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34. Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader...

March 18, 2010
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About the book:
Jack McClure, Special Advisor and closest friend to the new President of the United States, interprets the world very differently from the rest of us. It’s his greatest liability, and his greatest asset.

An American senator, supposedly on a political trip to the Ukraine, turns up dead on the island of Capri. When the President asks him to find out how and why, Jack sets out from Moscow across Eastern Europe, following a perilous trail of diplomats, criminals, and corrupt politicians. Thrust into the midst of a global jigsaw puzzle, Jack’s unique dyslexic mind allows him to put together the pieces that others can’t even see.

Still unreconciled to the recent death of his daughter and the dissolution of his marriage, Jack takes on a personal mission along with his official one: keeping safe from harm his two unlikely, unexpected, and incompatible companions—Annika Dementieva, a rogue Russian FSB agent, and Alli Carson, the President’s daughter. As he struggles to keep both young women safe and unearth the answers he seeks, hunted by everyone from the Russian mafia to the Ukrainian police to his own NSA, Jack learns just how far up the American and Russian political ladders corruption and treachery has reached.

In the vein of Eric Van Lustbader’s latest bestselling Jason Bourne novels, Lustbader takes us on an international adventure in this powerful page-turner that will keep you reading through the night.

drey's thoughts:
I've read a few of Eric Van Lustbader's other books, including First Daughter, and wanted to see where he took Jack McClure next... And I have to say that Last Snow started off well enough. Jack's working for the Prez, keeping an eye out on Alli too... Then he gets sent off to find out why a Senator was killed where he wasn't even supposed to be. And the chase is on.

There are spies galore, a bunch of not-so-squeaky businessmen, a crooked head of state, a delusional General, a few assassins, and a couple (or more) shady characters in this crock-pot of international intrigue. Which is cool with me--the more the merrier, especially when half of them get offed anyway.

I do wish though, that Last Snow continued as strongly as it started out. Somewhere in the middle it started meandering around, before eventually wrapping things up all nicely and tidily like a good thriller should. Lustbader fans will pick this one up, definitely.

drey's rating: 3/5 Good

Title: Last Snow
Author: Eric Van Lustbader
ISBN-13: 9780765325150
Hardcover: 414 pages
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

Challenges: 100+, Pub

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bermudaonion said...

I hate when books lag in the middle like that, especially when they're thrillers.

Karen H said...

Thanks for the review. Book does sound good.

enyl said...

I am still searching for the ever elusive book that my bookclub will enjoy,I hope The Last Snow will meet their approval.

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