Search Results: "James W. Pennebaker"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Essential reading for psychotherapists and readers interested in the connection between language and human behavior, emotion and perception."
A comprehensive investigation of how our words—what we say and how we say it—reveal important insights about our behavior, emotions and personalities. Read full book review >

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BLUE STAR RAPTURE by James W. Bennett
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"He also leaves plotlines unresolved, neglects to develop a clear climax, and is skimpy with sports action. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A week of basketball camp sparks deep changes in a high-school junior's outlook, but readers may wonder why, so sparely written and roughly constructed is this story from Bennett (The Squared Circle, 1995, etc.). T.J. isn't looking too hard at just who's paying for him and his 6' 9" friend, Tyron, to attend camp; after all, a coach from North State has already made overtures, in direct violation of NCAA rules. Read full book review >

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PARTING SHOT by James W. Kunetka
Released: Jan. 9, 1990

Hitler's followers seek a postwar nuclear revenge in this intriguing if uneven technothriller by the author of Shadow Man (1988) and Oppenheimer: The Years of Risk (1982), and co-author (with Whitley Strieber) of Warday (1984). Read full book review >

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CAST THE FIRST STONE by James W. Ziskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Ziskin's nice-but-no-nonsense hero is out seriously past her depth in these fleshpots, where, as she aptly notes, she can't trust a single person. Readers will end up rooting for her to get sent back to the East Coast, where people just murder each other."
An unsought assignment sends reporter Ellie Stone from upstate New York to Hollywood in the rainy month of February 1962. Read full book review >

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HELL’S BAY by James W. Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Nice performances by Sugarman and the scary villainess in an otherwise unremarkable story."
The author's independent fishing guide Thorn acquires a first and middle name and a family with a billion dollars worth of baggage plus the keys to the balance of the Florida ecology. Read full book review >

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HARD AGROUND by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"A vigorous—even inspired—hoeing of what is, however, old ground (the greedy senator is a particularly hoary bit): still, fans of tropical crime will find pleasures aplenty here."
Another tangy Florida thriller from Hall (Bones of Coral, 1991, etc.), this one about long-buried treasure—and murder. Read full book review >

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FLASH POINT by James W. Huston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"A thinking man's military thriller, with superb action, crackling hardware-speak, and just enough tragedy to emphasize the emotional price for so much gung-ho American heroism."
Huston's third military thriller is also his best as it examines the cost of another hypothetical American reprisal against terrorism, this time with a supersonic fighter-jet pursuit of a bin Laden stand-in to his secret desert fortress. Read full book review >

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THE PRICE OF POWER by James W. Huston
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"Right-wing cant and a vastly hypothetical scenario reduce this overlong cautionary tale to little more than a hardware-heavy Tom Clancy clone. (Author tour)"
A dated, tediously plotted revision, posing as a sequel to Huston's stirring, high-tech Washington legal procedural, Balance of Power (1998). Read full book review >

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NO STONE UNTURNED by James W. Ziskin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2014

"You can't help rooting for tenacious Ellie, who has the grit to know when she's right and the grace to admit when she's wrong."
The year is 1960. Reporter Ellie Stone (Styx & Stone, 2013) looks for her big break covering the grisly murder of a beautiful college student in upstate New York. Read full book review >

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BUZZ CUT by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"Butler's a villain worthy of the grotesques in Dick Tracy, but the rest of the cast, including the hero, don't seem any more interested in the familiar plot than you're likely to be. (Author tour)"
A fiendishly clever saboteur goes up against the uninspired defenders of the Fiesta Cruise Lines in the seventh of Hall's increasingly overblown action fantasies. Read full book review >

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SILENCER by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 2010

"Less mystery, menace, sadism and comic-book kink than most of Thorn's adventures (Hell's Bay, 2008, etc.), but enough to keep the fans happy till next year."
A charitable deal to protect thousands of pristine Florida acres from development lands Hall's newly wealthy hero Thorn literally in a deep hole. Read full book review >

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THE BIG FINISH by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"The John D. MacDonald of The Green Ripper meets the Upton Sinclair of The Jungle. Better get your fill of ham and bacon before you start this one."
Florida fly-tier/soldier of fortune Thorn, who's already tangled with his newly discovered son's attachment to eco-terrorists (Going Dark, 2013), gets another chance to rescue him—from some people even worse.Read full book review >