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Third Strike

(Charlie Fox #7)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  60 reviews
I was running when I saw my father kill himself. Not that he jumped off a tall building or stepped in front of a truck but professionally, personally what I watched him do was suicide. The last person that professional bodyguard, Charlotte 'Charlie' Fox, ever expected to self-destruct was her own father, an eminent surgeon. But when Charlie unexpectedly sees him admitting ...more
Hardcover, US, 327 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Engrossing thriller but I didn't love this entry as much as usual. There were descriptions of torture and violence that went too far for me. I wouldn't really know what could happen in the situations the book describes, but the type of crime involved seemed more appropriate for lawyers, press, and FBI rather than close-protection bodyguards.
SIGH. I would love one goddamn series about a kickass woman without (view spoiler) It is 100% uninteresting to me.

Other than the highly irritating ending, I really enjoyed this novel. Of course, because of
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the case they were on more than all of the personal stuff. I wish Sharp had not included Charlie’s parents. I really don’t care for her dad, and the book-long pissing match he carried on with Sean got tiresome. But other than these niggles, I enjoyed it.
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unrelenting action as Charlie Fox is on a very personal mission to save her parents’ lives

Third Strike (book #7) is, for the most part, written as a standalone. The interpersonal dynamics among Charlie, her partner, and her parents, however, would be better understood after knowing what had transpired in Second Shot.

In Third Strike Charlie Fox has moved with Sean Meyer to New York to accept a job offer from Parker Armstrong. She and Sean are living together in an employer-subsidized apartment
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
PROTAGONIST: Charlie Fox, bodyguard
SERIES: #3 of 3

As a bodyguard, Charlie Fox has faced more than her share of danger. Her life has taken several turns for the better since the time that she was almost killed (Second Shot). She’s beginning to work through her physical limitations, although is showing a worrying dependence on Vicodin. She and her boss and lover, Sean Meyer, have moved from the UK and are working for a security company in New York. Just when things are
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Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! My heart really can’t take much more when it comes to Charlie Fox. For those of you that haven’t read a Zoe Sharp book you may want to not continue to read this review as it will inevitably contain spoilers (especially if you are reading the series from the beginning). With that to one side, I am now on to my third Fox book in succession and I’m about to start the next one!

In this book, Charlie is still recovering from her injuries from her last job. Whilst progress is slow, she is now
The Cats’ Mother
One of the best yet in this excellent series - I'm surprised Sharp is not more widely known. Charlie's father, a successful orthopaedic surgeon, is arrested I the USA and appears to be intent on destroying his career. Charlie and Sean intervene and discover a conspiracy threatening both her parents. Lots of action, but also interesting development of e relationships between all 4 main characters, as they begin to understand and respect each other more. Through all the books I've felt Charlie was ...more
Colin Nelson
After I met Zoe Sharp at a writer's conference in March, I liked her so much I knew I had to read one of her series of mysteries about her character Charlie Fox. (female) She pulled me into the story when Charlie sees her father threatened. I thought that was the main hook until Charlie's mother is also threatened, which really got the story going. Charlie is tough, wounded, interesting, and smart. She works to save her father, then her mother also and, at the same time, tries to restore a ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Charlie,now a resident of New York with the ink not yet dry on her green card is thrown into complete bewilderment in the first act. Anger and violence is not far behind but is it warranted or misguided? The intrigue in this book of the cracking series pulls you along at quite a clip. As always Zoe's character analysis is in depth and you get a real feel for not only Charlie but everyone in her life. Humour,wit and sarcasm abound,it's another cracker from the Charlie Fox series. Seriously worth ...more
Karen Ford
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charlie Fox, recovering from being shot in New Hampshire on her last private security assignment, is shocked to see her father in national television, admitting to actions that verge on malpractice in the death of a patient. Fox, estranged from her parents for her relationship with her colleague and mentor Sean, is determined to get to the truth of whether her father contributed to the death of old friend of his due to medical reasons. She soon discovers that the dead man had been taking an ...more
Dylan Cundiff
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite Charlie Fox books. As someone who has grown to abhor her father, I was apprehensive at him being a focal point in the book. However, I do appreciate the depth that we are seeing with Charlie and her parents, and in so much, with Sean as well. The story, as always, was very well, but I enjoyed the character development just as much. I think that is why I like these books so much - sure the action is great, but there is so much more than just that. The twists and ...more
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Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series and this one, like all Charlie Fox books have me stay awake for hours past bedtime, then dream about what will happen next. I found this one especially gripping as the parents played a big role in it and there were a number of human issues to sort through. I am already onto the next one.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Fast paced thriller with twist of female viewpoint. Lots of coincidences, two dimensional characters and unlikely scenarios but they are traditional features of the genre.
Angelina Souren
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent read, but author seems to confuse being in one's fifties with being over 100!
Andy Plonka
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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We learn a lot about Charlie's family in this one, which is by far my favorite in this series. The interplay between the characters is great. Their individual personalities comes across beautifully.
Charlene Richards
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thriller that was disturbing at time but compelled me to keep reading.
Christine Cock
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrill and depth

Zoe Sharpe just keeps getting better at developing consistent characters, creating thrilling scenes and unlikely twists. Recommend for sure. Edge of your seat fun.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three and half stars for a fav Zoe Sharp. I like these books - enough to do the pager turners as there are only a couple audio books available from the library. Won't tell about the storyline as I hate when others repeat it - but there is a surprise at the end which makes me glad I picked up the next volume at the same time as I got this one.

Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Zoe Sharp certainly hasn't lost her edge with #7 in the Charlie Fox series. Taut drama, tight prose, plot twists and action jumping out on every page, Third Strike is a must read for anyone who loves action and suspense.

When someone sets off a wad of plastique (figuratively speaking) in Charlie's father's reputation, Charlie doesn't take it lying down. Regardless of how they feel about each other, in Charlie's world... you don't f**k with family! Not if you want to walk away without serious
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
#7 in the Charlotte “Charlie” Fox series. Charlie has almost recovered from being shot in Second Shot (2007). She is taking her physical evaluation for her new NYC job working for Parker Armstrong's personal security firm with her lover Sean Meyer when she sees her father being interviewed. She can't believe the misdeeds her father is admitting to and in her search for the truth, she and Sean travel from Brooklyn to England uncovering layers of deceit along the way.

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Dec 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I haven't read the previous books in the Charlie Fox series, but that didn't much matter here. Charlie is a professional bodyguard who has a chilly relationship with her British parents. But when she happens to see her surgeon father commit professional suicide in a US TV interview, she still feels she should help. Although her father is extremely uncooperative, Charlie tries to figure out what's really going on with the help of her boyfriend/fellow bodyguard Sean, and the US company they both ...more
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"Woah." That is what came out of my mouth as I finished the book last night just before going to bed. Not quite the stuff you want on your mind going to sleep! Asides from that, this is the best Charlie Fox book yet. At one point during the reading I felt like the story/book could be wrapping up, and was thrilled to realize I was only halfway through the book! Charlie is so tough but this book starts getting closer to just how tough can she continue to be as a woman. Quite a few parts are quite ...more
K, Nz
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Right from the first sentence I was hooked. The depth of this book, in terms of Charlie's relationships - with her parents, and her issues/history with Sean meant that I couldn't put it down (and that's aside from wanting to know what on earth was going to happen next in the actual story).

Charlie's put into very awkward situations, and at times is vulnerable; her development as a character is what keeps me so interested in this series overall.

There was a lot to this book - extra detail that made
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Another great Charlie Fox story. I quite liked that the parents were finally involved in this story and we got to see a little more into their characters and their relationship with Charlie. It felt as though Charlie actually grew up a little in this book in the sense that it dawns on her that some of her parents reactions come as a result of their caring as opposed to them not caring. Throughout the story she is constantly questioning their motivations. She is quick to see their faults and ...more
Doug Branscombe
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This one dragged a little bit for me. I'm not sure if it was the story or my mood. We got a closer look at the relationship between Charlie and Sean, as well as a look at the dynamics of the relationship between Charlie and her parents. All of this done, of course in the context of someone trying to kill them for something they know. Charlie's Dad, a respected Dr. is being smeared and her Mom has been kidnapped in her own home. This story follows the trail of those two incidents to it's source, ...more
Diane C.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a fun thriller that I read on vacation and would recommend as light, yet engrossing reading.

Former British military Charlie works with her lover,Sean, for a private security firm, guarding people or whatever. Fate takes an odd turn when her prominent surgeon father is enmeshed in a possible scandal/crime involving big pharma and rogue agent. The parts where we hear her father and lover sparring were tiresome, but short, and that's my only complaint about this well written, fun novel,
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look into some of Charlie's background and worldview as well as a darn good thriller. Charlie's on a roll -- go, girl!

I also very much like the addition of Parker Armstrong; he's a good counterpoint to both Charlie and Sean, a no-nonsense voice of reason who's there without meddling but can call people to account when necessary. He gives a needed weight to what Charlie and Sean do. Nice touch.
May 27, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was a quick-read. It is about a profession body-guard that needs to guard her parents who have gotten unwittingly into trouble with a drug company. Her father is a renowned surgeon, who has admitted to gross professional misconduct. Much of what happens is pretty far-fetched, but this is a thriller in every sense of the word. What got me to read it is that the author, Zoe Sharp wrote her first novel at the age of fifteen. I was glad that I picked it up.
Nov 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: myst-thrill
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Gary Van Cott
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Despite the fact that the plot is highly unlikely, this is a good book, one of the best in the series so far. This is the third book set in the US and the author has done a good job of avoiding putting British expressions in the mouths of American characters. However, she slips here and has an American character saying that she passed out of her course in the top 5 percent. No American would ever say that. It would be graduated in the top 5 percent.
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Zoë Sharp spent most of her formative years living aboard a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. She opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. She became a freelance photojournalist in 1988 and started writing her Charlie Fox crime thriller series after receiving death-threats in the course of her work.

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“Nothing happened on the journey to their hotel, where McGregor took station. He had nothing to report when Sean and I arrived to relieve him in the morning, and nothing untoward happened the following day, either. Unless you counted the excruciating politeness with which Sean and my father treated each other. It screeched at my nerves like a tone-deaf child with their first violin.” 0 likes
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