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The Night Charter by Sam Hawken
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The Night Charter

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Sam Hawken, on your first book!

by Sam Hawken

Quick take

Trouble is headed Camaro's way – and more than anything, I wanted to be along for the ride.

Why I love it

Nina Sankovitch
Bestselling Author

I was hooked from the first paragraph of The Night Charter – and not just because heroine Camaro Espinoza runs a fishing boat out of Miami. Who can walk away from an ex-army medic named after a '60s dream car, and who not only rides a Harley but drives a pick-up and handles her fifty-nine foot Custom Carolina with ease? Yes, Camaro might be on the lam for killing five men, but I had the feeling from the get-go that they might have deserved it. Now all she wants to do is lie low and let life flow around her, leaving her past in the past and worrying as little as possible about the future. But trouble is headed Camaro's way – and more than anything, I wanted to be along for the ride.

The Night Charter meets every expectation and more, bringing thrills and chills with multiple twists and turns. There is a supporting cast so engaging you're drawn deeply into the drama: Cuban exiles in Miami charting a course for revenge, low-life punks getting in the mix, and one hapless sucker who falls into the mess, endangering his innocent daughter. And then, of course, there is the rumpled yet dogged police detective on the case.

No damsels in distress for me, no weak-kneed, lily-livered sweethearts: I like my literary women to be strong-willed, courageous, smart, and rebellious. And Camaro doesn't disappoint. Tight-lipped and strong-muscled, and of course with a heart of gold, she has a mind as sharp as her left uppercut, but can she slice through all the crap and get the job done?

I was hanging on by my fingernails for an answer to that question, following her every move with my heart in my throat. Camaro is a fascinating and compelling woman, who you can't help but root for. The ending was fabulous, a fantastic climatic showdown – and, happily for all of us, the set-up for more Camaro adventures to come. I cannot wait.

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178 ratings
  • 23% Love
  • 58% Like
  • 12% Dislike
  • Rockville, VA

    Thrilling!! Could not put this down. I’m not usually one to like short chapters but the brevity really lent itself well to making the story exciting and captivating. Had me hooked from minute one!

  • Alpena, MI

    Camaro is a badass with a soul. She finds herself wound up in a mess that she feels compelled to remedy. The plot clipped along quickly and I enjoyed trying to figure out who was about to cross who.

  • Walla Walla, WA

    Fast paced and great storyline. Your in the story from the beginning. Characters are real and bad-a** It is any time that we have a though as nails heroine who kicks but and t takes names later!!!

  • Akron, OH

    I thought this was a excellent book...loved the story and the characters. Not to often you come across a strong female and this book does it up right.

  • Atlanta , GA

    Loved this book. The main female character captured and kept my attention the entire time. Great story. Looking forward to more from this author.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    First of all, love that the character was named Camaro. Secondly, when i first began this book I wasn't too excited, but by the end loved it!

  • Lakewood , CO

    Loved it! The main character is such a bad ass!!! Female equalizer :) Truly enjoyable read and can’t wait to read the next.

  • Live Oak, FL

    Was a very interesting read will definitely have to share with my book loving aunt this summer.

  • Eau Claire, WI

    Really liked the main character! Book really moves along, couldn't put it down!

  • New Springfield , OH

    Great story. Kept you on your toes. May be one of my favorites

  • Knoxville, TN

    I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to a sequel!!

  • Attleboro, MA

    Great book - action and edge of seat all through.

  • Mission, TX

    Camaro is my spirit animal.

  • Providence, RI

    excellent, thrilling noir

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