Nickel Plated

  • by Aric Davis
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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I loved this so much!

I wasn't prepared to love this book so much, based on the description. I gave it a go and I'm SO glad that I did! I loved the main character, Nickel, and I did NOT want this book to end! I had a very lengthy car ride that I needed to stay alert for, and it was perfect! The suspense didn't end and the characters are great. I wish so much that this book was a lengthy series so that I could just listen and listen to Nickel's stories.
If the author ever reads these.... PLEASE! Write more Nickel novels!
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- Heather

Well worth checking out

'Nickel Plated' by Aric Davis follows the story of Nickel, a 12 year old abuse survivor who has turned his horrible experiences around to be an avenging angel for abused kids in his neighbourhood. He spends his time hunting down and blackmailing local paedophiles and supplementing this "job" with a home-grown pot business. His latest case involves helping a beautiful high school girl, Arrow, track down her missing sister Shelby, who may have met with foul play.

The story is quick, punchy and never tedious. Even the unrequited love between Nickel and Arrow comes across as genuine without becoming saccharine. I couldn't stop listening; and given I listened to this as a chaser to works of better known authors, that's saying something. It skirts the lines of being a revenge fantasy, without straying into really dark territory

The only mild complaint I would have is that Nickel seems a little too adept at setting up, stalking and dealing with paedophiles. He has an almost James Bondian array of gadgets and knowhow for pre-teen.

Full marks to Nick Podehl for a fantastic job of narration. He really brings the story to life and his various vocal interpretations of the different characters seem authentic for their personalities and age groups. I'd definitely pick up another book with him narrating it.

This one was a real surprise package which more than delivers on entertainment.
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- Justin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio