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Fire and Ice (Dead Man Book 8) by [Hardin, Jude, Goldberg, Lee, Rabkin, William]
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A Q&A with Jude Hardin

Question: You've had so many jobs...professional drummer, bartender, avionics technician, carpet cleaner, chemical plant supervisor, substitute teacher, and registered nurse. Did it take a while to "find yourself" and have you finally succeeded in your quest?

Jude HardinJude Hardin: Ha! Maybe I was trying to find myself, or maybe I just can't hold a job. But really, I've always been a writer, even though I've mostly paid my bills doing other things. I went to the University of Louisville right out of high school and earned my bachelor's in English, and from there I didn't really know what to do to make money. I tried freelancing for the Louisville newspaper for a while, but spending two weeks on a feature article and then getting paid $50 wasn't cutting it. I bartended for a while and then joined the Navy and learned electronics, and after the Navy I went back to bartending and did some other things and finally went back to school for a nursing degree. I've been working as an RN for fifteen years; but, through everything I've done, since I started working on My English degree when I was eighteen, really, I always thought I would sit down some day and write the great American novel. When I turned forty-three, I figured I better get started before it was too late. I thought it would be easy. I thought I would write a book and send it out to publishers and they would line up with their checkbooks and fight over it. I was deluded, of course. It wasn't easy, at all, and nobody fought over that first book. Or the second. Or the third.

Q: How did you get involved in The Dead Man series and what attracted you to it?

JH: It was really quite a coincidence. I was working on a horror novella called Unborn at the time with the intention of self-publishing it, and I thought I might like to collaborate with someone else on a different self-publishing project. I approached author J. A. Konrath and asked if he would be interested. He had too many other things going on at the time, but he knew that his friends Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin were rounding up a posse of writers for a series of action-adventure/horror novellas. He gave me Lee's email address, and I sent him a short query and he agreed to take a look at the first few chapters of Unborn to see if I might be a good match. I sent the chapters and he wrote me back the same night and offered me the Dead Man gig. I was ecstatic and accepted without hesitation.

Q: Is it hard writing a book in a series that you didn't create? What have you learned from it?

JH: It was harder than I thought it was going to be. Nobody, and I mean nobody, knows a character like the author who created that character. It's sort of jarring, like you're not in Kansas anymore. Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin loved my villain right away, but it took me longer to nail the main characters in the series--their characters. Lee and Bill are television writers, so it was interesting developing the story with them from that perspective. It was a great experience.

Q: How much does Fire & Ice draw on your own experience working in a chemical plant?

JH: Most of the action in Fire and Ice takes place inside the plant, so I used my memory from a job I had in the early-to-mid 90s to construct the setting. I worked there for three years. It was a big steel building with no climate control, and I can still feel the heat of the place in the summer and the cold in the winter and the noise and the smell. I often draw on real-life experiences when composing my fiction, and I think it adds a certain verisimilitude for the reader--a portal to what John Gardener calls the fictional dream--that looking things up on Google can't always match.

Q: What's next up for you?

JH: I recently signed a multi-book deal for my Nicholas Colt thriller series, so that's going to keep me busy for at least the next couple of years. Colt is the main character in Pocket-47, my debut novel. New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, "POCKET-47 sucked me in and held me enthralled. Author Jude Hardin keeps the pace frantic, the thrills non-stop, but best of all is his hero, the wonderfully ironic Nicholas Colt. This is a character I'm eager to follow through many adventures to come." So that's what's next up for Colt and me--many adventures to come!

About the Author

Jude Hardin holds a BA in English from the University of Louisville and currently works as a registered nurse in a major urban medical center in North Florida. When he's not pounding away at the computer keyboard, Hardin can be found pounding away on his drums, playing tennis, reading, or down at the pond fishing with his son.

Product Details

  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (January 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069INUN6
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By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on February 11, 2012
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Matt is in Florida, where he has taken a job at a chemical plant, whose main products are cleaning agents called Fire and Ice. He decided to work there when he saw a billboard for the company showing a man with the typical face lesions and sores that he associates with evil, and he wants to find out what Mr. Dark has in mind for these people. It is his third day and so far he hasn't seen anything - until, that is, he goes to the office building and finds some people murdered - and realizes that whatever it going to happen - it will happen today. Why is someone on a shooting spree? Will Matt be able to save himself, and stop Mr. Dark?

This is the latest in The Dead Man series, and last one currently available. It takes place, the entire book, within about a 7 hour time span - the action is fast and frenetic, and the twists and turns keep coming. Definitely check out this great series of novellas if you enjoy dark suspense/thrillers and/or horror.
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The "Product Description" above does such a good job explaining the story, I won't try to add to that. So I'd like to say that I loved this book and got completely lost in the story of the Dead Man, Matt Cahill, battling against Mr. Dark. The characters seem like real people who might remind you of someone you know. Matt is a special person with a big heart, doing his best to save everyone he can.

You'll find excitement, suspense and some gruesome details of the deaths of those Matt was unable to save. Easy to read. Great series!
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GREAT installment! I was so bummed after reading the last one. This one has more than made up for it. Great story that is consistent with the series. I loved the story of this one. An ex-employee goes into his old workplace and shoots it up and it is up to The Dead Man to make things right. Great. Now to eagerly await the next one.
Sad that other reviews are bringing this rating down that doesn't have anything to do with the book only the fact that someone can't get it to work on their Kindle. (Take that up with Amazon) not the author of the book. Works great on my Kindle and the Kindle app on my iPad.
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I quite enjoyed this new entry in the DEAD MAN series. FIRE AND ICE is set in an environment familiar to me: Nitko Chemicals. Not that plant per se, but I worked too many years, in textiles, in plants that worked in very much the same fashion. A dead end job, low pay, meager benefits that eroded over the years while the cost went up.

The author had to be familiar with such.

Matt Cahill, the living dead man, still pursues his enemy, Mr. Dark, and the reasons why he alone can see the evil in people about to do something bad.

The series is a favorite.
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The Dead Man series has taken place in some pretty crazy places through the series, so it only makes sense that Matt Cahill would wind up in Florida at some point. If the news has anything to say on the matter, that place is cray-zee.

And that's exactly what happens in the little town of Copperhead Springs when K-Rad, a disgruntled ex-employee for the Nitko industrial plant, sneaks his way onto the property while the bosses are away and commences killing his former co-workers. Enter Matt Cahill.

After arriving in town, Matt meets Shelly at a local bar, sparks fly and she soon sets him up with a temp job at Nitko, where she works. The bosses like him and want him to stay full-time, but Matt only plans to stick around until he can figure out why he's seeing Mr. Dark's telltale signs all over town. When the power goes out in the plant and Matt goes to investigate, he has his work cut out for him with a gun-toting maniac in K-Rad, but that's the least of his troubles before the day is done.

Jude Hardin managed to tap into the Matt Cahill character quite well, balancing his empathy and near fatalistic outlook on his mission against Mr. Dark. The whole "going postal" with the demonic twist was pretty harrowing, too. It felt like the perfect fit for the episodic thriller that is The Dead Man. There is a twist in the latter half of the book that felt less-than-fully fleshed out, but overall the suspense was effective.

I'm not sure how well the story serves as an introduction to the series for new readers, but there's enough backstory sprinkled in to help newcomers out without feeling overwhelmed. For dedicated readers, well, you've probably already read it. But, if you're just getting around to it, then I suspect you won't be disappointed.
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This installment in THE DEAD MAN series is a good quick read, but isn't quite as elaborate or intriguing as several past entries. However, it would make a nice starter if picked up without looking at any of the other books. The proper elements are stressed and Matt is certainly a focus, with explanations how he got to be our protagonist and why he carries his axe as well as giving us a proper villain in K-Rad.
The return of Mr. Dark in this installment actually works against it in my opinion. Way back in the first installment I wondered if the character could feel a bit to "Spawn" Lite. Giving him a Martini and having him cheer against Matt (without going anywhere with past plot strings about what Matt is to do with Mr. Dark) made it feel like Nightmare On Elm Street, the court jester years of part 4 and on.

Hardin's writing is fast paced and nicely done, and I'm looking forward to him taking another axe hack at my favorite series, as well as the next adventure!
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