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Cold Glory (Nick Journey #1)
Hope there are more to come in the series. I found this to be a very compelling historical thriller. I read a lot of novels and this was one that I thoroughly enjoyed and did not want to end. The characters are well drawn, with a lot of complex quirkiness found in real life. And, the historical elements were interesting. The main characters were a male college professor and a female analyst for the federal government. They seemed like ordinary people who got caught up in something much bigger than their normal lives.
I have lived in Oklahoma for over 20 years and think he developed a good sense of place. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I could not put this down. Hope there are more in the series. Before Nick can delve into the historical implications of the document he is attacked by two men with guns. In his efforts to escape, he hits one of the men with a car killing him. Nick never expected that a piece of paper written during the civil war History Professor Nick Journey is shocked when a document dating back to the civil war is discovered during an expansion project in Oklahoma.
Nick never expected that a piece of paper written during the civil war would start a chain of events that could culminate in the death of the President of the United States. Meg Tolman works for an obscure branch of the government and is the only one who believe the theory that Nick believes the paper discloses. An illusive group called the Glory Warriors spanning the generations since the civil war can still be active is amazing. This is a wonderful story. I don't normally seek out historical type fiction, but this one intrigued me. I was totally engrossed and wanted to find out what would happen next.
The development of the relationship between Nick and his Autistic son Andrew helped to make Nick a more personable character. Hope there will a new series on the horizon! Oct 22, Margaret Wilkening rated it really liked it. When former minor league baseball player turned Oklahoma university history professor, Nick Journey, begins researching an unearthed document from a Civil War era fort, he unwittingly pulls himself and his 12 year-old severely autistic son into a tangled conspiracy to overthrow the government that began at Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
Finding himself the target of a deeply embedded plot to overthrow the United States government, he goes on the run, searching for the historical documents that w When former minor league baseball player turned Oklahoma university history professor, Nick Journey, begins researching an unearthed document from a Civil War era fort, he unwittingly pulls himself and his 12 year-old severely autistic son into a tangled conspiracy to overthrow the government that began at Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Finding himself the target of a deeply embedded plot to overthrow the United States government, he goes on the run, searching for the historical documents that will give proof to his assertions that national leaders are in jeopardy.
Meg Tolman, a government investigator in an obscure bureaucratic office, becomes his only ally as they race to find evidence that the Speaker of the House, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the President are targets in a conspiracy to take over the government by a group called the Glory Warriors. The political thriller, Cold Glory, keeps the reader turning pages with plot twists and unexpected revelations.
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The characters are engaging and much less superficial than many in the genre. Kent Anderson ties unlikely plot lines together creating a plausible narrative. Cold Glory is a respectable addition to the predictable and unbelievable novels often found in the genre. Sep 15, Ben rated it it was ok. A nice attempt, but ultimately a pretty lame bit of literature: Ultimately I could never suspend disbelief.
Just didn't do enough A nice attempt, but ultimately a pretty lame bit of literature: Just didn't do enough to make it plausible, while the whole underlying premise is pretty silly to begin with. Prob better off just rereading the da vinci code if you have a hankering for this type of literature. Sep 04, Chris Hill rated it really liked it. What I liked most about the story was the pace.
There was constantly something going with very little down time. What I liked least was the depressing nature of the characters. I understand normal folks have issues in life to deal with, but it seemed all the characters had some sort of negative cloud floating over their heads resulting from events in their lives. The negativity seemed to prevent relationships from developing in the story. The story was half and half with regard to "could this really happen? The organization called the Glory Warriors believed the document gave them the authority to do so if certain events transpire.
I bought into this premise, but I just didn't find myself buying into the ability of this organization to pull off the coup years later. A lot organizations would have to be corrupted with folks bordering on treasonous behavior for the events in Cold Glory to unfold. Overall, I recommend Cold Glory to anyone who likes action and has a love of history.
The "what if" scenario presented in the story may be appealing to some as well. Sep 15, Jacqui rated it really liked it Shelves: While the story deals with an unsolved mystery, uses murders and bad guys to move the plot forward, the characters are developed as you might see in literary fiction--with lots of internal pensiveness and personal problems that interfere with the main plot line, but Anderson's prologue does such a good job of drawing readers in that I had to read until I could uncover the tie-ins.
Nick Journey, a smal B. Nick Journey, a small town college professor and expert in the Civil War, is asked to review newly-discovered arms and documents uncovered in Oklahoma.
Cold Glory (Nick Journey #1) by B. Kent Anderson
When his story hits the news, someone tries to kill him and his family is threatened. When he decides his best defense is to solve the mystery of why someone cares enough about the documents to threaten him, he ends up on a cross-country chase accompanied by FBI agent Meg Tolman, racing against time to resolve the clues before the shadowy men threatening him can unfurl the fullness of their plan. You get a good sense of the two main characters in this verbal exchange: For example, Journey's office is ransacked and Anderson attempts to extend the threat beyond his main character to Journey's handicapped son by saying, "The fissure in the glass slashed directly across the boy's face.
Anderson has some difficulty fully fleshing out his characters, despite both Journey and Tolman having appealing side-lives, the former raising an autistic son and the latter trying to develop a part-time career as a concert pianist. Somehow, they failed to garner my empathy. Additionally, Anderson has difficulty pacing the story, breaking often from the main plot to delve into side stories.
These interrupt the plot's rhythm and thus the tension. Interestedly enough and despite my difficulties with the character development and pace, when I finished the book, I realized I had experienced a wonderful story. It was approaching five o'clock and he needed to start thinking about dinner.
It was strange, he thought, how in the midst of secret societies and weapons caches and thoughts about running down that gunman, life could still be rooted in the ordinary, in things every other parent did--finding something their child would eat. One issue I couldn't resolve was Nick Journey himself. He is depicted as an out-of-shape professor whose minor league baseball days are far in his rear view mirror, but manages to outrun ex-Special Forces operatives, outwit criminal masterminds and out-think his adversary on a regular basis.
I liked his cleverness, ingenuity, but was pretty confused by him. Overall, if you're a Civil War buff, you're going to love the history contained in this story. If you aren't, you'll love the story anyway. Sep 17, Barbara Mitchell rated it really liked it. October 11, is the release date for a new thriller by B. Cold Glory is the story of a supremely well-organized organization, Glory Warriors, who believe U. Lee signed a document just prior to Lee's surrender that details a plan for takeover of the U. The Glory Warriors, who include people in all stations and walks of life, would t October 11, is the release date for a new thriller by B.
The Glory Warriors, who include people in all stations and walks of life, would take over the country swiftly before anarchy could arise. It begins with the discovery at a construction site in Oklahoma of a cache of weapons and a document. Nick Journey, a history teacher, is called on to study the document.
Journey is a hero you can't help but love. He has a severely autistic son who he cares for as a single parent since his wife left him, unable to take the day-after-day stress. He eventually is helped by a government researcher, Meg Tolman, who is the only one that believes him when he realizes the document has put him in terrible danger. The Glory Warriors have been looking for that document since the end of the Civil War and they mean to get it no matter what it takes.
They pursue Journey and Tolman across the country, and it's one of those cases where you can't trust anyone, even someone who has supposedly been one of your best friends. They can't be sure who is part of the conspiracy, especially after the Speaker and the Chief Justice are assassinated.
The president is next and they must stop the Glory Warriors. It's an exciting story. After about the first chapter the tension begins to escalate and finally it gets to be sitting on the edge of your seat time. This is a book where you need to suspend reality, don't question much, and just take the ride. Very good escapist thriller but with questions about autism, friends, and love underneath.
I may be prejudiced because of my love of history, but I recommend this book. Oct 30, Mark rated it really liked it. During the surrender at Appomattox, Grant and Lee were left alone for a short period,Anderson surmises what might have happened in that moment and introduces the reader to a secret treaty that the two generals agreed upon. When this sought after treaty is unearthed with a clad of civil war-era weapons in southern Oklahoma, Nick Journey, a small college professor and amateur historian, inspects the findings and is attacked by a secret society, the Glory Warriors, in an attempt to recover this forgo During the surrender at Appomattox, Grant and Lee were left alone for a short period,Anderson surmises what might have happened in that moment and introduces the reader to a secret treaty that the two generals agreed upon.
When this sought after treaty is unearthed with a clad of civil war-era weapons in southern Oklahoma, Nick Journey, a small college professor and amateur historian, inspects the findings and is attacked by a secret society, the Glory Warriors, in an attempt to recover this forgotten treaty in an effort to overthrow our government, home-grown terrorists. When the key political figures are assassinated, RIO—a small investigative branch of Homeland Security—takes the threats seriously, but not knowing who to trust on the inside agent Meg Tolman and Nick Journey have to put their trust in each other as they race to save the life of the President.
The race takes them on a wild chase, with the Glory Warriors operatives hot on their trail. With well-built and engaging characters, Anderson throws in a part-time concert pianist as a Federal agent and a protagonist with a severely autistic child that allows converging relationships to develop and sets up the reader for the sequel: In a tale rife with intrigue and suspicion, this debut novel from Anderson has something for conspiracy theorists, history buffs,Civil War aficionados, and mystery readers alike and is a fast-paced page turner down to the final twist.
Apr 26, Andrea rated it it was amazing. Who would've thought a middle-aged, overweight man with a special needs son would be the hero of an action packed thriller? I certainly wouldn't, but B. Kent Anderson does a great job of making an everyday man do what needs to be done for his country and his son. This book has the feel of a National Treasure movie that keeps you hooked from page one! Nick Journey, a college professor, gets called to a discovery of a cache of Civil War era weapons that includes an ominous page about a military cou Who would've thought a middle-aged, overweight man with a special needs son would be the hero of an action packed thriller?
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Nick Journey, a college professor, gets called to a discovery of a cache of Civil War era weapons that includes an ominous page about a military coup and a piece of jewelry. After being on the news regarding these findings, he gets attacked which start a whole chain of events that puts him on the run for his life.
Meg Toleman, a concert pianist and research specialist for a little known government agency, is the only one who believes Nick's concern about a military coup. She comes to Nick's aid and together they go across several states, trying to find missing pages that a shadow organization is using to justify a military coup.
Meg and Nick face assassins, betrayals, and mystery on their journey to ensure the government isn't destabilized.
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If you like American history with facts thrown in, a good story, and well developed characters, you will love this book. Not only does it delve into American history, it delves into Nick's caring for his son with Autism. Autism is a growing epidemic and I really appreciate how the book portrays the dedication Nick has to his son. Feb 13, William Bentrim rated it it was amazing. Cold Glory by B. Kent Anderson This book is a historical conspiracy complete with a sedentary history professor, a gun toting, piano playing researcher and a well done depiction of severe autism.
I didn't read this in one sitting, mainly because I started it too late in the evening. If you enjoy conspiracy, action and some extreme politics this may be a book for you. Kent Anderson has written another series of stories under the pseudonym David Kent, the Department Thirty series. I look forward Cold Glory by B. I look forward to checking them out as well.
The author did an excellent job portraying a depth of emotion and consideration for the difficulties facing the parent of a severely autistic child. The conspiracy was well plotted and the historic context was very interesting, especially for someone who taught American History decades ago. The minutia of history is often what makes it most interesting. I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend. Oct 10, Bobby rated it really liked it. I like tales that keep the page turning even when not believable.
History professor, Nick Journey, was a good protagonist but a little too clever at times. He was way ahead of the story a couple of times as he tracked down the centuries-old documents. On the positive side I liked that Nick didn't have a fling with every female character that was introduced and especially appreciated having his special needs son, Andrew, getting a lot of attention in the story. Brought a real human side to the on- I like tales that keep the page turning even when not believable. Brought a real human side to the on-going intrigue. Overall, enjoyable just keep reminding yourself its fiction and don't read too much into it.
Feb 24, Tracy Pierce rated it really liked it. This is one of those "what if" books about the Civil War.