- 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)
Snow Wolf Paperback – 16 Nov 1995
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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
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!!.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read the book years ago a great read again would recommend to anyonePublished 9 months ago by Mairead Maguire
This is an excellent book. In my view it would make a great movie I enjoyed it so much I ordered Glenn Meade,s book. Brandenburg. Reading it am moment and it is looking good also.Published on 26 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Good storyline. Strong characters. Plot kept moving along. Some parts drawn out on detail. Enjoyed it. Pity the book I ordered was in such a mess.Published on 26 Aug. 2013 by duncan a mcgregor
I'd been looking for a copy of this for ages. I'm enjoying reading it again. It's a bit more used than it was described but I'm happy with it.Published on 24 May 2013 by Stephen Clark
What a fantastic book - recommended by a friend but unobtainable anywhere other than AMAZON.... although a used book the condition was good.. Read morePublished on 21 May 2010 by Mr. S. P. Stanton
I read this about 3 years ago and thought it was absolutely first class. I like book s with twists that i simply don't see coming and this has one of the best twists ever. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2006 by Amazon Customer
Set during the Cold war era, the plot follows the operation to kill Stalin by the CIA. The paranoia and suspicion that existed post WWII is used to create an atmosphere and... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org