Index of Book Reviews
Titles - B
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B, located on LPR.
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- Babylon Rising: The Secret on Ararat, by Tim LaHaye & Bob Phillips.
In the secend volume of the Babylon Rising series, archaeologist Michael Murphy ascends Mount Ararat in pursuit of Noah’s Ark.
- Baby Proof, by Emily Giffin.
When her husband suddenly changes his mind about children and begins to pressure his wife to have a child, Claudia does what any self-respecting childfree-by-choice women would do, she divorces him. But what happens when she starts to think that she made a mistake?
- Back When We Were Grownups, by Anne Tyler.
Tyler has crafted a unique coming of age tale in which Rebecca, a 53-year-old grandmother and professional party giver, suddenly wonders if she has "turned into the wrong person."
- Bad Blood, by John Sandford.
One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell.
- Bad Monkey, by Carl Hiaasen.
When an ex-cop, now relegated to the roach patrol, sets out to discover what happened to the body that goes with the arm in his freezer, hilarity ensues in this quirky mystery.
- The Baghdad Railway Club, by Andrew Martin.
The eighth book in the Jim Stringer, Steam Detective mystery series finds Stringer as a Captain in the army during the dark days of World War One. Wounded on the Western Front he soon finds himself posted to Baghdad, tasked with hunting down a potential traitor, and helping get the Baghdad railway up and running.
- The Bancroft Strategy, by Robert Ludlum.
When master spy Jared Rinehart is kidnaped by a shadowy group in Lebanon, the government agency that he works with disowns him. It falls upon Todd Belknap, his friend and former co-worker to save him.
- Batavia, by Peter Fitzsimons.
The Shipwreck of the Batavia combines in just the one tale the birth of the world's first corporation, the brutality of colonisation, the battle of good vs evil, the derring-do of sea-faring adventure, mutiny, ship-wreck, love, lust, petty fascist dictatorship, murders most foul, survival, retribution, rescue, and so much more.
- Battle Born, by Dale Brown
North and South Korea have been reunified and now they turn their attention toward their mutual enemy, China. As a nuclear confrontation threatens, USAF Brigadier General, Patrick McLanahan leads a special Air Force strike task unit whose mission is to destroy Korea's weapons of mass destruction - before they launch them against China and start World War III.
- The Beach House, by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge.
It was obvious to all that Peter Mullen was beaten to death. So why does everyone say that he drowned? This is a question that Peter's brother Jack is determined to answer, while also seeking out those guilty of the crime!
- The Bear and the Dragon, By Tom Clancy.
Jack Ryan is president, Russia has discovered gold, and China has nuclear weapons capable of hitting the U.S., so you can expect a to 'read' some action...
- Beast, by Joyce Carol Oates.
A bright, talented junior at Catamount College in the druggy 1970s, Gillian Brauer strives to realise more than a poet's craft in her workshop with the charismatic, anti-establishment professor Andre Harrow...
- Beat Until Stiff, by Claire M. Johnson.
Pastry chef Mary Ryan arrives early to work one morning only to step on a laundry bag stuffed with the dead body of one of her employees. The investigation soon exposes all the dirty secrets that the food business would like to keep secret as Mary finds her job, and her life, in ever growing jeopardy.
- Beating the Devil's Game, by Katherine Ramsland.
A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation.
- Before Adam, by Jack London.
A young man in modern America is terrorized by visions of an earlier, primitive life. Across the enormous chasm of thousands of centuries, his consciousness has become entwined with that of Big-Tooth, an ancestor living at the dawn of humanity.
- Before You Know Kindness, By Chris Bohjalian.
Animal rights advocate Spencer McCullough is accidentally shot by his 12 year old daughter..
- Beggar at the Gate, A, by Thalassa Ali.
The sequel to A Singular Hostage, this story follows Givens northward toward the Punjab and her husband, from whom she must seek a divorce if she is to have any chance of reentering British society. It is a bittersweet love story that highlights the inequalities inherent in British India during the Victorian era.
- Being Frank, by Donna W. Earnhardt.
A witty picture book for ages 4-8, it tells the story of Frank who discovers that being brutally honest is not always the best policy...
- Bel-Air Dead, by Stuart Woods.
Stone Barrington comes face-to-face with a beautiful woman from his past, in this, the 20th Stone Barrington novel.
- Believing the Lie, by Elizabeth George.
In this, the 17th Inspector Lynley novel, Lynley goes undercover to ferret out the truth concerning the death of Ian Cresswell. Was his death really accidental as the coroner ruled? Or was he murdered as his wealthy uncle, Bernard Fairclough contends?
- Berserker, by Fred Saberhagen.
Huge doomsday machines have been traveling through the universe for eons destroying everything in their path. Their next victim, the human race! Can mankind survive the onslaught of these killing machines?
- Berserker's Planet, By Fred Saberhagen.
One lone Berserker circles Hunter's Planet, its mission, destroy all humankind. A mission that is made all the easier by a handful of humans who are willing to betray the rest of humanity - but to what end?
- Best-Loved Short Stories, edited by Evan Bates.
Eleven classic short stories from around the world, by writers such as Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant, Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Rudyard Kipling, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, Willa Cather, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- The Betrayal, by Beverly Lewis.
The second volume in the Abram's Daughters saga about four marriage-aged Amish sisters.
- Betty Zane, by Zane Grey.
During the 1782 siege of Fort Henry by British and Indian forces, Elizabeth "Betty" Zane saved the fort by running to a nearby cabin to get a much needed supply of gunpowder. She then ran back to the fort, under a hail of gunfire, carrying the gunpowder in her apron. This is the fictionalized story of a real-life heroine, and one of the last battles of the American Revolution.
- Between the Lines, by Orel Hershiser.
Hershiser shares his thoughts on his playing career, and his personal life.
- The Bible in 90 Days, by Ted Cooper Jr. (Editor).
In order to read the Bible cover to cover in 90 days, you only need to read 12 pages per day.
- Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, by Elaine Pagels.
Pagels gives an account early Christian history and why Christian leaders chose to exclude certain gospels from the New Testament. The discovery of the Gospel of Thomas and other early Christian texts offers a new message of spiritual enlightenment.
- The Big Jump, by Leigh Brackett.
Arch Comyn pays his debts, and when his friend Paul Rogers goes missing, he makes it his mission in life to find out what happened. He'll do whatever it takes, even if finding out what happened means taking the Big Jump to the other side of the galaxy - and possibly never coming home again.
- The Big Over Easy, by Jasper Fforde.
Detective Inspector Jack Spratt is out to uncover truth surrounding the tragic death of Humpty Dumpty - to complicate matters nearly every character in the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes is on the suspect list.
- Big Russ and Me, by Tim Russert.
Tim Russert Jr. tells stories of his youth and the influence his father had on growing up.
- Billy Boyle, by James R. Benn.
Billy Boyle has left the Boston Police Force behind to join the army. However, he quickly finds that he enjoys police work better than fighting Nazis. He gets to put his detective skills to use when he is assigned to a General's staff and given the task of tracking down a spy in this World War II mystery.
- Bipolar Disorder, by Francis Mark Mondimore.
A comprehensive, non-techanical guide to bipolar disorder for patients and their families.
- Birches and Other Poems, by Robert Frost.
This book contains 77 poems that all speak to the wonder of rural life in New England. This book comprises all the poems found in Frost's first three collections of poetry, namely, A Boy's Will, North of Boston, and Mountain Interval.
- The Bishop in the West Wing, by Andrew M. Greeley.
In this Blackie Ryan adventure, Bishop Ryan must relieve the White House of a poltergeist while saving the Presidents from those who want to destroy both the man and his presidency.
- Black Americans and Slavery, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of more than sixty books on Slavery and the Black experience in America, all on one CD.
- The Black Death, by John Hatcher.
This is a 'literary docudrama' that mixes rigorous historical research with elements of fiction in order to present an engrossing and informative overview of what life was like in a medieval rural village in England during the Black Death epidemic of 1345-1350.
- Black Hills, by Nora Roberts.
Lil and Coop both know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But now they must work together to unearth a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled them out as prey.
- Black House, by Stephen King and Peter Straub.
Murder is not the only thing amiss in a small Wisconsin town where everything just seems slightly out of wack. Is something from the Territories, a parallel universe, seeping into our world?
- Black Maria, M. A., by John Russell Fearn.
When Ralph Black is found dead, within the confines of his locked library with his own shotgun at his side, the cops declare his death a suicide. His sister, Maria, does not accept this verdict and sets out to find Ralph's real killers and the reason behind his murder.
- The Black Robe, by Wilkie Collins.
Lewis Romanyne is about to become the central figure in a struggle of cosmic proportions as a beautiful woman and a Jesuit priest vie for his soul, a struggle that will rip him from his beloved solitude and change his life forever...
- Black Star, by Robert Gandt.
The Chinese have stolen the Black Star technology and now possess a super stealthy fighter jet. As a war rages between Taiwan and mainland China, Naval aviator Brick Maxwell and a band of commandos invade China with one goal in mind - steal back the fighter. If they fail, a new world war might erupt...
- Black Water, by T. Jefferson Parker.
Deputy Archie Wildcraft lies wounded from a near fatal gun shot wound in the head. His wife lays a few feet away, killed by a bullet fired by the same gun used to shoot Wildcraft. The gun belongs to the deputy, and just happens to be found in his hand when police come to investigate the shootings. Was this a murder / suicide that failed, or was something much more sinister going on?
- Blackwater Sound, by James W. Hall.
An action-packed story about a family driven over the edge by the tragic death of the family's eldest son.
- Blaze of Glory, by Michael Pryor.
Being dead does tend to make things harder than they need to be, but that doesn't stop Aubrey, a magical prodigy, and his best friend, George from trying to thwart the assassination of the Crown Prince, in this nonstop, action-packed story in which magic is a common part of everyday life. It also doesn't stop them from trying to discover who is killing the country's top sorcerers, while at the same time trying to discover who is sabotaging the election campaign of Aubrey's father.
- Bleachers, by John Grisham.
With Bleachers John Grisham departs again from the legal thriller to experiment with a character-driven tale of reunion, broken high school dreams, and missed chances.
- Blessed Health, by Melody T. McCloud and Angela Ebron.
The African-American Woman's Guide to Physical and Spiritual Well-Being.
- Blind Alley, by Iris Johansen.
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and detective Joe Quinn must stop a serial killer who is butchering women who look like the headstrong 17-year-old they have adopted.
- The Blind Assassin, By Margaret Atwood.
Two books for the price of one - a science fiction story about blind assassins and sacrificial virgins, and the fictionalized autobiography of Iris Chase Griffen that chronicles her attempts to see through the mysteries surrounding her sister's death.
- The Blind Side, by Patricia Wentworth.
Ross Craddock is dead, some would say deserving so as he was not a very nice man. Nice or not, it is Inspector Lamb's job to find his killer. This is something easier said then done, because such a large number of people had the motive and the opportunity to murder Craddock!
- Blood Alone, by James R. Benn.
The third installment of in the Billy Boyle World War II mystery series finds Billy suffering from amnesia. Despite not really knowing what is going on, Billy is determined to carry out his mission to broker a truce between various Mafia factions and the Allied forces that are invading Sicily.
- The Blood-Dimmed Tide, by Rennie Airth.
The discovery of a young girl's mutilated corpse near his home in rural England, brings former Inspector John Madden out of retirement. Soon he finds himself chasing a killer whose horrific crime could have implications far afield in a Europe threatened by the rise of Hitler.
- Blood Game, by Iris Johansen.
Eve Duncan returns in a thriller that pits her against the most evil mind she has ever encountered: a ruthless killer who taunts her with his every move… and who has a special affinity for blood.
- Blood, Iron & Gold, by Christian Wolmar.
For both Train enthusiasts and historians alike, Blood, Iron & Gold presents a readable and compelling overview of the history of railroading and the impact that the railroads have had on societies around the world.
- Blood of Amber, by Roger Zelazny.
The seventh volume in the Chronicles of Amber series finds Merle, a.k.a. Merlin joining forces, against a common enemy, with two of the assassins that have been trying to kill him.
- Blood of the Reich, by William Dietrich.
When a wealthy American is called upon by his country to travel to Tibet to find out what a team of Nazis is doing there, he goes, and discovers that they are searching for the lost city of Shambhala. His next job - to stop them from finding it - no matter the cost...
- Blood on the Table, by Colin Evans.
The Greatest Cases of New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
- Blood Relatives, by Ed McBain.
This 87th Precinct mystery finds Detective Steve Carella tracking down a psychopathic killer.
- Blue-Eyed Devil, by Robert B. Parker.
The new chief is Amos Callico, a tall, fat man in a derby hat, wearing a star on his vest and a big pearl-handled Colt inside his coat. An ambitious man with his eye on the governorship—and perhaps the presidency—he wants Cole and Hitch on his side. But they can't be bought, which upsets him mightily...
- The Blue Fairy Book, by Andrew Lang.
The finest stories from around the world--most of them old favorites: "Sleeping Beauty," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Cinderella," "The Arabian Nights," plus 33 more.
- Blue Man Falling, by Frank Barnard.
Set against the back drop of the Battle of France and the Phoney War (1939-40), this book follows the exploits of two RAF pilots as they battle the enemy over the skies of France.
- Blue Shoes and Happiness, by Alexander Mccall Smith.
In the seventh installment of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Mma Ramotswe and her friends are back to solve more mysteries in their serene community in Botswana.
- The Blue Zone, by Andrew Gross.
Kate Raab happy life is shattered when the FBI arrests her father for money laundering, and her family disappears into the witness protection program - without Kate. Now, Kate must unravel her father's secrets, and the darkness of his past. What she learns will change her life forever.
- The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie.
A young woman has been strangled. Her body is found on the floor of Colonel Bantry's library, but nobody knows who the girl is - or who killed her. That is, except for Miss Marple, who has an idea of who the killer is. To verify her thesis, she sets a trap to catch the killer...
- The Boleyn Inheritance, by Philippa Gregory.
A historical novel set in the court of Henry VIII, told from the viewpoints of the Lady Rochford, and Henry's fourth and fifth wives - Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard.
- Bone Rattler, by Eliot Pattison.
Aboard a British convict ship bound for the New World, Duncan McCallum witnesses a series of murders and seeming suicides among his fellow Scottish prisoners. Duncan is ordered to assemble evidence to hold another prisoner accountable for the deaths - or face punishment that will mean his own death.
- The Book of Common Prayer, Large Print Reader's Edition.
Certified copy of The Book of Common Prayer, according to the use of the Episcopal Church, conforms to the Standard Book of 1979.
- The Book of Murder and Science, Volume Two, By Roger Wilkes.
A look at how forensic science has been used to solve murders. Covering cases that occurred between 1905 and 1974, this book also delves into how forensic science has affected the criminal justice system.
- Books About Animals, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A one volume CD collection of more than 185 fiction and nonfiction books about animals ranging from Bambi to Darwin's The Origin of the Species.
- Boomerang, by Sydney J. Bounds.
When the annoying George Bullard is murdered, no one at the Porthcove Studios Holiday Hotel is overly concerned. That is until another guest turns up dead! It falls upon the most unlikely of detectives to get to the bottom of this dastardly crime spree - the Miss Isabel Eaton, lady detective extraordinaire.
- Born 1925: A Novel of Youth, by Vera Brittain.
Born in 1925, Adrian Carbury grows up in the shadows of one war, and becomes a man in another war.
- Born to Kvetch, by Michael Wex.
Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods. A humorous and edifying romp through the world of everyday Yiddish.
- Botany Bay: The Real Story, by Alan Frost.
A detailed account of the events and political motivations that led to Botany Bay being selected, in 1786, as the new and primary destination for Britain's criminals.
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne.
In 1942, while exploring the surroundings of his new home, nine-year-old Bruno meets another nine-year-old boy named Shmuel, who lives on the other side of an endless fence. The two boys begin to meet regularly at the fence, where they talk about their disparate lives and try to figure out why each must stay on their own side of the fence. They soon grow to become close friends - with tragic consequences.
- Boy Soldiers of the Great War, by Richard Van Emden.
The compelling story of the tens of thousands of underage British youths who joined up and served on active military duty during World War I, many of whom saw action in the trenches of Europe.
- The Brass Verdict, by Michael Connelly.
When a fellow lawyer is murdered, Mickey Haller inherits his law practice - and his clients, only to discover that the lawyer's murder might be related to one of the cases that has now fallen into Haller's lap. To get to the truth, Haller hires Detective Harry Bosch to help him solve the lawyer's murder.
- The Breakdown Lane, by Jacquelyn Mitchard.
When her husband abandons her and her children, Julieanne must find the fortitude to keep going. However, when she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, things go from bad to worse…
- Break No Bones, by Kathy Reichs.
In this, the ninth book in the Temperance Brennan series, we find Tempe up to her hips in corpses as she leads an archaeological field school on a barrier island off the coast of Charleston, SC. While she expected to find primitive remains there - she never expected that her team of students would begin to uncover the recently murdered.
- Breathless, by Dean Koontz.
Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure, as the lives of strangers converge around a mystery unfolding high in the Colorado mountains...
- The Brenner Assignment, by Patrick K. O'Donnell.
The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II, in which a three-man team parachuted behind enemy lines to sabotage and hopefully destroy the Brenner Pass.
- Brian Turner's Favourite British Recipes, by Brian Turner.
A collection of 120 classic British recipes, ranging from Hot Cross Buns and Shepherd's Pie to Steak and Kidney Pudding and Scotch Eggs. Includes commentary on the recipes and anecdotes from the career of Chef Turner.
- A Bridge at Arnhem, by Charles Whiting.
A popular history of the Battle of Arnhem, and the Allies failed attempt to wrench the Arnhem Bridge, guarded by SS Panzer Divisions, from the Germans.
- Bridge for Dummies, 2nd Edition, by Eddie Kantar.
This is a complete course on learning to play Bridge that includes detailed diagrams of Bridge hands. It is perfect for absolute beginners, as well as for those needing brush up on their Bridge playing skills.
- The Brigade, by Howard Blum.
A compelling history of the Jewish Brigade that chronicles its formation, and the Brigades activities both during and after World War II.
- British Literature, Compiled by Richard Seltzer.
Over 720 classic works of British Literature, all on one CD, ranging from Beowulf and The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle to Frankenstein and the works of H. Rider Haggard.
- The Broken Hearth, by William J. Bennett.
Few people would challenge the assertion that, in the last forty years, American Society has undergone numerous social and moral changes. These changes include, but are not limited to, a drastic increase in the number of children born out of wedlock, a staggering divorce rate, the development of a welfare culture, and an increase in the number of serious crimes committed by juveniles. In The Broken Hearth, William J. Bennett contends that all these changes are a direct result of the disintegration of the traditional (i.e., nuclear) American Family structure.
- The Broker, by John Grisham.
Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker, receives a pardon from the outgoing President after spending 6 years in prison. But instead of settling into his a new life, he must try to survive a sinister plot to kill him by the CIA.
- Brook Farm: An American Attempt at Utopia, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of more than fifty books, on one CD-ROM, associated with Brook Farm and the Transcendental movement.
- Brothers in Arms, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anthony Walton.
The stories from surviving members of the 761st battalion, the first all-black armored unit to see combat in World War II. These heroes liberated over thirty towns and villages, as well as the concentration camp at Mauthausen, despite an extreemly high casualty rate and shortages of replacement personnel and equipment.
- The Brown Fairy Book, by Andrew Lang.
32 less familiar folk tales from the American Indians, Australian Bushmen, African Kaffirs and from Persia, Lapland, Brazil, and India. Different enough to capture all imaginations.
- Bugs In The System, by May R. Berenbaum.
While it may make your skin crawl, you will find it hard to make yourself stop reading Bugs in the System. This book takes you on a fascinating journey into the lives and lifestyles of insects and how they impact and interact with humans.
- A Burial at Sea, by Charles Finch.
This Victorian murder mystery finds Charles Lenox aboard the HMS Lucy en route to Egypt on a diplomatic mission. When one the ship's officer is found brutally murdered, Lenox is asked to take his detective's skills out of retirement and find the killer...
- Buried Prey, by John Sandford.
In 1985, two girls disappeared, now, their bodies have been discovered and Lucas Davenport, who was on the original missing person case, now has a chance to set the story straight about what really happened to the girls.
- Buried Secrets, by Joseph Finder.
Marshall Marcus desperately needs Nick Heller's help. His teenaged daughter, Alexa, has just been kidnapped and she'll die is Nick doesn't get to her in time...
- The Burma Legacy, by Geoffrey Archer.
MI6 agent Sam Packer has been tasked with stopping Peregrine Harrison, an ex-POW turned cult leader, from killing Tetsuo Kamata, his former captor. To save Kamata, Packer must wade through the jungles of Burma and the skeletons that haunt both his own and Harrison's past.
- Bursting with Energy, by Dr. Frank Shallenberger.
The Breakthrough Method to Renew Youthful Energy and Restore Health - that will help you to achieve permanent weight control and to improve your energy level, overall fitness, and biological age.
- Bush at War, by Bob Woodward.
Bob Woodward tells the story of how President George W. Bush led the nation to war on terror after September 11 and his vision for remaking the world.
- By Order of the President, by W.E.B. Griffin.
Major Castillo has been ordered, by the President of the United States, to do an internal review of America's intelligence community. What starts out as a simple review soon turns into a high action hunt to find a highjacked aircraft before it can be used as a guided missile.
- By the Pricking of My Thumbs, by Agatha Christie.
Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are not as young as they use to be, but they haven't lost their knack for uncovering the odd mystery, nor their ability to uncover the truth. Follow them, cautiously, as this is one of the 'darkest' of Christie's mysteries.
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