‘The dead man had not gone quietly … There was a time when I would have given everything I owned to be the one responsible for that.’
“Charlie Fox will never forget the men who put a brutal end to her military career, but she vowed a long time ago she would not go looking for them.
Now she doesn’t have a choice.
Her boss and former lover, Sean Meyer, is missing in Iraq where one of those men was working as a private security contractor. When the man’s butchered body is discovered, Charlie fears that Sean may be pursuing a twisted vendetta on her behalf.
Sean’s partner in their exclusive New York close-protection agency needs this dealt with—fast and quiet—before everything they’ve worked for is in ruins. He sends Charlie to the Middle East with very specific instructions:
Find Sean Meyer and stop him. By whatever means necessary.
At one time Charlie thought she knew Sean better than she knew herself, but it seems he’s turned into a violent stranger. As the trail grows more bloody, Charlie realises that unless she can get to Sean first, the hunter may soon become the hunted.”
I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the Fox Hunter blog tour. Fox Hunter is the twelfth book in the Charlie Fox series and oh my gosh, I am absolutely kicking myself for not finding this series before now! This high octane, international thriller was written by Zoë Sharp and is available to purchase in print, eBook and audio formats now.
Coming to a series part way through is always a risk. I do consider myself quite the expert though and rarely find myself reading the first book in a series (the fourth, yes. Or even the seventh!). However, at no point, while reading Fox Hunter did I feel I had ‘missed something’. The author does an excellent job of providing her reader with all the necessary background information to keep the story flowing and the reader engaged. Does that mean that I will pass on the opportunity to read the first eleven books in this series? No, I would jump at the chance to read more (even if I’m breaking all the rules by reading out of sequence!).
Charlie Fox is my kind of character. I always swoon a little over a strong, kick-ass, female protagonist and Fox ticked all the boxes for me. I was glad to see Sharp hadn’t taken the route other authors seem to feel is necessary and given her feisty lead an equally tough male partner of the romantic sense. I expect that may have been the case in previous novels as a relationship with her intended target, Sean Meyer, is referred to on several occasions. It all feels very much like ancient history though and Fox is a realist, knowing to leave the past in the past. Plus Sean’s traumatic accident and head injury mean he’ll never be the same man again.
The plot was fast-paced with some wonderfully choreographed gunfights. I could easily picture the action in my mind and was drawn into the dangerous world of close protection. There are several well-written characters who really stood out for me. Particularly Fox’s newbie sidekick, Luisa Dawson, their loyal escort and driver, Moe and the mysterious Aubrey Hamilton.
Would I recommend this book? I would. I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to Charlie Fox and Sharp’s writing. I don’t read enough of this type of crime fiction, tending to stick to my serial killer thrillers and police procedurals – what a mistake! I will be making of point of adding more of the Charlie Fox series to my TBR in the future. Thrilling, fast paced and well written. What more could you want!
Four out of five stars.
I chose to read and review a copy of Fox Hunter. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Zoë Sharp was born in Nottinghamshire, but spent most of her formative years living on a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. After a promising start at a private girls’ school, she opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve in favour of correspondence courses at home.
Zoë went through a variety of jobs in her teenage years. In 1988, on the strength of one accepted article and a fascination with cars, she gave up her regular job to become a freelance motoring writer. She quickly picked up on the photography side of things and her photo-journalism took her as far afield as the United States and Japan, as well as Europe, Ireland and the UK. She is now a full-time fiction author and creator of the Charlie Fox series of crime thrillers.
Zoë wrote her first novel when she was fifteen, but success came in 2001 with the publication of KILLER INSTINCT − the first book to feature her ex-Special Forces heroine, Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox. The character evolved after Zoë received death-threat letters in the course of her photo-journalism work.
Later Charlie Fox novels − FIRST DROP and FOURTH DAY − were finalists for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel. The Charlie Fox series has also been optioned for TV.
As well as the Charlie Fox novels, Zoë’s short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, and have been shortlisted for the Short Story Dagger by the UK Crime Writers’ Association. Her other writing has been nominated for the coveted Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the Anthony Award presented by the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, the Macavity Award, and the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers’ Association.
A keen library supporter and public speaker, Zoë blogs regularly on her Blog page. She also witters on Twitter (@AuthorZoeSharp) and fools about on Facebook (ZoeSharpAuthor). She was formerly a long-term contributor to the acclaimed Murderati blog—alas, now defunct. She’s a regular blogger at MURDER IS EVERYWHERE and also has a presence on goodreads.
Zoë lives in the English Lake District. Her hobbies are sailing, fast cars (and faster motorbikes), target shooting, travel, films, music and reading just about anything she can get her hands on
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