Cold Fury by T.m. GoegleinCold Fury by T.m. Goeglein

Cold Fury

byT.m. Goeglein

Paperback | June 13, 2013

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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.
T. M. Goeglein lives in Chicago, Illinois. This is his first book.
Title:Cold FuryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.19 × 5.38 × 0.75 inPublished:June 13, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142426318

ISBN - 13:9780142426319


Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I loved this book, it keeps you interested all the way through. I didn't know it was a series at first but I am kind of glad it turned out to be. I can't wait to read the second book! I finished this one in like a day haha I couldn't stop reading :) and it's pretty awesome when a book can make you do that!
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After This book intrigued me as soon as I read the plot synopsis. It sounded so thrilling and adventurous that I couldn't help but read it. I've never quite read anything at all like this novel. It's a thrilling and exciting and adventurous read that I'm so glad I took a chance with. Reasons to Read: 1.One of the strongest female protagonists I have read about: Sara is a main character that I really, really have to admire. She is incredibly strong and clever. She is placed in this really hard situation, and yet she manages to almost keep it fully together the entire time. While she does fall apart at one time, she is able to get back up again and keep moving forward. She knows when to attack her enemies and when to hold it back. While she is a really strong heroine, at the same time she is only a teenage girl. That side of her still shows through in some instances, which I felt made her feel more real. 2.Easy to understand: I wasn't quite sure of how much I would be able to understand the parts about the Mob in the novel. I don't have a lot of background information on it, so I hoped that I wouldn't have to know all about it in order to understand. I was really glad when I started reading it, and all the things that were mentioned, were explained. It's good to have a litle bit of information beforehand, but I don't think that it's necessary for the book to make sense. Complicated situations I thought were explained fairly simply, which I was really glad of. I will admit that the first third or so of this book goes by a bit slow. A lot of it is background stuff that happens way before the book's main plot. While it is a bit tedious, I was glad of it because without it I don't think that the book would make as much sense. I know that this novel has a lot of mixed reviews, but I think that it's really good. I would reccomend this to someone looking for a thrilling read. ARC received from Penguin Canada for my honest review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2012-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from For mafia-book fans For the full review, visit my blog at Thank you to Jenni for providing me a copy of the book! From the first few pages, I could understand why some people couldn’t get into the book. There was a lot of history, a lot of revisiting prior events that lead up to the current events that are to take place in the book. I did like a lot of it, like when the main character, Sara Jane, is training with a pro-boxer, learning to be a tough girl. But at about 80-pages of build up until the excitement starts, I really had to push myself to get through it. Of course, then there’s the excitement part of the book and from then on I could not put the sucker down! I was trying so hard to keep awake that I managed to get through a good chunk of the book and could really see how it was compared to the Bourne books. I loved that Sara Jane is on her own and trying to find out what happened to her parents and her brother — there was mystery and fighting and it really helped mask the fact that it took 80-pages of build-up to get to this place. Sara Jane is a great character. She’s tough and has the “cold fury” inside of her. Really — don’t give her any crap or she’ll kick your butt. She loves her family, even if she doesn’t quite get what’s going on, as well as her brother Lou. One thing I really liked about her family was the fact that the family owned a bakery. I mean, these are tough Soprano-type of people and they bake cookies all day long! Though, while I really liked Sara Jane’s character, once the excitement blew up, it fizzled and died. I really had to push myself to keep reading through the book to the end. One of the problems that I saw was the fact that Sara Jane is pretty much all alone most of the time and so there’s a lot of talk in her head — a lot of explaining. I wanted a whole lot less of explaining and a lot more action. The other problem I saw was that the book seemed too full of conveniences. I like my main characters to think for themselves, not to have an escape plan suddenly appear in front of them. While it had definite aspects of Bourne in it, I was bored most of the time. Seeing as the book is part of a series, I really can’t see myself picking up the next one, even if it helps explains some of the things that were going on. Of course, don’t take my word for it — this book has a super high rating on Goodreads, so I seem to be in the minority of people who disliked it.
Date published: 2012-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to get into it but enjoyable Cold Fury is a fast-paced adventure with a great story line. The plot swallowed me with its intriguing secrets, danger, action and Capone doors! T.M. Goeglein certainly brings something refreshing to the YA world, and readers longing for a unique and highly entertaining adventure, will definitely devour this one. Sara Jane Rispoli is a first class kick-ass heroine that can punch as well as Muhammad Ali. She is a very charming character and very smart, but for some reason, I didn't feel like I was reading from a female's pov. I think Sara could have perfectly been a boy. I don't mean that she was all boyish, but she wasn't entirely girly either. Sara, our kick-ass heroine, lives a pretty normal life... until spring dance, which is also the same day of her sixteenth birthday. That night, everything changes. When she gets back home after the dance, she discovers that the door is unlocked and her entire family is gone-vanish-poof! and now Sara may be the only one able to rescue them...if they are still alive. I enjoyed many things about this novel. For example, the Chicago mafia, known better as The Outfit, is a highly alluring and intriguing element in the plot. I love mafia movies and Cold Fury was definitely like watching one! In addition, there is some romance in the story that balances all the cinematic action with a little bit of tenderness, even though Goeglein didn't give me enough butterflies to satisfy my demanding heart but I still enjoy a lot the presence of Max. *wink* *wink* However, It took me a while too get into the story. The way the story is told is actually very different from what I am used to. The prelude of this story shows Sara at the very end of it, meaning that everything that happens during the book, feels more like a remembrance instead of an actual event occurring in the moment I was reading it. It was't my cup of tea, but it was definitely a refreshing and interesting storytelling. Cold Fury is fast-paced and full of kick-ass action movie material! And regardless the fact that it took me a while to get into the story, Cold Fury is a highly enjoyable adventure filled with chilling suspense, terrific action, surprising paranormal elements and badass mobsters that will keep readers on their toes!
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing I expected... This and more reviews can be found at I haven't read a book in 2 months! So you could probably imagine my excitement when I finally had the time to pick up a book. Cold Fury jumped out at me while I was scanning my bookshelf for the perfect after-the-reading-slump-book to read. That and it is released in July, so I new I had to get a move on. Nevertheless, Cold Fury sounded like a pretty entertaining read and I couldn't wait to get started. Boy was I wrong! Although the premises sounded promising- The Mob, assassins, a girl on the run with a mysterious brief case- the beginning was nothing I expected. Generally when you pick up a book and open that fresh, crisp spine to the first page, you're starting somewhere. Maybe the character is in the middle of a situation or maybe he/she is about to be put into some sort of situation, either way, something usually happens within those first few chapters that hooks you into the story line (that is if the author did his or her job). I'm sorry to say that T.M did NOT do his job. I can't say the beginning hooked me in at all. Let me explain why... 1) First of all, you don't begin a story by explaining everything that's going on (past and present) within the first freaking 100 pages! Jeesh, all throughout those 100 pages I was overwhelmed with SO much information that there were hardly any dialogue. Seriously this isn't a very dialogue-filled book. 2) Can't say I knew the characters all that well. Not even the main character who spoke to you throughout the story. Sure, we get to know some family secretes, and we get to know about some assholes, but that doesn't mean you FULLY get to know anyone. There was just too much world building and not enough character building. One minute there is a new character introduced, and the next they seem to cease to exist. It's like the main character completely forgot about them! Ugh, now that's infuriating! 3) I was disappointed with the action. From the sounds of the synopsis: "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." you'd think there would be quite a bit of it. WRONG-O! In actuality, the author spent so much time TELLING you (instead of showing you) what the mob was about and the Outfits and so on and so fourth that when there was action, it was fast and boring. A jab here, a kick there, and Sara Jane was on the run again, telling us even MORE information. This book is so overwhelming with information it isn't funny. 4) Did I mention there was A LOT of information in this book. God, the author just went along the entire story line telling you stuff. I can't even remember half of the things that has to do with Sara Jane and her family. Okay, so as I clearly stated showed above, the book was kind of crappy. That said, there were a few aspects I enjoyed about the book that earned it its 3 stars. 1) The premise is interesting and I did think the author had something going. The whole Italian-mob aspect of it really intrigued me and I loved learning of all the family secrets- it made me feel like spy! 2) Sara Jane wasn't an entirely bad character. Despite not getting to know her too well she is still one kick-ass characters, and this I admire her for that. 3) Doug, Sara Jane's friend, was hilarious and had me laughing whenever he was in the picture. So if someone were to ask me (maybe you?) if they should read this book, my answer is... Yes, give it a try. I'm all about finding out for yourself how a book is. Maybe you'll be intrigued by all the information, or maybe you'll be completely turned off. Hard to say, so I think you should read and find out for yourself.
Date published: 2012-07-03

Editorial Reviews

"Readers will no doubt enjoy the action-packed scenes and quick getaways . . . an engaging thriller."--VOYA"Engaging, including action sequences that are forthright and expeditious."--SLJ"For readers who have had to look to adult suspense like James Bond for a rush, this one has a heroine worth cheering."--Booklist“...several fun hooks...”--Publishers Weekly "Goeglein’s book has a lot going for it—Sara Jane's school friendships, her warm relationship with her family, cool Mob stuff, boxing action, some humor . . . " --Kirkus Reviews