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Blood Trust (Jack McClure #3)

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  619 Ratings  ·  94 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. Her ins

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Forge Books
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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.
Oct 31, 2011 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.
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
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!
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Allie Carson is the daughter of a deceased president who got herself admitted to the CIA agent training program Suddenly she is accused of murder and is on the run hunted by everyone other than her mentor. The two of them will have to uncover and expose a vast conspiracy in order to survive.
Jun 22, 2011 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
Darcey McKay
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Probably my favourite of the three Jack McClure books I've read so far. The first two novels were somewhat standalone to each other but this one brings everything all together and layers a few more stories into what we thought we knew from the other books in the series.
The supernatural aspect of the series is still present in this book but has definitely been toned down from the first two. I sometimes can't get away from its existence in the story.
Jun 23, 2011 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
Marianne Wassmer
May 31, 2011 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.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm. This was evidently part of a series and was hard to get into until I figured out the pieces. The author tried to make it a standalone novel by having the characters over-explain themselves, but that just came out sounding phony. Lots of action, but i couldn't work up a fondness for the characters.
Peter Cotter
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Been too long since I have read a van Lustbader.

Awesome read....knew who then enemy was from the get go, so that was good.

You never cheer for the bad guy so it as good to know who the bad guy(s) is from the start

I think a read of Jack McClure 1 & 2 is definitely on the cards/
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Many unanswered questions at the end.
Oliver Salazar
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
fast paced and exciting
Jerry King
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This guy is an excellent writer. Political espionage. Thrilling. Brutal. Intelligent.
Victor Borgeest
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
okay reaqd
Jan 01, 2012 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
May 09, 2011 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
Vera VB
Dit boek was lastig te volgen en ik denk dat dat komt omdat ik delen 1-2 van deze reeks niet gelezen heb. Daardoor had ik problemen met relaties tussen bepaalde personen te begrijpen.
Dan is het meteen duidelijk dat dit boek niet echt als stand-alone in de reeks gelezen kan worden.

Alli Carso is, de dochter van de overleden president en volgt een opleiding aan de fbi academie. Daar wordt ze beschuldigd van een wrede moord op haar vriend. De broer van de overleden president en oom van Alli neemt h
Brett Thomasson
Eric Van Lustbader has been a name at the top of the political and suspense thriller genre since his early 30s. He was selected by the Robert Ludlum estate to continue writing the adventures of Ludlum's super-assassin Jason Bourne following Ludlum's death in 2001, as well as to finish some of Ludlum's incomplete manuscripts.

Other than these novels, Van Lustbader has focused on stories with Eastern or martial arts themes, but in 2008 he began writing about U.S. ATF agent Jack McClure and his spec
Apr 05, 2011 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 12, 2013 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
May 07, 2011 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
Jul 11, 2011 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
Neil Carstairs
Apr 20, 2016 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
May 01, 2011 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 20, 2011 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
May 02, 2011 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
Apr 12, 2011 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
Mar 25, 2011 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
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