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Cold Audiobook

Cold: A Joe Tiplady Thriller, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In the feeble light of a London winter, Joe Tiplady walks his dog in the snow. He is not alone. Two men are tracking him, as is a woman with wolf eyes. Soon Joe will find himself caught in a storm of violence and retribution that he does not yet understand.

Around the world, a chain of events is in motion that will make Joe a priceless target. A retired Soviet general hunts for his missing daughter after a series of brutal murders. A ruthless assassin loses something so precious he will do anything to get it back. And in the mountains of Utah, a brilliant ex-CIA chief wrestles with his religion.

In the shadow of them all lies Zoba, strongman ruler of Russia and puppet-master of the world's darkest operatives. Can Joe save himself from this dangerous web of power and revenge? Where can he run when there's nowhere left to hide?

Please note: this book contains strong language and scenes of torture.

©2016 John Sweeney (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Tony 05/01/2017
    Tony 05/01/2017
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    "suspense throuhout"

    I loved the link to real life characters and fictional one. I can't wait for the next instalment

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    janice STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 23/12/2016
    janice STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 23/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Joe Tiplady storyline embarrassingly bad."
    What would have made Cold better?

    Essentially good story let down by awful central character and clunking dialogue. Feels like the book was written by two people.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Sweeney again?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alan Smyth?

    Yes, the narrator was good, accents were authentic, injected plenty of menace into baddies' dialogue


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The Russian element of this story had potential.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN M. 29/11/2016
    JOHN M. 29/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Cold a good listen"

    This book has many threads that come together at the end, which makes it a good listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TERESA 29/08/2016
    TERESA 29/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Not that great"

    Too many characters and story lines that were not readily believable - a lot of detailed violence distracted from the plot

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jools 09/07/2016
    Jools 09/07/2016
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    "Excellent Narrator"

    Enjoyed the book and humour the narrator made the book worth listening to his expressions were great, looking forward to the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clive 23/03/2017
    Clive 23/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story."

    A terrific story and very well narrated. Full of twists and turns with new scenarios around every corner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 18/03/2017
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    "Top Class"

    This book is a must for spy \ espionage fan's. It cut's very, very close to they bone on the East \ West defied. 10/10 in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jules Cheshire,UK 18/07/2016
    Jules Cheshire,UK 18/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Complex plot but worth the concentration"

    Excellent thriller but not for those looking for an easy to follow plot. Lots of characters but exciting if a bit gruesome in places.

    Loved the narrator and his accents are excellent which did make it a little easier to follow who was who.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • James Hopper
    19/07/16
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    "Too graphic torture scene"

    Too graphic torture scene. Deleted it. Too hard to follow. The Mormon stuff was interesting

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Garrett Lund
    19/07/16
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    "No other word to use except BAD!"
    What disappointed you about Cold?

    I was really anticipating listening to a good spy novel, however I was left extremely disappointed. I would think an author would do some research before publishing a novel. His references to Mormonism are way off. Besides the stereotypical things about Mormons (Salt Lake City, Utah, temple, missionaries, etc.) the author demonstrates very little knowledge about Mormon beliefs. That shows the author is deliberately trying to cast Mormons in a bad light or he is completely ignorant. <br/><br/>The characters did not seem realistic whatsoever. They came across as cheesy and undeveloped. I could only stand listening to this book for about two hours. I wish I would have read other's reviews about this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Sweeney again?

    Never!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alan Smyth?

    Maybe. The Irish accent took some getting used to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Watch out for the weird sexual torture scenes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lindyks3
    06/07/16
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    "Hated it."
    What disappointed you about Cold?

    I don't like the violence and torture in it.


    What about Alan Smyth’s performance did you like?

    Alan did a fine job of reading the short amount I listened to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I do not like the type of violence and torture in it. Very chilling.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could return it for a refund. I have only listened to about 2 of the 12 hours it offers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tom schmitz
    09/07/16
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    "hard to understand"

    too complicated for me after listening to the whole book I still don't know what it's about

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • J. S.
    20/07/16
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    "Do some research"

    If you're going to take potshots at the Mormons (and who doesn't these days), at a minimum you should at least get the pronunciation correct, let alone a basic understanding of how the Mormon church works.

    Besides that, the story has so many logical inconsistencies that it is difficult for anyone who has a modicum of intelligence not to get frustrated when listening. One of the worst books I have ever had the displeasure of experiencing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    falls church, va, usa
    31/07/17
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    "Good thriller great performance"

    Very enjoyable and engaging book. The narrator did a great job bringing the charchters to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SarainAZ
    Tucson, AZ USA
    30/06/17
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    "The best kind of surprise"

    This is the best choice I've made from all the Kindle First books and it makes up for the other, disappointing choices and then some.
    An amazingly detailed and well-plotted story. The author's attention to detail and thorough research make for a novel that kept me up very late (the audible version of just one more chapter.) From the cold war to contemporary Russia, the book is an adventure of spy craft intrigue, the complexities of war, and political hubris. Added in are a little black dog and a guest apperance by some piranha, giving it enough wit to balance out some of the graphic scenes inherent to a great suspense novel.
    Alan Smyth give a stunning performance! He manages to portray each character's personality not only through accent but tempo of speech and a great deal of narrative talent. Some who reviewed the book on Amazon complained that it was slow and plodding. I wish those reviewers would listen to the book instead; Mister Smythe's narration would quickly end those complaints.
    Definitely looking forward to the second book in the series. Joe Tiplady is a man worthy of a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • brenda schleuning
    21/05/17
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    "Bad"

    This book was not good at all I listened to the first 6 chapters an marked as finished couldn't finish it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L
    15/11/16
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    "I thought it would never end"

    Too long & meandering. I had the dog angle figured out long before. Too many side trips that added nothing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julieann
    MCMINNVILLE, OR, United States
    23/10/16
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    "Needed more research."
    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Sweeney needed to research into the religion that he was trying to portray. The lack thereof was obvious. This lack made the entire book feel unbelievable and the characters too unreal to connect with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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