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Cold Bloodied by Matt Cairns
Synopsis: Suffering brutal nightmares, and with little memory of how and why he came to be back in his hometown, Jade will finally learn the dark truth of his clouded past. What was the agenda behind his sudden disappearance while fighting in the Middle-East, and the bloody events leading to his return? And why had his father, a war veteran, never spoken of his tour in Vietnam more than thirty years ago?
Together with Rebecca Leigh, a local cop with her own tragic history, Jade will face a steady stream of inhuman assassins, courtesy of the malevolent Louis Faulkner, a powerful figure with sinister ties to Jade’s father.
Review (of the eBook using Mrs Kindle’s text-to-speech function)
The novel start with a short (as they should be) prologue about a retired army colonel committing suicide – a punchy opening.
Chapter 1 then introduces us to the main character, Thomas ‘Tom’ Jade, who is travelling on a bus, having been put on there by someone else – intriguing – but demands the driver drop him off in the middle of nowhere.
The second chapter features Rebecca Leigh who starts by killing idea at close range so we think she’s cold blooded but we learn that she’s putting it out of its misery. She is then presented with a semi dead cow thanks to the obnoxious Dean Featherston so does the same to that animal.
When Rebecca is told of Thomas’ existence, we know their paths will cross soon or later.
The early mention of cabbage trays and flax bushes hints at the setting (the publisher, Bay Road Media, is based in New Zealand) and the start of chapter four confirms we are three hours north of Auckland. Settings often make a novel and the wilderness in winter makes for a great location.
The supernatural part between the colonel and Faulkner lost me a bit but we soon resume reality where Rebecca and Tom meet, albeit briefly.
Characters are the most important aspect of any story and there is a great mix here, most with their troubles and agendas day and makes a good antagonist although he was cut off (too often in my opinion), usually when swearing, but I love that Rebecca is feisty.
And now for some tips for writers…