Title: Cold Fury
Author: T.M. Goeglein
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Amazingly action-packed; Sara Jane's left hook will get you!
Summary (from BN.com)
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 searched 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 tatter 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.
Cold Fury is definitely one for those who love action, thrills, and tons of little new details/twists. "Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos"? That had me there; who doesn't like the two? And together? Impossible! Or, at least, impossibly amazing.
The story starts out with Sara Jane having flashbacks, explaining to herself and the reader the little hints she never picked up on about her family's business. The first a hundred or so pages are this and this alone, with a few bits and pieces of "very recently". And then... and then the action starts. She comes home from a mediocre-ly successful dance and bam! Her house is in shambles, she almost just died, her family is missing and probably dead, and she also has pretty much no idea what to do. That plus the Chicago Outfit/mob and crazy people trying to get at her, and you have one very promising story line.
Sara Jane is a very deep, somewhat emotionally-detached person. She's got the mindset of a fighter (which figures because she learned boxing at age six-something I greatly envy because my parents never let me) and I can very much see her character. She doesn't care about her appearance, doesn't care about making friends really, and has the mindset "if the world comes to me, great. If not, no big deal." She's an admirable, very strong heroine, and she definitely (let me stress definitely) kicks major butt. At points I felt her a bit too emotionally detached, but it may have been because of the fact a male author wrote this female POV.
The other characters were lightly touched base on, but I felt I could warm up to them in the upcoming books. Not many, except for Willy (who is awesome, by the way) are really examined. I'd like to point out, though, that the "bad guys" are very good at being bad.
The guy...s aren't very touched based upon, either. I felt as though this was because, again, it's a male author, so if you're looking for a kick-butt heroine who also happens to have a yummilicious boy in the background, you're in for a disappointment. However, there is a guy named Max from school who is a little (okay, a LOT) cute and wonderfully awkward. And then there's Tyler from the Outfit who is very handsome and quite the suave guy.
My issues, for the most part, were these: 1.) the action-packed promise was a bit of a letdown; I didn't feel as if it was super duper action-y 2.) Sara Jane was a bit too detached for me 3.) NO ROMANCE... for the most part
However, if these issues do not bug you, I think you will love it! It's a great read and I can't wait to read the next!
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