Search Results: "Francis William Bessler"


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WILD FLOWERS by Francis William Bessler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 16, 2014

"Readers interested in a unique belief system will enjoy many of this author's musings."
Debut author Bessler offers a collection of essays and songs about life and religion. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 24, 2012

"Packed with more potshots at the political right than an Air America highlight reel; readers fond of alliteration and interested in a fairly straightforward satire will find much to enjoy."
A zany political satire from debut author Wall. Read full book review >

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TRACES OF GREED by T.D. Bessler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 13, 2010

"Despite some plot holes and occasionally clunky prose, the book moves quickly and provides a great ride."
A bank executive gets more than he bargained for as he fights for his life, his reputation and his family in this timely financial thriller. Read full book review >

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Released: May 13, 2002

"Full canvas as the blood flies."
Fourth or fifth "Return to Treasure Island" novel striving to re-create Stevenson's breezy blood-and-thunder in a new course on the old chart—and tempting the reader with leftover loot still awaiting its return to civilization. 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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FORFEIT by Dick Francis
Released: Feb. 26, 1968

"And then there's the dusky beauty Gail who loves him, betrays him, in this multi-gaited thriller."
Reporter James Tyrone takes on an additional assignment in order to cover the expenses that help support his invalid wife. 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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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 >

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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

It's exactly 40 years since Watson and Crick published their landmark double-helix papers in Nature, setting biology on a revolutionary course. 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 >