Search Results: "Ken Mercer"


BOOK REVIEW

EAST ON SUNSET by Ken Mercer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 7, 2011

"Despite many boilerplate elements, Mercer (Slow Fire, 2010) masterfully builds suspense and provides some welcome twists."
The stalemate between a violent drug dealer and the down-and-out ex-cop who put him in prison quickly escalates past the point of no return. Read full book review >

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SLOW FIRE by Ken Mercer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"Mercer's debut is full of familiar plot elements, but both his prose and his hero are refreshingly honest and direct."
An unpopular new sheriff learns that the drug kingpin he's been hunting may be one of the town's most eminent citizens. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY DINOSAURS by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Eye candy for dinosaur fans, with piles of yard-sale goods and other junk on hand that will reward closer looks. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The plot doesn't exactly make sense, but that hardly matters when the pictures show a suburban neighborhood suddenly overrun with humongous dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Hands-on activities that encourage imaginations to soar. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Step-by-step instructions for 35 aerodynamic projects offer hours of fun and an increased understanding of what makes things fly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OCTOPUS SOUP by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Welcome back, Mercer; what's next—turtle soup? (Wordless picture book. 5-8)"
After being absent from the trade market for a while, Mayer returns with this wordless book and his well-known "monster" touches. Read full book review >

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FOOTPRINTS by Michelle Mercer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Shorter winds his own clock, but Mercer gathers the influences that make him tick. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Music writer and NPR commentator Mercer provides an elegant, questing biography into the mindset of the great jazz sax man. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE TAKE by Judy Mercer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 1997

"No page-turner, but Mercer nevertheless is a bright author with a fine sense of humanity and some ideas that may very well mature."
Mercer's second Ariel Gold thriller has a fetching cast and an ingenious plot device. Read full book review >

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STAR OF AQUILINIA by B.C. Mercer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2016

"A gauzy, New-Age fantasy with a mystical heroine.
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A healer of astounding spiritual power finds herself challenged by the rise of a pro-science movement that threatens her idyllic planet. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2005

"Literary gossip, and catnip for book junkies."
A Canadian journalist who lived for a time at famed Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Co. tells the story of its iconoclastic owner and his destitute but mostly merry band of boarders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"A fast-paced, informative take on an important social issue and brutal crime, though Mercer lacks the storytelling panache of such narrative nonfiction masters as H.G. Bissinger and Erik Larson."
A history of capital punishment in France combined with a detailed description of the crime that led to that country's final use of the death penalty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUNK DRAWER ENGINEERING by Bobby Mercer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Hours of fun for STEM-inclined kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers. (Nonfiction. 8-16)"
Step-by-step suggestions for possible solutions to 25 engineering challenges use readily available materials. Read full book review >