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Snow Wolf Paperback – 16 Nov 1995

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  • Paperback: 629 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet Books; New edition edition (16 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340602910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340602911
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A thriller of tremendous quality and excitement' -- Herald of Wales on Snow Wolf -- Herald of Wales 'A tremendous sense of dramatic action and page-turning excitement culminating in a riveting, thought-provoking climax! Meade's success is in leaving us with the thought that it just about could have happened' The Sunday Times on Snow Wolf -- The Sunday Times

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Glenn Meade lives in Dublin. A former journalist, he is now a specialist in the field of pilot training. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This is an outstanding book! It has a wonderful combination of a fasciniating and exciting espionage story, viewed at times in a wonderfully nostalgic background through the eyes of Anna Khorev. The novel also takes us to some fascinating areas of the world, and describes them beautifully. I whole-heartedly recommend it. The plot is primarily set in the post-war USSR, where the CIA have plotted to kill Joseph Stalin (Operation Snow Wolf), the mission being coordinated by Jake Massey, who enlisted the aid of Alex Slanksi and Anna Khorev, with the KGB under Levrente Beria attempting to thwart them at every opportunity. The characters are well developed, as are the relationships between them. And, in spite of its length, the novel remains fast paced, and addictive. I couldn't put it down.
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This book is amazing just like the two others that I've read:Sakkara and Branderburg. Meade has a great talent on II.WW and pre and post scenarios. He is really very good at this. I love the reality in the scenario and the way of telling and the fluency. He makes become a character in the story too. He is the best in his area.
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I don't often write Amazon reviews but a friend lent me an old copy of this and I thought it was bloody brilliant! Just one question - why is it out of print?

The plot is basically the same as Day of The Jackal, expect with Stalin as the target instead of De Gaulle, and is a chase through 1950's Soviet Union from the Baltic to Moscow with Slanski as a deadly assassin and Lukin his KGB nemesis.

The first 100 pages are the slowest, setting up the backstory including cameos from Eisenhower and a chocolate-munching-torture-porn watching Stalin, but as soon as operation Snow Wolf begins and the team are dropped into the USSR the action is relentless right to end. Believe me, you will have some very late nights with this book!

If it was just a chase through Russia it would still be brilliant- but what makes it so special is that it has a soul. Real emotional heart. The characters are life-like and I really cared about them, especially Slanski and Anna. It's also a very emotional book. I have to admit I was pretty choked by the ending.

There are also some totally unexpected twists. One in particular towards the end I never saw coming and is a complete game-changer! From that point on I read till the last page, finally finished the book at 1:50am even though I had an early start the next morning. And even when it's over, there is a final revelation in the author's note. Apparently this could all be based on real events.

I can't recommend this book enough. It's genuinely unputdownable. It's such a shame it's out of print. Given how many rubbishy thrillers there are out there this seems a tragedy. I hope someone sorts it out soon. This is a book that deserves to be back in the bestseller charts.
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List the least likable despots of the 20th Century and you will have a depressingly long list, as there were more than a few. One man who should make everybody's list is Stalin, whose ideals about Communism soon went into a cocked hat, in favour of Stalinism (which was basically totalitarianism and terror). Glenn Meade draws the reader into the last days of Stalin's life in his Cold War thriller `Snow Wolf', a book about how a group of people set out to put an end to Stalin before he could get his hands on an all powerful bomb. Like all good historic thrillers `Snow Wolf' has a happy mixture of reality and nonsense to make it a fun read, but still feel like Meade knows what he is talking about.

A past master of the genre of the historic `boys own' thriller is Jack Higgins, but unlike Higgins' light bites, Meade is offers a far meatier proposition and in the end the book proves a little too long. As a reader you come to be bathed in anguish as every major character has a harrowing back story that plays out in full detail. This certainly adds to the tension in the book, but does make it a bleak read that may put off some readers. The pace picks up towards the end and as your loyalties are pulled one way then another, the final 100 pages are a testament to Meade's skill. Perhaps if he condensed the book into two thirds the length it would have been a classic of the thriller genre, instead it is a great effort, but overly long.
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A rip roaring, fast paced, unpredictable thriller that took me less than a week to finish (625 pages). BE WARNED though : you will forgo anything to keep reading this piece of addiction that'll keep you awake into the small hours with the suspense and interest of wanting to know what happens next.

Well written book with great depth of characters and many intertwining storylines melded so well together that eventually reach a brilliant crescendo. Never loses interest from the start to the finish, easily the best book read so far this year.

The description of cold war Russia is so real you feel part of the book and quickly build an affinity with the characters, all wrapped around an intriguing storyline.

Part of the story is based on real characters that played key role within Russian politics and this adds further interest.

Cannot recommend highly enough. A MUST READ!!.
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