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Fifth Avenue (Fifth Avenue #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,808 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
Look beneath all the power and all the wealth that represents New York City's Fifth Avenue, and you'll find greed, blood, revenge. In the thriller Fifth Avenue, each intermingles within a revered society that is unprepared for what's in store for it when one man finally strikes in an effort to destroy another man for murdering his wife thirty-one years ago.

Louis Ryan is t
Paperback, 486 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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The people in this book are such nice people....NOT! There are very few books that I dislike or hate as many characters as I did this book. But that is not a bad thing. On the contrary, the characters did not seem like they were meant to be liked. Its New York City, rich drama at its worse!

The book focuses on the Redman family, and a man name Louis Ryan, as well as many of their friends. L. Ryan hates George Redman with a passion and sets up a revenge plot to kill the entire Redman family. Howev
Oct 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
c2010. So this book started off badly for me with the heroine staring up at 79 stories of building - then a bomb goes off - and "the men on the roof were hurt." then she "hurried into the lobby, shot past the waterfall and stepped into her father's private elevator./ The building was too tall. The elevator was too slow. No matter how quickly she raced to the top, it wasn't fast enough". With this give away that the author had almost certainly never been near a real life urban bomb explosion, the ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a great Lifetime movie or a made-for-tv movie or something like that. The rich, have-everything Redmans complete with the perfect daughter, the forgotten daughter are the target of Louis Ryan, the man bent on revenge. Ryan's scope is wide and involves loads of interesting (and not-so interesting) characters including (of course!) the mob! There was probably one-too-many characters - too many business people and I wish there was more of backstory to Celina (the perfect daughter) and ...more
Rose Cimarron
I have to agree with Ruth's assessment of the opening pages of Fifth Avenue. I couldn't put the feeling of unreality better than Ruth, so I'll direct you to her review. I did finish the book, but never really connected, or liked, any of the characters. I felt that most of them were sketched rather than drawn.

This was not really a financial novel, the milieu is just the background for a story of revenge, not just that between the men, but between a combination of the characters. I found the endin
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Violence in the Fifth Avenue.

Many rich and wannabe rich characters, not even one likeable one. Was hard to keep up with who is who. Murder, money, favorite child and one left behind. Years of smoldering revenge. Could have been written with less sex and sex clubs. Ending is shocking. Going to read the next one, and hoping it's better than this book.
Wonder what happened to Isabel, the cat?
Apr 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like it very much...not sure why the book received such high reviews from Kindle readers???
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A decent book. There were a lot of characters to keep straight. And a lot of deaths that made me mad-innocent people I didn't want to see dead. It was interesting story of revenge, though. I'll read the next one in the series because I got it free. :)
Sep 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was bonkers. Truly inexplicable. I honestly can't believe it got published and I especially can't believe that it has such great reviews. It read like a collaboration between Tom Clancy and V.C. Andrews.

I won't really go into the plot since there was SO MUCH of it. It was like Game Of Thrones or something. There were like 500 characters. The main plot seems to be about this rich oil tycoon, George Redmond and his two daughters. One of whom he loves and one that he's sort of iffy about
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I first learned of Christopher Smith from his Bullied series, as did others. I enjoyed them enough to look for more, and was brought to the world of Fifth Avenue. I have to admit, I don't normally read books written about the corporate world, but as I enjoyed Christopher's other books, I thought I would take a chance. I'm glad that I did.
There are characters to hate, to love, to feel sorry for, and to respect. The story line is fairly intricate, with the point of view coming from several diff
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Action aplenty, no doubt about that, but a few too many characters and convenient resolutions to make it completely satisfying. I didn't see all the twists coming, so there were some surprises at the end, and it certainly didn't tie everything up with a nice neat bow--and that worked (although I hated the final paragraphs. Totally unnecessary).

From a writing point of view, the non-stop action kept the reader engrossed (although some aspects went a bit too far for my taste. Others won't have a pr
Julie Johnson
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yet another great 99 cent book from the amazon Kindle store.

Very much enjoyed this book. The plot was fantastic and the characters realistic. Of course, you kept wanting to tell some of them: watch out! You don't know what you're in for! Because there were bad guys & nefarious deeds all about, ready to pounce.

There was depth to this book. A wide range of emotions.

I also thought the author handled the numerous characters and point of view shifts expertly. I followed along easily with everyt
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this book. I had to trudge through the first few took me some time to start liking the characters, but at chapter 17 and on, I was hooked. Started book number 2, it's, so far, just as promising.
Jean Browne
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book...thought the inter-relationships between characters was interesting...I liked the pace of the book and had a hard time putting it down...if you like mystery books and thrillers this is a good choice.. a great beach read ....oh wait, it's almost winter here in NJ.
Violet Crumble
Dec 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: waste-of-time
Horrible. Freaky sex stuff that didn't add to the story. Chuck Palahniuk knows how to write freaky sex stuff and make it work.
Max Trumble
Dec 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, skip-it
Angry characters. Overly descriptive. Not one character I could empathize with or was likeable. Seemingly powerful characters who were as clueless as a Irish men in a tea shop.
Димитър Тодоров
Това е идеалната книга за убиване на време при полет с нискотарифна авикомпания. Представлява една забавна с нискотарифния си пълнеж екшън патаклама, гравитираща около адреси по нюйоркското Пето авеню: богатство, блясък, показност, драма, отмъщение, предателство, подозрение, убийство, бомби, стрелби, наркотици, фалити, преследвания с коли, преследвания с таксита, надпревара със самолети, изтезания на хора, изтезания на животни, алчни капиталисти, обществено отговорни капиталисти, предпазливи инв ...more
Karl Wiggins
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book. Not really my regular type of read but I enjoyed it all the same. A good storyline that draws you in and the reader truly doesn’t know which way it’s going to turn.
I don’t want to place any spoilers in here, and this is one of those books it’s hard to review otherwise, but I have no hesitation in recommending this.
Novela comtodos os ingredientes

Novels sensacionalista com personages tipicos Americans...nova York e sua sociedade elitists... Muito novelesco...nao vou continues a series...parei por aqui.. Nao faz meu tipo!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

You start without emotion and ends with total speed reading loving each word and every detail. Read it and you love it
Michelle Barr
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great beginning to the story

So glad I'm starting this series! From the shocking details to the twisted storyline, I couldn't put this down. So looking forward to book two!
Sue Storino
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Overall I liked this book. It was a fast page turner, though unbelievable.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book had me from page one. Great characters and wonderful twists and turns. Definitely will be reading them all.

Ruth  Breunig
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was very hard to put down. Many twists and turns. Main characters very strong.
Don't remember reading this author before.
Thom Swennes
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
George and Celina Redman were excited. Today was the day that the Redman International Building would officially open. Months of preparation would culminate is an opening that would be the talk of Manhattan for the rest of the year. Everything was set spotlights had been placed on the roof of the building, pointed to the sky, to mark the building tonight when New York would be veiled in darkness. Waiting and watching from the street, twenty-nine-year-old Celina gave the order to check the spotli ...more
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: younger-days
To be honest I wasn't expecting much from a free kindle download but I am happy to say that I was wrong. With an intricate plot and well developed characters, Christopher Smith had me hooked and wondering what would happen next. Every character was its own and held their ground throughout the story, painting a clear picture of each personality. Being able to sneak a peek into each person’s thoughts allowed me to understand and react to every decision made. Sometimes I would find myself empathizi ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I got this one as a free kindle book thinking that I wouldn't really lose anything, it being free and all. I am so glad I did!

This clever book is a roller coaster ride from start to finish. Despite there being quite a few intertwined plots, they were easy to keep track of. The characters were interesting & the story excellent.

I only had two very minor problems with the book. The first was the sometimes clunky grammar. At first I thought it was just typos & since the book was free I wasn
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Hmmm. What can I say. Good writing - Yes, you can say that. Creative story - yes, that is a fact as well. My type of read? Absolutely not. 15 years ago, this was my type of book - the cookie cutter suspense 'who-done-it' thriller.

The book is good. I got the whole box set for free off of some daily E mail crap I get in my inbox, yet am to lazy to cancel. It was the only book left on my kindle on a long flight, that I had not yet read, and that did not need to be re-downloaded.

Cool story. A couple
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Fabulous book! A family member read it first and kept saying how great Christopher writes. Finally, I just had to pick it up and read it for myself. I loved it from the first paragraph! I kept waiting to get that "eyeball roll" I sometimes give when reading something corney, but it NEVER came. I just turned page after page racing through the many twists. Christopher's writing reminds us a lot of the earlier Sydney from his Rage of Angels era. My daughter is reading Fifth Avenue no ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Prior to reading "Fifth Avenue" I believed an engaging story needed at least one likeable character, a character most readers would or could relate to, but none of these characters are particularly likeable. Not only that, but the sheer number of characters in this book rivals (or at least comes close) Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence". Like Wharton though, Christopher Smith pulls it off in a big way. If not likeable, each character is interesting and necessary to the plot. It is also a sto ...more
Joe Young
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book-mystery
A good introduction to how the very rich live and play. If the capital crimes committed are an indication of the participants happiness, then the age old axiom (money doesn't bring happiness) is proven true in this story. Characters live life outside my experience but, as they are portrayed, it seems the characters are real. I found myself cheering for the underdogs as usual. The story moved at a good pace and never a chance to lose interest. I read it straight through and left another book I wa ...more
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Christopher Smith is the international best-selling author of "Fifth Avenue," "Running of the Bulls," "From Manhattan with Love," "Bullied," "Revenge," "Witch" and "War." For fifteen years, Smith was the film critic for a major newspaper in the Northeast. For eight years, he appeared weekly on NBC affiliates, and two years nationally on the E! network. He has written over 4,000 re
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“We can’t,” he said and motioned toward the generator at the opposite end of the roof.  Although it was still running, it, too, was alight with flames.  “It could blow at any moment.” 0 likes
“Of all people, you should have been up their ass hourly.  You should have been on the phone to the major.  You should have called your friend the governor.  Tell that to Celina, too.  You’re partly responsible for all of this.” 0 likes
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