Search Results: "John D. Thomas"


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Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"A messy, fun treatise that informs without edifying."
Everything you wanted to know about spit. Read full book review >

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SKY WALKING by Thomas D. Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"For the true space enthusiast only."
Shuttle veteran Jones reminisces about rocketing into space. Read full book review >

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THE WARRIOR'S PATH by Brian D. Thomas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A complex fantasy that will particularly appeal to aficionados of ancient-world history."
Thomas' debut fantasy set in ancient China depicts the first stages of a revolution against tyrannical lords. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"We are losing much biodiversity because of human meddling, writes this contrarian ecologist in his fascinating book. However, 'come back in a million years and we might be looking at several million new species whose existence can be attributed to humans.'"
An optimistic view of nature amid the current environmental crisis. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"A first-rate history with appeal for general readers as well as specialists."
A masterful overview of how President Truman restructured the US military in the face of determined opposition from officer elites and of the grave problems attendant on the new cold war. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A minor effort. (Nonfiction. 9-10)"
The answer to the subtitle is habitat destruction, pollution, global warming, reduction of prey, war, poachers and often all of the above. Read full book review >

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OUR THREE BEARS by Ron Hirschi
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"This has a sure place in educational settings. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Hirschi's latest wildlife title examines the habitats, life-cycle and threats to the three bears that populate the United States: black bears, grizzlies and polar bears. Read full book review >

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THE CROSSROADS by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 1959

"Slick- and sexy stuff."
At the crossroads of Florida's Highway 71, the four children of Charles Drovek have built a motel-shopping center empire, but while they are very successful- they have their personal troubles; the oldest, Charles, is married to a hopeless alcoholic and in love with another woman; the youngest, Pete, has a swivel-hipped wife; etc., etc. So that the plan to steal the savings of old Pop Drovek, while it is carried out — by his daughter-in-law and her lovers, and while it leads to a double murder, is only one of several points of interest here. Read full book review >

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TURQUOISE LAMENT by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 1973

"But there's a smashing scene at the end to make up for all that lost time when in McGee's own inimitable words life has been ''running out the bottom of the tube."
The most notable thing here is that this is the first time MacDonald has appeared initially in hardcover, although as he idles along, you might wonder what happened to what's happening since MacDonald has been so well established as one of the real hellbent storytellers in the business. Read full book review >

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THE SPIRIT WALKER by John D. Kell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"Too bleak for readers on the hunt for adolescent vampire love, but it's just right for those who like their supernatural stories with more bite."
A teenage orphan enters a world of magic and vampires to learn of her enigmatic origins and her newfound powers in Kell's (Mandate of Blood, 2012) supernatural thriller. Read full book review >

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NO DEADLY DRUG by John D. MacDonald
Released: Sept. 6, 1968

"Trial trivia moves briskly in and out of libraries, but this promises to see its greatest sale from paperback racks."
Here we go again. Read full book review >

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ONE MORE SUNDAY by John D. MacDonald
Released: March 26, 1984

"Harold Robbins' Spellbinder, etc.)—but readable enough to attract that big built-in readership."
Scandals, hypocrisies, and inter-personal tensions at the headquarters of a big-bucks TV preacher—in a competent multi-plot novel that's unexciting in its melodrama, serviceable in its soap opera, and far too preachy (and predictable) in its ironic-expose viewpoint. Read full book review >