Search Results: "Les Standiford"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"Generally sympathetic to its subject and well-written but to be consulted only after William Kahrl's Water and Power (1982) and Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert (1986)."
Dutiful story of a man who, not having finished high school, "let alone set foot in an engineering class," designed a metropolitan water system that is still in use today. Read full book review >

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PRESIDENTIAL DEAL by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

"A very good Deal indeed. (Author tour)"
It's a simple, well-worn formula, but work it well—as Standiford does here—and it's almost foolproof. Read full book review >

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HAVANA RUN by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2003

"Bring back the brio."
The world is too much with John Deal, once the very model of a genre swashbuckler (Bone Key, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEAL TO DIE FOR by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Standiford's Miami and his quirky characters wouldn't be out of place on a shelf with Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, while his choreographed action scenes recall John D. MacDonald. ($25,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In the third outing for his southern Florida builder John Deal (Done Deal, 1993; Raw Deal, 1994), Standiford blends vivid settings, tension, and cinematic action to illuminate the internal journeys of an intriguing mix of characters. Read full book review >

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THE PUTT AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Les Standiford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2000

"Further proof that both comedy and golf are hard and need to be taken seriously."
A relentlessly unfunny comic novel about golf and Armageddon by Abbott and eight other writers, each of whom contribute a chapter (a la 1997's Naked Came the Manatee): Dave Barry, Richard Bausch, James Crumley, James W. Hall, Tami Hoag, Tim O'Brien, Ridley Pearson, and Standiford. Read full book review >

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RAW DEAL by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"Since Deal continues to do nothing heroic (that's his shtick), this thriller remains inert, giving far too much away from the beginning and keeping only the most inconsequential secrets for last. ($45,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
After a standout appearance in Done Deal (1993), it's back to the grind for mayhem-prone Florida builder John Deal in this deeply ordinary Carl Hiaasen knockoff. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"A nice complement to Fergus M. Bordewich's broader survey, Washington: The Making of the American Capital (2008), offering a more intimate look at L'Enfant and the crisis provoked by the British."
Novelist and accomplished armchair historian Standiford (Writing/Florida International Univ.; Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America, 2005, etc.) gives a sprightly account of Washington, D.C.'s improbable genesis and survival. Read full book review >

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SPILL by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 20, 1991

"They walked out into the cool dark, together'')."
A routine disaster thriller—a biochemical spill threatens Yellowstone National Park—distinguished by a clean, literate prose style and some magnificent scenery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Engaging, but facile. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A History Lite tale chronicles the building, between 1892 and 1912, of the 156-mile railroad from Miami to Key West, once billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Read full book review >

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DEAL WITH THE DEAD by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 2001

"Standiford's very real talent can make standard stuff seem fresher than it is."
In his sixth outing (Presidential Deal, 1998, etc.), John Deal meets an old friend and copes with a new nemesis—aside from that it's business as usual. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 25, 2008

"A lot of information crammed into a few pages, but the modest thesis rings true."
Novelist and popular historian Standiford (Washington Burning: How a Frenchman's Vision of Our Nation's Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army, 2008, etc.) revisits the genesis of the great English writer's most enduring book. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A timely, exciting exploration of how the underground agenda of a few radicals paved the road to American democracy."
An intriguing new look at the political and economic crises that prompted a secret society of American citizens into actions that incited the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >