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Cold Fear: A Thriller

de Brandon Webb

Séries: The Finn Thrillers (2)

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"Finn's search for his memory of one fateful night leads him to Iceland-only to be followed by an unhinged assassin intent on stopping him-in the riveting follow-up to Steel Fear, from the New York Times bestselling writing team Webb & Mann, combat decorated Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and award-winning author John David Mann. Disgraced Navy SEAL Finn is on the run. A wanted man since he jumped ship from the USS Abraham Lincoln, he's sought for questioning in connection to war crimes committed in Yemen by a rogue element in his SEAL team. But his memory of that night-as well as the true fate of his mentor and only friend, Lieutenant Kennedy-is a gaping hole. Finn learns that three members of his team have been quietly redeployed to Iceland, which is a puzzle in itself; the tiny island nation is famous for being one of the most peaceful, crime-free places on the planet. His mission is simple: track down the three corrupt SEALs and find out what really happened that night in Yemen. But two problems stand in his way. On his first night in town a young woman mysteriously drowns-and a local detective suspects his involvement. What's worse, a SEAL-turned-contract-killer with skills equal to his own has been hired to make sure he never gets the answers he's looking for. And he's followed Finn all the way to the icy north"--… (mais)
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Peaceful Iceland is an unlikely spot for tragic murder and a covert military op.
“Cold Fear’ opens in the dark and the cold. Iceland is known as the land of ice and fire; in the summer it has the midnight sun, but now, in the winter, it is ice and darkness. How does anyone survive the winters here? Iceland is a place with few predators, no snakes, no poisonous spiders, and no mosquitos. In a “bad” year there is maybe one gunshot death in the whole country. Yet humans can be cruel and dangerous. Illegal drug trade is rampant, and the island has become a midway drop-off point for human traffickers. Into this land of beauty, contradictions, and cold, comes Finn.

The drama unfolds in two storylines. A young girl drowns on Christmas Eve; she is alone, cold, and frozen in the ice like a tragedy in a fairy tale. The police investigation starts out badly when the body disappears. However, Detective Krista Kristjánsdóttir is determined to find answers. She has no idea of the complex problems she will uncover.
Former SEAL Finn is thrown into this mix. He is posing as a “crime writer” to ferret out rogue operators, sent to Iceland on some sort of covert “capture and kill” mission. Finn has come to “fix things; he knows little if anything about the operatives or their target, but he must stop them. He is focused, methodical, and determined. Readers follow Finn as he unearths the tiniest clues and puts together information bit by tiny bit.
Pages are filled with vivid descriptions that enhance the narrative. The metal edge of the saw lets out a scream as it slices through the ice. The city is a ghost of itself, still and silent, the streets deserted. It is as if the city were lying very still, holding its breath. Fatigue moves through his veins like oil sludge.
“Cold Fear” is the second book in the “Finn thrillers” series, but this journey is its own story. It combines the precision and discipline of military action/adventure story with the nail-biting tension of a police-procedure thriller. It is a non-stop adventure from page one.

I received a review copy of “Cold Fear” from Brandon Webb, John David Mann, Random House Publishing Group, and Ballantine Books. I did a search online for Lapsang Souchong tea, and found that it is available from my favorite online tea merchant with a rating of 99 (out of 100). “Cold Fear” is now available in print, as an e-book, and on audio from independent bookstores, online booksellers, retail stores, public libraries, and anywhere you get your books. ( )
  3no7 | Jul 17, 2022 |
Former Navy Seal Finn shows up in Iceland in pursuit of three of his former team members who are in Reykjavik on a covert op. Finn's unit was part of a massacre of civilians in Yemen. A massacre which Finn is blamed for but he has incomplete memories of the night it happened and is unsure if he played any part in it. While Finn is in pursuit of answers, another ex-Seal is in pursuit of Finn, whom he has been contracted to kill. On the night Finn arrives in Reykjavik, a young woman runs barefoot through the city and is found frozen in a pond with a message in lipstick written on her body.
Finn is desperate for answers that the covert ops team may hold about what happened in Yemen, but he also finds himself drawn to the mystery of the drowned girl. A no-nonsense police detective, Krista Kristjansdottir is investigating and finds herself working with Finn, even as she is unsure if she should trust him or arrest him. The intertwined plots, as Finn is both pursuing and being pursued on top of trying to figure out the mystery of the frozen girl's death work together brilliantly.

The promise that Webb & Mann showed in Finn's series debut, Steel Fear is fully realized in Cold Fear. The action is intense, the atmosphere draws you in, and the characters are incredible. Not only is Finn a fascinating lead character, with faulty memory and self-doubts, but the surrounding characters are fleshed out in a way that makes them worthy as either allies or adversaries and sometimes both. The suspense is sustained from beginning to end. Webb & Mann throw in surprises all along the way, but every answer feels earned and the climax is both exciting and satisfying.

Finn is an outstanding lead character and I would read an entire book just about Kristan Kristjansdottir. Two books in and I am a fan of this series and will put future installments at the top of my list. This is a treat for thriller and suspense fans and one of the best books I've read this year.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. ( )
  tottman | Jul 9, 2022 |
I thank NetGalley for providing a copy of Cold Fear in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not sure how someone who hasn’t read Steel Fear, the first book in this series, will react to this sequel. The story starts slowly, but it held my interest because I knew Chief Finn as a capable, resourceful protagonist.

In Cold Fear, Finn is searching for three members of his former seal team, but he continues to be hampered by his inability to recall details from his last assignment. During that raid, an entire family was slaughtered because one of the children observed some of the team members engaged in illegal activities, and Finn was accused of the slaughter. This storyline feels stale, but the issue of Finn’s selective amnesia is primarily resolved in Cold Fear.

Although there are some action scenes, this is a well-crafted mystery. As Finn arrives in Reykjavik, a young woman commits suicide by crawling under a sheet of ice in a duck pond. Shortly after that, a double murder in a local pharmacy. The mystery surrounding the woman’s death piqued my curiosity and kept me reading.

Additional turnoffs that lessened my reading enjoyment were the devotion of several chapters to providing backstory on the earlier incident and the assassin sent to kill Finn. The early backstory entries may be rather dull to readers of Steel Fear, but those later in the book provide most of the information Chief Finn cannot recall. I imagine that the assassin sent to kill Chief Finn is endowed with unrealistically supernatural powers to create a problematic situation for Finn. I would have enjoyed a more balanced portrayal of the assassin. Also irritating was Finn’s recovery from selective amnesia while recovering from physical injuries in a supernatural, dreamlike manner. I appreciated the information, but the way it was introduced was disappointingly unimaginative.

Having discovered (dreamed about) the identity of the mastermind behind the massacre for which Finn is blamed, I am sure he will appear in a third book where he brings the culprit to justice. That will likely remove Finn further from the milieu that made Steel Fear outstanding. The decision to remove Finn from the Navy converts him into a routine superhero in competition with Reacher, The Gray Man, and many others. That’s unfortunate. ( )
  Tatoosh | Apr 9, 2022 |
Review of Advance Reader’s Copy

When a rogue element of a Navy SEAL team commits war crimes, it appears that the man responsible for the carnage is Finn. He jumps ship from the USS Abraham Lincoln and, having learned about the redeployment of three members of the original team, he heads to Iceland to find out what really happened that night in Mukalla, Yemen.

As Finn explores the city, he witnesses the gruesome discovery of a young woman lying beneath the ice. Cut from the ice and sent to the morgue, the woman inexplicably disappears. Things get complicated when the murder investigation brings Finn, using the alias Marlin Pike, to the attention of Reykjavik Detective Krista.

But Boone, a sadistic killer has come to Iceland, renowned for its peacefulness, with orders to eliminate Finn, to keep him from discovering who killed Lieutenant Kennedy and learning the truth about Mukalla.

Is there a connection between Finn and the murder of The Little Mermaid? And what is the secret she gave her life to expose?

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This book, the second in the series following the earlier “Steel Fear,” picks up where the earlier book ended, but still works well as a standalone. Well-developed characters, a strong sense of place, and a twisty plot pull the reader into the telling of the tale from the outset. Non-stop action keeps the story moving along as the undercurrent of apprehension keeps the suspense building.

Continually-mounting tension keeps the story moving along at a brisk pace; the investigation into the duck pond drowning, Boone’s actions, and several unexpected deaths all combine to create a compelling narrative that will keep readers enmeshed in the telling of the tale.

Readers will find themselves empathizing with Finn as he tries to determine what, if any, involvement he had in the Mukalla atrocity. The twisting plot, including the discovery of a sinister scheme, keeps the pages turning in this impossible-to-set-aside thriller.

Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this eBook from Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Bantam and NetGalley
#ColdFear #NetGalley ( )
  jfe16 | Mar 7, 2022 |
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"Finn's search for his memory of one fateful night leads him to Iceland-only to be followed by an unhinged assassin intent on stopping him-in the riveting follow-up to Steel Fear, from the New York Times bestselling writing team Webb & Mann, combat decorated Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and award-winning author John David Mann. Disgraced Navy SEAL Finn is on the run. A wanted man since he jumped ship from the USS Abraham Lincoln, he's sought for questioning in connection to war crimes committed in Yemen by a rogue element in his SEAL team. But his memory of that night-as well as the true fate of his mentor and only friend, Lieutenant Kennedy-is a gaping hole. Finn learns that three members of his team have been quietly redeployed to Iceland, which is a puzzle in itself; the tiny island nation is famous for being one of the most peaceful, crime-free places on the planet. His mission is simple: track down the three corrupt SEALs and find out what really happened that night in Yemen. But two problems stand in his way. On his first night in town a young woman mysteriously drowns-and a local detective suspects his involvement. What's worse, a SEAL-turned-contract-killer with skills equal to his own has been hired to make sure he never gets the answers he's looking for. And he's followed Finn all the way to the icy north"--

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