Thrillers Book Reviews (page 490)

Released: March 1, 1995

"Very plausible, very possible, and very well done."
It's 1945, and the focus of this readable and absorbing first thriller is a Nazi commando in the US with direct orders from Hitler to assassinate President Roosevelt. Read full book review >
PARROT BLUES by Judith Van Gieson
Released: March 1, 1995

"Maybe Terrance had his priorities right after all."
Albuquerque corporate raider Terrance Lewellen has good reason to be upset: A kidnapper has grabbed not only his soon-to- be-ex-wife, Deborah Dumaine, who researches parrots at UNM, but also Perigee, one of his prize indigo macaws, whose bereft mate, Colloquy, is a lot more upset than Terrance. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1995

"Despite occasionally distracting halts for mutinous asides on authority or deadly serious critiques of contemporary firearms, another excellent adventure for the rogue warrior and his highly trained SEALs. (Author tour)"
Marcinko has not gone gentle into the good night of retirement following a rough-and-ready career as a US Navy SEAL (chronicled in blood-red, white, and blue detail in his bestselling 1992 autobiography, Rogue Warrior). Read full book review >
WHITE STAR by James Thayer
Released: March 1, 1995

"As implausible as this whole saga seems, it is carried by Thayer's (Ringer, 1988, etc.) streamlined prose and near-masterful control of detail and setting, which make this a particularly enjoyable and unpredictable read."
A revenge yarn and thriller that will have readers rolling their eyes—when they're not on the edge of their seats. Read full book review >
COCK-A-DOODLE-DO by Philip Weiss
Released: March 1, 1995

"An honorable try."
Ambitious first novel from journalist Weiss, in which a nice- ish public-service lawyer almost loses all his nice ideals in not- so-nice New York. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 27, 1995

"Ellroy reins in the more flagrant stylistic excesses of his L.A. Quartet (White Jazz, 1992, etc.), but indulges every overripe subplot you can imagine, in this lurid, volcanic historical epic."
It's the Kennedys versus Jimmy Hoffa, Fidel Castro, and J. Edgar Hoover in this blistering, sprawling slice of Americana from the comic-book Dos Passos of our time. Read full book review >
SOLDIER BOY by E. Scott Jones
Released: Feb. 21, 1995

"Insufficient camaraderie, not enough shooting, and an excess of banter."
Who misses the Cold War? Read full book review >
DARK TIDE by William P. Kennedy
Released: Feb. 18, 1995

"A superb story, with a perhaps not totally unexpected twist at the very end."
The well-worn plot in which people are thrown together on a small boat and mortally threatened by both the forces of nature and the sort of evil that only people can devise is given full and effective treatment in this chill-a-minute thriller from Kennedy (Guard of Honor, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
RULES OF THE HUNT by Victor O'Reilly
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Perhaps too convoluted for its own good, this page-turner should still enhance O'Reilly's place among contemporary thriller writers."
Irish tough guy Hugo Fitzduane takes on a fierce Japanese group, the Yaibo, or the Cutting Edge, in this violent, fast-paced sequel to Games of the Hangman (1991). Read full book review >
NIGHT SINS by Tami Hoag
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Sliding unashamedly from police procedural to purple prose, Hoag savvily steeps her novel in the conventions of steamy romance, where the color of the police chief's 'whiskey' eyes are as important as the clues."
In Hoag's swell, sexy thriller (after Lucky's Lady, 1992), an eight-year-old boy is kidnapped, and two emotionally battered cops find love. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Richard Parrish
Released: Feb. 13, 1995

"Save this one for your beach bag."
Joshua Rabb, a transplanted Brooklynite lawyer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1940s, is the only person who can understand the Yiddish ramblings of the survivor of an execution on one of the Papago reservations outside Tucson. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 9, 1995

"The ending, while clever, will have those of all political beliefs cringing for different reasons, Sloan often gets the proportions wrong in her blend of not-so- subtle social commentary and suspense, but there's no denying this novel's lowest-common-denominator appeal: It reads like a house afire."
Just when it was beginning to look impossible, former lawyer Sloan pumps some life into the crowded field of legal thrillers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marie Lu
September 29, 2015

In the second installment of Marie Lu’s Young Elites series, The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? “The direction of this trilogy's conclusion is left refreshingly difficult to predict,” our reviewer writes. View video >