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First Drop

(Charlie Fox Thriller #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  98 reviews
'The guy in the passenger seat was closest. He got out first, so I shot him first. Two rounds high in the chest.'

It should have been an easy introduction to Charlie Fox's new career as a bodyguard. In fact, it should have been almost a working holiday. She just has to look after the gawky fifteen-year-old son of a rich computer programmer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Trey
Hardcover, US, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Minotaur/Dunne (first published January 2004)
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Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: thriller fans
I am stone in love with Charlie Fox, Zoe's kick-ass protagonist. She's like an Emma Peel for the 21st Century--tough as nails, totally professional in her work as a bodyguard, but she has a heart that can be broken. The plot blasts out of the gate from chapter one, as someone tries to kill Zoe's obnoxious teenage "principal" at a Florida amusement park. From there, the action never lets up as Zoe and the kid run for their lives, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake across the Florida landscap ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loan
Another nice Charlie Fox entry; her first job working with Sean and in the US. The plotline, that of being personal bodyguard to a teenage boy didn't sound like it would be too terribly interesting; but of course there were deeper forces and intrigues at play.

I had to break from the book for awhile when I had some software issues with my laptop (the creator update is the devil); and had to struggle along a bit after being away from the story for a few days. After I picked the pieces up and got
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up in Madison while doing a couple of events with Zoe in Madison and Milwaukee (thanks again to Jon and Ruth Jordan for setting that up). Zoe's a real joy to work with; our event in Madison was basically the two of us batting the conversation back and forth, and it felt as natural as if we'd been working together for years. And hanging out with Zoe and her husband Andy was pure fun. They're both funny as hell, and they're great together.

So I read the book, and all I can say is,
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Charlotte/Charlie Fox, a 26 year old, ex-military Sharpshooter...on her first job as a personal bodyguard. Her charge is one Trey Penzler, a typical sullen teenager with more "attitude" than sense. His father, Keith, is a computer programmer "whiz kid" who developed a program that, supposedly,predicts stock market trends, which makes it a "golden goose" for every living greedy soul. Reason enough to kill?? I would think.

This is the Fourth entry in the Charlie Fox series, and the first set in the
The Cats’ Mother
4th in the Charlie Fox series, and again the location and adventure shifts again, this time to Florida where she has been sent to protect a teenage boy from mysterious assailants who may or may not be working with his computer programmer father. While as usual it's all rather implausible but it's a fast paced action story and she makes a great tough-gal heroine. ...more
FIRST DROP (Pub. 2004) by Zoe Sharp was an entertaining read. I liked this story for several reasons. First, it has a female lead, Charlie Fox, which is largely why I read it. Second, it's not a formulaic story, in that Charlie is not a detective or a homicide cop. She is an Englishwoman, ex-special forces and now working for a security firm.

The story takes place in Florida, and is centered around Charlie's first assignment in America -- acting as bodyguard to Trey, a 15-yr old boy, who's fathe
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I have to say I was underwhelmed by this book (I listened to the audio version). Reviews have been mainly in favor of the series, and now I'm wondering if I started with one of the weaker volumes.Let's get the criticism out of the way, shall we?
The plot. I tried, but I didn't really feel suspense, except maybe for the final action sequence. While at first I was curious to find out why Trey was being hunted, and who was eventually behind it, halfway through the book I was so distracted and parti
Lukasz Pruski
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I select my “crime fiction” readings mostly based on January Magazine’s “Best of the Year” recommendations. Zoe Sharp’s “First Drop” made the list in 2005. Cindy Chow, the reviewer, characterizes the novel as “brilliantly suspenseful yet emotionally affecting” and writes that “[it] is a stellar breakout for Sharp”. I beg to differ. The plot is suspenseful for about the first hundred pages; then it gets bogged in ridiculous attempts to twist it in every way possible. Maybe teen readers can find i ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I realized once I started that this isn't actually the first book in the series (I think it's the fourth), but decided to give it a try anyway. I'm glad I didn't waste time waiting for another ILL - and I won't pursue the others in the series.

The plot was okay, but I found the writing beyond clunky, even accounting for the sometimes unfamiliar British terms. There were so many minor characters that I had no hope of keeping them straight, the dialogue was stilted at best, and not a single teen c
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
#4 in the Charlotte “Charlie” Fox series. Finalist 2005 Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel. For British self-defense expert Charlie Fox this change of pace series entry takes place in Florida. Her interactions with teens while struggling to continue with her bodyguard assignment in the midst of uncertainty about the status of her boss and the identity of the "good guys" vs. the "bad guys" makes for a very entertaining read.

Charlotte “Charlie” Fox series - Working as a bodyguard, Charlie Fo
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Charlie gets her first taste of America. And she's so not impressed. I laughed a lot through this one. She has modern teenage attitude down to a T and the action is from the first chapter to the last. If Charlie were a real person I'd definitely want her as a mate. She cracks me up. When you read a Charlie Fox novel,you strap in tight before the first page and only undo the seat belt when you get to the end. In the middle you just hang on tight for a hell of a ride. Action and intrigue in equal ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I liked the first three Charlie Fox novels, thought I felt I was still slow at getting to know her and figure out what makes her tick ... and then I read this one. Charlie Fox is fully realized in this one, and it seems to be somewhat of a watershed for author Sharp: this book really takes off and doesn't let go. This one went to (dare I use the cliche) the next level in a big way. I found myself really, really liking and rooting for Charlie, whereas before she merely intrigued me just enough to ...more
Kay Robinson
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once again Charlie Fox is mixing it with the hard men, and taking plenty of knocks in the process. A little too much of the gun culture for me, however, it's a great story that's fast paced, keeps you turning pages, and, even though the reader knows Charlie will survive, it does have the reader wondering if this is the end. ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
My first read of Ms. Sharp. Can't wait to read another. She does at times confuse we American readers with common British phrasing that we just don't get, but she tells a great story and Charlie Fox is a very likeable heroine. ...more
Karen Ford
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A terrific thriller that moves right along at a rapid pace, told from the point of view of Charlie Fox, a veteran of the British Army who is now an operative for a security firm. Her charge is a fifteen year old boy whose father, a computer software designer, has vanished and his son is now a target. Charlie and the boy soon are being hunted through Florida not only by the bad guys but also by the police when she is set up for kidnapping and murder. The action is hot and heavy and Charlie is mor ...more
Dylan Cundiff
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best Charlie Fox book yet! I keep telling myself after each one I am going to take a break before moving on to the next one, but I have already started the next. That being said, I just really enjoyed this book. The action, of course, is not stop. But the continued depth of Charlie that we get to learn is just really fun and interesting. Furthermore, the other characters, especially Trey, and the reaction he brings from Charlie is great to see. I enjoy how events of the last book led into this o ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2019
Charlie Fox is starting a new career as a bodyguard and looking after the teenager son of a computer scientist should not be difficult. There is a vast cast of characters and complex plot to keep you engaged as the fast paced story unfolds. When Charlie is around you can count on some bodies accumulating and in this case the FBI gets involved. Highly recommend this series.
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent plotlines featuring Charlie Fox, entertaining and also suspenseful at same time. Couldn't see the ending coming. Just a really satisfying read, as I've come to expect from Zoe. If you like Sarah Paretsky I reckon you'd be pretty happy with any of Zoe's novels. Deserves much more media interest.... ...more
John G. Mortimer
If you like Jack Reacher Charlie Fox will be your cup of tea.

I'm so glad I found author Zoe Sharp. Now I'll go to the start of the series and look forward to lots if well-written, violent guilty pleasure.
Any Length
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one was a really page turner. I had trouble tearing myself away from it. I was on the edge of my seat the whole book and fear for the worst. It was action packed and showed Charlie Fox at her best.
Josef Vascovitz
Typical superhero style mystery with so many miracle. Missed billets and lucky coincidences that your head will spin
Woman Reading
In her fourth novel, though it was the first book released in the USA, First Drop described Charlie’s first official gig as a bodyguard. I first read this last year and have decided to re-read the series prior to the Sept. 2019 release of #13 Bad Turn .

People who have complained about how difficult it was for them to start a new career have nothing on Charlie Fox!

Power plays between your supervisor and higher-ups that destablize the workplace? Check.

Unfriendly to downright hostile work collea
Michael Sova
If you frequent, which I certainly hope you do, you probably already know I am a fan of The Creative Penn podcast. Host, author and public speaker Joanna Penn offers great advice on writing, publishing and marketing, along with a lot of other great stuff. In an episode a few weeks ago, she mentioned Zoe Sharp, an author I'd previously not heard of. Sharp has written a series of books featuring Charlie Fox, a female British bodyguard working in the States. Le Child, according to ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
OK, this chick's love-life is getting annoyingly predictable. *SPOILER-ALERT*

STAGE 1: 'I love Sean, I wish we could be together'
STAGE 2: 'We're going to die. If only I pulled my head out of my arse and made the most of it while we still had the chance...'
STAGE 3: 'Allright, so we did not die. We're the luckiest people on the planet. Now, instead of kissing the guy like there's no tomorrow, I'm going to be complicated and distant and leave him without so much as a cheerio.'

And repeat. Every. Book
Laurian Vega
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I’m pretty upset because I really like this author, but I’ve been having trouble hunting down her books. I read the first one from my library, but I have been unable to find/buy the second and third book. Luckily, my library has the rest of the series there. So I had to skip two books and pick this one up. Luckily, Sharp is such a good author that I didn’t need to have read those books to still find this one enjoyable.

Sharp presents us with a really central protagonist. She is so present that yo
Simon Jenner
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
The worst part of Charlie’s bodyguarding-cum-babysitting job should have been riding the rollercoasters with Trey, her teenage charge, but as the gunshots start flying, she finds herself hanging on for a wild ride as an army of bad guys make every effort to put her out of action and get to the boy.

There is never a dull moment in 'First Drop', as action, coupled with plenty of intrigue, propels the story along. Together with Charlie, you struggle to piece together what on earth is going on and w
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Being interested in reading series mystery/detectives I ran across Zoe Sharp during my aimless wandering through book worlds online. I admit, reading the reviews I was skeptical as to whether or not I'd like this book for the simple reason that I'm interested in a particular type of hero (principled but tempted by physical violence, alone in the world by choice but always tempted to abandon this lifestyle). Female main characters usually do not fit this model if my previous reads are any indicat ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I read the first two Charlie Fox books (Killer Instinct and Riot Act) last year. They were acceptable stories, but not something I'd push into someone else's hands. Good enough to (eventually) get me to read the third book (Hard Knocks) last week, and it was better than the first two, enough so for me to start this fourth book (First Drop) right away. IT was a big step up and an excellent read. Not 5 stars for me, but very close. The story pushes right along (the earlier ones seemed to 'plod' at ...more
Neliza Drew
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have a thing for books set in FL, especially those with characters who aren't from FL because it's usually an interesting perspective. There's a description of one of our giant roach-looking bugs that stood out. By "thing," I mean I tend to either love them (FL-set books) or hate them...and it usually had a lot to do with how much I like that part of FL.
Personally, I like the main character. I like that she can't quite figure out her relationship (with herself or with Sean). I like that she a
FIRST DROP (Bodyguard-Florida-Cont) – VG
Sharp, Zoe – 4th in series
Piatkus, 2004 – UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0479906618
*** Charlie Fox and her ex-lover, Sean, have been hired to protect a wealthy computer programmer and his 14-year-old son, Trey. While at an amusement park, someone tries to shoot Trey. Charlie get them safely back to the house, only to find everyone, including the father and Sean. Everything has been removed, except Sean’s gun. Charlie and Trey go on the run, not knowing who to trust,
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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.

Other books in the series

Charlie Fox Thriller (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Killer Instinct (Charlie Fox Thriller #1)
  • Riot Act (Charlie Fox Thriller #2)
  • Hard Knocks (Charlie Fox Thriller #3)
  • Road Kill (Charlie Fox Thriller #5)
  • Second Shot (Charlie Fox Thriller #6)
  • Third Strike (Charlie Fox Thriller #7)
  • Fourth Day (Charlie Fox Thriller #8)
  • Fifth Victim (Charlie Fox Thriller #9)
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