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Hell and Gone (Charlie Hardie #2)

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The second of three high-energy thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation Duane Swierczynski.

Left for dead after an epic shootout that blew the lid off a billion-dollar conspiracy, ex-cop Charlie Hardie quickly realizes that when you're dealing with The Accident People, things can get worse. Drugged, bound and transported by strange operatives of un...more
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Published October 31st 2011 by Mulholland Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kemper
Duane Swierczynski has ideas so brilliant and brutal that one day the rest of us will have to tool up and kill him. - Warren Ellis

Swierczynski seems to be making the transition from cult favorite to getting more main stream attention, so Ellis will probably try to make good on this threat in the near future. Since I’m enjoying the hell out of his work, I am volunteering my services as a bodyguard. What I lack in training, experience and competence, I make up for in my utter willingness to pepper...more
Lou
Hell and Gone an apt title, Hell for a place comparable to hell, and Gone as in gone of the Grid a ghost vanished. Think in the lines of a rendition a removal of a subject/person and gone as-well as dead. There is a lot out there that we don’t know about, Ghost planes and Ghost prisons to name a few, locations unknown to but of few pen pushing top executives. Charlie Hardie the man who is the best at guarding Homes possessions and people now finds himself in the tightest jam to date prison guard...more
Robert
I blame erotica. My natural response is to proceed with a whips and chains and between-the-pages sexual binge until this burning desire extricates itself from my system, and the world turns itself right-side up. What does that have to do with HELL AND GONE? Probably not a whole hell of a lot. But here we are you and I. With that being said, I cannot be held accountable for my actions during this review.

Fun And Games had Mann in all of her infinite glory, with her nipples sticking straight up in...more
Brandon
Aug 26, 2012 Brandon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandon by: Kemper
Picking up directly after the events of Fun and Games, we find Charlie Hardie in the clutches of The Industry or The Accident People or Secret America, or whatever you want to call them. While Hardie's former colleague is on the lookout for him, finding him proves difficult. "They" don't screw around when they have a task to accomplish and burying the whereabouts of Hardie is their number one objective.

Upon awakening, Hardie finds himself deep underground in a prison somewhere on Earth. I know t...more
Cathy DuPont
Jul 25, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those reading the trilogy...only those
H&G is book number two in the trilogy of the Charlie Hardie series by Duane Swierczynski who I had never heard of until recently. DS is quite an interesting guy...comic book creator, writer for Marvel comics and magazine editor among other things.

My GR friends "harped" (in a good way) that I must read him so I did and book one, just blew me away. Fast reading and fast paced, and a solid four stars teetering towards five. I'm chintzy with five stars, ask my good friend Jackson Burnett GR aut...more
Tfitoby
If you didn't jump whole heartedly in to the insanity of the first Charlie Hardie thriller then you may be forgiven for thinking that Duane Swierczynski well and truly jumped the shark with this middle entry in his trilogy. That's before I even mention the stunt he pulls in the denouement to set up the otherwise wholly unbelievable third instalment.

Last year Hard Case Crime published The Twenty Year Death an epic novel in three parts from Ariel S. Winter, each section was in partial homage to a...more
Josh
Bruised, beaten, and broken Charlie Hardie is a glutton for punishment - a human pin cushion of pain and violent provocation - a modern day Bruce Willis in Die Hard whose nine lives seem to regenerate much like a genie gifted him a curse by which the nightmare never ends and the line of pain inflicting suitors lengthens by the hour. In Swierczynski's follow-up to 'Fun and Games', part 2 of the Hardie saga introduces a whole new kind of hell in the form of a subterranean prison, home to dangerous...more
Adam
Sigh. This book was no where near as good as its predecessor.

I mean, it takes some doing to be even less realistic than Fun and GamesFun and Games but here you have it.

In summary (some mild spoilers for Fun and Games): After royally pissing off The Accident People, Charlie Hardie is abducted and sent to a bizzaro kafka-esque prison. There he interacts with the various guards the prisoners and plots his escape.*

So, one of the things that made Fun and Games so engaging was the claustrophobia in...more
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Charlie Hardie is the functional equivalent of a comic book hero, and I mean that in the best possible way. This is the second of the three (so far?) books chronicling Hardie's war against the secret group who actually controls the United States. Hardie takes an amazing amount of punishment, as usual, and dishes out even more. Though these books aren't, in my opinion, up to the usual plotting and prose standards of some earlier Swierczynski books (notably The Wheelman and The Blonde), they are c...more
Kelly Hager
After the events of Fun & Games, Charlie Hardie has disappeared. The country thinks he murdered Lane Madden and is on the run, but really, he's been taken by the Accident People. In this book, he learns that he's the new warden of a prison they run. Since he's in charge, he can technically try and escape but it's pretty much impossible. And if he does find a way, a "death mechanism" will be tripped and everyone will die---prisoners, guards, everyone. There's also the fact that if he gets awa...more
Harry
Duane Swierczynski's debut into a three part series detective thriller comes across like a fine cabernet (and I went into it with only one bottle left). What happens is you savor the taste. In this case, I read Fun and Games and the second installment Hell and Gone in the Charlie Hardy mystery series knowing I'd have to wait until 2013 for the third installment.

For fans of Donovan Creed (by John Locke) you'll likely enjoy Swierczynski's Charlie Hardy series, whose books by the way are better tha...more
gert
a continuation of book one that starts literally the minute after. and just as fabulous.

what's not fabulous? that i have to wait until 2013 for the next one. WTF? there's even a preview of it at the end of this book. so what's the story? building up suspense is fine, and i'm sure a great business model. but not when it irritates ME. and it does. because i want to keep hardie in my life. right now. not 12 months from now. grrr.
Tim Smith
Although I'm not a fan of the audio book format for many reasons, I will put that aside when a book or a series has character that intrigues me and the title isn't readily available in print or ebook form. That's the case with Hell and Gone, and its predecessor in the series, Fun and Games.

While the gritty nature of the Charlie Hardie character and his reaction to the various situations kept me interested, there were the same shortcomings that plagued the first title in the series. Specifically,...more
Stephen
Okay you have to suspend belief in reality when you read this series but they are such a fun read and non-stop action.

On to the final one, which starts with our hero fired out into space in a rocket...
Miriam
An awesome sequel to FUN & GAMES. Charlie Hardie is put through the wringer (almost literally) in every fashion. You will love it. And of course, be jonesing for POINT AND SHOOT.
Ctgt
Blew through in a day. I loved "Fun and Games" and this was much of the same.
Andre
Hell and Gone is the second installment of Duane Swierczynski’s Charlie Hardie trilogy. The first book of the series, Fun and Games was fairly entertaining, but nothing special. It was filled with plenty of action, but some of it was too over the top, too outlandish for me to buy. This trilogy’s supposed to be fiction, not science-fiction. Then, a couple of weeks after reading it, I realized who Charlie Hardie really is, and it dramatically improved what I thought of Fun and Games. If you see Ch...more
Jonathan
Hell & Gone by Duane Swierczynski - this is book 2 of the Charlie Hardie trilogy. In book 1, Fun and Games, he stumbled across The Accident People, who specialize in "accidents" happening to folks that powerful people want to get rid of. He tried to protect a B level actress, but failed in the end. The ending of that book was a bloodbath, as Charlie thwarted another killing attempt, only to take a shot to the head.

Book 2 opens with Charlie getting carted away and then kidnapped by the very p...more
W.D.
I have a good reason not to start in the middle of book series. Most of them today have books that aren't able to stand alone and be a part of a larger series. Hell and Gone was a pleasant exception to that rule.

We start the story, with an event in he past. When I first read it I wasn't sure how it was going to fit since there was no relation to the main character, Charlie Hardie. To be honest, I almost forgot about it until it was finally tied into the plot later in the book. From there, we go...more
Gef
I read the first book in the Charlie Hardie trilogy, Fun and Games, back in the spring and it wound up becoming my favorite book of the year so far. While I've been fortunate to read a lot of great books this year, Fun and Games easily remains in my top three and I wouldn't be surprised to see it stay there. But what about its sequel, Hell and Gone? After a powder keg of a debut, I had to wonder just how in the hell Hell and Gone would be able to make par, let alone surpass, the first book. Now,...more
Gabrielle
I won this as a goodreads giveaway. This book was a pleasant surprise once I got closer to the end. Unfortunately, it took so long for me to get into the premise of the story because nothing was really happening. I wanted so badly to give this a higher scoring because the ending was pretty great that I couldn't manage to put it down. Of course, because of how slow it was at the beginning I had to give it a lower rating. The story follows unkillable Charlie Hardie, who is a very like able guy, an...more
Marissa Culp
First of all, this is not a stand-alone novel. You must read Fun and Games prior to reading Hell and Gone. Now, disclaimer claimed, YOU MUST READ FUN and GAMES!

Hell and Gone is a fabulous follow-up to the previous novel. We find out more about Charlie’s past here – how he met his wife and the things that led up to his leaving – and even hear a little more about Nate, his deceased partner. FBI Agent Deke Clark is also back, unrelentingly trying to get a bead on Charlie’s location; and in the wors...more
iubookgirl
In Hell & Gone, Charlie Hardie is still in the clutches of the Accident People. After who know how long, Charlie finds himself face to face with Mann and presented with a no-win situation -- work for the Accident People in a secret underground prison or die. He decides to live and enters a bizarre world unsure who he can trust. Can Charlie somehow escape an inescapable prison? Can he keep his wife and son safe from the Accident People?

Hell & Gone drags the reader along the roller coaster...more
Elizabeth Amber Love
It's not often that I can come across reading material that has me so enraptured I don't even want to get up to pee because I don't want to be away from it for that long. (You can blurb me on that.)

Yeah, that about sums up how I was through H&G. I read 100 pages the first sitting; 160 the second; and finished it off with some morning coffee.

I never got this way over the HARRY POTTER books nor anything else since... wait for it... oh yeah, Swierczy's first Charlie Hardie book FUN & GAMES...more
Gloria Feit
As “Hell & Gone” opens, the reader is introduced to a young woman about to discover that against all reason her boyfriend, Bobby, an English lit major, has died while they were [apart] on Christmas break from college in Philadelphia, apparently in a charter plane crash while returning from a holiday service project, building new housing for the impoverished. I say “against all reason” because Bobby, who had never flown and had vowed never to do so, was unlikely to be building houses for the...more
Roy
I continue to love the ridiculous and over-the-top world of Duane Swierczynski. His books never fail to entertain. In Hell & Gone, Swierczynski (hereafter referred to as "Author") picks up the story where Fun & Games left off; ex-cop turned house-sitter, Hardie, has barely survived an encounter with the Accident People, and has been kidnapped by them for some dasterdly purpose. He runs into Agent Mann, who lets him know that he's an employee of the organization now, but conveniently "for...more
Mary Gramlich
HELL & GONE by Duane Swiercznski
Charlie Hardie Series, Book #2
10/11 - Little, Brown & Company - Paperback, 304 pages

Regardless of the situation, is there always a means of escape?

Charlie Hardie has just survived a near death experience that rivaled his days on the force. He is supposed to be doing a routine housesitting job but wound up taking a bullet and becoming an accused murderer. Now everyone thinks he is on the run not being held in some unknown, top security prison. Charlie disco...more
Jaron
If Fun and Games hadn't been a part of a trilogy, it probably would have been the last Duane Swierczynski book that I would have ever read. Which would have been a shame.

I think two things happened for me with this book simultaneously: Swierczynski hit his stride as a modern pulp fiction style writer, and, after reading an overrated literary novel for more than a month, I was more than ready for a totally improbable popcorn action-movie style book that didn't take itself too seriously.

Example:...more
Elizabeth A.
Ever heard the expression “Out of the frying pan, into the fire”? Yeah, that pretty much sums up Charlie Hardie’s life.

When we last saw Charlie at the end of Fun & Games he was in bad shape, having just been through two hellacious days culminating in a shootout of epic proportions which left him battered, bleeding and on the brink of death.

Picking up right where Fun & Games left off, Hell & Gone opens with Charlie in the back of an ambulance being whisked off for life saving treatmen...more
Stephen
When last we left our intrepid hero, Charlie Hardie was being whisked away by a shadowy organization for some nefarious reason. Well, the reason isn’t so nefarious as you might think: they want Hardie to be the new warden of their top secret prison. Not one to take spoonfed answers, Hardie begins asking uncomfortable questions and uncovers the dirty past of the ultra-secure prison. Could the inmates actually be the guards and the guards the inmates?

Being a Swierczy novel, it isn’t even as straig...more
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