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The Cold One Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 1995

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Because Christopher Pike is more commonly known for his young adult fiction, horror readers may not be familiar with this superb adult novel about an inhuman being that is menacing like a cobra to the souls as well as bodies of humans, and yet is also intensely curious. A quirky and resourceful handful of characters, including a 5000-year-old Hindu holy man, stumble over the various victims of the Cold One, and then gradually get to know each other, leading them all toward an unpredictable (if somewhat overcrowded) confrontation at a house on the beach in California. I agree with the Washington Post's assessment: "A polished, mature work with a grounding in Eastern philosophy. The characters are genuine, the action unexpected, violent, and wrenching. The Cold One is that rarest of horror novels, one that is visceral and intellectually stimulating at the same time."

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Known for his bestselling young-adult horror fiction, Pike crossed over to adult fiction with The Season of Passage (1992). Here, he brings his considerable-albeit unevenly applied-skills to bear on a murky, labyrinthine tale of betrayal, unearthly romance and demonic slaughter. After a prologue introduces the Cold One, an emotionless, destructive entity born into alluring female human form, a flurry of subplots converge to set the main story in motion. Peter Jacobs, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, receives a phone call from a man who identifies himself as the perpetrator of a recent series of murders. Julie Moore, a Ph.D. candidate studying near-death experiences, is drawn into the case when she meets Dr. Lawrence Morray, a celebrated cardiologist who, 30 years earlier, abruptly abandoned his own study of NDEs. Then Govinda Sharma, a backsliding Hindu, is directed by his guru to pursue the 5000-year-old Rak, a legendary blind humanoid who has escaped from the Himalayan cave to which he was exiled by Krishna. Much gory violence and graphic sex ensue, broken by spasms of mawkish prose and intricate explanations of the origin of the Cold One, leading to a dramatic ending to this fitfully hypnotic but disjointed novel that posits the advent of a titanically destructive force into the world-and a promised sequel, The Cold One II: Seedling. Major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (December 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812512456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812512458
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a tremendous fan of Christopher Pike. However, I must say that it is unfair to begin a story, get the reader very interested and then not finish the story. It has been 10 years since this was published. Where is the sequel that was promised at the end of this book? I love a good story and I would love to know how this story ends...it would be dissapointing if it never does. I must admit that this book is still well worth reading even without the resolution that the sequel would provide.
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By A Customer on January 2, 2000
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Christopher Pike is one of the few authors that I buy automatically when I see his books in the stores. And this one did not disappoint me at all. "The Cold One" is a wonderfully-written book that captivates the reader by the middle of page 1. The way that Mr. Pike weaves a story around his many characters and storylines is nothing short of superb. "The Cold One" ventures into the land of horror, mixed with science-fiction and suspense. I am extremely pleased that Mr. Pike decided to commence writing for adults as well as for young adults, for his young adult books are treasured in my bookcase as "favourites". If you have not yet purchased "The Cold One", then please do so immediately, for this is a life-changing novel, a novel of intense emotion and suspense. This is right up there among the best of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
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This is one of Christopher Pike's best books ever and an awesome horror story. The Cold One is an evil entity, a great and ancient evil which returns to the present times in order to seek world domination. Enter Peter Jacobs, who is a columnist from the Los Angeles Times, who starts to investigate a series of macabre murders. Enter Julie Moore who studies and follows near-death experiences. Enter Govinda Sharma, a Hindu, who is driven from his homeland towards West, following Rak, a 5000-year old humanoid, who is also heading West. All of these characters are destined to meet and face the evil of the Cold One and try to stop it. Haunting and evil, full of twists and great characters, this book is a true horror novel.
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This book is amazing. I have read it and reread it many times. All the twists and turns, the plot line is spectacular. I have never read such a great book before. Absolutely my favorite, even compared to all the Harry Potter books. I have been searching and searching for the longest time for the sequel, The Cold One II: The Seedling. Does any one know about this? Where can i find it... i am so desperate! I really really want to know what else happens.. i hate being left out, when you know there is more. If anyone can help... please email me!
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This book was simply awesome. I couldn't put it down, it went every where with me, the bathtub, the loo, the dinner table, my job and I even attempted to read it while I was driving. Christopher Pike is a master at developing genuine characters. If you can make your reader relate to and or "breathe" with the character, you can sell millions. Certainly, it's not an ability easily obtained. Some of the metaphysical hooie made me yawn [the part of the book that took place in India] which is the only reason I dont give this book a five star rating. But hell, at least I learned a thing or two. I thoroughly enjoyed Sati and I am on my way to reading Seasons of passage. By the way, I highly recommend The Midnight Club and the Chain letter series.
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I own over 40 of Pike's books, not including the Spooksville series, and I have to say that this is one of my absolute favorites! Mr.Pike took mystery, some violence, conflict, developed characters, and an excellent plot, and ended up with The Cold One. I've never read anything like it before in my entire life, and I have read a lot of books. It keeps you guessing about how it's going to end throughout. The Cold One has a great beginning, middle, and end. This is an excellent book, and I recommend it to anyone over the age of around 13, because there is some gore. The ending leaves you satisfied about the mystery of The Cold One, but desperate to find out what happens is The Cold One 2: Seedling. Definetely a book to own.
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I love the plot and the characters, and I have read this book many times. However, in the back of the book I have, which was one of the first editions printed, it says that Pike's next book will be Blind Mirror, and this was back in 1995, so no wonder no one has seen the sequel to The Cold One, which was to be called The Cold One II: Seedling. It seems as if Mr. Pike has been writing Blind Mirror for some time, and he may never publish The Cold One II: Seedling, which would be very sad. However, this is an awesome book, and worth reading 100%!!!!!
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By A Customer on January 4, 2000
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This was the very first adult horror novel I've read written by Christopher Pike. And like his other books, I am blown away with every word. All the imagination and twists through out. He never fails to do less the best. The story plots of a serial murderer twisted with history and truth, but what seems unreal. I loved every second of it and I'd always spare time to read it over and over again.
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