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Season of Fear

(Cab Bolton #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,231 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Lake Wales, Central Florida. 10 years ago, a political fundraiser became a bloodbath when a hooded assassin carried out a savage public execution. Three men were massacred, casting a dark shadow over the Sunshine State. A decade on, history is threatening to repeat itself. The widow of one victim, herself now running for Governor, has received an anonymous threat - a newsp ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Quercus (first published June 30th 2014)
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Brian Freeman
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
SEASON OF FEAR: The Return of Cab Bolton

Here's some background you may enjoy on my latest thriller SEASON OF FEAR. For more information (including an excerpt), you can visit my web page:

Readers first met Cab Bolton in my sixth novel THE BONE HOUSE — which was also my first novel not to feature Duluth police lieutenant Jonathan Stride. I originally envisioned THE BONE HOUSE as a stand-alone, but readers soon demanded to see more of this quirky Florida dete
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
To paraphrase Senator Lloyd Bentsen’s famous line: Cab Bolton, you’re no Jonathan Stride. I am an avid fan of Freeman’s Stride series, but after reading The Bone House, in which his unconventional detective, Cab Bolton, was introduced, I was underwhelmed. He seemed too perfect and yet, too shallow and one-dimensional. However, it will take more than one average work to discourage me, so I was ready to give Cab another chance.

Season of Fear begins ten years in the past at a political fundraiser w
Liz Barnsley
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a quiet yet avid fan of Brian Freeman for many years now ever since I picked up a copy of “Immoral” featuring main protagonist Jonathon Stride rather randomly one day. Since then I have read all the novels, although this is the first I’ve read since reviewing seriously. They are all excellent crime thrillers, with exquisite psychological suspense mashed together with terrifically twisty mystery stories and Season Of Fear is no different.

This is the second of the authors new series fe
Jan 09, 2015 added it
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Sad to say I'm not going to finish this book. I struggled to get to page 129. It just didn't grab me and pull me in, and I didn't feel connected to the story or the characters.
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I did the audio on this. I always feel differently when I do audios verses reading. This book had too many people in it for it to be a great audio. There were so many groups of people, and each member had their role to play. It was hard to keep track of them all when the voices were so very similar. The reader had a pleasant enough voice, he just couldn't alter it to reflect not only the personalities, but even the women sounded just like the men.

Now with that out there, there was still so much
Mar 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
I’m shocked to be writing this review. This had all the markings of a novel I should have liked. It didn’t.

I recently discovered Mr. Freeman when, a few months ago, I picked up ‘The Bone House.’ That novel hooked me from page one. I hate to resort to clichés but it was a ‘page turner.’ I loved the story, the plot twists and turns, the author’s writing style and especially the character development. Although it was only the first book I’ve read by him, I felt confident Mr. Freeman would become o
Book Addict Shaun
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I am a huge fan of Brian Freeman from his Jonathan Stride series of novels. When asked if I would like to review this book, the second in the Cab Bolton series it wasn't really a question that needed answering. Freeman is one of the best writers in the business and knows how to tell a damn good story so I knew I was in for a treat. I haven't read The Bone House which is the first Bolton book but this one can easily be read as a standalone.

The first thing that stood out to me is this book is very
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm a big Brian Freeman fan--his Jonathan Stride series is terrific. But this was good, but I wasn't too crazy about the cast of characters...or the political background, for that matter. It was a dandy murder mystery--there were a number of murders and plenty of unsavory suspects (a few surprising ones as well), but the political dirty tricks, chicanery, opposition research, and seriously flawed gubernatorial candidates made that part of the story unpleasant and way too much like real ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've read The Bone House and enjoyed the character of Cab Bolton so I was glad to see that Freeman had written another book featuring this character and I'm happy to say that this one does not disappoint. The characters are well-developed and the plot had many twists and turns that kept me interested until the very end. There is lots of mystery, political corruption, family issues all happening as a hurricane is approaching. The story was well paced and the ending was very surprising. I now look ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Torn between 1 and 2 stars on this. Decided to give the benefit of much doubt as 2 may be too high. 2 of 10 stars
Dre McDermott
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
DNF. I might come back to this but I’m not in the mood for a political thriller.
Karl Jorgenson
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Freeman once again creates a cast of characters where everybody is flawed. No, that's what the experts recommend. He piles the flaws on until everybody is completely dysfunctional, usually from rape, incest, suicide, murder, or a combination of these.
I had read a third of the book before I realized who the good guys were. Why? Because there aren't any good guys, at least not that I care about.
It's a typical Freeman plot. A killer has come back, ten years later, to kill again. This time the killi
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second thriller featuring Cab Bolton; the first being “The Bone House.” This sees Cab in Florida, where Diane Fairmont – his movie star mother’s best friend – is running for governor. Ten years ago it was Diane’s husband, Birch, who was standing as a candidate for the US Congress from the newly formed Common Way Party. Then, during a political speech, Birch Fairmont, his chief of staff Lyle Piper and two other bystanders were shot; both Birch and Lyle fatally. When Cab visits, he is ...more
Cheryl M-M
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Cab Bolton thriller, the first is The Bone House.
The assassination of a politician leaves a trail of unanswered questions ten years after the tragedy.

Now the tables are turned and his wife is in the midst of a political campaign. There are threats against her life and those threats result in the past being dug up again.

Who was the shooter? Was the wrong person blamed? It seems as if everyone is hiding some kind of secret. The real culprit is an unexpected surprise, but the vi
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, first-reads
This is the first book I have read by Brian Freeman and I do hope it isn't the last. Although overall Season of Fear didn't wow me, it is an accomplished story with many exciting characters and plot twists.

I found this to be a little bit of a slow burner and it wasn't until a fair way in that I found myself absorbed by the story. That said it picks up the pace and the last quarter of the book is very hard to put down. Once it gets moving it is the sort of novel that keeps you guessing and altho
I found this one a bit boring to start, it was politics after all, and you knew everyone was lying. The thing was I had a hard time what everyone was lying about. I'm pretty good about guessing what is going on, but this one kept me off balance and not sure what was going on, which was a big reason I kept reading even when bored.

I hated how the politico's kept saying that the ends justified the means, which is a load of crap! I felt sorry for Peach, she really lost so much in this book, but I so
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ten years ago, a masked gunman opened fire at a political rally, killing three people, including a popular candidate for governor. Now, the candidate's wife, Diane, is taking up the mantel and running for governor herself. When a message is sent that the killer is back, hunky detective Cab Bolton is hired to find the killer before more people die. Political secrets, great characters, an impending hurricane, and a deliciously twisty plot create a terrific mystery/thriller.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very exciting book, could not put down.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
While Freeman's Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton are realistic, interesting and intensely more likeable characters than Cab Bolton, this book earns praise for the excitement of the story and introduction of the character of Peach Piper than for Cab Bolton. While Freeman offers some glimpses that Cab has potential to be taken seriously, his weird, creepy relationship with his aging, narcissistic mother and their shared inability to have a normal parent-child relationship detracts from Cab's reali ...more
Danielle Gonzalez
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second Brian Freeman book I've read, and I'm now an addict. I love his writing! The man can tell a story and keep you in suspense. This is one of few books where I'm constantly having OMG moments. Many chapters end with an explosive jaw-dropping discovery. There is no way you can really figure out who is the murderer. The story starts with a shooting at a political rally. The candidate is assassinated. Flash forward 10 years later, and the candidate's surviving wife is now running fo ...more
Amber Boos
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this was a hard one to rate!! I absolutely LOVE Brian Freeman. I had read all of the Johnathan Stride series and stand-alone Spilled Blood. ALL are easily 5 Star Reads!! I also read and loved The Bone House (stars Cab Bolton) and recently Alter Ego (features Cab Bolton). This made me realize that I never finished Season of Fear (stars Cab Bolton #2). The main reason for never finishing it was all of the politics. Not a fan of political drama, so the first half drug for me. The 2nd half is t ...more
Loved this 2nd Cab Bolton detective mystery! As the book begins a political fundraiser turns muderous as three a gunned down by a masked man in black. Fast forward 10 years later and Diana Fairmount, like her husband, is now running for governor, but the threats begin threatening revenge. Who is doing this and is it the same person from 10 years ago. I love Cab Bolton as much as I love Jonathan Stride- they are both very good at what they do as detectives and they have messy lives, but this mean ...more
Albert Riehle
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
My least favorite book by Brian Freeman. I just couldn't get into it. I'll admit, the twists in this one had me fooled and the final 50-75 pages were downhill and fun but everything leading up to it was like molasses.

I want to like the protagonist but I don't. He's just sort of there. And his Mommy Issues are tedious after 2 books.

This was almost a 2 star book for me. If I had it to do over, I'd skip it.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cab Bolton is entitled but not self absorbed

At first, I thought this was just another Jonathan Stride. The author really developed Cab and introduced Cab's family and friends. The story is a politically based mystery. I do like the author's use mother nature as the background to the story. As nature ramps up the intensity, so does the storyline.
I can recommend for a wider audience than the Stride mysteries. Please note, this is not for children.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.6/5 stars. The political aspect of this book did nothing for me. Maybe it's because I am Canadian, but I really struggled with the fictitious Common Way political party. I almost abandoned this book multiple times, but I stuck with it because I quite liked the first book in the series, and I hoped the other elements of the story would overtake the political ones. They did, and I am glad I persevered.
Mike Kennedy
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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I listened to the audio version of this book. I definitely enjoy the Jonathan Stride series over the Cab Bolton series. This book was fine, but it just wasn’t as good as the Stride series. Cab is asked to look into threats against a candidate for Governor in Florida. There is the typical Brian Freeman twist, but it was kind of predictable this time. Overall a good not great book. If you are looking for something to read, head to the Jonathan Stride series over Cab Bolton.
Elizabeth Croston
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Brian Freeman is one of my current favorite crime / mystery writers. I love listening to his audio books and the man that reads them is great. This book started out slow, but halfway through it picked up and didn't disappoint. This one focuses a lot more on detective Cab Bolton than "The Bone House" did, which was the first in the Cab Bolton series. I wasn't able to figure out the plot and lots of twists and turns. I look forward to reading or listening to more of his books.
Mary Taber
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I was not overwhelmed with love for this book-I found it tough to engage with. The scenes where the author tried to build anticipation were too long. I found myself saying, get to it already!! Too slow moving...
The ending was good with some unpredictable twists...To sum it up, I had a hard time getting through this. Gave it three stars!
Barbara Fraley
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the characters in "season of fear". the book centers around a political campaign for governor of florida. the behind the scenes management and manipulation of the parties was a back and forth of which party had spies in each others campaigns - they all did. each group talked of taking the high road, but winning was the only objective - no matter the cost. peach was my favorite character
I’m a fan of Freeman’s Jonathon Stride series, but Cab Bolton leaves me pretty cold. The novel started iff well, but turned into a meandering trail to a blah finish. There werent really any characters I felt anything for either.
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Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his "you are there" settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots. Brian has also been selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum's Jason Bo ...more

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“Do you always carry a gun?’ Peach asked.
‘It’s Florida,’ Annalie said. She hefted her purse up and down as if she were working out with weights. ‘Even Mickey Mouse probably carries a piece.”
“Frank Macy looked surprised.

That was what Cab thought as he studied the dead man’s eyes. Surprised that he had been conned. Surprised that a man who was smart, cool, and lethal could be played for a fool.”
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