by T. M. Goeglein
July 13, 2012
Source: Library Thing
Early Reviewers Program
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.(Taken from Goodreads.)
My name is Sara Jane Rispoli.
My Take On It
A little about me: I’m the girl who will always sit down and watch the AMC marathon showings of The Godfather (I AND II). I’m a sucker for The Sopranos, Good Fellas, Donnie Brasco, Casino, The Untouchables, heck, I even liked Married to the Mob. I’m a total History Channel nerd and I love any kind of mob related documentaries. So trust me when I say that if you, like me, are a fan of anything mafiaesque in nature, you are going to love Cold Fury. And if you are a fan of a kick ass heroine, then you are going to love Cold Fury. If you are a fan of non stop action in your reads, you are going to love Cold Fury. If you have ever lived in, visited, or just had a general fascination with the city of Chicago, you too are going to love Cold Fury. If you like fast paced thrillers interlaced with a supernatural vibe, YOU are going to love Cold Fury. And if you like hints of romance with the potential for more, then yes, you are going to love Cold Fury as well.
But what about the plot? One word: amazing. And inventive. Oh, that’s two words. But you guys, this story is so chock full of twists and turns, PLENTY of “Ah ha!” moments abound and even more “Whoa, didn’t see that coming” moments as well. Other than the first few chapters, where Sara Jane relays the past events leading up to the present, the story moves along at a very brisk pace. Boredom was definitely not a issue. And did I mention that I love mafia history and documentaries? Well T.M. Goeglein has definitely done his research. There is so much history written into this story, it felt like a crash course on mob lore, and I totally, totally LOVED every minute of it. Whether it was the details of Al Capone and other Chicago mob bosses, or the glimpses of speakeasy’s and tales of Prohibition, or the mysterious Capone Doors spread throughout the city, I gobbled it all up. After finishing the book I was immediately on my computer looking everything up just to see what was truth and what was fiction. I dare you to read this book and not find yourself curious to learn more about this part of America’s history.
And then there is the setting. I’ve never been to Chicago but it is very, very clear that Goeglein loves this city. I think it rocks when an author can take a setting and craft it so carefully, so lovingly, that it becomes a character unto itself. Stephanie Perkins does this with Paris in Anna and the French Kiss, Laini Taylor does this with Prague in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Beth Kephart does it with Barcelona in Small Damages, and T.M. Goeglein definitely accomplishes the same with Chicago in Cold Fury. I felt like I had walked those streets, sat in those diners and smoky bars, and rode to the top of the skyscrapers right along side Sara Jane.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises to me was that Cold Fury has a definite supernatural element to it. This part of the story is very subtle but that’s not to say it’s unimportant. Again, I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a really cool, unique inclusion, and it adds that extra ‘oomph’ to the plot itself. I enjoyed this part of the book, and it’s definitely one of the things I look forward to reading more about. In fact there are many occurrences in Cold Fury that screamed FORESHADOWING to me, which is all sorts of cool in my opinion. Every time I came across something that set those alarms off in my head I jotted it down in a notebook. Guys, that book is full! And this supernatural aspect reminded me of another mafiaesque series I adore: Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. If you are a fan of those books you should definitely give Cold Fury a try.
So in conclusion, Cold Fury was a wild ride. I love the people, I love the storyline and the history behind it and I love the action and kick butt heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed it’s unique premise and all the surprise elements that were included. And I appreciated the cleverness of the story and the seamless writing style of the author. I can’t wait to see where T.M. Goeglein takes us next.