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Cold Fear (Tom Reed and Walt Sydowski #2)

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With his very first novel, If Angels Fall, Rick Mofina announced himself as one of today's most arresting and original new voices. "Cold Fear" more than lives up to the promise. Mofina has crafted a tale of great emotional intensity and breakneck pacing. Complex, atmospheric, irresistibly compelling, "Cold Fear" builds to a level of such exquisite tension that readers will ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Pinnacle
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Kim Erwin
Just okay--lots of typos and editing mistakes. And too many characters to try to keep track of. Not the best use of my reading time.
Stacy Wren
Good, suspenseful book. Several errors and inconsistencies but a good read if you aren't too distracted by the technical.
Patrick Balester
Cold Fear jabs you like a red hot poker!

The very first sentence made me gasp. Then I smiled, because I knew this was going to be a thrilling roller coaster of a ride. I was right. Rick Mofina doesn't disappoint.

A child is lost in Glacier National Park, a remote wilderness area where temperatures plummet to nearly freezing at night, and grizzly bears roam by day. According to the parents, she ran off...or did she? The father, Doug Baker, sporting a cut hand, falls under suspicion. The mother can'
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Jim
An emotionally draining thriller, "Cold Fear", runs the gambit of fear, betrayal, hopelessness, and optimism. Paige Baker just age 10 caught between her parents vocal argument sets off onto a desolate trail with her dog Kobee. The scene is Glacier National Park in Montana. High up in the Rockies were few folks go to hike.Along on this trip with Paige are parents, Doug who is an English teacher, and football coach, and her Mother Emily, a renowned photographer. This family has it's fair share of ...more
Jon
Aug 24, 2014 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a wild ride
Recommended to Jon by: bookbub.com
Overall, this is one of the best books I have ever read. However, either the author did his own proofreading and editing, or he needs to hire a new editor. I began tracking writing errors at chapter forty-three, and I found no fewer than twenty-five. Most of the errors included sentence fragments, repeated words in places they shouldn't have been, and words that had been omitted. Occasionally, the wording of some sentences made them difficult to understand. I found this distracting, as I am some ...more
Chandra Vice
I actually finished this last night, but if I had written the review then it would've been a lot meaner, so I waited. I'll try to not be too mean, but there was just so much wrong with this book.

Why is everyone so beautiful and perfectly attractive and in such amazing shape? Yeah, that's realistic.

The math! A character has a traumatic event at 15. Then moves away and lives in Kansas for a year. Then bounces around to many different locales for an unspecified amount of time. Then moves to Califor
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Clare dooley
Cold fear by Rick Molina was a fun read. It takes you into the wilderness of the mountains in Montana. With multiple points of view you are constantly jumping around the book .
With two similar crimes crashing into each other 22 years later, Doug & Emily Baker are thrust into the middle of politics, pressure, passion, panicking, and more.
Ten year old Paige Baker is a city kid from San Francisco. Her parents have been fighting and to try to help Emily put some of her hidden past to rest she
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Stacey
This work of fiction should be required reading for every law enforcement officer, every criminal defense attorney, every politician, and every journalist reporting on crime/suspected crime. While it IS a suspense novel it's something even better: a whopper of a cautionary tale about judgement without hard evidence and the dangers of tunnel vision when trying to get to the truth. It was not what I expected but I was very pleasantly surprised.

I was impressed to finally read a freebie e-book that
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Joan Sherwood
possible spoiler alert in this review...

I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. Mr Mofina seems to be a talented writer and the book held my interest.

Ten year old Paige and her dog get lost in the wilderness while camping with her parents. Somehow, she and her parents were able to smuggle a beagle on the plane and into a national park for the camping trip. Now, the two are alone in grizzly country.

Through a chain of events, the authorities aren't so sure that she's lost. Her father has
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Kathy
This was copied from Janine on Goodreads: Emily, Doug and Paige Baker travel to Montanna for a camping trip. The family are having arguments due to Emily suffering from trauma from her past.

Paige runs off having been told off by her dad, her dog Kobee runs off and she becomes lost.

Her parents report her missing and a full scale search and rescue is set in motion.

The FBI no there are things the parents are telling them which makes them suspicious of what and why.

Whilst this is happening there is
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Stanley McShane
Little city girl Paige Baker runs into the woods with her dog, Kobee, to find her mother--and gets distracted by a chipmunk who captures the dog's attention as well. Unfortunately, this was preceded by an unusually loud and emotional fight between her father and mother. The mother shouldn't have been much farther down the trail, but the chipmunk didn't go that way and neither did Kobee or the child. Father Doug thinks mother Emily has the child and vice versa. The San Francisco family is visitin ...more
Cole
3.5 Stars

I need to start this review talking about how much better of a book it would have been had there been some PROOFREADING. Any obvious typos or missed punctuation irritate me and really interrupt any flow that an author had going. I'll be reading along, enjoying the story, when a sentence ends without punctuation, or a quote is missing so I'm not sure when a person stopped talking and narration began. I read the other reviews and even found a sentence that another reviewer mentioned, whic
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Dierdra Byrd
Cold Fear had so many great reviews I could not wait to pick it up. The story is about a young girl that gets lost in the mountains and her parents struggle to find her.
I was very disappointed, and struggled to get through the book however. There were a lot of characters in the book that had nothing to do with the story, and seemed to be there just to add more words. I got a little tired of Paige almost getting attacked by bears and getting away suddenly, at least add a new threat in there some
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Kathryn Bain
I downloaded this book for free from Amazon which always makes me pause because a lot of free books are bad. While this one isn't bad, it does have it's issues.

First the good: The tension and suspense were well done. It was very gripping and any parent would want be held in anticipation of the outcome.

The bad: Lots of typos. He needs both an editor. If he uses one, he needs a new one. Lots of typos and missing words. More than what is common. The other thing was all the secondary characters and
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Janine
Emily, Doug and Paige Baker travel to Montanna for a camping trip. The family are having arguments due to Emily suffering from trauma from her past.

Paige runs off having been told off by her dad, her dog Kobee runs off and she becomes lost.

Her parents report her missing and a full scale search and rescue is set in motion.

The FBI no there are things the parents are telling them which makes them suspicious of what and why.

Whilst this is happening there is a death row lawyer (Cohen) who is working
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Brook
Spoiler alert:
I enjoyed this book, and it definitely held my interest. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because there are SO many characters to keep up with! I finally decided to not try to remember who's who, who is a reporter, who is a cop, who is FBI, etc, and I found out it really didn't matter. I was still able to follow the story. Also, the ending was a little far fetched....hundreds of people searching for this child 24 hours a day for DAYS and they can't find her, but yet, the "mon
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Virginia Bass
Try it, you'll like it!!!

A wonderful story, gets your attention immediately; it is definitely a page turner. If I could, I would give the first half of the book 5 stars. I would give the second half of the book only four stars. I enjoyed the book very much. This story was a complex one. The characters were easy to get to know and the details were easy to follow. For me, the second half of the book was drawn out with many more chapters, characters, and details than required to develop the story.
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Randy Evans
"Cold Fear" really pulls at the heart. It forces you to keep turning the page. You will find yourself seeking the truth along with those in the book and you will have no idea what that truth is till the very end. This book is by far one of the best if not the best book I have read this year. This is the first book I've read by "Rick Mofine" and after I started it I found it was the second in a series. This and I would guess the others can be read as stand alone books. They are different stories ...more
Lisa Tortorello
I really did like the story-line of Cold Fear by Rick Mofina. A family goes on a camping trip in Glacier National Park and their daughter, Paige, goes missing. Did she wander off and get lost, or did something more sinister take place? I also really liked a handful of characters that were in the story, but I thought there were way too many characters in the book some of which were introduced towards the last part of the novel. I understand when there is a massive manhunt for a missing child that ...more
Anika
It was a very good story rating a 3.5 but some of it since it seem so true to reality near the end it just was not all that believable for me.

It's about a family going to the mountains so that the mother can get rid of her demons and tell her family the big secret she's been hiding for some 20 years. They arrive at the camp site the parents have an argument and the mother walks off. The daughter hears this and wants to talk to the father but he's so angry that he shouts at her to go to her mothe
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Cheryl
Heartwrenching AND heartwarming

From the start you're glued to the pages. A parent's nightmare and law enforcement's dreaded case. . . A missing child. No matter where a child goes missing it terrorizes parents and bystanders watching the search unfold. Mofina touches a nerve in such a deep and resounding manner that you hope for the best and pray that nothing criminal has occurred. If this is Mofina's writing style throughout his writing career I am excited to "get into" more of his novels. This
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Sharon
I have never read anything by this author before, so I went into the book a little worried, based on some of the reviews I had read. Let me say, I was pleasantly surprised. I could not put the book down, I was even up until 2 A.M. one night reading it. I will agree with some reviewers that there may have been a few too many characters, but not to the point of distraction. And since I read it on my Kindle, and it was free, I did notice several typos; but again, not to the point of distraction, a ...more
Jean
While camping with her family in Montana's Glacier National Park, a 10-year-old girl disappears. As a multi-agency task force launches a massive search, the little girl fights to survive in the wilderness while her mother enters her own life-and-death race to rescue her child. But investigators are growing suspicious. The nation is gripped by the drama. Time is running out because someone else who knows a dark secret from the past wants to find her daughter, too.
Great mystery and lots of suspens
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Lee Ann
I love a good mystery! Loved the first page of this book, a real grabber! There were many typos and missing words which really bothers me when reading a new book! Great story but way to many characters to follow and each character had their own story which took way too long to read and information I really didn't need to know! I ended up skimming through the details of the secondary characters! I really wanted to get to the meat of the story line! Good summer read if you can sort through the unn ...more
Lynda Kelly
I packed this in at 29%. Way too many sloppy errors and as I read on they came more frequently. Fat chance of me carrying on, I'm afraid.
Firstly a misused comma annoyed me-"This does not help, Paige" instead of reading "This does not help Paige". Then a missing apostrophe and too many missing words in sentences. THAT happened a lot. For example-"...would irresponsible if we did not act" or "...it would not happen her".
Then cope replaced copy, Alice and Alyce were both used on one page for the sa
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Philip
I started reading Rick Mofina's works as part of my "Read Canadian Authors" project and my preference of reading series in order. I think I can include Rick as one of my "go to" authors when it comes to suspense/thrillers with a lot of "police procedural" thrown in but, of course, all books are not equal and everybody will have personal favourites which they like, enjoy and rate higher than others. So far after reading the first two in this "Reed-Sydowski" series and a couple in the "Jason Wade ...more
Rich
Dec 21, 2013 Rich rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
This is my second Rick Mofina Novel. The first I read "Six Seconds" was such a wonderful surprise, I had to try another. Cold Fear was even better than what I could have expected.

There are a ton of characters in the book and for some that may become distracting. I've read novels that too many characters really ruined the book for me. Quite the opposite is true of Cold Fear. The characters are done so well, with most of them not being the stereotypical "bad guy" or "good guy", I found myself real
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Judy Martin
Another great author!

Are you looking for a good book to read? Well then, I recommend Rick Mofina author of Cold Fear. He had a mixture of every emotion in his book, from true fear ending with love and new relationships. But what I really liked was the bravery and courage of the child and her dog fighting their way back to safety. And how Rick Mofina portrayed the evil of a madman's depraved mind. Makes you wonder, if it's safe to go hiking in the high country....
Sally
I really wanted to love this book, but it ended up just being ok. There were a lot of typos/errors and that was a bit frustrating. The story did grip me from the start and it was very suspenseful. It is a parents worst nightmare and I was intrigued to see where the story would go. Then, I became overwhelmed by all the secondary characters and I was trying to keep track of who everyone was and why they were needed for this story which made me start to skip over parts. As the story progresses you ...more
Kelly
A fantastic plot, mostly well written with a good amount of twists. I found this book gripping and I didn't want to put it down but there are basic errors which mean I can't score it higher than 3 stars.

Did the author even read back over his work? Was it impossible to get a proof reader? The book is littered with typo's consistently throughout. There are also several points where it is obvious the author changed how he wanted a sentence to read but didn't go back over the whole sentence so words
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Rick Mofina is a former journalist and an award-winning author of several acclaimed thrillers. His reporting has put him face-to-face with murderers on death row in Montana and Texas. He has covered a horrific serial-killing case in California and an armored car-heist in Las Vegas, flown over Los Angeles with the LAPD Air Support Division and gone on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police n ...more
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“Paige sat down, slapping her knees. Do something quick! But she was uneasy about leaving the serpentine trail that threaded along some of the most breathtaking terrain of Montana’s backcountry, a remote region known as the Devil’s Grasp, where the Rocky Mountains grace the northern reaches of Glacier National Park.” 0 likes
“Tree limbs scraped at her face and arms, snagged and pulled at her jeans and backpack. Thick wild growth, practically impossible to walk through. But Paige kept moving, banging her walking stick against the trees and brush, feeling herself moving in a downward slope.” 0 likes
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