Search Results: "Chris Eastland"


BOOK REVIEW

ABC ZOOBORNS! by Andrew Bleiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2012

"If looking for cuteness, pick this one. For alphabet learning, try something else. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With shelves full of ABC books and animal-baby books, is there room for another one that combines the two? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Some of the essays will be tough going for lay readers, but their range of approaches illustrates many legitimate ways to interpret law—original intent, views of natural law, plain meaning—and their inevitable links to political stances."
An erudite collection of essays, organized with an impressive internal logic by Eastland (Energy in the Executive, not reviewed), in which seven influential young constitutional scholars review some of the Supreme Court's most important decisions. Read full book review >

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ARCHIVE 17 by Sam Eastland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"It's a bit hard to believe the hero is as sane and centered as he is following his gruesome ordeal. But while not on a par with Martin Cruz Smith's Renko novels, Eastland's third Inspector Pekkala entry is a model of narrative control and intricate plotting."
Set in a Siberian labor camp, this atmospheric (read: brrrr!) thriller finds Nicholas II's one-time special investigator on an undercover assignment from Stalin to solve a cold-case murder—and find the long-dead tsar's hidden supply of gold. Read full book review >

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THE BEAST IN THE RED FOREST by Sam Eastland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2014

"A complex and atmospheric thriller—perhaps not the best jumping-on point but a satisfying entry in a standout historical series."
The troubled and troubling Inspector Pekkala returns from exile to find himself trapped between giants at the end of World War II. Read full book review >

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RED ICON by Sam Eastland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Another rousing wartime thriller that gets its facts and its storytelling right."
A sixth entry from the case files of troubled Finnish detective Inspector Pekkala. Read full book review >

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EYE OF THE RED TSAR by Sam Eastland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 27, 2010

"So far, the lead contender for beach book of the summer."
A disgraced detective is called back to investigate the most famous murder in Russian history. Read full book review >

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BERLIN RED by Sam Eastland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2017

"A sharp spy story that deftly mixes fiction with history and also offers a rewarding denouement for Eastland's near-mythic detective."
At the apex of World War II, Moscow's most notorious detective gets one last assignment from his master, Joseph Stalin. Read full book review >

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THE UGLY DUCKLING by Mara Alperin
adapted by Mara Alperin, illustrated by Sue Eastland
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"With its somewhat saccharine illustrations and only serviceable text—and far better versions available—this can easily be skipped. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A slimmed-down adaptation of the Andersen tale about appearances, this includes most of the essentials usually present in today's retellings. Read full book review >

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NIGHT OF THE FRANKENFROGS by Chris Schweizer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Silly fun with a smattering of science. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 7-11)"
Four lovable misfits known collectively as the Creeps must save their school from hideous, electrified Frankenfrogs. Read full book review >

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DOJO DAYTRIP by Chris Tougas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A sound value taught in an engaging format amid many ninja kicks and chops. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Six tiny ninjas take a field trip to a farm. Read full book review >

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CRABBY CRAB by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Thank you, Chris Raschka, for reviving this sublimely ridiculous series. Chrissy Chris! (Picture book. 2-7)"
The Thingy Things are back, and they're thingy-er than ever, with two new entries and the republication of two earlier titles. Read full book review >