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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: A Cold Fury Novel
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257209
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 8-10-Sara Jane Rispoli is no ordinary teen. While she's worried about the regular stuff-boys, friends, and the upcoming school dance-she also has to contend with situations nobody her age should. Coming home after school one day, she finds her front door ajar and the house ransacked. While investigating, she is attacked by a large man in a black ski mask. Her instincts take over, and she begins an epic run for her life that, she hopes, will uncover the truth about why her family vanished and whether or not they are still alive. While some passages of this story are engaging, including action sequences that are forthright and expeditious, they can't mask the weaker elements, including unrealistic dialogue and poor characterization. While Sara Jane's uncle and his mysterious wife serve their intended purpose as the novel's chief antagonists, their motivations are never clear enough to justify why they are willing to kill Sara for her mysterious silver briefcase. Crooked Detective Smelt and her seemingly endless army of evil police officers are more like campy caricatures than believable villains. Sara Jane herself is never really a protagonist readers will get behind, as she seems more interested in cracking corny jokes about those chasing her than actually saving the family she claims to care so much about.-Ryan Donovan, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

"Readers will no doubt enjoy the action-packed scenes and quick getaways . . . an engaging thriller."--VOYA

"Engaging, including action sequences that are forthright and expeditious."--SLJ

"For readers who have had to look to adult suspense like James Bond for a rush, this one has a heroine worth cheering."--Booklist

“...several fun hooks...”--Publishers Weekly
 
"Goeglein’s book has a lot going for it—Sara Jane's school friendships, her warm relationship with her family, cool Mob stuff, boxing action, some humor . . . " --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Good read, page turner.
TLMackey
At times, this book was suspenseful, and put me on the edge of my seat, but at other times, this novel had me skipping pages.
Sameer
The author does a great job of creating that secret world.
Andrea Lynne

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allana Kephart - Author on November 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
[...]

I learned about Cold Fury from this blog tour, because the author offered a hard copy to read, and since, at the time, I was that girl who didn't own a Kindle, so a hard-copy reminded Miss Tammy of me. And ooooohh, I cannot thank you enough, girlie!

Cold Fury has got to be the best book I've read all year, if not the best book I've read in the past three years (mind you, three years ago is when I started to love reading). Sara Jane is a badass who didn't ONCE whine about how she could never talk to her friends again and poor-me-poor-me and lemme tell ya, with what happened to the poor girl, she had every right to break out sobbing at least once. But no! No self-loathing or moping, Sara Jane means business, and I can't tell you guys how much I LOVE that! She even manages to add a little comic relief to the story every once in a while with a witty remark or quirky thought; which is good, because I was close to having a heart attack a lot of the time...

Every character has an actual purpose and is brought back into the story at exactly the right time, leaving no loose ends or forgotten story lines. From the villains to chatty best friends, to an Italian Greyhound and rats, no one is left out, and I think that is just wonderful. The world kept on spinning at Fep Prep even when Sara Jane was somewhere else (i.e., running for her life) and Goeglein didn't fail to bring it up, nor did he fail to put suspense into that section, as well. I have stubs for nails and I have torn the first layer of skin off my lips when my nails started to bleed because of this book.

And once you get to the climax, it's easy to see how much thought was put into this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on September 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorian.EverAfterEsther on August 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book intrigued me as soon as I read the plot synopsis. It sounded so thrilling and adventurous that I couldn't help but read it. I've never quite read anything at all like this novel. It's a thrilling and exciting and adventurous read that I'm so glad I took a chance with.

Reasons to Read:

1.One of the strongest female protagonists I have read about:

Sara is a main character that I really, really have to admire. She is incredibly strong and clever. She is placed in this really hard situation, and yet she manages to almost keep it fully together the entire time. While she does fall apart at one time, she is able to get back up again and keep moving forward. She knows when to attack her enemies and when to hold it back. While she is a really strong heroine, at the same time she is only a teenage girl. That side of her still shows through in some instances, which I felt made her feel more real.

2.Easy to understand:

I wasn't quite sure of how much I would be able to understand the parts about the Mob in the novel. I don't have a lot of background information on it, so I hoped that I wouldn't have to know all about it in order to understand. I was really glad when I started reading it, and all the things that were mentioned, were explained. It's good to have a litle bit of information beforehand, but I don't think that it's necessary for the book to make sense. Complicated situations I thought were explained fairly simply, which I was really glad of.

I will admit that the first third or so of this book goes by a bit slow. A lot of it is background stuff that happens way before the book's main plot. While it is a bit tedious, I was glad of it because without it I don't think that the book would make as much sense.
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More About the Author

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, will publish in August 2014. The author lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

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