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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (232 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aric Davis Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469200781
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It was weird to just get a contact out of nowhere. She was a kid, though, I could tell that from just the few minutes on the phone, and kids have a funny way of finding me. I’m pretty sure it’s just the world’s way of reminding me that I owe a debt for Dad. Whoever the girl was, she either needed help or was setting me up. I’ve run enough angles that I’m sure there are a few people who’d love to get a face-to-face. I’ll die before I go back to foster care, and I’m not ready to start dying just yet. Nickel is a survivor. Raised by the state in abusive foster homes, he escapes at the age of ten to live his life the way his father wanted him to: not as a civilian, but as a warrior. Nickel pays his way by blackmailing pedophiles he tracks down online, selling marijuana to high school students, and working as a private investigator in between. Money talks, but for kids, Nickel works for free. This time, it’s Arrow, a beautiful high school girl, who needs help. She believes that her sister Shelby was kidnapped, even though her parents and the police have written her off as a runaway. Nickel takes the case, scouring the internet and the posh suburban streets to find the missing girl. What he uncovers are children for sale and adults with souls black as the devil. Soon Nickel realizes that finding Shelby is one thing — but surviving is another. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As dark as they get, Nickel’s travails are often laugh-out-loud funny: he’s got his plan, and he’s sticking to it. Readers will, too, right through the pulse-pounding climax and the crushingly offhand sadness of the denouement. Davis hits hard—but with a surprisingly light touch.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mawdi | 2/17/2014

    " a book about the survival of a Foster child in a messed up adult world... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/14/2014

    " Wesley Payne on the real streets. Darker, nastier, more personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 2/12/2014

    " I was very impressed this book and its premise. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll skirt around specifics as to why I liked it so much. Suffice it to say that the characters were three dimensional and interesting, the action fast-moving and epic in proportions, and I am hoping the author does a sequel. While by no means perfect or lofty literature, this is an entertaining read with courage and character--a real page-turner from cover to cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. Williams | 2/5/2014

    " Seriously one of the best books I've read in a while. Having a child hard boiled detective as the protagonist was such an ingenius idea and the way he crafted the story was awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Glenn | 1/18/2014

    " The author goes into dark territory here. Nickel is a warrior, part of a loosely organized underground network at war against child predators and if the reader needs to suspend disbelief that anyone that young can act like Nickel, the payoff is a story that can't be put down and will haunt you long after it's been read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie Shaurette | 1/18/2014

    " Nickel is not your average twelve year old. He lives on his own, grows pot in his backyard, and spends his free time hunting down and blackmailing pedophiles. While Nickel-Plated features a likable main character and an engrossing plot, this book was just a little too unbelievable for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mum | 1/18/2014

    " A very good first novel. The voice was good, although he often came off as being much older than eleven. The way it was written implies there will be another, which I will read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Snyder | 12/25/2013

    " Weird and interesting, kind of a downer, but I'd suggest it nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Rizzo | 12/17/2013

    " I wasn't expecting much from this book but was pleasantly surprised. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 8/12/2013

    " Usually when I see something I don't recognize on my Kindle, it means I downloaded something free and it probably sucks, so this was such a nice surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelia | 8/3/2013

    " Pretty good, quick read. I'd read more from this author, and would like to read more of Nickel's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya Ward | 7/26/2013

    " Great pre-teen protagonist on a mission! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TheSaint | 7/19/2013

    " If you are able so suspend your disbelief to the point where you buy a young teenaged boy as a hard-boiled detective, living on his own and likewise solving heinous crimes, then this novel will work for you. It did for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keisha | 2/18/2013

    " I just couldn't get in to this book. The idea that a 12-year old foster child runaway could evade authorities by selling weed and blackmailing child molesters online is pretty bogus. The title character is not believable. I felt that a grown man was telling this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Batchelder | 2/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this story even though I did have to suspend my disbelief a few times in regards to the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 12/26/2012

    " Terrific voice, interesting protagonist, and a great scenario. A good and interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 12/24/2012

    " The 12 year old protagonist reminded me of nothing so much as Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan-- OBVIOUSLY a good sign!! There need to be more books like this in the world. "

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About the Author
Author Aric Davis

Aric Davis is the author of A Good and Useful Hurt and the acclaimed YA novel Nickel Plated, called by Gillian Flynn a “dark but humane, chilling, and sometimes heart-breaking work of noir” and was a 2011 Booklist Top 10 Pick. He and his family live in the Midwest.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.