Last Snow (Jack McClure #2)
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.
I thought I had found my new author when I read Nelson de Mille’s testimonial on the front of this book: ‘Last Snow catapults high above the bar of great thrillers.’
So, the US President’s trusted aide, Jack McClure, is dispatched to the Ukraine to find out how and why a US senator was murdered. He ends up being saddled ...more
The main character, Jack McClure, is a close confidant of newly seated president Carson. He's also dyslexic, which apparently gives him a unique ability to piece together some pretty far-flung clues to come ...more
Although I hadn't read anything from Van Lustbader before, I was encouraged to like him knowing that he took over the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum. I thought; Oh, if he did Jason Bourne justice, this will be good!
The story started slowly. There was a lot of background needed and I suppose its fair to say that that weighs down the beginning of just about every book. However, it moved slow enough that ...more
Jack McClure, Special Advisor and closest friend to the new President of the United States is dyslexic and sees the ...more
If I were basing my rating solely on the character development and the flow of the story, I ...more
American Senator, Lloyd Berns is killed by a hit and run driver on the Isle of Capri. Problem is he is supposed to be in the Ukraine. Jack McClure is a strategic advisor to the newly elected, President of the United States, Edward Carson. Jack ...more
What a ride! Eric Van Lusthbader’s book “Last Snow” takes the reader into the world of espionage, and we are not on cruise control as we move into politics, travel to Russia, and learn the tale of two worlds colliding ...more
Struggled with all the Russian people & place names, and keeping the many players straight, which detracts from understanding the story 100% but made it to the end nonetheless. Speaking of the end, was disappointed and let down with this one. Wonder why Lust ...more
When the President's Daugter is left in his custody he must protect her while solving a mystery before the ...more
Since I listened to the end, I have to give 2 stars, even though I didn't like it. McClure as confidant to the president, flying around with the president's daughter was a bit silly. After I decided to give that a pass, it still didn't go forward. Characters got piled on characters. I lost track of who was doing what to whom, not sure if it's my fault or the author's. There were frequent flashbacks which was confusing from time to time. There's a killin ...more
It took me a looong time to read this book. Perhaps it was because I did not read the first book and was unfamiliar with the characters. (Was anybody else a little creeped out by the relationship between Jack and Alli?) Also, my mind was clearly wandering as I had a hard time differentiating between all the Russian characters and couldn't seem to remember which ones were "good" vs. "bad." With that said ...more
I can't get a feel for these characters, and none of them are particularly likable. Sometimes events that play out don't make sense, or are too coincidental to be believable. Also, the 'shock' at the end was totally out of left field and felt lame. ...more
"Everything comes to an end. Love, hate, betrayal. The greed of wealth, the lust for power, the comfort in religion. In the final moment, everyone falls, even the kings of empires, and the prince of darkness. In the silence of the tomb, we all get what we deserve."
WOW! What an opener right? It was a story with a very interesting bunch of characters and enough plot twists to keep you racing through.
There was political in ...more
The lead characters are stolid - annoyingly "damaged", which just comes across as glum and boring.
The book is plodding, despite the blood and guts on almost ...more
Mr. Lustbader is ...more