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 searches 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 tattered 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.
First I must say I have never read anything quite like this and was pleasantly surprised. We have what seems to be a normal bakery loving Italian family that quickly turns into much more, and for 16 year old Sarah Jane Rispoli includes, mystery, danger, and suspense. I found the story very descriptive and it gave me a since of seeing what Sarah was seeing and with all the secrets that she discovers it made me wish I was there along side her. Sarah mostly sticks to her self and that is the way her family has always preferred it. After an incident with her grandpa and the chaos that ensues Sarah finds herself on the run in search of the ones she loves, and with nothing but a notebook.. some unlikely sidekicks, and some all around shady characters who I am still not sure if they are friend or foe. The story line moved at a great pace and I could NOT put it down and was able to devour it in no time. I was left needing more as there is a HUGE cliffie at the end. I really did like the fact of the Mob factor and almost a sense of Masons to it with all of the different aspects and secrecy that seems to be involved. I cannot wait to start the next one!!
Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her missing family, but instead of fighting off a turncoat uncle and crooked cops, this time she finds herself on the run from creepy beings with red, pulsing eyes and pale white skin chasing her through the streets in ice cream trucks; they can only be described as Ice Cream Creatures.
They’re terrifying and hell bent on killing her, but they’re also a link to her family, a clue to where they might be and who has them. While she battles these new pursuers, she’s also discovering more about her own cold fury and more about the Chicago Outfit, how the past misdeeds–old murders and vendettas–might just
be connected to her present and the disappearance of her family. But connecting the dots is tough and time-consuming and may finally be the undoing of her relationship with the handsome Max–who’s now her boyfriend.
But for his own safety, Sara Jane may have to end this relationship before it even really starts. Her pursuers who’ve shown her, her mother’s amputated finger and the head of the Chicago Outfit who’s just whistled her in for a sit-down make a romance unthinkable.
The only thing that matters is finding her family and keeping everyone she loves alive.
Wow.. After I was left wondering what the fate of Sarah Jane Rispoli Counselor at Large was going to be I was so ready to start this one and it got even better. As we dive deeper into trying to figure out how to obtain the “Ultimate Power”, SJ is suddenly visited by her “Uncle Jack” who just so happens to be her grandpa Enzo’s brother who’s fate was mysteriously never talked of. With him comes his daughter and her daughter Heather. Along with the mysterious long-lost family showing up she has to deal with these some-thing less than human Ice-Cream Creatures.. Don’t mind the name they are creepier than they sound and hell- bent on capturing Sarah Jane. With everything going on she keeps digging deeper and deeper trying to figure out the secrets of the notebook. The suspense and the need to find out what has happened with her family kept me on the edge of my seat. At the end I felt mostly satisfied with how certain aspects of the story turned out but at the same time I was left needing more. As more information comes to light it leads her journey in a different direction and even she is starting to wonder if she will ever find them. Will she give up? Doubt it. Will she be chased some more, probably.. Will there be more butt- kicking.. Most definitely.I sure cannot wait to find out.
Ted Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies.
As a screenwriter, he produced original screenplays and worked as a script doctor for several L.A. production companies. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post ‘Living’ section, as well.
Ted’s Young Adult novel, COLD FURY, the first in a trilogy, was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin in July 2012. The second book in the Cold Fury series, FLICKER & BURN, published in August 2013, and the final installment, EMBERS & ASH, released in July 2014.
The author lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.
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