...his narrative is focused on not eating what the rest of the crew is eating, not sleeping where others sleep...he waits in his cabin alone, wondering what the hell is going on. Dyer might as well be on a cruise ship, and he knows it.
In a book of this scope, the narrative is inevitably top-heavy in spots, and the plot wears thin toward the end, but this is storytelling at its most seductive, a brash historical adventure.
...the book’s emotional punch comes from its portrait of a woman growing into self-respect as she takes responsibility for the infant life she’s created. More fine work from one of popular fiction’s most talented practitioners.
Nathan's grit and his longing are what sustains the book..."Half Bad" is strongest when at its least fantastic, yet it still scores plenty of genre points, incorporating potions and portals and a rite of passage called the Giving, which also neatly serves as a ticking clock.
"The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos" is not flawless...But these are minor quibbles. For the remainder of the text, nearly every other sentence belongs in a time capsule, so evocative of time and place is the author's prose...
Fans know the formula: plenty of rousing battle scenes—Weber’s specialty—and characters that gradually, over many pages, come into focus...If you’re not already addicted to this series, don’t start here.
All superb storytelling aspects combine to make Concealed in Death another intellectually engaging and emotionally satisfying novel. Loyal readers will finish Concealed in Death eager for volume 39.
...Weir uses Watney’s proactive nature and determination to survive to keep the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.
The Bear would have made an amazing 20-page tale, ending about halfway through the existing novel. As it is, the book meanders when it should be a taut thriller, forcing the reader to worry whether these children will make it out alive.
The apparent tragedy and freakish ecology of Area X's blight are quite fascinating, and the solitary voice of its post-humanist narrator is both deeply flawed and deeply trustworthy — a difficult and excellent balance...
Cornwell skillfully illuminates the competing cultures of the 10th Century; the conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight...
Payton is a strong emerging talent on the Canadian literary landscape. The Wind is Not a River will have readers rooting for the lovers, even as it moves them to tears.
...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.
It’s vintage Clancy...stuff, full of cool technology and cardboard characters... with a story that, given enough suspended disbelief, is a pleasing fairy tale for people who like things that blow up.
Appropriately, his prose is lighter than air, elegantly traversing aviators and eras. It means that as his balloonists embark on journeys full of danger and wonder, the reader is suspended in the basket alongside them.
Even if sharp-eyed readers already know how the book’s surprises may arise — has there ever been a long-lost relative who did not show up in a work of legal fiction? — they will still miss the final whammy that Mr. Grisham has in store.
Unlike Walt’s usual adventures...this novella shuns mystery for a wild and dangerous adventure that will leave you both touched and breathless.
Leckie’s novel cast of characters serves her well-plotted story nicely. This is an altogether promising debut.
Apart from references to such things as advanced robots..2060 New York City is indistinguishable from present-day Gotham in bestseller Robb’s 38th full-length Eve Dallas thriller...In addition, nothing in the cookie-cutter plot couldn’t have happened in the present or near past.
But despite the chaos that threatens to destroy life, love survives. For the concluding novel is, above all, a story of the growing bond between the ever patient Toby and Zeb...The couple plays a crucial role in the hope of the new genesis. We are grateful for the romance, for all the wild puns and the more comic elements of the dark satire.