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"Charlie's internal voice is fun to follow and the action sequences are killer. I could easily see these books as a major summer blockbuster... the book goes from action to action, rarely stopping to catch a breath and I stayed up late one night turning the pages to the end...If non-stop, cool action sequences with fun characters are your thing, you need to read some Swierczynski stories."—Wired.com

"Frenetic [and] breathless .Those waiting for the payoff promised ... will feel amply rewarded by the end."—Publishers Weekly (starred)

"The compelling premise pulls all our paranoid strings, and Swierczynski, like a mad scientist twirling dials, ratchets the tension ever tighter.... Stay tuned for part three of what may be the most unusual thriller series in a long, long time."—Booklist

"Duane Swierczynski puts the rest of the crime-writing world on notice. So learn to spell the last name. He's going to be around for awhile."—Laura Lippman

"Duane Swierczynski has ideas so brilliant and brutal that one day the rest of us will have to tool up and kill him."—Warren Ellis

PRAISE FOR FUN & GAMES:

"Insanely entertaining."—Josh Bazell, author of the New York Times bestseller Beat the Reaper

"More exciting than whatever you're reading now, this is Duane Swierczynski's breakout novel."—Ed Brubaker, Harvey- and Eisner-Award-winning author of Criminal and Incognito

"A high octane, cinematic delight . . . I loved it, man. Duane Swierczynski is the bomb, and this book is a white-hot nuclear explosion."—Joe R. Lansdale, Edgar Award-winning author of The Bottoms, Leather Maiden, and Devil Red

"An audacious, propulsive thrill ride that kidnapped me on page one and didn't look back."—Brian Azzarello, Harvey- and Eisner-Award-winning author of 100 Bullets and Loveless

"Cool, suspenseful, tragic, and funny as hell, Fun and Games is Duane Swierczynski's best yet. I haven't had this much fun reading in a long time."—Sara Gran, author of Dope and Come Closer

About the Author

Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers and also writes the X-Men spinoff CABLE and IMMORTAL IRON FIST for Marvel Comics. His latest novels include EXPIRATION DATE; LEVEL 26, cowritten with CSI creator Anthony E,. Zuicker; and SEVERANCE PACKAGE, which has been optioned by Lionsgate films. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and children.
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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Hardie #2
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; 1 edition (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316133299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316133296
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers, including the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning Expiration Date, as well the Charlie Hardie series (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone, Point & Shoot), which has been nominated for Anthony, Shamus, Macavity and Barry awards and optioned for TV. He currently writes Birds of Prey for DC Comics, Godzilla and the forthcoming Judge Dredd for IDW Comics, Bloodshot for Valiant Comics, and has written about the Punisher, Cable, the Immortal Iron Fist, Werewolf By Night, Black Widow and Deadpool for Marvel Comics. Duane has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on a series of bestselling "digi-novel" thrillers which include Level 26: Dark Origins, Dark Prophecy and Dark Revelations. In a previous life, he worked as an editor and writer for Details, Men's Health and Philadelphia magazines, and was the editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper. He lives in Philly. You can say "yo" to him at www.secretdead.com or twitter.com/swierczy.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff VINE VOICE on October 30, 2011
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If there is someone writing more original plots in high quality popular fiction today than Duane Swiercynski, please let me know who is are. I've been a fan of DS ever since The Driver. Some of his ideas work out better than others, but he is always the master of the unforeseen, but fitting, plot twist.

Hell and Gone is the second book in a series about an ex policeman named Charlie Hardie. The first book introduced us to Charlie as he withdraws from the world after getting his partner on the Philadelphia police department and his family killed by gangsters. In LA, Charlie stumbles into a young actress on the run from The Accident People, and there is about 350 pages of mayhem that ensues. The first book ends with a cliffhanger and Hell and Gone opens right where the first book left off.

I'm not going to spoil what happens in Hell and Gone. What I will say is that DS employs a 'couldn't see this coming in a million years' plot twist which involves Charlie being trapped in a facility where the dividing line between good guys and bad guys is very, very thin. This gives the book a claustrophobic atmosphere very reminiscent of Sartre's play, No Exit. Isolating the action to a small, cramped facility is a new twist for DS and he pulls it off very well. As with the first book, ~ 350 pages of mayhem occurs, and there is a plot twist at the end which is even more bizarre, and left me wishing the publication date of the final book in the series was RIGHT NOW and not March of 2012.

The only series close to what DS is doing here right now is the series by Charlie Huston that begins with Caught Stealing. That is a fine series by a very fine author who also has thought up some pretty bizarre plots, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wag The Fox on October 20, 2011
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I read the first book in the Charlie Hardie trilogy, Fun and Games, back in the spring and it wound up becoming my favorite book of the year so far. While I've been fortunate to read a lot of great books this year, Fun and Games easily remains in my top three and I wouldn't be surprised to see it stay there. But what about its sequel, Hell and Gone? After a powder keg of a debut, I had to wonder just how in the hell Hell and Gone would be able to make par, let alone surpass, the first book. Now, if you haven't read Fun and Games yet, stop reading this right now and go find a copy, because I'm about to spoil the ending of the first book.

Hell and Gone picks up almost immediately after the crazy shootout at the end of Fun and Games. Charlie Hardie is beat up, broken down, shot, and handcuffed to the gorgeous woman who tried really hard to have him killed. Law enforcement and paramedics arrive, separate the two, and whisk Charlie off in an ambulance. But before he knows what's happening, he's drugged and whisked off to a secret location, only to get drugged again and taken to an even more secret location. Eventually he's awakened and finds himself in a room with Mann, the woman who tried to kill him, the woman working for a secret organization of assassins called "The Accident People" (if you've listened to the diatribes Randy Quaid has spewed for the last year or two about celebrity killers, in his efforts to evade U.S. authorities, then you know the type I'm referring to).

So, Charlie wakes up with no idea how long he's been unconscious, or why he's even still alive. Mann confronts him and tells him he's been conscripted, in a sense, to work for the same organization she works for.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lloyd on November 27, 2011
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I loved Fun and Games but found this follow-up to be tedious and implausible. The first book had richer characters (including Hardie's), more imaginative situations and and a far better payoff. DS gets stuck in his underground prison and never really emerges. I stopped caring by page 100.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LingoSlinger on December 27, 2012
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Swierczynski has cranked out title after title of great taut, noirish thrillers. I agree that he is a writer to follow. I liked Fun & Games (Charlie Hardie # 1) so much I read it twice. As a character, Hardie reads like an homage to John McClane of the Die Hard movies: an anti-hero whose only "super power" is stubbornly failing to notice that he's been beaten, so he keeps going. Rooting for this underdog character is tons of fun.

Hell & Gone is billed as a sequel -- in fact, the middle of a trilogy involving Charlie Hardie. My problem is that with Hell & Gone, Swierczynski takes a hairpin turn and zooms away from the genre that brought us here (thriller/action). Instead, he offers a brutal horror story instead, showing a dash of influence from the Saw movies. Though his previous books maintained a breathtaking pace and wild action, they still seemed grounded enough to be somewhat plausible. Hell & Gone veers off into wildly implausible territory, populated with cardboard characters burdened with ridiculous backstories. Where his previous novels read like books that would make good movies, this edition reads like the novelization of a sub-par comic book. As it turns out, Swierczynski does indeed write comic books, forcing me to wonder if this work originated as a comic book script that was rejected. The "plot twists" land with the appalling splat of the last three M. Night Shyamalan movies. You can see them coming by merely picturing the least likely, most absurd thing that he could assert.

Where other Swierczynski books have offered fresh takes on classic genres such as heist stories or revenge stories, the central premise of Hell & Gone is based on a well-known social experiment from the 1960s. Revisiting it in depth struck me as a tired idea.
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