Search Results: "Robert Ward"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CACTUS GARDEN by Robert Ward
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"But his attempts to find subtle nuances and deeper meanings in what are essentially stock characters and situations only serve to break the spell."
Ward (The King of Cards, 1993, etc.), a former TV producer- writer (Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice), explores the familiar nexus of sex, Hollywood glitz, and international drug-smugglingand comes up with a solid action novel marred only by persistent, annoying attempts to make it more than simply that. Read full book review >

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GRACE by Robert Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"A convincing portrait, despite some broad brushwork, of an earlier, gutsier Baltimore."
A fictional memoir, intended as a tribute to Ward's grandmother, that crackles with good humor and good dialogue. Read full book review >

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FOUR KINDS OF RAIN by Robert Ward
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"A mixed bag from veteran novelist (Grace, 1998, etc.) and TV writer (Hill Street Blues, etc.) Ward. There are several funny setups and quirky characters, but the prose often strains for humor and edge."
A down-and-out psychiatrist puts together a ragtag gang to rob one of his clients in this comic caper. Read full book review >

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TOTAL IMMUNITY by Robert Ward
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 2009

"Loaded with familiar genre elements, but packed with action as well and energetically written."
A crime kingpin's long reach presents a unique challenge to a maverick FBI team in Ward's latest (Four Kinds of Rain, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BEST BAD DREAM by Robert Ward
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Crime fiction, yes, but crime fiction with a macabre, 'too much is never enough,' edge-of-believability resolution."
FBI agent Jack Harper has no choice but to solve a kidnapping after Harper's wanna-be girlfriend, Michelle Wu, car thief and chop-shop expert, telephones that her sister is missing. Read full book review >

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THE KING OF CARDS by Robert Ward
Released: April 1, 1993

"Affable and amusing, if, unlike the author, you don't take it too seriously."
Back in Baltimore to pick up an honorary Ph.D. from his alma mater, Calvert College, novelist Tom Fallon recalls the wild year of 1965, when he wriggled out from under the patronage of elitist Professor Sylvester Spaulding and came under the spell of Jeremy Raines—con artist, lunatic, and entrepreneur—and the inmates of his communal house.... Read full book review >

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JESMYN WARD
by Maya Payne Smart

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has stared down truth and rendered it on the page with poignance and precision before. But for her third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward forged a fresh set of writing tools—historical research, multiple first-person points of view, and a touch of the supernatural—to grapple with the legacy wounds of American racism.  

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COLORS by Sarah Ward
by Sarah Ward, illustrated by Sarah Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"A nifty, hardworking introduction to the world of color. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)"
The colors of the rainbow are explored in this multisensory book. Read full book review >

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PELLY AND MR. HARRISON VISIT THE  MOON by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"All in all, a light, imaginative romp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The going-to-bed routine morphs into a fantastic adventure when Pelly notices an unusual fixture attached to her family's bathtub. Read full book review >

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FARMER GEORGE AND THE NEW PIGLET by Nick Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Pure homespun fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ward's bucolic Galahad, Farmer George, makes a triumphant return, this time rescuing a swine in distress. Read full book review >

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HENRY FINDS HIS WORD by Lindsay Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Let this be the first first-word book to pull from the shelf. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Seeing that baby talk isn't working as well as he'd like, Henry decides to find his first word. Read full book review >

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DON’T EAT THE BABYSITTER! by Nick Ward
ANIMALS
Released: April 11, 2006

"Will appeal to the shark lovers more than to the parents of their own wild child. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sammy is a rather excitable shark, who tends to bite things when emotions run high; in his last outing, Don't Eat the Teacher (2004), it was his schoolmates and supplies. Read full book review >