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  • Writer's pictureMandy McHugh

Cold Fear, Webb and Mann: A Review

Steel Fear was one of my favorite reads last year (which I highly recommend you check out if you haven't already, especially if you like high-action or locked-room thrillers) so I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of Cold Fear.

From the publisher via Goodreads: 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 Finn's involvement. What's worse, a SEAL-turned-contract-killer with skills equal to Finn's 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.

I loved this book.

For starters, I am partial to Nordic thrillers. Jo Nesbo is an automatic buy for me, so anything with an Icelandic setting immediately piques my interest. Webb and Mann did an excellent job of setting up an enthralling crime with nooks and crannies of doubt. As in the first book, Finn is an interesting character, at once mysterious yet exemplifying a particular set of morals that keeps you turning pages. You don't need to read book one to fully understand the events of this book, which is nice for anyone looking to pick up a new series.

Overall, Cold Fear is a cinematic, high-energy read that will keep you engrossed in both the characters and the plot. Definitely add this to your TBRs.

Big thanks to Ballantine and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.


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