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?
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 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.