Search Results: "J.C. Carleson"


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THE TYRANT'S DAUGHTER by J.C. Carleson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Smart, relevant, required reading. (author's note, commentary, further reading) (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A teenage girl from an unnamed Middle Eastern country attempts to come to terms with her dictator father's bloody legacy in this absorbing character-driven novel authored by a former CIA official. Read full book review >

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PLACEBO JUNKIES by J.C. Carleson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Raw, funny, grotesque, unsettling, and very sad. (author's note) (Fiction. 15-18)"
Teens earn a living as test subjects in medical trials in a novel that may feel dystopian but is very much set in the present day. Read full book review >

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WINK: THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO NAP by J.C. Phillipps
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2011

"Like its predecessor, definitely not a snoozer. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Ah, the price of fame. Read full book review >

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WINK, THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO BE NOTICED by J.C. Phillipps
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Better illustrated than plotted, but entertaining and accessible. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Flamboyant Wink, a flawed but talented young Ninja student, shows that finding one's true calling is as important as working hard. Read full book review >

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WILDMAN by J.C. Geiger
Released: June 6, 2017

"A thought-provoking, hilarious, eloquent story of a young man realizing that the world is much larger than the one set up for him. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
A high school valedictorian takes a madcap left turn in life. Read full book review >

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B & ME by J.C. Hallman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"There are only occasional insights in this frenzied, unabashedly self-indulgent book."
Recounting a literary obsession. Read full book review >

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THREAT CASE by J.C. Pollock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 1991

"Meanwhile, there are some amusing vice-presidential jokes."
A Special Forces veteran leads the search for his archenemy to stop him before he assassinates the Presidentin the latest exercise in military and police gadgetry and techniques from Pollock (Crossfire, Centrifuge, Mission M.I.A.). Read full book review >

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WM & H'RY by J.C. Hallman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2013

"A readable treatment of a scholarly subject."
A short critique of the letters between the famous James brothers provides an engaging footnote on the relationship and occasional rivalry between two of the finest minds of modern times. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2006

"Interesting, but not insightful."
A quirky, ultimately unsatisfying investigation of religious belief. Read full book review >

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THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN by J.C. Burnham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 16, 2010

"Religious mystery fans, people suspicious of the Catholic Church and anyone who enjoys supernatural thrillers will welcome this book.
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A classy Christian thriller with a dark mystery at its heart. Read full book review >

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HOW YOU LOSE by J.C. Amberchele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Amberchele, now serving time in prison, won two first-prize PEN prison-writing awards. He demonstrates talent here, but too many of the very loosely linked sections that fill out the volume are unconvincing and meander away from the story's heart."
A powerful premise linking stories about a survivor on the one hand and the perpetrator of a violent crime on the other dwindles into halfhearted sketches of other only minimally related characters. Read full book review >