Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Review - Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 by C.R. Hiatt

Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 by C.R. Hiatt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition, 351 pages
Published March 30th 2012
'Sydney Marie McSwain - a tomboy who yearned for a father.

Cody Beck - a wannabe filmmaker, wisenheimer and flirt.

Jaden White - the star who led the high school hockey team to two championships, and was now on the A-list for NHL scouts.

Sydney Marie McSwain loves her mom, Anna - a private investigator in the coastal city where they live - but they had a major issue between them. Anna refused to give Sydney the identity of her father. On the day of her high school graduation, they were battling it out, once again. An hour later, Sydney, Cody and Jaden were at the local café, and watched as Anna was gunned down.

Faced with immediate responsibility, Sydney and Cody agreed to take over the agency, only they changed the name to McSwain & Beck. At the same time, Sydney convinced Sutter Beach Detective, Ace Carter, to help her track down her father.

Then out of the blue, a model walked in and hired them to follow her step-brother. While Cody was busy editing a trailer to solicit new clients, Sydney settled into her lemon-yellow pickup to do surveillance, and wound up staking out a secret club called The Devil’s Door whose suspicious members wore the tattoo of a devil.

That same night, Sydney received a call from one of her mom’s former clients, but the client was gunned down at the location where they agreed to meet. The mysterious discovery of a DVD revealed the possibility that teenagers were being abducted, only nobody reported them missing.

On the hunt for the victims, McSwain & Beck were chased by men in ski masks, nearly gunned down by a members of a drug cartel called the outlaws, Sydney’s precious pickup was broken into; then the step-brother they were hired to follow, was found dead and Sydney was the number one suspect.

If things weren’t bad enough already, they had to figure out how to crash a red-carpet Mardi Gras bash being held on a private cruise ship, before it sailed off into the sunset, where they just might meet the devil, himself.

Now, the clock was ticking…

And time was running out…

How was she ever going to find her father, now?'

My Thoughts:
This was such an action packed, fast paced book that I had trouble putting it down.

Sydney McSwain is a sassy and highly intelligent teenager who unfortunately witnesses the murder of her mother on live television. She manages to pick herself back up and soon realises that it’s up to her to step into her mother’s shoes and keep her private investigation business going so that she can try and discover who her mother’s murderer was.

Sydney’s best friend, Cody Beck, comes on board as her partner in the investigation business and the two of them got caught up in a major underground crime world that is filled with danger and people who are not what they seem.

Sydney was a great female lead character and I thought it was so refreshing to read a book with a female lead that was self-reliant and not just totally focused on a love interest or other shallow pursuits. She actually reminds me a lot of a younger Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich novels as she doesn’t let anything get her down and is ultra determined to move past any hurdles that are thrown her way.

I loved the short, fast chapters of this book but did sometimes feel that some parts were a little disjointed due to them being so short and rushed. I also felt that some sections were a little 'over-described' and this made me feel a bit bogged down in superficial details now and then. This wasn't very often though.

Overall though I found it a very enjoyable read and the cliffhanger ending means that I can’t wait to read the next instalment just to see what happens.

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