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Morgan Cole is a man with a dark history involving the government and covert military operations. He has returned home to the South Shore of Massachusetts to be near the only family he has left, his older brother Nathan. Working as private investigator with a woman he truly cares for and seeing his brother on a near daily basis he finally feels a sense of normalcy in his lMorgan Cole is a man with a dark history involving the government and covert military operations. He has returned home to the South Shore of Massachusetts to be near the only family he has left, his older brother Nathan. Working as private investigator with a woman he truly cares for and seeing his brother on a near daily basis he finally feels a sense of normalcy in his life that he never imagined possible.  When Nathan is found brutally murdered Morgan sets out to find the people responsible. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a fast paced story of Betrayal, Corruption, Murder, REVENGE and how one man serves up what can only be described as an "outlaw style" of justice....

Title : City of Champions
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ISBN : 11416792
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 234 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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City of Champions Reviews

  • Rachel Tsoumbakos
    2019-02-14 15:48

    City of Awesome!I cannot praise this book highly enough. I picked it up and could not put it down.The main character already feels like an old friend. He is everything a main character in this genre should be. He is tough and brave and always ready to bed a hottie!The storyline is adrenalin packed with the main character finding his brother murdered. The body count quickly piles up around him as he hunts for the killer. There is plenty of plot twists and conspiracy thrown in for good measure. The whole book feels like a roller coaster ride - one that I wished would never end.I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

  • Brooklyn Hudson
    2019-01-24 10:56

    City Of Champions is a movie in words. Stanton creates visuals for the mind's eye with intense, emotion driven description. This is a gripping, suspenseful, complex thriller that grabs you from page one and takes you for a (not for the faint of heart) thrill ride, chapter after chapter, and through to its (I didn't see that coming) ending. A plot packed with twists, conspiracy, revenge, and retribution; protagonist, Morgan Cole, is a highly skilled powerhouse torn between righteous fury and the human heart. Stanton knocked this one out of the ballpark. I look forward to more from this author. A highly recommended read.

  • Lili
    2019-01-28 12:58

    I have a unique taste when it comes to voice. This book has a great voice. I felt like I was sitting down with a fascinating guy that was telling me his story. I found myself feeling compassion for his pain and sorrow. I longed for a happy ending but I accepted that it might not be possible. The ending was a complete surprise! Overall, it is a cool story with great dialogue.

  • Rishika S.
    2019-02-07 16:51

    I would give City of Champions a rating that nears 3.5 instead of 3.City of Champions is a graphic, keep turning the pages, fast read that keeps you wondering what happens next. Daniel Stanton writes in a unique, sometimes quirky, fashion that paints a vivid picture of things as they unfold. You not only get a feel for all that Cole experiences, you even see things from his perspective as everything is described in interesting, not boring, detail. The random tense changes can be a bit off-putting, as can the constant return to the past when things are about to get really messy, really quickly, but the story still manages to hold on to its suspense creating nature and be a good read.The characters that Stanton has created are simple in their own complex ways. Sure, they have a lot of layers and a lot of sides, but everything ties together really well. The reader is never left feeling like something was extensively out of character for anyone (something that happens more often than anyone would care for!). The relationships between the characters add new dimensions to the story, making everything come together in a neat, no nonsense fashion.The beginning of the Morgan Cole series, City of Champions introduces a new type of hero. Cole, the man who makes up a major chunk of the story, is a really interesting character. Complex yet simple, Cole is a man who fears little except for when it comes to the people he cares about. He is a man who was trained to be a killer, who can even kill without remorse, and yet, he is completely human. He is plagued by concern, by guilt and by fear - fear for the safety of his friends, the fear of failure and the fear of making mistakes. The only difference remains in the way he refuses to let his fear or his mistakes cripple him. He takes what is thrown at him and makes the most of it. But for all his good, there is evil in him, drilled too deep by years of living in the midst of death and war. And that is what makes Morgan Cole's character so interesting - the fact that he is more of an anti-hero instead of a hero. Stanton, in my opinion, created a character that you can hate (for his almost cold blooded nature), but cannot help but like.The story itself was interesting, but not unheard of. The crux of the story lay on the vengeance that Morgan Cole desires, making it not too different from the many vigilante stories that you've read at some time or another. It had its share of twists and surprises and, in some cases, was even predictable. It had all the elements of a fast, action oriented, crime fiction and a healthy dose of suspense. And all in all, it was a quick and interesting read with an ending that was definitely not expected.If you like Lee Child and similar authors, then you'll probably enjoy City of Champions. It might not have the same kind of writing finesse, but it will keep you interested. However, if you have a problem with a little bit of graphic violence, then Morgan Cole is not the man you want to read about. And if you love fast paced books based on the concept of vigilantes or revenge, with a healthy dose of strategies and some necessary brutality thrown in, then don't give this book a miss.

  • M.B. Daugherty
    2019-02-14 16:55

    “Grabbing someone by the hair just above the back of the neck and slamming their face into the trunk of a car is a strangely pleasant feeling. “Daniel Stanton. City of Champions (Kindle Locations 41-42). Daniel Stanton.With a great first line like that, I was hooked. I have always heard about the power of the first line and I have seen examples, but I had yet to experience it myself, till now. From the very beginning, Stanton starts his story strong and takes it full throttle till the end. The fore-shadowing throughout the action keeps the reader entertained and filled with suspense. Descriptions of characters and scenes flow easily throughout the well written dialogue.I have got to say, I may be a little bias, the lead character happens to drive a Dodge Charger and my first car was 1974 Dodge Charger with a 440. (It was a car driven by Richard Petty.) Ah, the good old days, sorry I drifted there for a moment. Stanton’s characters will stay with you after finishing the last page and leaving you wanting more. I have got to say that it is refreshing to see a lead character (Morgan Cole) actually not always be likable. There are no free rides in this story. Crime does not pay for the criminal as well as the hero. By the conclusion a reader may find that this is a story without a true hero. I like that. Things do not work out perfectly but what does in real live and I find that this made me like this book all the more.The care and interesting style that Stanton takes with his depiction of secondary characters and sub-cultures such as WD, Sully and Doc makes the reader eager to read the next book. Don’t expect any wishy washy detective novel. This is a hard driving, realistic look at crime and one man’s punishment of those that harmed his family. Join Cole Morgan as he searches out and brings to justice, his justice, the men responsible for the death of his brother and his sister-in-law. Great book, right up there with Patterson and Cornwell.

  • Joyce
    2019-02-13 15:57

    Morgan Cole is a former Delta Force member who is a Private Investigator in suburban Boston. He goes to meet his brother and finds him brutally murdered. The same evening he finds his brother's wife tortured and murdered. This initiates his quest for vengeance. There is a fascinating cast of characters up to and including a gang of outlaw bikers all of whom are former Military, present mercenaries, local police and federal officers. The author put together some well done plot twists and a conclusion that leaves the way open for further Morgan Cole adventures. Lots of violence that was graphic to the extent that the reader readily sees what is going on. It was a well done thriller.

  • Jan
    2019-02-01 10:43

    You know how the movies by Denzel Washington and Ben Affleck all seem so great and most of them keep you at the edge of your seat until the end? Well that's how I felt reading this story about Morgan Cole a former military guy who is now private investigator. He ends up embroiled in a huge mess as he tries to find the killer when he finds his brother, a lawyer dead. I kept thinking of "Burn Notice, Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, Justified" all rolled into one story kind of like this one! I think this would make a great movie, it was that intense with lots of twist and turns all the way to the end. I would like to see more of Morgan in another suspensful thriller!

  • Jeff Gafford
    2019-01-22 13:46

    Fast-paced, gritty tale of a professional warrior's quest for revenge. Very well-paced and descriptive. Stanton made me want the hero to win. The only issues I had with the novel was the author's habit of going from past-tense to present-tense when describing action, usually without warning. But the story was engaging enough for this to be a very minor issue. Anyone who likes actioners should definitely check this novel out.

  • Javier R
    2019-01-21 09:10

    Amazing book!!! I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended

  • Tami (synchro from BL)
    2019-02-17 15:10

    This is a mix of good and bad for me with a distinct advantage for the bad. One the positive side the story captured my interest and had some good suspense going after the first 50%. Also some of the characters were quite interesting and well developed. Some observations were quite poignant.On the negative side were the over the top violence, the over the top bad-ass-ness of the hero and the descriptive narration style. I had to skip some pages in every chapter as I am not overly interested to read several pages of description of surroundings (fences, concrete, sidewalk, buidling etc.). That took some of the drive out of the story. Also on the minus side: the strange interpunction. Very, very often three points in direct speach… no comma before or after names in direct speach and some other stuff that made reading it strenous. I am not a native speaker and grammer or spelling errors irk me to no end. But the worst thing: the hero himself. Bid bad-ass ex-Delta. I didn’t like him. And that more or less ruined the whole thing for me. There is intense violence in this story, and normally I can endure that, but the grade of violence here administered by the „hero“ (including torture) doesn’t do much to endear him to me. (view spoiler)[ Also in the end he is the stupid one, while the main culprit gets away and taunts him. I am not sure if the two-girls-gambit should be a James-Bond-hommage? Normally with 007 one of the girls dies, here she just breaks up with him before anything interesting can happen. Only saving grace: that the culprit was an unusual choice.(hide spoiler)] All in all I was disappointed, although some glimpses of greatness shone through.

  • Sharon Michael
    2019-02-13 17:06

    Not sure if it's a keep/re-read for me yet, so 4 star rating, but a strong 4-star rating. Predictable plot framework, ex-military/P.I. out to avenge his brother's death from the bad guys and coping with bad guys, crooked cops and federal law enforcement with the help of ex-military biker buddies. For the most part, fast pacing with well defined characterization and enough twists to keep things interesting.Not an overly admirable main character in many ways and definitely skewed to the darker side of the action/adventure genre. High body count, some of which seemed included solely for shock value and the entire plot did require a certain amount of suspension of belief. In some ways this reminds me just slightly of the grimmer books in the Travis McGee series. There are issues, which I'm hoping will improve as the series continues. I'd hope for another pass through by an editor for one thing, but overall an excellent first book and I'll be looking for the next to be available.

  • Eileen
    2019-01-21 13:43

    I am an avid reader( 3 books a week instead of cooking/cleaning :0)) and this was one of my favorites this summer. I am floored that this is Daniel Stanton's first book, and am looking forward to reading more from him and the continuation of this series. It is violent, but it fits into the plot and Cole's character as a someone who should not be messed with. There are layers of love, brotherhood and revenge that make it all work. I am from Quincy so the book is set in the south shore...If you like reading books with a local flavor Mass South Shore readers you will appreciate the local flair and locations.. I picture Hull/Plymouth. A great read, just be careful you will have a hard time putting it down....Think Kenzie (Denis Lehane)gone black ops and Pis^&*(...

  • Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
    2019-01-24 08:57

    This is a thriller about an ex military man getting used to life on the 'outside'. He has a job as a private investigator, a woman he loves and he is near his beloved brother. Life couldn't be better. And then his brother is brutally murdered. So begins the search for the killer.The book was quite brutal in places but it was all in context with the story. I really enjoyed the raciness of it and the fact that it grabbed you by the hand and ran with you and didn't let you go until the explosive end. I identified with the characters, I thought they were completely believable. At first some of the actions may seem over the top but in the context of the story they are completely believable.I hope this author carries on in the same vein as I would love to read more of his work.

  • Lili
    2019-02-14 10:52

    I have a unique taste when it comes to voice. This book has a great voice. I felt like I was sitting down with a fascinating guy that was telling me his story. I found myself feeling compassion for his pain and sorrow. I longed for a happy ending but I accepted that it might not be possible. The ending was a complete surprise! Overall, it is a cool story with great dialogue.

  • Cindy
    2019-01-29 09:57

    A very violent murder mystery.

  • Nicole Storey
    2019-01-22 17:04

    I must admit I am guilty of not reading many books outside of my two favorite genres -- fantasy and paranormal. I downloaded a copy of this a long time ago when it was free and it has been collecting cobwebs on my kindle ever since. Two days ago, I made the decision to give it a try. I have read a handful of books lately outside of my comfort zone and was very impressed. Now, I am kicking myself for not reading Stanton's book sooner.I read this book in less than two days, which means I loved it and could barely put it down. I am a bit shocked that I fell in love with the supporting characters instead of the main character, but that just made the book even better. The plot was believable, fast-paced, and full of action. The reviewer who stated the main character engaged in meaningless violence obviously has never thought how THEY would feel or react if they were in Cole's shoes. I loved WD and The Dogs of War and hope they will be in the second book. When one of the characters died, I felt an emptiness in my heart.Stanton must have put a lot of thought and research into this book. It is well-written and chock-full of twists that had me mumbling a few explicit words from time to time. The only problem I found was some head-hopping, but it was nothing that took away from my enjoyment of the novel. I am eagerly awaiting the second book!

  • Lia Fairchild
    2019-02-17 12:53

    Morgan Cole is a complicated man that lives by simple rules: fight the bad guys, protect the innocent, avenge the victims. I loved his character and was immediately drawn to his wit, strength, and honesty. In City of Champions, Cole must find his brother’s killer and uncover some serious corruption. The author did an excellent job of making everything seem authentic from the detailed weaponry to the colorful locations. The story was fast paced and held my interest throughout. And, I hear there’s a sequel coming! Bonus: today the book is free for Kindle!

  • Adam
    2019-02-05 11:06

    If Rambo were a "detective..."I had high hopes for this novel, having seen it on a few lists of top noir novels. It read like a fairly typical '80s action movie - none of the bad guys can shoot straight and no one can kill the main character.

  • Jean Reno
    2019-02-13 14:42

    WowThis book lived up to my expectations of a good murder mystery. Just when you think you have it all figured out........Would definitely recommend this to my friends.

  • Judy
    2019-02-03 10:57

    Good readmakes you wonder what is next