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Seven Daze by [Wade, Charlie]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (30 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D4BFY30
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #649,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Seven Daze is the story of Jim who has just been released from prison. His former cellmate, lifer Harry, had sold the idea of becoming a contract killer to him and as he stands in an alley waiting to complete his first contract things go badly wrong. His mark has a heart attack. Jim and city worker, Charlotte, who appears out of nowhere help out the target and from there Jim's nightmare begins. He must make ten grand in seven days or he'll end up in the Thames wearing concrete leg warmers.

They say the devil is in the detail and that's how it is with Charlie Wade's writing. We get to see all aspects of Jim's life as he struggles to repay the debt to his former employer. What Wade does well is the fine details. He creates a fully rounded and in depth character with Jim. His observations are often funny, witty, sarcastic and cynical sometimes all four at once.

I very much enjoyed the insights given into the character of Jim, as much as I enjoyed the events that unfolded. You can't help but feel for Jim's plight and most of those he is robbing won't miss the money. After their shared experience Jim's developing relationship with Charlotte has the reader wondering where this will go. Charlie Wade does a great job of keeping the book interesting despite his need to have to repeat some events given the nature of Jim's task.

Overall a very enjoyable novel. The author writes in a very British way and his observations in the novel would, perhaps, appeal more to a British audience. He seems to play down events in a very British fashion where our friends over the pond might be tempted to make it more visceral. This to me makes it more effective, more realistic and more enjoyable for the honesty. Charlie Wade has made his mark here with his own brand of crime fiction. I hope more follows.
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Jim is a lousy liar and has a moral conscience and that makes him possibly the worst active opportunist thief roaming the streets of London. After his job as a first time assassin goes horribly wrong Jim has seven days to find ten grand but his life is further complicated by Charlotte, a sophisticated red-head way out of his league. Charlotte is the unfortunate passer-by who helps save the life of the man Jim is supposed to have sunk a bullet into. Jim should be robbing her blind but instead he slowly falls for her charms. Author Wade keeps us gagging until part two of the novel before he finally gives us a little of Charlotte's point of view.

Wade picks up on the immoral actions of bankers throughout giving a sense of Robin Hood to the crimes Jim commits. You're almost fooled into thinking that his many victims deserve everything they get as the tales shifts from the affluent Canary Wharf to the less glamorous back street pubs in the city.

But you know when a criminal is this bad at his job that it is only a matter of time before the handcuffs are going to be sliding back around his wrists and he's going to finish up back inside. It is the when and which of his many clumsy crimes, along with the true intentions of Charlotte that keeps you hooked.

Seven Daze is a great read for those who fancy a light-hearted crime novel that takes you on a trip round London town.
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By kj on 17 Jun. 2013
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Not very good at reviews but i echo the first review.Have to feel for Jim and back him all the way. Couple of unexpected twists. Hope to see more of Charlie Wade soon. Great read and worth buying. Would definately recommend
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Some may remember Ronnie Barkers prison character in the BBC comedy Porridge, although a convicted criminal we all loved the character. It's the same with Jim in Charlie Wade's first novel. Jim is a (sometime) happy go lucky lightweight criminal who goes a a step too far taking us on a spiralling downward journey into London's underworld of thieving, deception and sleight of hand pick pocketing, Jim does it all. Charlie navigates us through Jim's world with great skill, although Jim is nearly always up to no good we still sympathise with him and his predicament.

Jim's problem is his disparate failure to earn some serious money from a gangland boss - his failure turns his hoped for profit into a serious loss that needs to be made good in quick-time otherwise the underworld threatens to swallow him up in a tangle of broken limbs and a one way ticket to the bottom of the Thames.

In a world where you can trust no one Jim hooks up with what he at first believes is an attractive, rich woman that may be able to save him. It turns out they have more in common than he expected.

For a first novel Charlie Wade shows us great promise with a well researched and thought through plot. The reader is cleverly invited to keep wondering "what if it were me?". Glimpses of London's seamier side are contrasted with the high flying City folk who choose to know little of the people surviving in the "real world". At what point does criminal behaviour become legitimate, how far would you go?
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This, in essence is about a young ne'er do well. Just released from prison he quickly gets himself into more trouble by taking on a job to kill someone. This doesn't work out, so his would be employer wants compensation. Despite lurching from one petty crime to another in the unlikely hope of gaining enough money to pay him off, by pure chance he meets and forms a relationship with a woman. I shan't tell you any more of the story for fear of spoiling things, but you get the idea that the hero of this book is a criminal that is pretty much down the pecking order and in many respects has few morals.

Despite this, as the story unfolds you find yourself rooting for him. You want him to make a big score from his pickpocketing or burglary to pay his debt and you start to worry about his prospects for survival. This says volumes for the way the characters are drawn and I found this to be fascinating. By the end of the book, when things are getting resolved, I found myself spellbound.

Do I have any criticisms of this book? As time passes and the central character drifts from one petty crime to the next, it gets a bit tedious occasionally, but I rather suspect this is a ploy by the author for the reader to experience the thoughts and feelings of our (anti)hero.

So, in all, I found myself being drawn into the story the more I read it. Money well spent, I think!
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