Search Results: "Julian Rathbone"


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A VERY ENGLISH AGENT by Julian Rathbone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Over-the-top, enjoyably R-rated entertainment from an old pro who appears to be having the time of his life."
The latest historical romp from veteran thriller/detective storywriter Rathbone (Kings of Albion, 2002, etc.) jauntily exposes the underside of 19th-century parliamentary "reform." Read full book review >

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ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN by Julian Rathbone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Rathbone (Sand Blind, 1994, etc.) keeps everything stylishly knowing, jaundiced, and off-kilter until the final movement, which smacks just a bit too much of Quentin Tarantino shootouts."
Nobody but the fledgling Regional Department for Environmental Crime (DUK in German) cares about Roger Vesper, an inoffensive lab technician at the Regional Cancer Hospital who may be the key to cracking a case involving some missing experimental antibiotics. Read full book review >

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KINGS OF ALBION by Julian Rathbone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"The rambling seems more travelogue than novel, including, as it does, everything from theology to weather reports, and the notion of strangers in a strange land never quite catches fire."
No doubt hoping to extend the extravagant sweep-of-history-on-the-road theme of his previous novel (The Last English King, 1999), but falling short, Rathbone shifts to the Wars of the Roses, and a group of travelers from India who arrive just in time to be in the thick of the intrigue. Read full book review >

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THE LAST ENGLISH KING by Julian Rathbone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Popping the clutch once too often in shifting between memory, history, and life on the road, but, still, an often haunting evocation of a tumultuous time of glory and grief."
A dark-hued lament for the loss of jolly old England a millennium ago, when psychopath William the Conqueror used a bagful of tricks to best good King Harold, this saga from the wide-ranging Rathbone (Blame Hitler, p. 1076, etc.) has its moments but can't sustain them The story comes out in the halting, painful recollections of Walt, one of Harold's inner circle of advisers and bodyguards who has wandered far from the Battle at Hastings in 1066, where he lost his right hand as well as his king. Read full book review >

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SAND BLIND by Julian Rathbone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Despite the sometimes herky-jerky nature of the plot, the political minuets are danced superbly—they're what you read the book for, and they make you think."
The newest political thriller from a seasoned writer of the genre is almost there: intelligent, challenging, complex—but never quite believable. Read full book review >

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SAINT JULIAN by Jr. Wangerin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"An exquisite rendering of the ancient tale, with none of the anachronistic ironies that such updatings too often contain."
The life of the legendary medieval penitent and saint, retold with style and elegance by Wangerin (The Crying for a Vision, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 2009

"Expertly handled prognostication with more than a touch of somber magnificence."
Post-apocalyptic power struggle from Hugo Award winner Wilson (Axis, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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3 NBS OF JULIAN DREW by James M. Deem
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"302, etc.) presents a hard-edged tale of abuse and recovery. (Fiction. 12+)"
``I am an abused child, (but I can't tell you that),'' writes Julian Drew, 15, when his English teacher tells him to write the truest sentence he knows. Read full book review >

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UNTIL I FIND JULIAN by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A moving quest of family, survival, and home. (Fiction. 8-12) "
When a Mexican family stops hearing from the eldest brother, working in the States, 12-year-old Mateo risks everything and runs away in search of Julian. Read full book review >

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THE JULIAN GAME by Adele Griffin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Griffin portrays Raye's soul-searching convincingly; readers will identify with her acute consciousness of her outsider status, which makes her inner struggle both compelling and sympathetic. (Fiction. YA)"
Out of boredom, Raye and her best friend Natalya create a phony Facebook profile for a college freshman named Elizabeth Lavenzck. Read full book review >

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THE CRIME OF JULIAN WELLS by Thomas H. Cook
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"This sprawling update of Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios lacks the baleful focus of its model, or of the most successful of Cook's own nightmare excavations of the past. Wait till next year."
Cook's 27th dip into his fictional characters' troubled past asks why an expatriate writer took his own life. Read full book review >