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Product Details

  • Series: Fifth Avenue (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453887857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453887851
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King on Christopher Smith:  "Put me down as an enthusiastic Christopher Smith fan.  Smith is a cultural genius."

Kirkus:  "...filled with jeopardy and tension. ...readers will find the characters vividly drawn and distinguishable. Overall, the pacing is tight, fast, action driven, and ideal for what readers will anticipate from the genre."  --Kirkus

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About the Author
Christopher Smith is the #1 international best-selling author of "Fifth Avenue," its sequels "Running of the Bulls," "From Manhattan with Love," "A Rush to Violence," "From Manhattan with Revenge," "You Only Die Twice," 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." "Park Avenue" is now available.

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.

Customer Reviews

I could not put the book down once I started reading it.
Book Maniac
The characters were well developed, the story was fast paced, will keep you at the edge of your seat, turning page after page to see what will happen next.
candi
The characters are shallow, the plot too grandiose, the writing very flat.
S. Vorenberg

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155 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Ryan on 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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87 of 97 people found the following review helpful By BBC Addict on 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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118 of 139 people found the following review helpful By P. Cook on October 27, 2010
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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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By David Camhi on 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. Why is the author obsessed with the verb "alight"... Characters keep alighting from cars, door, offices... somebody should tell the author to look the word up on a dictionary...
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91 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Rainey on October 31, 2010
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Blue77Moon on May 11, 2011
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This book is filled with bad guys, sex scenes (which do not advance the story line) and inconsistencies. Even for a work of fiction, there are things that just don't make sense. Practically none of the characters are likable and much of what happens in the book seems illogical. Strange as it is to say, this is a well-written "bad" book. By that I mean that the story is garbage but the writing skill is evident. Never again with this author. Two stars may be one too many.
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