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Author: ZoŽ Sharp
Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Rights: UK & Comm ex Can
Pub. Date: 14th March 2011
The cult calling itself Fourth Day is well-funded and highly jealous of its privacy. Five years ago Thomas Witney went in to try and get the evidence that the cult’s charismatic leader, Randall Bane, was responsible for the death of Witney’s son, Liam. Witney never came out.
Now, ex-Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard, Charlie Fox, and her partner, Sean Meyer, have been tasked to get Witney out, willing or not. But planning and executing a clean, surgical snatch is only the beginning. Charlie agrees to go undercover into Fourth Day’s California stronghold. A fast covert op. No real danger for someone with her mind set and training. But Charlie has her own secrets, even from Sean, and she’s not prepared for the lure of Randall Bane, or how easily he will pinpoint her weaknesses…
'Charlie invites comparison with Lee Childís Jack Reacher in both skills and moral sense, and her psychological complexity adds depth to her character and the series... Must reading for fans of action-packed, hard-edged thrillers'.Booklist
5-stars! This was the first book of ZoŽ Sharpís that I have read and, as a new reader, I was entranced from the first page to the last. The pace is tremendous and never allows the reader to draw breath as Charlie is plunged from one situation to the next, be they action, emotion or confrontation scenes you are hurtled along on the runaway train that is Charlie Fox. She is a renegade, a killing machine, a person of high moral values, a person who will stand by their moral convictions regardless of the consequences, but most of all she is a delight to spend time with.
The characters are all extremely well drawn but Charlie is a joy to behold. Suffice to say, if she met Jack Reacher she would either end up marrying him or giving him the biggest and best fight heís ever had. She is not the usual girly character found in action/crime thrillerís, she is not the ball busting detective who proves sheís as good as the men by out-swearing and out drinking them. She is an ex soldier who happens to be female. Think Rambette not Rambo. Where her male contemparies are all macho and brooding Fox is introspective and shows her womanly side at times as Sharp draws out her feelings and fears.
The plot is assembled beautifully as there are various forces struggling for the upper hand for varying reasons all of which make sense as explained by their champions. The prose sparkles like a diamond under a spotlight and the mood can change dramatically with one of Sharpís serene sentences. I donít know where the next adventure will take Charlie Fox but there will be fallout from this one to discover.
After reading FOURTH DAY I was left with two unanswered questions. Why has it taken me so long to read any of ZoŽ Sharpís books and how soon can I get my hands on the next one?Crimesquad
'This is a fast-paced and suspenseful novel, as Charlie, now 29 years old, is going through some difficult times, personally and professionally. She is nonetheless at the top of her game, and that is very good indeed. The plot races through to a stunning conclusion, which left me more anxious than ever to read the next installment in the series. Highly recommended.'I Love a Mystery
'FOURTH DAY isn't a bog-standard thriller Ė it's a game of cat and mouse where you're never sure who to trust or believe. And the fact that Sharp continues to test her main character, both professionally and personally, keeps this highly readable series crisp and fresh.'Reviewingtheevidence
'One of my favourite thriller characters...[Charlie Fox is] a truly impressive protagonist and one of the most rounded women characters I [have] encountered in crime fiction...Thereís more going on here than an intriguing plot, and where Sharp separates herself from so many thriller contemporaries is the sheer depth she gives to her protagonist... Charlie faces decisions that Jack Reacher could never dream of and deals with them in a way that is at once heartbreaking and utterly in line with dangerously capable character Sharp has spent many novels defining.'Crime Scene Scotland
'Starts at a blistering pace and never lets up for an instant. Red herrings crop up all over the place. It's fast moving, it's a humdinger of a thriller, and certainly, in my opinion, Zoe's best yet.'Books Monthly
'Fourth Day gives us a fast-moving narrative, with red herrings to sweep us along in this absolute cracker of a story. The most compelling of conclusions leaves us wanting more, and ZoŽ Sharp's next instalment in this series cannot come soon enough.'It's a Crime (or a Mystery!)