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Second Shot

(Charlie Fox #6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  744 ratings  ·  67 reviews
"Take it from me, getting yourself shot hurts like hell."

When the latest assignment for ex--Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard Charlie Fox, ends in a bloody shootout in a frozen forest of New Hampshire, she's left fighting for her life, with her client dead.
Simone Kerse had just become a lottery millionaire but never lived long enough to enjoy her riches. Charlie was
Hardcover, US, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by St. Martin's Minotaur/Thomas Dunne (first published January 1st 2007)
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RachelW (BamaGal)
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loan
3.5 Stars. Satisfying enough read, but my least favorite of the series so far. The ending was all over the place and overly melodramatic.

The Frances Neagley crossover was kind of cool...
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adventure with extreme danger and emotional intensity

Second Shot described Charlie’s second American gig as a bodyguard in which things go terribly wrong. Indeed, Charlie committed the cardinal sin of bodyguards - she outlived her principal… just barely.

Though it’s book six, Second Shot can be read as a standalone story. By the end of chapter one, it looked as though it could have literally been a standalone - for Charlie was dying. This was a stupendous opening chapter. Chapter two picked up
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Not as good a story as the earlier books. It was a bit long-winded & didn't hold my interest as well as the others. Marked down because I'm tired of the soul-searching: the antagonists would have killed Charlie without a quiver of conscience, so she can be good or she can be dead. I wish Sharp would just let her get on with it. Let the father do his bit, but stop Charlie helping him undermine her. I'm going to have a break from these for a while because one more time - did I have a choice? ...more
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, series, thriller
This is the first Zoe Sharp book I have read and it didn't matter that it was book 6 in the series as it was a great story.
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Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
It’s been a while since I read a book in the Charlie Fox series and then once I get back into them I seem to want to stay there. I started with book 5, and then went straight onto this one. I must say this book for me stood out from the first few pages. Charlie and Sean meet up with their new client Simone and her daughter Ella. It seems that the attention her ex-boyfriend is paying her is verging on dangerous. From the first few chapters we get to see a new side to Charlie. In previous books ...more
Sue Millard
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sue by: Zoe Sharp
I find all Zoe's work hard to put down and this didn't break the mould. Second Shot is the first of the Charlie Fox series to introduce a child character into the mix. It shows us a softer side of Charlie's make-up. She obviously can't be a parent as well as doing the work she is naturally fitted for, but guarding a mother with a four-year-old brings her maternal instincts to the fore. That they're distinctly tigerish should be no surprise to readers of this series.

The "second shot" of the title
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Karen Ford
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Charlie Fox novel I have read and it's quickly shot it's way near to the top of my favorite series. This one takes place shortly after the first book I dive into, First Drop.

Charlie's boss (and on again off again lover) Sean's protection firm is engaged by the solicitors (to use the British term) of a lottery winner, Simone. Charlie's task is to be bodyguard for Simone and Ella, her four year old daughter. The main threat seems to come from Simone's estranged husband, Matt,
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poor Charlie just keeps getting shot! She still hadn't fully recovered from her last trip to America (in the previous book) and now she's back to working as security for a mother and child. Supposed to be an easy protection gig--how hard is it to keep away the press and an ex-boyfriend? But Charlie ends up shot and severely wounded, and her security team is threatened. The mystery is big--people aren't telling the truth, and, of course, Charlie ends up saving the day. While being a complete ...more
Dylan Cundiff
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite Charlie Fox book yet. While hoping to not give anything away, throughout the book, we see a real, and believable, transition in Charlie. I felt genuinely bad for her by the end of the book but also happy she seems to have broken through to who I have wanted her to become. Furthermore, I never figured out any of the usual twists along the way. I thought I had, and every time I was completely wrong. Fantastic book... moving on to Third Strike.
Mad Leon
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Charlie Fox has got to be the dumbest and most lax body guard out there. Anyone this careless in reality wouldn't last a month. Evidently her 'principals' don't make it very long on her watch either. Plus evidently when she is involved in a crime or death there is no inquest and the police are bumblers also. Just too ridiculous for me.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another page turner with the complex, heroic Charlie Fox.

Another page turner with the complex, heroic Charlie Fox. This time she saves a child. Oh, and against unbelievable odds, too! She never gives up.
Charles Levenstein
Charlie Fox Rides again!

Another shoot-em-up page turner. A good read although Charlie's whining gets to be a little much at times. Worth the price.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual kind of read, but I was thoroughly gripped by the story right from the first chapter. An excellent read.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time I've read a Zoe Sharp novel, I enjoyed the read so hopefully I'll read another.
Christine Cock
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better and Better

Zoe Sharpe continues to develop her Charlie Fox character and create complex, thrilling stories. The relationships take on a deeper meaning also. Great fun!
Any Length
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
brilliant. I couldn't stop reading. From the first sentence - which should be a classic gripping opening sentence- I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. Didn't even see coming what happened at the end.
Dec 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads
PROTAGONIST: Charlie Fox, bodyguard
SERIES: #2 of 6

Charlie Fox is a former British Army soldier who's taking advantage of the skills that she developed during that career to become a close protection agent (bodyguard). Involved in a personal and professional relationship with her boss, Sean Meyer, she agrees to protect a recent lottery winner, Simone Kerse, and her 4-year old daughter, Emma, from her obsessed ex-boyfriend. Simone decides to use some of her newfound
Michael Sova
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Helpless, vulnerable, insecure, fragile--these are not words we'd generally use to describe a literary hero. Too often, our heroes are larger than life. They never fail. They never falter. They never take a punch. We love them for their strength, and willingly overlook their total lack of any weakness. Such heroes are inspiring if not always entirely convincing.
In the opening pages of Second Shot by Zoe Sharp, it's almost painfully clear that British body guard Charlie Fox is no such hero.
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It’s been a while since I read a book in the Charlie Fox series and then once I get back into them I seem to want to stay there. I started with book 5, and then went straight onto this one. I must say this book for me stood out from the first few pages. Charlie and Sean meet up with their new client Simone and her daughter Ella. It seems that the attention her ex-boyfriend is paying her is verging on dangerous. From the first few chapters we get to see a new side to Charlie. In previous books ...more
SECOND SHOT (Lic. Invest-Charlie Fox-London, Boston, New Hampshire-Cont) - Poor
Sharp, Zoë – 6th in series
Thomas Dunne Books, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0312358954

First Sentence: Take it from me, getting yourself shot hurts like hell.

Simone Kerde won multi-millions in the lottery and her greatest wish is to get to know the father that left them when she was very young. She is being hounded by the press and feels threatened by her ex-boyfriend, the father of her 4-year-old daughter.

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 ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Second shot is another of Charlie Fox's stories. The main character, Charlie Fox, albeit reluctantly accepts an easy job as a body guard in the USA. The "principal" and her daughter come to a large sum of money which makes them a target of tabloids, an ex, bankers and so on. The easy "job" was to keep the principal and her daughter to keep them safe from elements while in US in search of her long missing father, which turns into a nightmare upon their arrival to the USA (what with the principal ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, thriller
#6 in the Charlie Fox series. This 2007 novel is the second in the series to be published in the U.S. after #4 First Drop (2006). The four published in England may be more difficult to locate and the British slang is sometimes obscure but the series about a female self-defense expert and bodyguard is well worth making the effort.

Charlotte “Charlie” Fox series - The latest assignment for bodyguard Charlie Fox ends in a bloody shootout in a frozen forest of New Hampshire with her left fighting for
I didn't realise that this was book 6 in a series but I'm not one to be put off because of reading books out of order (it happens so frequently after all!. Anyhow, I knew I was going to enjoy it right from the opening line of "Take it from me, getting shot hurts like hell"....& I wasn't disappointed, I did enjoy it :o)

The characters were all credible, the action was fast paced & full of twists & turns - it had me hooked, one of those books I literally couldn't put down.
There's an
The Cats’ Mother
I was given this by a friend with the advice "she's the female Jack Reacher", but because I like to read series in order I tracked down the 5 previous instalments as ebooks and read them all first. I think each book could be read as a standalone but you get much more from them by knowing the backstory. In this one Charlie takes a job guarding a young woman who has recently won millions on the lottery and needs protection for herself and her 4 yr old daughter while she tracks down her estranged ...more
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
I stayed up too late to finish this, a sign that I was enjoying it. Charlie is body guarding a woman who had won the lottery and as a result of it, tracks down the father who left when she was young. Lots of twists and turns, and her "father" ends up being a fake. Charlie ends up shot again, which begins to be a bit of a disturbing factor.....she is soon going to be more scars than un damaged body parts...but I guess it is all for the story. She and boyfriend Sean continue to heat up.

When the
Cluessister Williams
I was impressed with Zoe Sharp when I heard her speak and demonstrate self-defense techniques at Left Coast Crime. The books are equally detailed and occasionally wince-worthy. Her heroine gets real wounds but even on crutches finds a way to stop the bad guys.
I was also intrigued to discover the further adventures of Frances Neagley. Since I know the non-fiction Frances Neagley this was great fun for me. Frances became a character in Lee Child's "Bad Luck and Trouble" after winning an auction
Charlie has once again got an assignment through Sean to go to America, she is not very keen considering what happened last time she went there.

This time she seems to have a relatively easy job of protecting a woman and her child from the paparazzi. The woman concerned has won millions of pounds in the English lottery, but after her husband leaves and she is getting harassed by the press she decides to go to USA to find her Dad, whom she has not seem since he left the family when she was a
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just realized that the numbering system for Zoe's books is not exact! I read First Drop, thinking it was the first book. Uh oh. It wasn't until I finished Second Shot that I realized I was way off. Oh well. Each book stands alone anyway. But I have the feeling that I will get the back story better after reading the preceding ones. This story is again in the US. Charlie is a bodyguard to a young woman and her 4 year old daughterfrom England who won the lottery and is using her money to find her ...more
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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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  • Riot Act (Charlie Fox, #2)
  • Hard Knocks (Charlie Fox #3)
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  • Third Strike (Charlie Fox, #7)
  • Fourth Day (Charlie Fox, #8)
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