Search Results: "J.D. Proffitt"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 22, 2011

"Despite being a novel, Proffitt's book has the potential for being an effective introduction to the complexity and highly personal nature of the American Civil War in a classroom setting—others will find it easy-to-read, escapist literature."
Proffitt's first novel is historical fiction set against the complex social and political conflict that existed during the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROWN OF THREE by J.D. Blackthorn
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A promising story that fails to deliver. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Three new stars in the sky foretell triplets who will overthrow the evil King Brutan, end strife in Toronia, and rule together in peace. Read full book review >

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GENTLEMAN CAPTAIN by J.D. Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2010

"A delightful tale."
A sprightly fictionalized account of the fatal cleft in loyalties among seamen following Charles II's restoration in 1660. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2005

"Frequently riveting, occasionally long-winded. Well worth your time, but read fast: it has the unwritten expiration date of a Wired article on tech trends."
Sprawling account of the battle between corporations and creative individuals over what constitutes the proper use of digital media. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 6, 1991

"Brown didn't dig far enough; for a far more penetrative look at modern China see, for example, Paul Theroux's Riding the Iron Rooster (1988)."
Colorless recounting of the author's experiences as a teacher of English at the Medical College in Xi'an, China, and of a couple of subsequent visits to the People's Republic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAFE AND SOUND by J.D. Rhoades
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2007

"Nothing new, but the slam-bang action is unrelenting, and that sound you hear is the rustle of pages turning."
Bounty hunter Jack Keller (Good Day in Hell, 2006, etc.) returns to hunt a murderer who's also hunting him. Read full book review >

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DELUSION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The detection is uninspired and a bit of a slog. As so often in this bestselling series, the high point is the police interrogation of the perp—this time by a corps of five strong women who unite to bamboozle him in a most satisfying way."
The latest quarry of Lt. Eve Dallas is the homegrown terrorist who masterminded a pair of unfathomable attacks that left 127 citizens dead. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >

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THE LAST CODFISH by J.D. McNeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"McNeill sensitively explores the difficulty of change in this impressive debut, whether it's the increasing scarcity of good fishing, or a father and son needing to move on with their lives. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A thoughtful and at times riveting story of a 15-year-old boy who hasn't spoken since his mother died in a boating accident seven years earlier. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHOENIX by J.D. Dolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2000

"Dolan unflinchingly peels away the layers from a family's secrets and fears, and in doing so creates a memorial to a brother lost too soon—as well as a powerful, unsettling lament for the ways in which life's hard realities can diminish one's dreams."
A beautifully written, painfully frank memoir about a death in the family, and a meditation on the fragile bonds of kinship in the modern world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONCEALED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"More heartfelt than most of Eve's futuristic adventures (Thankless in Death, 2013, etc.) but less suspenseful, since Eve decides pretty early on, based on little more than a hunch, who the killer is, and she turns out—lo and behold—to be right."
A grisly discovery in a decrepit Hell's Kitchen building opens a case for Lt. Eve Dallas that has its roots all the way back in 2045. Read full book review >