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There are times when Sean questions her choices and motives. If she's going to be a bodyguard, she has to follow a rather rigid line and not allow her emotions to come into play—that vulnerability could get her or her principals killed. The two men in Charlie's life, Sean and her father, are both demanding and hard to get along with. There's not enough development of either one of them to get a real handle on the dynamics of the relationships. Sean does care about Charlie. Her father probably does as well, but he masks it in sarcasm and arrogance.

Paradoxically, some of the things that I liked best about the book also were the elements that didn't work quite as well as they should have. Sharp has arguably written the best description of what it feels like to be shot that I have ever read. However, that scene was part of the prologue and involved the death of one of the book's main characters. Knowing of that death decreased the dramatic tension of the narrative, in that I knew that this character was going to be killed and never expected otherwise.

If the book had been written in a linear time progression, that event would have been a real shock.

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Along the same lines, Sharp also portrays the effect of Charlie's grievous injuries in a very realistic way. However, the fact that she is not operating in top form leads to several situations where she is not able to resolve them as satisfactorily as she would have had she been healthy. It's not exactly easy to be a kick-ass heroine when you're using a crutch!

Although there are several books in this series available in the UK, it is only now being released in the US. With excellent plotting and some skillfully executed red herrings, a tough female protagonist and a knack for suspense, the Charlie Fox series should be a big hit with thriller fans. Mar 03, Michael Sova rated it really liked it. Helpless, vulnerable, insecure, fragile--these are not words we'd generally use to describe a literary hero.


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Too often, our heroes are larger than life. They never take a punch. We love them for their strength, and willingly overlook their total lack of any weakness. Such heroes are inspiring if not always entirely convincing. Sh Helpless, vulnerable, insecure, fragile--these are not words we'd generally use to describe a literary hero.

Second Shot

She has weaknesses and she does make mistakes. The woman she's hired to protect is already dead, and Charlie herself has been shot twice. She clings to life, and doesn't know if she has the will or the courage to press on. Second Shot is the sixth book in the Charlie Fox series. Like in First Drop, Charlie has been sent to the States to look after a child. And once again, the situation gets more complicated than expected. She is still battling with previous failures, and wonders if self doubt is preventing her from doing her job properly.

Meanwhile, enemies with no such qualms are quickly closing in. While struggling with her own demons, dealing with weaknesses both physical and mental, a child's welfare is still at stake and Charlie realizes she's still the only one who can truly make things right. The world of fiction has produced a lot of Charlie Fox type heroes. Most of them are men. Oh sure; we've seen plenty of female detectives, from Kinsey Milhone to V. Warshawski to Precious Ramotswe. Charlie does her share of detecting as well, but she's primarily a bodyguard, a stereotypically male occupation, not just in literature but in life.

She's also British but working in America. That too gives her, and by extension the reader, a slightly different perspective on things. I applaud Zoe Sharp for giving all of us something new, different and a little daring. She also crafts some great stories.

Second Shot: A Charlie Fox Thriller

If you're not familiar with Sharp yet, I suggest you give her and Charlie Fox a try. Sep 03, LJ rated it did not like it Shelves: Take it from me, getting yourself shot hurts like hell. Simone Kerde won multi-millions in the lottery and her greatest wish is to get to know the father that left them when she was very young.


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She is being hounded by the press and feels threatened by her ex-boyfriend, the father of her 4-year-old daughter. What should have been a joyous reunion turns deadly with Charlie a target. However, exciting though it may be, opening the story with a climatic scene and then telling the main story in flashback is not a technique of which I am particularly fond. Sharp also used foreshadowing, which I find unnecessary and annoying. I prefer to have the story build as it otherwise seems a bit of a cheat. There were many more things which bothered me about this book than that.

For me, the best thing was the sense of place when the book was in Boston and North Conway, New Hampshire. These are locations I know well and it was fun to visit them with Charlie. That, however, was not enough to make up for, what was otherwise, an over-the-top plot that left me almost as cold as a New England winter.

Aug 04, Harry rated it really liked it Shelves: I admit, reading the reviews I was skeptical as to whether or not I'd like this book for the simple reason that I'm interested in a particular type of hero principled but tempted by physical violence, alone in the world by choice but always tempted to abandon this lifestyle.

Female main characters usually do not fit this model if my previous reads are any indication. And so I considered that books written from the viewpoint of Charlie Fox, a female protagonist, might or might not interest me. Having said that, the character of Sean Meyer did interest me. Sharp did a nice job of incorporating my particular interest, not just in the character of Sean Meyer, but also in the female protagonist.

Charlie Fox is in the business of security, protection, and self-defense. That too went a long way into my choosing to read this series. Constantly weighing her principles against Sean Meyer vs. As with all series books, read them in order! And if you've read this review of Charlie Fox than you've read them all. Sharp remains consistent in terms of interesting plots, depth of character to warrant a blanket review of the entire series.


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  7. May 13, Silverblue rated it really liked it. Second shot is another of Charlie Fox's stories. The "principal" and her daughter come to a large sum of money which makes them a target of tabloids, an ex, bankers and so on. The easy "job" was to keep the principal and her daughter to keep them safe from elements while in US in search of her long missing father, which turns into a nightmare upon their arrival to the USA what with the principal Second shot is another of Charlie Fox's stories.

    The easy "job" was to keep the principal and her daughter to keep them safe from elements while in US in search of her long missing father, which turns into a nightmare upon their arrival to the USA what with the principal acting like an idiot by making herself vulnerable to her enemies by defying Charlie's orders to stay close together. As the story develops, Charlie continues her stubborn I-want-my-revenge-now-no-matter-what-the-cost attitude to solve the kidnapping of the 4yr old, the principals daughter.

    Charlie's character somehow reminds me of Nathan from the movie The Last Samurai. Like Nathan, Charlie couldn't see herself suited for any job but soldiering and she kills whenever she has to yet suffers the guilt of killing people and tries to philosophizes the merits.

    Dec 17, Ed rated it really liked it Shelves: This novel is the second in the series to be published in the U. The four published in England may be more difficult to locate and the British slang is sometimes obscure but the series about a female self-defense expert and bodyguard is well worth making the effort. The closer Charlie gets to the truth, the bigger threat she becomes. Only this time she's in no fit state to protect anyone, least of all herself. I didn't realise that this was book 6 in a series but I'm not one to be put off because of reading books out of order it happens so frequently after all!.

    Anyhow, I knew I was going to enjoy it right from the opening line of "Take it from me, getting shot hurts like hell" There's an en I didn't realise that this was book 6 in a series but I'm not one to be put off because of reading books out of order it happens so frequently after all!. Aug 28, The Cats Mother rated it really liked it Shelves: I was given this by a friend with the advice "she's the female Jack Reacher", but because I like to read series in order I tracked down the 5 previous instalments as ebooks and read them all first.

    I think each book could be read as a standalone but you get much more from them by knowing the backstory. In this one Charlie takes a job guarding a young woman who has recently won millions on the lottery and needs protection for herself and her 4 yr old daughter while she tracks down her estranged f I was given this by a friend with the advice "she's the female Jack Reacher", but because I like to read series in order I tracked down the 5 previous instalments as ebooks and read them all first.

    In this one Charlie takes a job guarding a young woman who has recently won millions on the lottery and needs protection for herself and her 4 yr old daughter while she tracks down her estranged father in America. The action is fast-paced and Charlie is bolshy as always. As ever she is horrible to her father who never fails to come running when she needs him, but lets Sean, who is never around when she needs him, behave like a jerk.

    I do like that she always fights her own battles rather than having to be rescued all the time. Jan 24, Kayeb rated it really liked it. I stayed up too late to finish this, a sign that I was enjoying it. Charlie is body guarding a woman who had won the lottery and as a result of it, tracks down the father who left when she was young. Lots of twists and turns, and her "father" ends up being a fake.

    Charlie ends up shot again, which begins to be a bit of a disturbing factor She and boyfriend Sean continue to heat up. When the la I stayed up too late to finish this, a sign that I was enjoying it. When the latest assignment of ex-Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard, Charlie Fox, ends in a bloody shoot-out in a frozen forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, she's left fighting for her life, with her client dead. The books are equally detailed and occasionally wince-worthy. Her heroine gets real wounds but even on crutches finds a way to stop the bad guys.

    I was also intrigued to discover the further adventures of Frances Neagley. Since I know the non-fiction Frances Neagley this was great fun for me.

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    Later she appears again in"Without Fail. Looks like I have my reading and detecting cut out for me. Also I have to read another Charlie Fox book. Oct 18, Jane rated it it was amazing. Charlie reluctantly heads across the pond again and she's still so not impressed. This book in a great series showed a side of Charlie even she didn't know existed. The action is again from the first to the last chapter and is filled with intrigue that makes you want to read faster,the words leaping off the page at you before your eyes can really register reading them.

    I don't want to spoil it for anyone so just read the damn book,I guarantee you won't be sorry. Charlie is the Master,cracking ch Charlie reluctantly heads across the pond again and she's still so not impressed.

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    Charlie is the Master,cracking character,cracking shot,cracking read. The Doberman has now given up and gone to sleep,no way anyone or anything's disturbing me 'til I run out of Charlie Fox books. Mar 02, comfort rated it really liked it Shelves: Charlie has once again got an assignment through Sean to go to America, she is not very keen considering what happened last time she went there. This time she seems to have a relatively easy job of protecting a woman and her child from the paparazzi. The woman concerned has won millions of pounds in the English lottery, but after her husband leaves and she is getting harassed by the press she decides to go to USA to find her Dad, whom she has not seem since he left the family when she was a littl Charlie has once again got an assignment through Sean to go to America, she is not very keen considering what happened last time she went there.

    The woman concerned has won millions of pounds in the English lottery, but after her husband leaves and she is getting harassed by the press she decides to go to USA to find her Dad, whom she has not seem since he left the family when she was a little girl. But as with all of Charlie's jobs there is a twist in the tale and all is not what it seems. Aug 06, Jeri rated it it was amazing. I just realized that the numbering system for Zoe's books is not exact! I read First Drop, thinking it was the first book. Each book stands alone anyway.

    But I have the feeling that I will get the back story better after reading the preceding ones. This story is again in the US.

    Second Shot (Charlie Fox, #6) by Zoë Sharp

    Charlie is a bodyguard to a young woman and her 4 year old daughterfrom England who won the lottery and is using her money to find her I just realized that the numbering system for Zoe's books is not exact! Charlie is a bodyguard to a young woman and her 4 year old daughterfrom England who won the lottery and is using her money to find her long lost father in Boston.

    Twisted, turning clues and red herrings and a painful description of getting shot and the aftermath. I look forward to seeing more about you! Mar 13, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have enjoyed all the Charlie Fox mysteries but this one was my favourite so far. Well written and constructed tales. Hats off to Zoe Sharp.

    Same as Third shot, totally engrossing. I have purchased more of her books as I enjoyed the read. See all 4 reviews. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. This is not my favorite of the Charlie Fox series, mainly because I didn't care much for the secondary character, Simone. I had a difficult time believing that as a mother who is so protective of her daughter she would walk outside away from her with a stranger and leave her behind.

    Also, the grandmother character didn't ring true for me. However, I did enjoy this book. Once again, it was fast paced, filled with dramatic tension, and it placed Charlie back in the US in what is essentially her second body-guarding assignment. Once again, she grows as a character, and her closest relationships deepen and become ever more complicated.

    There is plenty to love about this series and this particular novel in the series. This was a page-turner, and at the end, I could not wait to start the next book. The Kindle versions are good value for the money, and I'm eagerly awaiting the release in the US of Fourth Day, which I've pre-ordered. If I could, I would give this 3. It's better than the average thriller, and I think it's important to the series as a whole. Second Shot is the fourth Zoe Sharp book that I've read. This book is full of smart, vivid action, and plenty of twists.

    It's a fast read that kept me up late at night. If you like a tough female protagonist, you will like Charlie Fox. Charlie is ex-British special forces turned bodyguard. She's clever, a crack shot, and a bit of a smartass. She struggles with issues from her past She finds herself in a bad situation and grits it out. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Third Strike, which comes out later this year.

    The early books in this series are out of print and unfortunately somewhat challenging to acquire. I got my copies used from various booksellers. Shop around a bit on the prices. Zoe Sharp never fails to deliver a thrilling plot and Second Shot is no exception.

    I enjoyed this book from page one to the very end. Having read the Charlie Fox series all the way through several times now I am not a person who normally reads the same book twice I can honestly say that this is one of the best contemporary series I have ever read. Second Shot takes place, once again, in the U. But, of course, as fate or chance would have it Charlie is thrust right into the action and gets some new scars to prove it.

    I purchased a used copy thru Amazon as Second Shop was not available on Kindle. This book starts out a little slower, however Ms. Sharp does an excellent job of fleshing out characters, as well as sense of place. She also shares clues with the reader as the story progresses. I enjoyed this book as much as the first in the series and have ordered the third.