Early Review: Cold Fury (Cold Fury #1) by T.M. Goeglein

July 19, 2012 Review 0 ★★★

*This title will be released on July 24, 2012*

Cold Fury

Cold Fury

(Cold Fury, #1)
by T.M. Goeglein

Genre: Paranormal YA | Excerpt: No
Book Trailer: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: LibraryThing ER

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (July 24, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0399257209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257209

Rating

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

Kissing

Description

Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance–until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It’s a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies–a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense–hidden in its pages the secret to “ultimate power.” It’s why she’s being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.

Review

COLD FURY, the first book in a planned trilogy, mixes the mafia with espionage and a sprinkling of supernatural.  Image the TV show Cake Bosswith actual mob ties–when an attempt to overthrow La Familia ends with one girl trying to stay alive long enough to solve a mystery that goes way beyond Al Capone.

The chronology of COLD FURY was a little unusual in that it starts near the end, then goes back way before the inciting incident and spends a good third of the book establishing characters and relationships.  The writing is expressive, so this backstory section was interesting, but I was anxious to get to the on-the-run-from-the-mob part of the story.  Learning about Sara’s boxing training, her first meeting with Max, the growing tension between her father and uncle, they were all important to the story, but I would have preferred to have them mixed throughout the book rather that weighing down the beginning.

Once the story caught back up to the present, all the secrets and clues left for Sara were fascinating.  Hidden locations left over from the height of the Prohibition era like Capone Doors, the secret network of people who spring into action once certain phrases are spoken, and the notebook passed down that details everything.  If even half of these are based on fact, it’s amazing.  Added to that is the subtle supernatural Cold Fury, a mysterious ability that may trace back to ancient Egypt.  I’m very interested in learning more about it in the next book along with seeing how the endlessly resourceful, and determined Sara embraces her heritage and seeks to stay one step ahead of the Outfit.

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