Search Results: "James D. Tabor"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"His ultimate claim that Paul saw himself as a second Messiah seems like an inflated reading of the Pauline letters, and it will prove controversial with most Christians."
Another entry in the guess-who-Paul-really-was contest. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2006

"A provocative contribution, diminished by an overbearing approach."
Think you know who Jesus was? Well, think again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Provocative and challenging, the questions raised here deserve to be answered as the ashes from Waco and Oklahoma City still settle."
A thoroughly absorbing though not entirely credible analysis of the Branch Davidian movement and critique of America's stance toward ``cults.'' Both specialists in religion, Tabor (Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte) and Gallagher (Connecticut College) convincingly contend that the tragedy at Waco, Tex., that resulted in the deaths of 4 federal agents and 80 Branch Davidians could easily have been averted. Read full book review >

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FROZEN SOLID by James M. Tabor
Released: March 26, 2013

"The final payoff isn't quite as satisfying as one might hope: The Vishnu subplot is disposed of in one sentence, and the criminal ringleader is executed offstage. Still, the setting and a generally well-turned plot make this a fine thriller."
The South Pole is the real star of Tabor's (The Deep Zone, 2012, etc.) latest thriller. The bleak and forbidding nature of the pole lends a powerful atmosphere to a story that begins with two mysterious deaths and grows to include an international chemical conspiracy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2007

"Tabor's largely speculative narrative lacks the dramatic force of such other recent high-altitude stories as Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air (1997) or Ed Viesturs' No Shortcuts to the Top (2006), and the dearth of answers may leave readers unsatisfied."
A former contributing editor to Outside magazine tries to ferret out the truth behind a 1967 expedition during which seven climbers died on Mt. McKinley. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 2010

"A fascinating and informative introduction to the sport of cave diving, as well as a dramatic portrayal of a significant man-vs.-nature conflict."
A compelling look at the people and perils involved in conquering the world's most treacherous supercaves. Read full book review >

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THE DEEP ZONE by James M. Tabor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 2012

"A smart, informative debut thriller with a pair of assertive heroines that draws us into the strange wonders of inner space."
A super-lethal, fast-spreading bacterium that eats its victims from the inside out is decimating U.S. troops in Afghanistan and posing the threat of a pandemic. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Full of homespun philosophy and advice, this leisurely told tale may appeal to readers who have enjoyed the work of Brian Doyle. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Paolo describes what happens when his ten-year-old cousin Billy falls in love with Veronica, a Chinese-American girl, against community mores in central California in 1951. Read full book review >

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FAST COMPANY by D. James Smith
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The passages of remarkably poised, fluid writing make Smith's debut, despite its disheartening message, unusually strong. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A depressing, downbeat tale that attempts to make sense of the lives of some highly dysfunctional, unlikable people, but never quite succeeds. Read full book review >

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AFTERSHOCK by James D. McFarlin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 5, 2013

"An engaging, complex cyberthriller from a writer who knows the territory."
The government and Silicon Valley unite to fend off a major cyberterrorism attack in this fast-paced thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DEAD MAN'S TALE by James D. Doss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Top-flight work from Doss (The Widow's Revenge, 2009, etc.), who can outplot most anybody and give cold-blooded miscreants a case of the giggles. Are you listening, awards committees?"
A droll fandango between a man who hires an assassin for two bits and a man who predicts his own demise. Read full book review >

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SNOW MOUNTAIN PASSAGE by James D. Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2001

"Is there yet any doubt that the historical novel is alive and well once again? Houston has made another significant contribution to the genre's revival."
A well-researched and vivid retelling of the Donner Party's 1846 winter ordeal and the struggle for control of the California territory. Read full book review >