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An Eye For Danger (The Goliath Conspiracy Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christine M. Fairchild
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When former war photographer Jules Larson braves a PTSD attack to jog beyond her five-block safety zone in Central Park, she runs right into a murder scene.

Taken hostage, Jules provides escape for Sam Fields, an undercover cop desperate to avoid capture by his nemesis and former mentor, Detective Stone McCarthy. Sam can’t afford to blow his two-year investigation of Goliath, a band of crooked cops who clean up New York City streets vigilante style. Especially if Stone is one of them.

Fighting for underdogs is old habit for Jules, and Sam’s rough-around-the-edges charm has a way of roping her into helping with his investigation. Though Jules fears Sam's violent world will land her in a psych ward--again--three years of self-imposed isolation since her fiancé’s death is a long time to be lonely.

And then there's Stone. His park murder investigation keeps leading to Jules' door, and he's on the verge of discovering her involvement. Not only might he be crooked, Jules is just the kind of uptown girl Stone covets. Especially if she belongs to Sam.

As Goliath closes in on the only surviving witness, Sam and Stone must work together to protect Jules. But Jules can’t grow too close to Sam, even when his touch melts her armor, or accept Stone’s increasing advances, even though he's twice the gentleman Sam is, for fear either man might discover the truth about her fiancé’s accident.


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5 of 5 "Lips" from Ms. Romantic Reads (msromanticreads.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/review-christine-m-fairchild-an-eye-for-danger/)

I don't know whether to hug my Kindle close to my chest or fling it across the room. An Eye For Danger was exciting, thrilling, swoon worthy, and had me biting my nails and gasping in anger or surprise from beginning to end. The suspense portion of the story with all the evasive maneuvers while the hero and heroine are running for their lives made me think of The Pelican Brief. I spent all day reading this book and only reluctantly put it down long enough to make dinner... (more at (msromanticreads.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/review-christine-m-fairchild-an-eye-for-danger/) ... As for the story as a whole, I can only attribute my rapt attention on page after page to the fantastic dialogue and writing skills of Ms Fairchild. The dialogue witty, sarcastic, caustic, emotional, but the conversations never stalled. Descriptions of situations or the world around them were filled with details, sights, sounds, smells. I also loved the fact that I could never put my finger on who was good or bad. The game kept changing, taunts and hints were dropped that made me constantly change alliances. The author also knows how to write really twisted villains. I'll just say there was a scene towards the end that made my heart pound. This story was an emotional roller coaster, but one I'd gladly hop on again for the thrill of the ride. If you love reading romantic suspense with an edge, you won't want to pass this book up.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the Author


Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)

Easy question. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Rochester. There's so much complexity and sexual tension in the very few conversations they hold. That's brilliant writing. I tend toward darker romances and deeply flawed characters. I also love Darcy and Elizabeth for their dance around social obligations and objections, and for their need to transcend their family dramas to individualize and achieve their own happiness. And both stories offer a tempered and yet realistic happily ever after (HEA) ending.

Tell me what inspired this story.

My stories evolve out of dreams. I'm a big fan of the hero and heroine fighting for a cause larger than themselves, while fighting for their own redemption. I also like puzzle stories, i.e. mysteries. And I like stories of corruption and bad guys getting their comeuppance. You'll probably never find me writing a serial killer story. There's plenty of those already. What interests me more are the psychopaths and narcissists living normal lives and abusing the power and trust of the people. (Let's just say I used to work in politics.)

In my book, "An Eye for Danger", my dream comprised the opening scene to the book: the dilemma of an undercover cop (FBI Agent Sam Fields) breaking protocol and taking a woman (former war photographer, Jules Larson) hostage to get away from the one of the detectives (Stone McCarthy) he's investigating for corruption. Basically, the book opens with the bad guy looking good and the good guy looking bad. I think it's important to allow your heroes and villains to switch places. In this case, there are other key bad guys who go down. Stone is an ongoing rival throughout the series, a personal nemesis to both Sam and Jules. Like Sherlock Holmes' Moriarty, he keeps rising from the shadows.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1407 KB
  • Print Length: 470 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fairchild Press; 2.0 edition (July 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QPZ8O4
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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4.5 stars. Excellent romantic suspense tale about a war photographer with PTSD and a man she's not sure she can trust. Journalist Julie Larson goes for a jog in Central Park and stumbles into the middle of a murder in progress. When one of the men involved takes her hostage, she finds that the man is actually trying to protect her from the other man involved in the murder. He lets her go, but shows up later at her apartment badly injured and in need of help. She reluctantly assists him, and as they get to know each other, she learns that he is not exactly what he seems... nor is the handsome police detective who keeps nosing around.

When the murderer from the park makes another attempt on her, and she is saved by the intervention of her mystery man, Julie learns that she's stumbled into a vast conspiracy, and her only hope to survive it is to trust a man who refuses to tell her the full truth for fear of what will happen to her if she knows.

I really enjoyed this book. Tight writing, twists and turns galore, characters who were well-fleshed out and real, a mystery to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. I don't normally like romance novels written in the first person because I like to get inside the heads of both leads, but the structure of the story worked with us only being in Julie's head. I think I might have loved the book even more if I'd been inside the hero's head as well, but I enjoyed it as it was. The action scenes were taut and carried a real punch, and I felt every blow the characters took.

The story did get a touch convoluted at times, and I had a hard time remembering some of the peripheral characters, so I had to back-track occasionally to figure out who they were when they were mentioned (Houston is one example).
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Exciting! August 9, 2012
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This was a great read! I couldn't put it down. It has a bit of everything, drama, mystery, excitement and a bit of naughtiness to spice it up! Read it, you will not regret it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great broad-appeal crossover novel September 28, 2012
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Ms. Fairchild has crafted an excellent suspense romance here--lots of twists and turns and gotchas. But for me, it's the characters that made the book such a worthwhile read. Her two main characters--Sam and Jules--are multi-dimensional, fully realized, quirky, and totally engaging. And her bad guys (once you figure out exactly who they are) are VERY bad, with just enough "so what is this guy really doing?" motivational mystery to keep you interested and guessing. And even her "extra" characters (the cabbie, Sam's car-fixin' friends, the old sheriff toward the end, etc.) are wonderful, sympathetic "real" people. But for me, the real hero of the story--MY favorite character--is Max. I hope it's not too many books down the road in this series when we'll see HIS story. Oh--and P.S. for the guys out there: there may be a dude's semi-nude torso on the cover (and not a chick's), but take it from me, this is a GREAT read. Check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye for Danger October 4, 2012
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Finally an author who not only got "it" right, but is, hands down one, of the best writers around. Christine hooked me with her characters but sealed the deal when she got the lingo and details right. My only question is - when are we going to be able to get our hands on her next book?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Blown Away! August 29, 2012
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Christine Fairchild applies the lessons from both of her writing books, and it shows.
An Eye For Danger, is a real page turner that offers an in depth look at PTSD, and many other tough subjects, which were handled with care.
I always enjoy a good story that showcases how Marines try to readjust after they leave the military. So this story really touched my heart.
Jules Larson is brave and tough, despite her small stature. I adored her dog {Max, who easily is my favorite character. Yeah, I'm weird because the least expected characters are the ones who win over my affection.}
Sam Fields is equally as loveable and flawed. All the characters jump to life from page one, and keep tugging at your emotions to the end.
Sexy, fun, mysterious. A sure fire winner you won't be able to put down. It's a fabulous book that I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping, exciting, romantic ride of a read June 3, 2013
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Jules is a war photographer who is shell shocked and combat weary in more ways than one. Completely shut down on life, hiding away in her apartment, her only ray of life is Max, her faithful dog, till one day, a walk in the park changes everything. Stumbling into what she first thinks is a fight, she is soon embroiled in a life or death game where she doesn't know who is good or bad, and she has to look deep within herself to gather the strength to figure it out. Sam, her kidnapper turned saviour, is a guy who sees right through her, figures her out and winds her into his heart, turn by turn.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The slow burning romance (very slow in places, I was desperate for them to make out for the first half of the book, ha ha!) is a great central theme for the fast paced, complex story that made me very scared that they would not make it on several occasions. I loved the character Sam, burly, soft, tough, gentle: he is the ultimate hero you want to take home to the folks, if such a person exists. Loved this book, and thrilled to hear it is a trilogy, which makes it three times as good.

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I wanted to love the book, but it was way, way, way, way to long. Almost put it down without finishing. Too many scenes that were unnecessary to the plot and dragged it down. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't take my eyes off it
Excellent suspense-filled story with frequent surprises. Loved the characters, even the bad guys. Can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Eye For Danger
This book was a little hard to follow at times and at times it rambled but it ended up that I couldn't wait to find out who was the good guys and who was the bad guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A got to read novel.
A mesmerizing mystery worth every second of reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I enjoyed the main characters and the plot, looking forward to the next book! Jules is a smart gal & Sam's a keeper.
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Could not put it down. Really enjoyed the book. Very well-written. Would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense novel!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too long
Good story line but too much of the same activity,leading to not moving the story along and became tiresome.
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More About the Author

Christine M. Fairchild has worked as a writer/editor junky for nearly 30 years for publications (XFiles, SciFiMall.com), technical giants (Microsoft, AT&T), and consumer product companies (DHL, Hitachi). She teaches writing/editing at conferences, studies with law enforcement to hone her characters and plots, and rehabs dogs on the side.

For free writing and editing tips and tricks, visit: http://EditorDevil.blogspot.com
Or visit these pages to hear the author discuss:

1) Writing the character Sam Fields as a hero OUT of uniform here: http://sharonhamiltonauthor.blogspot.com/2012/10/christine-fairchild-sexyu-hero-out-of.html
2) Creating creepy villains:
http://savvyauthors.com/vb/content.php?2342-Building-Badass-Villains-by-Christine-Fairchild
3) Researching law enforcement and writing dog heroes:
http://www.stormgoddessbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/10/guest-blogger-christine-m-fairchild.html?zx=f34b8cbb7d4505d9
4) Building the novel as an outlet during a difficult time providing eldercare:
http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/2012/10/elder-caretaker-by-day-romantic.html?showComment=1349899285644#c8733682393257747496

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