Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Point and Shoot by, Duane Swierczynski
Charlie Hardie is back and he's pissed. Point & Shoot is the end (?) of Duane Swierczynski's Charlie Hardie trilogy (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone). After Hardie's escape from a super secret prison in Hell & Gone, he made a deal with the Accident People/Secret America: he spends a year in space guarding their most precious secret and his family gets to live. Nine months into his space exile, something goes awry. Someone docks with his capsule and forces it to crash land in the ocean off of California. Hardie must then race across the country to save his wife and son in suburban Philadelphia before the Accident People find out what's happened.
A lot of the characters from the first two books come back for their swan songs. It put a smile on my face to see Mann, Deke Clark, and the Kindreds causing mayhem on the page. As with any Swierczy book, it's a white-knuckled thrill ride from page 1. When I first cracked the book, I didn't put it down for another 72 pages.
Two things that bugged me were Mann's ultimate fate (I don't want to go into more detail because of spoilers) and that Swierczynski gave an explanation of Hardie's ability to never get killed.
I put a question mark when talking about this as the end of the trilogy because, like the two proceeding books, the last chapter throws the reader for a loop and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.
Overall, the Hardie series is well worth your dollar and is highly recommended.