September 15, 2012

Review of Cold Fury (Cold Fury #1) by T.M. Goeglein


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.

Cold Fury (Cold Fury #1) by T.M. Goeglein
Publication Date:  July 24, 2012
Publisher:  Putnam Juvenile
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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
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Holy, awesome book, Batman! I fell in love with Cold Fury before I even began reading the content within its amazingly written pages.  It was love at first sight the moment I gazed at the cover.  It called to me, it was destiny telling me that I was going to enjoy every second of the novel and like always (or, most of the time) I was correct!  Cold Fury is a captivating story packed with action, dark family secrets, and a strong female main character on the run from the police—and I adored every minute of it.

Cold Fury begins with a prelude that catches the reader’s attention and drags you into the beginning of the story.  I found the story original in the way that it begins by introducing us to the life of the main character, Sarah Jane Rispoli, up to the present day.  The one thing that definitely caught my attention was the fact early in the novel when Sarah Jane is still six years old, she gets into boxing.  And holy, finally somebody got it right, Batman!  T.M. Goeglein doesn’t describe the sport in some cheesy, cliché way.  The author uses the correct terminology and realistic movements and actions.  Thank goodness.

When the story does finally end up giving us the story introduced on the back of the book, I was finally well acquainted with Sarah Jane and was shocked at the quick pacing of the novel.  Not once was I bored.  It kept my attention when it came to boxing, family feuds, and eventually the mob.  Goeglein managed to make me sorrowful, happy, and constantly kept me on the edge of my seat.  The main character is one that I personally think has no equal, despite being so badass, Sarah Jane, still holds human qualities and is still very vulnerable.  Plus, she holds an inhuman stare that strikes fear into the hearts of many.  Awesome-sauce.

Since her family has been kidnapped, I felt that I could easily put myself in Sarah Jane’s situation; Doing dangerous things to save the people she loves.  Goeglein used descriptions to his advantage and had a writing style that I am yet to be introduced to, which was more than refreshing.  However, I hope that if I ever do literally end up in Sarah Jane’s shoes it isn’t because my family is a part of the Chicago Outfit and somebody wants a notebook filled with family secrets and Italian words.  By the way, readers, there was a bunch of Italian being spoken in the novel and I found it nice to see another language besides English and to have translations (and it gave the novel the 80’s movie mobster feel).

I would recommend Cold Fury to fans of action, mafia/gangster movies, and YA adventure novels.  From what I’ve seen from Cold Fury, I want not only a sequel but more novels like this in the YA market.  Seriously guys, this is officially part of my top 3 favorite YA novels.

About the Author:


T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he created both original scripts and worked as a script doctor for several production companies in Los Angeles. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post ‘Living’ section, and continues to write for both the national edition and Huffington Post Chicago. Read T.M. Goeglein’s stories on the Huffington Post.

His debut young adult novel, COLD FURY, will be published by Penguin/Putnam in 2012 and is the first in a trilogy; he’s currently working on the second book. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Laura, and two young children.

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  1. Leigh

    Great review Gabby! I’ve never read a book with lots of actions so this would be a good change for me.

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    Awesome review Gabby, I loved that it grabbed you and never let go. I love an action packed novel and that cover is fantastic!

  3. It sounds great :) !! I can’t wait to read Cold Fury now .. Thanks for the awesome review !!

  4. I am a huge action movie/book fan so I’m really eager to read this! Moreso since reading your amazing review..

    Thankyou for sharing :)

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