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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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Nickel is a survivor. He has to be. For as long as he can remember, his life has hinged on the flip of a coin. Or, rather, the scribble of a social worker’s pen. He’s been through the system, even had a good dad for a few years, until he was gone, too. But Nickel remembers everything he taught him, and since the day he escaped from foster care hell, he’s put that knowledge to good use.

Just twelve years old, Nickel makes a steady living by selling marijuana to high schoolers, blackmailing pedophiles he ferrets out online, and working as a private investigator. When a beautiful girl named Arrow hires him to find her little sister Shelby, Nickel figures at best the kid’s a runaway; at worst, some perv’s gotten a hold of her. He scours the internet and the streets of Arrow’s suburban neighborhood, and what he finds there is as ugly a truth as he’s ever seen.

Beyond the manicured lawns, Nickel discovers children for sale, and adults with souls black as the devil. And people like that aren’t about to let some kid ruin their game. This edgy thriller introduces a canny, precocious antihero, the likes of which young adult readers have never seen.

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  • “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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