Search Results: "Francis Slakey"


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TO THE LAST BREATH by Francis Slakey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"What begins as a shock-factor memoir of an adrenaline junkie with a death wish concludes with great heart and promise."
The expressive story of a conflicted professor who broke free to embrace and nurture his audacious, extremist nature. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1996

"Full- color illustrations, while offering visual information diorama- style, do not enliven matters. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Subtitled ``The Story of Newgrange,'' this is an account of a Stone Age burial site over 5,000 years. Read full book review >

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DEAD HEAT by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"Clunky expository dialogue tells you more than you probably want to know about food preparation and concertizing. But the mystery is engaging, and durable Max is a worthy addition to Francis's gallery of racetrack detectives."
Legendary racing-mystery master Francis (Shattered, 2000, etc.) partners with son Felix to bring mayhem of many kinds to the Newmarket track. Read full book review >

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CROSSFIRE by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

The late Dick Francis's 44th, and last, canter around the track echoes several of his greatest hits. Read full book review >

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THE LIAR’S DIARY by Patry Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Psychologically interesting, but weakened by melodrama."
The unlikely friendship between a small-town school secretary and a flamboyant teacher proves deadly in this psychological murder mystery. 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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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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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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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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AFTER THE DAWN by Francis Ray
ROMANCE
Released: June 18, 2013

"The story moves forward, but the journey is uninspired."
Samantha Collins is shocked when her grandfather leaves her his auto turbocharger empire; even worse, he expects her to get Collins Industries back on track with Dillon Montgomery, the man she's secretly loved since she was 13. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"'Where can we look for assurance that it's still the same reliably inevitable old world we loved to hate?' asked Russell Baker. Look no further."
In his controlled pyrotechnic against idiocy, Wheen (Karl Marx, 2001) trots forth its champions, from Deepak Chopra to Thomas Friedman, and douses them with flammable liquid. Read full book review >