Hello and welcome to the final day on the Cold Blog Tour!
Cold by John Sweeney is out 1st July by Thomas and Mercer and is available here
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?
Please note: this book contains strong language and scenes of torture
To give you a wee taster of the book, here is a specially chosen extract!
In his office on Lubyanka Square, Grozhov sat hunched over his laptop, watching images that both fascinated and repelled him. Click, flicker, die; flicker, click, die. He killed the machine and opened the first of a dozen folders stacked in his in tray. Thanks to the Americans and their clever way with algorithms, the full majesty of the Russian secret service in the twenty-first century had been reduced to this: for pleasure, he switched on the computer; for business, he switched it off and went back three decades to read typed memoranda. Read, sign his initials with a fountain pen for action, place to one side for inaction. The positive? You can’t put a stack of paper on a flash drive. You can’t hack a fountain pen. Grave, intelligent, he consumed the paperwork rapidly, pausing here and there, reaching for a file he’d already read, using his phenomenal intellect to find the key element to build up a patchwork quilt of comprehension, the result being that he would understand more about the other side than they would ever know themselves. The sky grew darker and darker as Grozhov worked through the consequences of any action, three, four moves ahead, like the chess grandmaster he perhaps should have been. Pursing his lips, he reached out for the office phone on his desk and dialled a number.
*** Cold Blog Tour Review***
I’m always in the mood for a thriller. I eagerly dived into Cold, waiting to be taken to another world of global intrigue, death and darkness.This is the first in a series, by well known journalist and broadcaster John Sweeney.
We get a chilling, haunting and brutally complex tale, with a dash of humour. It is not exactly a recruitment tool for espionage or a tourist advertisement for modern day Russia. Many of the details are graphic, to say the least and strangely believable. We get to know some very different men, Joe Tiplady, with his dog. He is a man, that I wanted to get to know. A special needs teacher, with a dark past. A fresh action hero in the making. And the ex-Mormon CIA operative with a gift for languages, Zeke Chandler. I became increasingly fond of Chandler. His background intrigued me. And we get a Putin like figure in charge of Russia, Zoba. Zoba has to be Putin!
This is a story that starts off slowly, with many strands and locations. Patience is required, as the story threads take time to blend together and for the tension to escalate. This is a series with so much potential. Joe is a Bond in the making, complete with his own Russian Katya and enemies on his tail.
This was an engaging thriller, that kept me on my toes. The insight into Russia made it highly readable, together with the varied characterisation. I want my baddies to be properly evil. They definitely made the evil grade this time. Worth a read, if spy thrillers float your boat.