Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

Released: March 1, 1995

"Interesting and informative, but Montgomery's prose often lacks the zest that informs the best nature writing. (6 line drawings, not seen)"
Trekking and fishing what's left of the wilderness of the American West, Montgomery pronounces ``elegies for dead rivers'' but is hopeful for the ``few special trout left'' in the remote, unsullied streams of the high country. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 25, 1995

"While their conclusions will be highly controversial, this book is an admirable effort to deal fairly with both sides of a complex and critical issue."
Must reading for anyone concerned about biodiversity and the fate of the hotly debated Endangered Species Act, which is up for congressional renewal in 1995. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 23, 1995

"Montgomery has found an alluring subject that, like the tigers, eludes her searching gaze."
From the vast mangrove swamp of Sundarbans on the Bay of Bengal, a tantalizing glimpse of the shifting boundary between nature and myth. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 1995

"Cone also does his book—not to mention the salmon- -a disservice by muting his clear conservationist sympathies under an awkward, ill-fitting cloak of reportorial detachment. (Photos, not seen)"
A weighty, cautionary tale about the Pacific salmon: 50 million years in the making, a handful of decades in the unmaking. Read full book review >
LITTLE RIVERS by Margot Page
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Page adds a touch of light poetry to a genre little known for graceful writing. (12 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A rare woman in male-dominated waters, Page, editor of The American Fly Fisher, is more interested in ``the light on the water'' than on the size of fish, in ``inspiration, not data.'' Although she was a latecomer to the fishing mania, Page's essays show that her eventual infection was inevitable, given her family heritage and her marriage to Tom Rosenbauer (The Orvis Fly- Fishing Guide, not reviewed). Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"It's easy to admire the man and easier still to admire this droll, shrewd piece of travel writing."
The affable Peterson (Visions of Caliban, with Jane Goodall, 1993, etc.) takes a leisurely amble through equatorial Africa, drinking in the atmosphere and poking into the lands of the chimpanzee. Read full book review >
TIGER! by Simon Barnes
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"He also writes about poaching and efforts to stop it. (75 color photos, 75 b&w photos)"
Most of the adjectives and metaphors that initially come to mind to describe tigers seem to have originally come from them. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"There's a strong temptation to go pull one of his titles from the bookshelf and abandon the book in hand altogether. (8 pages b&w photos, 4 pages color photos, not seen)"
Whale-watching episodes from Gilders (an employee of British Petroleum), embellished with forays onto terra firma but dampened by misguided wading into the treacherous waters of poetry. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Marvelous reading for hunters, fishers, and naturalists. (8 pages color illustrations, not seen)"
A delightful collection of articles marking the 100th anniversary of one of the country's best and most durable hunting and fishing magazines. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 18, 1995

"An important contribution to orangutan research, certainly in a league with Goodall's chimps and Fossey's gorillas. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A long, detailed look at the elusive orangutan of Borneo's rainforest, by the third of Louis Leakey's protÇgÇes (the others being Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 24, 1994

"Swan ultimately tells too much and shows too little in his prosaic defense of the elemental necessity of hunting."
An uninspired argument for the natural place of hunting in human society and the human psyche. Read full book review >
MONSTERS OF THE SEA by Richard Ellis
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"Intelligent and often provocative writing, but devotees of Ripley's Believe It or Not will find these sea monsters a bit too tame for their taste. (120 b&w photographs and drawings, not seen)"
A comprehensive, fact-packed examination of the deep's largest denizens, tracing the patterns that connect mythology, biology, and the human imagination. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >