Snow Men

Fiction - Thriller - General
306 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2015
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Author Biography

ANDREW CERONI served a distinguished career as a special agent supporting global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. Mr. Ceroni grew up in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York on the Hudson River where he attended public schools. He received his B.S. Degree from the U. S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; his M.A. Degree from Case Western University, Cleveland, OH; and he completed studies in several foreign languages at the University of Maryland, European Division, MD. He is a graduate of numerous federal intelligence and law enforcement training forums. An author of several short stories and two novels, his poetry has also been published in several magazines. He lives in Colorado with his family.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite

Snow Men by Andrew Ceroni is somewhat of an escapist adventure-cum-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 mysterious visit from his former boss prior to his departure hints that all is not as it should be, but Dave turns down the offer of an assignment and sets off on his journey to Alaska. Dave’s expedition, however, soon takes an unexpected turn as he finds a body that has clearly met an untimely death. What he discovers eventually leads to his having to call on all his former training, not only to survive but to avert an international disaster.

This is a stunning story involving espionage, terrorism, murder and survival. The author, Andrew Ceroni, has written an incredibly descriptive account of the Alaskan wilderness that would be a stand-alone story on its own, let alone a thriller, as this former FBI agent uncovers a secret world in the wilds of the northern hemisphere. The various aspects are cleverly woven to become a story of intrigue, tension, and excitement, and it is certainly a page-turner that had me on the edge of my seat. I will definitely seek out other works by this author. For those who love white-knuckle thrillers with adventure and extreme survival, this is one not to miss.

Paul Johnson

It’s November and ex-FBI agent David McClure is seeking solace in the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness. Although it has been a year since the horrendous accident that claimed his wife and son, David is still unable to move beyond his grief. Once alone in the wilderness, he finds a grisly scene in the forest - the body of a hunter whose throat has been cut. David’s old FBI habits kick in and he is determined to pursue those responsible for the murder. But, things are a little more complicated than that. Armed with a hunting rifle, a pistol, and a few days worth of supplies, Dave finds he must not only face a determined Russian Special Forces group, but also the harsh reality of nature. All the while, bad things are brewing as an evil plot is hatched to destroy the state of Israel. Unknown to Dave, he’s caught right in the middle of it all.

Once in a while, a book will grab the reader’s attention from the first pages and refuse to let go. Snow Men by Andrew Ceroni is one such book. When I started it, I didn’t want to stop. It contains suspense and intrigue, but also much more. The author’s description of the wilderness of Alaska is fantastic. For those who have never been to Alaska, it supplies vivid mental images. For those who have been to Alaska, it brings back great memories. There is also a sterling cast of characters, from the protagonist and his struggles, to the Israeli agents, even to the Russians and CIA operatives. The plotting was superb. I highly recommend this book to fans of intrigue and to adventure lovers as well.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Snow Men by Andrew Ceroni is a captivating action adventure. David McClure, a federal agent, grieves the death of his wife and son. Trying to make sense of his loss, he plans a trip into the Alaskan wilderness. Hoping to put the pain and memories behind him, he treks into the Chugach Mountains. Surrounded by tranquil serenity and majestic beauty, McClure begins to gain a fresh outlook on life. However, he is unaware of the violence that awaits him. Something bad is brewing. The Iranians and the Russian Mafia are conspiring a sinister plan of mass destruction and it originates in Alaska. McClure’s quest to escape from grief soon turns into a mission to stop a ruthless band of Snow Men. He must take them out or die trying. After all, there are worst places to die.

Andrew Ceroni narrates a riveting tale of survival and bravery. Snow Men is a perfect blend of conflict – man against man, coupled with man versus nature. This novel is packed with vivid descriptions which paint a lustrous scenic canvas. Ceroni doesn’t rush; instead he masterfully pieces together the plot through character development. The protagonist is intelligent, courageous and resourceful, contrasted by the deceitful, diabolical, bloodthirsty arrogance of his adversaries. Exchanging character perspectives and locations, the chapters transition smoothly and the action steadily intensifies, paving the way to a thrilling dramatic showdown. Andrew Ceroni does a brilliant job in bringing the adventure to a satisfying conclusion. Revenge and justice are dishes best served cold in the Alaskan wilderness.