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Bitter Cold [Kindle Edition]

J. Joseph Wright , Krystle Wright
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Journalist April Murray always went after her stories with the tenacity of a pit-bull, only she never thought she'd be covering her own demise. Braving a winter storm, in a sleepy Oregon town, she investigates a possible radiation leak at a defunct nuclear plant. What starts as a routine assignment takes an ominous turn when a boy is attacked by a lethal and mysterious predator that lurks in the snow, turning it black as night. With the help of a local handyman and his son, April finds herself in a battle for her life, and soon discovers the ravenous creature living in the frost isn't the only one who wants her dead.

BITTER COLD
...Don't go into the snow.


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"Not only does Wright excel at character building, but has a raw talent for perfectly meshing his environments to pull a reader into his world... I could see this book developing into a movie much along the lines of the Blob or the Fog... EPIC THRILLER..."
-- Kim Heimbuch

About the Author

J. Joseph Wright penciled his first novel in the fourth grade, but, after failing to publish it, toiled away in obscurity until his freshman year in high school. Upon reading and, inexplicably, enjoying one of J.'s witless essays, his English Comp teacher, a man of questionable taste, recommended he write for the school newspaper. Soon J. was regaling the student body with a fantasy horror fiction column, gaining a robust early fan base, albeit from a captive school audience.

After college, J. left a highly lucrative career in television for an even more lucrative career as an author, and now writes Paranormal Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy.

Website - JJosephWright.com

Twitter - @JJosephWright

Product Details

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492800457
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carrier Press (November 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XNCNB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Right Chiller August 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Very creepy from the very beginning, this book has all the makings of a classic horror thriller. Local handyman Jeff warns the townspeople that there is something dangerous in the black snow but nobody believes him. Journalist April Jones is investigating a radiation leak from the old nuclear power plant. Are the leak and black snow linked?

The characters were likable and I found myself screaming in my head at them to get away from the black snow. An easy, enjoyable read with plenty of action and gore.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! May 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I can see this book possibly being adapted to a TV mini series, or even a movie. The progression wasn't too fast or too slow, it maintained a steady flow throughout. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next, and even worrying for everybody's safety. I can't say anything negative about this book; I think anybody who reads Bitter Cold will enjoy it as much as I did!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious January 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I kept reading hoping it would get better. I actually skimmed the last chapters because it was so cliched.. (seriously it has a 'super dog') Not my cup of tea.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars . March 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A chilling thriller and pretty gory encounter of the spiritual kind...

When Jeff Keller, a local townsman, meets April Jones, a journalist with a hunch, they soon realise that their worlds are destined to collide.

What is the ‘Black Snow’ that hides at the bottom of a mysterious gorge? Why has it suddenly become mobile? Will Jeff and April manage to lead everyone to safety before the whole town is consumed??

A very easy to read and entertaining story that had me a little freaked out from the very first page. I loved how fast paced it was and how easily it flowed from one chapter to another. Some pretty graphic and gory horror scenes left me hiding behind my cushion and I had to stop myself from yelling at the characters on numerous occasions.

My only gripe with this story was the extremely cheesy ‘Lassie’ type dog that kept saving the day in the nick of time, was able to communicate with humans through eye contact alone and was damn near invincible!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good old white knuckle ride of a story and does not mind a bit of gore.

Reviewed by Emma

This book was given free for a honest review
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Cold August 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
**Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**

This was a very good book. It reminded me a lot of a Stephen King story, but maybe not quite that creepy! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and didn't want to put it down until I read the last page.

April Murray is a hard nosed journalist who is on the trail of a killer story. A local nuclear plant is covering up what she thinks is a leak that is contaminating the area. However, when the bigwigs at NWP try to scare her into backing off the story, she suddenly ends up in danger....in more ways than one. Not only is there a possible nuclear radiation leak in the vicinity, there is also a strange "monster" that is traveling in the snow and devouring anyone that comes too close. She teams up with father and son duo, Jeff and Logan, when they take her in during a blizzard, and they witness first hand the gruesomeness of the oil-like "blob" when a teenage boy has his foot eaten off when he gets caught in it. From here it's a race against time as Jeff, April, Logan and a handful of neighboring survivors try to stay one step ahead of a certain death by the black snow.

While this story is fast paced, anxiety inducing, and cringe-worthy at some points, it is has a few very sweet and touching moments that showcase both human bravery and selflessness, and that of man's best friend. There were two scenes with Sadie (a German Shepard) that actually brought tears to my eyes. I also admired how determined Jeff was to warn as many people as he could about the danger they were in, and his single mindedness when it came to protecting his son. April was also one tough cookie when faced with hard situations. She didn't back down from the black snow, or from the corporate bullies who were trying to threaten, and then kill, her.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action from cover to cover May 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I truly appreciate when an author doesn't overkill a cover. Often simple is the best and J. Joseph Wright done right by this cover for his book, Bitter Cold. The varying hues of blue and the ambiance you feel seeing the woman standing alone is enough to perk your interest to pick up this book and give the back a read.
Wright does a superb job creating characters that feel alive, but lack real detail, which in this story, doesn't require the reader to know the specifics of each character. In doing so, it is left up to the reader's imagination to develop the missing details. Where the details lack in appearance, they more than make up for in dialogue. Each character has a well defined persona and Wright knows exactly how to create a well developed dialogue, especially that of Logan who is twelve and often is the hardest age range to write unless you actually have tweens and teenagers at home.
Not only does Wright excel at character building, but has a raw talent for perfectly meshing his environments to pull a reader into his world. Being all to familiar with Oregon, the story is vague and faux enough that it doesn't matter the lack of facts as the town and surroundings are not to detailed to have readers picking the story apart, but encase enough of the charms of Oregon (trees, the Columbia River, winter storms etc) to give the sense that the characters are in deed immersed into this horrific story, stuck in a winter storm in Oregon.
What do money hungry corporations, a demolished nuclear power plant, and a journalist have in common? April, a journalist for the Oregon Daily, is investigating possible nuclear leaks after a recent demo mysteriously results in a 6.0 earthquake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow deaths
This book keeps u on your toes u don't know what is going to happen next I would like to know what happened to Amy
Published 8 months ago by Unknown
4.0 out of 5 stars really liked it
I read this mystery/horror story on the perfect night. Below zero temps. Wind and lots of snow. Oh and no electric. So a perfect setting for a very creepy book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by reacher64
5.0 out of 5 stars Brrrrrr
Cold and creepy, this story gives a new meaning to the phrase "black death". What is that dark thing? I don't know but I'm not staying around to find out.
Published 8 months ago by Jana Boardman
3.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Cold
Rather too graphic for me. The descriptions of burning flesh were truly awful. The intensity of the story was not so much fun, either. Some horror fans might like it.
Published 9 months ago by LS
3.0 out of 5 stars JUST OK
I really hoped more from this book, but it was just OK for me. Had alot of action, but just couldn't get into it as much as I'd hoped. Reminded me of "The Blob", the old classic.
Published 15 months ago by atabarac
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing And Suspenseful
If you've ever been the least bit apprehensive about venturing out into a snow-covered landscape, BITTER COLD will ensure you never try it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mason Canyon
3.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Cold: A Review
Bitter Cold: A Review
Novel by J. Joseph Wright

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More About the Author

J. Joseph Wright penciled his first novel in the fourth grade, but, after failing to publish it, toiled away in obscurity until his freshman year in high school. Upon reading and, inexplicably, enjoying one of J.'s witless essays, his English Comp teacher, a man of questionable taste, recommended he write for the school newspaper. Soon J. was regaling the student body with a fantasy horror fiction column, gaining a robust early fan base, albeit from a captive school audience.

After college, J. left a highly lucrative career in television for an even more lucrative career as an author, and now writes Paranormal Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy.

Website - JJosephWright.com

Twitter - @JJosephWright

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