Review : Hell and Gone by Duane Swierczynski | More2Read Books

Hell and Gone by Duane Swierczynski


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 unknown origin, Hardie awakens to find himself captive in a secret prison that houses the most dangerous criminals on earth.

And then things get really bad. Because this isn’t just any prison. It’s a Kafkaesque nightmare that comes springloaded with a brutal catch-22: Hardie’s the warden. And any attempt to escape triggers a “death mechanism” that will kill everyone down here–including a group of innocent guards. Faced with an unworkable paradox, and knowing that his wife and son could be next on the Accident People’s hit list, Hardie has only one choice: fight his way to the heart of this hell hole and make a deal with the Devil himself.





Praise for Hell and Gone:

“Charlie’s internal voice is fun to follow and the action sequences are killer. I could easily see these books as a major summer blockbuster… the book goes from action to action, rarely stopping to catch a breath and I stayed up late one night turning the pages to the end…If non-stop, cool action sequences with fun characters are your thing, you need to read some Swierczynski stories.”

“Frenetic [and] breathless .Those waiting for the payoff promised … will feel amply rewarded by the end.”
-Publishers Weekly 

“The compelling premise pulls all our paranoid strings, and Swierczynski, like a mad scientist twirling dials, ratchets the tension ever tighter…. Stay tuned for part three of what may be the most unusual thriller series in a long, long time.”

“Duane Swierczynski puts the rest of the crime-writing world on notice. So learn to spell the last name. He’s going to be around for awhile.”
-Laura Lippman

“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


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 guarding,
but Where?
And Why?
And Who sent him there?
You going to have to read this novel to find out. Yet again an explosive story from the likes of Duane Swierczynski the author. I loved the first Hardie installment, Fun and Games and this is another treat of a story intricate plotted and cleverly put together in the most interesting locations yet. We have all heard of Alcatraz, Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prisons. There are psychological experiments out there that studied the way humans behave in captivity and how power control shifts amongst prisoners and prison staff. Someone is pressing the buttons in this prison that Charlie Hardie finds himself in and playing one against another.
The problem with these hard ass guys like Charlie is that they have baggage, strings attached a weak spot, with family in the balance he is going to have to tread carefully.

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Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 23 August 2011

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