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Cold by John Sweeney
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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 into place. Mr Sweeney certainly packs a lot into the novel and draws on many of his experiences as a reporter to do so. I found the book dark and barbaric in places but I am not surprised if these examples are close to reality, after all we (the general public) don't really know what goes on in the hidden world of espionage. Joe Tiplady, the protagonist is a likeable character and true hero, he has depth and I am sure he will be drawn out even more in future instalments. There was of course the 'love interest' which would certainly add to the appeal of the book for development into screenplay or film at a later date. I look forward to reading more in this series. ( )
  booketta | Aug 2, 2016 |
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