Books by Ben Mezrich

Bestselling author Ben Mezrich is known for his fast-paced, film-ready narrative nonfiction, and his books include Bringing Down the House, Ugly Americans, The Accidental Billionaires (which was adapted into The Social Network) and his latest, Sex on the Moon.

Released: Nov. 5, 2019

"Formulaic and busy. (Adventure. 8-11)"
Two gangs of middle school brainiacs use carbon dating to take down a smuggling ring. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"More facile than fun. (Adventure. 8-11)"
Charlie "Numbers" Lewis and his Whiz Kids explore aviation history (and dabble in corporate espionage). Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2017

"An enthralling story only occasionally inhibited by languorous prose."
A tale of the resurrection of the woolly mammoth and how "biology and genetics [have] gone from passive observation to active creation." Read full book review >
THE 37TH PARALLEL by Ben Mezrich
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Mezrich probably won't sway the skeptical, but fans of Art Bell and company will find all the affirmation they need."
Roswell? Area 51? In a book to make X-Files fans twitch in excitement, Mezrich (Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs—A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder, 2015, etc.) connects dots we didn't even know existed. Read full book review >
Released: June 2, 2015

"A fast-moving and readable yet unsurprising tale of wealth and power in the new Russia."
The rise and fall of a single oligarch as a gaudy microcosm of post-communist Russia. Read full book review >
SEVEN WONDERS by Ben Mezrich
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A comiclike outing rich in repetition and clichés, this typing exercise is at heart an intriguing story that deserved a writer who could rise at least to the level of a Dan Brown, yet another Mezrich creditor."
A ripping yarn torn from the pages of many another adventure tale, this high-speed, low-quality mashup concerns an ancient female sect and the present-day seekers of its secrets. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2014

"Fast-paced and full of behind-the-scenes detail, this will be an easy sell to readers not too picky about their prose. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Math, chemistry and a little physics look to defeat midway games at a Florida theme park. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2013

"Fast-paced and wildly chaotic."
Mezrich (Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, 2011, etc.) returns with a breakneck retelling of how a bunch of closely knit fraternity brothers built an online poker empire and how fate's final hand dealt them all a wicked blow. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 2011

"Even a seasoned pro like Mezrich can't move this ridiculous caper beyond glorified fraternity-prank status."
Glammed-up new-journalistic reconstruction of three young interns' naïve plot to steal NASA's treasured moon rocks. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2004

"Undeniably fun, but readers may well wonder just how much of this could actually be true."
Sex, money, and more than a whiff of criminal activity enliven this too-good-to-be-true real-life business drama. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Compelling—if you're into that sort of thing."
Thriller author Mezrich (Reaper, 1998, etc.) depicts a team of card-counting MIT students who live the Vegas high life for a while before getting caught and barred from all casinos everywhere. Read full book review >
REAPER by Ben Mezrich
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

Mezrich's second technothriller (after Threshold, 1996) charts the progress of two All-American Perfect Specimens in their race against the clock to stop a rogue communications virus from wiping out most of the TV-watching and computer-literate population. Nick Barnes is a ruggedly handsome former surgeon with a crippled hand who now works as a paramedic at Boston General. Samantha Craig is a young and gorgeous virologist who works for USAMRIID (United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases), which is assigned to investigate mysterious deaths, apparently virally caused, though they've occurred in widely separated locales (including Boston). And Telcon, the brainchild of black leader Marcus Teal, is a fabulously successful communications company (it's usurped Microsoft's position) that falls under suspicion when Nick and Samantha (who quickly get beyond their initial mutual mistrust, and into each other's arms) deduce that ``a freak modulation of light emitted through a television screen'' is randomly killing people. In parallel scenes juxtaposed with Nick's and Samantha's increasingly heated pursuit of the super-virus, we learn that Marcus Teal's nationwide electronic hookup is part of a plan to reshuffle contemporary priorities; that Marcus's second-in- command, Melora Parkridge, whose father was a victim of chemical warfare, ``intends to use technology to kill technology''; and that Ned Dickerson, a Telcon technician who accidentally stumbles onto secrets he only half-understands, may be the most dangerous of them all. The story moves along quite briskly, considering the author's habit of downloading reams of undramatized information about electricity, ophthalmology, various branches of medicine, and fiber optics. But its characters are cardboard and its denouement, which features a shoot-out in Telcon's main computer room and some of the hoariest dialogue this side of 1950s monster movies, is also a letdown. About on a par with Robin Cook, and a couple of cuts below Michael Crichton. Wait for the (inevitable) movie. ($300,000 ad/promo; author tour) Read full book review >
THRESHOLD by Ben Mezrich
Released: June 19, 1996

Twenty-seven-year-old Mezrich makes a bid for Grisham-level success with this flimsy thriller featuring a mad scientist bent on creating a master race—though cardboard characters and a predictable plot keep getting in his way. Jeremy Ross is happily immersed in the chaotic life of a fourth-year medical student at New York City Hospital on the night that Robin Kelly, a former girlfriend when the two were at Dartmouth, drops into the emergency room to ask for his help. Robin—tearful, terrified, yet lovely as ever—confides to Jeremy her suspicion that the recent death of her father, Secretary of Defense Warren T. Walker, was the result of foul play. She wants Jeremy to steal a copy of her father's death certificate and tell her what he thinks. Dazzled by Robin's beauty, the 24-year-old genetics enthusiast performs as asked—and what he finds makes him wonder whether someone could have introduced a deadly virus into Walker's cells. Jeremy's concern—along with evidence that Robin is indeed being threatened with murder—leads him to the Tucsome Project for Genetic Research, a facility funded largely by the Defense Department, and one that Walker was known to have visited. Enlisting as an intern at the Project, Jeremy investigates the recent death of a researcher with whom Walker had had contact; snoops into the secret activities of charismatic lab director and genetics genius Jason Waters; and wonders about the horrifically disabled children under study at the facility's adjoining hospital. It's hardly surprising that Walker's death turns out to have been genetically engineered—but the murder of a government official is only the tip of the iceberg here, as Jeremy learns while fighting his own nightmares and trying to protect his former love. TV-level melodrama on a big-screen budget. (First printing of 100,000; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour) Read full book review >