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Point and Shoot (Charlie Hardie #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 h...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Mulholland Books (first published March 7th 2012)
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Kemper
With his Charlie Hardie trilogy that started in Fun & Games, continued in Hell & Gone and now concludes in Point & Shoot, Duane Swierczynski has successfully created a perpetual momentum machine that feeds off it’s own outrageous plot twists and increasingly crazy action to the point where it becomes self-sustaining in defiance of every rule of physics and literature that dictate it should have long ago exploded in the faces of its readers, killing or maiming them all.

It’s impossible...more
Tfitoby
The Charlie Hardie series of books (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone, Point & Shoot) are packed with non-stop action and feature a protagonist in Charlie Hardie who is essentially The Expendables rolled in to one man, or John McClane and Bryan Mills teamed up inside one body to take down an entire worldwide conspiracy and save his family. It's batshit crazy and oh so good, as Hitch once said "A far-fetched story must be plausibly told, so your nonsense isn't showing." and Duane Swierczynski...more
Lou
Charlie Hardie is back from being in Hell and Gone surviving Fun and Games.

A simple battle plan point and shoot.

Gone from his family eight years and floating watching over earth. Guarding an ultra-sceure facility plantside is his new job not by choice.

His only connection to his family, courtesy of The Accident People, is a hidden daily video feed of his family at home, he has served eight months and with only a few months left all he wants is to be out of his coffin sized life back home with the...more
Brandon
"The trick to becoming someone else isn't selling it to others. Most people don't look too closely. The trick is selling it to yourself."

Those are words spoken by Charlie Hardie. Well, the other Charlie Hardie.

Over the past 8 years, Hardie has been through a lot. After giving up the cop-life and becoming a house sitter in California, Hardie had his first encounter with The Cabal (or The Accident People or Secret America). Since then, he's been beaten up, murdered (and un-murdered), tossed in a m...more
Harry

Update:
I'm giving this third in the series a 3 star rating for several reasons (Yes I liked the first two better). Switching back and forth between third and a somewhat convoluted second person viewpoint, Duane introduces a substitute Charlie Hardy, who is the primary in this story. The second person viewpoint was distracting and it made me wonder who the hell was doing the narration. Furthermore, within the context of "show, don't tell"...there was way too much telling. I liked the series becau...more
Josh
Charlie Hardie is as resilient as they come. He’s had to endure gross physical pain in order to protect his family from the Accident People and fend off a larger Secret America organisation which threatens to tear the fabric of reality as he knows it. Once again confined to a small space and segregated from those he loves, Hardie is teased with a glimpse of his family via a satellite picture beaming images from earth direct to his outer space prison. It keeps him sane – to a degree.

Tasked with g...more
Cathy DuPont
I'm not wasting my time. Far too many good books out there to read.

If I want sci-fi, there's plenty to read.

Might read the last few chapters before I turn in to library though, just because. Glad I borrowed it...I would be doubly pissed mad had I bought it.
Still
How do you describe a wild carnival ride?
This was the most fun read I've had since the last Duane Swierczynski novel I tore through.
I absolutely loved this series.

Start with the 1st book (FUN & GAMES), then read the 2nd book (HELL & GONE) and then read this.
They're worth every dime they'll cost you.

Your children will thank you for reading the Charlie Hardie series.
Benoit Lelievre
Duane Swierczynski is a writer you should read without expectations, because whatever you think his novels are going to be, chances are that he'll operate completely outside the paradigm you've thought of. POINT & SHOOT is the logical sequel to FUN & GAMES and HELL & GONE, yet it's a whole different animal species. You won't understand a damn thing about it (or at least you won't appreciate), if you haven't read the previous two novels.

THAT said, it's about 250 pages of absolute ruck...more
Erik Carl son
“Unkillable” Charlie Hardie is the most abused protagonist in the annuls of adrenaline pumping hyper-violent Mayhem Fiction (a genre I just coined for this review). In Fun & Games and its sequel Hell & Gone, Hardie, unknowingly evokes the ire of the Accident People, a group bent on the black-ops puppetry of murder and world domination and, in the space of 608 pages, he is shot repeatedly, stabbed, sprayed with death mace, body bagged, caged in a secret maximum security prison, and fired...more
Ctgt
I loved the first two books in this series and his writing is still spot on, but I had a problem with the whole premise at the very beginning of the book. (view spoiler)
Once I got past that and...more
Stephen
Absolutely crazy storyline but what a highly entertaining series of books this was. Well worth a look for anyone who fancies some "fun and games" in their reading ! Hope that there are more of these to come -when your hero's known as "Unkillable Chuck" (and also has a "chip off the old block" son) reckon that there's some definite scope for keeping the series going surely ?
Andre
After the greatness that was Hell and Gone, I expected the final installment of the Charlie Hardie trilogy to be at least a bit of a letdown. While the novel did live up to that expectation, it was still pretty good. It was just what we’ve come to expect from both Charlie Hardie and author Duane Swierczynski. It was full of death, destruction, and mayhem. And though the particulars of the ending were not surprising, the details of how we got there were.

Only two negatives about the book for me. U...more
Kelly Hager
I absolutely love Duane Swierczynski's books. They're incredibly fun and just a complete joy to read. Yes, they're over the top and yes, they strain credulity to the breaking point, but I can guarantee that you won't care. You'll be too busy racing through the book to find out what happens next.

Based on the ending in this book, I'm hoping that there will be another book (and another and another and another).

Since this is the third book in the series, I've become very invested in Charlie Hardie'...more
Erik Smith
Unputdownable. It's not a literal term. Otherwise we would be walking around covered in books, which would make it kinda difficult to eat, sleep, and, well, do just about anything.

But...

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...more
Dave

HEY YOU! Are you looking for something cool to read? Well have I got some good news for you! I just finished reading Duane Swierczynski’s latest novel “Point & Shoot” and I loved it. It’s like a carefully crafted cocktail of the best elements from 70′s and 80s action films, classic conspiracy stories like “The X-Files” and “The Parallax View,” and the awesome mind bending trippy twists of the films of writer/director Duncan Jones. Sound good? Great because now I have even better news. “Point...more
Tim Smith
As I noted in another review, I like a series. It gives me an opportunity to see characters develop and longer plot lines evolve. However, this third book of the Charlie Hardie series falls short for all of the same reasons as its predecessors and a few more.

First, the flaws that this book shares with its predecessors; gratuitous use of profanity, rambling internal monologues and annoying flashback scenes. The other reasons concern the ending and could be considered a spoiler. Let's just say tha...more
Jonathan
Point And Shoot is Swierczynski's third book in the Charlie "The man who couldn't be killed" Hardie trilogy. Here again, Hardie gets more than his fair share of abuse, including thrown around a space craft, burned on reentry, locked in the trunk of a coma car (again!) and other indignities. But many things are explained, usually satisfactorily, and he tries to settle down to a "normal" life. Or does he?

This book opens with Charlie Hardie in space, where he either was sent or was going to be sent...more
Elizabeth Amber Love
POINT & SHOOT is the third and final Charlie Hardie installment by Swierczynski. I'm torn between choosing this one and the first, FUN & GAMES as favorite for the series. The second one HELL & GONE was a bit more dark and creepy for my taste. This finale was definitely more inspiring and motivational for our beaten-to-near-death-again protagonist Charlie.

There were twists that were revealed at extremely well-timed intervals. Not to spoil too much but Charlie is befriended by a doppl...more
Gloria Feit
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 Philadelph...more
Stephen
I can stop you.

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...more
Chip
2.5 stars. As with the second in the serious, I found elements of (who am I kidding, elements of - make that the entire) plot just too silly and absurd. For example, (view spoiler) I dunno, the whole thing just fell apart for me. Basically, hey, don't worry about the plot holes - we've got EXPLOSIONS!
Todd
I loved Fun & Games. Hell & Gone was pretty good despite some drag and repetition. Point and Shoot was really bogged down by the retelling of certain plot points from books 1 & 2, and at times an ending seemed unreachable. I think with better editing that this book could have been amazing, given that the book thrives in several parts. There seemed to be more humor in this book and it didn't go unnoticed.

The ending was satisfying enough, but when you fall in-love with an anti-hero li...more
Andrew
I like Swierczynski's stuff a lot, and the final book in this trilogy was no exception. However, I can admit that it's tough watching so much bad stuff happen to characters you're led to care about. It's been that way throughout this trilogy, and though thankfully it never went as far as Charlie Huston did in Six Bad Things (I truly can't forgive the type of character corruption that went on in that book), it can be rough at points during this one. But for the most part, even at its most difficu...more
Bruce Hartman
This latest entry in the Charlie Hardie series does not disappoint. It's the usual crazed roller coaster ride of violence and mayhem, all in good fun, that marked the first two entries in the series. In this avowed last book in the series we learn the ultimate fate of Charlie "The Man Who Can't Die" Hardie. Swierczynski is a master. His method is to push everything - literally everything - to the extreme and beyond, farther than the reader could ever imagine, and not only to invoke the extreme b...more
Barry
Another in the Charlie Hardie series, and if you liked the first two, you'll like this one. The Hardie books are kind of like popcorn, hardly a full meal but highly enjoyable to consume and satisfying in their own way.
Ethan
Even by Duane Swierczynski standards, the Charlie Hardie books are ridiculous. They push the upper limits of credulity and the lower limits of literary acceptability. Definitely a guilty pleasure, and one that I've enjoyed in the past. But with Point and Shoot, I felt like most of the pleasure was gone, and I was just left with the guilt. Throughout the first half of the book, I toyed with quitting. By the second half, I was reasonably engaged but it couldn't make up for my overall disappointmen...more
Roy
Point and Shoot is the conclusion that fans of the Charlie Hardie trilogy will expect: a (literally) out-of-this-world plot that involves a heavily booby-trapped space shuttle, a very bloodthirsty psycho-killer couple, deadly office politics in a company specializing in setting up accidental, and oh, don't forget an ornery, sort-of-ex-cop-hero. And his clone. If you're thinking that sounds bat-shit crazy you're only half-right, because Swierczynski somehow also manages to keep readers (this one,...more
Darrenglass
I didn't think that Duane Swierczynski could get any stranger than the previous book in this series. I was wrong. What a crazy, crazy, fun ride.
Shelly
I remember finding "Fun and Games," the first book in this series, kind of amusing in a warped sort of way. (Along the lines of "Beat the Reaper," which is not for the squeamish - I had to skip a couple of pages toward the end.) "Hell and Gone," the second book, came out the same year as the first so it was easy to roll along and keep chuckling. Then an 18-month or so gap before "Point and Shoot" finally arrived, during which time I pretty much lost the thread of the first two, and it seemed lik...more
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