Reviews of the Works of John E. Stith

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Pushback

"Pushback is pulsating, action packed, and beautifully paced. One of those books that grips you from the start and forces you to read on until the exhilarating denouement."

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2019-03-29 29 March 2019 Readers' Favorite Romuald Dzemo view
Pushback

"... reported through the wry voice of John Stith, who serves up this surprising tale with his customary eye for detail, keen sense of humor, and immersion in decades of popular culture."

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The review was also posted on Criminal Media.

2019-08-18 18 August 2019 Infinite Regress Paul Levinson view
Pushback

Stith shapes the tension of this thriller with consummate skill, pushing each new threat ever higher. I especially admired how he used Dave’s inner turmoil and still-unhealed wounds to intensify the escalation of pressure. The dramatic story is extremely well handled, but most of all, it’s a compassionate, humane tale of the resourcefulness of a deeply damaged, yet sympathetic, courageous, loving person. Ultimately, it’s as much a story of hope as a page-turner thriller.

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2020-02-07 7 February 2020 Short Book Reviews Deborah J. Ross view
Reckoning Infinity

"A taut, solidly written adventure with well-handled character interactions...this is his best outing so far."

1997-02-01 1 February 1997 Kirkus Reviews unknown view
Reckoning Infinity

"Somewhere between Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama and Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth, you'll find Reckoning Infinity a fun, fast-paced adventure." --JK

1997-02-01 February & March 1997 Barnes and Noble flyer unknown view
Reckoning Infinity

"Stith's well-developed characters and the hard science propel this space-faring story. Highly recommended."

1997-03-15 15 March 1997 Library Journal unknown view
Reckoning Infinity

"Stith has created an impressive body of work with Dick Francis-style science-fiction mysteries and two idea-popping masterpieces.... With Reckoning Infinity he has written a third major book, this time featuring mysterious alien contact and finely written suspense.... The fantastic ideas meticulously developed show his special talent for translating big ideas into exciting stories."

1997-03-23 23 March 1997 Denver Post Fred Cleaver view
Reckoning Infinity

"[Stith] has always had a real talent for describing bizarre environments...will offer fans of hard SF much to satisfy their sense of wonder."

1997-03-31 31 March 1997 Publishers Weekly unknown view
Reckoning Infinity

"Stith writes in the best hard-sf manner, dropping characters into a situation that can be solved only by thought and reason, but he also, more modernly, creates real and believable characters. He is becoming one of the most eloquent modern hard-sf practitioners."

1997-04-01 1 April 1997 Booklist Dennis Winters view
Reckoning Infinity

"The well-paced suspense shows Stith's mystery background." (reprint of Denver Post review)

1997-04-01 April 1997 DASFAx Fred Cleaver view
Reckoning Infinity

"[Reckoning Infinity] has realistic character interactions, plenty of complications (with suspense to match) and more than enough puzzles for a great computer game."

1997-04-13 13 April 1997 San Diego Union-Tribune unknown view
Reckoning Infinity

"Author John E. Stith presents a riveting story of wonder and discovery. The sense of excitement as the characters discover new and alien environments and technology literally flows from the pages to infect the reader. John E. Stith may very well be this generation's Arthur C. Clarke."

1997-05-01 May 1997 Comics Corner Unknown view
Reckoning Infinity

"Stith's storytelling gets better with each book. The engineer in him satisfies hardcore sci-fi readers with all the technological nuts and bolts they have come to expect. But the storyteller in him puts real people back into science fiction."

1997-05-18 18 May 1997 Gazette Lou Gonzales view
Reckoning Infinity

"John Stith is among the finest writers of hard science fiction in the world. ... In what can best be described as 'The Six-Million Dollar Woman' meets 'Rendezvous with Rama,' Stith will keep you turning the pages as he reveals the marvels of an alien 'moonscape.'"

1997-06-08 8 June 1997 Rocky Mountain News Mark Graham view
Reckoning Infinity

"Readers are treated to another voyage through John Stith's imagination with his eighth novel, Reckoning Infinity." (reprint of review in Gazette)

1997-06-16 16 June 1997 Chicago Tribune Lou Gonzales view
Reckoning Infinity

"vividly imagined, from the big opening scenes of the shuttle-habitat collision, to the descriptions of the medical procedures used to save Alis's life, to the small details of working (and being injured) in spacesuits."

1997-07-01 July 1997 Locus Russell Letson view
Reckoning Infinity

"When you sit down with RECKONING INFINITY, plan to spend some time.  Because once you start, believe me, you'll be hooked.  John E. Stith writes like a house on fire, propelling you into a crazy, fun-house world, where everything is dangerously upside down and inside out--with no exit in sight."

1997-08-01 August 1997 Science Fiction Book Club Unknown view
Reckoning Infinity

"Wondrous situations, marvelous discoveries, good characters, and a nicely tuned plot."

1997-10-01 October 1997 Science Fiction Chronicle Don D'Ammassa view
Reckoning Infinity

"Although the book is not meant to be a comedy by any means, I can only describe it as a cross between 'Rama' and 'James and the Giant Peach', and I had a great time reading it."

1997-10-15 October 1997 Mars Hotel Jerry & April view
Reckoning Infinity

"There's no stopping until you reach the final page… Savor the artistry of Stith."

1998-08-17 Mid-August 1998 SF Site Lisa DuMond view
Redshift Rendezvous

"The list of science fiction authors who play the game the hard way by sticking to the rules of science is all too short. Now to that group which includes Clarke, Niven, Asimov, Bear, and Clement should be added the name of John E. Stith."

1990-01-01 Author quote Author quote Dan Simmons view
Redshift Rendezvous

"Redshift Rendezvous is a highly imaginative book, an engaging story working with mind-stretching concepts. I highly recommend it."

1990-01-02 Author quote Author quote C. J. Cherryh view
Redshift Rendezvous

"The Sense of Wonder is not dead! Redshift Rendezvous is an able and smoothly commercial blend of spectacularly extrapolated science and intrigue. John Stith has wrought something wonderful here."

1990-01-01 Author quote Author quote Edward Bryant view
Redshift Rendezvous

"This is absolutely one of the most terrific ideas for an SF novel I've seen in years. My first thought was, 'Why couldn't I have come up with this?' My second thought, too."

1989-01-01 Author quote Author quote Connie Willis view
Redshift Rendezvous

"A lot of science fiction novels discuss hyperspace; Redshift Rendezvous puts you there! ... Easily Stith's best novel to date--and that's no small accomplishment."

1990-01-05 Author quote Author quote Mike Resnick view

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