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Pocket-47 (A Nicholas Colt Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Jude Hardin
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Fifteen-year-old Brittney Ryan has taken to the streets. Leitha, her older sister and legal guardian, hires private investigator Nicholas Colt to find her and bring her home. Piece of cake, Colt thinks. With Brittney's forbidden boyfriend's address in hand, he plans to make a surprise visit and put this one in the scrapbook. But something more sinister is behind Brittney's disappearance, and Colt soon finds himself in an ever-widening maze of deceit, betrayal, and murder. When Colt learns what the mysterious phrase Pocket-47 means, he is haunted even more by the plane crash that killed his family and rock band twenty years ago-a crash he now realizes might not have been an accident. Determined to save Brittney, Colt struggles to untangle the threads of his own tortured past. Unfortunately, one of the most heinous and violent criminals in modern history has other ideas.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2208 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160809085X
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (2 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XIZLM2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to a spiffy series 3 April 2013
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Pocket47 is the first Nicholas Colt novel; I started at the wrong end of the series with Snuff Tag 9 (A Nicholas Colt Thriller) and there's no doubt that the later books are more accomplished and satisfying than this effort. Even so, this one is an entertaining modern American gumshoe investigation which sets the scene for Colt's later escapades - and it helped me to make more sense of the supporting cast, the hero's various entanglements and his convoluted motivation. So Pocket47 is definitely worth reading on a quiet day, before moving on to the rather more polished Crosscut (A Nicholas Colt Thriller) and the rip-snorting SnuffTag 9.

Colt himself is an interesting character; previously a rock star whose plane crash wiped out his band, his family and a considerable chunk of his life. He's now dragged himself back to civilised life (sort of) as a PI working out of a trailer next to a lake; occasionally strumming a guitar and going nowhere fast in a turbulent relationship - seeming to steer clear of commitment after the death of his family.
This investigation starts as a possible runaway / missing person, and neatly divides into two halves in the traditional style of the revenge movie: in the longer, first part, Colt is betrayed and fails to fulfil his mission. In the second, he throws himself into a survivalist religious cult to score some righteous payback. Nothing goes as planned, and there's some neat plotting, good dialogue and clever reversals to keep you occupied throughout.

The writing is clean and uncomplicated; easy to dash through. Don't expect any humungous philosophical revelations, and you'll enjoy a straightforward hard-boiled thriller which acts as an excellent introduction to a character who gets more interesting with later books.
7/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you from the first pages 20 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Another cheap Kindle purchase, but another which was not disappointing.

Nicholas Colt is a struggling, but inexpensive PI who is asked to locate a young girl, Brittney, by her sister, Leitha. Colt finds potential kidnappers pretty quickly : the tennis coach with a history, a former, older boyfriend, and even her former foster parents. He is pretty successful with his search but the story blows out as Leitha is attacked and Brittney is once again taken. Colt still pines for his wife and daughter killed 20 years ago in a plane crash he survived.

The book was engaging from the outset. Hardin writes well and has created a likeable protagonist who is equipped with a sense of humour as he relates the story. The intrigue level stayed high and I had no trouble turning the pages.

There are some contrived elements, however, and I think these took away a bit of the shine for me. I won't identify them here because they may be regarded as spoilers, but I think I can say that the first 80% of the book is much stronger than the last fifth. A little bit of Superman nonsense towards the end too. I also thought Hardin stretched things a little too far in connecting things to events which occurred much earlier.

Still, I must say the book had me invested pretty quickly and I stayed with it to the end without getting bored. There is certainly enough here for me to buy the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another off-Beat PI 5 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's difficult to find a PI that is out of the ordinary - but apart from the fact that all of these I have read so far are pretty dark in content, I am enjoying the developing of the Nick Colt character - keep them coming.
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