Search Results: "Piers Paul Read"


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ABLAZE by Piers Paul Read
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"A top-notch take on a man-made catastrophe and its chilling consequences. (For a look at Chernobyl's aftermath by the plant's former chief engineer, see Grigori Medvedev's No Breathing Room, p. 207.) (Sixteen pages of photos, three maps—not seen)"
A dispassionate yet mesmerizing survey of atomic-electric power in the Soviet Union, whose centerpiece is the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl. Read full book review >

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A SEASON IN THE WEST by Piers Paul Read
Released: April 24, 1989

Here, Read (The Free Frenchman, 1987, etc.) offers an amusing, erudite, only occasionally too-slick satire about a bored banker's wife who turns translator and takes up with a newly arrived Czech dissident. Read full book review >

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SCARPIA by Piers Paul Read
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Overly ornate though engrossing depiction of a tumultuous period in Italian history, when the French looted Italian treasures for the Louvre and deposed the pope."
The back story of Puccini's opera Tosca.Read full book review >

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ON THE THIRD DAY by Piers Paul Read
Released: May 1, 1991

"Read's 11th novel—an enthralling read—touches upon a number of current theological controversies without losing its tightly plotted tension."
An engrossing mystery concerning the appearance of the skeleton of a crucified man in Jerusalem. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 2012

"A brisk, readable retelling with a slightly odd emphasis."
Novelist/historian Read (The Death of a Pope, 2009, etc.) revisits the notorious case that revealed the ugly extent of anti-Semitism in France. Read full book review >

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ALICE IN EXILE by Piers Paul Read
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A real potboiler but a good one: interesting characters, exciting situations, a nice, taut narrative."
A sweeping historical from Britisher Read (The Templars, 2000, etc.), who brings us into WWI and the Russian Revolution as seen through the eyes of a liberated young lady of the early 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE PATRIOT by Piers Paul Read
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Gripping, adult fare that probes the price tendered for survival in times and places of great change."
Another literate thriller from the ever-reliable Read (Ablaze, 1993, etc.), this about a renegade agent of the erstwhile KGB who maneuvers to obtain funds for Russia's cash-strapped Communist Party. Read full book review >

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ALEC GUINNESS by Piers Paul Read
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2005

"A solid if sometimes digressive portrait of a stoic, hardworking player, never really influential but certainly memorable."
In which living as Obi-Wan Kenobi proves to be the best revenge. Read full book review >

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THE TEMPLARS by Piers Paul Read
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An entertaining and even-handed introduction to the Crusades and medieval politics, this will disappoint those desiring an in-depth focus on the Knights themselves. (Seven maps, 16 pp. photos, not seen)"
An interesting introduction to the Crusades, told through the history of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Jesus Christ. Read full book review >

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PAUL by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >

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PAUL by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Acts, though historically imprecise, makes for a much better story."
A dry historical tome that would be more aptly titled ``Paul: A Cultural History.'' The difficulties of doing ancient biography are compounded when one of the two major sources available is believed to be historically unreliable and corrupt. Read full book review >

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Paul by Gesner Noel
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"An excellent single-volume introduction to Christianity's first theologian."
A brief but thorough account of St. Paul's life and an analysis of its significance in the subsequent development of Christianity. Read full book review >