Search Results: "Carsten Stroud"


BOOK REVIEW

COBRAVILLE by Carsten Stroud
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"Terrific with action scenes, but Stroud (Cuba Strait, 2003, etc.) undercuts them with relentless plotting and reams of expository dialogue."
Bad spooks, good spooks—gadzooks, it's hard to tell them apart. Read full book review >

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NICEVILLE by Carsten Stroud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2012

"Stroud manages to make his mysterious and violent doings both banal and vapid."
A tedious effort to create a gothically-tinged bestseller. Read full book review >

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THE HOMECOMING by Carsten Stroud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"A third book may resolve the tangled plot, but this one is messy and overwritten."
Thriller author Stroud returns to the eerie Southern town of Niceville, where plantation-era ghosts abound, gunplay is routine, and genres tend to morph and merge. Read full book review >

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CUBA STRAIT by Carsten Stroud
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Shallow characterizations, sketchy motivations, and, for this action-oriented writer (Black Water Transit, 2001, etc.), a surprising amount of yada-yada."
Bitter ex-cop and his pal take on Castro and his minions, in Stroud's fourth—and disappointingly punchless—suspenser. Read full book review >

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LIZARDSKIN by Carsten Stroud
Released: Aug. 17, 1992

"Indians novel to rival John Sandford's Shadow Prey."
Stroud moves his ongoing and powerful police-paean (Sniper's Moon, 1990; Close Pursuit, 1987) from Manhattan to Montana—and rustles up a bronco of a thriller that throws him near the end of the ride. Read full book review >

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BLACK WATER TRANSIT by Carsten Stroud
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 2001

"In a field overrun with snapping jaws, this bites through bone."
Densely stylish, superdramatic waterfront suspense from Stroud (Deadly Force, 1996). Read full book review >

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THE RECKONING by Carsten Stroud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Clunky closure for a series that's taken on too much ballast."
Stroud wraps up his peculiar Deep South crime trilogy with a host of made men, undead men, evil spirits, and cops trying as hard as the author to hold everything together. Read full book review >

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DEADLY FORCE by Carsten Stroud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Large doses of blood, guns, and creeps, served up with Stroud's characteristic mettle."
Stroud is back in his territory of true-life heroes and villains (Lizardskin, 1992; Iron Bravo, 1995) in this crackling story of a US marshal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"A profane, like-it-is, and oddly elegiac take on close encounters of the enlisted man's kind that rings true throughout."
The author of a gritty portrait of an NYPD homicide detective (Close Pursuit, 1986) offers an equally vivid close-up of a US Army noncom before, during, and after the Gulf War. Read full book review >

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THE WHISPERING SKULL by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Rousing adventures for young tomb robbers and delvers into realms better left to the dead. (Ghost adventure. 11-13)"
An occult portal and its spectral guardian nearly cut short the careers of three rising young ghost hunters in this madcap sequel to The Screaming Staircase (2013).Read full book review >

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THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A heartily satisfying string of entertaining near-catastrophes, replete with narrow squeaks and spectral howls. (Ghost adventure. 11-13)"
Three young ghost trappers take on deadly wraiths and solve an old murder case in the bargain to kick off Stroud's new post-Bartimaeus series. Read full book review >

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THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

In a contemporary London full of magic, a thrilling adventure unfolds. Read full book review >