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I tend to read a fair share of books, around 200 a year, and I will admit to a snobbish preference for series characters. The norm in reading a higher percentage of thrillers and mysteries is that the men protagonists tend to outnumber the females, especially when it comes to the rough and tumble. Yes I admit to watching Tomb Raider, all the time shaking my head in the knowledge that the action sequences were unbelievable. A 140lb woman swinging at the jaw of a 245lb man and decking him tends more toward the fantasy realm.
This is where Zoe Sharp’s character Charlie Fox succeeds. Using wit, firepower, and jujitsu moves we are immersed in the world of personal protection specialists through Charlie’s eyes.
In this recent escapade, Charlie and her long-term partner Sean are asked to provide protection for a previous client during a gala fund-raiser in New Orleans on behalf of Katrina victims. Charlie is hesitant to offer Sean a spot on the team as he coming off rehabilitation after recovering from a gunshot wound that left him in a coma for 4 months. Close to his physical prowess at the time of the shooting, it’s his memories and thoughts that have suffered the largest setback, leaving Charlie confused and second-guessing in critical situations. The person she’s tried to emulate and live up to has suddenly reverted to an unknown.
Throw in money, missiles, plenty of spent brass, and revenge and we have the makings of an un-put-down-able book. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish Die Easy, and worth every minute of lost sleep. This is the best of the series thus far and I am already anticipating the next book from Zoe.--Special Guest
Professionally, she s at the top of her game, but her personal life is in ruins. Her lover, bodyguard Sean Meyer, has woken from a gunshot-induced coma with his memory in tatters. It seems that piercing back together the relationship they shared is proving harder for him than relearning the intricacies of the bodyguard business. Working with Sean again was never going to be easy for Charlie, but a celebrity fundraising event in aid of still-ravaged areas of New Orleans should have been the ideal opportunity for them both to take things nice and slow. Until, that is, they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone.
When an ambitious robbery explodes into a deadly hostage situation, the motive may be far more complex than simple greed. Somebody has a major score to settle, and Sean is part of the reason. Only trouble is, he doesn t remember why. And when Charlie finds herself facing a nightmare from her own past, she realizes she can t rely on Sean to watch her back. This time, she s got to fight it out on her own.One thing is for certain, though no matter how overwhelming the odds stacked against her, or however hopeless the situation may appear Charlie is never going to die easy."