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A Rush to Violence (Fifth Avenue)
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
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Throw in Assassins, betrayal, sibling rivalry, greed and hired guns and chances are the book will be hard to put down. The Fifth Avenue, Running of the Bulls universe that Smith has created keeps on getting better and better. The characters in this update to the universe are very endearing. Marty, Camille, Emma and Beth are the characters that drive this book forward. From start to finish, Smith pulls you in. At times the events seem out of this world but he still manages to make you feel for the characters. And believe me when i say that some characters here carry loads that would make Atlas empathetic. When i finished the book, i found it to be a great read, enjoyed the ending and can't wait to see what Smith has in store for this universe.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
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I was thrilled when Chris let some of his reader fans in on a secret, and that secret was an early release of this his newest book, A Rush to Violence. Beginning with his Bullied series I was hooked on his imagination in the story of Seth. By revealing that some of what he wrote was from his personal experiences I was even more blown away. The next books only increased my admiration of his different writing styles. As someone who has never been to New York I actually could imagine the city the way he drew the picture of it for me. With Rush to Violence once again I'm drawn into NYC feeling its grittiness and beauty. All of the characters in this book are described in a way that make you feel like you might know them, or someone like them, which doesn't mean they are all good people- they aren't! Private Detective Marty is definately a guy's guy- women love him, and guys want to *be* him. With his family and friends in danger (due to being hired by some really bad characters to find someone they want to "take out"), he searches for them with the assistance of his wife Jennifer, who is an investigational journalist. The two of them form a formidable team and will not stop until they find their family and friends and are safe and the mission, that he was hired to do, is complete. A page turner, a great read, a heart stopping ride,a thriller, and a RUSH! This book is not to be missed but..... be prepared to stay up all night to finish it as I did!! Great job Chris and I am looking forward the the next book release in July! Thank you, thank you,thank you :)
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Mr. Smith better be writing his little heart out for #2 in this Marty Spellman trilogy as this is his best yet.

Camille and her daughter, Emma, are living in Paris when they hear that Camille's father has died in a tragic accident. Camille and Emma discover that they are the sole heirs to the father's large fortune as he has left his 6 other children and his mistress out of the will unless Camille and Emma are dead. Did I mention that Camille had been an assassin? Marty Spellman is a PI on his second marriage to an investigative journalist, Jennifer, with two children living with his previous wife, Gloria. His newest client kills those you love unless you are successful. And that is just the beginning.

Smith's writing and timing are so good that you don't even know you are holding your breath until it is time to hold it again. This is so much more than a page turner - this is a stop everything because nothing is going to happen until I can finish this book. Smith's characters are easy to like and well developed enough that you feel as if they are your friends - that is a writing gift. Even the characters who aren't very likable are written well enough to be understandable in their actions.

This is an exciting and fun thriller that doesn't stop until the very end with a lead character, Marty, who you will wonder about until the next book is published. It doesn't get much better than that.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
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I have enjoyed other Christopher Smith books, but this was implausible bordering on just plain ridiculous.

Things like:

- Marty Spellman's world is sooooo dangerous that his children, ex-wife, her new husband, and their friends are all trained and ready for danger at any moment. Secret signals, diversionary tactics, oooo aaaa... yet he's married to a TV reporter. Talk about not keeping a low profile.

- Marty's ex-wife Gloria is continually referred to as Gloria Spellman, yet she's remarried and her husband is in the story. This is just poor editing.

-----Spoiler Alert-----

What's with all the killer teenage girls?

- Camille goes to Europe, meets a guy, and becomes trained as an international assassin at 18 years old. She gets pregnant and just walks away from it all at 23 to become a mom. That's normal.

- Camille's daughter Emma goes from a regular 16-year old one day to a cold-blooded killer the next. In one day she learns how to handle a gun by watching You Tube videos, then concocts a master plan to take out her whole family. Raging hormones?

- When everyone is kidnapped and thrown in the basement, all the adults stand around wringing their hands while only 15 year old Beth Spellman has an action plan which includes beating a guy to death with a hammer and grabbing a gun to defend them all. When it's all over, she's last seen laughing at a party looking all grown up. Killing people in cold blood and watching family friends die apparently had no impact on her.

The formatting on the Kindle edition is also poor, even in the updated version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Another best seller by Christopher Smith. Easy to read. As always he brings the characters to life. Will be looking forward to 2013 for Rush to Vengeance. Keep up the good work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2012
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I've read everything Chris Smith has written. His "Bullied" series should be required reading for every middle schooler in America. Rush to Violence is an absolute knockout. I was mesmerized. Complex plot, truly evil characters, and nonstop action. His Marty Spellman character will be around for a long while. One last thing; kudos to Smith for self-publishing. His book prices are reflective of the economic realities of the e book business model and are more than fair.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
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Christopher Smith is the best !! A Rush to Violence is an edge of your seat thriller !!
I am anxious to see what he has in the store for us next.
Summer reads don't come any better than this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
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As a reader and a writer, Christopher Smith is an inspiration. He seems to have upped his output while growing sharper with each release. A Rush to Violence is just a kick. Enjoyed every page and anxious to see what he has in the works for us next. Summer reads don't come any better (or cheaper) than this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Another smash by Christopher Smith! He is definitely becoming the next "Can't Wait For the Next One!" storyteller. Starting from the first page, he takes you on a thrill ride you can't wait to get on but are anxious about what's around the next page. You never know what you're going to get hit with next. You just know you're always in for a wild time. You quickly become entangled in the lives of the characters. As with his other stories, you just don't know what's up ahead. Time after time, you get hit with a shocker that makes you say, "NO, that did not just happen." You will not be disappointed. A great read! The only complaint is that you'll want to keep reading when you know you should call it a night or take a rest. Very hard to put down. The title definitely foreshadows that you're in for a RUSH of adrenaline to the end. After you hit that final page, your mind will be reeling and you'll be begging for the next book by Smith.

If you've read any of Smith's other stories, you start to feel like you really know Spellman and the other complex characters of his world. In A Rush to Violence, Spellman is put in a position that you think from the beginning that there is no way he can get out of unscathed. His sanity is constantly tested as he responds to the cards dealt to him that would make any other player fold in the game of life. However, Spellman is skilled and knows how to respond under pressure. Even in the tightest situations, he tends to surprise you. But, in A Rush to Violence, he's up against a number of forces way beyond his control. With so much at stake, it's an uphill battle to save himself and his family.

You will definitely be hit with a rush by the end and will not be disappointed. With Smith, you'll come to expect his great weaving of storytelling threads with each book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
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Thriller is not my usually genre choice in a book but I am so happy I read this book. I literally could not put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The characters are well developed and you get a sense for who they are by the picture the author paints in all his detail. I was torn on which "side" to be on with the characters and I loved that!
Overall, a great book and I can't wait for the next one to come out to find out what happens next!
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