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Point and Shoot (Charlie Hardie Novels) Paperback – April 30, 2013
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"Frenetic prose...Readers are in for a wild and immensely enjoyable ride."―Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The story begins with Charlie trying desperately to save his family from the promised violence of The Cabal. He agrees to enter a year of servitude in which he will ride around the earth in a low-orbit satellite. Months into that process something unexpected occurs. A person (SPOILER ALERT) who looks exactly like Charlie arrives at the satellite, tells him that the satellite contains information that would destroy The Cabal and urges Charlie to work with him to: a) find the information chip; and b) take the satellite out of its orbit and land off the coast of California. From there, presumably, Charlie and `Charlie' will make their way back to the east coast to: a) save Charlie's wife and son in Philadelphia; and b) use the material on the information chip to expose the machinations of The Cabal and bring them to utter, complete and final ruin.
This plan is `followed' though with surprises galore, including the location of the chip and its ultimate contents. Along the way we will see old friends (such as Deke Clark) and enemies (such as the `director' who goes by the name of Mann). Not all of them are going to make it to the final reel.
I do not want to reveal any more of the plot. Suffice to say that it is satisfying and a fit end for the trilogy. As to larger issues: Duane Swierczynski may just be the most inventive writer working this terrain. His trilogy is a blend of crime fiction, thriller, sci-fi and action/adventure. His settings are fresh and fully realized; his characters are memorable; his language is hip and current and cool.Read more ›
But they're always well written and well plotted. He may be the crime writer's rough equivalent of Hunter S. Thompson back in his heyday, but unlike HST, you always could see a lot of writer's discipline hiding beneath the chaotic mayhem.
Then came the three novels about poor Charlie Hardie. Well, really three books and one story, with each book melting into the next so seamlessly if there weren't book covers, you couldn't tell where one ended and the next picked up.
Each of these books started up briskly and then floored the action. By the end of the second book, I though the third would be a disaster because no one could pull all the various threads of Fun and Games and Hell and Gone back together credibly.
Heck, I even thought that with 50 pages to go in this book.
And then he pulled it off, to my amazement. He even leaves us a little dangling thread at the end.
As I look back on these three books, the plot scope is just amazing. If you like very fast, but tight plotting, imagination run wild, and unlimited amounts of adrenaline, you'll love these books. And I encourage you to try some of his others. They're stand alones, but each one is very good. Swierczynski has more imagination in some of his chapters than most writers have in a life time of writing.
Be sure to read this fine series in order.
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 6 months ago by Stewart Bushman
I'll read anything from this guy, even his shopping must be amazingPublished 12 months ago by Cheryl Fitzpatrick
Not as good or creative as the first two books in the series, but a worthy read nonetheless.Published 16 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 16 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 17 months ago by Vincent A. Zandri