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Texas native Riordan, whose Tres Navarre series has earned acclaim and awards, evokes the landscapes around Cold Springs with vividness and authority, and also brings that sensibility to the book's Bay Area scenes:
Chadwick ... stepped out into the growing gloom of the evening. Down the block, he could hear the lowrider cruising, its stereo setting off car alarms all across the neighborhood like a bloodhound flushing quail.But it's the book's complex plot and richly realized people--most notably its troubled teenagers (Riordan is a middle-school teacher)--that give Cold Springs substance and heft. You may need to persist through some tangled exposition in the first 75 pages or so, but the payoff is well worth it. The long climax offers a stunning series of cascading revelations, including a final kicker that changes everything. Riordan is the real deal. --Nicholas H. Allison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Well written and engaging, but just your staple mystery...nothing made it unique or more interesting than any other mystery story.Published 2 months ago by Devrey
I'm a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series as well as the Tres Navarre series, and I was not disappointed by this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Saly
Very Good mystery. Threw me for a loop all the way to the last page.Published 12 months ago by Richard G. Parsons Sr.
It wasn't too bad. It seemed pretty slow for the first half but then picked up for the end. Not the worst book I've read.Published 14 months ago by jichmaje
Overall an enjoyable and thrilling read but too twisted for my taste. I also did not like many of the characters. Read morePublished 15 months ago by cyclista
Some stories make you ask your logical self if they could really happen, if the situations, people and places could actually exist. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Dary
This book slowly capture your interest and holds on to it all the way to the twist at the end.Published 18 months ago by eccentric
I love this book. Cold Springs is great this is why I bought more Rick Riordan adult books. The plot did keep you guessing and wondering what motivated each person in the book. Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer