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Cold Fury (Cold Fury #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,123 ratings  ·  220 reviews
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 an
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 313 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Putnam Juvenile
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Marg K.
As always, I’ll give it to y'all straight. Despite the enticing synopsis describing Cold Fury as Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos, this book ain’t all that and a bag of chips. In actuality, it’s just a bag of chips—the kind that appears to be stuffed with yummy goodness, but once opened reveals itself to be filled with a whole lot of air…not to mention false promise & crushing disappointment. That’s not to say that Cold Fury didn’t have some goodness inside of it because it did, but there was ...more
"Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos"! Yeah!

Starting off slowly, Cold Fury begins by throwing us into Sara's past - her family dynamics in particular - which has always been filled with whispers and secrets. This is all done via flashbacks and, while interesting, can become a bit tedious, or even confusing. Although I can't say that I was ever bored as the mysteriousness kept my attention from faltering. Page 104 is where it really begins, with a bang. House in shambles, her family gone, on the run
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book from goodreads first reads giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein is about a wonderful protagonist, Sara Jane, and her realization her family is missing. She has been trained as a boxer, and as she investigates her family's disappearance, she realizes that her parents have been keeping secrets upon secrets. Now she is the only one that can figure out the truth and save them.

I love the fact that I have so many books coming in that I can approach each
Jan 16, 2012 Brodie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Turning sweet 16 is anything but sweet for Sara Jane Rispoli. When she comes home to find her family missing, the place trashed and walls smeared with blood, her entire life is rocked straight into Crazy Town. Population: Her, a ski-masked freak, crooked cops and a dizzying rollercoaster that has no intentions of letting her off anytime soon. The further she digs into her family's disappearance, the more she tangles herself in this scary new world and the more dangerous her life becomes. On the ...more
T.M. Goeglein’s addictive novel, Cold Fury, follows 16 year-old Sara Jane Rispoli after coming to an upside-down ransacked home. Blood is everywhere and her family is nowhere to be found. When she digs into their whereabouts, she find herself being sucked into a world of danger, mobs, and violence. With this cold flame of fury within her, she is determined to bring down the people responsible for her family’s disappearance.

I really enjoy a total badass heroine. Sara Jane is crafted with thoughtf
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I love these types of stories. Fresh, innovative, and daringly exciting, Goeglein painted a fantastic story that kept me glued to the story till the last page. Even then, I wanted more.

What I enjoyed most about the story are the characters. The reader meets Sara Jane. An outcast in her family once her brother is born, Sara is kept in the dark about everything. Her anger builds and she is secretly molded into a fighting machine. I adore how wonderfully this character is built. The author does a g
H.D. Tolson
Oh my gosh.


Everything in a book I need.

Full review to come.
Cold Fury is an awesome debut novel by TM Goeglein. The story is fast-paced and insightful, blending all the fun of being inside the mind of an unconventionally tough sixteen-year-old girl with the serious danger and plot twists of a Mob tale. When the mysterious disappearance of protagonist Sara Jane Rispoli's family forces her to discover the truth about their secret past, she finds herself at the center of a dangerous web and catapulted down a path of self-preservation and self-discovery. Goe ...more
As a fan of YA fiction on one end of the spectrum and dramas about organized crime on the other, I approached Cold Fury with some degree of skepticism. Would I find a character I could like and root for in the way I did for Katniss? Would I be able to suspend reality enough to accept that a 16-year old girl could penetrate and outsmart the mob? The answer to both questions is yes. Goeglein effectively and successfully combines all the right elements to create a fast-paced thriller balanced by re ...more
Carrie Ardoin
Sara Jane Rispoli has just turned 16 years old. While she has the normal worries that teenage girls have--getting people to join her club at school, going to the dance with a cute guy--she also discovers that she has much bigger issues to worry about. Sara Jane's parents and little brother have disappeared, ans she discovers that their disappearance is connected to the existence of a certain notebook. This notebook contains all of the family's secrets about the biggest thing they were hiding--th ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
In an instant everything changed for Sara Jane Rispoli.

One minute she was arguing with her father. The next she was wishing she had waved goodbye.

One minute she had a close-knit, loving and peaceful family. And in the next they became one that kept secrets, told lies and betrayed those they loved. Even her.

And one minute all she had to worry about was going to the dance with a boy she liked. And in the next instant she had to find her family, uncover their secrets, discover the truth behind thei
Whitley Birks
If a book spends 50 pages on backstory and infodumps and there's no sign that the plot is going to start any time soon, then I don't feel bad about DNF-ing it.

Book, you failed to tell me a story. You couldn't even stick to one flashback at a time. There were flashbacks in flashbacks and backstories within backstories. It was like the fucking Inception of info dumping.

Sara Jane had a great childhood. She had a loving family who did just about everything together. They owned their own bakery with their Grandparent and Uncle, from her father’s side. But now at 16 things are not what they seem to be. And now she is struggling to find out who took her family and what all the secrets have been about. What really was going on at the bakery and why are all these people after her?

I was very excited to read this book after seeing the cover and the blurb on the back.
Wow! Are you looking for something packed with action on every page? Something fresh, fast and gripping? That's what Cold Fury is: a furious and unique adventure that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. With clear, straightforward writing that feels like it works better in an action movie, this book will keep you up reading late into the night.

Young Sara Jane Rispoli hasn't had a completely normal life -or a completely normal family. She's grown up on her own terms, t
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars!

Oh man. This is definitely on my best of 2012 so far list! From the first page on, once Goeglein gets the action started, it doesn't stop until the last page. And then it leaves you begging for more. Please say there'll be another book in this universe, because I am LOVING it. If you like strong YA heroines with minimal romance and maximum ass-kicking, "Cold Fury" is the book for you.

What's most surprising about this book, I think, is that Goeglein manages to write a first person POV
Mar 27, 2012 Andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
This book was great! The character's and the action were just gripping. If you like family secrets and Mafioso, this is the book for you. The story takes you through the mean streets of Chicago, the sewers of the underworld and an abandoned family speak easy. I loved this book and I can't wait till the next two come out. So suspenseful. The imagery the author expresses is wonderful. There's an awesome Ferrari 458 Italia! I'm a motor head if you haven't noticed ye (If you don't know what the 458 ...more
A fast and very furious read, this book grabs a hold of you and won't let go until you finished it. And then it leaves you anxiously waiting for part 2 in the series, and with the hope that there will be a movie down the road.

The writing is so rich and colorful, it makes you feel like you're right in the middle of the action, you can picture every scenario vividly. If you're from Chicago or even visited once, you will recognize a lot of the locations which makes the story even more tangible.

Michelle Book Briefs
Oh. My. Goodness! I am going to try and keep my gushing down to a minimum but no promises. This is my favorite book of 2012 to date! Cold Fury is the kind of book that makes me wish that I had a rating higher than 5 gavels. It is in the superstar league that I reserve for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (in my opinion). I felt like it was written specifically for me. It felt super personal and I absolutely loved every page, every word, and every second of reading it!

Let's start with Sarah Jane
Annie Brewer

So upon reading this, I was asked to be in the Cold Fury tour. I was pretty excited, even though I'd never heard of the book or author. But when I received it in the mail, I was elated and ready to jump on it! Sadly, things were getting in the way here and there so it took me awhile to finally finish this. But wow, what an awesome journey it was!! Thank you T.M for allowing me to be a part of your tour! You rock!

So to move on with my review.....

Sara Jane Rispoli is about to turn 16. But wow, wha
Book Whales
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Cold Fury made me want to watch the sopranos again! This book is full of yummy goodness that will appeal to suspense and action lovers. The story will take you to the daunting streets of Chicago. Get ready for the twists and secrets that will put you on the edge of your seat. This book is fast paced!

The story is about Sara Jane’s quest to find her family and to discover the secrets behind the Rispoli Clan. She thought she had a normal life. She didn’t expect to be
Lisa (Badass Bookie)
The Short Story? - This is probably one of my favourite debuts of the year... I don't know yet for sure since it's "only" July but OH MY GOODNESS, this book was EPIC. It was so good, I can't even find fault it in - IT WAS PERFECT. Fast-paced, action-packed, mystery, suspense, thriller, mobsters, boys, money, sidekicks, Chicago, those are just a few words about Cold Fury. If that hasn't perked your attention, how about we add a kick- ass protagonist to the list? And let's not forget a refreshin ...more

This book is a fast-paced, page-turning thrill ride! T.M. Goeglein's teenage heroine is one that SO many of us can relate to, and yet this particular teenager, Sara Jane Rispoli, is also a closet badass with a unique supernatural power that even she is still attempting to understand and harness.

Goeglein's writing is fluid and exciting, and you find yourself tucked within it, watching the action alongside Sara Jane (and rooting for her to get out of each situation alive!) The imagery is vivid, f
This is one of those books that can only be described as average. I didn't hate it, but I didn't necessarily like it either. I liked parts of it, I disliked others. I don't know how else to describe it. But I can say that for every book I liked more than this one, there's a book that I liked less, too. This book overall disappointed me and did not reach my expectations, but still delivered a good tale that kept me reading.

I went into this novel thinking that it had a lot of potential. After all
I won Cold Fury in a giveaway on LibraryThing. Before I start, I’d like to make a small note to just say that I rarely directly ask publishers for ARCs (have never been given them either) and usually these ARC reviews are from giveaways I’ve won or digital e-ARCs that I’ve been granted through NetGalley or Edelweiss. (You can find my full review here: Review of Cold Fury

Cold Fury took me by surprise really. I’ve always loved movies like Mission Impossible and The Bourne Supremacy, and while read
Jennifer McCoy, YA Sisterhood
I could not finish this book.

When I first read the blurb for this book, I was so excited for a thriller with a female lead in the young adult spectrum. I mean, what's not to like if it truly is Bourne meets The Godfather. However, I was truly disappointed in Colf Fury.

What disappointed me?

First off, the action was extremely slow. I was expecting a fast-paced, on the edge of your seat pursuit where the clues just keep coming and you just keep getting thrown back with surprise. But none of that ca
Well that was a badass little bit of fun.

Sara Jane Rispoli is your average, kinda shy teenager (who, okay, just so happens to box for fun) whose family runs a Chicago area bakery. Except one day she comes home and they're gone and the house has been totally tossed and it turns out that they're linked to the mob and her life is super in danger. You know, your average high school problems.

Turns into quite the action-packed little story as Sara Jane tries to unravel all these new secrets, find out
Renee Booth (Sassy Book Lovers)
Cold Fury is not in the typical genre I would usually read but none the less it was enjoyable. Sara Jane is your typical loner teen. She avoids the limelight and appreciates seclusion. The one thing she loves and
cherishes the most is her close-knit family. Her world gets turned upside down when her parents and brother disappear and she is left to uncover her family's deep and dark secrets.

Cold Fury has the feel of a diary entry. It is informative and very detailed. There is insight into everythi
Amber at Fall Into Books
Anyone who wants to read from the perspective of a smart, tough, mature heroine needs to pick up Cold Fury as soon as possible. While Sara Jane's name may cause you to think that she came straight from Little House on the Prairie, her strength and resourcefulness will quickly end that notion. While there were some dialogue and pacing issues within this novel, Cold Fury is full of action and suspense. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. You don't want to miss this ...more
Honestly, not a bad book. However, what really started to piss me off is that the farther I got into the book, the stupider and stupider Sara Jane got. First of all, when your whole family has been kidnapped, possibly are dead, you've gotten beat up, your friend/mentor got his arms broken trying to save you, and you are worrying about YOUR FRIEND'S POSSIBLE CRUSH ON YOU?!? And she's just going to believe A HEAD OF ANOTHER MOB is so relateable and ahahahaha "You are SO funny, AND cute!" *blushes ...more
Lisa Nagel
The hard part will be waiting for the next book..
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T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he created both original scripts and worked as a script doctor for several production companies in Los Angeles. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post 'Living' section, and continues to write for both the national edition and Huffington Post Chicag ...more
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“As long as I keep moving, I should be OK. As long as I keep the notebook with me, I should stay alive. This is not what I thought life would be like when I turned sweet sixteen.” 7 likes
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