I’m over the moon to be reviewing “Die Cold” from Graham Smith as one of the last stops on the #BlogTour It’s the fourth in the Jake Boulder series and I’m loving it! This one got a little bit personal for me with my guest appearance – will Graham kill me off or let me live…you’ll just need to read it and see! Huge thanks to Emma at Bloodhound Books for the invite and to Graham and the publisher for the advance review copy for the tour.
So let’s close this bad boy down!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Boulder is back.
Jake Boulder is working as a bartender, at an exclusive Vermont ski resort on New Year’s Eve, when armed terrorists hold up the lodge and take all the customers and guest’s hostage.
Trapped with the other hostages, Boulder watches in horror as the female terrorist leader disfigures a singer to make her point. He wants to fight back but is unarmed and being held at gunpoint.
When Boulder finally manages to escape from the terrorists he searches for a way to raise the alarm.
After Boulder discovers that the terrorists plan to kill all the hostages by detonating charges placed below the lodge, he knows has a race against time to save as many innocent people as he can…
But will Boulder be the reluctant hero and save the day?
In a bid to escape his demons, Jake Boulder finds himself bartending at an exclusive ski resort in Vermont, but if you have read the previous novels, you will know that Jake doesn’t need to go looking for trouble…it tends to come and find him!
Die Cold for me was a completely different read from the other Jake Boulder books; there was something much more measured about Jake this time around but conversely with that came a greater feeling of menace. His grief and guilt have made him a much colder character in this book. Yet his vulnerability still manages to shine through that tough exterior, that conflict he has going on within himself, it all works to make him a rounded character. The pace was fast fast fast! Action packed from the start to the finish, almost James Bond-like without the Pussy Galore!
I loved the character of fifteen-year-old Daniel, he was wise beyond his years and I developed a real soft spot for him. Hannah, now she was a bitch with a capital B! Talk about bad, she was bad to the core! Graham Smith painted the perfect picture of her from the outset and I could just picture her as Uma Thurman playing Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction.
I had felt a little nervous knowing that I was going to be a character in this book, not quite sure what Graham Smith’s twisted mind had in store for me! But, I’m not going to lie! I loved her, the description of her character was just the right amount of Glaswegian without becoming a caricature, which can sometimes be the case when writers try to “ham up” their Scottish characters. The Scottish connection between her and Jake was brilliant, that connection that we all have across the world when our common nationality is discovered! I was reading with my hands over my eyes at points waiting to find out my fate!
And of course, where would a Boulder novel be without Jake’s mammy! Ivy is one of my top characters in this series. She is just the typical wee Glasgow mammy! Takes no nonsense and no prisoners! I love her! Even though she is apart from Jake in this novel, she still manages to get herself involved as she uses her own brand of interrogation on Jake’s closest friend, Alfonse Devereaux but only time will tell if she is ever going to set eyes on him again.
There was a fantastic sense of isolation in terms of the location and Graham created that perfect sense of place. It felt almost claustrophobic reading it. I was imagining myself stranded at the top of that mountain with no escape! Let’s just say the author has not sold exclusive ski holidays for me! For me it was so easy to imagine being there, the chill and the fear were all authentic. Once again Graham Smith nails the twists and turns just perfectly; stringing the reader along until BANG he hits us with it! This one would work so well in an action film, it has all the right ingredients for a movie, seriously it has! As I read I could see the cat and mouse scenes play out on the big screen before me. The characters, the plot, the location, the action shots and the finale would all be explosive viewing; it is screaming out to be made into a movie!
Die Cold is a perfect action-packed thriller to settle down to on the dark winter nights, but you might think twice about reading it if you are just about to head off to the hills for a bit of ski-ing!
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About the author:
Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has six books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and four novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, ten attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.
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