Point and Shoot (Charlie Hardie Series #3)by Duane Swierczynski
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/em>/em>
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.
"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
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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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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.