Picture of author.
38+ Works 8,106 Membros 269 Críticas 3 Favorited

About the Author

Ben Mezrich was born in 1969 and received a degree in social studies from Harvard University in 1991. He originally wrote fiction, occasionally under the pseudonym Holden Scott, before switching to nonfiction. His nonfiction works include Ugly Americans, Busting Vegas, Rigged, and Sex on the Moon: mostrar mais The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History. Two of his books were made into films. In 2008, Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions was made into the film 21 and in 2010, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal was made into the film Social Network. He appeared on Court TV in the series High Stakes with Ben Mezrich and has hosted the World Series of Blackjack. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Ben Mezrich

Skin (1999) 355 exemplares
The Social Network [2010 film] (2010) — Autor — 299 exemplares
Threshold (1996) 97 exemplares
Seven Wonders (2014) 82 exemplares
Skeptic (1999) 75 exemplares
Reaper (1998) 62 exemplares
The Carrier (2000) 45 exemplares
The Midnight Ride (2022) 40 exemplares
Bringing Down the Mouse (2014) 29 exemplares
Fertile Ground (1656) 24 exemplares
Q (2015) 5 exemplares
21 Blackjack (2008) 2 exemplares
Vrhunska igra 1 exemplar
BREAKING TWITTER (2023) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

21 [2008 film] (2008) — Original book — 183 exemplares

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Membros

Discussions

Críticas

(2022) A card counter on the run from a casino and a just out of prison thief join forces to make sense out of a mysterious object that ties to the Revolutionary War and Paul Revere. Good premise and very readable but it turns into a Dan Brown wannabe novel. Much shorter and more tightly written than any of the Brown drek out there it still depends on coincidence and highly improbable events moving the plot along. Goes from hidden chambers and elevator shafts in the Bunker Hill monument to a confrontation on the USS Constitution. This results in the blowing to literal bits of one of their pursuers by a fake cannon on the Constitution. Thinking this was coming to a conclusion is dashed as the author has in mind a continuing series with our unlikely heros. To be continued (but not by me).KIRKUS: Mezrich, best known as a true-crime author, turns to fiction with this history-based thriller.The novel begins with a prologue that recounts the notorious (and still unsolved) real-life theft of 13 artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, then jumps to the present. Math genius Hailey Gordon is paying her way through graduate school at MIT by gambling at the casinos, and she's just been spotted counting cards. Fleeing casino security, she dodges through an open hotel room doorand finds a dead man. Right behind her is Nick Patterson, an ex-convict who's there to meet the now-deceased Jimmy the Lip, who was supposed to be his connection to the deal of a lifetimeÂ¥one connected to the Gardner heist. Hailey's and Nick's mutual desire to elude the cops quickly turns into a partnership to find the real object of the Gardner theftÂ¥which wasn't any of the priceless paintings but an object, as the title suggests, connected to Paul Revere. They're joined (grudgingly) in the hunt by Adrian Jensen, an enormously snobby history professor who's been propelled into a related quest by the murder of a despised colleague. In the mode of the history-based, conspiracy-fed thriller ? la Dan Brown, their race around Boston's historic landmarks takes place in just a day. But it feels like much longer. Thrillers like this one are grounded in research, but in this book the research is dropped in giant blocks that leave the action in park for pages at a time. At one critical point, when a character is about to fire a gun, the action is interrupted by almost 300 words on how to load a flintlock pistolÂ¥a disquisition that does nothing for the plot but bring it to a screeching halt. When the action does struggle to the surface, it's increasingly confusing and often improbable.A conspiracy-driven thriller stalls out on too little action and a dissertation's worth of research.Pub Date: Feb. 22, 2022ISBN: 978-1-5387-5463-4Page Count: 304Publisher: Grand Central Publishing… (mais)
 
Assinalado
derailer | 2 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |
This "historical fiction" of Musk's takeover and subsequent ruination of Twitter focuses on the events of Nov 2022 - April 2023, as recounted by a few "Tweeps", now fired, and also the author’s imagination. Somehow, despite his alleged "genius", Musk emerges as a petty, thin-skinned dictator who suffered through a miserable childhood and who surrounds himself with yes-men who cater to his inflated ego and rabid need to be liked. Sound familiar? He has no patience for details nor warnings of disaster, and so blunders into losing essential employees and the advertisers who kept the site funded. The book seems hurried and shallow, spiced up with a few juicy stories - sounds like Twitter, doesn't it? Maybe worth a read for the very curious about the how the weaknesses of the world's wealthiest man caused social media's biggest disaster.… (mais)
½
 
Assinalado
froxgirl | 1 outra crítica | Dec 22, 2023 |

Listas

Prémios

You May Also Like

Associated Authors

Estatísticas

Obras
38
Also by
1
Membros
8,106
Popularidade
#2,988
Avaliação
½ 3.5
Críticas
269
ISBN
307
Línguas
14
Marcado como favorito
3

Tabelas & Gráficos