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Last Snow (Jack McClure/Ali Carson #2)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  585 ratings  ·  114 reviews
New York Times bestselling sensation Eric Van Lustbader created the legendary Nicholas Linnear of The Ninja and brought Jason Bourne into the twenty-first century. Last year, in First Daughter, Lustbader introduced street-smart ATF agent Jack McClure, who saved the President’s daughter from a criminal mastermind.

When an American senator who is supposed to be in the Ukraine
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Forge Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Judy
I was tempted to abandon this book after about 60 pages. But I kept at it until I finished it. Wish I had gone with my first impression. The focus of the book seems somehow irrelevant to the overall background of the book.
Jerome
This book was plodding, and at the end, I found myself simply bored with the many intertwining characters, many of whom I simply did not care about. The book deteriorated into exposition, finding it necessary to explain subplot after subplot in excruciating detail rather than moving the main plot along to conclusion. I found myself skimming much of the final pages just to get to the end of the book, which I almost never do. Too many details done wrong - "pizza with pepperonicci" (this from Pappa ...more
Burt
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 clea ...more
Heather
i found this book to be a major disappointment. Our hero is unique because he is dyslexic and this gives him an extraordinary ability to solve puzzles. That still doesn't leave the author off the hook for explaining the plot to the rest of us. The first third of the book is entertaining as we follow Jack, Annika the rougue Russian agent, and Alli the mentally damaged first daughter across the Ukraine, but things fall downhill fast. Annika is clearly an enemy from the moment she walks into the ba ...more
Caroline Mcphail-Lambert
Interesting to be reading this book, that mostly takes place in Russia, as the Olympics begin in Sochi. Especially as the stories about corruption, lies, criminality et al fill the newswires. Oh wait, that's the same as this book. Hmmmm.

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
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Jan
I loved this book! It is the best thriller/political intrigue I have read in a long time. Never had it figured out because of all the layers built into the story. There was a big shock at the very end. I will probably go a read First Daughter as a lot of the same characters were in this book.
Jasmyn
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 alon ...more
Joemmama
Eric Van Lustbader has written a bang up tale of espionage in "Last Snow". This is the second book in the Jack McClure series, and it sent me running to the library for "First Daughter". It is great as a stand alone, but I enjoyed it so much, I wanted 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
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Ronald Roseborough
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 surf ...more
Rheanna
I won this book on goodreads first-reads giveaways. I've been trying to decide how I felt about the book once I was done for a couple days. I was excited to get this book because I like the Bourne-type novels, but hadn't read any of them. I figured that this would be a good book as well because I lived in Russia for a few years as a teenager and love plots that are centered around that area of the world.
If I were basing my rating solely on the character development and the flow of the story, I
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James
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 ...more
Bonnie
Yahoo! I am a Goodreads Winner, and more then ready to read this book by Eric Van Lustbader. At one time, I read a couple of "Bourne" books written by the original writer, and now find that Eric Van Lutbader is picking up the theme and marching forward with the character! Excellent.

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
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Jessica
I was excited to read this! It was the first book I won on Goodreads! (Hopefully, not my last!)

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
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Ed
May 04, 2013 Ed rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Political thriller Fans with a high tolerance for irrelevance in a story.
Should most likely be rated at 2.5*. The first half is well written and interesting. The second half drags as Lustbader subjects the reader to long stretches of uninteresting dialogue and sub-plots that only tangentially relate to the main story. The ending is totally disappointing as if the author said to himself, "It's time to wrap this up and I have to do it in 10 pages or less."

Jack McClure, Special Advisor and closest friend to the new President of the United States is dyslexic and sees the
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Michelle
Last Snow is what a thriller should be: Tense, engaging and with enough solid characterization to make you care what happens to the people about whom you're reading. I really had to think through this whole book thanks to all the twists and turns and new revelations coming around every corner.


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
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Lisa
Last Snow, Eric Van Lustbader’s new political thriller, picks up right where First Daughter left off. Edward Carson is now the President. First daughter, Alli, is recovering from her kidnapping ordeal, and Jack McClure is still talking to his dead daughter. The President is in Russia, negotiating an arms deal, when an important administration ally turns up dead. President Carson is counting on Jack to untangle a web of lies and keep Alli safe — which would be easier if he had some idea who was a ...more
CorLostForWords
This book was rife with action. It starts off with Edward Carson settling into his position as President. He is in meetings with Russia, and receives information that one of his Senators has been killed in Capri. The news comes as a surprise to him as the Senator wasn't even supposed to be in Capri, so he sends Jack McClure to find out why he was there, and why he was killed. Was it an accident, or was it intentional? Needless to say, Jack sets off on a race against time, and picks up a few stra ...more
Jenae Rencher
I won this book of first reads and was really excited to get it. I am a huge fan of this author and have really enjoyed the work he has done on the Bourne books. I am not sure what to think about this book though. Perhaps I had a hard time with it because it is the second book and I didn't read the first. Perhaps it was the ending that seemed to start the next book rather than finish this one. Unfortunately, I was unable to get into this book like I was with his others. Jack is a character that ...more
Laura
I read 200 pages (of 500) of this book.
The dialogue was cheezy and it went on too long about topics that did not advance the plot.
This book is apparently the second in the series with the Jack McClure character, and had a lot of references to the first book. If you had not read the first book, you may be lost like I was.

After 200 pages, I was no further along in the plot and was bored of waiting for something to happen.
Ashley Kurka
This is the first book in a long time that I have read and genuinely hated. I could never get absorbed in it. There were so many characters that I had a hard time remembering who was who. The book hardly got in to any character too deep, so I didn't feel a connection to any of them. I couldn't wait to finish this book, which I only did because I refuse to quit any book. Ugh.
Erin Carey
I'm a Goodreads winner! I won this book on First reads and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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
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Jeffrey
Mar 07, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans
Shelves: thriller
A little contrived, with a surprising ending, this latest Jack McClure book, a special projects and friend to the president starts with the death of a politician in Naples. However the main action takes place in Russia and involves various oligarths trying to regain power, a traitorous American who has made a deal with the Russians, a trio of Russian agents -- a beautiful FSB officer, her grandfather, and a man who killed her first husband and is trying to run her down. With enough twists in the ...more
Cyn
I wasn't too crazy about the first Jack McClure novel, but I thought maybe the series would improve, so I gave #2 a chance. It didn't improve; well, the plot may have been a little more complex than #1, but that didn't solve the overall problems I had.

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.
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Kristina
I knew this would be a good book just from the opening line of the prologue!

"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
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Ash
It was pretty good at keeping the suspense and action up, and there was twist after twist. Though, in terms of fast action and constant twists, it's kind of like a lot of other books out there on the market. But it did keep me entertained and it was a good read. I'd liken it to a movie that has kind of a crappy plot, but you really like it anyway because it was a really entertaining 93 minutes. (No, I'm not saying the plot of the book was bad.) So... entertaining, but not terribly unique, but I ...more
Michael Jenkins
Jack Mcclure is an ATF agent who is very good at his job, but is haunted by his past encounters with his deceased daughter Emily. Mcclure has rescued the president`s daughter Allie from a criminal mastermind years before, and he is sent on an assignment to protect her again. Now as a special agent to President Edward Carson,his daughter refuses to let Jack out his sight.While Allie parents are away on business, Jack is forced to tag alone Allie who is trouble. In addition prior to taking on that ...more
Jimmacc
Unbelievably prescient! The world event situation in this book is incredibly relevant to today. "Read" via audio book, and the actor was excellent
Matthew Lyons
A political thriller that surely holds your attention. There is a lot going on between the different characters and sudden plot twists, but it definitely ties together in the end and keeps you satisfied.
Paulette
Won this on Goodreads Giveaway. I liked the main character of Jack McClure. He’s a street smart, dyslexic ATF agent and special advisor to President Edward Carson. The book is full of adventure and intrigue with a cast of characters from Russia to the US. There are many subplots and although I got a little confused at times Van Lustbader got me right back on track. Much of this book referred to Van Lustbader’s previous book, First Daughter, which I have not read. (It’s been added to my “to-read” ...more
Susan Coley
Eck - don't bother. It's difficult to keep up with all the Russian names and this plot.
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Eric Van Lustbader was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction's most beloved and enduring heroes. The Ninja was sold to 20th CenturyFox, to be made into a major motion picture. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages.

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