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Snow Wolf

Snow Wolf

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by Glenn Meade

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In the heart of the Cold War, they sent him to plot the ultimate assassination. Now they want him dead...

It is 1953. Joseph Stalin, the world's most tyrannical dictator, is teetering on the edge of insanity, and about to plunge the world into nuclear chaos. Only one man and one woman can penetrate the Iron Curtain and stop this madman, before it's too


In the heart of the Cold War, they sent him to plot the ultimate assassination. Now they want him dead...

It is 1953. Joseph Stalin, the world's most tyrannical dictator, is teetering on the edge of insanity, and about to plunge the world into nuclear chaos. Only one man and one woman can penetrate the Iron Curtain and stop this madman, before it's too late.

But someone inside the Kremlin knows. And as the KGB's deadliest manhunter pursues these two CIA-hired assassins, another duel unfolds, between secret warriors of the West and East, with a U.S. agent caught in between. Now that agent must do the unthinkable: find his way to the heart of the Soviet Union and stop the mission he himself set in motion-before it ignites World War III.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A "big-boned... literate" thriller, PW wrote of this tale of the Soviet Union during Stalin's last decline into madness. (May)
Library Journal
History tells us that Joseph Stalin died from a cerebrovascular accident in 1953. But what if he had been the target of an American assassin? A best-selling Irish author debuting here, Meade builds on fact and mixes historic figures (Truman, Eisenhower, Allen Dulles) with fictional characters in this nonstop story of Operation Snow Wolf, approved in the Oval Office to avert the nuclear war threatened by the increasingly irrational Soviet leader. But despite the planning of Jake Massey, the CIA's best, and the skill and courage of operatives Alex Slanski and Anna Khorev, the mission is compromised early on, leaving Slanski and Khorev at risk not only from the KGB but from Massey, who's under orders to stop them. Meade weaves the tale skillfully, cutting back and forth across continents and ideologies, and adds depth with sympathetic antagonist Maj. Yuri Lukin. Lots of bodies, a little romance (only blood ties are truly heart-stirring), and twists and turns make this worthy competition for Ludlum and Forsyth. Great summer reading.-Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L, Arlington, Va.
Gilbert Taylor
Fearing a mentally unstable Stalin will unleash nuclear war, the CIA mounts an assassination attempt. The core tension pits Slanski, an emigreassigned to carry out the killing, against Yuri Lukin, the KGB officer assigned to foil it. On the periphery lurks the operation's leader, Jake Massey. (This tale is narrated by Massey's son, who is investigating the mystery-shrouded death of his father some 40 years ago.) So the mission commences satisfactorily, until Soviet intelligence in New York discovers what is afoot, although they lose several agents to find out. By then Slanski and confederates are en route but incommunicado, for security reasons. Now the CIA worries that Stalin will start the war the assassination is designed to prevent, so Massey is dispatched to dispatch Slanski. Credulity and suspense have worn thin, after numerous close escapes and a plot twist based on Lukin's realization that Slanski is his brother. Yet those with a taste for one shoot-'em-up after another won't mind; anticipate short but intense interest.
Kirkus Reviews
While doubts have persisted down through the years as to the exact circumstances of Joseph Stalin's 1953 death, ex-journalist Meade fictionally clears up the mysteries in a deft, dramatic cliffhanger.

Before Eisenhower takes office as president, he's briefed on the dismaying possibility that the increasingly unstable tyrant who rules the USSR could be preparing a thermonuclear assault on America. Convinced that the risk is real, Ike authorizes the CIA to make a preemptive strike against Stalin. The agency's chosen instruments are Alex Slanski, a Russian-born OSS vet who made his way from a state orphanage to the US as an adolescent, and Anna Khorev, a Gulag escapee granted political asylum in America. Parachuted into Estonia, Alex and Anna (posing as man and wife) set off for the Soviet Union's capital city. Meantime, US intelligence discovers that the KGB has learned about the plot. It's too late to recall Alex and Anna, so the undercover crowd dispatches case officer Jake Massey to kill his own operatives. Before Jake can begin stalking them, Alex and Anna realize that they've become the objects of a nationwide manhunt ordered by Lavrenty Beria, the villainous head of the secret police. In charge of the dragnet is Major Yuri Lukin, who soon stumbles on the fact that Alex is his long-lost brother. Joining forces with the would-be hit man, disaffected Yuri helps Alex outwit Jake and gets him past the elite guardians of Stalin's apartment in the heart of the Kremlin.

Meade provides exciting, ingenious answers to questions that linger from a darker age, recapturing an era when the good guys still had to live by their wits, without the aid of cyberspace hardware or weaponry. An impressive debut by a storyteller worth watching.

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St. Martin's Press
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Larry Bond
I enjoyed Snow Wolf tremedously. It's as scary as a trip to Lubyanka prison.

Meet the Author

A former journalist, international bestselling author Glenn Meade now divides his time between writing and working as a specialist in the field of pilot training. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Snow Wolf (2 Cassettes) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a silent cemetery, Glenn Meade raised a question from two unidentified tombs. To whom they belong and why were they, in the first place, unidentified. Glenn Meade created a whole new kind of story out of that question. In his book, Snow Wolf, those were the tomb of the people who might have saved half of the world from wreckage because of the heat of the cold war between USSR and USA, decades ago. An ordinary death of a president might have been more than just what is deaclared to people. And the iron curtain might not be an iron at all for some people who were able to break through it and stop an expected explosion. How the story unfolded was almost unimaginable, considering the restrictions of the Government during those times. however, the possibility of the whole concept that Glenn Meade created is in deed, possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up snow wolf out of boredom and couldn't drop it.this book had me reading non-stop till i had a headache.It's a must read for espionage lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent plot and a slam-bang finish!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Glenn Meade's gift to the reader is his ability to make the reader feel he's in the Soviet Union in 1953. Stalin, Baria, and Romulka are portrayed as the twisted evil people they were. The reality of events is less important than the atmosphere Meade conveys. I lived in those times, I remember Stalin and Beria, and their images and I loved this book. Meade has more than done his homework, he's captured the feelings of the time. The mixture of fact/fiction is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Snow Wolf is one of the best espionage books I have ever read. It kept me spellbound and captivated the entire time I read it. I couldn't put it down for a minute.
Guest More than 1 year ago