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The Years of Rice and Salt

14 ratings

Summary

It is the 14th century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur - the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe's population was destroyed. But what if the plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been - a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation. These are the years of rice and salt. This is a universe where the first ship to reach the New World travels across the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization spreads from west to east. This is a universe where the Industrial Revolution is triggered by the world's greatest scientific minds - in India. This is a universe where Buddhism and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions, and Christianity is merely a historical footnote. Through the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson renders an immensely rich tapestry. Rewriting history and probing the most profound questions as only he can, Robinson shines his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture, power, and even love on such an Earth. From the steppes of Asia to the shores of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar to the present and beyond, here is the stunning story of the creation of a new world.

©2002 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

5 ratings

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This brilliant novel with universal resonance tells the story of three people trying to survive in a city rife with the extreme fear of desperate times, and of the sorrowing cellist who plays undaunted in their midst.  One day a shell lands in a bread line and kills 22 people as the cellist watches from a window in his flat. He vows to sit in the hollow where the mortar fell and play Albinoni’s Adagio once a day for each of the 22 victims. The Adagio had been re-created from a fragment after the only extant score was firebombed in the Dresden Music Library, but the fact that it had been rebuilt by a different composer into something new and worthwhile gives the cellist hope.  Meanwhile, Kenan steels himself for his weekly walk through the dangerous streets to collect water for his family on the other side of town, and Dragan, a man Kenan doesn’t know, tries to make his way towards the source of the free meal he knows is waiting. Both men are almost paralyzed with fear, uncertain when the next shot will land on the bridges or streets they must cross, unwilling to talk to their old friends of what life was once like before divisions were unleashed on their city. Then there is “Arrow”, the pseudonymous name of a gifted female sniper, who is asked to protect the cellist from a hidden shooter who is out to kill him as he plays his memorial to the victims.  In this beautiful and unforgettable novel, Steven Galloway has taken an extraordinary, imaginative leap to create a story that speaks powerfully to the dignity and generosity of the human spirit under extraordinary duress.

©2008 Steven Galloway (P)2020 Knopf Canada

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Rogue Avenger

2 ratings

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They stole his future. He stole their submarine. The accident changed everything...One moment, Lieutenant Jake Slate was going about his duties aboard the ballistic missile submarine, USS Colorado. The next second, he was sprawled on the deck plates in a spreading puddle of blood and hydraulic fluid. But it wasn't the injury that ruined his life and doomed his military career. It was the rescue effort. Now he's being thrown to the wolves to cover up the misdeeds of a superior officer, and Jake doesn't care for the role of sacrificial lamb. Blinded by rage and unsure of his future, he finds himself at the center of a treacherous plot to hijack the Colorado and sell her nuclear warheads to a foreign power. Jake no longer knows who he can trust. He doesn't know what the future holds. He really only knows one thing. He will have his revenge.

©2005 John R. Monteith (P)2014 John R. Monteith

Narrator: Craig Good
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Rogue Liberator

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The circle closes.... On a covert mission in Iranian waters, a US Virginia-class attack submarine falls prey to an elaborate trap. Stranded on the sea bottom behind enemy lines, the American sub sends out a desperate call for help. Enter global gun runner Pierre Renard and his mercenary combat/salvage fleet. Led by expelled US naval officer Jake Slate, Renard’s band of misfit superstars are facing their deadliest mission yet. Outgunned by a regional military powerhouse, the tiny navy of castoffs must trust their wits, each other, and their accidental American allies. It’s been 13 years since Slate and Renard stole nuclear warheads from the US Navy. Now, if they can pull off an impossible rescue without triggering a war, they might finally erase the sins of their past. Together, they’ll earn redemption and respect. Or they’ll die trying.

©2018 John Monteith (P)2019 John Monteith

Narrator: Paul Christy
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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Rogue Kingdom

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The tables have turned.... It begins with a daring commando raid to capture a highly-specialized warship. But this time, global arms runner Pierre Renard is not the mastermind behind the crime. He’s the victim and the hijacked vessel is his hybrid combat/salvage submarine, the Goliath.  In addition to its vital role in his plans, the lost sub is a stab at Renard’s heart, a reminder that even his Machiavellian schemes cannot guarantee protection against clever enemies. For the first time, he’s reacting rather than taking control, dancing on the puppet strings instead of pulling them.  Leading the chase to recapture the Goliath is disgraced former US naval officer Jake Slate, once again in command of Renard’s mercenary fleet. Pitted against a crafty and deadly adversary, Slate knows that he can’t continue to defy the odds indefinitely.  Sooner or later, his luck is going to run out.

©2018 John R. Monteith (P)2018 John R. Monteith

Narrator: Paul Christy
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
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Rogue Justice

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Enemies within, enemies without.... Israel wages war on its neighbors - and on itself. While Palestine, Syria, and paramilitary extremists gear up for battle, internal dissent turns the turbulent country into a roiling cauldron of chaos. Naval blockades escalate, tank divisions mobilize, and sleeper cells prepare to extract bloody revenge.  Enter global arms runner Pierre Renard and his mercenary submarine fleet. Led by expelled US naval officer Jake Slate, Renard’s brilliant band of misfits ambush an Israeli war machine that is divided, but still unbelievably lethal. Facing incalculable odds against an overpowering force, these so-called heroes must trust their wits and one another - even when victory seems impossible.  As the battle rushes toward its devastating climax, they can only hope they're fighting on the side of justice.  This novel is part of the Rogue Submarine fiction series, launched in 2005 by John Monteith, a former military officer and naval warfare instructor. Beginning with Rogue Avenger, the books are titled in alphabetical order for ease of reference. Although the stories are best heard in sequence, each installation is written for enjoyment as a standalone adventure.

©2017 John R. Monteith (P)2018 John R. Monteith

Narrator: Paul Christy
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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Rogue Hunter

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A nation under siege....

It’s been more than four years since the annexation of Crimea, and the UN has decided to take covert military action to loosen the stranglehold of the Russian invaders. The targets are a strategic bridge and underwater pipelines which supply the occupied peninsula with natural gas, electrical power, and telecommunications from mainland Russia. If these critical lifelines can be severed, Ukrainian resistance fighters might have a chance at reclaiming independence.

To make this possible, former US naval officer Jake Slate and international arms dealer Pierre Renard must wage a clandestine war against the Russian navy. Their enemies are aided by weaponized dolphins, who know the ocean environment far better than any human possibly can.

If this is not a suicide mission, it’s pretty damned close....

Book eight of the Rogue Submarine series.

Rogue Avenger (2005)

Rogue Betrayer (2007)

Rogue Crusader (2010)

Rogue Defender (2013)

Rogue Enforcer (2014)

Rogue Fortress (2015)

Rogue Goliath (2015)

Rogue Hunter (2016)

Rogue Invader (2016)

Rogue Justice (2017)

©2016 John R. Monteith (P)2018 John R. Monteith

Narrator: Paul Christy
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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Rogue Goliath

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The plan was working perfectly until everything went to hell. A South Korean submarine penetrates North Korean territorial waters to launch a snatch-and-grab commando raid. The kidnapping is an act of vengeance; the target is a North Korean admiral, wanted for the ambush and sinking of a South Korean corvette. The abduction goes off without a hitch. But when the triumphant commandos return to the sub, they go rogue, slaughtering members of the crew in an attempt to seize the submarine. Now, the crippled sub is trapped in enemy waters, with the entire North Korean surface navy out for blood. Into this maelstrom of danger and cutthroat politics comes international arms dealer Pierre Renard, and his secret weapon --former U.S. naval officer Jake Slate. To pull off an impossible rescue under the nose of a vastly more powerful enemy, Jake will have to abandon every known tactic and every vestige of sanity. And he can't help but wonder, how much longer will his luck hold out?

©2015 John R. Monteith (P)2017 John R. Monteith

Narrator: Paul Christy
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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Rogue Fortress

Summary

It begins with greed. It ends with destruction. A military bid for control of the fourth richest oil fields on earth. A high-tech fortress, armed with cutting-edge rail guns and point defense weapons that give it mastery of the sea for more than 100 miles in all directions. An insanely clever commando assault on a snorkeling diesel submarine. At the epicenter of these colliding forces is former US Navy officer Jake Slate, scrabbling desperately for one more impossible military victory. And behind the scenes, international arms dealer Pierre Renard continues to pull the strings like the virtuoso puppet master he is. In a world of dwindling fuel sources, the global battle for oil is just getting started....

©2015 John R. Montetih (P)2017 John R. Monteith

Narrator: Paul Christy
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Rogue Enforcer

Summary

Former US naval officer Jake Slate is on a downhill slide into alcohol, self-pity, and rage. A decade of life as a mercenary submarine commander has left him exhausted, bitter, and utterly disgusted with the world. When a drunken brawl leaves his opponent dead in the parking lot of a seedy bar, Jake needs to run away. From his crime...from his country...from himself. For international arms dealer Pierre Renard, Jake's meltdown couldn't possibly have come at a better time. Renard is planning to start a war against a major European military power, and he needs Jake Slate to light the fuse.

©2014 John R Monteith (P)2017 John R Monteith

Narrator: Paul Christy
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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Rogue Defender

Summary

Book four of the Rogue Submarine series: a crew of mercenary submarine sailors and an ex-US naval officer take on the largest military force on Earth. North Korea has crossed the Demilitarized Zone; the United States is hit by electromagnetic pulse attacks; and the Middle East is unraveling. Has Armageddon begun, or is a mortal puppet master pulling the strings? Regardless of the answer, the US military is too overwhelmed by global events to continue protecting Taiwan. Chinese troops have gained a foothold on Taiwanese soil, and the tiny island nation has been stripped of her allies. Faced with impending destruction, the Taiwanese will do anything to survive, even if it means crossing the line into nuclear warfare. Their plan is desperate, and quite possibly insane. There's only one man crazy enough to carry it out: former naval officer-turned renegade, Jake Slate.

©2013 John R Monteith (P)2017 John R Monteith

Narrator: Paul Christy
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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Rogue Crusader

Summary

He's a renegade and a traitor. He may also be America's last hope for survival. A hijacked Israeli submarine. An unprovoked attack against a US Navy destroyer. A civilian oil tanker with a secret cargo of nuclear weapons. Together, they add up to an ingenious plan to penetrate the ballistic missile defenses of the United States. Standing in the path of destruction is a crew of mercenary submarine sailors, led by ex-US naval officer Jake Slate. Exiled for crimes that should have earned him a military execution, Slate is not anyone's idea of a hero. But he's all we've got.

©2010 John Monteith (P)2016 John Monteith

Narrator: Paul Christy
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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Le tre del mattino

Summary

Antonio è un liceale solitario e risentito, suo padre un matematico dal passato brillante; i rapporti fra i due non sono mai stati facili. Un pomeriggio di giugno dei primi anni Ottanta atterrano a Marsiglia, dove una serie di circostanze inattese li costringerà a trascorrere insieme due giorni e due notti senza sonno. È così che il ragazzo e l'uomo si conoscono davvero, per la prima volta; si specchiano l'uno nell'altro e si misurano con la figura della madre ed ex moglie, donna bellissima ed elusiva. La loro sarà una corsa turbinosa, a tratti allucinata a tratti allegra, fra quartieri malfamati, spettacolari paesaggi di mare, luoghi nascosti e popolati da creature notturne. Un viaggio avventuroso e struggente sull'orizzonte della vita. L'ultimo lavoro di Gianrico Carofiglio, interpretato dalla voce dell'autore stesso, unica ed inconfondibile. >> Questo audiobook in edizione integrale vi è offerto in esclusiva per Audible ed è disponibile solamente in formato audio digitale.

©2017 Rosaria Carpinelli Consulenze Editoriali Srl (P)2017 Audible Studios

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CivCEO 3

Summary

Charles' crazy wager paid off. After facing near annihilation, he managed to upend Nicos the warmonger and secure a new strip of land near the coast. With Tine growing steadily, he can now turn his attention to developing this new village and turning it into a new powerhouse. But as always, nothing ever goes as planned. For one, the borders of his new territory do not quite reach the water, so he cannot build a Seaport until he levels up his village. He cannot even access the resource tiles such as the fish, making this place completely depend on Tine for food. On top of that, Charles still needs to find a way to reinstate Tanders who's been chased away from Igithor by rival Henderson Aimes (with the help of the Silver Fools). One of the possible options is to recruit more Heroes to retake the guildhall, especially since his loyal wizard Alamander has yet to return from his secret leave. But to get access to those special units, he first needs to build a Hall of Heroes. And for that, he needs rare artifacts....

©2020 LitRPG Freaks (P)2021 Tantor

Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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