Cold – A Joe Tiplady Thriller, Book 1, Available on Amazon*

Author: John Sweeney


It all starts with a man bringing his dog for a walk in the snow. But that man is no ordinary man, he is Joe  Tiplady, an Irishman with a dark past rooted in The Troubles. He soon finds out that he is not alone on his walk with his dog, and his life of mundanity that he has worked hard to build gets turned upside down. Along comes a journey entwined with henchmen, working for powerful Russian leaders, who will stop at nothing to keep a secret buried. A retired soviet general searching for his daughter. A mysterious Russian lady, who tries to steal Joe’s dog – multiple times. A CIA agent, struggling with his faith and losing family and friends, and not knowing who to trust in his agency along with that. Then there is Reilly. Joe’s loyal dog, who everyone seems to want, but Joe has no idea why.

The story has so many paths happening at once, and only at the very end do they all come together and finally do you get the full picture. But it keeps you guessing, along with Joe, until the very end. There is strong language, and torture scenes in the book, but I do feel that these helped build the character at the time, and was not just gratuitous. I may have asked myself at times is this story actually plausible? But then I just sat back and enjoyed the ride, and enjoyed it for what it was – a brilliant journey across the world, entwining strands that had me going on the edge of my seat until the very end.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review from NetGalley, but all opinions are entirely my own.

This review is also listed on, Goodreads and NetGalley.

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Book Review: Cold – A Joe Tiplady Thriller

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