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by Andrew Ceroni

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KIRKUS REVIEWS - SNOW MEN - May 06, 2015

A former U.S. government agent faces off against Russian operatives who may be planning a nuclear attack in Alaska in Ceroni’s (Meridian, 2000) thriller.

Ex–FBI agent Dave McClure leaves his Colorado home for Alaska. He hopes a wintry November trek will help him through the pain of losing his wife and son in a car collision a year earlier. But withstanding the cold takes a back seat when McClure finds a body in the snow. Nearby is the murderers’ campsite, and McClure recognizes the men’s weapons and dialect as Russian. They clearly have a mission planned, one that McClure aims to stop. Meanwhile, Mossad agents Raphael Mahler and Meira Dantzig team up with the CIA in America, surmising that the Russians will try to steal a nuclear warhead. The protagonist and Alaskan locale make a winning combo. McClure, for example, isn’t just up against Russian baddies, but a blizzard and a couple of grizzlies as well. His survival skills, like using snow for drinking water, become second nature to the narrative. But the best scenes are of McClure in operative mode: he spies on the Russians to gather intel; sneaks into their campsite to steal a bit of food and sever their means of communication; and is well-prepared for inevitable confrontations against the armed men. At the same time, Raphael and Meira lead a story that feels completely separate from McClure’s, even if the plots ultimately intersect. The Mossad agents spend much of their time guessing at what the Russians and Iranians are up to. These scenes, while never boring, lack tension since readers know more than the agents do. Their subplots gain traction once they connect with McClure’s CIA pal Pete Novak, especially as a romance brews between Raphael and Meira. If nothing else, sequences involving the U.S. and Mossad agents making their ways to Alaska are reprieves from the much more exhilarating moments with McClure. He’s a character who could have carried the story all on his own with only his intuition. And maybe a few guns.

A triumph thanks to its impressive snowy setting; should be read with a space heater handy. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 978-1478744573
Page count: 306pp
Publisher: Outskirts Press Inc.
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online: May 6th, 2015 ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 147874457X, Hardcover)

2015 CIPA-EVVY AWARDS - First Place Winning Novel for Action-Adventure!
Dave McClure is on a plane to Alaska in early winter, having quit his job with the FBI and turned his back on the world. It's been a year since the horrific accident that claimed his wife and son, and McClure is still unable to move beyond his grief. Remembering the joy he once shared with his wife on vacation in Alaska, he heads north... seeking solace and resolving to either put his painful past behind him or succumb to the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness. Instead, McClure finds a grisly scene in the forest-the body of a hunter whose throat has been cut ear to ear. And that's only the beginning. In Snow Men-equal parts international thriller and wilderness survival-McClure uncovers a cache of nuclear weapons and a Russian-Iranian plot to wipe the nation of Israel off the map. With only a hunting rifle, a pistol, and a few days worth of supplies, Dave McClure not only faces Russian Special Forces and the harsh reality of nature, but discovers a will to live he didn't know he still had. Spanning locales in Alaska, Paris, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Thailand, and Washington, DC, Snow Men is a heart pounding thriller set against the pristine beauty of Alaska's rugged Wrangell-St. Elias wilderness.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:27:26 -0400)

Dave McClure is on a plane to Alaska in early winter, having quit his job with the FBI and turning his back on the world. It's been a year since the horrific accident that claimed his wife and son, and McClure is still unable to move beyond his grief. Remembering the joy he once shared with his wife on vacation in Alaska, he heads north to seek solace and resolving to either put his painful past behind him or succumb to the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness. Instead, McClure finds a grisly scene in the forest - the body of a hunter whose throat has been cut ear to ear.… (more)

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