Search Results: "Wilbur Wright"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 15, 1991

"Like Lincoln (Newbery Medal, 1988), this is familiar but retold in a manner so fresh and immediate that reading it is like discovering the material for the first time. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Using illuminating facts and incidents to place the story of this monumental achievement in the history of aeronautics and in the brothers' personal lives, Freedman focuses on the events that led to the first successful flight and on the Wrights' subsequent improvements on their invention. Read full book review >

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THE SEVENTH SCROLL by Wilbur Smith
Released: April 1, 1995

"A master storyteller at the top of his considerable form. (First printing of 250,000; $250,000 ad/promo)"
A rousing, good sequel to River God, Smith's 1994 bestseller, which takes the immensely entertaining form of a high-tech treasure hunt. Read full book review >

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WARLOCK by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2001

"Warlock will get a major marketing campaign."
Third appearance of Taita, the witty but enigmatic polymath eunuch who narrated River God (1994) and reappeared largely on a 4,000-year-old papyrus scroll in The Seventh Scroll (1995). Read full book review >

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THE BLUE HORIZON by Wilbur Smith
Released: May 13, 2003

"Utter nonsense, but as readable as ever. Really big retro-fun for the gents."
Superprolific chronicler of Afro-colonial glory days Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family from where it left off in Monsoon (1999). Read full book review >

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MONSOON by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1999

"Smith overstuffs every possible paragraph of his cutlass-and-pistol epic, yet he paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."
Bestselling Smith (the Ancient Egypt duet River God, 1994, and The Seventh Scroll,1995, etc.), who usually specializes in colorfully escapist tales with South African settings, returns to the 18th-century scene of his seagoing Birds of Prey (1997) to continue with the lives of the three sons of Sir Henry —Hal— Courteney—Tom, Dorian, and Guy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A heart-warming chronicle of human courage and endurance, as well as a welcome restoration of a pioneering aeronautical engineer's tarnished reputation."
A gripping tale of a disastrous expedition to the North Pole led by the Italian dirigible designer Umberto Nobile. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1997

"A smart, cleanly written, yet not especially adventurous harvest."
A poet's amble in prose through poetry and other byways of language and art. Read full book review >

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THOSE IN PERIL by Wilbur Smith
Released: May 1, 2011

"An uneven, ripped-from-the-headlines swashbuckler whose heroes dodge their enemies' bullets and the implications of their own actions, with mixed results."
Smith tackles modern-day pirates in this adventure novel set in Africa. Read full book review >

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ELEPHANT SONG by Wilbur Smith
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Smith knows the scene."
A dashing producer of TV documentaries battles to save his beloved Africa from callous international multimillionaires and home-grown villainous politicians—in a free-standing adventure from the author of the Africa-based Courtney sagas (Golden Fox, A Time to Die, etc.) and others. Read full book review >

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DESERT GOD by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"With Minoan civilization destroyed by the eruption, Taita routs the Hykos, albeit still in perilous control of lower Egypt, which suggests Smith's eunuch/warrior/statesman has another adventure in store."
Delving again into ancient history, Smith (Vicious Circle, 2013, etc.) returns to the adventures of Taita, first a slave and then diplomat-warrior for pharaohs.Read full book review >