Cold John Sweeney

51bxNOqxD+L._AC_US160_Pub: Thomas & Mercer


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 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?

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 smidgen of power and money it is more than a James Bond style conspiracy read.

My last point is that Cold will not be for every reader. I was slow to get ‘into’ it, but in my opinion it was well worth the time. John Sweeney has written a convincing tale and I for one can see this made as a great movie.







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