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Cold Moon Rising (Tales of the Sazi) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Aug 2009

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Original edition (4 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765359642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765359643
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.6 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on 7 Feb. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read quite a few books in Adams/Clamp's Sazi series but upon commencing this book it became clear to me that I hadn't read at least one of them before this one... the story of Tony Giodone. This story follows on in Tony's life which made it a bit awkward that I didn't know the previous history, although it was doled out now and again within the narrative.

There's something about the Sazi series that doesn't quite work for me, and never has. I think it's because I'm never entirely sure what's going on and everyone always seems to be rushing around on hunches which come right. The same is true in this book, with several plot lines which somehow all merge together.

Tony Giodone is a wolf and former contract killer. He finds himself strangely linked to the snake Ahmad which means that together they are able to investigate a plot within the snake community. At the same time there are issues with a newly-turned woman who is a badger shifter, Tony's wife Sue seems to be ailing as a result of their bond, and various mafia people seem to have got onto Tony's trail. These disparate threads didn't all work too well for me, particularly as I often wasn't sure what was actually going on.

The writing is good, as usual, and there's no hint that it's the work of two different authors. However I didn't find it gripping as I was reading it and also felt that the characters were all rather one-dimensional. Those who like this series know what they're going to get with this book but it's not one I expect to want to read again.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010
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This is the 7th in this series with Serpent Moon to follow. It reunites us with Tony Giodone now Giambrocco from the first two books. In this he ends up dealing with Ahmad Al-Narmer, the chief of the snakes, who is not happy about having to have Tony along for the ride!
I have enjoyed all of this series and would like a lot more (please) and it is very interesting to see exactly how far both Tony and Sue have come in dealing with the abrupt changes in their lives. Tony does his usual and seriously annoys Ahmad (who also gets a bit of comeuppance!) but Ahmad has to deal with it and finds out that the lower classes are maybe not quite so bad after all!
More is revealed about the centuries long plot that Sargon was involved in and we find out what the drugs in Timeless Moon are being used for.
If you have followed this series it is well worth reading but could be a little confusing if you try and read it as a stand alone novel.
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By Amazon Customer on 4 May 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
If you love shape shifters etc Then this is another great series, there are about 8 books - but certainly well worth the money.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PageSlave on 9 Nov. 2009
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I am not usually a fan if books that are written from a first persons p.o.v except for twilight. this book is about tony a former mafia assasin turned werewolf, bonds with a rich human, who gets killed etc... it's more of an action book with minimal romance. its the 8th book in the series, book one and two is about tony and his mate, 3,4,5,6,7 are about others in the previous books, this book goes back to tony and his mate again. i have only read tony's stories as liked them for the action. i missed books 3,4,5,6,7 as they didnt sound all that good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
bad editing/writing skills 19 Aug. 2009
By majicowl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
the story itself was very intersting. The very abrupt way in which Tony and the other male characherter were mixed psychially back and forth was very interesting , but made it very hard to follow and enjoy the book. With Tony's new skill he suddenly see and feels what the king snake is doing and seeing. He does this with very little warning. The writing can change the perspective from one man to another in the same sentence. it usually take me a sentence or two to figure whats going on and i have to reread that part of the story again.Even when Tony is talking to himself , he does not have ' ' marks around his sentences. This was probably to give the reader a hint of how hard it is to have this occuring to the two men. All it does for me is think of an editor's neck I would like to strangle. I think some correct punctuation and maybe some type in itialized or bold font, would be a good clue that the perspective had changed beweet the two leads. Also to a certain extent this occurs between to the otheer sazi who are able to speak mind to mind. you are not always certain of who it speaking at any one time. I had bought the kindle edition, so this may not occur in the paperback book. But it was enough of a distraction that it really slowed down the book and i will probably reread it soon so that I can really tell what happened in the whole story.

The last is a SPOILER ALERT>.>>>>>>

Usually in a series of books uou do get a few mini type endings while the whole saving the world is still going on. But in this book you were given a suprise or two , but no real mini endings. A very frustrating book. Lots of unanswered questions and not all of them about the big picture. How is Tony to procede about making his old boss happy? What about mate and her new attitude. What about the drugs, the rival cartel, the egg? What about the snakes that got away? And what about the drugged humans? What about the spelled phoenix/raptor? Waht will happen next? This feels like a old saturday seriel cartoon with people about to go over the falls and the only one safe is the one watching it happen.

It was an interesting book and you did care about the characters. i just wish it had been written/ and or editied it bit better. I have read all their books and I still felt lost a great deal of the time. I hope they read the blog and consider the editing/typing of their future books so that they may become more reader friendly.

Thanks.

K.H.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Cold Moon Rising - Raises Questions 11 Sept. 2009
By WellRed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed reading Cold Moon Rising. However, I have to agree with one rater that this book was not as easy to follow as the others. The story was filled with lots of character surprises. Many of the characters were deep undercover so you were not always sure who was on what team and this was an interesting twist. What I did not like was how the book ended. The ending was abrupt and I was left with too many questions.
Spoilers:
How could Ahmad's former lover not know Jack was dead? It seemed strange that once he stopped calling that there was not a contingency plan. Tony's debt to his old boss is left unresolved. The ritual that changed his wife's personality is also not addressed. What about the Raptor that was drugged and turned into a traitor without her knowledge?
I definitely was left wondering will all my questions be addressed in a new book and how long will I have to wait to get the answers. Even with all my questions I still recommend reading this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Why do I keep trying? 15 Aug. 2009
By Mkath - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't understand why I keep buying her books expecting them to be as good as the very first book? Once again too many characters with too many motivations. Too many people get new powers and the basic storyline is confusing. Borrow this from a friend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
excellent urban fantasy 8 Aug. 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sazi Wolven law-enforcement operatives Tony and Sue Giodone are still struggling with their mixed marriage with him being a recently converted werewolf and she a human. As he learns to control his new paranormal skills, Tony also deals with being on the law side of life as a pack leader instead of his previous employment that of a Mafia hit man.

Tony is currently working on a hostage rescue assignment when he suffers an out-of-body experience for the first time in his life; something that is not typical of a werewolf. He finds himself able to see what Ahmad al-Narmer of the Cobras sees as the council member is stunned to face a woman he thought dead. Ahmad also believes Tony's new skill will prove valuable as the "snake" goes undercover trying to unravel a deadly plot to destroy the werewolves, snakes and humans by some of the former mobster's previous associates led by a personal "friend" of Ahmad.

As great as the previous Sazi urban fantasies have been, COLD MOON RISING is one of the best, if not the best. The strong story line is the usual fast-paced and action-packed from start to finish. However, it is character driven predominantly by Tony, but also to a degree by Ahmed, who fans normally hiss at. There is a terrific twist involving the two natural (not sure that is the right adjective with paranormals) enemies having to work together against a deadly cabal led by a woman one of them loved and thought dead because of his betrayal.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
just boring as all heck 12 Dec. 2009
By Neker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read all the Sazi books and enjoyed them, but this one I had to just give up on. I made it to about page 220, so I was over half done when I gave up on the story. I can tell you that I was bored out of my mind! Clamp and Adams returned to their orginial character from the first book, Tony. There was really no built up or romance in the story. Tony's wife changes and I'm not even sure it worked the story. I mean, if Tony was in love with her before and was happy with her before, why is he so happy that she lost weight and her entire personality changed radically? That so doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

Also, the story jumps around all over the place. Being a Reading/Language Arts teacher, prehaps I'm use to stories actually having a conflict, a plot, etc. This one moved from one adverage problem to another. I'm not even sure why the characters were jumping from one local to another when they did not even contribute to a plot, theme, storyline, or anything resembling a story.

Sorry to sound so tough, but I was just so disappointed.
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