Search Results: "Bob Massie"


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A SONG IN THE NIGHT by Bob Massie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2012

"A testament to the strength and goodness within the human spirit."
Born with hemophilia, Massie's childhood combined bouts of intense pain and disappointment with unabashed joy and lavish family affection. In this moving memoir, the author (Loosing the Bonds, 1997) recounts how this doubled-edged environment laid the foundation for a life filled with compassion and activism. Read full book review >

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THE EVENING OF THE WORLD by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"A good portrait of an often-overlooked period, Massie's account takes a you-are-there approach that ends up feeling more like Forrest Gump than I, Claudius."
The first of a planned historical trilogy is set in the last days of the Roman Empire as Massie (Tiberius, 1993, etc.) follows the wanderings of a young nobleman in service to the Emperor. Read full book review >

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ARTHUR THE KING by Allan Massie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Some will quibble at the Da Vinci Code-like deconstruction of papacy and Church, but most will applaud a brisk, elegant narrative free of the New Age gibberish that infects most modern Arthurian sagas."
Historical novelist Massie unrolls the familiar knightly yarns with some fresh, unusual twists. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"A palatable history lesson that might help untangle the royal lineage web for American readers."
A well-fashioned history of the remarkable Scottish monarchs. Read full book review >

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TIBERIUS by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"More a sententious plod."
Another fictionalized biography from British veteran Massie of an ancient great (Let the Emperor Speak, 1987, etc.)—though, here, the Roman emperor Tiberius sounds more like a US president complaining about Congress than an imperial swashbuckler. Read full book review >

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THE SINS OF THE FATHER by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1992

"The sins of the fathers are indeed visited with a vengeance more plot- than character-driven, and, despite some good things, there are too many convenient coincidences and too much pretentious analysis for the big questions raised."
Specializing in giving real people and events a light fictional touch-up, veteran British writer Massie (Let the Emperor Speak, 1987, etc.) now examines the destructive legacy of an Eichmann-like character and a Holocaust survivor, whose children meet, marry, and part. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"Hardly a page-turner, but a vivid account that will satisfy anyone with an interest in the Great War."
A monumental study of the maritime aspects of WWI, drawing on a great cast of characters and revisiting little-known battles and watery tombs. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1991

"A dramatic re-creation of the diplomatic minuets and military brinkmanship that preceded, and made inevitable, the guns of August 1914 and the resulting catastrophes of this century. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs; maps.) (Book-of-the-Month Split Main Selection for December)"
Here, as with his Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great (1980), Massie disdains the virtues of literary economy. Read full book review >

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THE ROMANOVS by Robert K. Massie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"With memorable sketches of the main participants and a skillful discussion of the scientific evidence, Massie pulls together a sprawling theme and infuses it with quiet drama. (Author tour)"
Pulitzer Prizewinning author Massie, whose 1967 Nicholas and Alexandra received high praise, has used new documents on the assassination of the Romanovs to write a sequel that is almost as much thriller as historical account. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR VS. MOMMY by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Treat a pack of preschoolers (and their mommies) to this title and eagerly await Dinosaur's next adventure. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Shea continues his wildly popular series with this offering, but who will win: Dinosaur or Mommy? Read full book review >

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I HAVE A GARDEN by Bob Barner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Sweet and sturdy. (Early reader. 2-7)"
Barner's entry in the I Like to Read series features an appealing white dog narrating a simple text. Read full book review >

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BLUEBIRD by Bob Staake
Kirkus Star
by Bob Staake, illustrated by Bob Staake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"Like nothing you have seen before. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
One little boy, one little bird and one big city come together in a wordless fable of friendship, school, loss and comfort. Read full book review >