In between rounds of pie-in-the-sky international intrigue, Stone Barrington takes time out to help a San Antonio brewer find a new New York distributor—and inherits all the brewer's enemies. … The stakes seem so low throughout this installment, filled with dead ends and dropped stitches, that you can't help wondering if Woods has set his word processor to auto-type.
"In an era of suicide bombers and ISIS beheadings, the spy dramas of the Cold War can seem tame, almost polite affairs. Central Intelligence Agency officers who worked in the Soviet capital complained about operating under “Moscow rules,” meaning the relentless scrutiny of the K.G.B. And they knew that any Soviet citizen caught spying faced certain execution. Still, there were rules. Those rules may actually be a reason that David Hoffman’s The Billion Dollar Spy, about Adolf Tolkachev, a Soviet radar expert who spied for the C.I.A., is such an engrossing tale. The story played out over several years, almost entirely on the streets of Moscow, in a twilit chess game that pitted American intelligence officers against their Soviet counterparts."
A prince of football tells all about growing up Gronk. … We are introduced to his family: four rowdy brothers, a rowdy father, and a seldom-mentioned mom. … The prose does not grow with the boy, and apparently the boy doesn't grow very much either. … A genuine superstar and legendary free spirit, Gronkowski epitomizes one stereotype of an athlete: he trains hard, plays hard, and parties hard. Nothing else matters, and little else seems to occupy his attention. … It may be good to be Gronk; it's not so great to read Gronk.
“All-nighter material…Hot action, heart-stopping emotion, and quick-wit banter all in one delicious package. If there is one author that defines urban fantasy, it is Ilona Andrews.”