Reviews

An industry-insider publication, Kirkus Reviews only gives positive reviews when they are extremely well deserved. My collaborations have earned great reviews in Kirkus as well as Publishers Weekly, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Fortune and elsewhere, and stellar reader reviews on Amazon.

 

KIRKUS REVIEWS      Show Time

Inspiring …It is refreshing to read a sports book in which the (male) players unabashedly reveal vulnerability and soul. A dramatic, engaging book that cogently explains the success of one of modern America’s great sports franchises. Riley comes off like a literary lion in GQ clothes.

 

NEW YORK TIMES      The Winner Within

Pat Riley’s success has created a challenge for every other coach and manager. Call it the Riley Standard.

 

KIRKUS REVIEWS    Have Mercy!

Reads like a collaboration between Mark Twain and Sergio Leone . . .

The memoir (written with co-author Laursen) provides many entertaining accounts . . .Wolfman Jack makes a droll, infectiously enthusiastic raconteur of his own strange career.

 

KIRKUS REVIEWS         The Winner Within

The writer and coach maintain an impressive sense of proportion, to be seen in vignettes of a family friend who survived a racking bout with breast cancer; the combat vet responsible for getting the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., built; his father-in-law (a WWII submariner); and others whose triumphs have little to do with athletic glory. Engaging, down-to-earth advisories from a master of the game.

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES      Have Mercy!

Chapters 7 and 8 of his book, which describe how he put himself on the air as Wolfman Jack in 1963, suggest a white-hot rock & roll epic that draws on elements of “The Buddy Holly Story,” “The Wild Bunch,” and “Barbarians at the Gate.”

Wolfman Jack has set himself a lofty goal; he vowed to tell it like it really is, an oft-quoted but seldom-realized credo of rock & roll. Happily, if amazingly, Wolfman Jack succeeded in getting it right, and just in time.

 

FORTUNE          The Winner Within

Should give any team leader a renewed feeling of confidence, sort of like sinking a three-pointer at the buzzer.

 

NEW YORK TIMES              Have Mercy!

With his collaborator, Byron Laursen, Wolfman Jack records the vicissitudes of a life in pop music with gusto and soul; even as an author the Wolfman is “a happy-go-lucky cat, real hip, who just wanted to make people feel real good, feel nice and sexy and alive.”

 

BOSTON GLOBE            Show Time

Even diehard Celtics fans might find inspiration here.

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY         Have Mercy!

Writing with Laursen (Show Time), Wolfman(‘s). . . fast-paced story is peppered with generous tributes to the musicians  —  Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley and a slew of others  —  who “supplied the original heart of rock ‘n’ roll.” Rock music fans will find inspiration.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY         Have Mercy!

Full of extraordinary showbiz tales, the book is a wide-open door into the heart and soul of the most interesting and lovable rock & roll animal on the planet.  (rating) A