Search Results: "John J. Gaynard"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 8, 2011

"A rich, darkly comic send-up of the art world and the megalomaniacal souls that populate it."
Booze, brawls, sex and schizophrenia—such is the artist's life in Paris, according to this raucous satire. Read full book review >

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GREEN BLOOD IS FOR FRANCE by John J. Gaynard
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"France's fictionalized political problems prove interesting, but the novel needs stronger writing and characterization."
Gaynard dissects France's political corruption in his novel about a police investigation into the murder of a young woman used as a sex toy by French political leaders. Read full book review >

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COLORS by John J. Reiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Basic yet striking, this book and its companions make fine additions to the ever expanding concepts bookshelf. (Board book. 1-4)"
A concept board book invites little ones to explore and name colors; companion volumes do the same for shapes and numbers. Read full book review >

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MADHATTAN MYSTERY by John J. Bonk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2012

"A pleaser for fans of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967) and like New York odysseys. (Mystery. 11-13)"
A jewelry heist, an abrasive new friend and the Big Apple itself carry a young visitor through lingering grief-related issues in this engaging, if thematically crowded outing. Read full book review >

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TURBULENCE by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2002

"If only aviation expert Jance (Headwind, 2001, etc.) weren't quite so transparently manipulative. A less bizarre Judy, for instance, might have kick-started that old willing suspension of disbelief."
Near-miss thriller about a commercial airliner threatened with hijacking—by all of its passengers. Read full book review >

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FIRE FLIGHT by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Nance strives for no style like that of the early Richard Bach in Stranger to the Ground or of Ernest K. Gann in Fate Is the Hunter—in fact, the writing here at first feels hacked out and thriller-thin before it rises to blazing excitement."
Mixing white-knucklers (Headwind, 2001, etc.) with the occasional near-miss (Turbulence, 2002, etc.), Nance now takes up fighting the wildfires that yearly send up hundred of homes in flame. Read full book review >

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THE LAST HOSTAGE by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Many slam-bang special effects, and the characters are unremarkable, but Nance's streamlined narrative offers some nicely nasty twists right up to a startling, and grimly appropriate, climax."
Strongly knotted, twisty airline melodrama from Nance (Medusa's Child, 1997, etc.), an air safety analyst and retired Air Force pilot who served in Vietnam and Desert Storm, still serves as a Boeing 737 captain for a major airline, and is a licensed attorney. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KUPERMAN’S FIRE by John J. Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Pretentious and silly."
An ethical Jewish businessman fights corporate evil in this seriously flawed third novel (The Man I Never Wanted to Be, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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SKYHOOK by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"Nance's amiable cast is partly what makes his tenth outing (Turbulence, 2000, etc.) work so well."
Thoroughly entertaining thriller about secrets, lies (bureaucratic sort), and little guys beating the odds. Read full book review >

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WRESTLING WITH ANGELS by John J. Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Mature, literate work."
Oy. Even if there's no one named Portnoy here, Clayton's well-crafted stories abound in existential complaints large and small. Read full book review >

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EMILY & HERMAN by John J. Healey
Released: May 1, 2013

"Despite the fact that Healey tries to deliver an entertaining romance, some readers may feel uncomfortable with the liberties he takes with these literary icons."
Healey takes poetic license in his debut novel about a "forgotten" manuscript—supposedly found among his deceased grandfather's belongings—that tells the story of a romantic relationship between two of American's most well-known early writers. Read full book review >