Hard Cold Winter

Hard Cold Winter Former Army Ranger and thief Van Shaw is thrust into danger as lethal and unpredictable as the war he left behind in this emotionally powerful and gritty follow up to the acclaimed Past Crimes When an

  • Title: Hard Cold Winter
  • Author: Glen Erik Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780062344588
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Former Army Ranger and thief Van Shaw is thrust into danger as lethal and unpredictable as the war he left behind in this emotionally powerful and gritty follow up to the acclaimed Past Crimes.When an old crony of Van Shaw s late grandfather calls in a favor, the recently discharged Ranger embarks on a dangerous journey to the Olympic Mountains, in search of a missing girlFormer Army Ranger and thief Van Shaw is thrust into danger as lethal and unpredictable as the war he left behind in this emotionally powerful and gritty follow up to the acclaimed Past Crimes.When an old crony of Van Shaw s late grandfather calls in a favor, the recently discharged Ranger embarks on a dangerous journey to the Olympic Mountains, in search of a missing girl tied to Van s own criminal past What he finds instead is a brutal murder scene, including a victim from one of Seattle s most influential families.But the dead bodies are only the start of Van s troubles A fellow Ranger from Afghanistan turns up at Van s doorstep, seeking support from his former sergeant even as Van wrestles with his own reemerging symptoms of PTSD The murder investigation leads to heavy pressure, with a billionaire businessman on one side and vicious gangsters on the other, each willing to play dirty to get what they want.The price of his survival may be too high, demanding moral compromises that could destroy Van s relationship with his iron willed girlfriend, Luce And when a trusted friend s betrayal pushes him to the edge, Van has to enlist help from some unexpected places including someone he believed was lost forever.The Ranger will need every ally he can get A powerful, unseen player is about to unleash a firestorm on Seattle that will burn Van and his people to ashes and it will take a miracle to stop it.

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    1. This is the second Van Shaw novel – I love these, intelligent and atmospheric thrillers with enticing plots and some great characters, having been a fan of Past Crimes I was very pleased to see Van Shaw returning.Hard Cold Winter is a fast paced, addictive read that leans towards some dark themes and has the benefit of being entirely engaging throughout – it has a gorgeous past/present vibe of the type that I love and a brilliant sense of place when it comes to Seattle so you get a real feel [...]

    2. This second book of the Van Shaw series starts with a crony of Van's father asking him for a favor. His daughter is missing, but he can give Van directions.Van goes to the remote cabin, and finds a gruesome murder scene. As the daughter was a friend of his from childhood, Van starts poking around. He finds a whole lot of crime and violence.Great stuff, very hard boiled.

    3. What happens to you when you finish a ten-year career as an Army Ranger, but can't return to your previous life as a thief? Van Shaw is caught in limbo in Glen Erik Hamilton's second crime novel, Hard Cold Winter.Van is hoping to find a job in which he can use his skills, but, while he waits, he agrees to help one of his grandfather's old friends. He finds Willard running a moving card game with a bar, young men with money, and thugs, including members of the Russian mob. But, Willard's concern [...]

    4. Last year’s debut thriller by Glen Erik Hamilton showed without a doubt that an amazing new talent had arrived. Past Crimes (2015) was a runaway bestseller and nominated for an Edgar Award. Now Hard Cold Winter makes it plain that Hamilton isn’t any one-hit wonder. With Van Shaw he presented a tough, likable character that has readers pulling for him from start to finish. Shaw is a far from perfect disillusioned Army Sergeant who is simply trying to get by.Giving me special pleasure in Shaw [...]

    5. Glen Erik Hamilton is a busy guy who handles writing like a business. He writes tremendous stuff then sells it. Some authors who produce exemplary works simply hunker down and write some more, not enthusiastic about doing the leg work necessary to get their product read and talked about. Take a look at his website. He’s everywhere; reading, talking, socializing.“Hard Cold Winter” is worth talking about. It’s clever, timely, well written, and definitely an attention grabber. It hasn’t b [...]

    6. I really loved this book. Just so you have my yardstick in advance, I look for well-drawn characters who are engaging and whose actions are believable (even when they’re making choices they shouldn’t), great pacing that keeps me turning the pages, a good sense of place, and a writing style that is engaging and makes the story easy to follow. I found all of these in Cold Hard Winter.Donovan “Van” Shaw is a terrific protagonist, a former Army Ranger with a criminal past who has returned ho [...]

    7. This is a cracking thriller written by an accomplished writer. This is the first book I have read in the series and it works well as a standalone. It has Van doing a favour for a mate of his grandfather to find Elena, his granddaughter. She is missing at a cabin in the Olympic Mountains.When Van arrives there, he finds two bodies that have been gruesomely murdered, one of which is Elena. A shocked Van sets out to discover exactly what has happened. This is a courageous act as Van is still suffer [...]

    8. Ex-Ranger and thief Van Shaw is asked by his Grandfather's friend , Will Williad to check on his granddaughter , Elana and her boyfriend , Kend. They had gone off to a cabin in the mountains near Seattle. When Shaw gets there he finds both dead! And Kend's body is being eaten by a bear. Elana is dead in the cabin , the result of 2 bullets. I expect this story to get better but it is hard to cheer for a thief ! It is a slow beginning with a lot of confusing characters d it takes some time to star [...]

    9. So pleased I have found this author and right from the start of a series too, so there is always a new book to look forward to.When Van Shaw is asked to look for a missing girl, who also happens to be a childhood friend of his, his search takes him to the remote forest of Olympic Mountains. There he discovers a brutal murder scene, and he is soon caught between vicious gangsters and a billionaire businessman. In order to survive and figure out what is going on he has to keep himself alive long e [...]

    10. After Hamilton's first in this series, I was looking forward to the second. But, alas, there will be no third. The plot is just too convoluted and about 2/3rds into it, I realized that I just didn't care at all. On the up side, his books take place in Seattle and he's very good at keeping the store geographically placed. It was fun and interesting to know exactly where everyone was. He took two characters to one of my very favorite (and not very well known) restaurants and he described it perfec [...]

    11. I won this book through First reads. This was a murder mystery. Nothing was clear in the story. It became boring. I did finish the book.

    12. This was such a fast read, and in some ways, it absolutely lived up to the first book in the series, which I adored. In some other ways, I was hoping for more, I admit.Hamilton created such a great character in Van Shaw--he drew me into the first book from page 1, and kept me hooked. Although he was part of what kept me involved with this second installment, though, I guess I wanted more development, and instead he felt pretty unchanged. I don't want to say he was flat, because he felt real and [...]

    13. A solid second book in this seriesThe Van Shaw series is a delight to find. Reviewers often describe Shaw as a "Jack Reacher type", and while there are surface similarities, I find Shaw the more complex and rewarding character. While Reacher roams the country, never able to stay in one place, Van Shaw has returned to Seattle determined to make it home even though his prior life there was anything but ideal. Van Shaw is not an idealized Army veteran. He has moral gray areas from his early life, d [...]

    14. An ex Army Ranger with a criminal past comes home to Seattle to live in his grandfather's house. The house was left to him when the grandfather died. He is involved with a woman who owns the bar that previously belonged to his grandfather. He gets mixed up looking for the niece of one of his grandfather's friends. He knew her when he was younger.The story swaps back and forth between the present and a time in the past that describes his association with the girl and a little about some of his cr [...]

    15. Back in Seattle after being recently discharged from the Army, former Ranger Van Shaw is trying to decide what to do with his life when a friend of his grandfather asks if he would travel to the Olympic mountains to find his missing niece. Van discovers a murder scene and gets involved with the investigation involving a billionaire businessman and his family, an old Ranger buddy, gangsters, and ties to Van's own criminal past. I enjoyed the flashbacks to Van's former life as a teenage criminal a [...]

    16. This second book was a follow up to "Past "Crimes". I don't think you have to read them in sequence, but I liked the flow from the first book to this book.This book kept your attention. I have enjoyed the secondary characters from Addy Proctor, Willard, Luce, Hollis, Det. Guerin to Leo. The author has done a great job of making these guys come alive. Great series and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.

    17. I absolutely loved it. With the attention to detail, fast paced, action packed, suspenseful, surprises left and right, and completely realistic characters, this novel is definitely one of the best. Add the amazing storyline and flow, and I felt as if I was right there with the characters. A must read!!!

    18. This was a great read. Van Shaw was chasing a murderer, problem was he didn't know who it was. People should know not to mess with family and friends but this one didn't so Van takes matters into his own hands.

    19. This was the second book in the series and I enjoyed Van Shaw’s search for Elena’s killer. Good twists and solution. The rescue Part was a bit over the top and hard to follow but very exciting.

    20. A good mystery, once it's given who committed the murder the rest of the book is focused on how to get the murderer and stay alive doing it.

    21. openbooksociety/article/haHard Cold WinterVan Shaw, Book #2By Glen Erik HamiltonISBN: 9780062344588Author website: glenerikhamilton/Brought to you by OBS reviewer KaytSynopsis:Former Army Ranger and thief Van Shaw is thrust into danger as lethal and unpredictable as the war he left behind in this emotionally powerful and gritty follow up to the acclaimed Past Crimes.When an old crony of Van Shaw’s late grandfather calls in a favor, the recently-discharged Ranger embarks on a dangerous journey [...]

    22. I liked the first book in this series well enough that I wanted to read more.This second book confirmed that opinion and everything I said in my review of Past Crimes applies here.Hamilton has now earned a reserved spot on my ‘To Read’ list.I suspected one twist Hamilton threw at the reader long before he threw it.In a few spots, Hamilton had a jump in the storyline that left me confused for a moment or two.And for the second Kindle book in a row, I didn’t spot any production errors. Could [...]

    23. I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley.Now this is my kind of book. I enjoy books from a wide range of subgenres under the Mystery and Thrillers umbrella, but there is one type of book that I always enjoy the most. Those fast-paced, action-packed stories with a strong and capable, yet also engaging, main character who gets dragged into a mystery are what I am always looking for when I pick up books. Hard Cold Winter ticked absolutely every single one of the boxes for me.Hard Cold W [...]

    24. Great new thriller set in SEATTLE (this review first appeared on our blog: tripfiction/thriller-s)Hard Cold Winter is a real page-turner… In Van Shaw, Hamilton has created a flawed character who somehow charms as he investigates the murder of a billionaire’s son, Kend. Van is ex-military (he fought in Afghanistan) whose grandfather was a mid-range villain in Seattle. He is called in by Willard (a friend of his grandfathers and promoter of illegal gambling) to determine who murdered Kend and, [...]

    25. This continues to be an interesting mystery series set in Seattle. I look forward to the next Van Shaw adventure.

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