Search Results: "John Smolens"


BOOK REVIEW

THE INVISIBLE WORLD by John Smolens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Crafted by a writer who's good at atmospherics (Cold, 2001, etc.). But individual scenes that are striking don't quite do it when a pivotal character—the father, in this case—is so ambiguous that his motives are impenetrable."
A son wars with his father over his dead mother's ashes in an edgy, Oedipal thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANGEL'S HEAD by John Smolens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1994

"As in Winter by Degrees (1988), great scenery, hit-or-miss plotting, suitably hooded characters, and a handful of powerfully craggy episodes."
Nobody changes Angel's Head Island, nestled a few hundred yards and years off Cape Cod; people who don't share the Flood family's centuries-old closeness to the sea just leave, as journalist Mark Emmons and developer Eliot Bedrosian both did years ago after variously abortive affairs with innkeeper Anne Flood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANARCHIST by John Smolens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A character-driven historical novel that transcends genre and provides a fascinating perspective on the current spate of populist discontent with Washington."
Smolens (Fire Point, 2004, etc.) takes us inside the mind of the man who shot President McKinley. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLD by John Smolens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Smolens (Angel's Head, 1994, etc.) can write riveting scenes, but far too much of what's in between them is derivative or predictable."
Temperatures plummet while emotions reach fever pitch in a melodrama that also runs hot and cold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCHOOLMASTER'S DAUGHTER by John Smolens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Smolens admirably spotlights women in the revolution, but a few too many clichés and contrived plot twists undercut the effort."
A young woman juggles family issues, romance and patriotism in the early days of the American Revolution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRE POINT by John Smolens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Second-novelist Smolens (Cold, 2001) is especially deft at capturing the rhythms of small-town life and the complexity of his 'ordinary' people. Incisive portraits of town denizens add texture."
Three wounded souls are locked in a love triangle that grows increasingly complicated. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN TANA by Bill Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2017

"For the setting and era alone, this ripping adventure yarn offers sufficient rewards."
Set in 19th-century Hawaii, a historical novel stars a handsome young hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING JOHN by Stephen Church
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Church sticks close to the evidence, almost all government records and surviving chronicles devoted to the deeds of great men. The result is not a page-turner but an insightful, likely definitive, biography."
Reigning from 1199 to 1216, King John's villainy remains a mainstay of popular media. Church (Medieval History/Univ. of East Anglia; The Household Knights of King John, 1999) does not downplay his defects in this scholarly but readable biography.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >