays a knack for mad hilarity, merciless action, dark cynicism and incorruptible bravery. Wired
  • “From the wrenching violence of its first pages to its bone-jarring conclusion, Gun Machine never lets go of the reader and never flags in its relentless pace. In the course of 300 tightly wound pages, Ellis unloads a full clip of ideas, black humor, character, and copper-sheathed action scenes. Every sentence is a bullseye.”

    Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of A Heart-Shaped Box

  • “Hellish fun.”

    Ian Rankin, author of Standing in Another Man’s Grave

  • “Underneath the pyrotechnic prose lies a perfectly paced mystery thriller. Ellis gets it so right.”

    Mike Carey, author of The Devil You Know

  • “Warren Ellis is one of the greatest writers of my generation, not to mention my personal favorite. Gun Machine is a perfect example of why. Fiercely entertaining, compellingly crafted, and filled with big ideas and small that make the writer in me growl: damn, I wish I would’ve thought of that.”

    Brian Michael Bendis, writer of The AvengersUltimate Spider-Man, and Ultimate X-Men

  • “Warren Ellis’ work displays a knack for mad hilarity, merciless action, dark cynicism, and incorruptible bravery.”


  • Gun Machine is packing heat: wonderfully demented misfits, killer dialogue, a helluva story. Warren Ellis is a twisted genius, and this is his grittiest, sexiest, and best work by far.”

    Lauren Beukes, Arthur C. Clark Award–winning author

  • Gun Machine redraws the crime map of Manhattan; Ellis’ bizarre, febrile imagination and mordant wit makes a serial killer thriller for a new century.”

    Charles Stross, author of Rule 34

  • Selected for the January 2013 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2014 Indies Choice Book Award Honoree for Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toby | 2/18/2014

    " I haven't been this disappointed by a book in ages. I was such a mad fan of Crooked Little Vein, too. Whereas that was just crazy enough to function on craziness alone, this is a complete mess. Ellis' books read like a collation of all the weird shit he finds on the internet, and then hell, let's wind a story around it. He doesn't get away with that here. The concept is insane and awesome and implies a gigantic pay-off. There is none. The ending essentially takes a dump on you and your girlish hopes and dreams about three times in succession, and the cigarette-butt-in-chip-packet moment is retarded beyond measure. I love you Warren but fuck man, get out of the depths of Wikipedia and start thinking narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 1/26/2014

    " Tremendous read. A procedural with an incredibly cool mystery, very compelling characters and the most interesting antagonist I've read in ages. Highest recommendation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ravis Harnell | 1/10/2014

    " The choice of genre might surprise long-time fans, but the prose itself is all Ellis--it's insightful, thoughtful, weird, tight and darkly funny. Part cat-and-mouse thriller and part police procedural, Gun Machine balances detailed exterior action with atmospheric interior barometrics, giving us equal time behind the eyes of both hero and killer. I can't recommend it enough, and can't wait for his next novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davin | 1/3/2014

    " I wasn't overly impressed with Ellis' first prose novel, the trying-too-hard CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, and I'm not usually a big fan of serial killer stories, so I was pleasantly surprised that GUN MACHINE slowly won me over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua MacDougall | 12/5/2013

    " I bought this novel without reading anything about it, simply because it was written by Warren Ellis. I was not disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin L | 12/3/2013

    " I 'read' this via Audible and it was fantastic. Classics Ellis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 9/27/2013

    " Lots of fun, in the grim yet thoughtful Warren Ellis manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul McNeil | 8/6/2013

    " Grumpy, gritty, and more than a bit ridiculous at times. Just like I'd hoped it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/3/2013

    " A definite page-turner plotwise. Without illustrations to help, his characters' dialogue all sounds the same. A dark, fun read, but not much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Foster | 2/3/2013

    " I liked this book but it was so predictable, I cant say that I didn't see anything coming. It was well written and I enjoyed it but nothing to write about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun Trennery | 1/27/2013

    " My first Warren Ellis Novel. I'd recommend to anyone looking to loose them self in a fast-paced detective "who-done-it". I'd love to see this made into a movie. "

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About the Author
Author Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis is the award-winning creator of graphic novels such as FellMinistry of SpacePlanetary, and Transmetropolitan and the author of the novel Crooked Little Vein. His graphic novel RED was adapted into the #1 hit film of the same name starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. He lives in southern England.