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Operation Schneewolf

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4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  893 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Could Joseph Stalin have been murdered by an international hit team led by an American CIA agent and acting on orders from President Eisenhower? Fifty pages into this large and chewy first thriller by an Irish journalist, just published in paperback, you'll probably be: (a) totally convinced, or (b) so entranced by the characters, the perfect period details, and beautifull ...more
Paperback, 686 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Lübbe (first published June 1st 1995)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This was a nice diversion with a better-than-average plot for a thriller of this type. There are a lot of twisty turns to hold your interest. It draws on an interesting premise: Stalin did not die naturally, he was murdered. Apparently his family did believe this. Who knows? Maybe it's true.

There are the usual implausibilities inherent in the genre. They always make for a more exciting plot. The Russians mostly come out looking like a bunch of bumbling butterfingers, when in reality they were f
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L.
Jul 13, 2012 L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. I have read it three times and will read it again. It never stops, from page one right through to the end, and the reader is caught up in the conflict, the drama, and the subterfuge. This is perhaps one of the greatest spy novels ever written - I could not put it down until I finished it! I loved the action, the romance, and the mystery - great read all around!
Paul Standish
Sep 07, 2011 Paul Standish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only one word for this book--superlative. It's the best thriller I have ever read--and I've read thousands! Well done, Mr Meade, hats off to you for an incredibly enjoyably, moving, exciting read that kept me always on the edge of my seat!
Adam K.
Oct 28, 2014 Adam K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of Glenn Meade before, but I'll sure remember him now. This book was incredible, the very definition of a page-turner. I've been needing something like this in my life for a while now, as I don't believe I've been this engaged with a book since maybe Stephen King's 11/22/63 earlier this year. I've read some good stuff since then, but nothing quite on par with this. Meade takes the "known unknowns" about Josef Stalin's death and weaves a breathless adventure out of them, with ch ...more
James Shastid
Feb 15, 2015 James Shastid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical thrillers.
This book will have your biting your fingernails for the full 562 pages. Best cold war thriller that I have ever read and I am an addict to that genre. The details are so precise, but meaningful. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a "real" thriller. You will not guess the ending. You will not even guess the end of the current page. I am not easily impressed by writing, but this is a class of it s own. Can I only use 5 stars?
Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
Exciting and believable story of an American spy sent to Russia to execute Stalin.

It's not often I say I can't put a book down, but this is one of them. Full of suspense, period detail and non stop thrills.

Meade has obviously done his research making this a terrific read for fans of alternative history and historical thrillers.

Highly recommended.
GymGuy
Excellent story by an author who I know little about. Lots of action and high drama. Good character development and wonderful twists and turns.

Perhaps the only real fault I can find is that the middle section tended to drag a bit with protracted chase scenes. While these work for me in movies, I don't really get too excited about reading chase scenes, and this had plenty. I thought the ending (the 1953 one) was perhaps a little flat, but I understand why it was configured the way it was...you'll
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faith
Nov 07, 2015 faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely not something I usually go for. It took me a while to get into this book, but after I did, I didn't want to put it down. The story really drew me in and I loved the way that it was told. The take of Anna retelling it to Jake's son was an interesting twist in my opinion. The only complaint that I have is that you kind of know what's going to happen from the beginning because Jake is already dead. You also know the major plot twist of jake having to track down Anna and Alex to ...more
Blushbettyblush
Mar 14, 2015 Blushbettyblush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meade is a genious when it comes to setting breathtaking plots with many surprises. I also adore the surprises he offers to the reader, creating a very strong bond between himself, the reader andthe characters. I am alsovery fond of the historical facts offered withinthe story. What was speacial about The Snwowolf was that, among the three main characters and the leading two supporting characters there was nowhite and grey. we cannot say Anna is an angel we cannot say Lebel is a capitalist wolf, ...more
Lois
Jun 10, 2014 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Operation Snow Wolf, sanctioned by President Eisenhower during the coldest of the cold war, was the name assigned to the plot that would assassinate Joseph Stalin. In this book, the CIA appoints two agents to carry out the plot. Taking place in the 1950s, this fictional account by Glenn Meade pits the efforts of the KGB to foil this plot against the CIA.

While I read this book over the course of several weeks, it would have been better to sit down and think of nothing else except what was happeni
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Monica Manzanares
I don't know what it was really. I read it in a very special moment in my life so this book is linked to some bittersweet memories. I was reading it in a plane back home and I couldn't stop crying. When I read it for the second time some months later, the magic was still there. It's a book about a spy and definitely that always was very attractive to me. But then it's the girl and how the story unfolds. It's tough and sweet at the same time. Just writing these words make me feel I have to read i ...more
Mehmet Akif  Koc
Feb 01, 2015 Mehmet Akif Koc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stalin'in ölümüne ilişkin başarılı bir CIA-KGB casusluk-gerilim romanı... Olay kurgusu ve akıcılık açısından da okunmaya değer...
Sridhar Babu
Apr 06, 2016 Sridhar Babu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY BLOG ABOUT THIS NOVEL...!!!
AUTHOR..
GLENN MEADE...
CHARACTERS...
Alex Slanski, Anna Khorev, Jack Massey, Henri Lebel, Major Yuri Lukin, Irena, Romulka, Lavrenty Beria, and JOSEPH STALIN Himself (Wow)..
LOCATIONS..
New Hampshire, New York, Washington (USA), Paris (FRANCE), Helsinki (FINLAND) , Tallinn (ESTONIA), Leningrad, Dzerzhinsky Square, Moscow (USSR)

GENRE...
Suspense // Thriller...

ABOUT THE BOOK...

"...JOSEPH STALIN... (aka Josef Vissarionovich Djugashvili) General Secretary of the Commun
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J
Jan 06, 2009 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books! I actually read it in German - about 4 times. It's so suspenseful, an amazing story, all based on historical facts. It's hard to put down although it's the thickest book ever. Highly recommended!
Erin
Dec 01, 2007 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually not a spy/espionage type of reader, but this book was great! I like how Meade weaves true history in with a fictional story. He does this with several of his other books as well.
Jeremy Owen
Wow ! Glenn Meade must be undiscovered by the majority of book readers as I had never heard of his stuff until I saw the good reads recommendation .

This is another epic tale mixing real history with a fictional story - following the excellent 'Brandenburg ' - which reads like a believable episode from just after ww2 .

Another un-put down-able novel by GM , this one imagining a western plot to kill the tyrant Josef Stalin.A fast-paced story which shifts from eastern Europe to America and back agai
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Jevanswslife
Apr 02, 2016 Jevanswslife rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. First off, I had just finished "Gray Mountain," by John Grisham. Before that, I read "Sycamore Row." Before that, it was "The Prometheus Deception," by Robert Ludlum. So I turned to Glenn Meade because I guess I was looking for a little different flavor. The flavor was similar to Ludlum, but the story WAS a page-turner. The character development was good. The story was good. But what really caught my attention was the book club discussion questions at ...more
Christopher Everest
For an espionage thriller this is quite a surprising book. I often find these kind of books somewhat cold and clinical. Food for the cerebrum (Take one Le Carre and lie down in a dark room). Spy books are intriguing, puzzling, (occasionally confusing) but this book was surprisingly moving. It is told in "flashback mode" with one of the central characters relating the story so the reader knows she (at least) will survive. There is violence - there is torture - there is love, and there is Need. It ...more
Maritere Domínguez
I felt like I was watching an action movie while reading this book.
It's your typical action-drama packed-spy book between CIA and KGB.

The horrors of the Stalin URSS are crudely revealed and the cold hearted CIA agents also take a part in this thriller. But the ones who make the difference are the people that actually have a heart and think on their own.

You get to see lots of suffering, romance, action, spies, freezing temperatures and vodka.
Gary Mundhenke
May 23, 2016 Gary Mundhenke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very well written cold war thriller. There was continual action that kept me reading throughout the book. My only negative is there are a couple place where the outcome is predictable, but only in a oup,e of places. Overall, I highly recommend this book.
CartoonistAndre
Feb 27, 2016 CartoonistAndre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A high octane thriller! I can understand the comparisons to "Day of the Jackal" and "The Eagle has landed" for it's suspenseful pace and believable character recreations of WWII historical figures both good and evil.
Diane
I cheated. I found this story in a Reader's Digest Condensed Books volume. Yet, it was a great story. Had me interested from the first paragraph to the last. One of the best cold war spy stories I have read.
Marie Richter
Sep 04, 2015 Marie Richter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Meade's writing style... very taut and gritty, the perfect tone for this story. As I often find myself disappointed in the ending, this was yet another example of cheapening the story with a scene that was implausible and unnecessary. As far as thrillers and historical fiction go, this one is a worthy choice.
Michelle
Glenn Meade does an amazing job of creating a story around an historical event that has a lot of room for "creativity". I read Snow Wolf because I read The Romanov Conspiracy and loved it. For me this book fell just a little short of that book. Meade had me until the end when it was revealed Yuri Lukin and Alex Slanski were brothers and had been pitted against each other by Stalin. That was just a little over the top for me. The Authors Note at the end is great and sets out the skeleton of histo ...more
Yasemin
May 18, 2016 Yasemin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabancı-roman
Mr. Massey babasının ölümüyle ilgili esrarı çözememiştir. Evde babasına ait Kar Kurdu Operasyonu ile ilgili bilgiler yazılı kağıtlar bulmuştur. Olaylar gelişir..
Grant Turnage
Jan 21, 2015 Grant Turnage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Characters were interesting and the story was well thought out. If you like Russian and/or Soviet history then you would most likely enjoy this read
Ayda özeren
Jan 05, 2016 Ayda özeren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glen meade okumadığım kitabı yok tarihle yoğrulan aksiyon kitaplarına bayılıyorum.
Bu kitabı en iyilerinden...
Diana
Oct 06, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started slow for me but the last half of the book very engaging
Margaret Kumma
Aug 01, 2015 Margaret Kumma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're in the mood for an intense read, this is a good one.
Theghost
Apr 13, 2016 Theghost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mükemmel bir kitap. Herkese okumasını tavsiye ederim.
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Glenn Meade was born into a working-class family in Dublin, Ireland. After finishing secondary school he had a tough time choosing between studying theology or engineering, but eventually engineering won out and he studied telecommunications. Soon after graduating, he lived and worked in New Hampshire. He worked as a specialist in the field of pilot training—having had a life-long interest in avia ...more
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