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City of Champions

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  66 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Morgan Cole is a man with a dark history involvingthe government and covert military operations. He has returned home to the South Shore of Massachusetts to be near the only family he has left, his older brother Nathan. Working as private investigator with a woman he truly cares for and seeing his brother on a near daily basis he finally feels a sense of normalcy in his li ...more
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Best Hardboiled PI & Noir
85th out of 519 books — 645 voters
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Rachel Tsoumbakos
Jan 24, 2012 Rachel Tsoumbakos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, hard-boiled
City of Awesome!

I cannot praise this book highly enough. I picked it up and could not put it down.

The main character already feels like an old friend. He is everything a main character in this genre should be. He is tough and brave and always ready to bed a hottie!

The storyline is adrenalin packed with the main character finding his brother murdered. The body count quickly piles up around him as he hunts for the killer. There is plenty of plot twists and conspiracy thrown in for good measure. Th
Brooklyn Hudson
Aug 11, 2012 Brooklyn Hudson rated it it was amazing
City Of Champions is a movie in words. Stanton creates visuals for the mind's eye with intense, emotion driven description. This is a gripping, suspenseful, complex thriller that grabs you from page one and takes you for a (not for the faint of heart) thrill ride, chapter after chapter, and through to its (I didn't see that coming) ending. A plot packed with twists, conspiracy, revenge, and retribution; protagonist, Morgan Cole, is a highly skilled powerhouse torn between righteous fury and the ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Lili rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a unique taste when it comes to voice. This book has a great voice. I felt like I was sitting down with a fascinating guy that was telling me his story. I found myself feeling compassion for his pain and sorrow. I longed for a happy ending but I accepted that it might not be possible. The ending was a complete surprise! Overall, it is a cool story with great dialogue.
M.B. Daugherty
May 14, 2011 M.B. Daugherty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
“Grabbing someone by the hair just above the back of the neck and slamming their face into the trunk of a car is a strangely pleasant feeling. “
Daniel Stanton. City of Champions (Kindle Locations 41-42). Daniel Stanton.

With a great first line like that, I was hooked. I have always heard about the power of the first line and I have seen examples, but I had yet to experience it myself, till now. From the very beginning, Stanton starts his story strong and takes it full throttle till the end. The f
Rishika S.
Aug 09, 2013 Rishika S. rated it liked it
I would give City of Champions a rating that nears 3.5 instead of 3.
City of Champions is a graphic, keep turning the pages, fast read that keeps you wondering what happens next. Daniel Stanton writes in a unique, sometimes quirky, fashion that paints a vivid picture of things as they unfold. You not only get a feel for all that Cole experiences, you even see things from his perspective as everything is described in interesting, not boring, detail. The random tense changes can be a bit off-puttin
Aug 03, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it

Morgan Cole is a former Delta Force member who is a Private Investigator in suburban Boston. He goes to meet his brother and finds him brutally murdered. The same evening he finds his brother's wife tortured and murdered. This initiates his quest for vengeance. There is a fascinating cast of characters up to and including a gang of outlaw bikers all of whom are former Military, present mercenaries, local police and federal officers. The author put together some well done plot twists and a concl
Feb 05, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-set-aside
You know how the movies by Denzel Washington and Ben Affleck all seem so great and most of them keep you at the edge of your seat until the end? Well that's how I felt reading this story about Morgan Cole a former military guy who is now private investigator. He ends up embroiled in a huge mess as he tries to find the killer when he finds his brother, a lawyer dead. I kept thinking of "Burn Notice, Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, Justified" all rolled into one story kind of like this one! I think th ...more
Jeff Gafford
Fast-paced, gritty tale of a professional warrior's quest for revenge. Very well-paced and descriptive. Stanton made me want the hero to win. The only issues I had with the novel was the author's habit of going from past-tense to present-tense when describing action, usually without warning. But the story was engaging enough for this to be a very minor issue. Anyone who likes actioners should definitely check this novel out.
Javier R
Amazing book!!! I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended
Tami (synchro from BL)
This is a mix of good and bad for me with a distinct advantage for the bad. One the positive side the story captured my interest and had some good suspense going after the first 50%. Also some of the characters were quite interesting and well developed. Some observations were quite poignant.

On the negative side were the over the top violence, the over the top bad-ass-ness of the hero and the descriptive narration style. I had to skip some pages in every chapter as I am not overly interested to r
Sharon Michael
May 21, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it really liked it
Not sure if it's a keep/re-read for me yet, so 4 star rating, but a strong 4-star rating. Predictable plot framework, ex-military/P.I. out to avenge his brother's death from the bad guys and coping with bad guys, crooked cops and federal law enforcement with the help of ex-military biker buddies. For the most part, fast pacing with well defined characterization and enough twists to keep things interesting.

Not an overly admirable main character in many ways and definitely skewed to the darker sid
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is a thriller about an ex military man getting used to life on the 'outside'. He has a job as a private investigator, a woman he loves and he is near his beloved brother. Life couldn't be better. And then his brother is brutally murdered. So begins the search for the killer.

The book was quite brutal in places but it was all in context with the story. I really enjoyed the raciness of it and the fact that it grabbed you by the hand and ran with you and didn't let you go until the explosive en
Aug 09, 2012 Eileen rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader( 3 books a week instead of cooking/cleaning :0)) and this was one of my favorites this summer. I am floored that this is Daniel Stanton's first book, and am looking forward to reading more from him and the continuation of this series. It is violent, but it fits into the plot and Cole's character as a someone who should not be messed with. There are layers of love, brotherhood and revenge that make it all work. I am from Quincy so the book is set in the south shore...If you l ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Lili rated it it was amazing
I have a unique taste when it comes to voice. This book has a great voice. I felt like I was sitting down with a fascinating guy that was telling me his story. I found myself feeling compassion for his pain and sorrow. I longed for a happy ending but I accepted that it might not be possible. The ending was a complete surprise! Overall, it is a cool story with great dialogue.
Nicole Storey
Aug 24, 2013 Nicole Storey rated it really liked it
I must admit I am guilty of not reading many books outside of my two favorite genres -- fantasy and paranormal. I downloaded a copy of this a long time ago when it was free and it has been collecting cobwebs on my kindle ever since. Two days ago, I made the decision to give it a try. I have read a handful of books lately outside of my comfort zone and was very impressed. Now, I am kicking myself for not reading Stanton's book sooner.

I read this book in less than two days, which means I loved it
Lia Fairchild
Sep 23, 2012 Lia Fairchild rated it really liked it
Morgan Cole is a complicated man that lives by simple rules: fight the bad guys, protect the innocent, avenge the victims. I loved his character and was immediately drawn to his wit, strength, and honesty. In City of Champions, Cole must find his brother’s killer and uncover some serious corruption. The author did an excellent job of making everything seem authentic from the detailed weaponry to the colorful locations. The story was fast paced and held my interest throughout. And, I hear there’s ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Adam rated it liked it
If Rambo were a "detective..."
I had high hopes for this novel, having seen it on a few lists of top noir novels. It read like a fairly typical '80s action movie - none of the bad guys can shoot straight and no one can kill the main character.
Oct 08, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
Good read
makes you wonder what is next
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Daniel Stanton was born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts and still calls this area home. CITY of CHAMPIONS is his first published novel and has already reached the Top Ten on Amazon in both Books & The Kindle Store. Daniel was also ranked in the Top Ten on Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" list. He is currently working on a second story with many of the same characters. This new no ...more
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