Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review of Die Cold which is the 4th Jake Boulder book by Graham Smith. Thank you to Emma Welton for my copy of the book and inviting me onto the blog tour.
About this book…
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 the guests 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 finds a way to escape from the terrorists he searches for a way to raise the alarm. After he discovers the terrorists plan to leave no witnesses to their crime, he knows he 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?
Well, the clue may well be in the title but Jake Boulder has gone all John McClane on us in Graham Smiths fourth book in his much admired series! There was certainly a different vibe here as Jake is taken out of his natural environment following the emotional developments in book 3. Out of the series so far, I do think this is probably the best one to be read as a standalone book as you really don’t need to know too much background detail to be able to enjoy this stonking good read!
While Jake may be the “have a go” hero of Die Cold, he’s not alone as there are some fabulous characters keeping him company at the exclusive Vermont ski resort where he is working as a barman. One of the most intriguing was Sharon, a fellow Glaswegian who made a great sidekick. And my heart went out to Daniel, one of the hostages taken when terrorists take over the resort on New Years Eve as he was an incredibly strong young man who commanded my admiration with whatever he did. I didn’t miss the usual supporting crowd either as there was a brief insight into their lives without Jake. I have a real affinity with Ivy and I would certainly miss her if she didn’t have a recurring role in this series!
Die Cold may have had a different feel but it breathed an icy blast of fresh air into Jakes character that worked perfectly. He may do “bad” things but everything he delivers is always for the right reason. I was worried he would become too cold and detached from society after previous events but I think the opposite has happened instead! This may have been a high octane, fast paced “thrill a minute” instalment in the life of Jake Boulder but that doesn’t mean that the action packed narrative lacked an intensity of feeling! I probably came to care about what happened to everyone more than usual which definitely makes this my favourite of the Jake Boulder books so far.
Top marks from me!
Meet 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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