Search Results: "Raymond Benson"


BOOK REVIEW

DOUBLE SHOT by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Nifty bullfighting scenes do not redeem an otherwise cliché-cluttered narrative. For die-hard fans only."
The creakiest exercise yet in American Bond fan Benson's postmodern resurrection of Ian Fleming's peerless killer spy, has an embarrassingly witless 007 going rogue to fight a dastardly multinational crime cartel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FACTS OF DEATH by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1998

"A postmodern treat for fans and newcomers that lovingly, if not ironically, duplicates a formula so familiar that originality would be sacrilege. (First serial rights to Playboy)"
The fate of the world, and James Bond, are in capable hands in this second 007 adventure from Benson (Zero Minus Ten, 1997). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEVER DREAM OF DYING by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Flaccid prose and creaky dialogue no worse than Fleming's. Benson seems to have hit his stride in this, his liveliest and nastiest Bond book yet."
After wobbly attempts to meld the quipping movie Bonds with the brooding British knight of the John Gardner stories, Benson brings the ageless superspy back to his Eurotrash roots—the French Riviera and the casino at Monte Carlo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZERO MINUS TEN by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1997

The author of The James Bond Bedside Companion (not reviewed) pits Agent 007 against worthy Pacific Basin opponents in a more than serviceable first thriller that could give Ian Fleming's ultracool hero yet another new lease on life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEETIE’S DIAMONDS by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 20, 2006

"Can you imagine a nun advocating a withdrawal of life support? Newcomer Benson can, and that's the least of his inanities. Skippable and then some."
Meet my mom, the porn star. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2002

"Benson's prose is as limp as ever ('Tokyo lay before him, a sprawling, metropolitan machine')—but for mindless escapism, Bond suffices when nothing else will."
James Bond, British Intelligence's immortal action hero, returns to Japan to stop a Mishima-quoting crimelord whose killer mosquitoes threaten to disrupt a G8 conference, and worse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLLY'S DAY AT THE POOL by Benson Shum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Useful to share with children who are afraid of the water. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pink, suburban hippo is afraid to swim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMONG THE GHOSTS by Amber Benson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Skip this one and the next one too. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Ghostly children, a long-dead inventor, a voracious monster (sort of), a motherless-but-plucky girl, a mysterious private school, clever chapter headings and arch authorial asides are all jumbled together to create something that winds up being less than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"From alpha to omega, an engrossing account."
How one book changed English history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A valiant, if superficial, attempt at rendering in readable format this significant period in Muslim history."
A nonscholarly depiction of the cultured, cosmopolitan world of the early Abbasid caliphate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PHYSICIAN’S TALE by Ann Benson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2006

"Absorbing, utterly plausible post-apocalyptic fiction by an imaginative writer."
The story of two plague-fighting physicians separated by centuries—medieval Spaniard Alejandro Canches and modern-day doctor Janie Crowe—continues in the concluding volume of Benson's trilogy (The Burning Road, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >