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Jake Adler arrives in Minnesota from Texas to land a job at state law enforcement agency and reunite with his estranged wife and kids. The agency has fallen on hard times and jumps at the chance to have a Texas Ranger in its ranks. Jake soon realizes the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is staffed with a collection of undesirables dumped from other state and local agencies, Jake Adler arrives in Minnesota from Texas to land a job at state law enforcement agency and reunite with his estranged wife and kids. The agency has fallen on hard times and jumps at the chance to have a Texas Ranger in its ranks. Jake soon realizes the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is staffed with a collection of undesirables dumped from other state and local agencies, but he has no choice but to help chase down leads on a fraud investigation. An investigation that turns up a freshly murdered corpse. Partnering out of necessity with one of the BCA's odd ducks, Jake doggedly pursues answers in the stabbing death of a local fraudster. His search for truth takes him into rural Minnesota where nothing he encounters is as it first seems. After navigating newly released convicts, illicit affairs and a secretive family pretending to be Native Americans, Jake gets closer to the murderer than he even realizes. After infiltrating a heist teeming with potential suspects, Jake fits the pieces of the puzzle together. But just as he identifies the killer, one last under cover role has his mental state unraveling before his eyes. Cold Land is a slow-burning mystery with a thrilling conclusion, but is also a tale of loss, identity and the will to survive. Its gripping turns and vivid characters will leave you thinking long after the tale is told.


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Jake Adler arrives in Minnesota from Texas to land a job at state law enforcement agency and reunite with his estranged wife and kids. The agency has fallen on hard times and jumps at the chance to have a Texas Ranger in its ranks. Jake soon realizes the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is staffed with a collection of undesirables dumped from other state and local agencies, Jake Adler arrives in Minnesota from Texas to land a job at state law enforcement agency and reunite with his estranged wife and kids. The agency has fallen on hard times and jumps at the chance to have a Texas Ranger in its ranks. Jake soon realizes the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is staffed with a collection of undesirables dumped from other state and local agencies, but he has no choice but to help chase down leads on a fraud investigation. An investigation that turns up a freshly murdered corpse. Partnering out of necessity with one of the BCA's odd ducks, Jake doggedly pursues answers in the stabbing death of a local fraudster. His search for truth takes him into rural Minnesota where nothing he encounters is as it first seems. After navigating newly released convicts, illicit affairs and a secretive family pretending to be Native Americans, Jake gets closer to the murderer than he even realizes. After infiltrating a heist teeming with potential suspects, Jake fits the pieces of the puzzle together. But just as he identifies the killer, one last under cover role has his mental state unraveling before his eyes. Cold Land is a slow-burning mystery with a thrilling conclusion, but is also a tale of loss, identity and the will to survive. Its gripping turns and vivid characters will leave you thinking long after the tale is told.

30 review for Cold Land: A Mystery Thriller

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Just okay. This book is for 25 to 35 male readers. After reading the description, downloaded because main character was Texas Ranger. Plot was investigating, but had a hard time reading long and detailed action scenes. Definitely not for the female readers at my age group.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Jake Adler is a Texas Ranger who find himself in cold Minnesota out side the office of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on a cold morning. He has come to north to try to connect to his wife who has returned to her parents home with their two girls. He is thinking about applying for a job with the MBCA but finds an organization that is way underfunded and the catchall for the castoffs from other state agencies and with no real leadership. He is taken aside by the dispatcher and convi Jake Adler is a Texas Ranger who find himself in cold Minnesota out side the office of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on a cold morning. He has come to north to try to connect to his wife who has returned to her parents home with their two girls. He is thinking about applying for a job with the MBCA but finds an organization that is way underfunded and the catchall for the castoffs from other state agencies and with no real leadership. He is taken aside by the dispatcher and convinced to hook up with a detective looking into a case of money order fraud. When they go to the suspects house they find him murdered and now Jake finds himself sucked into a murder investigation with few resources and no official status. The murder investigation blossoms into a case of organized hijacking and theft of a shipment of high end merchandise. Not really dressed for the cold weather, hungry and lacking sleep Jack finds himself drawn into the middle of the hijacking and the ensuing gun battle. This was a good read, liked the characters and it read well, I'll be on the lookout for more from this author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arthur

    Cold Land : by John Oakes Jake, a Texas Ranger, finds himself in Minnesota, seeking a job in law enforcement, but meets Nelson, a cop past his time, who's out of uniform, and arrests Jake taking him to jail where Jake meets the Chef, Jerry. The office manager, who's been involved in reorganizing the office of Criminal Apprehension Division in the little town in Minnesota puts Jake and Nelson on a murder case. One thing Jake knows, it's cold in Minnesota and only he seems to be able to get the cas Cold Land : by John Oakes Jake, a Texas Ranger, finds himself in Minnesota, seeking a job in law enforcement, but meets Nelson, a cop past his time, who's out of uniform, and arrests Jake taking him to jail where Jake meets the Chef, Jerry. The office manager, who's been involved in reorganizing the office of Criminal Apprehension Division in the little town in Minnesota puts Jake and Nelson on a murder case. One thing Jake knows, it's cold in Minnesota and only he seems to be able to get the case moving. You'll enjoy the action and the twists that the plot plays out and you'll really find the end surprising. Thanks for a great read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jay W Murphy

    Good Mystery Thriller This is the first book that I've read by John Oakes and I really enjoyed it. Jake Adler, a Texas Ranger who lives in Austin, TX leaves and heads to Minnesota to join the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and gets caught up in a web of incompetent police and bad criminals. Mils Nelson and Jerry Unger are trying to catch some bad guys and Jake assists them. They uncover some criminals and slowly unravel what is going on. Lots of action and lots of shooting on both side Good Mystery Thriller This is the first book that I've read by John Oakes and I really enjoyed it. Jake Adler, a Texas Ranger who lives in Austin, TX leaves and heads to Minnesota to join the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and gets caught up in a web of incompetent police and bad criminals. Mils Nelson and Jerry Unger are trying to catch some bad guys and Jake assists them. They uncover some criminals and slowly unravel what is going on. Lots of action and lots of shooting on both sides, good and bad.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Plante

    Great book, great characters I was born in Minnesota and spent my youth there, so reading this book brought me back home. I loved this story, it has a great story and very interesting characters. I would highly recommend this to anyone, even if you were not born in Midwest.

  6. 4 out of 5

    lisa crosby

    The best stories...... The best stories are the ones you can't put down - engrossing in such a way you flow with the details, the characters and along the way become a part of it. I thought Jerry was fantastic! Would love to read his story! The best stories...... The best stories are the ones you can't put down - engrossing in such a way you flow with the details, the characters and along the way become a part of it. I thought Jerry was fantastic! Would love to read his story!

  7. 5 out of 5

    verla holguin

    Great story! You will be so glad that you chose to read this book. It is well written and keeps you engaged with each twist and turn. The characters are relatable and have quirks of their own that add spice to the story!

  8. 4 out of 5

    roy douglas lynch

    Robuster. Not bad for a quick read. Not by any means a threat to best sellers list either. It had some very good moments . I liked the ending and thought it was crafted well. It left me feeling like the good guys won and for that I am thankful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    B. Shaun Smith

    It was intriguing. Got a little weird toward the end, which then made sense by the end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Louise Pass

    A confusion of criminals Well written tale of searching for resolution and identity. Mixed up good guys and bad guys trading gun shots to find retribution.

  11. 5 out of 5

    stephanie scott

    Really Good Very surprised hard to put down and this story has some twists and turns. Really happy I took the chance.

  12. 5 out of 5

    frances barbo

    Was not a good read, it was boring. Had hard time staying interest enough to finish it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jane C. Anderson

    Cold Land: A Mystery Thriller A strange story from the beginning! As the push came to shove there was too much shooting and not enough clarity! For everyone that likes action!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Trawick

    Fun book! Great dialogs, memorable characters and a twist make for a very entertaining story. Can't wait to dig into next book! Fun book! Great dialogs, memorable characters and a twist make for a very entertaining story. Can't wait to dig into next book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Got a little convoluted in the middle But I liked the beginning and the end. The characters were likeable and inevitable. I'm not sure I'd read the sequel though. Got a little convoluted in the middle But I liked the beginning and the end. The characters were likeable and inevitable. I'm not sure I'd read the sequel though.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    A different story A delightful and enjoyable tale. There was good characterization, decent intrigue and intensity to the end. All in all well-written

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Good story This one has the characters to make it into some great sequels. Especially Melinda and Jerry. I thought. Jake's past unraveled in a very unique way near the end. Good story This one has the characters to make it into some great sequels. Especially Melinda and Jerry. I thought. Jake's past unraveled in a very unique way near the end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Linton

    A decent read It was a decent book, but it became a stretch and I began to lose interest. One you can put down.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Save your energy ... Boring, boring. Boring. Why did I bother finishing it? Stupid plot, no real development of character. A Book for the uncomplicated reader

  20. 5 out of 5

    mike walters

    Bravo Friendly ending . I liked the nutty hero. He gave a lot to his country at a great cost to him self and his family.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Lawrence

    Review of: "Cold Land" I enjoyed this book, it has action, and comedy with half of the dialog having me laughing out loud. Good way to spend a rainy day. Review of: "Cold Land" I enjoyed this book, it has action, and comedy with half of the dialog having me laughing out loud. Good way to spend a rainy day.

  22. 5 out of 5

    judy mckee

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carmelina Maresca

  24. 5 out of 5

    Charles G. Tegan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ada Mogford

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda O Jones

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Dick & Connie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Murone

  29. 4 out of 5

    richard l norton

  30. 5 out of 5

    patricia kenny

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