George Gershwin thinks he could do better, better than Broadway. Ira Gershwin disagrees, why get funny ideas about writing po-faced piano concertos that no one hears, when youre already getting much respect and much money (and much female attention) from writing hit shows? But what George wants George gets, and soon the brothers are travelling to Europe to meet French maestro Maurice Ravel - you know, a real composer. Despite dreading this American invasion on his artistic privacy, the haughty Ravel warms to George, the two men share musical ideas and beaucoup du vin. It all turns sour when George returns to New York, unintentionally carrying in his luggage Ravels most treasured possession: a pair of slippers that belonged to Ravels musical forefather, the French national hero - Claude Debussy. Now, Debussys slippers may reek, they may look slightly ridiculous, but their inspirational power is undeniable. Once George feels their effect, hes loath to return them, and sets about stalling an increasingly irate Ravel. Things come to a head when Ravel unexpectedly returns Gershwins visit.
©2020 Steve Exeter (P)2021 Steve Exeter
Volume two in the series An American Family follows the Snow family on to the bloody streets of London during Tudor times where they experience the dreaded plagues, horrible executions, and persecution for their religious beliefs. There are ghosts in the monastery and scandals afoot, and an intimate look into the lives of the Tudor royal family. You won't want to miss this chapter in the story of one of America's founding Pilgrim families.
©2014 J.A.Snow (P)2020 Jacqualyn ann Snow
A translation into English prose by A. S. Kline. Narrated by Jack Wynters. The Divine Comedy is Dante's record of his visionary journey through the triple realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. This, the first epic of which its author is the protagonist and his individual imaginings the content, weaves together the three threads of classical and Christian history, contemporary Medieval politics and religion, and Dante's own inner life including his love for Beatrice, to create the most complex and highly structured long poem extant. Through the depths of Hell in the Inferno, and upward along the mountain of Purgatory in the Purgatorio, Dante is guided by Virgil, the great poet of the classical Roman Empire, exploring, as he does so, the political, ethical, and religious issues of his time. Dante, in his own life and in this epic, represents a party of one desirous of purifying the Church on the one hand and the Holy Roman Empire on the other, yet caught between those two great worldly powers and turning to literature to make his voice heard. From the summit of Purgatory, Dante ascends in the Paradiso, guided by Beatrice, into the celestial Paradise, where love, truth, and beauty intertwine in his great vision of the Christian revelation. Yet the Commedia is essential listening not merely for Christians, poets, and historians but for anyone struggling with issues of morality, the ethical framework of society, and the challenge of living the true life.
©2000 Adam Kline (P)2018 Adam Kline
When Lady Margaret Blake and her sister lose their parents in a boating accident, they are left to the guardianship of their uncle. Disregarding their feelings for the price their beauty will fetch on the marriage mart, he arranges a match for both. Lady Margaret, however, has her own views on the matter and takes her fate into her own hands. Returning home after war to assume his responsibilities, Luke, Duke of Waverley, expects a nice, quiet life on his country estate. Within hours of stepping foot in England, though, he stumbles upon a young woman being attacked, and no sooner does he rescue her, than she runs away. His sense of curiosity is piqued and his sense of honor compels him to help her, leading him on a merry chase. Meg escapes the marriage, only to find herself at the mercy of others. Fortunately, in the soldier she cannot avoid, she also finds herself in very capable hands. Only her uncle has a deeper reason for his actions and will stop at nothing to see his plans fulfilled.
©2019 Elizabeth Johns (P)2020 Elizabeth Johns
Jack the Ripper still causes a shudder, synonymous as it is with violent murder and mutilation. But also of mystery and speculation, for the gruesome series of killings in London's East End in that horrific autumn of 1888 have never been finally solved. The identity of the Ripper, his motives, and his association have been the subject of endless discussion and speculation since Victorian times. Suspects have been as varied as a Jewish slaughter man and the Duke of Clarence. Now, marking the centenary of those terrible crimes, comes Peter Underwood's comprehensive look at all aspects of Jack the Ripper. It contains a wealth of new and previously unpublished material with a detailed look at the possible candidates and probable identity, examinations of the murder sites - then and now - the psyche of the murderer and the murdered, the alleged ghosts and spirit contacts, and a survey of all writings on the Ripper and his victims, published and unpublished. This is the definitive book, with a 100-year perspective. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
©1987 Peter Underwood (P)2019 Peter Underwood
London 1925: Ex-boxer Harry Stubbs goes undercover, working in a mental institution to investigate an epidemic of madness. Bizarre deaths occur at the asylum, seemingly linked to an occult power. As he starts to unravel the mystery, Harrys grip on his own sanity becomes increasingly precarious. Who is behind the killings? What are the strange new treatments doing to the patients? Why can Harry not get any reply from his handlers? To get answers, Harry must to venture into the borderland between magic and science, sanity and madness, and face the Master of Chaos.... A thrilling 1920s adventure drawing on HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
©2018 David Hambling (P)2018 David Hambling
Amazon UK best seller in religious mystery, religious fantasy, and biblical fiction.
A modern-day thriller with a medieval mystery from the author of The Patmos Enigma, The Brodsky Affair, and The Chronicles of Aveline.
A dying condesa's last hope.
A disgraced judge's chance for redemption.
And a secret that remained hidden for centuries....
According to legend, Annas Zevi, an artist who witnessed the raising of Lazarus, was told by Christ to paint what he saw. Over the centuries, his completed works have vanished, along with every other painting depicting Lazarus' resurrection. They were rumored to be sacred icons with miraculous powers.
International art recovery experts Broderick Ladro and Ulla Stuart are hired by a disgraced high court judge, Sir Maxwell Throgmorton, to locate a long lost medieval painting by Spanish artist Francisco Cortez. Like Zevi, his work is said to be divinely inspired.
Throgmorton's client, a wealthy Spanish condesa, is terminally ill, and the icon is her last hope. She will pay and do whatever it takes to find the missing work of Cortez.
Unbeknownst to the condesa, Throgmorton seeks to make a vast personal fortune from the discovery of the paintings and use it to reclaim his place in society.
Ladro and Stuart learns of Throgmorton's deceit and attempts to thwart his plans. As they delve deeper into the mystery of the missing Cortez painting, they discover a secret that changes their lives forever.
Just as it changed the lives of everyone it touched across the centuries.
©2017 Ken Fry (P)2017 Ken Fry
Brighton, 1938. Charlie "Big Bad" Woolf thought it would be easy money, and theres precious little of that for a private detective in a seaside town. It was just a trip up to London to hand over an envelope - a favor for his old partner, Alan OConnor. But Woolf couldnt resist taking a peek inside. The pictures were unadulterated smut: a man and a girl in a hotel room. Blackmail, pure and simple - right up OConnors street. Woolf was happy to be rid of them, handing them over to a masked man in a London park. When he gets back home, OConnors waiting for him, which is a surprise. The bigger surprise is that hes dead - a bullet through the eye. Woolf is the prime suspect, but when he discovers that the man in the photographs is a German diplomat and the blackmail is being run by MI5, things get more complicated. It seems obvious who killed OConnor, but Woolf soon realizes that hes the only one who cares. With war looming, the good of the country counts for more than the arrest of a murderer. If hes to see the killer caught, Charlie Woolf must prove that the crime has little to do with the world of espionage.
©2016 Jasper Kent (P)2019 Jasper Kent
"What a fantastic entrée into the life of Paul Dirac and the exotic world of Quantum Mechanics, of which he was one of the great pioneers. With its cast of some of the most important scientists of the modern age, this is both an entertaining and an enlightening read." - Michael White, best-selling author of 39 books including Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer Paul Dirac (1902 - 1984) was a brilliant mathematician and a 1933 Nobel laureate whose work ranks alongside that of Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton. Although not as well-known as his famous contemporaries Werner Heisenberg and Richard Feynman, his influence on the course of physics was immense. His landmark book, The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, introduced that new science to the world and his "Dirac equation" was the first theory to reconcile special relativity and quantum mechanics. Dirac held the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a position also occupied by such luminaries as Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. Yet, during his 40-year career as a professor, he had only a few doctoral students due to his peculiar personality, which bordered on the bizarre. Taciturn and introverted, with virtually no social skills, he once turned down a knighthood because he didn't want to be addressed by his first name. Einstein described him as "balancing on the dizzying path between genius and madness." In Simply Dirac, author Helge Kragh blends the scientific and the personal and invites the listener to get to know both Dirac the quantum genius and Dirac the social misfit. Featuring cameo appearances by some of the greatest scientists of the 20th century and highlighting the dramatic changes that occurred in the field of physics during Dirac's lifetime, this fascinating biography is an invaluable introduction to a truly singular man.
©2016 Helge Kragh (P)2017 Simply Charly
In the ultimate battle between evil and evil...only one can win.
Four hundred years ago, Benjamin Harwood butchered whoever he saw fit to kill, knowing that sacrificing his murder victims to a demon would keep him safe from eternal punishment. But now, their agreement has been torn in half and the demon is coming for Harwoods soul, coming to set him to burn.
Preparing for war, Harwood gathers the worst of the worst, the monsters and murderers he calls friends.
With this group of damned killers, Harwood must return to the crimes of his past and seek help from his most recent prey: a teenage girl whose family he destroyed, a girl with more reason to loathe him than anyone in his life or death. Only then he can try for a redemption that may be impossible or face a universe of suffering. But Harwood doesnt know there is a hole in the floor of the world.
And something much worse than the dead is down there....
©2018 HallBound Books Publishing LLC (P)2019 HallBound Books Publishing LLC
Almost a century after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, Kaiser Wilhelm II is still viewed as either a warmonger or a madman, as the hundred-year-old propaganda posters remain fixed in the general consciousness. Was he, though, truly responsible for the catastrophe of the First World War, or was he in fact a convenient scapegoat, blamed for a conflict which he desperately tried to avoid?
©2015 Christina Croft (P)2017 Christina Croft
Yes, I Am is Norman Grubb's last and most comprehensive work on the union of Christ and the believer -"Christ in you, the hope of glory." Here he explores the great foundational truths of what he called "Total Truth" - the nature of God Himself, the true nature of man, the fall of man, and our two-fold redemption through the blood and body of Christ. Finally, he shares clarifications on the pivotal Romans 6-8, chapters he has dug into "a thousand times". demonstrating how to live "as the free men in Christ we've been redeemed to be." Finally, Norman moves on to the highest calling of all, the life of intercession. In Yes, I Am, Norman Grubb reveals again what has been the "sole heartbeat" of his books. "There is a joy unspeakable and full of glory, a peace that passeth understanding, and an all-sufficiency in all things by which we are able to abound unto every good work."
©1992 Zerubbabel Press (P)2020 Zerubbabel Press
Spring 1917 - the war has been raging for over two and a half years, and neither the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey) nor the Entente (Britain, France, Russia, and Italy) are any closer to a decisive victory. In Russia, the Revolution and enforced abdication of the Tsar has left the country in the shaky hands of the Provisional Government, but as the Bolsheviks begin to seize power, it is clear that behind the scenes, something rather sinister is occurring. Both Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, and Karl, the new Emperor of Austria-Hungary, are eager to pursue peace, but the United States entry into the war thwarts their efforts and leaves them convinced that the true aim of the conflict is the destruction of their monarchies. Based on actual events, The Betrayal is the third book of the Shattered Crowns trilogy which follows the tragic story of the royalties who sought peace throughout the bloodiest conflict of the 20th century.
©2013 Christina Croft (P)2018 Christina Croft
At 19, Lady Lydia Markham was beautiful, bookish, and naive. Her sheltered, loveless upbringing had not educated her in the ways of the beau monde or the men who inhabited it. So when she met Nathaniel, Lord Fairmont, it was all too easy to be swept away by his rakish charm and good looks. She was devastated when he did not propose marriage but joined Wellington's army instead. Six years of battle has changed Nathaniel: older, wiser, and the conqueror of the addictions that drove his misspent youth, he's avowed to start afresh. But a chance meeting with Lydia unnerves him; she is so very keen to speak to him, yet he cannot fathom why. Has she waited for him all these years? He is unfit for her and is focused on making amends for another's life that he ruined, and he urges her to forget him. Nathaniel's indifference leaves Lydia heartbroken, but she reaffirms her vow to begin anew. Unfortunately, she needs Nathaniel's assistance. If ensuring his aid means following him to the Continent, where he's gone to fight Napoleon with the Household Guards, then so be it. But will he help once he knows her secret?
©2015 Elizabeth Johns (P)2015 Elizabeth Johns
In the summer of 1914, the capitals of Europe erupt in a patriotic frenzy as peoples on all sides, roused by the press, rejoice at the outbreak of the "war to end wars". The rejoicing soon turns to disillusionment as the full horrors of the bloodiest conflict the world has ever seen become apparent. For the Emperors of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia comes the growing awareness that this war, which they sought desperately to avoid, is not being fought for territory or honor, but rather to destroy the old world order and to replace their autocracies with secular ideologies and international economic control. Amid the intrigue and deception, Kaiser Wilhelm, Tsar Nicholas, Emperor Franz Josef, Archduke Karl, and Queen Marie of Roumania not only face the horrific sacrifice of their people, but are also confronted by their own personal and family tragedies. The Sacrifice is the second novel in the Shattered Crowns trilogy, following the royalties of Europe from 1913 to the Treaty of Versailles. The Sacrifice covers the period from the outbreak of war to the Russian revolution (1914-1917) and is based on actual events.
©2012 Christina Croft (P)2017 Christina Croft
From Dial M for Murder and Vertigo to North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) made some of the most memorable thrillers in the history of cinema. Acclaimed for both his daring artistic innovations and his irrepressible showmanship, Hitchcock blended suspense, humor, and psychologically unsettling themes to create an extraordinary body of work. In Simply Hitchcock, author and movie critic David Sterritt explores the celebrated directors entire career, from its beginnings in the British silent film industry to its glory days in Hollywood. He shows Hitchcock as a consummate artist who dealt with deep existential and psychological issues, as well as a mischievous prankster who loved playing tricks on the audience and never missed a chance to pull a dead rabbit out of a hat. With wit and erudition, Simply Hitchcock paints a comprehensive portrait of a brilliant and complex man, who not only made indelible films, but also succeeded in establishing himself as the most instantly recognizable movie director of all time.
©2017 David Sterritt (P)2017 Simply Charly
By universal consensus, theres only one exhibition worth seeing at this years Venice Biennale. Giuditta Cancellieris Il Timore di Dio, six paintings of something as yet undisclosed. Dont bother buying tickets, though. A court order means no ones getting in, not even the artists closest associates. The citys been filling with felons. Most observers dont think thats an accident. At least one rumor suggests the paintings depict Italys most powerful gangsters, or its politicians, in compromising positions. And there are more startling conjectures. Yet for all anyone really knows, the six canvases may be completely blank. In any case, Signorina Cancellieri is no ordinary artist. A 25-year-old AIDS victim from one of the toughest districts of Naples, shes also closely linked to one of MI7s oldest enemies, Constantius Sopa. As the temperature rises to boiling point, MI7 Agent Gavin Freedman is dispatched from London to find out just what is going on.
©2013 James Ward (P)2018 James Ward
The Snow family saga continues! In earlier books in the series, we met the Snow family of Porlock, England, traveled with them through the bloody streets of London during Tudor times, crossed the Atlantic with the original Pilgrims and now stand with them in the American Revolutionary war. Based on over 30 years of genealogical research into the author's own ancestors, this is a story like no other. There is love and hardship; there is treachery and murder. There is honor and courage.
©2016 J.A. Snow (P)2020 Jacqualyn Ann Snow
Andrew Abbott was the last man standing; all of his friends had succumbed to leg shackles. Now that he had sold out from the army, he was unsure how he wanted to spend the rest of his life. His father proposed sending him back to restore their burned plantation in America, but just as he was set to leave, he met the woman of his dreams. Gwendolyn Lambert's family was reduced to penury after her father was disgraced and killed in a duel. Gwen and her invalid mother survive on a mere pittance in the city of Bath. Her mother's cousin, the Dowager Duchess of Loring, is determined to see Gwendolyn taken care of and restored to her rightful place, but she does not have any use for society after her family was treated ill by them. But the savvy dowager has a few tricks up her sleeve, including her handsome and charming grandson. Unfortunately, she did not count on him being sent to America or Gwendolyn's father's family coming back into the picture. The entire Loring-Abbott clan becomes involved in a scheme to bring Andrew and Gwendolyn together, but will they be able to overcome being separated by oceans, storms, and the interference of scheming mamas?
©2015 Elizabeth Johns (P)2015 Elizabeth Johns
Time travel, once again, with award-winning author J.A. Snow as she takes us on another journey with her ancestors. You will go to war with Private Eddie Snow, visit the Sacrifice Rock with Mercy Snow of the Wampanoag tribe of old Cape Cod, and travel westward with Bertram Snow to the Great Dust Bowl of the Great Plains. Based on over 30 years of genealogical research, the Snow family saga will surprise and sadden you; it will lift your spirits and give you an up close personal look into the hearts of one of our most interesting founding families.
©2016 J.A. Snow (P)2020 Jacqualyn Ann Snow
The cultural death of God has created a conundrum for intellectuals. How could a life stripped of ultimate meaning be anything but absurd? How was man to live? How could he find direction in a world of no direction? What would he tell his children that could make their lives worthwhile? What is the ground of morality? Existentialism is the literary cri de coeur resulting from the realization that without God, everything good, true, and beautiful in human life is destined to be destroyed in a pitiless material cosmos. Theodore Dalrymple and Kenneth Francis examine the main existentialist works, from Ecclesiastes to the Theatre of the Absurd, each man coming from a different perspective. Francis is a believer, Dalrymple is not, but both empathize with the struggle to find meaning in a seemingly meaningless universe. Part literary criticism, part philosophical exploration, this book holds many surprising gems of insight from two of the most interesting minds of our time.
©2018 Anthony M. Daniels and Kenneth Francis (P)2018 New English Review Press
On 28th June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his morganatic wife, Sophie Chotek, were shot dead in broad daylight on a crowded street in Sarajevo. The murder of a relatively unknown archduke in a remote Bosnian city might well have been quickly forgotten were it not for the fact that this seemingly minor event ignited a spark that would explode into one of the bloodiest conflicts in history. Within four years, over sixteen million people from one hundred countries would lie dead on the battlefields of the First World War.
©2011 Christina Croft (P)2017 Christina Croft
The first volume in the An American Family series takes the reader back to 15th-century England and the tiny fishing village of Porlock where the Snow family had its roots. It is the amazing story of how they defied the greedy king and his tax men, how they smuggled their goods up and down the Bristol Channel facing murderous pirates, and how they formed the first town guild in an effort to protect themselves from greedy overlords. It has undying love affairs, grief beyond measure, and bonds of friendship that last a lifetime.
©2013 J. A. Snow (P)2020 Jacqualyn Ann Snow
Long before there was such a thing as "women's liberation" and females serving in the military; long before women had the right to vote and had a say in the policies of government; long before they were permitted to hold political office, there was a small group of pilgrim women whose strength of character and boldness of heart formed the backbone of America. One such woman was Constance Hopkins, my 11th generation great-grandmother who came to America in 1620 on the Mayflower. Many books have been written about her, mostly about her childhood growing up in the little town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, that don't describe her as having particularly extraordinary intelligence or of possessing breathtaking beauty but when Nick Snow first set eyes on her it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair that spanned over 50 years, produced 12 children, endured many hardships, and suffered countless heartbreaks. Yet, they survived and Plymouth thrived, largely in part to their iron will and determination. She was a remarkable woman, my grandmother, and I wanted to write the story of Constance as a wife, as a mother and grandmother, and as a driving force in the building of this great country of ours.
©2015 J.A.Snow (P)2020 Jacqualyn Ann Snow
The Dowager Duchess of Loring, had finally married off all her grandchildren and was now uncertain what her future held. When she accompanies her grandson and his new wife on trip to Italy, a chance encounter with a past love turns her world upside down. For over 30 years, Luca Faranese, Conte de Salerno, has tried to forget about the woman who stole his heart. Fate gives them a second chance, but will their love be enough to keep them together forever the second time?
©2015 Elizabeth Johns (P)2016 Elizabeth Johns
Norman Grubb, the son of an Irish clergyman, was born in England in 1895. He served as a lieutenant of the Bloucester Regiment, receiving the Military Cross for his service during World War I. Following the war, he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and married Pauline Studd, the youngest daughter of the famous missionary C. T. Studd. The Grubbs served as missionaries in the Belgian Congo where Norman translated the New Testament into Bangala. After Studd's death in 1931, Norman served as British General Secretary of the Worldwide Evangelization Crusade until 1965. He continued to speak and travel well into his nineties. He died at age 98 on December 15, 1993. Once Caught, No Escape is Norman Grubb's autobiographical account of his maturation from a young boy to a Christ-in-him faith life. As Norman once wrote of Once Caught, No Escape, "This little book is evidence that God can pick up weak things and use them - his strength made perfect in weakness." Visit Publisher's Website at: zerubbabel.org
©1969, 1983, 2005 The Lutterworth Press (P)2019 Zerubbabel Press
The number one best seller the establishment doesn't want you to hear! Our three heroes are born on three adjacent beds, a mere three seconds apart. United by a shared nature, they often feel each others emotions as if those emotions are their own. When a fire burns through their homes, killing their families, they are cast apart. Mayer is adopted by a wealthy couple, Archibald by a loving uncle and aunt, and Hugo is dumped in the workhouse. They finally reunite many years later, only to fall in love with the very same woman at the very same time, feeling each others love as if it is their own. But turned into three very different people by three very different upbringings, they court her in very different ways. The consequences are extreme, inspiring our heroes to spend their lives chasing money, power, and love in the vain hope that these things will help them to win the girl. We romp through history, watching as bankers create money out of nothing and the British Empire takes over the world, before arriving at the most exhilarating of finales. This is a story that will make you laugh, cry, cringe, smile, scream, and shout. It truly is a modern masterpiece, unlike anything youve ever listened to before.... "Breathtaking" (The Huffington Post) "Picaresque" (Scottish Left Review) "Unputdownable" (The Avenger) "A work of art" (PakAsia Times) "Strangely kind" (The Tribune) "A roller-coaster" (BuzzFeed)
©2017 Joss Sheldon (P)2018 Joss Sheldon
SOME PEOPLE LIVE UNDER OCCUPATION. SOME PEOPLE OCCUPY THEMSELVES. NO ONE IS FREE. Step into a world which is both magically fictitious and shockingly real. Walk side-by-side with a refugee, native, occupier and economic migrant. And watch on as the world around you transforms from a halcyon past into a dystopian future. Inspired by the occupations of Palestine, Kurdistan and Tibet, and by the corporate occupation of the west, Occupied is a haunting glance into a society which is a little too familiar for comfort. It truly is a unique piece of literary fiction
Here's what reviewers have said about Occupied: "Darker than George Orwell's 1984" (AXS) "Candid and disquieting" (Free Tibet) "Genre-busting" (Pak Asia Times) "Brilliant" (Middle East Monitor) "A must read" (Buzzfeed)
©2015 Joss Sheldon (P)2016 Joss Sheldon