Search Results: "Junius Podrug"


BOOK REVIEW

FROST OF HEAVEN by Junius Podrug
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"But he needs to strike out on his own."
A lost-world story derivative of James Hilton's Shangri-La, by a first-time novelist. Read full book review >

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DARK PASSAGE by Junius Podrug
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Readers' heads may spin trying to follow the plots, counterplots, and back stories, but there's little chance they'll stop reading before the whole bloody mess comes to an end."
Another over-the-top but oddly effective adventure from Podrug (Presumed Guilty, 1997, etc.), this one sending a motley band back in time to stop two terrorists from killing Christ. Read full book review >

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PRESUMED GUILTY by Junius Podrug
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"An interesting examination of alien jurisprudence, overwhelmed by campy melodrama, kinky theatrics, and cartoon violence."
Torturously contrived, wildly improbable woman-in-peril/legal procedural set in a darkly perverse post-Communist Moscow, from mystically inclined lawyer-author Podrug (Frost of Heaven, 1992). Read full book review >

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THE CURSE by Harold Robbins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Madison's summary nails it: 'Murder, madness, and greed swirled around me like a Mojave dust devil.' You go, girl."
Returning from the dead for yet another encore, two headline-making names, boy king Tutankhamen and megaselling Robbins, partnered once again by living collaborator Podrug, power another case for antiquities investigator Madison Dupre. Read full book review >

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THE LOOTERS by Harold Robbins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Madison not only fails to garner any reader sympathy, she comes off like a man in drag, stuck in a plot hindered by details that seem added as page filler, but the novel picks up once she flees the country for Europe—though the reader may not hang on long enough to pass through customs."
Podrug (The Devil to Play, 2006, etc.) pens another tale for the estate of long-deceased writer Harold Robbins, of The Carpetbaggers fame, and explores the dirty underbelly of antiquities procurement. Read full book review >

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GARY JENNINGS’ AZTEC RAGE by Robert Gleason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2006

"If the Aztecs are enraged, it's because one of them read this improbable mess."
Answer "no" immediately if someone asks, "Would you like to know . . . about the men I have killed, the women I have loved, the fortunes I have made . . . and stolen?" Read full book review >

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AZTEC REVENGE by Gary Jennings
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An unfocused and uninspired adventure tale."
The latest installment in the late author's Aztec adventure franchise. Read full book review >

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THE BETRAYERS by Harold Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Podrug's strong, crisp style excels at description, particularly in the Russian scenes."
Robbins's sixth posthumous novel finds new co-writer Podrug outwriting the hormonal old ghost, as was the case with Sin City (2002). Read full book review >

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JUNIUS OVER FAR by Virginia Hamilton
Released: April 24, 1985

"If, in the end, the strangers' sinister business sounds like a Cold War concoction, and if the ultimate disposition of the Rawlings property seems a little too good to be convincingly true, these details are peripheral and unimportant compared to Hamilton's clear-sighted handling of the Burtie connection and her vibrant family portrait."
One of Hamilton's more accessible and unforced novels, Junius Over Far celebrates a boy's love for his grandfather, a man's rediscovery of his roots, and an old man's dignity and belonging. Read full book review >

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JUNIUS AND ALBERT'S ADVENTURES IN THE CONFEDERACY by Peter Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 2013

"Carlson has taken full advantage of abundant material to deliver a vivid chronicle of two working Civil War reporters and their spectacular odyssey."
A rollicking story of imprisonment and escape during the Civil War seems a stretch, but journalist Carlson accomplished a similar feat with a Soviet premier in K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist (2009), and this is another entertaining, occasionally gruesome account. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Readable but only half-satisfying pop-history—more for assassination buffs (Smith brings together many sources) than for fanciers of theater history. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
The Booth family's important place in theater history has often been overshadowed or obscured by the notoriety of John Wilkes. Read full book review >