Search Results: "Francis Hamit"


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MELTDOWN by Francis Hamit
Released: April 2, 2012

"An overloaded, high-adrenaline read for those willing to overlook significant flaws."
An intense, militaristic drama centered on a plot against a U.S. nuclear power plant. Read full book review >

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A Perfect Spy by Francis Hamit
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"Clarity, humor, polished writing, and an engaging narrator make for an enjoyable read."
An Iowa college student discovers a new life filled with sex and adventure in this debut memoir by Hamit (Meltdown, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE SHENANDOAH SPY by Francis Hamit
Released: May 9, 2008

"Historical fiction at its most enlightening and entertaining; a must-read for American history buffs."
The adventures of Belle Boyd, real-life Civil War scout and spy, come alive in this blend of fact and fiction that takes readers for a ride on the Confederate side. Read full book review >

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THE QUEEN OF WASHINGTON by Francis Hamit
Released: Oct. 6, 2011

"Historical cloak-and-dagger with only a quiet spark."
This exhaustively researched historical fiction examines Civil War-era spies and geopolitics. Read full book review >

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SILKS by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Despite Mason's avocation, the outsider's view of racing takes a back seat to the courtroom sequences. Partnering for the second time with his son, Francis produces a whodunit more accomplished than ever but less distinctive than the work that put him on the map."
What new angles on horse racing are left for veteran Francis (Dead Heat, 2007, etc.) to explore? His latest hero is a barrister who's also a passionate amateur steeplechase jockey. Read full book review >

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SECOND WIND by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 1999

"Urgent questions, all of them, answered with of all Francis's usual unobtrusive technical mastery—even if fans looking for the thrills he more often provides think the action here trails off long before the finish line."
Francis celebrates his 40th horses-plus suspenser by taking his hero on a vacation in the Caribbean—into the eye of a hurricane that will lead him to still deeper mysteries. Read full book review >

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FADE TO BLACK by Francis Knight
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Intensely realized and gripping, nonetheless: an auspicious inauguration."
Dark fantasy from England: Sussex resident Knight's debut and first of a series. Read full book review >

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SLAY-RIDE by Dick Francis
Released: Feb. 2, 1973

"The story's sound and Mr. Francis keeps it moving and changing directions with his customized touch."
At the start it's to the races again — this time in Norway where a jockey is said to have disappeared with the day's turnstile take. Read full book review >

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Code Centaurus by Francis Lentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2012

"A well-told hard-sci-fi yarn of otherworldly jeopardy and ancient aliens that turns uncharacteristically mystical-minded in the end."
In this debut sci-fi thriller, a World Health Organization agent, while investigating a frightening new plague in the South Pacific, discovers an ancient extraterrestrial force that could advance all terrestrial life—or destroy it. Read full book review >

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KING DAVID DANCES by Francis Stuart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1997

"Altogether, a commonplace book unconvincingly disguised as fiction."
King David Dances ($12.95 paperback original; May 15, 1997; 62 pp.; 1-874597-44-8): The veteran Irish novelist and poet (b. 1902 ) spins an insufficiently fanciful tale of a depressed archaeologist's reaction to the recovery of the Ark of the Covenant. Read full book review >

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SMOKESCREEN by Dick Francis
Released: Feb. 1, 1972

"This should win eased up — it's the most of the very best."
A horse story — in occasional stretches, a mystery — certainly, but primarily a supersized action-suspense novel featuring several backgrounds and situations and you can get them all together via Edward Lincoln, family man and nephew of the courageously dying Nerissa, film star — muy hombre, and patron of the track. Read full book review >

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BOLT by Dick Francis
Released: March 1, 1987

"Still, it's all blandly readable—and that may be enough, along with the racecourse background, for loyal fans."
Kit Fielding, the rather colorless jockey-hero of Francis' last novel, Break In, returns—in a limp sequel that features a cardboard super-villain, no mystery whatsoever, and only sporadic flickers of genuine action-excitement. Read full book review >