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Cold Springs

By Rick Riordan
Cold Springs by Rick Riordan digital book - Fable

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
 
The Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony award-winning Rick Riordan delivers a spellbinding novel of a man on an edge so extreme that his fall will destroy not only him--but all that he holds dear.

Cold Springs

Chadwick’s life was balanced on a knife’s edge--his career, his marriage, his
relationship with his dangerously troubled daughter. And then one autumn night, the worst possible thing happened….

Now, a decade later, Chadwick’s heart is on the mend. Working for an old military buddy, he saves kids for a living, escorting troubled teens to a Texas wilderness school that specializes in the toughest brand of love.

Until he gets a phone call that threatens to shatter his new life.

Mallory Zedman is taking the same terrible path Chadwick’s own daughter once took. Defiant and out of control, Mallory is determined to destroy herself and anyone who tries to stop her. No sooner does Chadwick snatch her off the streets than he discovers she is wanted for questioning in a brutal murder--a slaying that seems directly linked to Chadwick’s past.To save Mallory, tough love will not be enough. Chadwick must find the truth behind the murder--and in doing so revisit the infidelities, shattered promises, and violent passions that cracked his world apart. And he must jeopardize the one thing he still has left to lose--a slim hope of redemption.

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“And I finally finish all of his adult books! This is the first adult book of Rick's that I've read that isn't Tres Navarre. Of course, this is the ONLY adult book of his that isn't Tres Navarre. This is also the first standalone of his I've read in general. as well as the first adult one. Of course, he doesn't have many of those in the first place, and this is his one and only adult one (standalone, that is). I found this book as gripping as any Tres Navarre book. As you might expect, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. He does a good job of making you care about the characters - which is good, as it might be difficult to do that with a standalone, when you have less time to develop characters. Since pretty much all his other books are series, I was wondering how he'd handle that; and, again, he did pretty well. Going back to what I said about twists and turns, I of course expected those. But some of them made sense. and some of them didn't. One twist in particular made one particular thing make sense (i.e. the reason that John Zedman was getting blackmailed), but it raised a whole bunch of other questions. I unfortunately can't go into any more detail without majorly spoiling the book. Otherwise, the story was enjoyable, if a tiny bit predictable. The subject matter brings back some bad memories for me, but that's not Rick's fault. I also don't know how I feel about the "Cold Springs" boot camp portrayed in the book. It felt kind of abusive to me. This was another audiobook read. The narrator of this book was actually the same one who narrated all of the Tres Navarre books, which is a neat little connection. I still think he does a better job at narrating Tres, but I still enjoyed it. All in all, an enjoyable if very dark read. I found myself easily able to put it down at times, but I was into it the rest of the time. Again, since he doesn't have a lot of standalones, it might be interesting to try and see how he does outside of a series. Since I have no more adult books by Rick left to read, I think I'll go back to J.K. Rowling and Comoran Strike. Goodbye, everyone! On to the next adventure...”

About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of Big Red Tequila, The Widower’s Two-Step, The Last King of Texas, and, most recently, The Devil Went Down to Austin, which was nominated for both the Shamus and the Anthony awards. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, where he is at work on his sixth novel of suspense.

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