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Fifth Avenue (Book One in the Fifth Avenue Series) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Smith
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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 international best-selling 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 that man. George Redman, his wife, two daughters and their close friends are his targets. Both men are self-made billionaires who came from nothing to stake their claim to Fifth Avenue. But when Louis Ryan hires an international assassin to literally rip the Redman family apart, a series of events that can't be stopped catapults them all through a fast-paced, hard-edged thriller in which nobody is safe.

Secrets are revealed. Sex lives are exposed. The Mafia get involved. And George's two daughters, Celina and Leana Redman, come to the forefront. More than anyone, it's they who are caught in the throes of their father's past as Louis Ryan's blind desire to kill them all takes surprising turns in his all-out effort to see them dead.

"Fifth Avenue" is 145,000 words, or about 450 printed pages.






Excerpts from RUNNING OF THE BULLS and FROM MANHATTAN WITH LOVE are included with this edition of FIFTH AVENUE.


"Fifth Avenue," the first novel by penned Christopher Smith, is a fantastic first effort and was the reason I was simply unable to put my Kindle down over this Christmas period. And I would go as far to say that it ranks as one of the best first novels I've ever read."--PLANET KINDLE


"Fifth Avenue". A big, big novel. A blockbuster? Yes. A bestseller. It should be.

Other books by Christopher Smith:
"Running of the Bulls": A Wall Street Thriller
"From Manhattan with Love": A Novella
"The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set"

"Bullied": Book One in the Bullied Series
"Revenge: Book Two in the Bullied Series
"Witch": Book Three in the Bullied Series
"War": The Fourth and Final Book in the Bullied Series
"Bullied: The Complete Series"

Editorial Reviews



KIRKUS EDITORIAL ON FIFTH AVENUE:  " ...filled with jeopardy and tension. This thriller, set in New York, offers an inside look at wealth, power, greed, and how these worlds intermingle and collide when one man seeks revenge and starts a catastrophic chain of events. The book is segmented into four parts, each representing a week, which keeps the action and events tight and condensed in a way that is well suited for the genre. ...readers will find the characters vividly drawn and distinguishable. No one is without blemish, and each has some element that would elicit empathy from readers, which is ideal, as it will keep readers engaged and invested in the outcomes of the characters.  Overall, the pacing is tight, fast, action driven, and ideal for what readers will anticipate from the genre." --Kirkus Editorial

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  • File Size: 1443 KB
  • Print Length: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Fifth Avenue Productions, Inc. (October 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZS2G4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh please...SPOILERS December 13, 2010
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Fifth Avenue had a great premise, but was way too over the top. Leana, who I guess was supposed to be the heroine, came off as completely unbelievable and a whiny, shallow woman. I get the premise that Leana's father's arch enemy would hire her to run a hotel to upset her dad, but not if she had zero experience. The few scenes where Leana tells off her "assistant" at the hotel were contrived to the extreme and painful to read. Characters were killed off before the reader had time to know them, and every main character was a cliche. One dimensional characters are no fun to read. It felt like the author took a writing class and then used a pro forma list of character types: business tycoon, rich smart daughter, rich troubled daughter, oh yeah, we need a typical mafia guy, etc.

Book would have been a lot better if the author had cut out 1/2 of the characters and ridiculous subplots and spent more time focusing on developing fewer main people.

The scenes where Leana tells off her father? More cliches.

This book was not a "fast paced thriller", it was boring in the extreme and completely predictable. UGH.
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156 of 178 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Add me to the list of shills . . . November 12, 2010
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Christopher Smith has penned a fine first novel, one of the better debut novels I have read. I suppose by giving it more than two stars, the nay-sayers who took issue with Mr. Smith will classify this review as just another shill rating. Be that as it may, Fifth Avenue was riveting in many respects. I did not expect it to be an expose of corporate America, nor a treatise on managing large corporations, yet there were some revelations that were informative. The cast of characters is large; their actions varied; the interests divergent. Oddly, I did not find one character whom I thought was a truly "nice" person. Fifth Avenue depicts a world of "me first" corporate greed including all the "hanger's on."

I quite enjoyed this read and the myriad plot variations. Yes, some were discernable, predictable, but that is no different than reading any novel or watching any movie and determining beforehand what might happen. An inveterate reader will always look ahead and predict what might happen. That does not detract from the story, nor the ability to keep the reader interested. I have read multiple versions of the Battle of the Alamo. I ALWAYS know what is going to happen, but I read them nonetheless.

The writing was quite well done, very few errors, duplicate words, misused words, or typos. And the length of the book is far beyond most of what have come to accept as a "novel" length piece of fiction.

Well done, Mr. Smith. I commend this effort and look forward to more of your work.

Gordon Ryan, Author
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119 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true page-turner October 27, 2010
By P. Cook
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Some of these reviews are discouraging, because they focus on the most prurient parts of the book. It should be noted that the pages depicting sexual content are few and far between. What makes this book worth reading are the plot and characters.

Smith creates compelling heroes and villains, but leaves the reader wondering who they should root for in the end. This ambiguity creates tension, and that is what makes this book a page turner. Readers will care about who lives and who dies, which elevates this story above others. Smith is a talented writer, who has written a good book full of compelling characters. I recommend it.
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92 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. October 31, 2010
By Rainey
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a reminder of being prepared for the sins of the past to haunt you in the future. It was suspenseful and kept my attention throughout.

Minor editorial and grammatical errors, but they didn't detract from the story.

Sexual content did not bother me and I didn't find it graphic, and I found it explained or put in context actions that particular character took.

All in all a book I will read again.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!! March 31, 2011
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Just read all the one-star and two-star reviews... they are all correct. Shallow and unbelievable characters with petty motivations, unrealistic situations and locations, full of cliches... maybe teenagers who have had no exposure to real life would believe and enjoy it. Gratuitous overly-described sex scenes (I can't believe that on two separate sex scenes, the author gets into a description of how pleased the characters were with the size of their respective partners'sexual organs...completely irrelevant to the story, makes me want to puke). Also, the authori tries very hard to use sophisticated, big words and end up messing it up (and this is evident even for somebody like me, whose first language is not English.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not find a character to like January 2, 2012
By Hope A.
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There was so much violence, disfunctional family life, and sex, that I fould it very hard to like any of the characters. The plot was at least interesting and I did finish the book. But, I was relieved when I checked back and found I'd only paid 99 cents for this book and wish it had been one of the free ones.
It appears the character that appears in the next book is the assasin, who was not likeable as some can be like Keller in Lawrence Block's books or Jack Reacher, who isn't an assasin but is surely violent, in Lee Child's books.
Anyway I thought the sex was excessive too, and I don't think it needed to be so exageratedly disfunctional to make the story work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a tale!
Love the book. As with the Godfather series, filled with power, family intrigue and greed! Eager to continue this trilogy!
Published 17 days ago by Betty
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner
I loved this book. I am reading the second one now (The Running of the Bulls) and I am enjoying it just as much.
Published 18 days ago by Brenda O'Toole
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Packed with plots and subplots this has more twist and turns than one could imagine. Fifth Avenue grabs your attention and keeps you guessing with the turn of every page.
Published 24 days ago by kjv
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful read
Enjoyed this book very much. Very nice writing for a first time out. I found the characters interesting and believable. Read more
Published 26 days ago by P. Rafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars A story about new Yorks most wealthy, their affairs and scandles.
These people all drank constantly, cheated and had an agenda, usually devious. Bad language is consistent throughout. There are many characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dene
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story that kept me turning the pages to find ...
A wonderful story that kept me turning the pages to find more. Definitely a thriller with a storyline that shows how one person's distorted perception can ruin so many lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about people who are described so well you ...
Great book about people who are described so well you think you have met them but I have never known anyone like these very rich people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LR2003
3.0 out of 5 stars confusing path of events and family members
I liked some of the characters but got confused on who was whom.......too many characters. The two wealthy families were too similar and it was confusing which events had happened... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Highrisegirl
4.0 out of 5 stars thriller in the city
This book had everything and more. I started and thought of stopping and I am glad I finished this book
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About the Author
Christopher Smith is the #1 international best-selling author of more than three million books, including "Fifth Avenue," its sequels "Running of the Bulls," "From Manhattan with Love," "A Rush to Violence," "From Manhattan with Revenge," "You Only Die Twice," "Park Avenue," as well as "Bullied," "Revenge," "Witch" and "War," all four of which deal with the subject of bullying. While part of the "Fifth Avenue Series," "A Rush to Violence" is the beginning of a new a three-book series, which will include "A Rush to Murder" and "A Rush to Vengeance."

For fourteen 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 reviews and he has been named Best Critic for 2010 by the MPA. He has published two previous books in his Netflix "Queued" series, which are compilations of hundreds of his film reviews. He lives in Maine.

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