Search Results: "Piers Paul Read"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 AUSTER
by J.W. Bonner

We live our lives mostly in the moment, but also attendant to the question of what if?— what if we had lived in that town rather than the one I know? what if my father (or mother) had died? what if my parents had divorced? what if I had attended school X rather than school Y? what if I ...


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PAMELA PAUL
by Claiborne Smith

Readers who know Pamela Paul’s books before she became the editor of the New York Times Book Review know that they are serious works of nonfiction: The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony (2002), Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families (2005), and Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way ...


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WHERE SHERLOCK HOLMES MEETS FANTASY
by John DeNardo

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd say that nothing in the world is certain except death, taxes, and Sherlock Holmes stories. Sherlock Holmes, the iconic consulting detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, is a perennial mainstay in the literary world. What's not to like? Holmes' methods of investigation and deductions are flawless and the ...


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