Search Results: "Niall Barr"


BOOK REVIEW

EISENHOWER'S ARMIES by Niall Barr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A detailed, entertaining history of a successful, if bumpy, military alliance."
Anglo-American cooperation during World War II worked, more or less. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2005

"A useful study of the war in the desert, though meant for readers with some appreciation of strategy, logistics, and tactics."
A wide-ranging, technical analysis of the bitter campaign, throughout the second half of 1942, for dominion of Egypt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STUMP by Niall Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"Griffiths is best when he captures those small moments that punctuate the casual boredom of intermittently savage lives."
A downtrodden man with one arm is halfheartedly pursued by two equally hapless hit men, all in the semi-opaque but exuberant brogue the Welsh author (Kelly + Victor, 2003, etc.) is known for. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"A lucid, blood-soaked study that will give no comfort to those pining for peace in our time."
A sweeping, big-picture view of the bloodiest century in human history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FALL OF LIGHT by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2002

"Utterly hokey, written in faux-shanachie prose ('His father had been hung for participating in plots treasonous and bloody') and freighted with symbolism (a twin brother becomes the father of twin daughters—twice!) that's heavier than soda bread."
A languid, quasi-epic account of one family's fortunes in Ireland and around the globe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 13, 2013

"The author's apocalypse will result from conservative bugaboos, and he delivers an entertaining, often convincing polemic."
As Oswald Spengler's massive 1918 classic Decline of the West approaches its 100th anniversary, announcements of the apocalypse continue to pour off the presses. Readers could do much worse than read this one from the prolific Ferguson (History/Harvard Univ.; Civilization: The West and the Rest, 2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENDANGERED SPECIES by Nevada Barr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 1997

"Anna's fifth isn't as baffling or dramatically urgent as the remarkable Firestorm (1996), but it is as poetically written and exquisitely clued as any of the others."
If you've been waiting for Park Services ranger Anna Pigeon to get a posting on the East Coast, you'll be happy to know that she's unofficially moonlighting as midwife to some endangered loggerhead turtles while she's working for a presuppression fire crew in Georgia's Cumberland Island National Seashore. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BURN by Nevada Barr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"An intense but conventional actioner whose two heroines aren't nearly as compelling as Anna's solo turns."
National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon works her 16th case in the most unparklike setting imaginable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CUBA by Emily Barr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Altogether, a gripping piece of travelogue fiction spiked with an unnerving amount of psychological tension. Just right for the backpacker set."
A nice married couple from Brighton take a year's sabbatical to Cuba only to have their not-quite-as-nice neighbor from home turn up there as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRINK by Andrew Barr
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

An exploration of American drinking habits through time from a British scholar of booze. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLO by Emily Barr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 31, 2005

"Initially fun, but shot and left for dead by a ludicrous pseudothriller angle."
Cellist dumps hubby and tries for celebrity singledom, only to be chased by doubt, her past and a stalker. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUNTING SEASON by Nevada Barr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"Even fans who thought they'd already seen enough of Natchez Trace will find Barr's tenth as inventive, as ingenious, and finally as riveting as the very best of this distinguished series."
After a season out west among killer bears (Blood Lure, 2001), Anna Pigeon, who's made her reputation by keeping on the move, is back as District Ranger in Mississippi's Natchez Trace National Parkway. Read full book review >