KIRKUS REVIEWS May 6, 2015
"A former U.S. government agent faces off against Russian operatives planning a nuclear attack in Alaska in Ceroni's 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... the protagonist and Alaskan locale make a winning combo... exhilarating moments... a triumph... should be read with a space heater handy." Kirkus Reviews, May 6th, 2015
READERS' FAVORITE Book Reviews May 7, 2015 "Snow Men by Andrew Ceroni is an escapist adventure-thriller. Dave McClure is an ex-FBI agent whose job resulted in his not being with his wife and child when they were killed in a car accident. He blames himself and makes the decision to embark on a journey to the wilderness of Alaska, where the harshness of survival will either bring back his reason for being alive, or take his life... a story of intrigue, tension and excitement... a page turner... For those who love white-knuckle thrillers with adventure and extreme survival, this is one not to miss."
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TITLE: SNOW MEN
Author: ANDREW CERONI
Publisher: Outskirts Press Inc. (306 pp.)
ISBN: 978-1478744573; March 18, 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.