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Review: Fun and Games

November 3, 2011

Charlie Hardie’s tried to keep a low profile and doesn’t want to be tied down, so he’s become a housesitter for the wealthy.  It’s not a bad job – he gets to stay in great houses and all he has to do is make sure the house doesn’t burn down and no one breaks in.  His latest job is for a composer who is heading overseas.  The composer had to leave early and told Charlie the key would be in the mailbox.  When Charlie gets there, he can’t find the key so he climbs in the back of the house.

As Charlie searches the house, he’s attacked by a B-list actress who insists “they’re” out to get her and she’s hiding in the house to get away from them.  Charlie doesn’t believe her at first, but suddenly finds himself caught up in one of the craziest schemes ever, fighting for his life.

You definitely have to suspend disbelief to enjoy Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski, but it’s worth it!  Fraught with tension, this book is a thrill a minute and the title fits it perfectly.  This book is a fast-paced, adrenaline-filled page turner and I loved every minute of it.

Charlie is a fantastic character.  A tragedy from his past has him running away from life, but that doesn’t mean he can walk away from someone who needs him.  He’s tough and seemingly invincible but displays a softer side, that he tries to keep hidden, from time to time.  I couldn’t help but root for him after all he’d been through.

The story of Fun and Games is full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I read the book.  I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough because I had to know what happened to Charlie and the actress and I had to piece together the whole crazy plot.   Pick this book up when you’re in the mood for heart pounding action.

Fun and Games is the first of a trilogy featuring Charlie Hardie and I can’t wait to read the rest – Hell and Gone is out now and Point and Shoot will be published next March.

Review copy provided by Mulholland Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
29 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2011 4:33 am

    I just want the job! Imagine house sitting for the wealthy! Love it.

  2. November 3, 2011 6:59 am

    Oh boy! I know what I’m going to read next week 🙂

  3. November 3, 2011 8:45 am

    This sounds exciting and worth checking out.

  4. November 3, 2011 8:46 am

    Oh, this sounds so excellent! I love books where the action is fierce and where things are moving a mile a minute! It sounds like this book would be perfect for me and help me break out of my reading blahs. I am off to see how I can grab this one. I also see you are reading Heads You Lose, and can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I have heard amazing things!

  5. November 3, 2011 9:20 am

    I love twists and turns!

  6. November 3, 2011 9:22 am

    This one sounds really good!

  7. November 3, 2011 9:30 am

    Since I just finished racing through a page-turner, I’m changing pace with a slower drama but I’m always up for an exciting mystery.

  8. November 3, 2011 9:55 am

    I like to mix up my reading, and this one sounds like the perfect book to pick up after I’ve read some character-driven literary novel and am looking for some fast moving action 🙂

  9. November 3, 2011 9:56 am

    I’m with Viv. I want the job! I’m nit sure this is one I’d like too much but it does sound fun.

  10. November 3, 2011 11:46 am

    I’m dying to read this one! So glad you liked it — you prompted me to be sure to pick it up this weekend!

  11. November 3, 2011 12:22 pm

    Sounds like it keeps your interest with all the twists and turns.

  12. November 3, 2011 12:26 pm

    Every once in a while I like a book where I need to suspend belief. Charlie sounds like a good character to spend time with,

  13. November 3, 2011 12:31 pm

    I’m a little bit wary of starting new series these days, but this sounds like a good one.

  14. November 3, 2011 1:43 pm

    It was definitely fast-paced. I ended up enjoying it too, but at times all the action was almost too much.

  15. November 3, 2011 3:39 pm

    This sounds good. Thanks for another great review of a book I had not heard of.

  16. November 3, 2011 4:23 pm

    I can suspend my disbelief…if the pay off is good enough. And it sounds like it was this time. in fact, it sounds right up my alley.

  17. November 3, 2011 4:57 pm

    Sounds good enough 🙂 Great review as always. I could see it as a movie, yes I could

  18. November 3, 2011 6:05 pm

    This one sounds really good! Had never heard of it before reading your review.

  19. November 3, 2011 7:36 pm

    Great review!

  20. November 3, 2011 7:40 pm

    I would not have picked this book up based on that horrible cover, but you make it sound so great!!! I would love to have his job!!! 😀

  21. November 3, 2011 8:19 pm

    I just finished HELL AND GONE yesterday. It’s entertaining but insane.

  22. November 3, 2011 10:06 pm

    This sounds like a really interesting read!

  23. November 3, 2011 10:48 pm

    Love fast paced thrillers you can’t put down. Adding this to my list.

  24. November 4, 2011 2:27 am

    Hi Kathy,

    This is typically the kind of book that I would have walked past on the shelves of a book shop, but after reviewing a book very similar in the sytle of writing, by another up and coming author, a few weeks back, I can see where you are coming from with your enthusiasm for this one.

    I shall need to be in the right mood to read this without doubt, but for that time when I don’t mind my head be filled with fast-paced, tongue in cheek, comic book style action, this will be perfect.

    I learnt from my own experience ‘never to judge a book by its cover’, so I shall definitely be adding this one to my list.

    How my reading tastes have changed and expanded since I began blogging!!

  25. November 4, 2011 8:31 pm

    Oh this sounds fun! Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll have to look for this series. This is the first review I’ve seen of it.

  26. November 5, 2011 7:54 am

    I agree with Staci – I wouldn’t have picked it up because of its cover. So, a big thank you! I’m adding it to my TBR list immediately. 🙂

  27. November 7, 2011 6:46 pm

    Sounds like this one is a fun ride! Glad you enjoyed it.

  28. November 7, 2011 7:42 pm

    Sounds like a fun thrill ride!

  29. November 19, 2011 3:51 am

    Sounds good and I like that cover!

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