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Point & Shoot

(Charlie Hardie #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  875 ratings  ·  114 reviews

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
Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Mulholland Books (first published March 7th 2012)
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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 to recap th
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
* * * * for the whole trilogy

After having some explosive "Fun & Games" in L.A. fighting a band of secretive paid killers, tough boy Charlie Hardie is sent first to Hell ((view spoiler)) and later he is simply Gone from the face of the Earth ((view spoiler)). Charlie Hardie is now
This is the slam-bang finale to Duane Swierczynski’s Charlie Hardie trilogy! At this point, if you thought that Swierczynski had already put ex-badass/house sitter/super-prison escapee Hardie through every insane situation his twisted mind could think of, you will discover immediately how wrong you were when the book opens with Hardie stuck on a satellite in freakin’ outer space. When a familiar face visits the satellite, this sparks Hardie on one last adventure to finally defeat the shadowy org ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
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 does everyth ...more
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun trilogy with a completely over-the-top, convoluted plot overall, but so what?! A ride....across the universe and across the U.S. with Charlie Hardie is nothing but fun. Recommended for anybody tired of reading reasonable and sensible thrillers :D
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction, 2013
"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
Adam Howe
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every so often, I’ll discover a writer whose voice hits me like a spike of adrenaline, and reinvigorates my own work. Duane Swierczynski is one of those writers. Within a few pages of Fun & Games – the first in his Charlie Hardie trilogy of crime thrillers – I knew that not only was I in safe hands, but I was reading something fresh. Swerzy’s style is the perfect marriage of stripped-down prose and screenwriting I’ve encountered, Elmore Leonard meets Shane Black. I’ll admit, I was slightly disap ...more
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pulp, read_2013, own, favorites
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
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-noir
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
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ?
Cathy DuPont
Jul 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: put-down
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.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Are you asking me about the end game? Here's my take on it: The Cabal knows the end of the world is coming. I don't mean rapture, or a giant rapture, or a giant asteroid, or an ice-age, or any of that Roland Emmerich shit. I'm talking about the fall of civilization. The explosives were planted during WWII, and everything's about to go up. The Cabal exists for one purpose only: to be the winners. That means having available resource at their disposal, no matter what. They don't care if the publi ...more
Erik Carl son
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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 off into ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ruckus. If you t
Scott Bell
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Best use of 2nd Person narration I've ever seen. Others have recapped this series better than I can--especially considering it's been a couple of years since I read it--but I still remember how effectively Swierczynski used that POV. It's weird, it's edgy, it's wild and different.

Kind of how the entire trilogy could be described...
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

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 & S
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erik Smith
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.


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 (book number two
Kelly Hager
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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'
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: noir-pulp
Why you may ask. Why would you read the third book in a series when book two was so far fetched. I foolishly purchased book 2 and 3 after I read and really enjoyed book 1. So, I was stuck. After the crazy secret agency and prison in the 2nd book you would think things couldn't go more bizarre. Oh, you would be wrong! Now good old Charlie is in a satellite orbiting Earth. I still like his character and stuck with the outlandish storyline til the bitter end.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
A great first book in a trilogy followed by a terrible second and a “meh” third. The reality is that this should have been one book at best, and that’s it, but like so much in Hollywood, the author seems to have chosen a money-grab over art. I really wish I had simply put down the first book and left it there...
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Excellent romp though the surreal spy world Duane Swierczynski has created. I will definitely be looking for more by this author.
Genine Franklin-Clark
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having just reread Fun and Games and Hell and Gone, I decided to finish the trilogy this time. I'm glad I did. What a wild ride! Talk about a willing suspension of disbelief!
Jason Miller
The first book was exciting, the second claustrophobic, and this one just went off the rails, and not in a good way.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was just as ridiculous as the other two in the series. More so even. And, it was just as fun.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This book had me confused almost the whole time. Honestly half the time I didn't know whose point of view I was reading from, and I think that took away from the book as a whole. This was a five star book otherwise, with an exciting plot that kept me guessing just what was going to happen next. I thought it was a 4-starer until I got to this GOLD of a line:

"The motherfucking motherfucker...oh, this motherfucker!"

And it's not even that funny but I think I died on the school bus this afternoon rea
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Duane Swierczynski is an American crime writer who has written a number of non-fiction books, novels and also writes for comic books.

Other books in the series

Charlie Hardie (3 books)
  • Fun & Games (Charlie Hardie #1)
  • Hell & Gone (Charlie Hardie, #2)

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