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Last Snow (Jack McClure #2)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  921 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
The electrifying follow-up to the Jack McClure thriller First Daughter from the New York Times bestselling author of The Bourne Sanction and The Bourne Deception

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.
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ebook, 416 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Forge Books
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Feb 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Elisa R
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I haven't even finished it. Boring, too many stereotypes.
Deirdre O'Flynn
Having been disappointed by Linda Fairstein’s Terminal City and Lee Child’s Personal (Jack Reacher), I was really looking forward to (and desperately needed) a new author.

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
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story was OK, but the writing! At times it was so bad that it lifted me completely out of the story. I would read something and think, "I can't believe I just read that. Was it a mistake? No, it looks like that's what he meant to say. Is this his first book? No, and OH MY GOD! The Ludlum Estate chose this guy to carry on the Jason Bourne novels??!! No way!!" And then I'd read some more and then, Wham! Another ridiculous, trite, romance novel cliche would slap me in the brain, taking me out o ...more
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed since jacket had a Lee Child quote endorsing this story. There were too many unbelievable twists and turns and it seemed he kept adding things that didn't move the story along. It was a quick read and kept me in suspense but it was too much for me to believe.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too confusing, I will try one more of his books
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unknowingly - this was book two in the Jack McClure series. It's very involved and reminds me of Robert Ludlum. But Lustbader is a great writer and enjoyed it very much.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two busy with too many plots and sub plots. Hard to get into it.
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
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, crime
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
Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
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
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
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
Perry Martin
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eric Van Lustbader's send book in the Jack McClure series is a step up from his first book The Last Daughter. This thriller takes place in Russia as Jack accompanies the President travels to Moscow. Jack is the Presidents closest ally and confidant. Jack makes a split second decision to get involved with defending a Russian Woman and is drawn into what could become an international incident.

When the President's Daugter is left in his custody he must protect her while solving a mystery before the
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

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
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
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
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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