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Pocket-47 (A Nicholas Colt Thriller) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

(Starred Review)--Hardin gets everything right in his powerhouse thriller debut, which introduces rock star–turned–PI Nicholas Colt. The sole survivor of a plane crash that killed everyone in his band as well as his wife and baby daughter 20-some years earlier, Colt now works out of an SUV in north Florida. Strapped for cash, he agrees to help 23-year-old Leitha Ryan track down her missing 15-year-old sister, Brittney. Leitha is reluctant to involve the police out of fear that they will return Brittney to foster care. What appears to be a straightforward case proves to be anything but. Colt uncovers several murders as it becomes clear that Brittney disappeared in order to hide from someone who wants to kill her. The violence, while sometimes extreme, is never gratuitous, and Hardin crafts a well-constructed plot and conjures up a flawed protagonist who's more than capable of carrying a series.

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Meet Nicholas Colt, a PI with an intriguing past. Once guitarist for the renowned band Colt .45, he's the sole survivor of a small-plane crash that killed his wife, daughter, and the rest of the band. After that, he renounced music and set up shop as a detective in his Airstream trailor near a lake in north Florida. When orphaned Leitha Ryan hires him to find her runaway 15-year-old sister, Brittney (eschewing police for fear of losing Brittney to foster care), the trail leads to a white-supremacy sect and connects to Colt's earlier life through SWAT sniper and former SEAL Roy Massengill, who once worked for the band. Pocket-47, Colt learns, is a pilot's expression that can mean not only an unexplained glitch but also sabotage. Colt is a physical, no-holds-barred PI, reminiscent of Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Lee Child's Jack Reacher, and his debut is action-packed. With a hefty toll of dead bodies, some described in cringe-inducing detail, this is crime fiction at its rawest. Hard-boiled connoisseurs should make Colt's acquaintance now.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2208 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160809085X
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (May 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XIZLM2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book had me hooked right from the start. Nicholas Colt was a happy, successful musician, until the day he lost his band, his wife, and his baby daughter in a plane crash. He survives and somehow stumbles into a less than stellar career as a private investigator. When he is hired to find a fifteen-year-old runaway, he expects the case to be quick and easy money. But each step he takes drags him deeper into a tangled mess.

Nicholas is flawed and driven by emotions even he refuses to acknowledge. I connected to his story and couldn't help but hope for him to come out on the winning side. The mystery and suspense kept me guessing. Just when I thought the plot had reached the point where the story had to wrap up, something else happened and took me in a new direction. This is a dazzling first book by Jude Hardin. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

** I received this ebook as a review copy from Oceanview Publishing, via NetGalley. **
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By R. Malm on June 23, 2012
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I don't know where all these rave reviews are coming from. I was very underwhelmed by this book. It read like a watered down Lee Child/Jack Reacher novel (and even those are not as good as they used to be). Missing girl turns to prostitution? Check! Sexual sadist murder? Check! Rough-around-the-edges with a tortured past PI protagonist? Check! Oh, and throw in a neo-Nazi, virgin-sacrificing cult while you're at it. The whole thing was thin and implausible, and the plot hopped all over the place from one thriller cliche to the next. Nicholas Colt is a mass of awkward one-liners that never come together to form a complete character. I finished it to see if it would ever get better, but sadly it didn't. 'A' for effort, but the results fall short.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on July 7, 2011
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This exciting and suspenseful novel in the "pulp detective" genre is a great debut from author Jude Hardin. Definitely not for the faint of heart or squeamish. It is a real page turner with scenes of sometimes graphic violence. But despite the serious nature of the story, the real treat is Jude Hardin's great sense of humor which is generously laced throughout the story from start to finish. Told in the first person perspective of hard drinking, Private Investigator Nicholas Colt, we get all the action and plot twists straight from Colt's sarcastic and witty point of view. Hardin definitely has a unique voice but you could say that if your a fan of both Mickey Spillane and Quentin Tarantino, you'll probably enjoy this book. It certainly had me up late at night. We all know that with this genre, you have to be prepared to suspend your disbelief at times. All in all, a real page turner and a fun time. I will definitely look forward to the next Nicholas Colt book.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By LouRob1960 on May 10, 2011
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I'm a skeptic. I always will be. And so I started reading this book written by a first time author with a wary eye but quickly became wrapped up in both the story line and the characterization. The author has created a main character who is flawed and believable along with well drawn secondary characters and puts them in a situation which is slightly improbable but highly entertaining. I look forward reading more from Nicholas Colt.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RJPetyo on July 19, 2012
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A young woman hires down-and-out investigator Nicholas Colt to find her sister, a runaway. She doesn't want the police involved because Brittney would end up being turned over to the state. Colt takes the case, which becomes a lot more complicated than a simple runaway.

The problem I had with this novel is that it is two stories. The first one, following Colt's attempts to find Brittney, was simplistic and uninteresting. His talents as a detective consist of talking to witnesses and threatening to call the police to roust them if they didn't tell him what he wanted to know.

The book is narrated in the first person, which works when the narrator is a fascinating character. And Colt should have been fascinating. His background was certainly interesting--a former rock musician whose wife and daughter, along with his bandmates, were killed in a plane crash. But none of this information seemed to mold his character. I never got the feeling that he was a former rock star grieving over the death of his wife. His narrative style was that of a wise guy. None of the asides were interesting or pertinent. Quotes from Nicholas Colt's Philosophy of Life were annoying.

The supporting characters were also bland, a big minus in a PI novel.

Then something strange happened. In the second half of the novel, set several months after the Brittney case, Colt ends up investigating a neo-Nazi religious cult. It was like reading a totally different book. The action was a little over the top, but it was a slam bang thriller that eventually, though a little disjointedly, gets tied into the previous case. The climax was exciting and had been set up nicely.

I loved the second half, and disliked the first half. So I'm right in the middle on this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By YoavS on July 21, 2012
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This novel starts great, with the description of a great P.I character, who falls into the anti-hero category. The plot starts with him trying to find a runaway teenager and his investigation tactics.
Later in the book, the hero starts a revenge spree, which I found un-realistic and too far away from the initial plot. For me it felt like a short sequel pasted together with the actual book.
The writing is good and the characters are interseting. I hope his next book will be better.
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