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Point and Shoot (Charlie Hardie Novels) Paperback – April 30, 2013
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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!
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.
Point and Shoot is a thriller infused with elements that border on science fiction. It's sort of tongue-in-cheek Ludlum, complete with a conspiratorial organization and a protagonist who, like Jason Bourne, has been the subject of unorthodox experiments. Yet unlike Bourne, who is meant to be taken seriously, Charlie Hardie is anything but. In addition to crime fiction, Duane Swierczynski writes comic books, and there's a touch of superhero in Hardie -- a jaded, reluctant superhero, sort of Howard the Duck crossed with any of those Marvel characters who were constantly complaining about their lives. The story has a comic book sensibility in that it's not quite grounded in the real world, although that doesn't diminish the fun of reading it.
And reading this fast-moving, tongue-in-cheek novel is loads of fun. Hardie is wild, "a force of living mayhem" whose unending bad luck is reinforced by the fact that he's so hard to kill. The poor guy would sometimes prefer death to the unfortunate life he's living, making him a sympathetic, even likable, protagonist.Read more ›
In that prior book, Charlie, a former police consultant from Philadelphia, had spent the last two years babysitting the homes of the rich in LA; his last job had ended disastrously, with a shoot-out of historic proportions: Charlie, who soon earned the nickname "Unkillable Chuck," was nearly drowned, shot in his left arm, shot in the side of his head, and almost shot in the face at point-blank range, and ultimately incarcerated, underground. To quote from the back of the book: "Having accepted the ultimate punishment for his escape from the world's most secret prison, Charlie Hardie finds himself trapped inside a satellite parked in orbit 500 miles above the Earth. He's got a year's supply of food, air and water, and no communication back to Earth, and he must complete his twelve months' duty or the evil conglomerate that banished him will make his wife and son have an `accident.'" All this is spelled out in the opening pages of the book, and to say any more would constitute an unforgivable spoiler.
The tale is comprised of many improbable components, including but not limited to several megalomaniacal characters; sibling serial killers, the return of Deacon ("Deke") Clark, a lot of mayhem and the accompanying blood, and chapters headed by classic lines from old movies. One never knows what's coming next.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Duane Swierczynski is a pretty talented writer...he got me to read a trilogy that I hated from pretty much the middle of the first book on. That's no small feat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stewart Bushman
I'll read anything from this guy, even his shopping must be amazingPublished 6 months ago by Cheryl Fitzpatrick
Not as good or creative as the first two books in the series, but a worthy read nonetheless.Published 10 months ago by Charles Mcdougald
Read it from the beginning. Starting with fun and games. Picture Ron White and Lindsey Lohan and you won't be able to get that picture out of your head and it's good.Published 11 months ago by howard hunt
Great novel for noir and hardboiled lovers. Charlie Hardie is an anti hero I can relate to....looking forward to reading the entire series ...Published 11 months ago by Vincent A. Zandri