Search Results: "Patrick W. Picciarelli"


BOOK REVIEW

UNDERCOVER COP by Michael Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Will satisfy true-crime readers interested in the grimy realities behind Mafia glamour and undercover work."
Memoir of infiltration of the New Jersey Mafia, told with bluster and bravado. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Serious students of criminal justice and casual true-crime fans alike will thus find more than just entertainment here."
Wagner represents a dying breed in contemporary law enforcement: the maverick, street-schooled, older cop who winds up operating within and beyond legal boundaries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A swashbuckling book that is likely to elicit extreme reactions of applause or disapproval depending on the reader's personal opinions about law enforcement."
A retired New York Police Department detective relates the saga of his adolescence in New York City, his chance decision to join the force, his storied career (1970-1984), and the serious injury that forced his retirement. Read full book review >

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CORRIDOR OF DARKNESS by Patrick W. O'Bryon
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An intriguing early WWII spy yarn set in a well-researched, authentic Germany."
A young American student living in Berlin during the rise of the Nazis turns to a life of espionage in O'Bryon's debut novel. Read full book review >

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JULY IS A MAD MOSQUITO by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"(Poetry/Picture book. 6-10)"
A baker's dozen of lightly lyrical poems in a cycle of months summed up in a final entry: ``January's a polar bear;/February's a mole....'' Though he offers few epiphanies, Lewis's descriptions are vivid, his images are fresh and appealing, and he makes deft use of a variety of rhyme schemes and verse forms, including a lovely haiku for August: ``At bedtime, outside/my room...nighthawk and trainsong/on the wind's guitar.'' Hall's stylized art, in a rainbow of yummy hues as bright as Italian ices, makes this useful offering especially attractive. Read full book review >

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PATRICK HEMSTREET
by Rhett Morgan

Professionally, Patrick Hemstreet boasts experience as a neuroengineer, entrepreneur, patent-pending inventor, and Navy medic. Artistically, he has credits in acting, stand-up comedy, and, most importantly, writing. That long list of achievements feels impressive, but Hemstreet managed to distill his varied expertise into 2016’s surprise sci-fi bestseller, The God Wave. Originally self-published, Hemstreet’s novel explores advancements in human brain power—and the ...


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RENEE PATRICK
by Gerald Bartell

Reach for the popcorn. The silver screen sleuths from Paramount Pictures, one-time would be actress Lillian Fox and costume designer Edith Head (based upon the real life Oscar winner) team up for their second case in Renee Patrick’s Dangerous to Know. With Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Jack Benny, and George Burns firing off great lines, the caper is as much ...


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A PERFECTLY MESSED-UP STORY by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A playful, funny and friendly treatment of anxiety and life's unpredictable messes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's an existential dilemma: What if you were a character in a book, and sandwich fillings fell onto your page from above? Read full book review >

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SOUTH by Patrick McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Warm and glowy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A flock of small, yellow birds sitting in a tree takes flight. Read full book review >

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HUG TIME by Patrick McDonnell
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The illustrations are the greatest strength here; and, like its predecessors, this would be a fine gift or story-time choice. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Jules (aka Shtinky Puddin') finally gets his own picture-book platform to preach his environmentally friendly, endangered-species-loving message. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RED CAT WHO RAN AWAY AND LEARNED HIS ABC'S (THE HARD WAY) by Patrick McDonnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Give this book an F, yes, an F: for fun and funny. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This (mostly) wordless book opens with the titular little red cat running out of his house toward an alligator with open jaws, and a chase begins. Read full book review >

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ALBERT AND THE ALPHABETIMALS by Patrick  O'Toole
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2012

"Overall, though, O'Toole's iPad app delivers on a basic premise: Learning can be simple, imaginative and fun. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
Albert thinks "learning ABC's [is] a bore. / He'd rather go on safari, take some pictures and explore"...and so he does. Read full book review >