The Cold One

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The Los Angeles police are investigating two strings of gruesome deaths. One killer has left several horribly mangled corpses; the other murderer kills his victims seemingly without touching them. The investigators have only a single set of fingerprints to link the two series of crimes.

Journalist Peter Jacobs is dragged into the investigation when he receives an anonymous call from someone who knows more than he should about the murders. They ...

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Overview

The Los Angeles police are investigating two strings of gruesome deaths. One killer has left several horribly mangled corpses; the other murderer kills his victims seemingly without touching them. The investigators have only a single set of fingerprints to link the two series of crimes.

Journalist Peter Jacobs is dragged into the investigation when he receives an anonymous call from someone who knows more than he should about the murders. They agree to meet at a specific place and time, but the caller never shows up…and the killings continue.

When Julie Moore, a graduate student researching Near Death Experiences, falls in love with Peter, she has no way of knowing that she has placed herself in the deadly sights of the Cold One. The Cold One needs Peter to complete its mysterious designs--but it does not hate Julie for interfering. It feels nothing--no hate, no fear, no love--and Its mere existence threatens all living things.

Until recently, Jerry Washington belonged to a violent street gang. Trying to go straight, Jerry meets Susan Darly, an upper-crust high school sweetheart, and finds that life can be warm and wonderful. Then Susan almost drowns--and is terribly changed. She has become as cold as death, and Jerry is determined to find out why.

In India, Govinda Sharma's spiritual master has given him a dangerous job--to pursue a seemingly invincible man, a blind man who can dominate another's will with a mere thought. This man will lead Govinda to the Cold One, and to a great truth that will shatter him to the core.

Govinda Sharma, Jerry Washington, and Peter Jacobs are the last defenders of mankind.

The Cold One knows who they are. It knows they are coming. And it does not care.

Peter James, "good news" journalist working on his first hard news story, has just met Julie Moore, graduate student in Near Death Experiences. Jerry Washington, ex-gangbanger, has fallen in love with upper-crust cheerleader Susan Darly. Each of these people will meet the Cold One--a villain whose touch can wither a person's soul--and be irrevocably changed.

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Editorial Reviews

Roland Green
The latest novel by the popular Pike follows a fairly conventional horror scenario. An ancient, supernatural, and evil entity (the titular figure) is loosed on the world, kills a number of sympathetic characters (and a few others as well), and is finally challenged by the survivors. This book is the first of three volumes, which suggests that the multivolume saga, having put sf and fantasy under its sway, is muscling its way into horror. Horrors! That kvetch recorded, it must be said that Pike continues to justify his reputation. He is a master of emotional impact supported by setting, and his characterization meets the basic requirement of making one care about what happens to his people, and then some. This one will have an audience, and its sequels will probably deserve one, too.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812512458
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 12/15/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Pike, the bestselling author of the Remember Me and The Last Vampire series, has more than fifty novels to his credit. His previous adult novels include Sati, The Season of Passage, and The Cold One. Pike lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    Spine tingling story

    I have re-read this book every chance I get since first reading it in 10th grade, I am now 24. I can't wait for the seedling. The Cold One, like many of Pike's work, delves into the unknown and keeps you guesing. Then he unravels the plots in a way that captures the readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2004

    Engrossing..but..Senseless

    I re-read this book for the first time since 1998; I was 19 then. I didn't quite understand it then and I still don't now. It had some pretty good thrills, however, the whole concept of the storie's monster didn't make sense. The book explained the whole origin of 'The Cold One' and the concept of how it could breathe into people and turn them into zombies, however, I didn't get the part where the superhuman strength to rip people to shreds came in. What on earth did that have to do with anything?? And, the way the author tried to divert the audience from the beginning about The Cold One's Identity, I thought that was pretty lame. Anyone with common sense would have figured it out. This 'Cold One' was supposed to be inhuman, it had no emotions, felt no joy, no sadness, no pain. However, it had a sarcastic sense of humor and clearly enjoyed seeing people in pain. Those are emotions right there. I just didn't get it. Maybe I'm reading way too much into it, after all, it IS fiction. Christopher Pike may try to write adult thrillers, but I think he should stick to his adolescence audience. They're the only ones who would appreciate something like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2002

    NEVER DISSAPOINTING

    I have been a fan of Christopher Pike since the age of 13 ... I read all the teen books I began to read Pike again at 20 I have just read the cold one and the ability Pike has to manipulate ones mind into believeing something to seem to be and then changes it completely is what I love about this author he constantly has you changing the pages to read on .... I have got my friends hooked on him as well .... he amazing and brilliant and the manner in which he incorporates Indian religion (HINDU) is interesting ...I can't wait to get my hands on the continuation THE SEEDLING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    WOW! That wuz a good one!

    its so ethereal and all comes together..i love the Indian religion in the book..it all seemed so out of the world..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    Cold One

    This was an awesome book!! I can't wait to read the Seedling...when does it come out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    Cold One

    This was an awesome book!! I thought the parts about the indian history was very interesting..I started reading the book on a trip and couldn't put it down for the whole time I was gone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2001

    Shivering sucatash

    The Cold One, by Christopher Pike, was a very intrigueing novel. The moment I finished it, I wondered about the sequel. I am glad to know that there is not only one, but two coming out. I used to read Pike's earlier books when I was younger and find this one just as good, possibly even better. It is awesome when we can enter our world that only our fantasies could take us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    really fun to read

    This book, like Pike's other adult novels, is back prickling and a real page turner. I really enjoyed this book and all of the others too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    He's not just for adolescents.

    As a lot of othr people have said, I too have read Pike since I was 13. But about 4 or 5 years ago, I found his adult novels. They are my faves. This book kept me on the edge, while teaching me great eastern philosophies ( a passion of mine). It says at the end of the book that there is to be a seqel. Does anyone know if it will happen? I think alot of people hope so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    Thrilling Page-Turner

    I am an avid fan of Pike's work in young adult and adult works. This book was no exception. A very involved horror story you have to read to believe. He's outdone every young adult author including himself which is a scary prospect in itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2000

    Can't wait for the sequel

    I really hate reading. My friend let me borrow her book and told me to read it. I read the whole book in 3 days. I couldn't put it down it was so good. I really wish for the sequel The Cold One 2 Seedling to come out soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2000

    brilliant

    It was everything a book could have. The characters described everything that went on. it was a definent page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    Absolutely Awesome!

    The Cold One was a great book. The first time I read it was in 1997 and I have reread it since then. The use of different religions and the mystical quality keep you hooked. I wish the sequel would come out. I've been waiting forever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000

    What a Book

    I loved this book to death. This was my first time reading one of his books. I let my friend read it and she loved it to. Now I'm looking for the Second part to it 'The Seeding'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    I'm Finally Done

    I really liked this book. Anyone who already likes Pike, or thinks they would should read this book. It really makes you think. I'm not sure I liked the ending but it definitely has me wanting to read the next in line. The Cold One 2. Anybody with some reading experience and likes to be scared would love this book. So, read away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    Not Done But So Far So Good

    The first book I ever read by Pike was Season of Passage, which is my favorite book. So far The Cold One is pretty good and just as scary. Christopher Pike has the gift of words, words that scare the living day lights out of you!! Don't read this book before you go to bed!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    Pike as he should be

    The Cold One is yet another novel by Mr. Pike that I have encountered after reading his writtings for years. Mr. Christopher Pike, I write this too you as an enamoured writer my self. You have taken the art of fiction/horror for young adults to a page of religion and accomplishment. Ever since the book Immortall all to the way of Sati(my personal favorite) as well as to the Vampire Series you have choosen a path unlike any author. You have Intrigued me with your knowledge about Mythology, Indian relgions and implication of the charactors in more then 1 single book ( try 9 that I can account for.) Being an adult now, I still buy your books because you keep me reeled with the supernatural. It is obvious to me though, that you do enought research to keep me guessing. Your books are an inspiration as well as your knowledge and your talent... THE COLD ONE IS A BOOK TOO BE READ. I recommend to read it before the Vampire series and before the book Sati..... I recommend the book Sati as the last book by Christopher Pike that you ever read because his talent will make you see him for more that way.

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