Search Results: "Bruno Cataldo"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ASTEROID by Bruno Cataldo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Integrating games and narrative has potential, but shouldn't saving humanity demand something more gripping than working a Sudoku? (Requires iOS 6.0 & up.) (iPad science-fiction app. 10-16)"
A young man is determined to save Earth from an alien invasion—with a few breaks for video games. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD BUSINESS by Anthony Bruno
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 1991

"Not as deliriously overplotted as last year's Bad Luck, but still sharp enough to make you hug yourself with anticipation as Gibbons and Tozzi sink deeper into the mud you know they'll have just enough— well, maybe not quite enough—trouble wriggling out of."
A lesser outing for antic FBI team Gibbons and Tozzi finds Tozzi framed for the murder of a key witness against a Mafia dope ring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LITTLE BLUE DRESS by Bruno Maddox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2001

"It does go on a bit too long, but it's a hoot all the same."
This lively and ingenious first novel by the former editor of Spy juxtaposes two very different stories: the history, told by "herself," of a lusty young woman born on the first day of the last century, and the checkered love life and paraliterary career of "Bruno Maddox," who's writing the former tale at breakneck speed (and quite ineptly) to fulfill an unwisely entered contractual agreement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEVIL'S FOOD by Anthony Bruno
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 1997

"Fine escapist fare from a pro only a cut or two below the out- of-sight standards set by Carl Hiassen."
With her career in New Jersey's criminal justice system on the skids, Loretta Kovacs gets a new lease on professional life as a tracker of cons on the lam: a divertingly comic entertainment with a bittersweet bite from Bruno (Bad Apple, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOUBLE ESPRESSO by Anthony Bruno
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 17, 1998

"As for what keeps Bruno from scaling the heights of Leonard's mobbed-up farces: Be warned that when Loretta finally breaks down and orders a double espresso, Bruno cuts away before she even gets a chance to drink it."
Another madcap adventure for New Jersey parole officers Loretta Kovacs and Frank Marvelli, assigned this time to bring back an errant hit man who just happens to be Marvelli's brother-in-law. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"A fast-paced, suspenseful re-creation of how a vicious killer was run to ground."
Smoothly written bio of a lone-wolf executioner for the mob. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD MOON by Anthony Bruno
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 1992

"Wryly amusing subplot (Tozzi greeting his 40th with impotence), plus the requisite tough-guy theatrics, makes for a lively fifth appearance of Tozzi and Gibbons."
As a pre-40th birthday surprise, FBI hotdogger Gibbons gifts partner Tozzi (Bad Business, etc.) with an introduction to luscious young Stacy, TV spokesperson for a trendy pump-iron health club. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RISING ABOVE by Bruno DeLuca
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 2017

"A funny, infuriating, and engrossing tale of family betrayal and accord, though not quite reconciliation."
An idealistic, hardworking Italian-Canadian finally decides to defy his domineering father in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUITCASE OF STARS by P.D. Baccalario
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Bruno's elegant, steampunk-ish illustrations elevate the story, but its slow start and overreliance on dei ex machina flaw it. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Teeming fantasy trappings largely substitute for internal logic in this meandering tale of a pop-up shop extraordinaire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Delightful. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Here's a different Becky Thatcher: She spews spitballs, prefers overalls to dresses, takes dares from boys and tracks down criminals. Read full book review >