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From Manhattan with Love: A Short Novel (Book Three in the Fifth Avenue Series) Kindle Edition

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Christopher Smith is the #1 international best-selling author of "Fifth Avenue," its sequels "Running of the Bulls" and "From Manhattan with Love" and "From Manhattan with Revenge," as well as "Bullied," "Revenge," "Witch" and "War," all four of which deal with the subject of bullying. His thriller, "A Rush to Violence," is the first in a three-book series which will include "A Rush to Murder" and "A Rush to Vengeance." Prior to writing novels, 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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  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fifth Avenue Productions, Inc. (November 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006F6WU42
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I loved 5th ave. Bought this thinking it was the next in the series. instead its a small chapter in what should have been the next book. Very disappointed and would recommend you not waste your money. The 3rd book in the series is excellent. Skip this one.
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Because I was unaware that this was a short story, lead up to Park Avenue, I was disappointed when I was suddenly at the end. I thought WTH, and was frustrated and annoyed. That said, the story, was like the others, action packed and a page turner. I want the next installment to come out, quickly!
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This novella has me just just about busting to find out where the series is headed in the next book! After reading Fifth Avenue and Running with the Bulls, I'm addicted to this action on steroids series. From Manhattan with Love is a bit of teaser for the next novel, but it has so much packed into a short story...I've come this far and will keep right on going as long as Christopher Smith keeps writing them.
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This is a grab-your-eyes-and-soul kind of story. I was gripped from the very beginning.

I know the author tried to make this a stand alone novella, but I had a hard time following the second set of characters and I was always left feeling like I should have known a lot more about them than what I actually did/do.

The ending has a twist that I did not see coming. Maybe it was due to the fact that this is my first exposure to the larger series, but I think (and hope) that others will be left with the same impressions I had.
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This is indeed a novella: as others have said, an appetizer for the rest of the series. It is expertly written and I found the main characters of Carmen and Alex likeable and really vulnerable in their feelings for each other. The action scenes are well-executed and reminded me a lot of the film, The Towering Inferno. Overall, an entertaining read that offers some food for thought.

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Thought this was the last book in the Manhattan series - very short read, found it dissapointing .... not sure why the Author would write the last saga in a novella and a novel - confusing! If you read the first two books in this series skip this book and read the full length version !
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Christopher Smith's novella "From Manhattan with Love" resembles my mother's meat loaf recipe. She took whatever happened to be in the refrigerator, kneaded it together in one big lump, baked it, and hoped for the best. With Mom's meat loaf, the results weren't perfect, but they were often surprisingly tasty. Similarly, Smith's novella blends a number of disparate elements into one story that. for the most part, is quite urbane and witty.

"Manhattan" is actually the third book in Smith's "Fifth Avenue" series, which looks at the lives and intrigues of very rich New Yorkers. The novella takes characters from the first two books in the series and comes up with a way to have them meet in a most dramatic fashion. Even though some of the characters were introduced in Smith's earlier books, readers who haven't read those other works won't have any difficulty following the story line of "Manhattan."

The first half of the novella follows two top notch professional assassins, Carmen and Alex, on an assignment together. In a story line that's pretty much borrowed from the movie, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," Carmen and Alex each receive instructions from their handler to kill the other after the current assignment is completed. Unbeknownst to their handler, who are trying to tie up all the loose ends from their earlier assignment, the two have gotten romantically involved and wind up spilling the beans to each other. Carmen and Alex eventually decide to turn the tables on the handler and kill him in a very messy, public manner at a big charity gala.

At this point, about halfway through "Manhattan," Smith shifts his focus from the assassins to Leana Redman, one of the guests at the party, and goes back in time a couple of hours to follow Leana's activities leading up to the party.
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I am literally on the edge of my seat waiting for Park Avenue. This short story is literally a tease for the next book in this series. It can be read on its own but I seriously suggest reading Fifth Avenue and Running of the Bulls.

After reading "from manhattan with love" there are three things that became clearly evident.
1-The legend of Vincent Spocatti only continues to grow.
2-Carmen the assassin will probably play a bigger role in Park Avenue.
3-Leana Redman is one of the most targeted characters in literary history. I can't possibly imagine what else Christopher Smith has in store for her.

I found the fast pacing exciting and the sheer scale of the events of "From Manhattan with Love" delightful. I live in NYC which made picturing these landmarks in pure disarray an easy task. I also found the story added more history to the familiar characters of Leana Redman and Carmen the assassin. It seems as if that was the sole purpose of this book. My only beef with that is the fact that the story was so short. Before I could blink I was done. That is why I gave this 4 stars. However, seeing as I don't know what is Smith's grand plan is for these characters, that rating can change after I read Park Avenue.
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