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Snow Wolf [Paperback]

Glenn Meade
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelivable arrogance and ignorance March 18 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An incredible book, written in the worst traditions of the Cold War, it's not only anti-communist (which may be a sort of obligatory to get a book published), but Russophobic as well (you read that most Russians are "dirty and stupid" - and a lot of similar or even worse things! - perhaps it is also becoming obligatory?). The book is one of the worst examples of such mass-production I have ever seen.
And that's not all. The author's arrogance is unbelievable: he KNOWS VIRTUALLY NOTHING about the time/country/events he is writing about!! The book is full of silly mistakes including, in particular, even Russian names (e.g. "Petya Ivan Stefanovich" instead of "Petr Ivanovich Stefanovich" etc etc), Moscow topography (you drive from Lubjanka via Arbat further to the East(!), along the frozen banks of the Moskva-river(!!), and so on) and many other obvious and well-known facts which any person attempting to write a book of that sort should know. The funniest mistakes are perhaps using "Amerikanski" for the Russian word "Amerikanec" (= an American national) and "Turkmenistans" (!!!) instead of "Turkmen". Listing all such "flops" would take hours and hours. A minimum research before starting the book would do no harm.
Last but not least: the plot itself is quite ridiculous and naïve, situations created by the author's imagination are hopelessly unrealistic.
Pity that such a book has ever been published. Amazing that some people like it. Sad that it became a bestseller - whatever it means .
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT NOVEL. ONE OF A KIND Nov. 5 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although I thought it started slowly it quickly gathered my attention. This novel makes you think about all the events that we seem to have doubts about. Did one man kill Kennedy. Did Hitler commit suicide. How did Stalin die, are a few nagging questions many would like to know the REAL truth about. In this book Glenn Meade gives us an idea of what MIGHT have happened to Joseph Stalin. Glenn Meade blends his story with enough historic figures and locales to give it a touch of realism. At the end of this novel you will be saying to yourself aloud, "WOW, I wonder if that really happened". I find myself thinking about 'Snow Wolf' even though I have read other books since. I just hope Glenn Meade will satisfy us with another novel of this kind soon.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Making a case for skilled editing. April 12 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was painful to read. While the plot otherwise would have been interesting, the sloppy disregard of facts and inattention to detail make the book embarassingly amateurish: 1)How can a one-armed man ride a BMW motorcycle that requires left-handed clutch and right-handed throttle operation? 2)How can he kick-start the motorcycle with the start lever on the right side when BMWs of that era had levers on the left side (to allow for a sidecar on the right)? 3)How can the world's best hand-to-hand combat trainer get beaten up 3 times in 30 pages (once by an untrained, petite girl)? 4)How can someone described as wearing a fine suit and a heavy overcoat be given an injection by rolling up his sleeve? Quality is in the details, Glenn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book! April 15 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my second Glenn Meade book and I have now become a real fan. This is another Meade book that will leave you wondering about history. This book details a very convincing plot to assasinate Russian dictator Joseph Stalin.The character who are involved on both sides are written up authentic and are very realistic. The description of the Russian winters are also very detailed. Another convincing factor in this book is the cruelty of Beria,the KGB and the usage of the Lubyanka. This book besides being very detailed historically is action packed as well.Alex Slanski and Anna Khorev are key characters in this book as well. Be sure to read this book, you will not be dissapointed. It is money well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meade is superb! Oct. 26 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was entranced by Meade! One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much, is that it is not writen like every other thriller! Meade varried from the "normal" plot line and writing style of most thrillers from this genre and I think it paid off. It appears to me from reading the reviews posted here that you either love it or hate it...there is no inbetween. If you are looking for a book that follows all of the typical spy novel rules...then SNOW WOLF is not for you. If you are willing to read a different type of intrigue that does not include super-human spies and every cliche imaginable that also requires a deeper mental ability, then this is the book for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, mysterious, facinating Cold War thriller March 13 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Four stars does not quite do this book justice. From the beginning the book unravels the story of a secret CIA operation during the height of the Cold War and a son's attempt to discern his father's role in it. The characters are well defined, each possesing traits characteristic of a hidden past, a parrallel to the book's theme. The action is fast and will engross the most passive reader, while historical accuracy combines with vivid imagery to present the action in a setting richly descibed by the author. Read the book while snowed in, you'll want to connect with the setting of Russia in winter and dedicate the time needed to finish this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most Dec 26 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked it but there were flaws. The biggest was when the "hit team" didn't search the bodies of the men who attempted to kill them. Consequently the cat was out of the bag. The author should of come up with some other way to tip off the target. Again, this being the most world-shaking mission ever undertaken, it seems to me that each member evolved in the mission would have been assigned a group of undercover bodyguards to watch their back and to protect. And there was a few more. Other than that is was good! Allot better than most, that's for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best thriller by a relatively unknown author
I would rate this book up there with the best of Robert Ludlum and Frederick Forsyth! It was gripping from the beginning and extremely hard to put down. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2002 by LaVina Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Action
This book is simply excellent. It is gripping, full of action, intriguing, surprising and shocking. The description of the events, the characters and the expressions are very well... Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2000 by Rafael Aycinena
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow Wolf:The best book ever
This has to be the best book I've ever read. As a matter of fact I've read it about 4 or 5 times. I highly recommend this to anybody who likes historical intrigue.
Published on Aug. 14 2000 by David Brandenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
This may be the best suspense book I have read. It is one of those books that you impatiently want to know the finish but don't want it to end.
Published on May 23 2000 by Sandra Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow Wolf-If you havnt read this, you havent read anything!
This is one of the best books i have ever read. It is a suspenseful novel, that you simply cannot put down. It has everything you can possibly want in a thriller/action novel. Read more
Published on May 20 2000 by "vrykolakas"
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional
An excellent novel for any Russophile or History buff. I found it putting it down to be most difficult. Read more
Published on Dec 30 1999 by Brendan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping & Informative
Soviet history buffs will appreciate the detail. You easily suspend disbelief. Cleverly adds human interest. Well balanced thriller: I read it cover-to-cover on a long journey. Read more
Published on Dec 21 1999 by David Horgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! It's awesome!
This has to be the best thriller of all time. Simply wonderful. The characters and the story live with you long after you'ver finished the book. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! It's awesome!
This has to be the best thriller of all time. Simply wonderful. The characters and the story live with you long after you'ver finished the book. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 1999
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