Search Results: "Victor Ostrovsky"


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LION OF JUDAH by Victor Ostrovsky
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"Authentic, offbeat tradecraft and clever touches throughout make this worthwhile despite its unmemorable characters— including the hero—and chop-socky prose."
The disillusioned former Mossad officer who blew the whistle on his old organization (By Way of Deception, 1990—not reviewed) now gives us his first novel, about...a Mossad officer who goes it alone, disillusioned with the organization. Read full book review >

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THE INVENTION OF RUSSIA by Arkady Ostrovsky
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"An astute, accessible, illuminating navigation of the idea that the 'only consistent feature in Russia's history is its unpredictability.'"
A focused, bracing look at how the control of the media has helped plot the Russian political trajectory from dictatorship and back again. Read full book review >

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"Trippy, creative, and thoughtful, this vocabulary book should awaken imaginations."
An ABC book for all ages features the artist/author's illustrations of unusual words in unexpected combinations, from "apperceptive achatina" to "zooid zeppelin's zygote." Read full book review >

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MOONDREAM by Victor Osborne
Released: April 20, 1989

After quarreling with his good friend Katy, Rupert is wakened by a fearsome "Grabbly"; Katy hears their straggle, rushes to the rescue, and is carried off instead—thus initiating Rupert's book-long journey to rescue her. Read full book review >

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CORIANDER by Barbara Victor
Released: April 1, 1993

"What threatens to be a goopy, glitzy medical-soaper turns out to be a serious, largely successful political thriller."
An Argentine banker disappears in a fiery plane crash just before his bank is shown to be missing 50 or so million dollars. Read full book review >

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HUNTINGTON PASS by Victor Smith
Released: July 8, 2011

"Endearing, but unfocused and bizarre—just like Buck."
In Smith's debut novel, an alcoholic wanderer searches for a better life in a small skiing town. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN MONSOON by Victor Suthren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1993

"Brisk, shipshape naval adventure."
Clever, colonial Captain Mainwaring (Admiral of Fear, 1991, etc.) sails again for H.M. George II, tackling the fiendish French in the distant, warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Read full book review >

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A BREED APART by Victor Woods
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A cautionary tale with a happy ending that is far from the norm; only societal overhaul, Woods suggests, can effect mass rehabilitation."
Biting autobiography of a young black man who despised his middle-class upbringing and turned to crime in a futile effort to break free, but ultimately came to terms with his self-destructive behavior. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A top-level insider's dramatic, stranger-than-fiction disclosures in the great game of espionage. (Maps and photographs- -not seen)"
The suspenseful, eye-opening memoir of a Soviet spy who came in from the cold. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"A well-crafted, constantly revealing study of the world-altering changes of recent history."
A sturdy examination of events that led to the collapse of Eastern Europe's communist regimes. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1996

"That patience, Villase§or seems to suggest, is the clue to the Mexican people's survival, and his affectionate, tongue-in-cheek look into the past is a pleasure in every respect. (Author tour)"
A rollicking sequel to Rain of Gold (1991), which was likened in these pages to a Latin American Roots. Read full book review >

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DEEDS OF TRUST by Victor Wuamett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1991

"A slick, somewhat predictable narrativeat times almost a satire on the hard-boiledas Chase joins the growing number of A.A. heroes who take their seltzers neat and their murders messy."
The second appearance of California real-estate dealer Chase Randel (Teardown, 1990) again finds him embroiled in murder: quiet, elderly Frank Baker, who appealed to him for help when a condo deal soured, soon ``slips'' off a balconyand to compound matters, the autopsy reveals a healthy dose of cyanide in the scotch he'd just drunk. Read full book review >