Search Results: "Mark Urban"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A passionately presented book full of intriguing revelations."
A spirited portrait of life during the American Revolution from the perspective of the British army, with a particular focus on a regiment known as the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"Useful overview of a bloody, confusing war, emphasizing the sophistication of the specialized units."
Brawny subtitle aside, BBC Newsnight diplomatic and defense editor Urban (Fusiliers: The Saga of a British Redcoat Regiment in the American Revolution, 2007, etc.) takes a cerebral approach to establishing the unique challenges faced by both British SAS and American Special Forces (SF) as the Iraq occupation developed, unraveled and was ultimately stabilized by the "surge." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAN WHO BROKE NAPOLEON’S CODES by Mark Urban
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2002

"Galloping history, despite the misleading title. (7 maps; 8 pp. b&w photographs, not seen)"
A well-known BBC correspondent takes the career of Lt. Col. George Scovell, who cracked a complicated French cipher during the Peninsular Campaign of 1807-14, as an excuse to retell the rousing story of Wellington's sanguinary preparation for the great test of Waterloo. Read full book review >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The author doesn't pull out all the stops, and the ending is pat, but this is still a satisfying read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
All ten-year-old Zoe Elias has ever wanted is a baby grand so that she can become a star who dazzles Carnegie Hall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAITING FOR DELIVERANCE by Betsy Urban
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Is such characterization fair or needed and will readers be aware of the dangers of such a misuse of both fiction and history? (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
In a setting on the New York frontier in the Finger Lakes region during the 1790s, orphans Deliverance (Livy) Pelton and her younger cousin Ephraim (Eph) become burdens on the town and are sold to a seemingly uncouth and ignorant frontiersman, Gideon Gunn, at a Pauper's Auction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CARRION BIRDS by Urban Waite
Released: April 16, 2013

"Fierce and lyrical."
Wild West noir from Waite (The Terror of Living, 2011), his second literary effort. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE RED HENRY by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"A story that humorously but gently reminds overprotective families that it is natural and necessary and healthy for a child to learn to do for himself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A picture book about a youngest child who wants to grow up...but the rest of the family isn't ready to let him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILO SPECK, ACCIDENTAL AGENT by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Imaginative, kooky, but too devoid of reality to be fully engaging, this story is likely to score with its demographic but will not find converts outside it. (Adventure. 8-12)"
When a boy is magically transported to Ogregon, a world of gigantic but mostly small-brained ogres, he must figure out not only how to escape before being eaten, but also how to rescue a group of captives and plug the hole between worlds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOUND DOG TRUE by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2011

"This outstanding, emotionally resonant effort will appeal to middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With a little help from a caring adult, a child crippled by shyness begins to bloom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETIMES THE WOLF by Urban Waite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A tale of greed and violence and loyalty and of fathers and sons who communicate in silences, 'fearful of what response might come, of what truths might be revealed.'"
Wild things haunt the Northern Cascades' evergreen slopes and valleys in Waite's (The Carrion Birds, 2013, etc.) third novel. Those most feral walk on two legs.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOORAY FOR SPRING! by Chiêu Anh Urban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"The vibrant insects and flowers do not need any help from the gimmick to bring together a colorful spring board book. (Board book. 2-4)"
Six cheerful insects in six corresponding colors celebrate spring in this board book with a color wheel. Read full book review >