Saturday, March 13, 2010

Last Snow By Eric Van Lustbader

LAST SNOW
By Eric Van Lustbader

About The Book: 


An American senator, supposedly on a political trip to the Ukraine, turns up dead on the island of Capri. When the President asks him to find out how and why, Jack sets out from Moscow across Eastern Europe, following a perilous trail of diplomats, criminals, and corrupt politicians. Thrust into the midst of a global jigsaw puzzle, Jack's unique dyslexic mind allows him to put together the pieces that others can't even see.

Still unreconciled to the recent death of his daughter and the dissolution of his marriage, Jack takes on a personal mission along with his official one: keeping safe from harm his two unlikely, unexpected, and incompatible companions, Annika, a rogue Russian FSB agent, and Alli, the President's daughter. As he struggles to keep both women safe and unearth the answers he seeks, hunted by everyone from the Russian mafia to the Ukrainian police to his own NSA, Jack learns just how far up the American and Russian political ladders corruption and treachery has reached. And though Jack's abilities are as good as its gets, there is much more to gain—and lose—on this journey than the truth about the Senator. 


About The Author: 
ERIC VAN LUSTBADER is the author of many bestselling thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Testament and The Ninja. His first Jack McClure book, First Daughter, was also a New York Times bestseller. He has also been chosen by Robert Ludlum's estate to continue the Jason Bourne series. His Jason Bourne novels include The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Betrayal. He and his wife live in New York City and the South Fork of Long Island.

My Thoughts:
I've never been a fan of 'Prologues' until I started reading Eric Van Lustbader's books. No author has ever been able to shock me into turning pages the way he can. I promise you, if you read the prologue to LAST SNOW, you won't have the option of putting the book down. In fact, you won't be able to get to Chapter One fast enough! Here's just a small sampling taken from the prologue:
        
~ He sees what will happen reflected in the eyes of a wisp of a girl striding toward him, sees it an instant too late. He is still absorbing her look of horror when the narrow Caprese van strikes him full on and kills him instantly. ~

LAST SNOW is the sequel to Van Lustbader's book, FIRST DAUGHTER. This book reads great on its own. The author manages to pick up all the threads of the previous story, weaving them through without confusing the reader. It's an intense thriller, a twisted, nothing-is-what-it-seems journey into the international political scene. But it's way more than that. It's also a great example of deep characterization. Jack McClure, Special Advisor and closest friend to the new President of the United States is an addicting character. Flawed, troubled, and sometimes a pitiable guy, he's also inspiring and memorable. The two women close to Jack draw on the deepest parts of his fears, longings, and needs. They shape him in ways he's unprepared for as they traverse Europe in search of answers. Staying alive is a priority.But for Jack, just keeping-it-together emotionally and mentally sometimes takes first place. 


Snippet:


~ "...You have found the land of the blind because you can see for miles. You're the one with the ability to make sense out of the chaos of life. You see, interpret, understand the disparate elements, you can sense if they connect or not. This is why we need you, Mr. McClure, why no one else will suffice." ~

 A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by the Author.

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