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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SECRET JUSTICE by James W. Huston
Released: May 27, 2003

"After so much cynicism about craven government hacks, whining liberals, and ruthlessly efficient bad guys, Huston's happy ending might not convince. Everything else does."
Another thinking-man's slam-bang military thriller from Huston that asks what the American government might do if it ever got its hands on bin Laden. Read full book review >

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TRANSGRESSION by James W. Nichol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"The long-awaited climax, though heart-rending, is too anticlimactic to resolve the knotty problems the story has posed. But Nichol makes a persuasive case that it couldn't possibly have done so no matter what."
Slow-motion calamity awaits a girl in occupied France who falls in love with a member of the occupying army. Read full book review >

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ROBERT KENNEDY by James W. Hilty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"This well-written book is timely, coming just as the 30th anniversary of RFK's assassination approaches, and just as the current crop of Kennedy scions is making news for all the wrong reasons. (29 b&w photos)"
A fine study of the assassinated senator's contribution to national politics. Read full book review >

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Released: July 6, 2006

"Potentially a startling 21st-century update of The Manchurian Candidate, but the fiery premise loses focus by delving too deeply into a sick criminal mind."
Debut author Mintz presents a contemporary twist on the classic thriller: A Muslim sleeper agent has infiltrated a modern American college campus, but he's unlikely to be suspected of terrorism because he's a lecherous, alcoholic professor and a failed novelist. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2012

"Passionately and thoroughly entertaining."
What makes a bestselling novel? Longtime teacher and prolific thriller writer Hall (Dead Last, 2011, etc.) explores how certain books strike literary paydirt. Read full book review >

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GOING DARK by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"The plot of Going Dark doesn't have the zip of some of Hall's other Thorn books, but with its nicely observed characters and lively dialogue—and terrific sex scenes—it keeps readers turning the pages."
In Hall's 13th Thorn novel, the go-it-alone Key Largo PI undergoes a crash course in parenthood when he discovers the grown son he barely knows belongs to an environmental activist group with terrorism on its agenda. 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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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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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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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 >