Search Results: "Karl Jacobs"


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The President's Killers by Karl Jacobs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"A fine thriller, succinct when it needs to be and sizzling where it counts."
A man is unknowingly set up as the fall guy for a presidential assassination in Jacobs' fast-paced debut thriller. Read full book review >

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SON OF THE ROUGH SOUTH by Karl Fleming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2005

"The author's talents as a historian far outweigh his abilities as an autobiographer."
A long-time Newsweek journalist piggybacks his life's story onto the most important news event of his career: the turbulent drama of the civil rights movement. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"Nuanced, balanced and accessible—essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of China today."
Sharply observed account of what happens, both good and bad, when a group of more than a billion people start seriously shopping. Read full book review >

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PIRATE SUN by Karl Schroeder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Still enormously talented work, but at this point the series needs less of Schroeder's trademark zero-gee swashbuckling and more of the astonishing and sometimes terrifying ideas behind it all."
Third entry (Queen of Candesce, 2007, etc.) in Schroeder's series—call it pirate-punk—where corsairs and would-be emperors do weightless battle from wooden-hulled airships inside a gigantic space habitat. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

This vivid appreciation combines big, dramatic color photos taken in several countries over a nearly 40-year span with a lively, opinionated history that will clue readers in to both the development (and jargon) of steam railroading, and its enduring fascination. Read full book review >

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OCEAN LINERS by Karl Zimmerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A fascinating voyage. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
From the earliest days, the ships that carried passengers across the oceans have been wreathed in an aura of romance and mystery and have entranced generations of aficionados. Read full book review >

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Released: June 10, 2012

"Fans of historical fiction may especially appreciate this entertaining recreation of Schubert's life; familiarity with the composer and his music is not a prerequisite."
Jacobs' historical novel details the life of Franz Schubert. Read full book review >

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COMFORT FOOD by Kate Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Not quite as satisfying as the title would lead us to expect."
The lives and loves of a TV chef, her daughters, neighbor and associates all receive a makeover in this lighthearted but sometimes sagging romantic problem-solver. Read full book review >

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THE PLAN by Bernard Jacobs
Released: Dec. 31, 2011

"An engaging, conspiracy-laden tale with a frightening premise."
In this action-packed thriller, a charismatic American president with a secret agenda sets in play a global war against radical Islamists. Read full book review >

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THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"A lightweight but endearing and nimble look at how pursuing absurd extremes can illuminate the more mundane aspects of contemporary existence."
Esquire editor at large Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically, 2007, etc.) continues his unique brand of immersion journalism. Read full book review >