Search Results: "Chris Ayres"


BOOK REVIEW

WAR REPORTING FOR COWARDS by Chris Ayres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Ayres a coward? Come on, give the guy a medal."
London Times journalist Ayres reluctantly joins the "elite, noble, and fucked-up profession" of Middle East war correspondent in this report from the frontlines. Read full book review >

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DEATH BY LEISURE by Chris Ayres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Entertaining memoir from a not-so-innocent abroad."
After a nine-day stint in Iraq, London Times correspondent Ayres (War Reporting for Cowards, 2005) finds himself embedded in Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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I AM OZZY by Ozzy Osbourne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 2010

"An autobiography as toxic and addictive as any drug its author has ever ingested."
The legendary booze-addled metal rocker turned reality-TV star comes clean in his tell-all autobiography. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"With such shaky internal logic, the story collapses under its own weight. (Fiction. 12-14)"
An Ohio teenager abandons family and home to bring an escaped slave's baby to freedom in this handwringer_told in letters and diary entries_from Ayres (Family Tree, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOUR OF THE MANATEE by E.C. Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 1994

"More chase than investigation, really, though Tony's debut is marked by a certain lazy mental competence to match the physical stamina he's going to need."
Socialite Henry Hartley III's former domestic Maureen Fitzgerald, who's been certified for 25 years, barely has time to tell Gulf Coast photographer/p.i. Read full book review >

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A WORLD THE COLOR OF SALT by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Authentic-sounding forensic nitty-gritty, autopsy protocol, and so on—but that jangling, be-bop narrative begins to grate after a while."
Sounding like an uncensored outtake from vintage Hill Street Blues, this introduction to ex-stripper, ex-cop, Orange County forensic specialist Smokey Brandon is tough, hip, visceral, and lusty enough to make both Wambaugh and Spillane sit up and wince. Read full book review >

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MACARONI BOY by Katherine Ayres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Enough grisly rat details and boyish bravado to keep the boys reading, and enough local color, familial comfort, and historical minutiae for the girls. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Pinning her narrative to a few key historical details, Ayres makes the Pittsburgh Strip during the Depression the setting for Mike Costa's need to find out why his grandfather is so sick. Read full book review >

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SILVER DOLLAR GIRL by Katherine Ayres
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Ayres's (Family Tree, 1996) well-researched story is fun to read, full of spunk, and should teach a gentle lesson or two as well. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-12)"
A 12-year-old Victorian girl turns adventurer during the Colorado silver boom in this engrossing tale set in 1885. Read full book review >

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EYE OF THE GATOR by E.C. Ayres
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"Though there's not much doubt who should be locked up— pretty much everyone in sight—it's a pleasure watching Tony (Hour of the Manatee, 1994), in his best Travis McGee mode, set the bad guys up to blow each other away first."
Photographer/shamus Tony Lowell might have thought twice about agreeing to look into the murder of an old friend's nephew- -Tim Cross, a young African-American transplanted from Philadelphia to an inspector's job with Florida's Department of Natural Resources—if he'd known what a bunch of tough crackers the case would bring him up against. Read full book review >

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CARCASS TRADE by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 20, 1994

"Dirty Dancing with country music, scooter trash, gross-out autopsies, and all the raunchy bravado to prove that neither you nor Kay Scarpetta has half the cojones of Smokey Brandon."
When she realizes that her brother Nate's missing ex-wife, Miranda, just might be the unidentified torso in an incinerated car found in Carbon Canyon, So-Cal copper Smokey Brandon (A World the Color of Salt, 1992) takes a giant step back from forensic investigations to return to her roots as an underage stripper and goes undercover as a lingerie model in Monty's Python, a biker bar run by the man who'd worked on Miranda's cycle. Read full book review >

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LAIR OF THE LIZARD by E.C. Ayres
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 1998

"But still, unfortunately, there's not much here to snag a reader's beyond an assembly-line sleuth and humdrum story."
In a fourth outing, Tony Lowell, photographer/p.i. Read full book review >

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FAMILY TREE by Katherine Ayres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"As the world of Tyler's family opens to her, the writing is consistently graceful; the unfolding story will enthrall readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A poignant first novel about a girl's discovery of her father's Amish upbringing and her own family's past. Read full book review >