Search Results: "James M. Tabor"


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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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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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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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PEEKABOO BARN by Nat Sims
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Many a toddler will appreciate this title's simple and reassuringly predictable content. (Board book. 1-3)"
Based on a popular app, this board book allows little ones to open and close barn doors to greet familiar farm animals. Read full book review >

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FORBIDDEN by Syrie James
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Lightweight, but the story has some thrills, and the aforementioned genre addicts will enjoy it. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Yet another paranormal romance, this time with an assortment of angels in a chick-lit setting, that will appeal to those addicted to the genre if few others. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 1982

"Less than compulsive reading—but a valuable book to have around."
Princeton historian McPherson has produced what is unapologetically—in heft, in physical design, in the use of myriad headings and subheadings—a high-class undergraduate textbook. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"One signal weakness, however, is that the photographs that generously illustrate this volume are not identified or dated within the caption, leaving readers in the dark as to what is archival and what is modern. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This fascinating exploration of the buried city of Pompeii begins with a recreation of the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius and ends with a snapshot of Pompeii today. Read full book review >