Search Results: "Bruno Wennagel"


BOOK REVIEW

ODYSSEUS FOR KIDS by Patricia Crété
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2014

"It's so cursory of plotline that even the fates of Penelope's suitors go unmentioned, but it may be a good way to introduce or review the cast and the epic tale's broad outlines. (Requires iOS 6.0 and above.) (iPad storybook/game app. 6-9)"
A young gamer's version of the life and adventures of Odysseus, with digital character cards to collect by taking on "challenges" at each stop along the way. Read full book review >

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THE KING IS NAKED! by Bruno Gibert
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2004

"Illustrated with childlike simplicity in crayon and watercolor, this may tickle young audiences, but it's as slight as it is light—more an extended underwear joke than a recast 'Emperor's New Clothes.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
Gibert makes his US children's debut with a bit of foolery: one hot day, Lion unzips his furry outside and goes for a stroll—clad only in underwear. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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

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 >

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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 >

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HOT FUDGE by Anthony Bruno
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A brisk, sunny love story, marred by some monumentally bad decision-making by sleuths whose judgment seems impaired even by the standards of the comic-crime genre and the state of New Jersey."
The New Jersey Jump Squad's Loretta Kovacs and Frank Marvelli (Double Espresso, 1999) take time off from chasing parole violators to chasing each other, going from stakeout to make out in the department's Chevy Cavalier. Read full book review >

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MESMERIZED by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Rockliff and Bruno's playful approach buoys solid science and history. (author's note, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ben Franklin's several years in France during the American Revolution included an occasion on which he consulted on a scientific matter for the French king. Read full book review >