Point and Shoot (Charlie Hardie Series #3)

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FUN & GAMES AND HELL & GONE COME FULL CIRCLE IN THE HARDIE SERIES' ASTONISHING CONCLUSION.

Charlie Hardie finds himself in a steel box, tubes and wires attached to his body, trapped inside a satellite parked in orbit 500 miles above the Earth. He's got a year's supply of food, air, water, and no communication back to Earth, and must complete his 12 months' duty or his wife and son will have an "accident."

But when someone ...

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Overview

FUN & GAMES AND HELL & GONE COME FULL CIRCLE IN THE HARDIE SERIES' ASTONISHING CONCLUSION.

Charlie Hardie finds himself in a steel box, tubes and wires attached to his body, trapped inside a satellite parked in orbit 500 miles above the Earth. He's got a year's supply of food, air, water, and no communication back to Earth, and must complete his 12 months' duty or his wife and son will have an "accident."

But when someone all-too-familiar docks on the satellite, informs Hardie he's sitting in a veritable zero-G vault containing the world's most dangerous secrets, and forces a crash-landing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hardie must decide whether he's come face-to-face with the partner he needs to save his family—or with his nemesis. After years of exile, Hardie's arming up....and heading home.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While not quite up to the standard of its predecessors, the concluding volume in the Charlie Hardie trilogy (after 2011’s Hell and Gone) offers Swierczynski’s appealing blend of bizarre plot developments and frenetic prose. The one-time police consultant’s adventures began when a house-sitting gig in Los Angeles led to his crossing paths with the Accident People, killers who stage murders designed to look accidental. Hardie later became a murder suspect and wound up incarcerated in an unusual prison. Now Hardie finds himself in his tightest spot yet—inside a satellite orbiting Earth. He’s there to guard “something” for the Cabal, the masters of the Accident People, who have promised not to harm his wife and son in return. The arrival on the satellite of a man who happens to look just like Hardie imperils our hero’s mission. Readers are in for a wild and immensely enjoyable ride. Agent: David Hale Smith, DHS Literary. (Apr.)
Michael Connelly
"A much-needed breath of fresh air in the book world."
Wired.com
"The action sequences are killer. I could esily see these books as a major summer blockbuster."
Los Angeles Times
"Excessive [and] delirious ... Hardie's entertaining struggles with the killer cabal known as 'the accident people' literally levitate a notch."
From the Publisher
"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

Kirkus Reviews
Can the unkillable man make the epic journey from outer space to home in time to save his loved ones? In Maryland, a drone in an intelligence agency notices a name from the murky past popping up on his screen. Charlie Hardie vanished after being implicated in multiple murders. Nearby, in Philly, Charlie's wife, Kendra, is contacted simultaneously by her long-lost husband, who is frantically advising her to flee, and by an imperious voice warning her that she and son CJ must stay put or die. Charlie, it turns out, is on a tiny satellite in "low earth orbit." The mention by a mystery voice of Eve Bell--a nefarious name familiar to Charlie--snaps him out of his lethargy. Eve was Charlie's fellow prisoner in his last scrape (Hell and Gone, 2011, etc.), and her name evokes bitter memories. So too does the name Deke Clark, Charlie's partner as a federal agent, who may have betrayed him. Both are forgotten in the instant that the voice reveals itself to be a perfect clone of Charlie. Friend or foe? This question lingers as the two work by turns together and against each other. Back on Earth, Deke is abruptly barraged with discordant memories of his own about Charlie and decides, at great personal risk, to uncover the truth. A secret, and seemingly omnipotent, cabal tries to thwart both efforts. Cheeky movie quotations at the beginning of each chapter add zip. Swierczynski's writing crackles with fresh attitude. But his plot may have jumped the shark this time, and readers unfamiliar with previous episodes could feel lost in the maelstrom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316133302
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: Charlie Hardie Series, #3
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 807,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Duane Swierczynski

Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers and also writes the X-Men spinoff CABLE and IMMORTAL IRON FIST for Marvel Comics. His latest novels include EXPIRATION DATE; LEVEL 26, cowritten with CSI creator Anthony E,. Zuicker; and SEVERANCE PACKAGE, which has been optioned by Lionsgate films. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and children.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

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    The last in the Charlie Hardie Trilogy, this book was quite a de

    The last in the Charlie Hardie Trilogy, this book was quite a departure for me. It is part sci-fi, part comic book [many of which this author has written, with great success], neither of which is usually in my ‘comfort zone’ of reading material. But I had read “Hell & Gone,” the 2nd book in the trilogy, which I loved, and this newest book quickly had me under its spell: Fast-paced, suspenseful, fanciful, and a lot of fun.

    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. Suffice it to say that this is a terrific follow-up to a wonderful book – I must admit I have not read the first of the Trilogy books, “Fun & Games,” but will correct that as soon as possible. It should be clear that “Point & Shoot” is recommended.

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