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posted by KenCady on March 8, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2010
This novel was a big disappointment to me. I am sure that Eric Van Lustbader is capable of writing a better story with real characters, but he just didn't do that here. For starters, the presidential daughter Alli was such a brat that her antics alone nearly caused me to close the book. The implausibility of her being in the plot at all was the start of the silliness, but it just kept getting worse, with her finding an important document by chance, all the way to the characters crossing an airport runway in the face of an oncoming jet. The twists and turns that the author creates were often senseless. None of the characters were well-drawn out enough to be real people in the reader's mind, and there were so many of them it was hard to keep straight who was who. Just a real disappointing novel.
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Posted February 25, 2010
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This is a follow up to the author's book, First Daughter, which had ATF agent Jack McClure saving the President's daughter from a homicidal kidnapper. Much of the Last Snow draws from the previous book, with Jack now protecting the President and his family, especially his daughter, who has been traumatically effected from her previous abduction. The book is set in Russia, where the President is trying to push through a defense treaty. Needless to say, nothing is what it appears to be on the surface, neither the reasons on both sides for the treaty nor the numerous spies and counterspies working on their own or their government's objectives. Deceive, deny and obfuscate seems to be the rule. The author is good at twisting the reader back and forth through the convoluted plot. There seemed to be so many twisted characters that I wasn't entirely taken by any of them, including Jack. On the whole, while it has all the trappings, with the twisty plot, a large cast of characters driven by their psychological short comings and plenty of action, this seems to me an average thriller.
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Posted March 10, 2010
Not what I expected from Van Lustbader
I have enjoyed Eric Van Lustbader's work on the Bourne series, and even on his preveious Jack McClure book. "Last Snow" was entertaining through the book, and had plenty of twists and turns to keep one's interest piqued. The ending, was to me a rather large disappointment. It felt compacted, almost rushed, and the death of one of the anchors to Jack's ability to be a central "hero" getting killed in such a way was far from likable, or even believable. Anyone with any knowledge of Presidential Limo's knows that circumstance is so far from plausible it really detracts from an otherwise entertaining novel.
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Posted March 22, 2010
Posted March 20, 2010
Eric Van Lustbader has written another page turner of a novel.
This book continues with characters from First Daughter and is a very good mystery/thriller. Lots of twists and turns.
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Posted December 21, 2009
This sequel is as entertaining and exciting as its predecessor is.
Jack McClure, Strategic Advisor to his best friend President of the United States Edward Carson, is in Russia where he negotiates with President Yukin on a pact to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Carson is informed that Senator Lloyd Bern died in Capri; he was supposed to be on a fact finding trip to the Ukraine. He made an unscheduled stop to Kiev where the last person to see him was K. Rochev.
The President sends Jack to the Ukraine to find out what happened. Before he leaves his hotel Jack rescues Russian FSB Agent Annika Dementieva from an ambush by her lover a minor thug in the local Mafia. When they get on the plane, the First Daughter Alli Carson demands to come with them as he is the only man she trusts (see First Daughter to learn why). As they investigate Bern's death, Jack concludes there is a traitor inside the American President's most inner circle of advisors and probably one inside of Yukin's most trusted advisors. Additionally he wonders whether Bern was murdered rather than dying accidentally as reported. As he continues his inquiry while keeping the two women accompanying him safe, others try to manipulate him, but obviously they don't know Jack.
This sequel is as entertaining and exciting as its predecessor is. Events are straight from headlines as Jack, Alli and Annika traverse Eastern Europe through a landscape of crime including murder. No one is safe especially the likable trio whose flaws feel genuine. For instance Jack uses his work to bury his mind from obsessing over the recent death of his daughter; this grief propels him to take risks with his life but not if it endangers his two compatriots. Eric Van Lustbader provides his refreshing version of Bourne with the escapdes of Jack.
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Posted July 24, 2013
Yea. I know youve changed. And frankly i dont care." She turns and faces the creature, tears in her eyes, and slashes his nose. She runs off to the next result(i didnt say it would be easy) ~ snowfur
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Posted November 27, 2012
A must read in the Carson/McClure series!
Riveting the whole way though. I couldn't put it down. Couldn't wait to begin the next in the series. This author knows how to capture and hold his audience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2012
Fun Read, reminiscent of Steve Berry
This novel picks up the adventures of Jack McClure after the extraordinary first novel in the series. This fast-paced read takes the reader from Russia to the Black Sea with segues to Virginia and DC. Several vibrant new characters have been introduced, and I look forward to reading the third installment. It's been a while since I was so captivated by a book to the point where I looked up at the clock and found I had read way past my bedtime until the wee hours of the morning!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted February 3, 2011
Special advisor to the President, Jack McClure, finds himself in Moscow with the president and his family working on an important treaty when word comes that a senator has died in Capri. Strange thing is, this senator was supposed to be in the Ukraine. Sensing something is wrong, the president sends Jack McClure off to investigate. Before he can leave, a strange run in with a Russian woman named Annika stirs the pot and gives him a partner. Throw in the first daughter, Alli, deciding to tag along as well, and you have quite a mixed up group.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jack just didn't seem to do much for me. Perhaps it was the magical way his dyslexia gave him special thinking powers (not sure if that's possible or not, but it seemed an easy way out). Or perhaps how he always just seemed to get lucky. He really didn't seem to be making any headway on his own. It was all the work of Annika and Alli until the final mystery which he pulls a solution out of thin air.
Annika is hard to describe. I didnt seem to get to know her very well at all. And what I did get to know about her always seemed to be changing.
Alli was by far my favorite character. SHe was stronger than she thought she was. After being through a traumtic kidnapping (the first book) she has a lot of emotional baggage that she is working through throughout the entire story. I couldn't help but admire her tenacity as she tried to find herself again.
The story itself was decent, but there was so much going on behind the scenes that without many strokes of luck our characters would have been dead several times over. I'm still trying to figure out how the ending really was the best solution to anything. I'm all for the surprise twist to keep the reader guessing, but there were a few too many this time.
Posted June 14, 2010
Last Snow is Eric Van Lustbader's sequel to his smashing hit, First Daughter. The lives of the United States President and the family of Jack McClure are intertwined. Not only are the men good friends, but their daughters are best friends and roommates. In the first book, Jack is able to rescue Alli, the President's daughter, when she is abducted. That act leads to him becoming the President's special and trusted advisor, the one man the President trusts entirely.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As Last Snow begins, Jack and the President are in Russia, where the terms of a historic treaty are being worked out. Then a member of the delegation, a Senator who is supposed to be in Russia working, is found dead in Capri. No one knows why he was there, if the death was accidental or a murder, or if it will impact the treaty talks. Jack is asked to investigate the matter.
As he prepares to depart on his mission, he becomes embroiled in an assault on a beautiful Russian FSB agent, Annika. He saves her but then realises that she will remain in danger in the capitol. However, with her contacts and knowledge, they agree that she will be useful in the investigation and agree that she should accompany Jack on his trip. They are surprised when they get to the plane to find Alli Carson, the First Daughter, ready to go also. Since her return from captivity, she is only comfortable around her rescuer Jack, and refuses to stay behind.
The three travel across Eastern Europe. They quickly discover there are several factions working behind the scenes; some to insure passage of the treaty, and some to defeat it. There is treachery, counterspying, betrayals, alliances and a world where nothing is as it seems. Can the trio manuver their way between the obstacles and find out what is behind the various groups before the treaty signing?
As with his other books, Van Lustbader delivers a heartstopping suspenseful story, full of plots and counterplots and story twists. The reader feels compelled to read to the end, many holding their breath in especially exciting areas. The characters aren't as fully developed in this book as in others, as plot and pace is everything, although Jack is a strong character and the villians are especially memorable. This book is recommended for readers who like action suspense.
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