Search Results: "Harold Robbins"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PIRANHAS by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1991

"Unclean, unclean!"
A novel that wavers between fireball excitement and abysmal vulgarity, that leaves the reader dazed with complexities and a feeling that greater spiritual health might have resulted through never having read it—though zillions will. Read full book review >

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TYCOON by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Despite the author's customary surfeit of clinical sex scenes, this is a limp and linear take on cafe-society capitalism—one that ends not with a bang but a whimper."
Another dreary, sex-drenched saga in which Robbins (The Stallion, 1996, etc. etc.) does his roman Ö clef number on broadcasting. Read full book review >

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HEAT OF PASSION by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2003

"Which industry's next? Ghostwriting?"
Robbins's fifth postmortal work again alternates splendid pulp with thudding prose. Read full book review >

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SIN CITY by Harold Robbins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Seminal Robbins. A killer. The pages go whoosh."
Hormonal Harold, hale and hearty though dead since 1997, returns with his fourth-and-a-half postmortal novel. We number 2001's Never Leave Me as a half, since it's a reprint of Avon's censored 1954 paperback, the lust and sex restored by Forge. Read full book review >

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NEVER ENOUGH by Harold Robbins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 26, 2001

"Harold blesses his ghostwriter."
Though he died in 1997, Robbins continues to pour out novels of fabulous vulgarity to equal The Piranhas (1991). How does he do it? With an anonymous cowriter fleshing out "a rich heritage of novel ideas and works-in-progress," of course. Read full book review >

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THE STALLION by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"With more couplings than a railroad switchyard—and about as much reality as a dude ranch."
On the evidence of this sequel to The Betsy (1971), schlockmeister Robbins has lost whatever knack he may once have had for down-and-dirty storytelling. Read full book review >

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THE RAIDERS by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"If only the plot were as impressively hung as the men."
It's 34 years since The Carpetbaggers ignited Robbins's fame, but the familiar scandals, sex, and skulduggery in this late- breaking sequel have cooled to room temperature. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Sure to work for those sex-starved, homesick, hungry ghosts Robbins now writes for, who can grab only steam, not their cheeks or other parts, when the novel ends with 'a first-class blow job.'"
Following his death in 1997, Robbins's hard-driving, spiritually empty The Predators (1998) turns out not to be his farewell novel. Read full book review >

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THE PREDATORS by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 1998

"Goodbye, Harold, and may billions of new readers raise a joyful shout wherever you are."
Farewell tour of predatory American business practices by the late Robbins. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE by Harold Robbins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Madison's summary nails it: 'Murder, madness, and greed swirled around me like a Mojave dust devil.' You go, girl."
Returning from the dead for yet another encore, two headline-making names, boy king Tutankhamen and megaselling Robbins, partnered once again by living collaborator Podrug, power another case for antiquities investigator Madison Dupre. Read full book review >

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THE BETRAYERS by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Podrug's strong, crisp style excels at description, particularly in the Russian scenes."
Robbins's sixth posthumous novel finds new co-writer Podrug outwriting the hormonal old ghost, as was the case with Sin City (2002). Read full book review >

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THE LOOTERS by Harold Robbins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Madison not only fails to garner any reader sympathy, she comes off like a man in drag, stuck in a plot hindered by details that seem added as page filler, but the novel picks up once she flees the country for Europe—though the reader may not hang on long enough to pass through customs."
Podrug (The Devil to Play, 2006, etc.) pens another tale for the estate of long-deceased writer Harold Robbins, of The Carpetbaggers fame, and explores the dirty underbelly of antiquities procurement. Read full book review >