Thrillers Book Reviews (page 500)

A DOUBLE DECEPTION by Clive Egleton
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1992

"The clever characters, scenes of bureaucratic warfare, and the romantic setup are more attractive and of greater interest than the rather frantic plot."
Heroism and betrayal in wartime Warsaw haunt late 60's London- -in the latest thriller from Egleton, who previously paired England and Poland in Last Act (1991). Read full book review >
PRACTICE TO DECEIVE by Janet L. Smith
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Among the innocents and artful dodgers slithering through the red herring: a pleasant young drunk, a bitter side to Barclay, a scatty wife, a company witch, etc. Annie's an efficient, agreeable, no-nonsense sort—and so is this mystery."
Lawyer Annie McPherson (Sea of Troubles, 1990—not reviewed), in her second appearance around and about scenic Seattle, enters the plush corridors of a mega-law firm that had (flatteringly but for still puzzling reasons) wooed the humble law partnership of McPherson and Feinstein into joining them. Read full book review >

PINK VODKA BLUES by Neal Barrett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1992

"Science-fiction writer Barrett (Through Darkest America, 1987, etc.) gives us his best shot—of wry."
Heavy-drinking Russell Murray can't remember the last day or so—or the name of the girl in his bed when two bruisers come gunning for him and kill her instead. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT by Dan Simmons
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 1992

"Toothsomely well written."
Simmons (Summer of Night, Carrion Comfort, Song of Kali, etc.) slips into Bram Stoker/Anne Rice territory and writes his best novel ever. Read full book review >
BLOOD BROTHERS by Brian Lumley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Next: The Bloodwars!"
Sixth symphony in the Necroscope series, an epic vampire cycle begun in paperback (Deadspawn, 1991, etc.) and now shifting to hardcover, with 480 pages of dense lyricism and small print in need of a guide like Frank Herbert's Dune Encyclopedia. Read full book review >

THE LAST VIRGINIA GENTLEMAN by Michael Kilian
THRILLERS
Released: June 12, 1992

"Upstairs, Downstairs in the saddle."
Politicians, thugs, and the gentry tangle in the beautiful horse-country of the Old Dominion. Read full book review >
WINTER OF THE WOLVES by James N. Frey
THRILLERS
Released: June 9, 1992

"Recommended for high-energy addicts a lot more credulous than the hero."
A single-minded duel of tough, tough former operatives for the CIA-based Exchange—one retired, one feared lost to the opposition— now turned against each other. Read full book review >
DEATH IS FOREVER by John E. Gardner
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 1992

"Ian Fleming's fans need not apply."
Of course, it isn't really forever; it's just business as usual for James bond, still gamely tackling would-be world dominators—this time, Wolfgang Weisen, the Poison Dwarf of East German intelligence—in his 11th outing under Gardner's flag. Read full book review >
ABOVE THE LAW by Robert Robin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 3, 1992

"Even the sure-fire courtroom material falls flat."
The death of aggressively self-made entrepreneur Sam Yones's much-loved older son Matt, who'd been his father's gofer for years, is followed by a grand jury investigation of Sam's sharp investment practices—in this big, unfocused, breast-beating orgy from the author of Something in Common (1985). Read full book review >
BRAIN DAMAGE by Herbert Burkholz
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Which it does."
Burkholz's mind-reading government employees (The Sensitives, 1987; Strange Bedfellows, 1988) return as the nation's only defense against the murderous plan of a ruthless and dead CIA chief. Read full book review >
LITTLE BOY BLUE by Mark Linder
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1992

"But at the same time this offers more detail and less action than many will expect or want."
A lengthy, often slow-moving tale from Linder (There Came a Proud Beggar, 1985)—one as concerned with the minutia of modern espionage as with its story of the arrest of a Naval Intelligence specialist acting as an Israeli spy, plus the subsequent efforts of a small band of US intelligence operatives to thwart a plan by the Mossad to rescue him. Read full book review >
CRITICAL MASS by David Hagberg
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Not really good for you, or for international relations, but there's no point in fighting Hagberg's crudely effective force."
Vengeful Japanese cowboy/industrialist seeks to build A-bomb; vengeful American cowboy/agent seeks to thwart same—in this expert rouser from dependable Hagberg (Countdown, 1990; Crossfire, 1991). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >