Search Results: "Bob Reiss"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ROAD TO EXTREMA by Bob Reiss
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"Lively, informative journalism."
In this captivating and original exploration of the state of the global ecosystem, journalist and novelist Reiss (Flamingo, 1989, Saltmaker, 1988) travels between New York and the Amazon rain forest, the better to underscore the critical interdependency between the two worlds. Read full book review >

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PURGATORY ROAD by Bob Reiss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 12, 1996

"Despite intentions good enough to pave an alternate route to hell, a preachy tract largely unredeemed by entertainment value."
A banal chiller from Reiss (The Last Spy, 1993, etc.), this set at an American research base in Antarctica, in which a lone scientist battles the elements, colleagues, and superiors to solve the deeper mystery of his sister's death. Read full book review >

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THE LAST SPY by Bob Reiss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"High-velocity action plus clever interludes—as when Ash confesses to his girlfriend that he's a spy—add up to a smart, taut thriller, Reiss's best by far."
Crackerjack spy yarn about an ultra-deep Soviet agent trying to come in from the cold—and a big step up for Reiss, who's previously spun out only so-so thrillers (Flamingo, 1989; Saltmaker, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"In all: an enjoyable history both of commercial aviation and a leading US airline."
On a fascinating and informative journey, reporter and novelist Reiss (The Last Spy, p. 1331, etc.) examines what keeps passengers safe in the air. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2012

"A rewarding glimpse behind the Alaska oil headlines."
An on-the-ice view of the struggle over offshore oil exploration in Alaska. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS HOUSE PEOPLE by Kathryn Reiss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1992

"Disappointing, but acceptable as popular fiction. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Reiss's first novel, Time Windows (1991), was a well-wrought time fantasy involving a mother thwarted of self-realization, a pattern later revisited on occupants of the same house. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A rarefied, intimate literary study delineating a roiling revolutionary era."
A compelling new work by literary detective Reiss (The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life, 2005) tracks the wildly improbable career of Alexandre Dumas' mixed-race father. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Reiss has reworked material from an earlier paperback series here, and the result, while a bit long, delivers a good dose of shivery entertainment. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Reiss's deliciously creepy tale is a solid addition to the haunted dollhouse genre. Read full book review >

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PAINT BY MAGIC by Kathryn Reiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fans of Reiss's Time Windows (1991) will step right into this 'Time Travel Mystery.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
A palette with daubs of time travel, artists, magic, evil, and possession paints an intriguing mystery. Read full book review >

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TIME WINDOWS by Kathryn Reiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Well wrought and entertaining. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
When Miranda, 13, and her parents come to live in Massachusetts, Miranda finds an old dollhouse, a replica of their new home, in the attic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Among the author's purposes in writing this engrossing scientific memoir is to build support to stop the annual massacres of dolphins in Japan and elsewhere."
The director of dolphin research at Baltimore's National Aquarium retraces the path by which science has come to understand dolphin intelligence. Read full book review >

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BLACKTHORN WINTER by Kathryn Reiss
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Although Reiss's repeated message that adoptive families are no less real than biological ones occasionally seems heavy-handed, in general she melds the various elements of her plot skillfully enough to carry readers along smoothly. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sometimes being pleasant and predictable is a good thing. Read full book review >