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  • 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)
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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.

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Well...I am impressed. I really enjoyed this book. Well written from a kids point of view. I think that Nickel could go on and on. Is there going to be another book. This could lead up to Adulthood and turn out to be a very good detective novel..
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I will pass this on to my friends.
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A powerful and graphically written story that is well paced and keeps you turning the pages as you rush to see what happens next.:)
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12 year old Nickel is as precocious as Artemis Fowl, and just as jaded, if not more. Having been betrayed by adults in one of the worst ways possible, this streetwise kid lives on his own, makes a living growing weed and managing the distribution of it, and catches wanna be paedophiles (blackmailing them for money and turning them into the FBI anyway!). It is into his twilight fringe world that we accompany him on perhaps his riskiest venture yet. When a 12 year old girl goes missing, her older sister contacts the shadowy Nickel to come to her aid. Her parents think she ran away, but her sister Arrow is certain there is something else afoot. With his own sordid past and a deep seated need to avenge himself and fellow foster children who suffered at the hands of those who were supposed to care for them, Nickel accepts the case. Soon he is knee deep in troubles as this case forces him to rely not only on his own wits, but the few adults he can trust, all the while juggling other cases and his little side enterprises.

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.
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By J. Bond VINE VOICE on 15 April 2011
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Though a childrens book, with very clear entertainment agenda's, I found this to be an enjoyable read. Well structured and with just enough tongue in cheek humour to keep me interested. I'd not recommend this to an early teen, maybe someone aged 14 to 17 would really enjoy it.

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".
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As an adult, I found this book quite enjoyable. It is written in typical 'hard-boil' style, and moves along at a nice pace. It is not a thriller of the 'cliff hanger or twist at the end' style, it is quite a straightforward story.
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....
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By K. VINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2011
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Nickel Plated was on my wishlist the moment I heard it compared to Artemis Fowl. 12-year-old Nickel shops the bad guys, specifically pervs and paedophiles, while dealing (homegrown) pot on the side. Immediate verdict? It was good, it kept me reading, and it did indeed evoke something of Artemis Fowl. However, Nickel - the protagonist - has a level of vulnerability that young Fowl never did. Nickel is very aware he is 12 years old, very aware of his emotions and emotional needs - that is, in fact, at the very core of what this story is, because it is Nickel's history that drives his character and shapes his motivations. Unlike Artemis Fowl, he is an ordinary boy (albeit in extraordinary circumstances), armed with the determination to survive and help others to do so.

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.
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