Braille Book Review

March-April 2004
Books for Adults--Fiction

Fiction

Assassins: Assignment, Jerusalem; Target, Antichrist BR 13924
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
3 volumes
Thirty-eight months have passed since the Rapture, and the Tribulation Force continue their resistance against Nicolae Carpathia, the Antichrist. As they await the sixth judgment, in which they expect two hundred million horsemen to slay a third of the world's population, Rayford plots to assassinate the Antichrist. Sequel to Apollyon (BR 13923). Bestseller 1999.

The Blue and the Gray Undercover BR 14145
edited by Ed Gorman
3 volumes
Short stories about Union and Confederate spies. In "Hobson's Choice," a captain from Tennessee decides to hang only one partner of an enemy couple. In "The Dead Line," an old man discovers that his wife, a Confederate spy who betrayed him, is alive--almost fifty years later. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

The Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon BR 14212
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
3 volumes
Rayford Steele and most members of the Tribulation Force are massed together in Petra, where Nicolae Carpathia, the Antichrist, drops two bombs that no one can survive without a miracle. Yet many do survive. Now all pretense is gone as the planet hurtles toward Armageddon. Sequel to Desecration (BR 13927). Bestseller 2002.

The Crimson Petal and the White BR 14394
by Michel Faber
8 volumes
London, 1870s. Sugar, a nineteen-year-old prostitute in her mother's brothel, yearns for a better life that seems almost within reach when perfume magnate William Rackham settles her in a private apartment. Rackham's lust and Sugar's ambitions don't stop there. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2002.

Savannah Blues BR 14405
by Mary Kay Andrews
4 volumes
Thirty-something antiques dealer Weezie Foley is accused of murdering her ex-husband's fiancée after she discovers the body in an old plantation house. As Weezie and her friends and family investigate the sordid side of historic Savannah, Georgia, she falls in love with an old flame. Some strong language. 2002.

Lake in the Clouds BR 14406
by Sara Donati
6 volumes
Upstate New York, 1802. Nathaniel Bonner's half-Mohawk daughter, Hannah, hides a pregnant escaped slave from a bounty hunter--who was Hannah's childhood friend. Hannah, a healer, and her stepmother, Elizabeth, give refuge to other runaways heading to Canada. Sequel to Dawn on a Distant Shore (BR 13199). 2002.

The Healer: The O'Malley Series, Book 5 BR 14407
by Dee Henderson
3 volumes
Trauma psychologist Rachel O'Malley and firefighter Cole Parker are investigating murders that were committed during a flood evacuation in Chicago, when a school shooting occurs. Rachel's religious faith sustains her through many troubles, among them her sister Jennifer's cancer. Sequel to The Protector (BR 14103). 2002.

The Fall of Light BR 14411
by Niall Williams
3 volumes
Saga of the Foley family in nineteenth-century Ireland. Francis and his four sons, their mother gone, flee from their tenant farm after Francis steals a telescope. When their father is presumed drowned, the four brothers eventually separate and find their own destinies at home and abroad. 2001.

True Friends BR 14432
by Robin Jones Gunn
1 volume
Sixteen-year-old Christy and her friend Katie head to the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe. Christy becomes part of the fast crowd. But Katie warns her of trouble and Christy remembers her religious values. Christy is also frustrated because she hasn't heard from Todd. For junior and senior high readers. 1993.

Starry Night BR 14433
by Robin Jones Gunn
1 volume
Sixteen-year-old Christy Miller feels insecure with her friends-- especially with the guys. She is annoyed with her parents' Christmas plans, until she finds peace with the Lord one beautiful evening. For junior and senior high readers. 1993.

Seventeen Wishes BR 14434
by Robin Jones Gunn
1 volume
Christy Miller volunteers for a week as a camp counselor--but the girls are much wilder than she expects. She is relieved when one girl becomes a fervent Christian. For junior and senior high readers. 1993.

A Time to Cherish BR 14435
by Robin Jones Gunn
2 volumes
Seventeen-year-old Christy Miller is happy now that Todd has made a commitment to her. Then best friend Katie gets involved with the wrong boy, and pal Doug becomes more withdrawn. Christy asks God to set things straight. For junior and senior high readers. 1993.

Sweet Dreams BR 14436
by Robin Jones Gunn
1 volume
Christy Miller and her friend Katie are glad to be finally graduating from high school. Christy is secure in her future with Todd while Katie, influenced by her boyfriend, is falling away from her faith. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

A Promise Is Forever BR 14437
by Robin Jones Gunn
1 volume
Eighteen-year-old college student Christy Miller travels to England on a missionary trip with her church youth group. When she is sent on to Spain, Christy is reunited with her former boyfriend Todd, and they realize that they are still in love. For junior and senior high readers. 1994.

Until Tomorrow: Christy and Todd; the College Years, Book 1 BR 14443
by Robin Jones Gunn
2 volumes
Nineteen-year-old college student Christy Miller has been studying in Switzerland when her friends Katie and Todd join her for a vacation. Christy is jealous and unsure of her relationship with Todd--but puts her trust in God. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

Reversible Errors BR 14462
by Scott Turow
4 volumes
Kindle County attorney Arthur Raven is appointed to ensure that the decade-old murder case against retarded death row inmate Rommy Gandolph is airtight before Gandolph's execution in a few weeks. But Raven uncovers problems with the evidence, and a dying inmate confesses to the crime. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 2002.

The Don Flows Home to the Sea BR 14491
by Mikhail Sholokhov
7 volumes
An earthy epic of Cossack life during the Revolution traces the fortunes and misfortunes of the Cossacks in their grim battles with the Reds and the Whites. Sequel to And Quiet Flows the Don (BR 8137). The author was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize for Literature. Violence and strong language. 1940.

December Six BR 14519
by Martin Cruz Smith
3 volumes
Harry Niles, an American con man and nightclub owner born in Japan and raised by Baptist missionaries, is considered a spy by the Japanese in 1941. He has a chance to escape, but is reluctant to leave behind his mistress. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

Blind Sighted BR 14522
by Peter Moore
2 volumes
Eleventh-grader Kirk Tobak is moody and bored with school, his alcoholic mother, and druggie friends. His job reading for an independent young blind woman, with whom he discusses his problems, gives Kirk new insights. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

The Other Side of Dawn BR 14523
by John Marsden
3 volumes
The war to defeat Australia's invaders is drawing to a close. Ellie and her guerilla band of teenagers assist the liberators from New Zealand in a final assault. But peacetime resettlement isn't easy. Sequel to The Night Is for Hunting (BR 13778). Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1999.

Lucky in the Corner BR 14525
by Carol Anshaw
2 volumes
College student Fern resents her lesbian mother for breaking up the family. But when Fern's best friend Tracy has an illegitimate baby whom she gradually leaves more and more in Fern's care, Fern learns about the joys and pains of motherhood. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Shadow of Dreams BR 14527
by Eva Marie Everson and G.W. Francis Chadwick
3 volumes
Katie returns to her mother's house in Georgia twenty-five years after she ran away to New York City. She leaves behind her husband, Ben Webster, and troubles with an escort service operating in their hotel chain. Katie's faith in God is restored even in the face of danger. 2001.

The Day the Music Died BR 14529
by Ed Gorman
2 volumes
Black River Falls, Iowa; 1958. Penniless novice lawyer Sam McCain investigates Judge Whitney's nephew, Kenny, who is accused of murdering his wife. Then Kenny kills himself, Sam's teenage sister says she's pregnant, and Buddy Holly dies in an airplane crash nearby. Some strong language. 1999.

Child of My Heart BR 14542
by Alice McDermott
2 volumes
Theresa, a beautiful fifteen-year-old girl, lives in East Hampton, Long Island, and takes care of children and pets for wealthy families during the beach season. She matures into a young woman the summer her sickly, eight-year-old cousin Daisy visits her from New York. Some strong language. 2002.

Fat Ollie's Book: A Novel of the 87th Precinct BR 14543
by Ed McBain
2 volumes
Councilman Lester Henderson is killed, and detective Fat Ollie Weeks, from Money, Money, Money (BR 13635), is at the murder scene when someone steals his manuscript from his police vehicle. Ollie leaves the investigation to detective Steve Carella while he searches for his novel. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Save the Last Dance for Me BR 14547
by Ed Gorman
2 volumes
Black River Falls, Iowa; 1960. Prior to a campaign stop by Richard Nixon, attorney Sam McCain searches for the murderer of a snake-handling preacher. When another of the town's holy men also succumbs to poison, McCain wonders if the two killings are connected. Some strong language. 2002.

The Mistress BR 14549
by Susan Wiggs
3 volumes
As fire rages across Chicago, October 8, 1871, Kathleen O'Leary, dressed in her friend's finery, catches the eye of Dylan Kennedy, the supposedly rich gentlemen society is speculating about. On impulse, they marry. Neither is prepared for the truth. Sequel to Hostage (BR 14548). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2000.

Rising Phoenix BR 14556
by Kyle Mills
3 volumes
Televangelist Simon Blake declares war on drugs. His security head, former DEA agent John Hobart, infects illegal drug shipments with a lethal fungus. Amidst public approval of the vigilante behavior, FBI agent Mark Beamon, from Free Fall (BR 13237), investigates. Violence and strong language. 1997.

The Best Is Yet to Come BR 14559
by Judith Gould
3 volumes
After Carolina Mountcastle's husband dies, she discovers that he had a mistress and child in Amsterdam. She survives the emotional shock and subsequent sabotage of her flower business with the help of Seth Foster, one of her customers. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Ignorance BR 14581
by Milan Kundera
1 volume
Kundera explores memory, homeland, nostalgia, and sex in his novel about Czech émigrés returning after long absence to post-Communist Prague. Irena's arrival in Prague from Paris coincides with Josef's from Denmark, but their reactions to events differ. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Goodbye Tsugumi BR 14582
by Banana Yoshimoto
2 volumes
Maria Shirakawa spends a summer with her spoiled, invalid cousin Tsugumi at the family's seaside inn. Tsugumi falls in love, pushes her limits, and suffers a health crisis. Maria comes to understand her home, family, and special relationship with Tsugumi. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1989.

Light in Shadow BR 14598
by Jayne Ann Krentz
3 volumes
Arizona. When interior designer Zoe Luce enters the bedroom her client wants decorated, she senses something bad happened in it. She hires detective Ethan Truax to verify her suspicions. But Zoe soon needs Ethan's services for herself when her past begins to catch up with her. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2003.

The Tower at Stony Wood BR 14608
by Patricia A. McKillip
2 volumes
As the king of Yves prepares to marry the woman he believes is his beloved, the bard of Skye implores an impoverished knight, Cyan Dag, to find the true bride, who is trapped in a tower in Skye. Cyan undertakes the quest into dangerous magical realms. Nebula Award nominee. 2000.

Grail for Sale BR 14619
by Gerald Hammond
2 volumes
Scottish historian Jeremy Carpenter has been selling off family heirlooms to pay for the upkeep of his grandfather's castle and health. When he meets American Hazel Tripp, an antiques restorer, he learns that he's been defrauded by the buyer. Together they hatch a scheme to outwit the swindler. 2002.

Postcards from No Man's Land BR 14620
by Aidan Chambers
3 volumes
Jacob's first trip to Holland from England is both a personal adventure and a family responsibility to visit his grandfather's grave from World War II. His contemporary travels are juxtaposed with the experiences of Geertrui--the young woman who loved his grandfather in 1944. Some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. Printz Award. 1999.

Hazard BR 14621
by Jo Beverley
3 volumes
Although Lady Anne Peckworth has been jilted twice, she remains optimistic. She takes matters into her own hands when it comes to finding a husband, especially after her brother comes for a visit--and brings along Race de Vere. Some strong language. 2002.

Bronx Masquerade BR 14623
by Nikki Grimes
1 volume
Tough students at a Bronx high school reveal their innermost thoughts, dreams, and fears during the monthly English class's Open-Mike Fridays. Through their expressions of rap, free verse, and rhymes, the students learn they are more alike than they are different. For junior and senior high readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2002.

Naked at the Window BR 14626
by Bill James
2 volumes
When the neighborhood supplier of drug dealer Panicking Ralph Ember is murdered by London thugs, the discreet network of local drug traders is threatened. With budget cuts leaving zero- tolerance drug policies obsolete, detectives Harpur and Iles work to keep the peace. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Silverhair: Mammoth Trilogy, Book 1 BR 14631
by Stephen Baxter
2 volumes
The mammoths have survived many springs, but their numbers are dwindling. Only one family remains, and Silverhair, soon to become a mother, looks to the future. But first, the mammoths must face the two-legged menace Silverhair calls the Lost. Prequel to Longtusk (BR 14632). 1999.

Longtusk: Mammoth Trilogy, Book 2 BR 14632
by Stephen Baxter
2 volumes
As a twelve-year-old renegade calf in his own clan, Longtusk senses his destiny to become a hero. Setting out on his own, he is captured by the Fireheads. Yet even in captivity Longtusk gathers the knowledge that will help him escape and return to his old clan. Sequel to Silverhair (BR 14631). 1999.

Icebones: Mammoth Trilogy, Book 3 BR 14633
by Stephen Baxter
2 volumes
When Silverhair's daughter, Icebones, awakens from a thousand- year sleep, she finds the world changed and the Fireheads gone. Now the mammoths must once again survive on their own. It is up to Icebones, with her accumulated knowledge of their history, to lead them. Sequel to Longtusk (BR 14632). 2001.

City of Angels: Shannon Saga, Book 1 BR 14634
by Tracie Peterson and James Scott Bell
3 volumes
Los Angeles, 1903. Orphan Kit Shannon, with a New York law certificate, arrives in California to live with her wealthy great aunt Freddy. As criminal lawyer Earl Rogers's apprentice, Kit relies on her religious belief and successfully exposes a killer in her first trial. Prequel to Angels Flight (BR 14635). 2001.

Angels Flight: Shannon Saga, Book 2 BR 14635
by Tracie Peterson and James Scott Bell
3 volumes
Following City of Angels (BR 14634), lawyer Kit Shannon, with divine guidance, opens her own law office in 1904 Los Angeles. When she defends a Chinese woman suspected of prostitution and a Mexican laborer accused of assault, Kit learns about prejudice, while falling in love with aviator Ted Fox. 2001.

Angel of Mercy: Shannon Saga, Book 3 BR 14636
by Tracie Peterson and James Scott Bell
2 volumes
Los Angeles, 1904. Lawyer Kit Shannon reluctantly agrees to defend policeman Edward Hanratty on a murder charge. Kit also seeks divine help when her true love, Ted Fox, hasn't returned to the city and her aunt visits spiritualists. Sequel to Angels Flight (BR 14635). 2002.

Rumpole Rests His Case BR 14645
by John Mortimer
2 volumes
Collection of short stories featuring the British barrister in seven more cases. In the title piece, Rumpole collapses during a trial. Though his wife, Hilda, "She Who Must Be Obeyed," insists that he retire, he defends a wounded burglar he meets in the hospital ward. Some strong language. 2001.

The Queene's Cure: An Elizabeth I Mystery BR 14646
by Karen Harper
2 volumes
London, 1562. Elizabeth Tudor seeks the best physicians to conquer the pox and pestilence that threaten her life and that of her subjects. Someone is taunting the queen with a smallpox effigy, and her loyal staff struggles to find the culprit. Sequel to The Twylight Tower (BR 13610). 2002.

Hanging On to Max BR 14652
by Margaret Bechard
1 volume
Seventeen-year-old Sam decides to raise his baby, Max, himself when his girlfriend wants to put Max up for adoption. Sam struggles to finish high school and cope with single parenthood while wondering if his best is good enough for his son. For senior high readers. 2002.

Secrets and Other Stories of Suspense BR 14655
by Carolyn Hart
2 volumes
Four short stories of intrigue and treachery. In the title piece, set in Oklahoma during World War II, twelve-year-old Gretchen works to clear her friend Millard of theft charges--but he joins the service to escape. In "Turnaround," a Hollywood screenwriter discovers that her trophy husband plans to murder her. Some strong language. 2002.

Death of Riley BR 14657
by Rhys Bowen
2 volumes
New York City, 1901. Irish immigrant Molly Murphy, last seen in Murphy's Law (BR 14095), cajoles private investigator Paddy Riley to hire her as his assistant. When Paddy is murdered, Molly gets a glimpse of the culprit and attempts to track him down. 2002.

Half in Love: Stories BR 14658
by Maile Meloy
1 volume
A collection of fourteen short stories set primarily in the rural American West. In simple, straightforward prose and with dramatic understatment, Meloy portrays her diverse characters in moments of crisis, upheaval, and change. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.


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