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McLain, John

Works: 113 works in 390 publications in 1 language and 3,711 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biographies  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Western fiction  Historical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Christian fiction  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Noir fiction 
Roles: Narrator
Classifications: E907, 813.54
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Most widely held works by John McLain
The amateur : Barack Obama in the White House by Edward Klein( )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein in his political expose The Amateur. Tapping into the public's growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama's toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails. "Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of most Americans when he entered the White House," says Klein. "And he was so arrogant that he didn't even know what he didn't know." Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never-before-published details about the Obama administration's political inner workings, as well as Barack and Michelle's personal lives, including the inordinate influence Michelle wields over Barack and her feud with a high-profile celebrity; the real reason Rahm Emanuel left the White House (it wasn't for family reasons); why Valerie Jarrett's role is closer to that of Rasputin than impartial senior advisor; how Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those who put him in power, including the Kennedys and the Jewish and African American communities in Chicago. From Obama's conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett's advice, to the Obamas' extravagant and out-of-touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose ignorance and incompetence are sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America
The vow by Kim Carpenter( )

21 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition two months after their marriage when a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks. When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident. And yet, against all odds, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. The vow tells the true story of this journey, one of a commitment unbroken and a vow fulfilled
Black Horse Creek by Charles West( Recording )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There's no taming Billy Blanchard. He's just like his father, Jacob, the man who built the town of Black Horse Creek from nothing. But when the boy returns home with a stolen horse, having just killed a US Marshal, Jacob knows trouble will be coming. Enigmatic former deputy marshal Grayson is asked to find Billy. The marshals would prefer to have him brought in alive. But Grayson knows Billy. He knows Billy's father. And he knows that things don't always go the way the law would like
Residue by Michael McGarrity( Recording )

4 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A long-unsolved mystery gets a grim new break when the bones of Kim Ward are unearthed in Las Cruces, New Mexico, forty-five years after her disappearance. Suspicion swiftly falls on her old college boyfriend: none other than retired police chief Kevin Kerney. The chief's hopes of clearing his name look bleak in the face of damning evidence compiled against him by State Police Lieutenant Clayton Istee-Kerney's own son. Left grasping for clues, with no alibi and not a single witness to speak for him, Kerney and his wife must race to reconstruct long-past events to identify the one person who can clear his name and expose the killer before it's too late. As their investigation unfolds, they'll discover that Kim Ward's murder isn't the only crime they'll have to solve before they can put danger behind them
The resurrection of Nat Turner. a novel by Sharon Ewell Foster( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the predawn hours of August 22, 1831, Nat Turner stormed into history with a Bible in one hand and a sword in the other. His rebellion shined a national spotlight on slavery and the state of Virginia while dividing a nation's trust. Turner himself became a lightning rod for abolitionists, like Harriet Beecher Stowe, and a terror for slave owners. Here his story is revealed through the eyes of slaves and masters, friends and foes
Home run : a novelization by Travis Thrasher( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baseball star Cory Brand knows how to win. But off the field, hes spiraling out of control. Haunted by old wounds and regrets, his future seems as hopeless as his past. Until one moment one mistake changes everything. To save his career, Cory must go back to the town where it all began. His plan is simple: coach the local Little League team, complete a recovery program, and get out as fast as possible. Instead, he runs headfirst into memories he cant escape ... and the love he left behind. Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation, and redemption. And along the way, he discovers a powerful truth: no one is beyond the healing of God. Based on the motion picture starring Vivica A. Fox and Scott Elrod, Home Run is an inspirational story of the hope God offers each of us
Murder at the 42nd Street Library : a mystery by Cornelius Lehane( Recording )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book in an irresistible new series that introduces librarian and reluctant sleuth Raymond Ambler, a doggedly curious fellow who uncovers murderous secrets
The resurrection of Nat Turner. a novel by Sharon Ewell Foster( )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sparked by an indigo sun, Nat Turner stormed into history with a sword in one hand and a Bible in the other. Thirty years before the advent of the Civil War, in the predawn hours of August 22, 1831, commanding a small army of slaves, Nat Turner lead a bloody fight for freedom that shined a national spotlight on slavery and left more than fifty whites dead
Colter's journey by William W Johnstone( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the wagon road toward the untamed Oregon Territory of 1845, the Colter family is ambushed by a kill-crazy gang of cutthroats. Fifteen-year-old Tim Colter manages to escape and hide, only to find his parents butchered, his sisters missing, and one last killer waiting for his return. Forced to fight for his life, Tim embarks on a perilous journey across a lawless frontier, hoping to save his sisters and salvage their dream, but first, he must figure out how to survive. Luckily, he finds a friend in Jed Reno, a grizzled one-eyed trapper who has lived in the Rocky Mountains since the 1820s, and who was attacked by the same gang that ambushed Tim's family
Murder in the manuscript room by Cornelius Lehane( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second 42nd Street Library Mystery finds Raymond Ambler investigating a library staffer's murder, even if the city's law enforcement establishment doesn't want him to
The judge by Randy Singer( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a brilliant billionaire is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, he realizes all his considerable wealth cannot prepare him to meet his Maker. But he has an idea that might: he will stage the ultimate reality show. With his true agenda hidden, he auditions advocates from the world's major religions, inviting them to the trial of their lives on a remote island where they will defend their beliefs against all challenges. Oliver Finney, a feisty old judge with his own secrets, is chosen to defend Christianity. As the show takes a strange twist, he quickly realizes he's trapped in a game of deadly agendas. Not knowing whom he can trust, and with all Internet access monitored, Finney sneaks coded messages out to his law clerk, Nikki Moreno. Nikki soon discovers the key to deciphering the codes lies in an apologetics book Finney wrote. But as the producers raise the stakes for each live broadcast, Nikki must scramble in a race against time to decipher the mysteries contained in the ancient words of Christ before her boss dies defending them.--Provided by publisher
Unified : how our unlikely friendship gives us hope for a divided country by Tim Scott( Recording )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates how two politicians from South Carolina, Tim Scott, an African-American US senator, and Trey Gowdy, a white US congressman, met and became friends, and how they work together despite their different backgrounds providing an example of how racial divisions in America can be approached and healed
Lightning sky : a U.S. fighter pilot captured during WWII and his father's quest to find him by R. C George( Recording )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A U.S. fighter pilot captured by the enemy. A father determined to rescue his son. One of the most remarkable and moving true stories of faith and perseverance to come out of World War II
A swollen red sun by Matthew McBride( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God, drugs, corruption, and morality come together in this gripping tale of desperation. In Gasconade County, Missouri-once called the meth capital of the world-Deputy Sheriff Dale Banks discovers $52,000 hidden in the broken-down trailer that Jerry Dean Skaggs uses for cooking crystal. And he takes it. Banks knows what he did was wrong, but he did it for all the right reasons. At least, he thinks so. But for every wrong deed, there is a consequence. Jerry Dean can't afford to lose that $52,000-he owes it to his partners and to a crooked cop. He also can't afford to disappoint the crazed and fearsome Reverend Butch Pogue, who is expecting Jerry Dean to deliver the chemicals the reverend needs for his next batch of meth. To avoid the holy man's wrath, Jerry Dean sets in motion a series of events that will threaten Banks' family, his life, and everything he thinks he knows about the world
Radicals : portraits of a destructive passion by David Horowitz( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Radical liberals want to make America a better place, but their utopian social engineering leads, ironically, to greater human suffering. From Karl Marx to Barack Obama, Horowitz shows how the idealistic impulse to make the world a better place gives birth to the twin cultural pathologies of cynicism and nihilism and is the chief source of human suffering. A former liberal himself, Horowitz recounts his own brushes with radicalism and offers unparalleled insight into the disjointed ideology of liberal elites through case studies of well-known radial leftists, including Christopher Hitchens, feminist Bettina Aptheker, leftist academic Cornel West, and others
The dead detective by William Heffernan( Recording )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harry Doyle was murdered at age ten by his religious fanatic mother. Resuscitated by the police, Harry comes back from the dead and survives an event that will shape the rest of his life. Twenty years later he has dedicated his life to putting killers behind bars as a homicide detective who has the unwanted ability to hear the postmortem whispers of murder victims. Dubbed "The Dead Detective" by his fellow cops, Doyle now faces his most difficult case: a beautiful murder victim who was a notorious child molester. It is a case that will shake Harry to his very core
Blood aces : the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker by Doug J Swanson( Recording )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion's crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. Through a mix of cold-bloodedness, native intelligence, folksiness, and philanthropy, Binion became one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling, and his showmanship, shrewdness, and violence would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Veteran journalist Doug J. Swanson uses once-secret government documents and dogged reporting to show how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries--including J. Edgar Hoover. As fast paced as any thriller, Blood Aces tells a story that is unmatched in the annals of American criminal justice, a vital yet untold piece of this country's history
Lethal injection : a novel by Jim Nisbet( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a bleak Texas prison, Franklin Royce, an alcoholic doctor, is given the odious task of administering inmate Bobby Mencken's last 'high.' The young black man on the other end of the needle seems remarkably indifferent to his fate--but Royce is convinced that the convicted killer was innocent. When Royce's marriage crumbles, he takes off for Dallas to search for the real killer
The sinners' garden : a novel by William Sirls( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andy Kemp's young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger. As Andy's mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy's pain
The Mormonizing of America : how the Mormon religion became a dominant force in politics, entertainment, and pop culture by Stephen Mansfield( )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the growing popularity of Mormonism-- a belief system with cultic roots-- and the implications of its critical rise as not only the fastest-growing religion, but as a high-impact mainstream cultural influence
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The resurrection of Nat Turner. a novel
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McClain, John (Narrator)

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