- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (11 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935597329
- ISBN-13: 978-1935597322
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,787,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nickel Plated Paperback – 11 Jan 2011
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About the Author
Aric Davis is married with one daughter and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he has worked for the past fourteen years as a body piercer. A punk rock aficionado, Davis does anything he can to increase awareness of a good band. He likes weather cold enough to need a sweatshirt but not a coat, and friends who wear their hearts on their sleeves. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoy roller coasters and hockey.
Top Customer Reviews
I will pass this on to my friends.
While Nickel is only 12 and the other protagonists are by and large under the age of 16, the nature of Nickel's activities and the depictions of sex related crimes make this a title decidedly for the over 15's. As an adult I found understanding Nickel's childlike emotions and growing self awareness as he experiences the first flush of his own approaching manhood, while as a parent I found myself horrified at his living conditions, the criminal acts perpetuated upon the children in the novel, and exasperation at the all too familiar common self-centredness of others. It did not fail to keep my attention, and I actually finished this in one sitting. One hopes that this is not Nickel's last case, and that we meet him again as he grows up and hopefully turns the tables on bad guys in ways that would have the Home Alone kid green with envy.
Nickel is one eight Neo, one eight James Bond, one eight the A-Team and the rest is pure Columbo.
The read is very American, but no contemporary reader would struggle with this. I'm sure this will be a film sooner or later, jump in now and say "I read that in 2011".
However, I did find it difficult to relate the main voice narrative (it is written in 1st person) to a 12 year old boy. I understand this is an exceptional boy, one who has seen and experienced lots of trauma in his short life so far, but still I found the voice too mature.
From an story line perspective, it is quite entertaining, but it also deals with some pretty dark issues, and therefore not something I would recommend for a pre-15 year old audience.
Lastly - and this is more of a general comment - unfortunately the internet has now given authors a tool to use that replaces hard craft. What I mean is that whenever Nickel needs some information he just jumps on the internet, and hey presto - all he needs is there. I have seen this in other books as well, and I do see this as a slightly lazy way of overcoming the challenge of research and investigation. I am quite well versed in all things internet, but would struggle to mine for information quite as easily as Nickel does.
But all-in-all an entertaining read....
The story deals with very dark issues, such as child abuse and paedophilia, but the author handles it sensitively and intelligently. Without giving the ending away, I like that it didn't fall into cliche. Nickel's character is believable, likeable, and sympathetic, as are the supporting cast - it's not an over-long book, but a LOT happens.
On the other side, there were times when I became frustrated with the writing style - whether it was deliberately written for effect or otherwise, the inconsistent pronoun-dropping threw me, as did the superfluous descriptions and the many phrases I didn't understand, that seem to be some kind of local lingo or 'kidspeak'. Aside from that, though: a solid read whose sequel I definitely look forward to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a young if that's possible,sixty two yrs old male.This is has to be the best book I've ever read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris Stone
Best book I have read for ages. It's difficult to come up with an original (and believable) idea Nickel is one of those. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I've been unable to pick a book to read until I picked this up and was sucked in totally unable to put it down fab story well written hopefully a sequel in the future? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Claire Simpson
Difficult not to make comparisons with other anti heroes, I just loved this book. Another very original contribution from Aric Davis who I have just discovered. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mg1
What a great book I really loved it and could not put it down, I think it is screaming for a follow on thank youPublished on 27 April 2015 by Pen Name
What an amazing story line - totally unexpected, and fairly plausible. Great read!Published on 20 Feb. 2015 by Amazon Customer
A book about a boy on his own and how he survives.
I thought it similar to Alex Ryder in some wats but certainly more aggressive and knowledgable of the world and its inherent... Read more