Search Results: "Ben Mezrich"


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CHARLIE NUMBERS AND THE MAN IN THE MOON by Ben Mezrich
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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SEVEN WONDERS by Ben Mezrich
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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REAPER by Ben Mezrich
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Wait for the (inevitable) movie. ($300,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
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. Read full book review >

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BRINGING DOWN THE MOUSE by Ben Mezrich
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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THRESHOLD by Ben Mezrich
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1996

"TV-level melodrama on a big-screen budget. (First printing of 100,000; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
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. Read full book review >