Search Results: "Sebastian Rotella"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"But he makes it clear that Mexico's transition to greater electoral democracy will be threatened if more heroes don't step forward."
Rotella, the Los Angeles Times bureau chief for South America, tells his alarming story of drug lords' domination of the US/Mexico border region by focusing on the frustrations and martyrdom of Mexican reformers. Read full book review >

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TRIPLE CROSSING by Sebastian Rotella
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 2011

"A fast-paced thriller that rings true to the real story behind the political posturing over the drug war, illegal immigration and border security."
In his fiction debut, Rotella (Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the Mexican Border, 1998) draws a crime novel from the chaotic cauldron of the U.S.-Mexican border. Read full book review >

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THE CONVERT'S SONG by Sebastian Rotella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Rotella serves up international intrigue with a delectable twist."
Former Border Agent Valentine Pescatore, now working as a private investigator in Argentina following his undercover misadventures in Triple Crossing (2011), has his life thrown further into chaos following a terrorist attack in Buenos Aires.Read full book review >

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SEBASTIAN DARKE by Philip Caveney
ADVENTURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Swashbuckling fare for fans of this original adventure series. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
In this rousing sequel to Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2008), "elfling" Sebastian abandons a disastrous career as a court jester and takes to the high seas in search of pirate treasure with Max, his witty talking buffalope, and Cornelius, his pint-sized warrior pal. Read full book review >

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SEBASTIAN DARKE by Philip Caveney
ANIMALS
Released: April 13, 2010

"The unresolved finale suggests the possibility of still further adventures for this fearless trio. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
"Wherever we go we encounter horrible, creepy, nasty things that want to kill us," exclaims buffalope Max in this third fantasy featuring Max, elfling Sebastian and diminutive warrior Cornelius. Read full book review >

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SEBASTIAN AND THE BALLOON by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Stead does not disappoint, giving readers another beautifully rendered picture book full of whimsy, heart and delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sebastian, an Everychild from his plain, russet face and nondescript hair to his striped socks, creates a hot air balloon from his grandmother's quilt scraps and goes on a joyous, never-ending journey. Read full book review >

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ROSE AND SEBASTIAN by Cynthia Zarin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Accomplished, stylized drawings help put the lighthearted story across, and Zarin offers not only a glimpse of apartment life, but establishes Rose as a captivating heroine who wants to overcome her fears, and does. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale of two kids in the city shows Rose conquering her fears and making a new friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1970

"Especially since make-believe and moonshine are the making of The Misadventures."
When the 'marvelous misadventures' in the 18th century mode take on the aspect of a soulful Dance of Death, the fabric is rent; but stay—the telling tells all. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"The soft, color-saturated, often patterned gouache illustrations—pleasingly diverse in format and occasionally presented as vertical spreads—are childlike and appealing, but still don't earn the book its puffed-up title. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Spectacular adventures" is a hippo-sized overstatement in this story of Sophie, a dreamy hippo who's hungry for action. Read full book review >

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MR. SEBASTIAN AND THE NEGRO MAGICIAN by Daniel Wallace
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 3, 2007

"Quietly elegiac but unnecessarily convoluted tale of missed connections and rotten luck."
A magician conjures abject failure in Wallace's (The Watermelon King, 2003, etc.) bleak fourth. Read full book review >

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CUT TIME by Carlo Rotella
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2003

"Rotella gives back to boxing some of its old-school, venerable aura."
Natty, cogitative essays on the sweet science, often from the perspective of the small boxing venue. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"Better than gelato. Not to be missed."
Evocative, beautifully rendered travelogue/memoir by Publishers Weekly editor Rotella, recounting his adventures in Calabria, the toe of Italy's boot and the land of his ancestry. Read full book review >