Search Results: "Tom Rob Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Nerve-wracking pace and atmosphere camouflage wild coincidences. Smashing."
During the terror of Stalin's last days, a secret policeman becomes a detective stalking a serial killer in a debut novel from a shockingly talented 28-year-old Brit. Read full book review >

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THE FARM by Tom Rob Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"They're resourcefully lethal as well. A satisfying mystery on ground that, though familiar, manages to yield surprises in Smith's skillful telling."
Mama's gone crazy, daddy's gone crazy, and Smith (Child 44, 2008) has skipped over from Stalin's Russia to the idyllic Swedish countryside for his latest thriller. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SPEECH by Tom Rob Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2009

"A superb thriller, full of pitch-perfect atmosphere."
From Smith (Child 44, 2008), an intense thriller set in the Soviet Union during the tumultuous days that followed the death of Stalin. Read full book review >

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AGENT 6 by Tom Rob Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"A big book, in every sense, that's sure to draw attention."
Political whodunit author Smith (Child 44, 2008, etc.) returns with more intrigue from behind the old Iron Curtain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"An engaging account that may well strike a chord with those who now think of New Orleans as a city torn apart, but the author could have gone further in explaining the long-term consequences of the events he so painstakingly recreates."
The Sopranos meets the Big Easy in an engrossing examination of a crime that rocked late-19th-century Louisiana. Read full book review >

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QUEST FOR THE SPARK by Tom Sniegoski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Thrills, chills, twists and turns, this series ender offers it all. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The lovably motley questing crew returns for their final stand against the looming powers of the Nacht. Read full book review >

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QUEST FOR THE SPARK by Tom Sniegoski
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A nimble, expertly paced middle-grade adventure yarn. (Fantasy/adventure. 9 & up)"
The Bone universe proves that it can still expand without spreading thin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A solid if unspectacular addition to the genre of Vietnam War memoirs. (photos, not seen)"
A straightforward look at the grim tour of duty of a helicopter pilot during the height of the American war in Vietnam. Read full book review >

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QUEST FOR THE SPARK by Tom Sniegoski
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"However, this transition is easily abetted by the adept storytelling, making this one of those very rare creatures: a successful graphic series-to-novel translation. (Fantasy/adventure. 9 & up)"
Bone fans, rejoice: Beloved creator Smith has once again teamed up with Sniegoski (Tall Tales, 2010) for this illustrated novel, the first of a trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPLAT THE CAT by Rob Scotton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Given Splat's popularity and the potential of a haunted house, this lackluster effort is a real disappointment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Only the most avid fans of Splat the Cat will cheer for this lift-the-flap Halloween story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUSSELL AND THE LOST TREASURE by Rob Scotton
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Place this take on the value of family pictures alongside the similarly themed likes of Amy Hest's Guess Who, Baby Duck (2004) and Deborah Blumenthal's Aunt Claire's Yellow Beehive Hair, illus by Mary GrandPré (2001). (Picture book. 6-8)"
The woolly with the big personality and the extremely long nightcap (Russell the Sheep, 2005) finds a buried chest filled with—well, not the "treasure" he's expecting. Read full book review >

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BYE-BYE BOZWELL BEAR by Rob Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2003

"Also amusing are the subtly placed insect antics in the background. (Picture book. 3-5)"
After teasing his sister, messing up the kitchen, making a fuss over lunch, and turning his music up too loud, Bozwell Bear is fed up with being told off by his over-demanding family. Read full book review >