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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Rector Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464816
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All Nate and Sara want is a new life in a new town, away from the crime and poverty of their past. So when they are approached at a roadside diner by a shady hitchhiker offering $500 for a ride to Omaha, they wonder if their luck might be changing. At first it seems like so much easy money—but within a few hours the man is dead.

Now, forced off the road by a blizzard and trapped in a run-down motel on the side of a deserted highway, Nate and Sara begin to uncover the man’s secrets: who he was, how he died, and most importantly, why he was carrying two million dollars in his suitcase. Before they know it, Nate and Sara are fighting for their lives. In the end, each has to decide just how far they are willing to go to survive.

The Cold Kiss is an everyman psychological thriller that pits a young couple against moral corruption, greed, betrayal, and love. For two characters who may have used up all their chances, it’s the classic final trip down the dark tunnel that might lead to heaven but drags them through hell.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tense, taut, throat-grabbing. John Rector is far more accomplished than his years. Reads like a cross between No Country For Old Men and Deliverance. Terrific to the last drop—of blood.”

    Eric Van Lustbader, New York Times bestselling author of First Daughter

  • “Dean Koontz fans will find much to like in Rector’s debut…Rector takes a stock noir setup and makes the most of it through clever plotting and spare prose.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Garcia does a darn good job at keeping the tension high in this terror-filled mystery.”

    AudioFile

  • “Characters gradually reveal alarming proclivities, and portents of disaster accumulate like wind-driven snow. Rector’s spare, unadorned style makes these portents and proclivities even more jarring. A sly and very accomplished first novel.”

    Booklist

  • The Cold Kiss is a slice of tragicomic noir Americana, a spiraling tale of bad luck and viciousness leavened only by author John Rector’s savage glee at the ever worsening state of his protagonists’ circumstances. One of the best debuts I’ve read in a very long time.”

    Scott Phillips, award-winning author of The Ice Harvest

  • “I absolutely loved this audiobook…This story takes so many twists and turns…I finished this audiobook in record time! I couldn’t wait to turn it back on and follow the story more. The Cold Kiss is packed full of suspense…Paul Michael Garcia is wonderful…a great choice in a narrator for this book.”

    Audiobookfans.com

  • “The story opens with Nate and Sara heading for Reno, looking for a fresh start…[and] ends in a thunderous crescendo of double-crossing, murder, and a few surprises. Paul Michael reads in a comfortable, familiar, yet dramatic way, appropriate to this wickedly entertaining debut novel that will keep listeners guessing until the very end.”

    SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/17/2014

    " I thought this was an exciting thriller, not great literature, but it kept me turning the pages, anxious to see what happened next. What happens when you make a pretty big moral mistake? Well, things just get worse and worse and worse! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/15/2014

    " Really quick read the book is less than 300 pages but it deliver's. The ending will leave you baffled and wondering What Happened! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vegantrav | 2/15/2014

    " brief synopsis with no spoilers: Sara and Nate, a young couple, give a stranded motorist, who has a terrible cough and seems very sick, a ride during a winter storm; the blizzard forces them to take shelter at a remote motel on a rural highway; after registering at the motel, which has only a few other guests, Sara discovers that Syl, the man whom they were helping, has no pulse; then, Nate discovers $2 million in Syl's suitcase; did they strike it rich, or is the money cursed? you won't believe the twists and turns that this tale takes, and you won't see the ending coming, not by a million miles, so you'll have to read it to find out what happens; this is really a great read and a captivating story, and it is all the more amazing because it is the first novel that this author, John Rector, has written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Colacurcio | 1/17/2014

    " This novel moves along at break neck speed, as John Rector channels Hitchcock and Film Noir to create a creepy tale about greed and its repercussions. A fast and great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quishia | 1/14/2014

    " Wow. Yes, quick read... The story gets going and doesn't slow... :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Brase | 1/12/2014

    " Happy new year to me, I get to start the new year with a five star book. Imagine standing in front of a fan when someone throws a load of crap into the fan. Now you are still standing there when another person throws another load of crap into that fan, and another and another. That is kind of the situation in this book. Or have you ever been travelling along a deserted two lane highway with your girlfriend, or fiance, picked up a weird stranger at a diner, got stuck in a Bate's type of hotel in a snowstorm and then found out the stranger in the backseat is dead? You have to ask yourself, how could this get worse? Oh trust me, if John Rector is the author of your story, you have only just begun. Hey wasn't that an old song from the 70's? Well anyhow I have to say that I found this book truly entertaining and mayhaps you shall as well. Willing to go along for the ride? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harvey | 1/9/2014

    " Derivative plot but very competently done "modern noir" debut novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 12/21/2013

    " I felt the characters were a little superficial + under-developed, and I hated the ending, but apart from that its a good story. A quick easy read and pretty gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 11/8/2013

    " I couldn't put it down. I thought it was well written and didn't find a single page dull. Sometimes money gets the best of people, even good people and this was a perfect example of that. It's definately worth your time reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/8/2013

    " a great thriller to read this time of year, kept me on the edge of my seat until the end.....lame! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 9/7/2013

    " This is a strange, rather dark story. It is an extremely fast read that kept me turning page after page, but somehow I didn't find myself really caring about the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 2/20/2013

    " first draw to this book was the setting. It takes place in the midwest and specifcally Omaha, Ne. I grew up in Nebraska so I was attracted to the book. I was very pleased with it. It was a quick read and a few surprises around each corner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/17/2013

    " This fine first offering of Mr. Rector's is a spare, tight and fast paced mystery that never loses its momentum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Kolean | 7/6/2012

    " Pretty interesting so far. 1-22-11 I'm on the 4th chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jane | 12/26/2011

    " A fun and well-written page-turner. My expectations weren't high, but I was (pleasantly) surprised and impressed. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann | 8/25/2011

    " Suspenseful but a horrible ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yolanda | 8/21/2011

    " Great page turner. A young couple in love, pregnant set off to start their lives across the country. That is about where the romance stops and the gut wrenching adventure starts. Murder, mystery, bad weather it is all there to keep your interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 6/23/2011

    " I really didnt want to like this book becuase it seemed so simple and predictable, but still I did. Honestly, it is a 9th graders "A Simple Plan", but I liked the characters and wanted to see what happened to them. It won't win awards, but for a first shot, I think it was quite a good ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Carroll | 6/14/2011

    " great read. has major movie written all over it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 4/25/2011

    " This was a complete page turner and I couldn't put it down. The isolation of the characters in the blizzard made me claustrophobic at times. I kept willing the blizzard to stop so everyone could move on! S "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stan | 2/14/2011

    " Good solid noir though not sure about the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/22/2011

    " Pretty interesting so far. 1-22-11 I'm on the 4th chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becci | 1/8/2011

    " Was quite scary in the beginning and built up tension and mystery. Unfortunately this then dissolved and it became a pretty average, predictable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/7/2011

    " This book was perfect! I absolutely did not expect the ending, and it was ambiguous and superb! The characters were so sad, and so trapped by their decisions. wow. CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH!!!!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/6/2011

    " A delicious noir set in a snow covered motel in which protagonists Nate and Sara fight for their chance at a better life. Rector is going to be one to watch. 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 1/1/2011

    " first draw to this book was the setting. It takes place in the midwest and specifcally Omaha, Ne. I grew up in Nebraska so I was attracted to the book. I was very pleased with it. It was a quick read and a few surprises around each corner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/28/2010

    " I couldn't put it down. I thought it was well written and didn't find a single page dull. Sometimes money gets the best of people, even good people and this was a perfect example of that. It's definately worth your time reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 12/6/2010

    " This was the author's first published novel, I thought it was great. I will definitely put him on my list of authors to watch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 11/1/2010

    " Kept me turning the pages, but the ending!!!! Aaaahhhhh! "

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About the Author
Author John Rector

John Rector is the bestselling author of The Grove, The Cold Kiss, Already Gone, and Out of the Black. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and has won several awards, including the International Thriller Award for his novella, Lost Things. He lives in Omaha.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.