Cold by JohnSweeney Online

Title : Cold
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ISBN : 9781503934221
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 386

In the feeble light of a London winter, Joe Tiplady walks his dog in the snow. He is not alone. Two men are tracking him, as is a woman with wolf eyes. Soon Joe will find himself caught in a storm of violence and retribution that he does not yet understand.Around the world, a chain of events is in motion that will make Joe a priceless target. A retired Soviet general huntsIn the feeble light of a London winter, Joe Tiplady walks his dog in the snow. He is not alone. Two men are tracking him, as is a woman with wolf eyes. Soon Joe will find himself caught in a storm of violence and retribution that he does not yet understand.Around the world, a chain of events is in motion that will make Joe a priceless target. A retired Soviet general hunts for his missing daughter after a series of brutal murders. A ruthless assassin loses something so precious he will do anything to get it back. And in the mountains of Utah, a brilliant ex-CIA chief wrestles with his religion.In the shadow of them all lies Zoba, strongman ruler of Russia and puppet-master of the world’s darkest operatives. Can Joe save himself from this dangerous web of power and revenge? Where can he run when there’s nowhere left to hide?Please note: this book contains strong language and scenes of torture.

Cold Reviews

  • Katherine

    I am only at 6%, but can not finish. Very seldom can I not finish a book so this makes me sad. This was my Kindle first book and not a good choice for me. The flow is bad, story crude, and writing disjointed.

  • Andrew

    Makes me question the authors credentials Granted I'm only 14% of the way into the book, but the depiction of Mormons is so appallingly wrong that it casts a shadow on the entire story as well as the author's credentials as a journalist. My ability to suspend disbelief and immerse myself into the story is hampered by the flagrant inaccuracies as he depicts Mormons. The author is a journalist. I would expect him to be able to do basic research to discover that:1) Mormons don't talk or dress or ac [...]

  • Christine

    I’m always in the mood for a thriller. I eagerly dived into Cold, eagerly waiting to be taken to another world of global intrigue, death and darkness.This is the first in a series, by well known journalist and broadcaster John Sweeney.We get a chilling, haunting and brutally complex tale, with a dash of humour. It is not exactly a recruitment tool for espionage or a tourist advertisement for modern day Russia. Many of the details are graphic, to say the least and strangely believable. We get t [...]

  • Pistol Pete

    Ugh. There were so many characters and plotlines that, for a majority of the book, I was intrigued by how the author would pull it all together.Here's a spoiler: He didn't.I wish I had the hours I spent reading this back. The bones of an interesting book are here. Why are killers after a dog? That's different! Who is the sadistic torturer? OK, that's not so different, but it could have been. A retired Russian military general investigating his daughter's death? That's intriguing. But by the end, [...]

  • Steve

    Review to come.

  • William Bitner Jr.

    Genre - Political Thriller/SuspensePages - 398Very rarely am I at a loss for words, but unfortunately “Cold (A Joe Tiplady Thriller, Book One)” by John Sweeney has backed me into a corner. I almost broke a personal rule and did not finish this book, but I refuse to allow that to happen. I had no idea, and I wish I did so I could tell you about it, what this book was about. Half way through I thought for a brief moment that there was going to be redemption and the story started to make some s [...]

  • Bent Hansen

    The description of this book sounded just like the right book for me - international setting, suspense, mystery, chases across and between continents, spies, corruption, Russian bad guys, Russian good guys you name it!Well, the book did indeed have all that and a lot more. In fact, it had too much going on, and the multitude of names and places really made me struggle with hanging on to the story line at times making my reading progress slow and somewhat painful. But at other times, I was genuin [...]

  • Jmrathbone

    I just finished this book and I really don't know what it was about. A lot of people in so many places, including a cruise ship, I could not keep track. It took me a long time to get through this and I don't know why I continued to read it. If Joe Tiplady wasn't part of the title, I wouldn't even know who the main character was supposed to be.

  • Tracy Shephard

    I have to say this isn't the type of book I usually enjoy, but Cold was a pleasant surprise.Very descriptive, Joe Tiplady is an interesting character. This is a novel filled with twists and turn and a fab ending. It is horrifically violent, with graphic torture and all that is relevant to war, but the intensity it weaves makes this quite a page-turner.I did however, struggle a little to keep up. It is very character driven and while the writing style is not brilliant, with spies, espionage and a [...]

  • Raven

    Welcome aboard to a striking new thriller from intrepid journalist John Sweeney, who neatly uses some of the less savoury characters he’s encountered in his professional career to populate his cast of baddies. That Zoba, for example really reminded me of…er…whatshisname…you know the short Russian guy. But joking aside, I really rather enjoyed this tangential and breathless caper…Split into three main storylines, and globe trotting from America to Europe, Sweeney weaves a tale of greed, [...]

  • Dennis Chisholm

    Review of the ColdVery interesting and hard to put down, only short coming is confusion of all the different characters in beginning of story.

  • Schuyler Wallace

    I liked this book. You will too if you ignore author John Sweeney’s plaintive assertion that this is just a story that he “made up.” Sweeney is an award-winning British journalist and author who has stepped on toes, pursued controversy, and, on occasion, lost his cool during interviews. His pungency suggests he doesn’t make things up. His story is intriguing. There are interesting characters, convoluted plots, exotic locations, international contrivances, and inventive torture techniques [...]

  • Jane

    This was a gripping, action packed thriller which kept me on my toes. I found it a little slow to get into but I think that was because each character introduced was given a chapter to themselves. I know that a lot of books are written in this form but I found that I had to think or re-visit to re-acquaint myself with the characters, particularly when only managing to read a few pages a day. I had to persevere and once I found out who was who and got the gist of their connections it all fell int [...]

  • Rick

    Did not enjoy this book at allAbout 20% into this book I almost gave up and stopped reading it, but since I don't like to give up on books I struggled on. By the time I got to the end of the book I wish I had stopped reading it.Here's what I didn't like:* I'm not squeamish, but there were a number of very graphic scenes very early in the book that really turned me off* There was only one character in the book that I cared anything about. This character was featured in the middle of the book and [...]

  • Geraldine Powell

    I will usually read a sample in its entirety but for this book the use of non standard English made me give up half way through. I understand language evolves through usage but there was so much weird construction in this book it made me think the author didn't respect the reader or was trying to be overly cute. Leaving out a noun or ignoring subject verb agreement may be okay in colloquial conversation but in straight exposition it's irritating and stops the flow of the story.

  • Kevin Beck

    I read this book as part of the Kindle First program. The book has an interesting plot and great characters but the story is very violent and dark. Torture, murder, and corruption are the main themes. (view spoiler)[Not sure why all the interesting characters; Genny, his big friend, and Joe's girlfriend have to get killed in a span of a few pages. (hide spoiler)]

  • Janet

    A messTotal mishmash describes this attempt at drama as author plays with time and place so you. rarely know where you are

  • Matthew

    I just couldn't make it through this book. There were some interesting characters here, but after getting more than halfway the plot just didn't develop enough to hold my interest. It was still building for too long. I also did not care for the main character Joe Tiplady. On the one hand he came across as too much of an "average joe" while at the same time showing some real material fighting skills. It clashed with his character and I never got to the point to resolve it.

  • Marcella

    Too confusingIf I finish a book, I give it a 3 because there must be something dragging me along. I thought there were too many characters and too much location jumping. I didn't find Joe to be the central character. He was introduced too late for my tastes. Same was more compelling as a central character. And I did find the author's boo fascinating and did help understand the story.

  • Leah Riniker

    Good read. Starts slow but builds a good story.The story starts out slow and appears to jump around some, but as you read it speeds up and gets tied together. It is a good read. At times it is somewhat sad. It shows some of the struggles that Russia is going through and current/past events affecting it.

  • carol ryan

    A good readThis book makes you really feel for the people who live in countries where you are afraid to speak up about corruption and what happens to you if you do. It may be a work of fiction but I'm sure somewhere in this exciting story is some truth. I would definitely recommend that you read this book, you will not be disappointed.

  • Ken Macfie

    Grim at times but always interestingI enjoy my fiction when it has at least one foot in fact. This does it beautifully. Nicely written with the edge of a reporter who deals in grim facts. I enjoyed the way the various strands of the story come together only at the end maintaining the tension throughout.

  • Sarah

    WOW! An Informative an Terrifying ReadI hesitate to say I enjoyed this book mainly because the torture scenes were stomach-turning. But it is a darn good “page-turner”! I also read the author’s comments at the end of the book (I always do) and appreciate the references. More for me to read. I recommend this book.

  • Matt &

    This was an odd book to read. I started off being lost and not knowing what was going on, where, and who was involved. Towards the middle, I got into it and had everything sorted in my mind; however, I ended up not being sure how the book wrapped up. I still don't know who was who and how things were intertwined. It was a difficult read

  • Nancy Brown

    Sensational ThrillerCause and effect is so prevalent in this Joe Tiplady Thriller. How can a government so mistreat their own people? Threats, maiming and killings cause so many casualties that I would want to rise up against this injustice but probably end up a statistic. Ready to read Book 2! Great book for all who like history, mystery and fast action.

  • Suzanne

    first book a few months ago. Overly long. While that should build suspense, it was a slog to get through. Intertwining stories were interesting, but the Mormon cliches bothered me a bit as well.

  • Stephanie

    This book was awful. It is rare that I don't finish a book. I always try to power through, but I simply couldn't with this book. I struggled to read about 20% and just couldn't bear it. Don't waste your time.

  • Marsha Thompson

    So I didn't like that the most the series character did was run. For a book I picked up for a fun read it was a little too intense for my liking. Only a small twist that really didn't add much to the story. I will not continue the series.

  • Mackay

    Horrible. Was a simple Google search too much work for research on this book? I wanted to give it a chance but was unable to get past the over simplified characters and hokey dialogue mimicking the Beverly hillbillies.

  • Diann Marten

    It drove me a little crazy because there were so many parallel story lines going on. But overall a good read, and I liked it well enough to pay $3.99 for the next Joe Tiplady book which is coming out soon.