Search Results: "Marq de Villiers"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 7, 2000

"Written with grace and an eye for captivating material, making this catalog of water misuses (past, present, and future) all the more poignant."
A well-researched, fluent summary of the political and biological state of our global water resources, from Canadian author de Villiers (The Heartbreak Grape, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A rich and deeply sympathetic look into parts of Mother Russia rarely visited by tourists. (Maps.)"
A Canadian journalist (White Tribe Dreaming, 1988) with a strong knowledge of Russian history travels down the 2,000-mile Volga River. ``Mother and mistress, comrade and beloved, companion and teller of tall tales,'' the Volga is to Russia what the Mississippi is to the US and the Nile is to Egypt. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Humbling, invigorating analysis."
Veteran travel writer de Villiers (Timbuktu, 2007, etc) explores our planet's destructive tendencies, and it's a thriller. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

From Canadian publisher de Villiers (Down the Volga, 1992, etc.): a fruity, complex story of a California winemaker—a tale much like crushed raspberries on a summer's day, with a heartbreaking, underlying silkiness and a faint hint of fresh farm butter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A thoughtful history of, and popular guide to, the great African desert. (Maps, photos throughout)"
A fully versed and admiring portrait of the Sahara, by travel-writer de Villiers (Water, 2000, etc.) and Hirtle (with de Villiers, Into Africa, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Fascinatingly recondite, but also fairly deadening: scarcely useable or even readable for most pleasure travelers."
De Villiers and Hirtle (Sable Island: The Strange Origins and Curious History of a Dune Adrift in the Atlantic, 2004, etc.) team up again to tackle the long, knotty history of a metropolis famed as the home of fabulous wealth and Islamic scholarship. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Another finely etched portrait of a strange, romantic place from this accomplished duo. (15 b&w photographs, 3 maps, not seen)"
The longtime Canadian collaborators (Sahara, 2002, etc.) outline the natural and chronological history of a 30-mile crescent of peach-colored sand that still eats an occasional ship for supper. Read full book review >

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SURFACE TO AIR by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"When you've published more than 200 spy novels, as de Villiers (1929-2013) did, some are bound to be unnervingly prescient. This one, which reads like a retro parody of James Bond (the high-tech weaponry! the double-crosses! the garter belts!), won't cost you a single night's sleep."
A guileless would-be terrorist looking to buy a missile stirs up a hornet's nest of Russian and American agents, each working his own dangerous angle. Read full book review >

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CHAOS IN KABUL by Gérard de Villiers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"As for the thrills in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, if you want to know whether Malko succeeds in assassinating Karzai, or whether de Villiers kills off his long-running series hero, you'll just have to read the whole story to find out."
How hard could it be to assassinate an inconvenient Afghan head of state? If you haven't seen any newspapers over the past few years, de Villiers, late (1929-2013) veteran of hundreds of spy thrillers, wants to tell you. Read full book review >

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THE MADMEN OF BENGHAZI by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A ton of coincidences and a dry, journalistic approach to fiction render this spy novel no threat to Ian Fleming's legacy."
Best-selling French novelist de Villiers, who died in 2013, wrote more than 200 books about suave Austrian spy Malko Linge; this is the first to be translated into English in decades. Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE SWALLOWS by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Even Bond might blush."
Thriller in which lustful affairs send Soviet and American agents, spies, and counterspies plotting and panting in what nearly becomes a bedroom farce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DE NIRO by Shawn Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An impressive biography that will surely stand as the definitive De Niro volume."
The life and work of the legendary actor. Read full book review >