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Blood Trust (Jack McClure #3)

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  489 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews

It was once said that you must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible . . .

Alli Carson has been through her own personal hell. With her father, the President of the United States, recently dead and her mother in a coma from a terrible accident, she has poured herself into her training to become one of the best FBI agents at the Fearington Institute. H

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Forge Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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K.D. Absolutely
Alli is a presidential daughter who is training to be an FBI agent. His tutor is Jack McClure who is the recurring character (leading man) of this Jack McClure (this being book #3) series. The novel opens with Alli together with another young lady, Neridona being chased by terrorist in an unnamed city in Middle East. Then when they see Neridona's mother, the old woman castigates her daughter for escaping the prison. That prologue is continued in the second to the last chapter of this book. The n ...more
Rick F.
Nov 10, 2011 Rick F. rated it liked it
A third outing for Jack MacLure and Alli Carson- well written, well researched, but main characters remain somewhat distant to me, hard to connect. Also- a bit too many characters with similiar traits- made for some confusion - overall - a pretty decent thriller - if you choose to read- VERY important to read the first two books in series as many references are made to it, and it is assumed readers are already aware of what transpired in debut book.
Aug 27, 2012 Kim marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
I won this on First Reads after a long, dry spell! I cannot wait to get this and read it. I do love a good thriller, and this should fit the bill!
Jun 22, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it
Released: May 2011

Blood Trust is the third book in the Jack McClure thriller series by Eric Van Lustbader.

Former first daughter Alli Carson is being framed for torturing and murdering her boyfriend after his body is found near the Fearington Institute, where Alli is studying to become an FBI agent. Since the President of the United States -- Alli's father -- and her mother have died recently as the result of a horrible car accident, Alli has nobody else to turn to but National Security Adviser J
Jun 23, 2011 Bill rated it did not like it
I have read several of Eric Van Lustbader's books and found this one sub-par in all areas. The plot was far too implausible to generate any suspense, the characters were thriller cliches, and the dialogue embarrassing. All of the characters--including the U.S. president, government officials, law enforcement types, captains of industry, terrorists and other assorted bad guys--use the "F" word as part of their everyday vocabulary. Van Lustbader must have been on a tight deadline when he wrote thi ...more
Neil Carstairs
Apr 20, 2016 Neil Carstairs rated it liked it
When I picked this book up I thought it was a standalone novel so my opinion is kind of skewed by the fact that once I got past the first few pages I realised there had been two previous books featuring Alli and Jack. So the cast of characters went way above my head, along with all the double/triple and quadruple crossing by corrupt Secret Service agents, assassins masquerading as cops, people traffickers, drug runners and gun smugglers. Not too mention Alli, who was the First Daughter, and is n ...more
Marianne Wassmer
May 31, 2011 Marianne Wassmer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a pre-publication advance copy through Goodreads. I am not usually a fan of this genre but I tried to be impartial.
Unfortunately I could not get past chapter three. None of the characters were sympathetic and the situations created were just plain nasty.
Having read many Nelson DeMille books, I thought I could do this. Mistake.
I'm sure there is an audience for this sort of book, but I'm not part of it.
Sorry Goodreads.
May 29, 2011 Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge

Blood Trust is the third geo-political thriller featuring Jack McClure and Alli Carson. In this story, Alli is now a recruit at Fearington in training to be an FBI agent while being mentored by Jack McClure, National Security Advisor. When Alli is accused of murder all hell breaks loose. She and many others feel she is being framed. Although her powerful billionarire uncle, Henry Holt Carson, insists he is looking out for her interests, his actions speak otherwise.

Dennis Paull, Jack's boss, giv
May 12, 2011 Becky rated it it was ok
The book was better at the end than at the beginning. The vulgar language and violence at the beginning seemed gratuitous and unconnected to the story and seemed like just shock for shock value only. The characterization was weak, and the attempts at clever environmental descriptions seemed just that, attempts at description that acted as embellishments but were not connected intuitively to the substantial elements of the story no matter how cleverly they seemed to have been formulated. The deno ...more
May 01, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway. My motivation for entering the contest for this book is my grandfather. He reads as much as I do and we've always enjoyed talking about what we're reading. I plan to give this book to him since I know he's a big Lustbader fan. Before I hand it over though I thought I'd give it a try. Immediately I was at a disadvantage since I've not read other books in the series. I didn't have history with all of the characters although it was clear they had a lot ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
Ali Carson is training to become an FBI agent. Ali’s dreams just may come crashing down faster than she can blink her eyes. Ali has just become the number one suspect in her boyfriend’s murder. All the clues point to Ali. Ali only has one person she can turn to and that is Jack McClure.

Jack knows that Ali is not a murderer. Jack agrees to help Ali. It seems that there is more to the murder than just a lover’s spat. Jack and Ali’s investigation leads them down a path filled with deceit, intrigue
Jun 01, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-books
Jack McClure and Alli Carson are back in the most recent installment of Eric Van Lustbader's McClure-Carson series. This time, Alli is charged with murder, and Jack is put on a mission to assassinate an Albanian crime lord who is becoming too powerful. Soon they come together and find themselves in the middle of an international slave trade and a plot in which Alli's billionaire uncle and the President of the United States himself are somehow involved.

Blood Trust is the third book in the McClure
Joe Nikac
Sep 28, 2013 Joe Nikac rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.It had everything that I ever liked all into one. Action,Drama,and some Comedy. In some certain chapters,this book would keep you at the edge of your seat just wanting to know what happens next.The main protagonist Jack McClure has you always thinking how does he know this?,how can he do this?, did he really just do that? At some points in the book,he makes himself look like a mysterious figure,like when he was talking about his daughters death.It makes you think does ...more
Jul 20, 2011 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
RATING:4.5)BLOOD TRUST BY ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is an intriguing thriller/suspense.It is the third in the Jack McLure-Ali Carson Novels.See First Daughter,and Last Snow.Has an interesting plot with characters where some capture your heart while others want to be deceased. It has human trafficing of young women,murder,torture,suspense,intrigue,hatred,manipulation,and of course just plain high octane action. When Ali Carson,formal daughter of President Edwar Carson,who has died teams up with ex-ATF a ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Eric van Lustbader’s third installment in the Jack McClure series, Blood Trust is just as exciting and fast-paced as the first two books, if not quite as believable. It’s full of foreign locales, double agents, evil billionaires and hidden agendas – everything a spy novel needs! It also takes us deeper into the relationships between our key characters, primarily the relationship between McClure and former first daughter, Alli Carson, and the relationship between Carson and Jack’s dead daughter, ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Peggy rated it liked it
I received an advanced readers copy of this book through Goodreads.

I tore through the book in a day and a half. I thought it was a good fast paced story that was entertaining pretty well all the way through. It jumps from situation to situation, from continent to continent, only allowing you glimpses of what is going on before thrusting you into the next scenario. The book leaves threads hanging all over the place until they are finally gathered up and connected at the end.

I was at a disadvantag
Jessica at Book Sake
After reading First Daughter by the author, I wasn’t that excited to read what I thought was the next installment of his Carson/McClure series. The pleasant surprise was that this was a far better plot and story than First Daughter, and I actually finished it quickly. The unpleasant surprise was that this was the third book and I wished that I had read the second book of the series since there were many references to the events in that story. Overall the subject matter was more interesting and t ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
I listened to this as an audio book. It was very long, and there were so many strands that I found it quit a challenge to get to the end. There were couple of plot twists which were very surprising but not enough to really make me stay as engaged as I would have liked.

There were also some very funny moments (such as reference to Jack McClure's monstrous brain!) although I don't think they were intended that way.

I realise that this is one in a series so joining part way through is never ideal.

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Don Sparrow
Jun 17, 2011 Don Sparrow rated it liked it
It is certainly obvious to me why the Robert Ludlum estate chose EVL to be the author to carry on the Jason Bourne saga of novels. They both write excellent political spy thrillers with great characters and the stories are full of suspense and intrigue. This latest novel (#3 in the Jack McClure & Alli Carson series) does not disappoint.Jack McClure uses his dyslexia to see the world in unique ways and it is by no means a handicap to him. By the way EVL is also dyslexic.This story carries on ...more
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Marcia Bridgford
May 06, 2011 Marcia Bridgford rated it liked it
I received an uncorrected advance copy in a goodreads giveaway. Hopefully, it will be corrected before final publication as I found multiple errors. Some were minor as referring to a female character as "he", but on page 273 he stated that a character riding in the back seat of an armored car "paced back and forth". In spite of these I found the book suspenseful, fast-paced, and full of surprise twists and interesting characters. While reading it, I was thinking that I would look for the earlier ...more
May 21, 2011 Gudrun rated it it was ok
This book came to me from a Goodreads giveaway, my first time participating in the pre-release program.

I do read thriller/action novels, and enjoy many for sweeping me away with fast moving plots and intricate story lines. Blood Trust did some of that, but I found it to be light on overall impact.

Some of the language used was odd - I found myself thinking that surely a better word could have been found. I did like the character of Jack (are all action/thriller main characters named Jack?), but
Jun 08, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Alli Carson is accused of murder and Jack McClure tries to unravel the set up. With police, Secret Service and high ranking Washington, DC officials this is a thrill ride that keeps you guessing until the end. Great book that you'll want to finish in a hurry, you just can't trust anyone anymore.
Jun 05, 2011 Grace rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book through the First Read program. This book reads like an action movie from beginning to end. What I like about the book is that all the characters are connected which adds a level of complexity to the plot. This is the first book I read in this series and not knowing all of the history of the characters did not bother me at all as the narrative does briefly mentioned their past. I also enjoy the fact there are strong female characters who can defend themselves and are even better ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Cindy rated it it was ok
Intricately woven mystery shrouded in huge body-count, dead-worship, graphics, gore, & language. l-o-n-g gives reader chance to breathe till next killing. Well read by Richard Peron. 2011 ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Burt rated it liked it
This was my first Eric Van Lustbader novel and I did enjoy it. Like so many authors today, it is best to pick up their 'continuous characters' in the first book in which they are introduced. I had not done this with the Jack McClure series, so there was a bit of 'imagining the past' to be done on my part as it pertains to character development and motivations behind some of the twists and turns. I am much more intrigued, however, by how Lustbader is handling the continuation of Ludlum's Jason Bo ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smart thriller, involves Jack McClure and Alli Carson, eastern european sex smuggling ring. Just ok
Joe Nowak
May 02, 2013 Joe Nowak rated it liked it
Ally Carson is the daughter of the later President of the United States. She is implicated in a murder and Jack McClure a Homeland Security agent sets about proving her innocence. Everyone else sees the evidence and think the President's daughter is good for the crime. Because Jack is dyslexic he sees things differently than other people and finds a pathway to the real criminal. while the main characters and storyline are pretty good, it tends to get convoluted with interference from the Preside ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Laurie rated it it was ok
hard to follow and a bit over the top.
Susan Coley
Jun 27, 2013 Susan Coley rated it liked it
Albania/Macedonia - I generally enjoy political thrillers. I couldn't find the first two in the series and hoped I could "catch up" with the story. Wow, it was difficult. The ghost of Jack's daughter visited the main characters and that made the book a little weird. A lot of doors were left open for the book. At the end of the book, the man I thought was a bad guy didn't seem to be thought of that way by the characters in the book. I do have the next book so I'll give it a whirl but it will be l ...more
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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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