Search Results: "John R. Downes"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DISSONANT SPIES by John R. Downes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 13, 2013

"A slightly contrived espionage yarn that still unspools nicely."
In Downes' (When Johnny Came Marching, 2012) novel, two Nazi spies with differing views of the morality of war secretly try to make it to America's heartland with an FBI agent on their trail. Read full book review >

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ATLAS OF SOCIAL ISSUES by Alisdair Rogers
NONFICTION
Released: April 15, 1991

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Double-spread presentations of 28 broad-ranging topics concerning health (famine, alcoholism, AIDS, malaria, etc.), economics (wealth, migrant labor, women at work, unemployment), crime, fertility control, human rights, language, demographics, and more. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 13, 2011

"A legend of the Middle Ages bound to please most readers."
A squire pursues fortune, fame and the woman he loves—at any cost. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW OF REICHENBACH FALLS by John R. King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"Sherlockians may quibble at their hero's fallibility, but King (The Angel of Death in Chicago, 2008, etc.) could well create new fans for William Hope Hodgson's early sci-fi tales of Carnacki."
It takes two fictional sleuths to engineer Professor Moriarty's comeuppance. Read full book review >

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SNAP HOOK by John R. Corrigan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 5, 2004

"A muffled, forgettable mystery highly recommended for golfers, golf widows and widowers, and everybody who's ever wondered what the fuss is about."
A dyslexic journeyman PGA golfer and sometime sleuth struggles to read greens and clues better than pages in this modest sequel to Cut Shot (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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MIND by John R. Searle
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"An often-fascinating look into a subject we all know intimately—but that even the experts don't fully understand."
It seems fitting that the one indispensable tool of philosophy is also one of its major problems. Here's an attempt to show general readers the key issues. Read full book review >

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HAVEN by John R. Maxim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Top-drawer entertainment with plenty of (some of it kinky) action that speeds the reader past the narrative's more improbable events. (First printing of 100,000)"
Maxim (The Shadow Box, 1996, etc.) offers a sturdy romantic thriller in which a couple of retired espionage agents realize that escaping their Cold War pasts may prove tougher than they reckoned. Read full book review >

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BOOK OF LAWS by John R. Swift
Released: Nov. 30, 2011

"A unique mystery that lacks pull."
In Swift's (Living With Capone, 2009, etc.) latest crime novel, a murder leads a small town sheriff to consider the true meaning of home. Read full book review >

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MOSAIC by John R. Maxim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 1999

"This capable veteran has done better (Haven, 1997, etc.)."
A hodgepodge of a thriller about secret government experiments aimed at turning Multiple Personality Disorder into a positive. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"While the prose style is not particularly distinguished, the material has enough psychic weight and nuclear-family ambiance to deserve attention."
Powers's fourth novel (Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, 1975, is his best known) is a 1950's coming-of-age saga about a boy who loses his brother in an accident. Read full book review >

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BABY DAYS by Belinda Downes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"A cute gift for a baby shower. (Picture book. 1-3)"
As a quilt warms a newborn, so this quilt of rhymes warms the new relationship between parent and child. Read full book review >

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EVERY LITTLE ANGEL'S HANDBOOK by Belinda Downes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It may sound precious, but Downes's humor, her orderliness and sense of detail will attract readers, who will pore over the gilded stitchery, selecting their favorite angel accessories. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Dressing up angels is a lot like dressing up dolls, and kids who love choosing outfits will love this book. Read full book review >