Search Results: "John Jakes"


BOOK REVIEW

CHARLESTON by John Jakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2002

"The author's pleasure in this many-voiced hymn to his home state of 25 years comes through strongly: popular historical fiction at its most readable."
Jakes (On Secret Service, 2000, etc.) takes another big bite out of southern history with a tragic multigenerational saga set in Charleston, South Carolina. Read full book review >

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CRIME TIME by John Jakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Happily, then, the Kent Family's gain was nobody's loss."
Political correctness has blunted Samuel Johnson's observation that a woman preaching was like a dog walking on its hind legs—the wonder was not that it was done well, but that it was done at all—but its point is still relevant to this collection of a dozen reprints, most from the 1950s and '60s, by the bestselling author of the Kent Family Chronicles (The Bastard, etc.). Read full book review >

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AMERICAN DREAMS by John Jakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Realistic detail and period color galore keep this swift-moving story grounded in the sunset of a largely agrarian America as the automobile and WWI arrive to shake the republic out of its golden idyll. (Literary Guild featured alternate)"
This sequel to prolific historical novelist Jakes's Homeland (1994, not reviewed) leads faithful readers of his Revolutionary and Civil War sagas into the 20th century and continues his roman-fleuve of the Crown Dynasty of Chicago. Read full book review >

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THE GODS OF NEWPORT by John Jakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Another well-hewn American history lesson for Jakes's devoted fans."
Folksy storyteller Jakes (Charleston, 2002, etc.) directs a relatively economical drama of scandal and bad manners amid newly rich robber barons climbing the summer social ladder in Newport, RI. Read full book review >

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ON SECRET SERVICE by John Jakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"An absorbing study of how human affairs stubbornly fall outside the simplistic categories of 'right' and 'wrong,' but probably best suited to those with a yen for Civil War and early Secret Service history."
Jakes's 15th historical (American Dreams, 1998, etc.) follows the Civil War through the eyes of four idealistic gentlefolk, from both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, whose crisscrossing paths teach them that espionage is not a genteel game for amateurs but a savage battle lacking rules of engagement. Read full book review >

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A CENTURY OF GREAT WESTERN STORIES by John Jakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Fans will find plenty of familiar names here (Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, Jack London, Owen Wister), along with Marcia Muller, Loren D. Estleman, and Elmer Kelton to keep things interesting."
A Century Of Great Western Stories ($25.95; Apr.; 384 pp.; 0-312-86986-X): An anthology of 30 western tales from authors spanning the century, nicely organized by editor Jakes (American Dreams, 1998, etc.), whose introduction poses this question: "What Happened to the Western?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Once-fresh paths have long since been paved over. (Literary Guild selection)"
Twenty-three pretty unoriginal original short stories set in the American West, gathered by perennial bestseller Jakes (Homeland, not reviewed, etc.) and anthologizing editor Greenberg (Christmas Out West, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

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ELLRAY JAKES WALKS THE PLANK by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2012

"The EllRay Jakes stories are just right for his real-life peers; short enough to be read by kids getting comfortable with chapter booksand also enjoyable and authentic. (Fiction. 6-8)"
The third installment in this series about third-grader with a penchant for "messing up" (EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken, 2011, etc.) revisits an unfortunately evergreen theme from the first book: bullying. Read full book review >

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ELLRAY JAKES IS A ROCK STAR! by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A welcome addition to the tales from Oak Glen Primary School. (Fiction. 7-11)"
This second series entry (EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken, 2011) features an unofficial popularity contest and EllRay's struggles to extricate himself from the fix he gets into after he tries to take a shortcut to earn the respect of his classmates. Read full book review >