Search Results: "Vince Van Patten"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PICASSO FLOP by Vince Van Patten
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 21, 2007

"Actor-turned-poker-celebrity Van Patten and veteran Randisi (Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime, 2006, etc.) keep the action coming with interesting poker detail. A promising series kickoff."
Multiple murder at a major Vegas poker tournament. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2000

"A fine tribute. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An ornamental alphabet book about the creation and endurance of planet Earth, full of reverberating symbols and images. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1998

"Patten uses his experience to develop a political philosophy, which is less interesting, but he is always engaging, thoughtful, provocative, and ruthless with cant. (Author tour)"
This account of Patten's five years as governor of Hong Kong (1992—97) is a rarity among books by politicians: it's candid, well-written, and it has something to say. Read full book review >

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VIOLENCE, NUDITY, ADULT CONTENT by Vince Passaro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Things begin to sag near the end, as Passaro gets too involved in the actual cases—this is a legal story with legal aspects that aren't terribly interesting—but the whole remains powerful, filled with heartbreak and surprising flashes of poetry."
An arrogant lawyer's life gets a shellacking in this bruising first novel about marriage, the law, and, most of all, New York City. Read full book review >

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TRANSFER OF POWER by Vince Flynn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 1999

"The prose is pedestrian, the plotting predictable, the characters comic strip, and the end long in coming. (Author Tour)"
Second-novelist Flynn (Term Limits, 1998) returns, this time with an overstuffed political thriller about bad guys kidnapping the White House. Read full book review >

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CAN I COME TOO? by Brian Patten
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"The evergreen 'dream big' message gets a gracious, nicely designed treatment here. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tiny mouse yearning for an outsize adventure sets out to find the biggest creature in the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OL' DIZ by Vince Staten
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 1992

"A scrupulously documented, well-rounded portrait of an American original. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A comprehensive and entertaining biography that offers appreciably more detail on the life and times of the storied baseball star than does Robert Gregory's Diz (reviewed above). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1998

"Rather less than a social history and far from comprehensive, but full of entertaining if trivial facts presented with good humor."
A lighthearted look at a fading American institution and the products found on its shelves. Read full book review >

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TERM LIMITS by Vince Flynn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 1998

"A sure-fire hit for readers who share Flynn's political outlook—the government as ogre. (Author tour)"
An underwhelming first technothriller—originally self-published. Read full book review >

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A FINE DAY FOR WISHES by Vince O'Neill
Released: May 5, 2009

"A moving love story that handles deep emotions with a light touch."
Tragedy forces a cantankerous old man to reconnect with the world in this luminous fable. Read full book review >