Search Results: "Helaine Olen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 27, 2012

"A nice takedown, particularly in its acknowledgement that the deck is always stacked against 'participants in a vast experiment' of the deregulated marketplace—namely, the little guys."
Dishy dirt on the "financialization" of American life and the hordes of carrion-pickers who swarm us in the hope of lifting still more dollars from our pockets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRK DARING, SECRET AGENT by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A clever romp that's enhanced, not lessened, by its message. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With his double life in danger of exposure, Darren Dirkowitz, aka Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, must complicate his personal life in order to keep his secrets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN AMERICAN SPY by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2012

"Thickets of tricky conspiracies, swamps full of secret agendas: Reader, you're in le Carré-land, guided there unerringly by one of the best of the newer crop."
In Steinhauer's superb spy novel, Milo Weaver (The Nearest Exit, 2010, etc.), in from the cold, wants to stay that way, but no one will let him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIBERATION MOVEMENTS by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 28, 2006

"Cool and cerebral crime thriller, full of political nuance and bathed in irony."
In 1975, clashing cops investigate the explosion of a Turkish passenger plane. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTER SCIENCE by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Book bait of the best sort, this is a winning combination of fancy and fact. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The science behind the myth—or are there really monsters in our world? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"With a smart balance of humor and heart, this is a winning sequel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dirk Daring, Secret Agent (2014) returns for another spy romp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Could easily dispense with a third of the pages in this le Carré wannabe."
In the new novel by the well-traveled Steinhauer (An American Spy, 2012, etc.), the death of an American diplomat in Hungary sets wheels spinning across North Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VICTORY SQUARE by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2007

"A Kafka-like evocation that loses some of its chill when the research begins to show. Still, the first 200 pages are masterful."
In the almost brilliant conclusion of his ambitious Eastern European series (Liberation Movements, 2006, etc.), Steinhauer focuses on what happens to moral codes in a collapsing country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONFESSION by Olen Steinhauer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2004

"Good enough to suggest comparison with Graham Greene: place the author in the forefront of contemporary suspense writers, and make your mouth occasionally go dry."
Postwar Eastern Europe chillingly evoked by a storyteller (Bridge of Sighs, 2003) who understands the relentless conjunction between character and suspense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"It's an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer's plot twists and double backs."
Two American spies—one retired, one active—dance around what really happened five years earlier during a mission gone horribly wrong. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU CAN READ by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"As a representative of the 'reading is awesome' genre, this offers a fairly witty alternative to the often drearily earnest run of the mill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This book's title and cover, on which two kids tote heaps of books, will have librarians, teachers, and book mavens immediately reaching for it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZOOBOTS by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Though the premise is cool, what's delivered is too short on the shock, mind-boggling and bizarre-originality factors. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Becker introduces a handful of "zoobots," mechanical contrivances inspired by creatures from the animal kingdom. Read full book review >