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Cold Moon Rising: A Tale of the Sazi    by C. T. Adams & Cathy Clamp order for
Cold Moon Rising
by C. T. Adams
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Tor, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Tony Giodone, the one time Mafia hit man turned werewolf and main protagonist of Adams' and Clamp's debut Sazi novel, returns to take on another starring role in this latest chapter of their always entertaining mythological world. As the story opens, he and another member of the Wolven are racing through the South American jungle intent on rescuing one of their own. During a crucial moment of the operation, Tony experiences a new and unexpected talent - his mind somehow melds with that of deadly cobra council member, Ahmad al-Narmer, the crown prince of an ancient snake empire. While inside the head of Ahmad, Tony gets a glimpse into the past and various others' memories.

Tony is not too happy about this sudden turn of events. He has enough to deal with already, not only as a new pack leader, but also in keeping his relationship with his wife Sue at an even keel. His new talent is now interfering with their far more personal psychic connection. When he and Ahmad discover that an old enemy of the snake king has bound herself with a cabal of bloodthirsty mobsters who not only want their pound of flesh from Tony, but are also intent on destroying the Sazi and looking to enslave the human race, Tony's personal issues must take second place. It's imperative that he and Ahmad work together to find and stop Ahmad's former lover - the woman he thought he'd destroyed long ago.

Despite another winding, character heavy plot, Adams and Clamp still manage to spin a lively, action packed and imaginative tale. The authors have a penchant for never completely tying up certain of their characters' various back stories - including that of Tony and Sue. The former Mafia hit man has always been a fan favourite and it was fun having him back for an encore performance. Snake king Ahmad is also a secondary player readers have loved to hate and bringing him back in a meatier, more sympathetic role embellishes Cold Moon Rising with a nifty twist.

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