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Last Snow (2010)

by Eric Van Lustbader(Favorite Author)
3.34 of 5 Votes: 2
0765325152 (ISBN13: 9780765325150)
Forge Books
Jack McClure/Ali Carson
review 1: Last Snow was the second installment of the Eric Van Lustbader's Jack McClure series. The plot centers around Jack McClure, a private agent of the President, operating in Russia to uncover the mysterious death of a Cabinet member. It is not necessary to have read the first book in the series to grasp the characters and plot. Personally, I found Van Lustbader's writing to be extremely descriptive and rich. I loved the method he used to describe magnificent settings along the Mediterranean Sea and in Moscow. Not only was he able to convey these backgrounds with ease and appeal, he also conveyed each individual character's thoughts and emotions in a way that very few authors can. He played off of a special bond between two of the main characters throughout and never over... more-did this connection. The plot, however, did become difficult to follow at times. Due to the fact that the reader encounters dozens of new, similar-sounding Russian names, it becomes extremely difficult to keep track of who is who in the grand plot. I rate this book four stars out of five because of the author's descriptions, but at the same time the lack of storytelling necessary for a plot this intricate.
review 2: After having read "Blood Trust" as my first Van Lustbader (non-Ludlum) novel and being a big Mitch Rapp and Jack Reacher fan (as well as Jason Bourne), I thought that Van Lustbader just might have started a good thing with the Jack McClure/Alli Carson pairing. I decided to back up and read Jack McClure #2 to get a better feel for the main characters. At least that much of my strategy worked. I have no feeling of need to go back to read "First Daughter" as much of the backstory comes through clearly in the flashback sequences in "Last Snow." That said, I would really like to see Van Lustbader hit his better stride in the fourth of the series which I believe is out in hardcover now. I wanted to be able to give "Last Snow" a 4-star 'really liked' rating, but the latter part of the book just got too bogged down (or too balled up - your choice) with quirky Russian subplots and character entanglements. Plot twists are one thing, but that second half was nowhere near where it should have and could have been. I really hope he hits the mark with #4 or I'll be moving away from his Jack McClure/Alli Carson series. less
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In a word, Disappointing. 2 of 10 stars
Good Thriller. I like Jack McClure.
Great read
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