Search Results: "Philip Shelby"


BOOK REVIEW

GATEKEEPER by Philip Shelby
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1998

"Still, likable Hollis will probably keep reader interest from flagging until past the half-way mark."
The best thing about Shelby's latest thriller (Days of Drums, 1997, etc.) is his dewy-eyed heroine, who almost, but not quite, saves the day. Read full book review >

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BY DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT by Philip Shelby
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"Turgid prose, formulaic plotting, characters as lively as wooden carvings. Your call."
More conspiracy kitsch from Shelby (Gatekeeper, 1998, etc.), centering this time on those inscrutable Chinese. Read full book review >

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DAYS OF DRUMS by Philip Shelby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Paging Julia Roberts. (First printing of 250,000; film rights to Tri-Star)"
A rookie Secret Service agent's troubles are only beginning when a scheming senator gets killed on her watch—in this fleet political thriller from Shelby, the Los Angeles-based author of This Far From Paradise (1988). Read full book review >

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LAST RIGHTS by Philip Shelby
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1997

"Think of a James Bond yarn without Bond. (First printing of 125,000)"
Another hit of fast, formulaic Washington skullduggery from second-novelist Shelby (Days of Drums, 1996). Read full book review >

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Released: May 15, 2001

"Shaken readers may recite the Twenty-fourth Psalm each page. Anyone for the Apocalypse?"
Like Fellini's Roma, the jacket cover here says Robert Ludlum's The Cassandra Compact—a device we hope doesn't catch on. Clean-prosist and coauthor Shelby wrote Days of Drums (1996). Read full book review >

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SEPTEMBER, SEPTEMBER by Shelby Foote
Released: Feb. 1, 1977

"When Foote's own generally lean and direct narration is in charge of the action and the solid Memphis atmosphere, September works as a straightforwardly effective slice-of-crime; in trying to beef it into more—with the Little Rock headlines, the sentimental psychology, the overemphatic sex—he blunts the suspense and exposes a host of old-fashioned novelist seams."
Twenty-five years after Shiloh, historian Foote (The Civil War: A Narrative) returns to Southern fiction and to his multiple-viewpoint narrative technique, here applied—with mixed results—to a kidnapping in Memphis, September 1957. Read full book review >

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OF ENEMIES AND ENDINGS by Shelby Bach
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"A satisfying conclusion to a sword-and-sorcery series with a feminist fairy-tale twist. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Finally 14, Rory Landon gets to complete her own tale, taking on the Snow Queen and all her evil allies with the help of her classmates at the Ever After School. Read full book review >

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PANAMA by Shelby Hiatt
ROMANCE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Lovely. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Hiatt's impressive debut offers a new take on teen obsession, tempered in the exotic Panamanian jungle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 1998

"A contribution to that genre of political writing that appeals to those seeking arguments to buttress previously held policy preferences without promoting serious thought or improved public policy. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
A black conservative confidently explains the motivations of white liberals. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 12, 1974

"As an addition to the standard works, this can be recommended above all for its gauge of subjective elements."
The last year of the war, written as a sensitive and well-trained observer on either side would have recorded it. Read full book review >

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FOOTPRINTS by Shelby Hearon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 1996

"Hearon skimps on character—Douglas and Nan are at times reduced by the novel's weighty concerns to lecturing, hectoring shells—but even so this is a bright, involving work, if more somber than Hearon's others."
The author of Life Estates (1994), among other portraits of women struggling through a Sargasso of ego-entanglements, here tracks a marriage splintering in an agony of deep grief after the death of a beloved daughter. ``A lot of wishes and feelings lay buried in a person, then something like this tragedy comes along and uncovers them.'' So declares Douglas, sorrowful husband of Nan, who narrates here. Read full book review >