The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 113
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 113

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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1 Y Palm Beach Post-Times G3 Sunday, December 5, 1976 Book Reviews Thrillers To Pass The Time 6-FT. V scotch mm "Quick-Set Tree" Vcfrug stores Pre-assembled rows of branches that slide easily into place. Makes trimming the tree a snap. Lush 5 'A" 0 03290 GEES Q ristles. j 3 rs i mm fl( WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANITITIf S LADY DOnDEII HERSHEY'S PLAYDOH 4 Cans For TANPAX 40's SYRUP NATURAL ICE CREAM Gal. 16 oz. US 39 LIMIT 4 CANS J I 1 LIMIT 1 lTTTYjrnrvD 20" DIKE "DIRTBUSTER" (MX) I fe'W6l(p)88 GENERAL ELECTRIC INDOOROUTDOOR 20-LIGHT SET KENNER NEW BABY ALIVE Set complete with 16" doll, dish, spoon, non 6' ARTIFICAL 10 twinkling, 10 steady-burning bulbs, 2 spears 11 11 A SCOTCH II I'M toxic doll, food X .diapers and bottle. PINE WW 54 tips! Extra-long, 5Vi" bristles. Nat CONTINUOUS FLAT-FOLD ural green color. If . n SIT W SPIN GIFT WRAP 'Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler. Viking. 314 pp. $8.95. 'The Seventh Power by James Mills. Dutton-Henry Robbins. 236 pp. $8.95. By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (c) Nw York Tlmtt What if there were a compelling reason to salvage the Titanic from the ocean floor where she sank in 1912? What if a bunch of crazy kids were to build a homemade nuclear bomb? These are the questions toyed with by two apocalyptic thrillers that ought at least to serve to pass a boring day or a sleepless night. In "Raise the Titanic!" Clive Cussler premises that something extremely valuable was stored in a vault of the ship when she went down specifically, the world's only known supply of an element called byzanium, which is key to the United States ul-trasecret Sicilian Project. (Don't think Mafia; think chess.) The questions remain: Can the Titanic be found? Can she actually be raised? Will the Russians get wind of the scheme? Will they interfere? Will the co-designer of the project, Gene Seagram, win back his estranged and liberated wife or go gah-gah under the strain of the responsibility of it all? Will the byzanium really be in that vault once the ship is raised, and if not, what then? And Cussler who seems to have a fondness and expertise for sea adventures, judging from the titles of his previous books, "Iceberg" and "The Mediterranean Caper" does a good enough job of stringing out the answers to these questions to lull us into a state of adolescent fantasizing and keep us reading avidly. We must be lulled into a preadult stupor, otherwise we'd never put up with some of the dialog that Cussler has recorded in absent-minded moments. "This chasm between us has only opened in the last two years," says the liberated Dana Seagram to her husband, while trying to persuade him to give up the Sicilian Project for the sake of their marriage. "No" replies Gene firmly. "I created this project from nothing. My gray matter was its sperm. I must see it through to completion." But if Cussler is bad at people and talk, he is good at ships and gadgets and storms. And he makes the most of his Titanic fantasy, infusing his pages with the lore of the liner's past and milking to the utmost the possibilities of floating her once again. Indeed, the moment that she does burst to the surface is even quite breathtaking. Probably the strongest element of suspense in James Mills's "The Seventh Power" develops over whether the author can create an interesting scenario to illustrate the physicist Theodore B. Taylor's frightening message, presented by John McPhee in his book "The Curve of Binding Energy," that since it is now theoretically possible for almost anyone to construct a nuclear device, one of these days someone is going to do it. Plausibility is no problem for Mills, whose best-known previous books are probably his nonfiction work "The Panic in Needle Park" and his novel "Report to the Commissioner." All it takes to bring New York City to the edge of doom is a mixed-up young woman named Aizy, who happens to be a genius at math and physics; a black bourgeois classmate of hers at Princeton with messianic ambitions to alter the world's food distribution, and a Harlem street tough who knows where plutonium can be heisted. In no time at all, we are fairly well hooked . . . and rooting for the police and the FBI men and a representative from the Atomic Energy Commission to save our beloved slums from a fate worse than Hiroshima. DRINK & WET 1 20 exciting designs. 20 sq. ft. of paper per pack. Reg. 59i CUDDLEKINS Reg. 12.88 One or two can play. No motor. No batteries. Rugged, lightweight and portable. "Turn" the wheel and 'round you go! DOLL 10" tall baby 15" GREEN DOOR WREATH doll in a variety. of m Gaily accented with red bow, holly. ASSORTED GIFT TAGS & SEALS hunnerQ berries & pine cones llll III II II I I Tie-on, stick-on, glitter & other Reg. 2.99 styles. xPK. EVEREAOY C or D SIZE BATTERIES Twin-pack Reg. 804 DUTCHMASTER PAIITELLAS Heg. &ye VA" DIA. GLASS ijj. 1000 STRANDS ICICLES Each 18" long in shimmering silver ORNAf MONOPOLY M . k 99 Popular real estate trading game for 2 or more players. Box of 12 One color to box: red, blue, gold, green or silver. Reg. 994 color. Reg. 494 Reg. 5.99 wryewi m FISHER-PRICE HITTLE SNOOPY or I JK'TV-M 3-ROLi JUMBO COMBINATION GIFT WRAP PUZZLE PUPPY METAL TREE STAND 1 CERTRON 60-MINUTE CASSETTE TAPES Puzzle Puppy take-apart put-together toy or Little Snoopy 2 rolls of paper, , 49 "yip-yap pull toy. Q3 1 roll of foil. Pack of 3 Holds up to3'4" trunk. 16" leg span. Reg. Reg. Reg. J 2.99 & .99 1.47 EACH 2s Vaseline MHMMlMi U1P3'D1F3 hi Mi Winn i i iii iiaaaioi sweet n low vitamih "C" WIPE'll DIPE FIRM & FREE ALPHA KERI ULTRA BAN 99 39 l nm Box 100 BATH OIL 8 oz. PI.,, felt 500 mg. 39 3n (o)fo)0 SSP" -jl rriy Bti.ioo U el rrY U ftKsnitArai iyi 5 oz. w LIMIT PENNANT GENERAL ELECTRIC BORDEN'S MERRY MIDGET '.1IXED NUTS Best Sellers (c) N(v York Tlmtt FICTION 1 - SLEEPING MURDER, by Agatht Chrlltlt 2 - TRINITY, by Leon Urlt. 3 - STORM WARNING, by Jack Hlgglni. 4 - SLAPSTICK, by Kurt Vonnegut. i - TOUCH NOT THE CAT, by Mry Sttwart. t - BLUE SKIES, NO CANDY, by Gael Greene. 7 DOLORES, by Jacqueline Suiann. I - ORDINARY PEOPLE, by Judith Guest. 9 - RAISE THE TITANICI, by Clive Cuitler. 10 - LOVERS AND TYRANTS, by Franclne du Plessii Gray. GENERAL 1 - PASSAGES, by Gall Sheeny. 2 - ROOTS, by Alex Haley. 3 - YOUR ERRONEOUS ZONES, by Wayne W. Dyer. 4 - BLIND AMBITION, by John W. Dean III. 5 - THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER OVER THE SEPTIC TANK, by Erma Bombeck. 6 - ADOLF HITLER, by John Toland. 7 - THE RIGHT AND THE POWER, by Laon Jaworjkl. I - BLOOD AND MONEY, by Thomai Thompson. 9 - THE HITE REPORT, by Share Hlte. 10 - TO JERUSALEM AND BACK, by Saul Bellow. PAPERBACKS Mast Market 1 - AUDREY ROSE, by Frank Da Felltta. 2 - WICKED LOVING LIES, by Rosemary Rogers. 3 - CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS, by Taylor Caldwell. 4 - CURTAIN, by Agatha Christie. 3 - DORIS DAY: Her Own Story, by A. E. Hotchner. 6 - MISTER GOD, THIS IS ANNA, by Fynn. 7 - BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES, by David Nlven. 5 - THE CHOIRBOYS, bv Joseph Wambaugh. 9 - SYBIL, by Flora Rheta Schrelber. 10 - LIFE AFTER LIFE, by Raymond A. Moody Jr. Trade 1 - SYLVIA PORTER S MONEY BOOK, by Sylvia Porter. 2 - THE JOY OF SEX, by Ale Comtort. 3 ON DEATH AND DYING, by Elisabeth Ku-bler-Rots. 4 P. E T., by Thomas Gordon. 5 - MORE JOY OF SEX, by Alea Comtort. . REPLACEMENT 12 oz. HEATH Rt BAR 6 Pak for MIXED NUTS uULud 01 packofs (or J K0DAC0L0R II FILM C-110 OR C-126 WHEN YOU HAVE KODACOLOR FILM DEVELOPED b PRINTED AT SUPERx. COUPON WILL BE INSIDE ENVELOPE WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR PRINTS. Reg. 1.09 Reg. 694 JJ I LIMIT 1 LIMIT 1 512 Belvedere Rd. 3510 Broadway 9814 Hwy. A1A 1908 Lake Worth 2041 So. 4th St. 1481 So. Dixie Hy. W.P.B. Riviera Beach Palm Beach Gardens Rd.( lake Worth Fl Pierce WkS?' 655-3526 842.1588 622-3276 582-6606 464-7804 586-8022 552 S E. 15th Ave. 106 N. Military Tr. 250 N. Congress 201 Tequesta Dr. 880 So. Federal 425 Miracle Mile Boynton Beach W.P.B. Boynton Beach Tequesta, Fla. Stua rt, Fla. Ex,;'xXer,0,BAach 732-4415 686-5233 737-0377 746-5194 287-4210 567-7186

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