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Product Details

  • Series: Charlie Hardie Novels
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; Original edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316133302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316133302
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Hardie has had a rough time since he encountered the Accident People (Fun and Games, 2011), who happen to make up the evilest of all evil cabals. World domination is their goal, if only no-account ex-cop Charlie would quit buzzing around their operation like a pesky mosquito. You’ll recall Charlie escaped from an inescapable subterranean prison in the second in the series, Hell and Gone (2011), and went looking for the cabal’s head honchos. That didn’t work out so well, and, by book’s end, Charlie was back in captivity. This time, though, rather being imprisoned far below ground, he’s locked up in a satellite orbiting 500 miles above the earth. That’s weird enough, to be sure, but matters take an even weirder turn when Charlie receives a visitor in space—himself. Well, not really himself, but a double who claims to be from the government, on a mission to save Charlie. Over the top? Of course, but Swierczynski uses his comics background to fine effect here, blending Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, and a touch of Jim Thompson into a pulpy brew that’s far more fun than it has any right to be. --Bill Ott

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"Excessive [and] delirious ... Hardie's entertaining struggles with the killer cabal known as 'the accident people' literally levitate a notch."—Los Angeles Times

"Frenetic prose...Readers are in for a wild and immensely enjoyable ride."—Publishers Weekly

"The action sequences are killer. I could esily see these books as a major summer blockbuster."—Wired.com

"A much-needed breath of fresh air in the book world."—Michael Connelly

More About the Author

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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Fast paced, fun, bloody and I loved every page of this book.
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All that you know, all that you can be sure of, is that you will love the books.
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I really liked the book, it kept my attention and I looked forward to reading.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik Smith on May 2, 2013
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Unputdownable. It's not a literal term. Otherwise we would be walking around covered in books, which would make it kinda difficult to eat, sleep, and, well, do just about anything.

But...

Figuratively speaking, Duane Swierczynski's Point & Shoot definitely fits the bill.

Picking up exactly where Hell & Gone left off, the latest Charlie Hardie adventure is a rocketing thrill ride of non-stop craziness.

Fun & Games (the first Charlie Hardie book) was a fast paced thriller.

Hell & Gone (book number two) was an action packed mind game.

Point & Shoot...well, Point & Shoot is a bizarro, buddy road tripping, action adventuring, identity swapping, serial killering, conspiracy filled masterpiece.

As always, Swierczynski's writing is as sharp as a scalpel. With just a few words, he is able to bring each character to life. The dialogue crackles, and the action bursts from the page in a cloud of gun powder and blood. (Again, I'm speaking figuratively. Literally, well, that would be rather gross.)

For anyone looking for a well written, thrilling, breathtaking story, I highly recommend Point & Shoot. I do suggest you read the first two books. Not just to get the whole story, but because they are all fantastic fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noirguy on May 6, 2013
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A satisfying close to the Charlie Hardie series, the most unpredictable trilogy I've ever read. This one is no different. It goes places you'd never expect and the pace never lets up. It wraps nearly everything up nicely and true to the series. A slightly vague ending could lead to more books, and if that is the case I'll be first in line to read whatever comes next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Otis T. Silas on April 16, 2014
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The first in this series, Fun & Games, was a fun, clever, wild ride -- the wacky characters (Unkillable Chuck, Deke, and Mann) were a kick, and the crazy imaginative story makes it a page-turner! But this book is none of that!

Of course, if you're looking at purchasing this book, perhaps you've already read the first two -- if so, all you need to know is this third book is like the 2nd (Hell and Gone). If you like the 2nd, you'll like the third.

On the other hand, if you're like me and thought the 2nd book was terrible, you will not like the third either. Save your time and money for another book!
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By K. Zhou on May 13, 2014
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I'm going to be honest, this was not my favorite of all the Charlie Hardie series but I still enjoyed it. I read this book in its entirety in one single day. Couldn't put it down. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. The ending would have worked great if there was a fourth book but as the end of a series, I dunno. Other than that, the book was awesome. Charlie Hardie is unkillable. 4 Tom Hardy's out of 5
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The Charlie Hardie series has progressively gotten worse after the fantastic initial novel Fun & Games. Swierczynski does a solid job in wrapping up the series in Point & Shoot, but it does feel like a letdown after the previous novels. I could have stopped reading after the first one and would have been happier.
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I stumbled on this guy about a year ago, read the first 2 books in the series and loved them. The premise of the first book, that the humble house-sitter in the Hollywood Hills would turn out to be just about the hardest guy to kill, was amusing to say the least, and the way the story evolved at a frantic pace was very entertaining. The only question was whether Duane S. could keep this going for three books, and though it's at times confusing with all the twists and turns, this third volume lives up to the first 2, in spades.

By now our hero Charlie is locked in a tiny satellite orbiting the earth, guarding something. He doesn't know where it is, what it is, or anything about it, but he must guard it with his life, or killers will target his family. When someone unexpectedly visits him, and sets things up so that Charlie can escape, he seizes the opportunity. Along the way, we meet several more of Duane's weird characters: a brother and sister pair of serial killers, another team of accident people, and of course the guy who rescued Charlie. The action isn't quite non-stop, but it's close, and it reads so fast you'll be done before you know it. The ending wasn't exactly what I expected, but had me laughing all the same. Highly recommended if you like modern pulps, of which this is definitely one.
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This whole series is great, with great characters and great plots, and each book adding more depth and backstory to the whole saga.
I could be happy just reading these all day long.
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I enjoyed this fast paced page-turner. There are some points that strain credulity, but it always comes back around to the characters and their human connection. There is a little room for more wrap-up after investing the time in three novels to come to the conclusion we have here, but the opaqueness leaves some room for personal investment to turn into assumption.

I could do with a few less pop-culture references, even if I did smile at the ones that I thought were appropriately obscure.

Overall, if a crime novel with a touch of superhero, held together by fast action and Hollywood movie influences, sounds good, dig right in.
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