Sylvia's had more than her fair share of hardship. Abandoned by her husband, sold into slavery by her father, and now ruled by a harsh master, she's never felt free. But everything changes when she discovers an injured stranger in the woods. Despite his initial hostility and the language barrier between them, Sylvia decides to help him at any cost. She's determined to save him from a cruel fate...and he's become her new secret. But she never realized that he'd be a prince - or that he would kidnap her as his bride! As Sylvia takes on this unexpected adventure, she faces a difficult question: Can love be her freedom, or is it just a new prison?
Â©2016 CJ Young (P)2021 Podium Audio
The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity. War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding. Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate. But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy. And as she leads them to an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, it begins to dawn on Clavain and his companions that to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much worse.
Â©2008 Alastair Reynolds (P)2009 Tantor
They killed the wrong girl. Rachel Hatch will make them pay. USA Today best-selling author L.T. Ryan has teamed up with Police Detective Brian Shea for this debut novel in the gripping Rachel Hatch mystery thriller series. Ex-Army criminal investigator Rachel Hatch is a drifter. No home. No commitments. Until her sister's drowning drags her back to the town she left 15 years ago. Convinced her sister's death was no accident, Hatch partners with the local sheriff, Dalton Savage, to uncover the truth. Every answer unlocks another question, and as the investigation begins to unravel, Hatch and Savage find their lives on the line. Hatch is forced to use her special set of skills - forged on the field of combat - to learn the truth about her sister and bring those responsible to justice. The first novel in one of the most highly anticipated collaborative series this decade, Drift is a tightly woven story with deeply developed and endearing characters that will have you rooting for them at every turn, set at an exhilarating pace that will keep you listening late into the night.
Â©2019 Liquid Mind Media (P)2020 Liquid Mind Media
A moving, candid account of one woman's experience with stillbirth. Emma Hansen is 39 weeks and six days pregnant when she feels her baby go quiet inside of her. At the hospital, her worst fears are confirmed: doctors explain that her baby has died, and she will need to deliver him, still.Â Hansen gives birth to her son, Reid, amidst an avalanche of grief. Nine days later, she publishes a candid essay on her website sharing photos from the delivery room. Much to her surprise, her essay goes viral, sparking positive reactions around the world. Still shares what comes next: a struggle with grief and confusion alongside a desire to better understand stillbirth, which is experienced by more than two million women annually, but rarely talked about in public.Â At once honest, brave, and uplifting, Still is about one woman's search for her own definition of motherhood, even as she faces one of life's greatest challenges: learning to live after loss.
Â©2020 Emma Hansen (P)2020 ECW Press
Newly appointed police chief Cash Grier makes it his personal mission to keep law and order in the streets of Jacobsville. As a true renegade, Cash has learned never to take anything at face value - especially not his gorgeous sworn enemy, "Georgia Firefly" Tippy Moore. But Tippy is no longer a spoiled Hollywood starlet, just an unassuming beauty who has almost as many skeletons in her closet as Cash. The hard-edged Texan finds himself powerless to resist their explosive chemistry. Just as Cash is about to believe that Tippy might be the one for him, an unforgivable betrayal leads to despair, deceit - and unexpected danger. Now all roads lead to this one pivotal moment that will test the very fabric of a love that had once known no bounds....
Â©2011 Diana Palmer (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
A time of great darkness is approaching, but will Sandra and her dungeon survive? After being responsible for destroying multiple Dungeon Cores, the consequences of which she has yet to see but knows will be coming, Sandra and her friends must obtain help from the leadership of the nearby lands. The problem will soon become bigger than she can contain, and only by them all working together will everyone survive the dangers represented by the nearby dungeons. On top of that, Sandra also has to develop a plan to combat the ever-expanding territories of the local dungeons and protect the people still living in her Area of Influence. It is a difficult and complicated problem to solve, but with the aid of some new friends she begins to get a handle on the situation. Unknown to Sandra and everyone else, however, someone wronged by the craft-loving Dungeon Core has designs of their own that will throw the wastelands into chaos. Those dangers, coupled with some personal issues of Sandraâs own, could usher in a period of darkness that the world hasnât seen in centuries... This Dungeon Core story contains LitRPG/GameLit elements such as statistics and leveling and a heavy crafting emphasis. No profanity and no harems.
Â©2020 Jonathan Brooks (P)2020 Jonathan Brooks
At 20, Coreen Tarleton had fallen hard for sexy millionaire cowboy Ted Regan. But his rejection had sent her running into the arms of another man, a decision she'd always regretted and an action Ted could never forgive. But now Ted had a second chance with the widowed Coreen. And though she was far from the naive girl she'd been, her heart still belonged to Ted. But could they get past Regan's pride?
Â©2011 Diana Palmer (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
The old saying goes, "To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail". But anyone who has done any kind of project knows a hammer often isn't enough.Â The more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely you'll use the right tool for the job - and get it done right.Â The same is true when it comes to your thinking. The quality of your outcomes depends on the mental models in your head. And most people are going through life with little more than a hammer.Â Until now.Â The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts is the first book in The Great Mental Models series designed to upgrade your thinking with the best, most useful and powerful tools so you always have the right one on hand.Â This volume details nine of the most versatile all-purpose mental models you can use right away to improve your decision making, your productivity, and how clearly you see the world. You will discover what forces govern the universe and how to focus your efforts so you can harness them to your advantage, rather than fight with them or, worse yet, ignore them.
Â©2019 Shane Parrish (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.
A powerful businessman seeks refuge...but some secrets never stay hidden. Before he testifies in an important case, businessman Michael "Mikey" Fiore hides out in Jacobsville, Texas. On a rare night out, he crosses paths with softly beautiful Bernadette, who seems burdened with her own secrets. He hears whispers about a life-threatening condition, her solitary existence. This doesnât stop him from wanting her, which endangers them both. Their bond grows into passion...until shocking truths surface. Plus, a classic story from the Men of Medicine Ridge series, Circle of Gold! Sparks fly the moment Kasie Mayfield arrives at Gil Callisterâs sprawling ranch to care for his two adorable daughters. Gil is difficult to read, but he still sweeps her off her feet. Can Kasie convince the hard-edged widower that a circle of gold belongs on her finger? New York Times best-selling author
Â©2020 Diana Palmer (P)2020 Harlequin Audio
This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you. Unabridged version includes: A special foreword by Gary Keller. Interludes by legendary guitarist Monte Montgomery. Whatâs your ONE Thing? For more information on The ONE Thing, events, coaching, and tools, visit www.The1Thing.com.
Â©2012 Rellek Publishing Partners, Ltd. (P)2013 Rellek Publishing Partners, Ltd.
In Danielle Steelâs epic new novel, the lives of four generations of women in one family span fortune and loss, motherhood, tragedy, and victories. From the glamorous San Francisco social scene of the 1920s, through war and the social changes of the â60s, to the rise of Silicon Valley today, this extraordinary novel takes us on a family odyssey that is both heartbreaking and inspiring, as each generation faces the challenges of their day.Â The Parisian design houses in 1928, the crash of 1929, the losses of war, the drug culture of the 1960s - history holds many surprises, and lives are changed forever. For richer or for poorer, in cramped apartments and grand mansions, the treasured wedding dress made in Paris in 1928 follows each generation into their new lives, and represents different hopes for each of them, as they marry very different men.Â From inherited fortunes at the outset to self-made men and women, the wedding dress remains a cherished constant for the women who wear it in each generation and forge a destiny of their own. It is a symbol of their remaining traditions and the bond of family they share in an ever-changing world.Â
Â©2020 Danielle Steel (P)2020 Recorded Books
Night Monkey and Day Monkey's worlds are as different as â¦ night and day! What one fears, the other loves, what one understands only confuses the other. But in learning about each other's opposite worlds, they also learn to be the best of friends. Boisterous and rhythmic fun from Julia Donaldson, the creator of The Gruffalo. Read by Imelda Staunton.
Â©2002 Julia Donaldson (text), Lucy Richards (illustration), Barry Gibson (music and songs), Egmont UK Limited (recording) (P)2008 Egmont UK Limited
The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.With breathtaking command of her shocking material, and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into an outlandish yet wholly believable realm populated by characters who will continue to inhabit our dreams long after the last chapter. This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers.
Â©2002 O.W. Toad, Ltd. (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
There's something about those Wyoming men...New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer returns to the Cowboy State with a brand-new tale of desire and deception Cultivating his vast Wyoming ranch is all security expert J. C. Calhoun wants. His land is the only thing the betrayed rancher can trust in after discovering his fiancÃ©e was pregnant by another man. But all J.C. holds dear becomes compromised when a lost little girl leads him to Colie Jackson, the woman who destroyed his life. Colie stops at nothing to protect the people she loves. Years ago she left J.C. for his own good. Now, for the sake of her daughter, she must depend on a hard-hearted man who won't forgive her. As a band of ruthless criminals tracks their every move through the frozen Wyoming winter, Colie and J.C. will be forced to confront the lies that separated them - and the startling truth that will bind them forever...
Â©2017 Diana Palmer (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched 180 light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats "existence" as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.
Â©2003 Richard K. Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
In the second book in this series, Drake and the other three Dragon Masters (Ana, Rori, and Bo) continue their training. But Ana's dragon, Kepri, is sick. The wizard tries to make her feel better, but his potions are not working. Drake's dragon, Worm, must use his special powers to take the Dragon Masters across the world in search of a cure.Â What made Kepri sick? Will the Dragon Masters be able to save her? And what dangers will they face along the way?
Â©2014 Tracey West (P)2020 Scholastic Inc
A groundbreaking book that transforms the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns Bjorn Lomborg argues that many of the elaborate and expensive actions now being considered to stop global warming will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, are often based on emotional rather than strictly scientific assumptions, and may very well have little impact on the worldâs temperature for hundreds of years. Rather than starting with the most radical procedures, Lomborg argues that we should first focus our resources on more immediate concerns, such as fighting malaria and HIV/AIDS and assuring and maintaining a safe, fresh water supply - which can be addressed at a fraction of the cost and save millions of lives within our lifetime. He asks why the debate over climate change has stifled rational dialogue and killed meaningful dissent.Â Lomborg presents us with a second generation of thinking on global warming that believes panic is neither warranted nor a constructive place from which to deal with any of humanityâs problems, not just global warming. Cool It promises to be one of the most talked about and influential books of our time.
Â©2019 BjÃ¸rn Lomborg (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing
Head back to Jacobsville, Texas, with this fan-favorite Long, Tall Texans romance from New York Times best-selling author Diana Palmer! Their love was born in Texas....Â Gabriel Brandon had been her hero ever since heâd rescued her, an orphan, from sure ruin. And Michelle Godrey had loved him forever, the mysterious rancher with the dark eyes, her protector and guardian angel. But something kept his heart closed off, seemingly for good. Could Michelle ever cast aside the shadows that lingered between them? Could she show Gabriel that their Lone Star love was true?Â From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.
Â©2014 Diana Palmer (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
She vowed to never trust another man...until she met him. A passionate new Long, Tall Texans romance from New York Times best-selling author Diana Palmer. Clancey Lang knows how to run. Sheâs been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brotherâs lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially men. Though sheâs tempted - mighty tempted - to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. If only he would look her way.... For far too long, Colter has been distracting himself with women he knows will never fully satisfy him. But thereâs something about his pretty assistant, Clancey, that he simply canât resist. Something slowly but surely drawing every ounce of his attention. But is he falling for a woman whoâll never let herself be caught?
Â©2019 Diana Palmer (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
Enjoy two classic Lone Star romances from New York Times best-selling author Diana Palmer! Regan At 20, Coreen Tarleton had fallen hard for sexy millionaire cowboy Ted Regan. But his rejection had sent her running into the arms of another man, a decision she'd always regretted and an action Ted could never forgive. But now Ted had a second chance with the widowed Coreen. And though she was far from the naive girl she'd been, her heart still belonged to Ted. Todd Once-burned Todd Burke had no intention of getting hitched to anyone. Having one temperamental female under his roof was enough. Still, his rodeo-riding daughter was big on Jane Parker - and secretly, Todd was, too. But no way was this hot-tempered, hot-blooded Wyoming man giving in to the equally hot-tempered, hot-blooded cowgirl from Jacobsville, Texas. Until one night changed everything....
Â©2020 Diana Palmer (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the best-selling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity. The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the year -- guaranteed to change the lives of men and transform the way women understand the opposite sex forever. On his journey from AFC (average frustrated chump) to PUA (pick-up artist) to PUG (pick-up guru), Strauss not only shares scores of original seduction techniques but also has unforgettable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Heidi Fleiss, and Courtney Love. And then things really start to get strange -- and passions lead to betrayals lead to violence. The Game is the story of one man's transformation from frog to prince to prisoner in the most unforgettable book of the year.
Â©2005 Stately Plump Buck Mulligan, LLC (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
El aclamado autor de los best sellers Steve Jobs y Einstein nos vuelve a cautivar con la vida del genio mÃ¡s creativo de la historia en esta fascinante biografÃa. BasÃ¡ndose en las miles de pÃ¡ginas de los cuadernos manuscritos de Leonardo y nuevos descubrimientos sobre su vida y su obra, Walter Isaacson teje una narraciÃ³n que conecta el arte de Da Vinci con sus investigaciones cientÃficas, y nos muestra cÃ³mo el genio del hombre mÃ¡s visionario de la historia naciÃ³ de habilidades que todos poseemos y podemos estimular, tales como la curiosidad incansable, la observaciÃ³n cuidadosa y la imaginaciÃ³n juguetona. Su creatividad, como la de todo gran innovador, resultÃ³ de la intersecciÃ³n entre la tecnologÃa y las humanidades. DespellejÃ³ y estudiÃ³ el rostro de numerosos cadÃ¡veres, dibujÃ³ los mÃºsculos que configuran el movimiento de los labios y pintÃ³ la sonrisa mÃ¡s enigmÃ¡tica de la historia, la de la Mona Lisa. ExplorÃ³ las leyes de la Ã³ptica, demostrÃ³ como la luz incidÃa en la cÃ³rnea y logrÃ³ producir esa ilusiÃ³n de profundidad en la Ãltima cena. La habilidad de Leonardo da Vinci para combinar arte y ciencia - esplendorosamente representada en el Hombre de Vitruvio - continÃºa siendo la regla de oro de la innovaciÃ³n. La apasionante vida de este gran hombre debe recordarnos la importancia de inculcar el conocimiento, pero sobre todo la voluntad contagiosa de cuestionarlo: ser imaginativos y pensar de manera diferente. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
Â©2017 Walter Isaacson (P)2018 Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, S.A.U.
Many Acid Flux sufferers takeÂ slick and flashy tones of medicationÂ that ultimately do little or nothing to eliminate their throbbing symptoms. How do you solve any form of acid flux? Heartburn, burping, abdominal pain, nausea, has never been so friendly with our body system - they result to death easily. This is whyÂ Acid Reflux CookbookÂ was created by one of theÂ most knowledgeable physician-scientists in the worldÂ regarding these conditions,Â Michael J. Sander. You donât have to suffer fromÂ GERDÂ andÂ LPRÂ any longer. Through the guidance,Â 100+ tasty recipe and action plansÂ in this healing-book, youâll use theÂ power of nutrition to alleviate and manage your acid reflux symptoms. The easy Acid Reflux Cookbook is your ultimate guide to controlling Acid Reflux with simple dietary changes and modification. This cookbook offers: Acid Flux Solution from eating habits, list of foods to eat and avoid. Drugs to use to tackle acid flux with no side defects Special treatment for gastroesophageal and laryngopharyngeal reflux diseases Acid reflux friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight One week super acid-reflux meal plan Helpful answers to frequently asked questions Michael proves that people living with any sort of acid flux diseases can control their symptoms while still enjoying good and delicious meal, regardless of age and status. If you want to preventÂ dreadful symptomsÂ from occurring in the first place, as well as explanations about the mechanism of the conditions; I invite you to listen to this audiobook to begin the quest of yourÂ eternal healthiness.
Â©2020 Michael J. Sanders (P)2020 Michael J. Sanders
Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time!Â Jaws was number 48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted number-one spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.Â This timeless tale of man-eating terror that spawned a movie franchise, two video games, a Universal Studios theme park attraction, and two musicals is finally available on audio for the first time ever!
Â©2002 Peter Benchley (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America
The most dangerous man is the only one she wants.... Stanton Rourke lives life on the edge. The steely mercenary is dangerous in every way...especially to Clarisse Carrington's heart. She and Rourke were playmates as children, but she's not the innocent girl he once knew. When tragedy robbed Clarisse of her entire family, her life was changed forever. Besides, she's a grown woman now, and there are secrets that hold her back from succumbing to her pursuer. As she struggles to keep her distance, sparks as hot as a Texas summer fly between them. But danger is following Clarisse, leaving her no choice but to rely on Rourke, even as the old wounds lying dormant between them flare up again....
Â©2015 Diana Palmer (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Anna Carven presents books one through four in the Dark Planet Warriors series. Contains mature themes.
Â©2016, 2017 Anna Carven (P)2021 Tantor
Once-burned Todd Burke had no intention of getting hitched to anyone. Having one temperamental female under his roof was enough. Still, his rodeo-riding daughter was crazy about Jane Parker - and secretly, Todd was, too. But no way was this hot-tempered, hot-blooded Wyoming man giving in to the equally hot-tempered, hot-blooded cowgirl from Jacobsville, Texas. Until one night changed everything....
Â©2017 Diana Palmer (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
In February 1966, U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler was shot down over "neutral Laos". He crashed deep in territory controlled by North Vietnamese army regulars and the communist Pathet Lao, who would eventually capture him and hold him prisoner in a fortified jungle prisoner-of-war camp. But German-born Dengler was no ordinary prisoner. Already a legend in the Navy for his escape and evasion skills - amply demonstrated during training in the California desert - he would initiate, plan, and lead an organized escape from the POW camp, becoming the longest-held American to escape captivity during the Vietnam War. Caught in a most desperate situation, imprisoned not only by the enemy but by the jungle itself, Dengler's heroic impulse was to not only get himself out but to free all the other POWs - Americans, Thai, and Chinese - some of whom had been held for years. In a surreal scene of brotherhood and celebration, Dengler returned to his aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger, six months after being shot down - emaciated and ravaged with strange tropical illnesses, but very much alive and joyous to be so - only two weeks before the ship was due to leave the Gulf of Tonkin and return home. Bruce Henderson served with Dengler aboard Ranger off the coast of Vietnam and here tells Dengler's complete story for the first time, drawing on extensive interviews with the intrepid pilot, his squadron mates, friends, and family, as well as declassified military archival materials, some now available for the first time, and personal letters and journals. Henderson's riveting account amply demonstrates why Dengler's story of unending optimism, innate courage, loyalty, and survival against overwhelming odds remains for his fellow flyers and shipmates the best and brightest memory of their generation's war.
Â©2010 Bruce Henderson (P)2010 Tantor
Join New York Times best seller Diana Palmer as she revisits another unforgettable Long, Tall Texans story! Tom Walker has never believed in true love. A difficult upbringing hardened his heart many years ago, but Elysia Craig is slowly but surely melting his tough exterior. The innocent blonde makes him want to be a different man. But can Tom change from a rough ânâ tumble bachelor to the forever husband Elysia deserves?
Â©2018 Diana Palmer (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
Heâs everything she fearsâ¦and everything she wants... Mercenary by name and by nature, Carson is a Lakota Sioux who stays to himself and never keeps women around long enough for anything emotional to develop. But working with his friend Cash Grier on a complex murder investigation provides Carson with another kind of fun - shocking Cashâs sweet-but-traditional secretary, Carlie Blair, with tales of his latest conquests. Then Carlie lands in deep trouble. She saw something she shouldnât have, and now the face of a criminal is stored permanently in her photographic memoryâ¦and Carlie is the key piece of evidence that could implicate a popular politician in the murder case. Her only protection is Carson - the man she once despised. But when she learns that Carson is more than just a tough guy, Carlie realizes sheâs endangered herself further. Because now her only chance to live means losing her heart to the most dangerous kind of man...
Â©2014 Diana Palmer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
New York Times best-selling author Diana Palmer revisits a classic tale of a rogue rancher falling in love at long last No one expects heartbreaker cowboy Jobe Dodd to settle down and take a wife. Sandy Regan, his longtime rival, takes that as a challenge. She is determined to make the rugged Texan her own, now and forever. As Sandy and Jobe work on the range together, unexpected sparks fly and set passion ablaze. Can she lasso a cowboyâs hardened heart for good? Originally published in 1997 as Jobe in A Long Tall Texan Summer.
Â©1997 Diana Palmer (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
The New York Times best-selling origin story of the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo! The 26th century. Humanity has expanded beyond Earthâs system to hundreds of planets that colonists now call home. But the United Earth Government and the United Nations Space Command is struggling to control this vast empire. After exhausting all strategies to keep seething colonial insurrections from exploding into a full-blown interplanetary civil war, the UNSC has one last hope. At the Office of Naval Intelligence, Dr. Catherine Halsey has been hard at work on a top-secret program that could bring an end to the conflict...and it starts with 75 children, among them a six-year-old boy named John. And Halsey could never guess that this child will eventually become the final hope against an even greater peril engulfing the galaxy - the inexorable confrontation with a theocratic military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant. This is the electrifying origin story of Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and of his legendary, unstoppable heroism in leading the resistance against humanityâs possible extinction.
Â©2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2008 Tantor Audio. All rights reserved.
Long, Tall Texans: Tom Join New York Times best seller Diana Palmer as she revisits another unforgettable Long, Tall Texans story! Tom Walker has never believed in true love. A difficult upbringing hardened his heart many years ago, but Elysia Craig is slowly but surely melting his tough exterior. The innocent blonde makes him want to be a different man. But can Tom change from a rough ânâ tumble bachelor to the forever husband Elysia deserves? Long, Tall Texans: Jobe New York Times best-selling author Diana Palmer revisits a classic tale of a rogue rancher falling in love at long last. No one expects heartbreaker cowboy Jobe Dodd to settle down and take a wife. Sandy Regan, his longtime rival, takes that as a challenge. She is determined to make the rugged Texan her own, now and forever. As Sandy and Jobe work on the range together, unexpected sparks fly and set passion ablaze. Can she lasso a cowboyâs hardened heart for good? Long, Tall Texans: Renegade Newly appointed Police Chief Cash Grier makes it his personal mission to keep law and order in the streets of Jacobsville. As a true renegade, Cash has learned never to take anything at face value - especially not his gorgeous sworn enemy, "Georgia Firefly" Tippy Moore. But Tippy is no longer a spoiled Hollywood starlet, just an unassuming beauty who has almost as many skeletons in her closet as Cash. The hard-edged Texan finds himself powerless to resist their explosive chemistry. Just as Cash is about to believe that Tippy might be the one for him, an unforgivable betrayal leads to despair, deceit - and unexpected danger. Now all roads lead to this one pivotal moment that will test the very fabric of a love that had once known no bounds....
Â©2021 Diana Palmer (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
In Danielle Steelâs powerful new novel, four trauma doctors - the best and brightest in their field - confront exciting new challenges, both personally and professionally, when givenÂ an unusual opportunity. Bill Browning heads the trauma unit at San Franciscoâs busiest emergency room, SF General. With his ex-wife and daughters in London, he immerses himself in his work and lives for rare visits with his children. A rising star at her teaching hospital, UCSF at Mission Bay, Stephanie Lawrence has two young sons, a frustrated stay-at-home husband, and not enough time for any of them. Harvard-educated Wendy Jones is a dedicated trauma doctor at Stanford, trapped in a dead-end relationship with a married cardiac surgeon. And Tom Wylieâs popularity with women rivals the superb medical skills he employs at his Oakland medical center, but he refuses to let anyone get too close, determined to remain unattached forever. These exceptional doctors are chosen for an honor and a unique project: to work with their counterparts in Paris in a mass-casualty training program. As professionals, they will gain invaluable knowledge from the program. As ordinary men and women, they will find that the City of Light opens up incredible new possibilities, exhilarating, enticing, and frightening. When an unspeakable act of mass violence galvanizes them into action, their temporary life in Paris becomes a stark turning point: a time to face harder choices than they have ever made before - with consequences that will last a lifetime.Â
Â©2019 Danielle Steel (P)2019 Recorded Books
In New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer's fan-favorite tale of unexpected passion, opposites attract when a wealthy mogul falls for his beautiful, secretive employee. When Ivory Keene landed a job at a prestigious fashion house in New York, she could never have anticipated the challenges and excitement her new position would provide. Chief among them is her exasperatingly sexy boss, Curry Kells. The older, experienced executive can't help but be drawn to Ivory by a desire neither can resist. He sees only a talented young woman whose fresh, exciting designs might just make them both millions. But he soon discovers that Ivory is keeping secrets. Now, just as Ivory's wildest dreams are within her grasp, she's tempted by the intimacies of a forbidden affair. But is achieving fame and wealth worth sacrificing Curry's love?
Â©1995 Diana Palmer (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
The best-selling adaptation of the iconic video game Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series! It's 2552. Having barely escaped the final battle for Reach against the vast alien alliance known as the Covenant, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn, including Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and his AI companion Cortana, is forced to make a desperate escape into slipspace. But their destination brings them to an ancient mystery and an even greater struggle. In this far-flung corner of the universe floats a magnificently massive, artificial ringworld. The crewâs only hope of survival is to crash-land on its surface and take the battle opposing the Covenant to the ground. But they soon discover that this enigmatic ringworld is much more than it seems. Built 100,00 years ago by a long-lost civilization known as the Forerunners, this âHaloâ is worshiped by the Covenant - a sacred artifact they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence, and they will stop at nothing to control it.Â Engaging in fierce combat, Master Chief and Cortana will go deep into the Halo construct and uncover its dark secret and true purpose - even as a monstrous and far more vicious enemy than the Covenant emerges to threaten all sentient life on Halo and the galaxy beyond....
Â©2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2008 Tantor Audio. All rights reserved.
Ten years ago, the 20th century and the Bronze Age were tossed together by a mysterious Event. In the decade since, the Republic of Nantucket has worked hard to create a new future for itself, using the technological know-how retained from modern times to explore and improve conditions for the inhabitants of the past. Some of these peoples have become allies. Some have turned instead to the renegade Coast Guard officer William Walker. And, for 10 years, the two sides have tested each other, feinting and parrying, to decide who will be the ones to lead this brave new world into the future. The final battle lines have now been drawn. And only one side can emerge the victor.
Â©2007 S.M. Stirling (P)2009 Tantor
Reiko, empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Ãrlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Ãrlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated. But the fabled sword lies deep with the Valley of Death, and the search will be far from easy. And war is building in Montival and far beyond. As Ãrlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Ãrlaith's mother, Queen Matildha, believes her daughter's alliance and quest has endangered the entire realm. There are factions both within and without Montival whose loyalty died with the king, and whispers of treachery and war grow ever louder. And the Malevolence that underlies the enemy will bend all its forces to destroy them.
Â©2015 S. M. Stirling (P)2015 Recorded Books
Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn't yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001's resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence.Â Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick's widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001's leading man-ape; and many others.
Â©2018 Michael Benson (P)2018 Tantor
In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.
Â©2010 S.M. Sterling (P)2010 Tantor
In the years since the Event, the Republic of Nantucket has done its best to re-create the better ideas of the modern age. But the evils of its time resurface in the person of William Walker, renegade Coast Guard officer, who is busy building an empire for himself based on conquest by technology. When Walker reaches Greece and recruits several of their greater kinglets to his cause, the people of Nantucket have no choice. If they are to save the primitive world from being plunged into bloodshed on a 20th-century scale, they must defeat Walker at his own game: war.
Â©1999 S. M. Stirling (P)2008 Tantor
From the best-selling author of Route 66 comes this long-awaited biography of one of America's most legendary folk heroes. Award-winning historian Michael Wallis has spent several years re-creating the rich, anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859-1881), a deeply mythologized young man who became a legend in his own time and yet remains an enigma to this day. With the Gilded Age in full swing and the Industrial Revolution reshaping the American landscape, "the Kid", who was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the New Mexico Territory at the age of 21, became a new breed of celebrity outlaw. He arose amid the mystery and myth of the swiftly vanishing frontier and, sensationalized beyond recognition by the tabloids and dime-store romances of the day, emerged as one of the most enduring icons of the American West: not to mention one of Hollywood's most misrepresented characters. This new biography separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of this brief and violent life.
Â©2007 Michael Wallis (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers two classic tales of finding love in the most unexpected places. Dark Surrender When Maggie Sterline causes an accident that changes Saxon Tremayneâs life forever, sheâll do anything to right her wrongs. Even if that means staying in South Carolina to care for the fierce, accomplished giant whose world has suddenly turned dark. Though Saxonâs raw emotions are unsettling, Maggie is able to help him confront his new reality, and soon the beauty is drawn to this beast. Can she resist his knee-weakening kisses and passionate embraces? Color Love Blue Bumping headlong into sexy stranger Nick Scarpelli shakes artist Jolana Shannonâs head out of the clouds. Heâs drop-dead gorgeous and incredibly arrogant, and surrendering to passion with him is utter bliss. But when Nick makes it clear he doesnât want forever with Jolana, it breaks her heart. Still, memories of Nick linger - until one day he resurfaces in her life. Could the man who walked away offer her everything sheâs ever wanted?
Â©2019 Harlequin Books S.A. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. For Now and Forever is a compilation of Dark Surrender Â© 1983 by Diana Palmer and Color Love Blue Â© 1984 by Diana Palmer.
A powerful businessman seeks refuge...but his secrets never stay hidden. Before he testifies in an important case, businessman Michael "Mikey" Fiore hides out in Jacobsville, Texas. On a rare night out, he crosses paths with softly beautiful Bernadette, who seems burdened with her own secrets. He hears whispers about a life-threatening condition, her solitary existence. This doesnât stop him from wanting her, which endangers them both. Their bond grows into passion...until shocking truths surface.
Â©2020 Diana Palmer (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident. Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis. But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest.
Â©2004 Stirling (P)2008 Tantor
Rudi Mackenize, now Artos the First, High King of Montival, and his allies have won several key battles against the Church Universal and Triumphant. But still the war rages on, taking countless lives, ravaging the land once known as the United States of America. Artos and his Queen, Mathilda, must unite the realms into a single kingdom to ensure a lasting peace. If the leaders of the Changed world are to accept Artos as their ruler, he will need to undertake a quest to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains and take part in a crowning ceremony - a ceremony binding him to his people, his ancestors, and his land. Then, once he has secured his place and allegiances, Artos can go forward and lead his forces to the heart of the enemy's territory.
Â©2012 S. M. Stirling (P)2012 Tantor
A lone wolf takes on the threat endangering everything he loves in an unforgettable story in the sensational Long, Tall Texans series Widowed Texas Ranger and single dad John Ruiz hardened his heart years ago. Day after day, he tracks the roughest criminals in the Lone Star State, leaving little room for love. So when John butts heads with the beautiful nurse whoâs helping his young son, heâs floored by how quickly the sparks fly. Ever since her motherâs and brotherâs brutal murders, Sunny Marlowe has devoted her life to helping save others. Adorable Tonio Ruiz is just another youngster sheâs trying to help - or so she tells herself. Little does she know heâs Johnâs son. When her life comes under fire, can one mysterious rancher rescue her?
Â©2018 Diana Palmer (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
An opposites-attract love may be in store for a gruff rancher and a small-town beauty in a brand-new Wyoming Men romance Jake McGuire has worked hard to earn his success, with holdings that include ranches and a private jet. The only threat to his comfortable existence is the last woman he should ever want. He knows Ida Merridan by reputation only, but the stories heâs heard are enough for him to keep her at armâs length, until the day fate puts her in his path under circumstances only the most heartless cowboy could ignore. Now, realizing the truth Idaâs been keeping, heâs powerless to give her up.Â Twice married and independently wealthy, Ida did nothing to deserve her bad reputation - except choose the wrong husbands. Live and learn in a small town, but after everything life has handed her, sheâs in no hurry to make any more mistakes or be anyoneâs object of pity. Being rescued by Jake throws a wrench into her plans for a solitary existence when one sizzling kiss leads to another, but her past is catching up with her, and thereâs only so much she can do when Jake is determined to prove there are still some heroes left in the West. Wyoming Men Book 1: Wyoming Tough Book 2: Wyoming Fierce Book 3: Wyoming Bold Book 4: Wyoming Strong Book 5: Wyoming Rugged Book 6: Wyoming Brave Book 7: Wyoming Winter Book 8: Wyoming Legend Book 9: Wyoming Heart Book 10: Wyoming TrueÂ
Â©2020 Diana Palmer (P)2020 Harlequin Audio
Mordecai's simple life as the son of a blacksmith is transformed by the discovery of his magical birthright. As he journeys to understand the power within him he is drawn into a dangerous plot to destroy the Duke of Lancaster and undermine the Kingdom of Lothion. Love and treachery combine to embroil him in events he was never prepared to face. What he uncovers will change his understanding of the past, and alter the future of those around him.
Â©2011 Michael G. Manning (P)2013 Tantor
The only man she wants is the one who'll never forgive her Falling in love with her boss's handsome millionaire neighbor was easy for young Emma Copeland. Despite the vast differences between them, and a past that's left Connor Sinclair reclusive and wary, Emma gambles her heart on a desire that rocks them both. But there's something Connor doesn't know: Emma is responsible for an accident that changed his life forever. Connor lives by rules intended to protect both him and his vast wealth. Emma's innocence is the only thing that's ever broken through his cold reserve, but now his trust is shattered. By the time he realizes how much he stands to lose, it might take a miracle to win her back. But it's a challenge he'll gladly face for the woman and the family he needs more than his next breath... Inspired by a Diana Palmer classic, Bound by a Promise.
Â©2017 Diana Palmer (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Revisit a classic Men of Medicine Ridge romance from New York Times best-selling author Diana Palmer Sparks fly the moment Kasie Mayfield arrives at Gil Callister's sprawling Montana ranch to care for his two adorable daughters. Yet never in her wildest dreams does the young woman imagine that her formidable new boss might sweep her off her feet with his potent charm. Before long, she falls in love so deeply that her heart aches. But how does he feel? The enigmatic rancher is impossible to read, but can Kasie convince the hard-edged widower that a circle of gold belongs on her finger forever?Â Originally published in 2000
Â©2000, 2014 Diana Palmer (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
When San Antonio FBI agent Garon Grier buys a ranch in Jacobsville, Texas, the strong, silent loner is hoping to mend some broken family fences. He is not looking for love when he finds an unexpected, unwanted attraction to the girl next door, a shy, lovely woman who believes some secrets are best kept hidden. But the truth will prove just as dangerous when Garon tackles the most difficult case of his career: hunting an escaped convict, a child predator whose former victims are all dead. All except one. Grace Carver grew up in this quiet Texas town. She works as a cook at the local cafÃ© and nurtures a spectacular garden in the home she shares with her elderly grandmother. She remains unmarried and untouched because of a past darkened by tragedy. Now, at only 25, she has accepted loneliness as a way of life. That is, until she meets Garon. Only when fear and uncertainty collide in reckless heartbreak does Garon fully realize what he's found with Grace - and what he may have lost. Because his hunt for a killer has led him to the last person on earth he would ever have expected to be the one who had escaped death at the hands of a madman. And now a desperate lawman and a proud woman must decide if secrets will come between them forever - or free them to love.
Â©2007 Diana Palmer (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
Rudi MacKenzie continues his trek across the land that was once the United States of America. His destination: Nantucket, where he hopes to learn the truth behind the Change that rendered technology across the globe inoperable. During his travels, Rudi forges ties with new allies in the continuing war against the Prophet, who teaches his followers that God has punished humanity by destroying technological civilization. And one fanatical officer in the Sword of the Prophet has been dispatched on a mission: to stop Rudi from reaching his destination by any means necessary.
Â©2008 S.M. Stirling (P)2008 Tantor
In his hugely influential and tempestuous career, Robert E. Howard created the genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery - and brought to life one of fantasy's boldest and most enduring figures: Conan the Cimmerian, reaver, slayer, barbarian, king. This volume gathers together three of Howard's longest and most famous Conan stories: "The People of the Black Circle": Amid the towering crags of Vendhya, in the shadowy citadel of the Black Circle, Yasmina of the golden throne seeks vengeance against the Black Seers. Her only ally is also her most formidable enemy - Conan, the outlaw chief. "The Hour of the Dragon": Toppled from the throne of Aquilonia by the evil machinations of an undead wizard, Conan must find the fabled jewel known as the Heart of Ahriman to reclaim his crown...and save his life. "A Witch Shall Be Born": A malevolent witch of evil beauty. An enslaved queen. A kingdom in the iron grip of ruthless mercenaries. And Conan, who plots deadly vengeance against the human wolf who left him in the desert to die.
Â©2003 Conan Properties International, LLC. (P)2009 Tantor
In an extraordinary saga of nations locked in war, master storyteller Harry Turtledove tells the story of World War II, which begins over Czechoslovakia rather than Poland, eleven months earlier than it really came. Now comes the final installment in Turtledove's landmark World War II series. Hitler's Plan A was to win in a hurry, striking hard and deep into France. There was no Plan B. Now the war grinds on, and countries have been forced into strange alliances. For the United States, the only enemy is Japan. Then Hitler becomes desperate and declares war on the United States. But is it too late? His own people are rising up in revolt. The German military may have to put down the violence - even perhaps bomb its own cities. In this epic drama, real men and women are shaped by the carnage, and their individual acts in turn shape history. Drawing on the gritty, personal reality of war and on a cast of unforgettable characters, Turtledove has written an alternate history that intrigues, fascinates, and astounds.
Â©2014 Harry Turtledove (P)2014 Tantor
Abbey Some scary-looking aliens have just boarded Fortuna Tau, our little asteroid mining station. Kordolians, by the looks of things. What the hell do they want with this floating rust bucket? What are they even doing here? Come to think of it, I've never seen a Kordolian up close before. They're huge and intimidating, with strange silver skin and pointed ears. They have freaky nano-armor, and they're packing a serious arsenal. We humans stand no chance against them. When I encounter their general, I find him insufferable. Arrogant. Domineering. He won't tell me anything. I guess that's what happens when your race is kicking ass across the Nine Galaxies. You get pigheaded. So why do I keep running into him? Why does he keep looking at me like that? And what's with this weird feeling I get when he's around? I really hope these guys fix their ship and go away soon, because I get the feeling they could be major trouble. Tarak Sucked into a wormhole during a fierce skirmish with an enemy ship. Spat out near a human mining station in a remote corner of the Nine Galaxies. Stuck with weak humans who operate with inferior metals and technology. This mission couldn't get any worse. We need to fix our craft, kill the cursed Xargek, and get out of here before the wormhole collapses. I don't really care about these humans. Their existence makes no sense to me. So why has this strange human female captured my attention? She's messy, awkward, and she babbles nonsense half the time. These humans are crazy. I don't understand them at all, especially this female. Why do I keep coming back to her? I need to leave this place before I go insane. Contains mature themes.
Â©2016 Anna Carven (P)2017 Tantor
Communist China, Japan, Nazi Germany, the United States: they began World War II as mortal enemies. But suddenly their only hope for survival---never mind victory---was to unite to stop a mighty foe: one whose frightening technology appeared invincible. Far worse beings than the Nazis were loose. From Warsaw to Moscow to China's enemy-occupied Forbidden City, the nations of the world had been forced into an uneasy alliance since humanity began its struggle against overwhelming odds. In Britain and Germany, where the banshee wail of hostile jets screamed across the land, caches of once-forbidden weapons were unearthed, and unthinkable tactics were employed against the enemy. Brilliantly innovative military strategists confronted challenges unprecedented in the history of warfare. Even as lack of fuel forced people back to horse and carriage, physicists worked feverishly to create the first atomic bombs - with horrifying results. City after city joined the radioactive pyre as the planet erupted in fiery ruins. Yet the crisis continued - on land, sea, and in the air - as humanity writhed in global combat. The tactics of daredevil guerrillas everywhere became increasingly ingenious against a superior foe whose desperate retaliation would grow ever more fearsome. No one had ever put the United States, or the world, in such deadly danger. But if the carnage and annihilation ever stopped, would there be any pieces to pick up?
Â©2009 Harry Turtledove (P)2010 Tantor
War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa...the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy came. Out of the dark of night, out of the soft glow of dawn, out of the clear blue sky came an invasion force the likes of which Earth had never known---and worldwar was truly joined. The invaders were inhuman and they were unstoppable. Their technology was far beyond our reach, and their goal was simple: Fleetlord Atvar had arrived to claim Earth for the Empire. Never before had Earth's people been more divided. Never had the need for unity been greater. And grudgingly, inexpertly, humanity took up the challenge. In this epic novel of alternate history, Harry Turtledove takes us around the globe. We roll with German panzers, watch the coast of Britain with the RAF, and welcome alien-liberators to the Warsaw ghetto. In tiny planes we skim the vast Russian steppe, and we push the envelope of technology in secret labs at the University of Chicago. Turtledove's saga covers all the Earth, and beyond, as mankind---in all its folly and glory---faces the ultimate threat; and a turning point in history shows us a past that never was and a future that could yet come to be.
Â©2009 Harry Turtledove (P)2010 Tantor
During a perfect spring evening on Nantucket, a violent storm erupts and a dome of crawling, colored fire blankets the island. When the howling winds subside and the night skies clear, the stars appear to have shifted. The mainland has become a wilderness of unbroken forest, where tools of bronze and stone litter the beaches, and primitive natives scatter in terror. A startling phenomenon has occurred: The island of Nantucket has been swept into the long-ago past. With its inhabitants adrift in the year 1250 BC, there is only one question to be answered: Can they survive?
Â©1998 S. M. Stirling (P)2008 Tantor
The New York Times best-selling aftermath of Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series! It's 2552. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant is showing no mercy as it continues to assault every human world it encounters, but in the way lies humanityâs greatest champion, the supersoldier Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief. Together with his AI companion Cortana and the last remaining Spartans, the galaxy-spanning fight rages on two fronts following the destruction of the human military stronghold Reach by Covenant forces and the mysterious artificial ringworld known as âHaloâ at the hands of the Master Chief. One faction - a squad of Spartans lead by Blue Teamâs Fred-104 and Kelly-087 - is trapped on the glassed surface of Reach, the only planet theyâve ever known as home. Beneath this ruined world, Dr. Catherine Halsey has discovered an ancient secret...one that could alter the course of the war. Meanwhile, the Master Chief and Cortana lead a second group toward a gathering of Covenant warships, as the United Nations Space Commandâs worst nightmare has finally come true: The Covenant has discovered the location of Earth and is forming a massive fleet to utterly destroy it, as well as all who oppose the indomitable will of the Prophets....
Â©2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Simon & Schuster
In a moving story of sacrifice and triumph, human scientists establish a relationship with intelligent lifeforms - the cheela-living on Dragon's Egg, a neutron star where one Earth hour is equivalent to hundreds of their years. The cheela culturally evolve from savagery to the discovery of science, and for a brief time, men are their diligent teachers.
Â©1980 Dr. Robert L. Forward (P)2017 Tantor
No one could stop them - not Stalin, not Togo, not Churchill, not Roosevelt.... The invaders had cut the United States virtually in half at the Mississippi, vaporized Washington, D.C., devastated much of Europe, and held large parts of the Soviet Union under their thumb. But humanity would not give up so easily. The new world allies were ruthless at finding their foe's weaknesses and exploiting them. Whether delivering supplies in tiny biplanes to partisans across the vast steppes of Russia, working furiously to understand the enemy's captured radar in England, or battling house to house on the streets of Chicago, humankind would never give up. Yet no one could say when the hellish inferno of death would stop being a war of conquest and turn into a war of survival - the very survival of the planet....
Â©2009 Harry Turtledove (P)2010 Tantor
The Wyoming men are back! In their quest for true love on the range, are these ranchers bold enough to open their hearts to the women under their protection? Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancÃ©e left him years ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it's only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren's alpha instincts soon kick in. The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He's too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!
Â©2016 Diana Palmer. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The man who shattered her trust is back to protect her....New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers a breathtaking story of second-chance love. When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling's life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father's lowly employee. Three years on, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel's case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then - and how much damage he did when he left. Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can't forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won't hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can't trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?
Â©2016 Diana Palmer (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet. In a meteoric career that spanned a mere 12 years before his tragic suicide, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword-and-sorcery. Collected in this volume are Howard's first 13 Conan stories in their original versions and in the order Howard wrote them. Included are classics of dark fantasy like "The Tower of the Elephant" and swashbuckling adventure like "Queen of the Black Coast." Here are timeless tales featuring Conan the raw and dangerous youth, Conan the daring thief, Conan the swashbuckling pirate, and Conan the commander of armies. Here, too, is an unparalleled glimpse into the mind of a genius whose bold storytelling style has been imitated by many yet equaled by none.
Â©2002 Conan Properties International, LLC. (P)2009 Tantor
Abbey: We're back on Silence orbiting the Dark Planet while my husband handles unfinished business on Kythia. For some reason, he seems a little bit tense. According to Tarak, Kythian politics can be complicated. I just hope things don't get too complicated, because I don't want to be stuck here for too long. A warship isn't really the best place to raise a child. Tarak: The only way to keep Abbey and Ami safe is to bring down the Empire. Afterwards, it is the statesmen and scholars who will rebuild our civilization. I'm just here to provide the muscle, but above all, I'm here to keep my mate and my child safe. If anything or anyone dares to threaten them...they know how I will respond. The problem is that not all enemies can be taken down by force. Contains mature themes.
Â©2017 Anna Carven (P)2018 Tantor
He's everything she fearsâ¦and everything she wants Mercenary by name and by nature, Carson is a Lakota Sioux who stays to himself and never keeps women around long enough for anything emotional to develop. But working with his friend Cash Grier on a complex murder investigation provides Carson with another kind of fun - shocking Cash's sweet-but-traditional secretary, Carlie Blair, with tales of his latest conquests. Then Carlie lands in deep trouble. She saw something she shouldn't have, and now the face of a criminal is stored permanently in her photographic memoryâ¦and Carlie is the key piece of evidence that could implicate a popular politician in the murder case. Her only protection is Carson - the man she once despised. But when she learns that Carson is more than just a tough guy, Carlie realizes she's endangered herself further. Because now her only chance to live means losing her heart to the most dangerous kind of man.
Â©2014 Diana Palmer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
First contact has been made, and Earth's militaries and its premier mercenary companies stand ready to take their first tentative steps outside the solar system. With a galaxy of aliens to explore and fistfuls of credits to be made, follow along as the Four Horsemen select their contracts and venture forth to meet their destinies. Cartwright's Cavaliers, Asbaran Solutions, Winged Hussars, and The Golden Horde stand ready and willing to take on the adventure, but what will they find in their Alpha Contracts, and how will they overcome it?Â Alpha Contracts will take you behind the scenes of Earth's legendary heroes, giving you a merc's eye view of the dangers they faced in completing their first contracts as well as a look at mercenary warfare among the stars from a fifth company, the Avenging Angels, as its members send letters home from the front lines.
Â©2018 Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey (P)2018 Tantor
The clouds of war continue to build...and not everyone is blind. Bjorn Tovesson III, the owner of Bjornâs Berserkers, is a man tied to the past but whoâs not afraid to innovate. Whether it is new tactics or new equipment, Bjorn is willing to try anything once, in an effort to grow his company into the status of the fabled Four Horsemen. Looking to the future with his eyes open, though, he has seen a series of unfortunate occurrences running through the ranks of Earthâs mercenaries. Companies in financial troubles, some taking huge losses on contracts...and others not returning from their contracts at all.Â His father always taught him to prepare, and Bjorn is working to diversify his operations, including moving the company to a planet with a sizable portion of aliens who are already members of the Galactic Union. Nothing bad could happen to them there, right? But as the storm clouds continue to gather, his past is on a collision course with the present, as another of Earthâs mercenary companies is out to get him...and with the support of the Mercenary Guild, they have the forces to overwhelm him! Will Bjornâs preparations keep the Berserkers safe, or will they become yet another unfortunate occurrence?
Â©2019 Seventh Seal Press (P)2019 Podium Publishing
Rejected by all, Mordecai must learn to master the darkness within if he is to stop Mal'goroth from destroying humanity. Alone, he battles to control the malevolent magic that has consumed him as he searches for some way to turn his destructive new powers against the Dark Gods themselves. To win, he must somehow transform his own damnation into mankind's salvation.
Â©2014 Gwalchmai Press, LLC (P)2015 Tantor
Dragon Award Finalist for Best Military Science Fiction Novel When you take the Emperor's gold, you become the Emperor's man. For Colonel Mulbah Luo and the Kakata Korps, their initial contracts with the Mercenary Guild had them defending Earth. Honest work, they were led to believe, keeping the citizens of Earth safe from alien pacification in their own way. As the occupation continues, however, their eyes are opened to the fact that the hand gripping their throat is slowly tightening. After an outside attempt to throw western Africa into unending civil war, the Kakata Korps must choose sides. Will they honor their oaths and fight their own people at the cost of their very souls? Or will the call of freedom - freedom from the Merc Guild - sway even the most hardened of souls? The war for Earth rages on. The souls of a people hangs in the balance.
Â©2019 Jason Cordova (P)2020 Podium Publishing
Old mercs don't die, you do. Abraham Murdock left his home of Sheridan, Arkansas, at 17 to start a merc career that spanned almost 50 years, working for dozens of companies, killing aliens and getting paid across the galaxy. Near the end of his career, he landed a gig with Cartwrightâs Cavaliers. The storied Four Horsemen unit was just coming back from near catastrophe, and the battle-proven Murdock was an ideal choice for their top sergeant. It would have been a perfect last contract, but then his dropship was destroyed in the Chimsa system, killing the flight crew and him. Or did it? Nobody was more surprised than Murdock when he found himself alive. After weeks of surviving in a failing CASPer, floating in space amid the ruins of dead starships, he was rescued by an alien salvage crew. Deciding retirement was the right call, he headed to Valais, a beautiful aquatic paradise not unlike the South Pacific on Earth. Warm sun, sandy beaches - peace and quiet. That is, until the alien mercs arrived, and he suddenly found himself back in his old trade and up to his ass in the Omega War. What good is a 70-year-old merc in a star-spanning war? Never trust an old man in a career where most die young. Murdock isnât quite done...yet.
Â©2018 Seventh Seal Press (P)2019 Podium Publishing
Man Up! While it's definitely more than just monster trucks, grilling and six-pack abs, true manliness is hard to define. The words macho and manly are not synonymous. Taking lessons from classic gentlemen such as Benjamin Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt, authors Brett and Kate McKay have created a collection of the most useful advice every man needs to know to live life to its full potential. This book contains a wealth of information that ranges from survival skills to social skills to advice on how to improve your character. Whether you are braving the wilds with your friends, courting your girlfriend or raising a family, inside you'll find practical information and inspiration for every area of life. You'll learn the basics all modern men should know, including how to: Shave like your grandpa Be a perfect houseguest Fight like a gentleman using the art of bartitsu Help a friend with a problem Give a man hug Perform a fireman's carry Ask for a womanâs hand in marriage Raise resilient kids Predict the weather like a frontiersman Start a fire without matches Give a dynamic speech Live a well-balanced life So jump in today and gain the skills and knowledge you need to be a real man in the 21st century.
Â©2009 Brett and Kate McKay (P)2011 Tantor
A Wyoming rancher finds love where he least expects it in this heartwarming second-chance romance. Micah Torrance could use a helping hand. Between managing his expansive Wyoming ranch and caring for his willful little girl, Janey, Micahâs plate is more than full. Usually, itâs not in this cowboyâs nature to ask, but when beautiful Karina Carter offers her help, Micah canât resist. With her sweet smile and her easy way with Janey, Micah wants to trust her. But he knows better than anyone that love only leads to heartbreak. Champion ice-skater Karina Carter needs a fresh start while her body heals. Caring for little Janey is just temporary until she can get back on the ice - or so she keeps telling herself. But the longer she spends with this gorgeous single dad, the more drawn she is to him and the family they could share. Now if only she can convince him that sheâs here to stay, this new life with him could be beyond her wildest dreams.
Â©2018 Diana Palmer (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
Mordecai's growing power and success have made him a threat, not just to the gods and their minions, but also to the king of Lothion. An unholy bargain has been struck to bring him to heel and increasingly it seems that victory may not be worth the price, not if the cost is measured in the blood of his family. Wizard, lord, husband, father, and now archmage...no man can balance so many roles without sacrificing something. Will the world be worth saving if it costs him the very reasons he has for living in it?
Â©2012 Michael G. Manning (P)2013 Tantor
Mordecai has discovered his heritage and must take up the mantle of a lord of the realm, while figuring out what it really means to be a mage of the line of Illeniel. He is beset on both sides by allies and enemies trying to control or destroy his future. Gods and kings both seek to manipulate him for their own ends, and no matter what he chooses his loved ones will suffer. Will he risk destroying his love with a bond that might be her death, or face the madness that comes to wizards who embrace power without restraint?
Â©2011 Michael G. Manning (P)2013 Tantor
The Omega War is in full swing. Earth has fallen to General Peepoâs army, and the surviving human mercenaries have taken refuge at the hidden Winged Hussarsâ base in New Warsaw. As humanity begins to think about how to recover the planet, one thing is obvious - more powerful weapons of war will be needed in the effort. One of the keys to recapturing Earth will be the Raknar of Cartwrightâs Cavaliers, but the power sources of many of the giant mecha have become unusable over the course of history. More are needed, and Alistair Sinclair knows someone who may have a line on where to get them...a secret Science Guild base where theyâre being developed for the Mercenary Guild to power the Raknars Peepo has been collecting. While the Four Horsemen try to hold back the Mercenary Guild forces, Alistair volunteers his Scorpions to track down and bring back the power sources the Raknar need for the assault on Earth.Â The Scorpions operate by guile, not overwhelming power, but will guile be enough when all the forces of the Mercenary Guild are arrayed against them?
Â©2018 Seventh Seal Press (P)2019 Podium Publishing
Rising from the ashes of the computer and industrial ages is a brave new world. Survivors have banded together in tribal communities, committed to rebuilding society. In Oregon's Willamette Valley, former pilot Michael Havel's Bearkillers are warriors of renown. Their closest ally, the mystical Clan MacKenzie, is led by Wiccan folksinger Juniper MacKenzie. Their leadership has saved countless lives. But not every leader has altruistic aspirations. Norman Arminger, medieval scholar, rules the Protectorate. He has enslaved civilians, built an army, and spread his forces from Portland through most of western Washington State. Now he wants the Willamette Valley farmland, and he's willing to wage war to conquer it. Unknown to both factions, however, is the imminent arrival of a ship from Tasmania bearing British soldiers.
Â©2005 S. M. Sterling (P)2008 Tantor
The invasion of Earth is a broken dream, a victim of Peepo's ability to play the long game better than anyone thought possible. With Alexis Cromwell shot in the back by her XO and the fleet in ruins, the Humans have run back to New Warsaw to lick their wounds, but the Merc Guild now knows the location of their hidden base, and they are in hot pursuit. Led by the New Era, a dreadnought built for the sole purpose of destroying humanity, they are an unstoppable force. But the Golden Horde has been fortifying the system for a decade, though, and it won't fall easily. The question, though, is whether the Humans can summon the will to defend it. With Alexis gone, the Winged Hussars are in turmoil, and their morale is at an all-time low. Humanity's space fleet is in a shambles, and Sansar Enkh realizes her dream of being unable to stop the dreadnought is about to come true, despite her best efforts. The final battle is at hand, with the survival of mankind at stake. The sun is at its zenith as the forces take the field - will the Humans crush the Merc Guild forces and take their place in a new hierarchy, or will the sun forever set on humanity?
Â©2019 Seventh Seal Press (P)2020 Podium Publishing
In the aftermath of Peepoâs war against humanity, the Mercenary Guild is still in chaos. On Earth, the moratorium on mercenary contracts is disrupting Jim Cartwrightâs efforts to stand up the new Terran Federation. Making matters worse, Jim has received intelligence that someone is squatting on asteroids in our Solar System...and Sansar Enkh is pretty sure they donât have Earthâs best interests in mind. Fearing the aliens have plans for another invasion - or worse - Jim takes his ship, Bucephalus, and sets off to investigate. While the mercenary guild is in recess, Nigel Shirazi has an opportunity to make some credits, and when he leaves to pursue an illicit contract, Alexis Cromwell decides to follow up on some information sheâs received on the mysterious Weapons Conglomerate. Nigel wouldnât approve of her running off, especially eight months pregnant, but Alexis has never been one to listen to instructions - or orders for that matter. She gathers a squadron of Hussars and heads off on her quest. Events in the galaxy are happening at a frantic pace as the guilds battle each other in the shadowsâ¦and sometimes in the open. The Four Horsemen are once again at the center of it all, and as the guilds squabble, the Dusman arenât sitting on the sidelines. They have their own plans, and humanity is only part of them. The Guild Wars arenât over; theyâve only just begun.
Â©2020 Chris Kennedy, Mark Wandrey (P)2021 Podium Audio
The Revelations are over, and the war to end all wars has begun. The plot by the Galactic Unionâs Mercenary Guild against the Four Horsemen has culminated in an invasion of Earth. Faced with an overwhelming force, the human mercs had no choice. Theyâve fled, leaving Sansar Enkh to go to the Mercenary Guild headquarters on Capital Planet to stand trial for humanity. On the run, Jim Cartwright and Nigel Shirazi have travelled to the Winged Hussarsâ secret base of New Warsaw, in an effort to convince Alexis Cromwell to join the fight, while the other mercenaries who escaped the fall of Earth have gone to the perceived safe haven of Karma. Alexis Cromwell is reluctant to commit to an unwinnable fight, though, and there is no safety to be found in Karma. When the Mercenary Guild Tribunal is revealed to be a sham, the Horsemen are forced to choose - is it better to hide and protect the human race, or is it time to fight for what they believe in? All is not as it seems, though, and the galaxy stands poised on the brink of a second Great Galactic War. Vastly outnumbered, the Four Horsemen had better come up with a stellar plan, or for them, it might well be a Fiery Sunset.
Â©2018 Seventh Seal Press (P)2018 Podium Publishing
He may get a second chance at his one true love - if someone doesnât kill her first. When Garrett Sterling leaves for a horseback ride through his familyâs sprawling Montana property, heâs expecting a relaxing break from the construction at the Sterling guest ranch. What he gets is something far more sinister. It all happens so fast that itâs hard for Garrett - and the authorities - to sort out the facts. Two things are certain, though: Someone is dead, and the killer knows there was a witness. But when the one woman he could never forget emerges as a key suspect in the investigation, Garrett will do anything he can to help clear her name. Sheâs still keeping secrets from him - that much is clear. But Garrett wonât rest until he uncovers what really happened that day, how sheâs involved - and why everything sheâs ever told him is a lie.
Â©2019 B.J. Daniels (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
In Harry Turtledove's mesmerizing alternate history of World War II, the choices of men and fate have changed history. Now it is the winter of 1941. As the Germans, with England and France on their side, slam deep into Russia, Stalin's terrible machine fights for its life. But the agreements of world leaders do not touch the hearts of soldiers. The war between Germany and Russia is rocked by men with the courage to aim their guns in a new direction. England is the first to be shaken. Following the suspicious death of Winston Churchill, with his staunch anti-Nazi views, a small cabal begins to imagine the unthinkable in a nation long famous for respecting the rule of law. With civil liberties hanging by a thread, a conspiracy forms against the powers that be. What will this daring plan mean for the European war as a whole? Meanwhile, in America, a woman who has met Hitler face-to-face urges her countrymen to wake up to his evil. For the time being, the United States is fighting only Japan - and the war is not going as well as Washington would like. Can Roosevelt keep his grip on the country's imagination? Coup d'Etat captures how war makes for the strangest of bedfellows. A freethinking Frenchman fights side by side with racist Nazis. A Czech finds himself on the dusty front lines of the Spanish Civil War, gunning for Germany's Nationalist allies. A German bomber pilot courts a half-Polish, half-Jewish beauty in Bialystock. And the Jews in Germany, though trapped under Hitler's fist, are as yet protected by his fear of looking bad before the world - and by an outspoken Catholic bishop. With his spectacular command of character, coincidence, and military and political strategies, Harry Turtledove continues a passionate, unmatched saga of a World War II composed of different enemies, different allies-and hurtling toward a horrific moment. For a diabolical new weapon is about to be unleashed, not by the United States, but by Japan, in a tactic that will shock the world.
Â©2012 Harry Turtledove (P)2012 Tantor
The tides of war have shifted, and humanity has the Galactic Union on the run. After a stunning victory at the Merc Guild shipyard of Golara, the leaders of the Four Horsemen mercenary units of Earth have decided itâs time to take back the colonies the Merc Guild has captured, and the Horsemen split up to liberate them. While the Merc Guild still has humanity outnumbered, Alexis Cromwell, the leader of the Winged Hussars, has incorporated the ships captured in Golara into her fleet, and she hopes the Humans can achieve local superiority across four systems with her new battleships and her Egleesius cruisers. And, if the attacks go well, the next target might even be...Earth, itself? But Peepo, the leader of the Merc Guild forces, didnât get to her position by being stupid, and she continues not only to thwart the Humans, but also in her efforts to find the Hussarsâ secret base in New Warsaw. If she can find it, she has a fleet ready to destroy it, and then the Humans will have nowhere left to run. The forces are on a collision course, with all sights set on Earth. A pale dawn is rising, and thereâs only one question that remains - who will be left standing when the clock reaches noon?
Â©2019 Seventh Seal Press (P)2019 Podium Publishing
John Arminger Mackenzie wanted to be a troubadour, but fate made him the son of the king of Montival. His sister Princess Orlaith will deservedly inherit the throne of the High Kings, and it will only pass unto him in the event of her death, leaving the young prince on an unknown path to discover his true role in the family. The opportunity to prove his mettle comes when John's ship, the Tarshish Queen, is caught in the fierce storm raised against the enemies of the alliance. When the clouds recede and the skies clear, John and his crew find themselves on the other side of the Pacific, in the island chains of the Ceram Sea, fighting to survive against vicious pirates and monstrous creatures of the deep, meeting new allies and mysterious enemies of this world and another. Now, Prince John must seize his birthright and lead his people in battle against the darkest forces man and nature can conjure against them.
Â©2016 S. M. Stirling (P)2016 Recorded Books
In the real world, England and France allowed Adolf Hitler to gobble up the Sudetenland in 1938. Once Hitler finished dismembering Czechoslovakia, he was ready to go to war over Poland a year later. But Hitler had always been eager to seize Czechoslovakia, no matter the consequences. So what if England and France had stood up to the Nazis from the start, and not 11 months later? That is the question behind the War That Came Early series. Four years later, the civil war in Spain drags on, even after General Franco's death. The United States, still neutral in Europe, fights the Japanese in the Pacific. Russia and Germany go toe-to-toe in Eastern Europe - yet while Hitler stares east, not everything behind him is going as well as he would like. But nothing feeds ingenuity like the fear of losing. The Germans wheel out new tanks and planes, Japan deploys weapons of a very different sort against China, and the United States, England, and France do what they can to strengthen themselves against imminent danger. Seen through the eyes of ordinary citizens caught in the maelstrom, this is a you-are-there chronicle of battle on land and sea and in the air. Here are terrifying bombing raids that shatter homes, businesses, and the rule of law. Here are commanders issuing orders that, once given, cannot be taken back. And here are the seeds of rebellion sown in blood-soaked soil. In a war in which sides are switched and allies trust one another only slightly more than they trust their mortal enemies, Nazi Germany has yet to send its Jews to death camps, and dangerous new nationalist powers arise in Eastern Europe. From thrilling submarine battles to the horror of men fighting men and machines all through Europe, Two Fronts captures every aspect of a brilliantly reimagined conflict: the strategic, the political, and the personal force of leaders bending nations to their wills.
Â©2013 Harry Turtledove (P)2013 Tantor
A generation has passed since the Change that rendered technology inoperable around the world, and western Oregon has finally achieved a degree of peace. But a new threat has risen in Paradise Valley, Wyoming. A man known as the Prophet presides over the Church Universal and Triumphant, teaching his followers to continue God's work by destroying the remnants of technological civilization they encounter - and those who dare to use them. Rudi Mackenzie, son and heir of the mystic Juniper, must journey with seven friends across a continent in chaos to the Sunrise Lands to solve the riddle of what destroyed a civilization. And as the friends journey farther into the interior, enemies may be within their own band as well as outside it.
Â©2007 S. M. Stirling (P)2008 Tantor
In a meteoric career that covered only a dozen years, Robert E. Howard defined the sword and sorcery genre. In doing so, he brought to life the archetypal adventurer known to millions around the world as Conan the barbarian.Â This collection features Howard at his finest and Conan at his most savage.Â Truly heroic fantasy at its best, this volume contains "The Servants of Bit-Yakin", "Beyond the Black River", "The Black Stranger", "The Man-Eaters of Zamboula", and "Red Nails", which is perhaps Conan's most famous adventure.
Â©2005 Conan Properties International, LLC (P)2009 Tantor
Marc Vitrac was born in Louisiana in the early 1960's, about the time the first interplanetary probes delivered the news that Mars and Venus were teeming with life: even human life. At that point, the "Space Race" became the central preoccupation of the great powers of the world. Now, in 1988, Marc has been assigned to Jamestown, the US-Commonwealth base on Venus, near the great Venusian city of Kartahown. Set in a countryside swarming with sabertooths and dinosaurs, Jamestown is home to a small band of American and allied scientist-adventurers. But there are flies in this ointment - and not only the Venusian dragonflies, with their yard-wide wings. The biologists studying Venus' life are puzzled by the way it not only resembles that on Earth, but is virtually identical to it. The EastBloc has its own base at Cosmograd, in the highlands to the south, and relations are frosty. And attractive young geologist Cynthia Whitlock seems impervious to Marc's Cajun charm. Meanwhile, at the western end of the continent, Teesa of the Cloud Mountain People leads her tribe in a conflict with the Neanderthal-like beastmen who have seized her folk's sacred caves. Then an EastBloc shuttle crashes nearby, and the beastmen acquire new knowledge...and AK47's. Jamestown sends its long-range blimp to rescue the downed EastBloc cosmonauts, little suspecting that the answer to the jungle planet's mysteries may lie there, among tribal conflicts and traces of a power that makes Earth's vaunted science seem as primitive as the tribesfolk's blowguns. As if that weren't enough, there's an enemy agent on board the airship. Extravagant and effervescent, The Sky People is alternate-history SF adventure at its best.
Â©2006 S.M. Stirling (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc.
Abbey When your mate is a Kordolian General who's betrayed the most vicious Empire in the Universe, things tend to get a little heavy from time to time. For the last six months, Tarak's had to divide his time between Earth and space, dealing with various...problems. But he's home now, and he tells me he's not going anywhere. That's good news, because our baby's on the way, and I'm dying to get out of this boring, stifling limbo they call the Diplomatic Zone. Tarak Now that Earth is surrounded by my warships and the Kordolian Empire has been held at bay, I can give my full, undivided attention to my mate. Pregnancy has made Abbey even more beautiful, and I am in awe of the growing life she carries inside her. But I must be ever-vigilant, because the shadow of the Empire lingers, and I must protect what is mine, at all costs. Contains mature themes.
Â©2017 Anna Carven (P)2017 Tantor
An accessible guide to the essential issues of corporate finance.Â While you can find numerous books focused on the topic of corporate finance, few offer the type of information managers need to help them make important decisions day in and day out. Value explores the core of corporate finance without getting bogged down in numbers and is intended to give managers an accessible guide to both the foundations and applications of corporate finance. Filled with in-depth insights from experts at McKinsey & Company, this reliable resource takes a much more qualitative approach to what the authors consider a lost art.Â This book:Â Discusses the four foundational principles of corporate financeÂ Effectively applies the theory of value creation to our economyÂ Examines ways to maintain and grow value through mergers, acquisitions, and portfolio managementÂ Addresses how to ensure your company has the right governance, performance measurement, and internal discussions to encourage value-creating decisionsÂ A perfect companion to the Fifth Edition of Valuation, this book will put the various issues associated with corporate finance in perspective.Â Â PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2011 McKinsey & Company (P)2012 Gildan Media
War has come to the worlds of Humans. The rich planet of Tau-Rietzke, however, is far from Earth and the Mercenary Guildâs invasion, and its alien-registered mercenary companies are a safe haven for humans on the run. Organizations like the Midnight Sun Free Company. Having just completed another successful mission and taken possession of three Raknars, it was party time for Saisho Branco and the personnel of the Midnight Sun, and they were enjoying a little down time...until the war spilled over into their corner of the galaxy and two competing mercenary organizations showed up to steal the Raknars. But no one takes the company ownerâs toys, and Gloriana has given the Midnight Sun a new mission: return the Raknars to her at any costâ¦or donât return at all.Â This is the hardest mission the Midnight Sun has ever taken, and it will test not only the military prowess of the company, but also its membersâ loyalties as well. When everyone is against you, and your race calls you to war, do you heed the call or continue to trust your shadowy employer? Outnumbered and outgunned, the Midnight Sun must decide whether to fight or to give up the Raknars and save their lives. Little do they know, itâs a decision that will impact the war being fought hundreds of light years away!
Â©2018 Seventh Seal Press (P)2018 Podium Publishing
A Thriller of Russian Cyber Warfare, Fake News, and Modern EspionageÂ
The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that the operation will hinge on a single, breaking news event in Eastern Europe, supported by a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks. Code-named the "Childrenâs Game" - a chess stratagem that leads to checkmate in four moves - it was probably conceived by a Russian billionaire and former FSB officer named Andrei Turov. For years Turov has been developing the infrastructure for a new kind of warfare that exploits weaknesses in western democracies and manipulates public opinion. His organization offers the Kremlin plausible deniability.Â
But the United States has its own secret weapon: Christopher Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, who understands Turov's ambitions and capabilities. It falls to him and his small team - composed of his journalist half-brother Jon, a special forces operative he would trust with his life, and Anna Carpenter, a resourceful US senator with deep roots in the intelligence community - to unravel Turov's plot and restore truth to a world spiraling into chaos.Â
The Children's Game is a frighteningly realistic, timely thriller that delves into the secret corners of Vladimir Putin's Russia, exploring the shifting world order and the murky realm of US-Russia relations.
Â©2018 Max Karpov (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
He thought the past was finally behind him. Shade Sterling has carried a torch for Lizzy Conners since senior year of high school. But the timing never felt right for them, especially since his ex-girlfriend, Ariel, disappeared without a trace years ago. Now, with their 10-year class reunion approaching, Shade is tired of waiting. Determined to move on with his life and take a chance with Lizzy, heâs all in...until a car is dredged up from a local pond and Arielâs remains are found inside. As the newly appointed sheriff, Lizzy must investigate every single lead - including the ones that point right to Shade. She knows she canât let her heart get in the way of an investigation, but she canât accept that Shade is guilty. Now, if she can only prove it - both to the town out for justice and to herself.
Â©2019 B. J. Daniels (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
This new edition of Ted Chiang's masterful first collection, Stories of Your Life and Others, includes his first eight published stories. Combining the precision and scientific curiosity of Kim Stanley Robinson with Lorrie Moore's cool, clear love of language and narrative intricacy, this award-winning collection offers listeners the dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar. Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change-the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens-while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story (the basis for the 2016 movie Arrival), a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection. A clever pastiche of news reports and interviews chronicles a college's initiative to "turn off" the human ability to recognize beauty in "Liking What You See: A Documentary." With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.
Â©2002 Ted Chiang (P)2014 Tantor
An inside account of the South Vietnamese elites who strove to carry on the war against the Communists during the US Armyâs withdrawal... The book is a personal memoir of the authorâs service as a US Army advisor during the end stages of Americaâs involvement in Vietnam. During the period 1970â71, the US was beginning to draw down its combat forces, and the new watchword was âVietnamization.â It was the period when the will of the US to prosecute the war had slipped, and transferring responsibility to the South Vietnamese was the only remaining hope for victory. The author served as a US Army advisor to South Vietnamese Ranger and Airborne units during this critical period. The units that the author advised spearheaded several campaigns in South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, as the US combat units withdrew. Often outnumbered and outgunned, the elite Ranger and Airborne units fought Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units in some of the most difficult terrain in Southeast Asia, ranging from the legendary U Minh forest and Mo So mountains in the Mekong Delta to the rugged hills of southern Laos. The role of the small US advisory teams is fully explained in the narrative. With little support from higher headquarters, these teams accompanied the Vietnamese units on highly dangerous combat operations over which they had no command or control authority. When US advisors were restricted from accompanying South Vietnamese forces on cross-border operations in Cambodia and especially Laos, the South Vietnamese forces were badly mauled, raising concerns about their readiness and training, and their ability to operate without their US advisors. As a result, a major effort was placed on training these forces, while the clock continued to run on the US withdrawal. Having served with a US infantry battalion during the peak years of the US involvement in Vietnam, Robert Tonseticâthe acclaimed author of Days of Valorâis able to view the war through two different prisms and offer criticisms and an awareness of the South Vietnamese armed forces were ultimately defeated.
Â©2009 Robert L. Tonsetic (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution. But when it comes to taking sides, the only one Kovacs is ever really on is his own. So when a rogue pilot and a sleazy corporate fat cat offer him a lucrative role in a treacherous treasure hunt, he's only too happy to go AWOL with a band of resurrected soldiers of fortune. All that stands between them and the ancient alien spacecraft they mean to salvage are a massacred city bathed in deadly radiation, unleashed nanotechnolgy with a million ways to kill, and whatever surprises the highly advanced Martian race may have in store. But armed with his genetically engineered instincts, and his trusty twin Kalashnikovs, Takeshi is ready to take on anything...and let the devil take whoever's left behind.
Â©2003 Richard K. Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
Itâs always darkest before the light.... Defeated in battle, the fractious alliance of Goltar, Spine Patriots, and the Midnight Sun Free Company are chased across the Spine Nebula by the Endless Night and their sea-monster allies, the Tyzhounes. Abandoning the nebula is not an option. For the free trader skipper, Lenworth Jenkins, the people of its 15 tormented worlds are the cause heâs been searching for all his life. The Midnight sisters, Sun and Blue, canât abandon their people trapped in the nebula or its fabulous prospects of wealth and opportunity. On a water world behind enemy lines, Branco, the former Binnig spy, is dying. Can he make a difference one last time? As Endless Night stretches across the nebula, those who still resist must dig deep and believe that however dire the situation, this is the dark before the light.
Â©2020 Tim C. Taylor (P)2020 Podium Audio
The lioness prowls where only darkness reigns. Months after the fall of Liberia, Lieutenant Sunshine of the Kakata Korps Mercenary Company finds herself adrift in the galaxy. Her last remaining mission, which she has sworn to complete, is to find a member of the Peacemaker Guild and pass along a message from the dead. Thereâs just one problem - nobody can find the message hidden inside the old, broken-down CASPer in which she escaped the final battle.Â As more time passes, the dead she chooses to honor are tossed into the dustbin of forgotten history. Footnotes and nothing more, the so-called âLions of Liberiaâ will only be remembered for their apparent betrayal of Earth, not for their brave sacrifice in an effort to save their people and their homeland.Â Sunshine will not let their deaths be in vain, and she swears to complete her mission. It is her only goal in life...until a cry for help in the dark is heard that changes everything.Â And the galaxy will soon learn why a pride of lions is more dangerous than the solitary one.
Â©2020 Jason Cordova (P)2021 Podium Audio
All of us at some point have - or will - come into contact with psychopathic individuals. The danger they present may not be readily apparent because of their ability to charm, deceive, and manipulate. Although not necessarily criminal, their self-serving nature frequently is destructive to the organizations that employ them. So how can we protect ourselves and our organizations in a business climate that offers the perfect conditions for psychopaths to thrive? In Snakes in Suits, Hare, an expert on the scientific study of psychopathy, and Babiak, an industrial and organizational psychologist and a leading authority on the corporate psychopath, examine the role of psychopaths in modern corporations and provide the tools employers can use to avoid and deal with them. Together, they have developed the B-Scan 360, a research tool designed specifically for business professionals. Dr. Babiak and Dr. Hare reveal the secret lives of psychopaths, explain the ways in which they manipulate and deceive, and help you to see through their games. The rapid pace of today's corporate environment provides the perfect breeding ground for these "snakes in suits" and this newly revised and updated classic gives you the insight, information, and power to protect yourself and your company before it's too late.
Â©2006 Paul Babiak, PhD, and Robert D. Hare, CM, PhD (P)2019 Tantor
In the aftermath of the Great Galactic War, the Veetanho assumed control of the Mercenary Guildâs Inner Council, and with it, power over the guildâs affairs. The Goltar were marginalized, and the Veetanho did everything they could to make the galaxy forget the Goltar had ever existed. The Goltar went quietly, pretending to sulk and accept their fate but they never did. They worked in the shadows, amassing power and resources, always looking for the right time and right opportunity to re-emerge and strip the hated Veetanho of everything they owned. In the depths of the Spine Nebula, a fly-over region known only for the bad luck of its inhabitants and the dangers that lurks in its fringes, the Goltar have a secret weapon. Known only as the Infinite Flow, it's the source of their riches, and the crux on which their plans rest. But when a shadowy group learns of its existence and comes to wrest control of it from the Goltar, the crew of the Midnight Sun is thrown into its defense, and they find out that they may not have known their employers quite as well as they thought they did. As the guild wars heat up, the battle for ultimate power may well be fought in the Spine Nebula, with the Midnight Sun Free Company in the middle of it!
Â©2020 Tim C. Taylor (P)2020 Podium Audio
Princess Orlaith, heir to Rudi Mackenzie, Artos the First, High King of Montival, now wields the Sword of the Lady - and faces a new enemy. Fortunately, she also has a new ally in Reiko, Empress of Japan. To combat their mutual foe, Orlaith and Reiko embark on a quest to find the fabled Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, one of the three great treasures of the Japanese Imperial House - but they'll face great peril along the way. This Roc title is the first in a new story arc in the New York Times best-selling Change series, following The Given Sacrifice.
Â©2014 S.M. Stirling (P)2014 Recorded Books
The war continues! The Omega War is in full swing. Earth has fallen to General Peepoâs army, and the surviving human mercenaries have taken refuge at the hidden Winged Hussarsâ base in New Warsaw. On Earth, the defensive forces fight to keep the hearts and minds of their fellow humans, but Peepoâs plans are slowly converting the people to her way of thinking, and the Mercenary Guild troops continue to root out the forces arrayed against them. Outnumbered and on the run, the situation is bleak, but none of the Horsemen like being on the defensive. When they get intelligence that Peepo is massing resources at a secret base, they decide to launch a decisive counterattack that may open Earth up to recapture. Meanwhile, Dr. Sato, the Hussarâs brilliant but unpredictable scientist, unwittingly reactivates a 20,000-year-old doomsday weapon with a mind of its own. If it canât be stopped, all the Four Horsemenâs plans might become meaningless. Forces are moving both in the shadows and in the light, but who will rise victorious? One thing is for sure...a dark moon has arisen.
Â©2018 Seventh Seal Press (P)2018 Podium Publishing
When Toddâs critically damaged ship dropped out of hyperspace near the human colony world of Azure, he had no memory of his past. He didnât know who he was, or even what he was, and the humans didnât either. That didnât stop the colonists of Azure - they took him in, anyway...even though they didnât understand how he could do some of the things he could do. Todd and his descendants consider themselves human - eight-armed and water-breathing - but human, nonetheless. After 70 years living among humans, Toddâs descendants are going back out into the Union to make their mark - from 15-year-old Verne, whoâs a little short to be a mercenary, to Harryhausen, who wants to be the most famous PI in the galaxy. Eventually, they learn that the rest of the Galactic Union knows them as Wrogul, intelligent octopus-like beings known for science and the ability to perform surgery like no other race can. These Wrogul do more than just practice medicine, but they still intend to do no harm. Unfortunately, the humans, whether they have two arms or eight, have powerful enemies...and the Wrogul may have no choice.
Â©2019 Seventh Seal Press (P)2019 Podium Publishing
In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown - until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to those extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.
Â©2001 Don and Petie Kladstrup (P)2012 Tantor
Peacemakers. The Galactic Unionâs most capable enforcers and resolute negotiators, their name alone elicits fear and awe among the Unionâs citizenry. When necessary, the Peacemaker Guild deputizes citizens to carry out special missions of great difficulty and danger. The only person ever to land a Combat Assault System, Personal (CASPer) from high-altitude free fall without a parachute, Tara Masonâs career as a mercenary showed promise, but it crumbled under poor choices and even worse leadership. Given a chance to clear her name and restore her reputation, sheâs agreed to undertake a mission of critical importance to the Guild. With two Peacemakers, the near-AI Lucille, and new allies at her side, Tara Mason and Force 25 seek out the tested professionals of the Victoria Forces, who face a serious threat from a shadowy adversary. The Victoria Forces, though, are no pushover, and when threatened, they respond with CASPers, tanks, and flyers at the ready. Taking the field alongside their friends, Tara Mason and Force 25 charge into battle, unaware that events throughout the galaxy are shaping the race to recover Jessicaâs father and his secrets. The time to fight has come, and Force 25 must win the day - against overwhelming odds - or the Galactic Union, itself, may be the next casualty of the Omega War!
Â©2019 Seventh Seal Press (P)2019 Podium Publishing
In the mid-1960s, Harry Constance made a life-altering journey that led him out of Texas and into the jungles of Vietnam. As a young naval officer, he went from UDT training to the U.S. Navy's newly formed SEAL Team Two, then straight into furious action. By 1970, he was already the veteran of 300 combat missions and the recipient of 32 military citations, including three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Good to Go is Constance's powerful, firsthand account of his three tours of duty as a member of America's most elite, razor-sharp stealth fighting force. It is a breathtaking memoir of harrowing missions and covert special-ops - from the floodplains of the Mekong Delta to the beaches of the South China Sea - that places the listener in the center of bloody ambushes and devastating firefights. But Constance's extraordinary adventure goes even farther - beyond 'Nam - as we accompany Constance and the SEALs on astonishing missions to some of the world's most dangerous hot-spotsâ¦ and experience close-up the courage, dedication, and unparalleled skill that made the U.S. Navy SEALs legendary.
Â©1997 Harry Constance and Randall Fuerst (P)2014 Tantor
Heâs hoping to bury the past. Sheâs ready to settle the score. The Sterling Ranchâs season opening isnât going so smoothly. With the ranchâs lodge full of guests and a Montana blizzard threatening, Will Sterling needs help - and he needs it fast. So when his childhood friend Poppy Carmichael agrees to lend a hand, heâs grateful for a second chance...and more enticed by the woman sheâs become than he cares to admit. For Poppy, it was supposed to be a retreat full of horse rides and hoedowns - with a side of showing Will what heâs been missing all these years. But as the snow deepens outside, the guestsâ suspicion and mistrust turn sinister inside, catching Will and Poppy in the crosshairs. Weathering the storm in each otherâs arms is all too easy for Will and Poppy, but will a confrontation with a killer mean their reunion is short-lived? New York Times and USA Today best-selling author B.J. Daniels starts her most recent series off with a bang in this suspenseful story of romance and revenge.
Â©2019 Barbara Heinlein (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
When singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home in 2011, the press inducted her into what Kurt Cobain's mother named the 27 Club. "Now he's gone and joined that stupid club," she said in 1994, after being told that her son, the front man of Nirvana, had committed suicide. "I told him not to." Kurt's mom was referring to the extraordinary roll call of iconic stars who died at the same young age. The Big Six are Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison of the Doors, Kurt Cobain and, now, Amy Winehouse. All were talented. All were dissipated. All were 27. Journalists write about "the curse of the 27 Club" as if there is a supernatural reason for this series of deaths. Others invoke astrology, numerology, and conspiracy theories to explain what has become a modern mystery. In this haunting audiobook, author Howard Sounes conducts the definitive forensic investigation into the lives and deaths of the six most iconic members of the Club, plus another 44 music industry figures who died at 27, to discover what, apart from coincidence, this phenomenon signifies. In a grimly fascinating journey through the dark side of the music business over six decades, Sounes uncovers a common story of excess, madness, and self-destruction. The fantasies, half-truths, and mythologies that have become associated with Jones, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Cobain, and Winehouse are debunked. Instead a clear and compelling narrative emerges, one based on hard facts, that unites these lost souls in both life and death.
Â©2013 Howard Sounes (P)2013 Tantor
This is high-action, ideas-driven noir SF of the highest order. Morgan has already established himself as an SF author of global significance.Â Takeshi Kovacs has come home. Home to Harlan's World. An ocean planet with only 5 percent of its landmass poking above the dangerous and unpredictable seas. Try to get above the weather in anything more sophisticated than a helicopter and the Martian orbital platforms will burn you out of the sky.Â And death doesn't just wait for you in the seas and the skies. On land, from the tropical beaches and swamps of Kossuth to the icy, machine-infested wastes of New Hokkaido the hard won gains of the Quellist revolution have been lost. The First Families, the corporations and the Yakuza have a stranglehold on everything. Embarked on a journey of implacable retribution for a lost love, Kovacs is blown off course and into a maelstrom of political intrigue and technological mystery as the ghosts of Harlan's World and his own violent past rise to claim their due.Â Quellcrist Falconer is back from the dead, they say, and hunting her down for the First Families is a savage young Envoy called Kovacs who's been in storage.
Â©2005 Richard Morgan (P)2006 Tantor Media
Peacemakers. The Galactic Unionâs most capable enforcers and resolute negotiators, their name alone elicits fear and awe among the Unionâs citizenry. While the occupation of Earth continues, MinSha mercenaries under the command of Major General Drehnayl have assaulted human-held colonies in the outer rim, wiping them out completely. With the famed Four Horsemen nowhere to be found, the Mercenary Guildâs attempt to instill fear and subvert humanity is perilously close to reality. Tasked with finding the MinSha is Jessica Francis, Earthâs first Peacemaker, but the odds arenât in her favor. Racing against time, Jessica realizes that finding Drehnayl's forces isnât enough - she must do something to stop their atrocities and end their reign of terror. Upon locating the MinSha fleet, Jessica faces down Drehnaylâs armada with a band of heroes both hopelessly outmanned and under-equipped on the binary planet Victoria Bravo. Her decision made, and with MinSha Lieutenant Colonel Tirr and the near-AI Lucille at her side, Jessica charges into battle intent on stopping Drehnayl once and for all...or to die trying. A Peacemaker must set the terms, honor the threat, and know when to stand or fall. For Jessica and her friends, that time is now.
Â©2018 Seventh Seal Press (P)2019 Podium Publishing
Love clash Teddi Whitehall longed to escape her hectic life as a New York model, and a summer in the wilds of Canada with her best friend's family sounded perfect. But arrogant rancher Kingston Devereaux seemed intent on making her feel anything but welcome. Teddi knew King was convinced she was nothing but a glamorous city girl. She also knew that the truth wasn't about to change his mind. So why did she feel so alive when he was near? Giving her heart to a man who despised her was bad enough. But why did she have to go and fall in love with her best friend's brother?
Â©2014 Diana Palmer (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
In a meteoric career that spanned a mere 12 years, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. From his fertile imagination sprang some of fiction's most enduring heroes. Yet while Conan the Cimmerian is indisputably Howard's greatest creation, it was in his earlier sequence of tales featuring Kull, a fearless warrior with the brooding intellect of a philosopher, that Howard began to develop the distinctive themes and the richly evocative blend of history and mythology that would distinguish his later tales of the Hyborian Age. Much more than simply the prototype for Conan, Kull is a fascinating character in his own right: an exile from fabled Atlantis who wins the crown of Valusia, only to find it as much a burden as a prize. This groundbreaking collection brings together all of Howard's stories featuring Kull: "Exile of Atlantis," "The Shadow Kingdom," "The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune," "The Cat and the Skull," "The Screaming Skull of Silence," "The Striking of the Gong," "The Altar and the Scorpion," "The Curse of the Golden Skull," "By This Axe I Rule!" "Swords of the Purple Kingdom," "The King and the Oak," and "Kings of the Night."
Â©2009 Robert E. Howard (P)2010 Tantor
In the 10th year of the Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology. The city-state of Corvallis has preserved its university, and trade flourishes via riverboats and horse-drawn railways. Under the strong hand of Michael Havel, the Bearkillers hold the lands west of Salem in peace and order. And in the eastern half of the Willamette Valley, the Clan Mackenzie flourishes under the charismatic leadership of Juniper Mackenzie, bard and High Priestess. Together, they have held the Lord Protector, Norman Arminger - the warlord of Portland - at bay. With his dark fantasies of a neofeudal empire, Arminger has extended his power over much of the Pacific Northwest, spreading fear with his knights, castles, and holy inquisition. Even more dangerous, and perhaps Arminger's most powerful weapon of all, is the ruthlessly cunning mind of his consort, Lady Sandra. The tensions between these factions have been building for some time, and the only reason they haven't confronted one another on the battlefield is because Arminger's daughter has fallen into Clan Mackenzie's hands. But Lady Sandra has a plan to retrieve her - a plan that threatens to plunge the entire region into open warfare.
Â©2006 S.M. Stirling (P)2008 Tantor
An honest tour of the Vietnam War from the soldier's eye view...Â Nam-Sense is the brilliantly written story of a combat squad leader in the 101st Airborne Division. Arthur Wiknik was a 19-year-old kid from New England when he was drafted into the US Army in 1968. After completing various NCO training programs, he was promoted to sergeant "without ever setting foot in a combat zone" and sent to Vietnam in early 1969. Shortly after his arrival on the far side of the world, Wiknik was assigned to Camp Evans, a mixed-unit base camp near the Northern village of Phong Dien, only 30 miles from Laos and North Vietnam.Â On his first jungle patrol, his squad killed a female Viet Cong who turned out to have been the local prostitute. It was the first dead person he had ever seen. Wiknik's account of life and death in Vietnam includes everything from heavy combat to faking insanity to get some R&R. He was the first man in his unit to reach the top of Hamburger Hill during one of the last offensives launched by US forces, and later discovered a weapons cache that prevented an attack on his advance fire support base.Â Between the sporadic episodes of combat he mingled with the locals, tricked unwitting US suppliers into providing his platoon with a year of hard-to-get food, defied a superior and was punished with a dangerous mission, and struggled with himself and his fellow soldiers as the anti-war movement began to affect his ability to wage victorious war. Nam-Sense offers a perfect blend of candor, sarcasm, and humor, and it spares nothing and no one in its attempt to accurately convey what really transpired for the combat soldier during this unpopular war.Â Nam-Sense is not about heroism or glory, mental breakdowns, haunting flashbacks, or wallowing in self-pity. The soldiers Wiknik lived and fought with during his yearlong tour did not rape, murder, or burn villages, were not strung out on drugs, and did not enjoy killing. They were there to do their duty as they were trained, support their comrades, and get home alive.Â "The soldiers I knew," explains the author, "demonstrated courage, principle, kindness, and friendship, all the elements found in other wars Americans have proudly fought in." Wiknik has produced a gripping and complete record of life and death in Vietnam, and he has done so with a style and flair few others will ever achieve.
Â©2005 Arthur Wiknik, Jr. (P)2018 Tantor
Jake Martin is not your ordinary sleuth. He's an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog. This time the story takes place in the foothills of Denver. Jake is accused of manslaughter, and he has to prove the accident was really murder. Along the way he encounters a poaching ring and falls in love with a beautiful game warden. The characters are memorable, and the plot is multilayered. This whodunit will keep listeners guessing until the very end.
Â©2014 Richard Houston (P)2017 Tantor
Donât go gently into that Endless night.... Having destroyed the starkiller located at Aneb-4, the alliance of Goltar, Spine Patriots, and the Midnight Sun Free Company have gained a bit of breathing space from the criminal organization known as the Endless Night.Â But the Endless Night isnât done. They have two more starkillers in their possession, and they are ready to use them against a civilization that no one - especially the Mercenary Guild - is going to miss. Their target: Sol.Â Although victorious on Aneb-4, the alliance only has the faÃ§ade of combat power; they need time to re-equip and rearmâ¦time they donât have. They need help.Â When the Speaker of the Mercenary Guild offers the job to Nigel Shirazi, he is already busy and mentions it to the one person who knows something awful is coming: Sansar Enkh, who has had a vision of the Sun blowing up. In the aftermath of the Omega War, though, the Golden Horde isnât ready to take the field either, and Sansar will have to recruit anyone whoâs available, and somehow find a way to put together a working team if they are to be successful.Â But time - as Gray Wolf operative Beowulf knows - is rapidly running out. The Endless Night are readying the weapons, and it is only a matter of time until they fire them. Can the forces arrayed against the Endless Night get there in time, or will the clock strike midnight for Earth?Â Includes "Covert Mission", a bonus story from the Four Horsemen Universe.
Â©2020 Chris Kennedy Publishing (P)2021 Podium Audio
The Omega War is over, but conflict continues. The Peacemaker-enforced ceasefire brought an end to the hostilities, but the Mercenary Guildâs moratorium on new contracts has given the other guilds time - and freedom - to redress long-standing grievances. It has also led to a mindset of âwhile the catâs away, the mice will playâ, and many are taking liberties they wouldn't have normally. On Earth, the Golden Horde continues to rebuild, because Sansar Enkh has a good idea of whatâs coming. In addition to rebuilding her forces, she knows the Humans will need all the advanced tech they can get their hands on, so she sends Captain Markus âSpartanâ Nicolos to search the home world of the SalSha for remnants of Kahraman tech. The mission is a two-pronged one, as the SalSha leader Thorb needs to return to the world of his birth to recruit new pilots for his war-depleted bomber wing. He also needs to stop along the way at Capital Planet in hopes of getting the SalSha recognized as a mercenary race. Nothing is as it seems, though, and forces are jockeying in the shadows for power, through all means possible - both legal and not. The team of Spartan and Thorb leave Earth heavily armed and armored...but will it be enough?
Â©2020 Chris Kennedy and Alex Rath (P)2020 Podium Audio
Part odyssey, part pilgrimage, this epic personal narrative follows the authorâs exploration of coasts, islands, reefs, and the seaâs abyssal depths. Scientist and fisherman Carl Safina takes readers on a global journey of discovery, probing for truth about the worldâs changing seas, deftly weaving adventure, science, and political analysis.
Â©1997 Carl Safina (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
At the bloody height of World War II, the deadliest enemies in all of human history were forced to put aside their hatreds and unite against an even fiercer foe: a seemingly invincible power bent on world domination. With awesome technology, the aggressors swept across the planet, sowing destruction as Tokyo, Berlin, and Washington, D.C., were A-bombed into submission. Russia, Nazi Germany, Japan, and the United States were not easily cowed, however. With cunning and incredible daring, they pressed every advantage against the invaders' superior strength and, led by Stalin, began to detonate their own atom bombs in retaliation. City after city explodes in radioactive firestorms, and fears grow as the worldwide resources disappear; will there be any world left for the invaders to conquer or for the uneasy allies to defend? While Mao Tse-tung wages a desperate guerrilla war and Hitler drives his country toward self-destruction, U.S. forces frantically try to stop the enemy's push from coast to coast. Yet in this battle to stave off world domination, unless the once-great military powers take the risk of annihilating the human race, they'll risk losing the war. The fatal, final deadline arrives in Harry Turtledove's grand, smashing finale to the Worldwar series, as uneasy allies desperately seek a way out of a no-win, no-survival situation: a way to live free in a world that may soon be bombed into atomic oblivion.
Â©2009 Harry Turtledove (P)2011 Tantor
New York Times best-selling author S. M. Stirling continues what Library Journal has termed his "epic of survival and rebirth," chronicling a modern world without technology. Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time. Only one odd stone house remains standing. Within it, Rudi finds a beautifully made sword waiting for him - and once he takes it up, nothing will ever be the same....
Â©2009 S. M. Stirling (P)2009 Tantor Media
The Calabrese family of Chicago is a close-knit, middle-class, multi-generational Italian-Irish-American clan. They operate family businesses. They work day and night striving for the American Dream. All three sons forge a bond with their controlling father, Frank Sr., and their soft-spoken favorite uncle, Nick. As a boy, the oldest son, Frank Jr., realizes that his father and uncle are also "made" members of another close-knit family: the outfit. In Operation Family Secrets, Frank Calabrese, Jr., tells the turbulent tale of a family dominated by a violent patriarch who breaks a long-standing unwritten outfit code and "brings the street into his home" by enlisting two of his sons into the outfit's 26th Street/Chinatown crew. Calabrese reveals for the first time the outfit's "made" ceremony and describes being put to work alongside his father and uncle in loan sharking, gambling, labor racketeering, and extortion, and plotting the slaying of a fellow gangster, while they commit the bombing murder of a trucking executive, the gangland execution of two mobsters whose burial in an Indiana cornfield was reenacted in Martin Scorsese's blockbuster film Casino, and numerous other hits. The Calabrese crew's colossal earnings and extreme ruthlessness made them both a dreaded criminal gang and the object of an intense FBI inquiry. Eventually Frank Jr., his father, and Uncle Nick are convicted on racketeering violations, and "Junior" and "Senior" are sent to the same federal penitentiary in Michigan. Upon arrival, Frank Jr. makes a life-changing decision: to go straight rather than agree to his father's plans to resume crew activities after serving his sentence. But he needs to keep his father behind bars in order to regain control of his life and save his family. Frank Jr. makes a secret deal with prosecutors, and for six months - unmonitored and unprotected - he wears a wire as his father recounts decades of hideous crimes.
Â©2011 Frank Calabrese, Junior, Keith Zimmerman, Kent Zimmerman, and Paul Pompian (P)2011 Tantor
Despite our best efforts, many of us struggle with the same sins time and again, leaving us feeling hopeless in our searches for freedom. Pastor and author Neal Lozano knows this firsthand - and he's laid out a strategy, based on his years of experience, for you to overcome Satan's influence in your life. By focusing on Jesus' work instead of on the intimidating aspects of evil spirits, Lozano will help you discover freedom from sin, understand the biblical model of deliverance, stay free from sin, and guide others to freedom. Balanced and hopeful, Unbound will help you start living the abundant, glorious life God has in mind.
Â©2010 Neal Lozano (P)2015 Tantor
When administered at the right time, estrogen therapy can lead to substantial improvements in a woman's quality of life. Yet for more than a decade, women have been told about many worrisome side effects of hormone replacement therapy, including an increased risk of cancer, blood clots, and heart disease. In The Estrogen Window, Dr. Mache Seibel shows that not taking estrogen at the right time following menopause actually increases the risk of suffering one of those events. Falling estrogen levels also increase a woman's risk for heart disease and Alzheimer's as well as osteoporosis. Dr. Seibel presents groundbreaking research that proves how every woman has an "estrogen window", an ideal time to begin estrogen replacement, that can minimize menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fractured sleep, brain fog, irritability, and weight gain. Not only can women safely take estrogen during this window, but taking the hormone this way also provides a wide range of health benefits that guarantee women increased protection from the very conditions they have been led to fear most.
Â©2016 Mache Seibel, MD (P)2016 Tantor
In 1938, two men held history in their hands. One was Adolf Hitler. The other was British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, who, determined to avoid war at any cost, came to be known as "the great appeaser". But Harry Turtledove, the unrivaled master of alternate history, has launched a gripping saga that springboards from a different fateful act: What if Chamberlain had stood up to Hitler? What would the Nazis' next move have been? And how would the war---which Hitler had always regretted waiting 11 months to start---have unfolded and changed our world? Here, Turtledove takes us across a panorama of conflict fueled by ideology and demagoguery. Nations are pitted against nations, alliances are forged between old enemies, ordinary men and women are hurled into extraordinary life-and-death situations. In Japanese-controlled Singapore, an American marine falls in love with a Russian dance-hall hostess, while around him are heard the first explosions of Chinese guerilla resistance. On the frontlines of war-ravaged rural France, a weary soldier perfects the art of using an enormous anti-tank gun as a sniper's tool---while from Germany a killer is sent to hunt him down. And in the icy North Atlantic, a U-boat bearing an experimental device wreaks havoc on British shipping, setting the stage for a Nazi ground invasion of Denmark. From an American woman trapped in Germany who receives safe passage from Hitler himself to a Jewish family steeped in German culture and facing the hatred rising around them, from Japanese soldiers on the remote edge of Siberia to American volunteers in Spain, The War That Came Early: West and East is the story of a world held hostage by tyrants - Stalin, Hitler, Sanjuro - each holding on to power through lies and terror, even in the face of treacherous plots from within.
Â©2010 HarryTurtledove (P)2010 Tantor
The Omega War ended, not with a bang, but with a whimper. The Peacemaker-enforced ceasefire brought an end to the hostilities, but not a resolution, and now itâs up to the Four Horsemen to forge a lasting peace. Alexis Cromwell, despite her pregnancy, heads off to Capital with Nigel Shirazi to obtain justice from the enigmatic Mercenary Guild Council, but when they arrive, theyâre quickly embroiled in galactic politics, and find out the situation is far, far worse than they could possibly have imagined.Â On Earth, Jim Cartwright has been given the task of âfixingâ the world government, which was complicit in General Peepo and the Merc Guildâs invasion. He has some good ideas, but so do Peepoâs agents who have stayed behind to foment rebellion. Sansar Enkh has her formidable intelligence service to watch his back â¦ but will it be enough? Additionally, a new force is emerging on Earth, and it is raising far more questions than it is answering. What is the enigmatic Section 51, and what are their ultimate goals?Â As the Horsemen work for peace, the clouds of war are on the horizon. A greater war is looming as the other guilds, sensing weakness in the Mercenary Guild, begin their fight for supremacy. Who will be left when the storm clouds clear?
Â©2019 Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey (P)2020 Podium Audio
On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on Tehran, where the Iranian hostage crisis was entering its third week. The same morning, the first of a new Muslim century, hundreds of gunmen stunned the world by seizing Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Armed with rifles that they had smuggled inside coffins, these men came from more than a dozen countries, launching the first operation of global jihad in modern times. Led by a Saudi preacher named Juhayman al Uteybi, they believed that the Saudi royal family had become a craven servant of American infidels and sought a return to the glory of uncompromising Islam. With nearly 100,000 worshippers trapped inside the holy compound, Mecca's bloody siege lasted two weeks, inflaming Muslim rage against the United States and causing hundreds of deaths. Despite U.S. assistance, the Saudi royal family proved haplessly incapable of dislodging the occupier, whose ranks included American converts to Islam. In Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini blamed the "Great Satan", the United States, for defiling the shrine, prompting mobs to storm and torch American embassies in Pakistan and Libya. The desperate Saudis finally enlisted the help of French commandos led by Captain Paul Barril, who prepared the final assault and supplied the poison gas that knocked out the insurgents. Though most captured gunmen were quickly beheaded, the Saudi royal family responded to this unprecedented challenge by compromising with the rebels' supporters among the kingdom's most senior clerics, helping them nurture and export Juhayman's violent brand of Islam around the world. Written with the pacing, detail, and suspense of a real-life thriller, The Siege of Mecca reveals how Saudi reaction to the uprising in Mecca set free the forces that produced the attacks of 9/11 and the harrowing circumstances that surround us today.
Â©2007 Yaroslav Trofimov (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
The Omega War may have ended, but neither Earth nor the galaxy are at peace. Bjorn Tovesson III, commander of Bjornâs Berserkers, has returned to Earth. Bear Town is a smoldering ruin, and the Berserkersâ reputation is in the gutter. As Bjorn tries to chart a course for the Berserkersâ future, ghosts from the past haunt him. Meanwhile, the Information Guild and the Union Credit Exchange clash over the future of the Galactic Unionâs economy. The Information Guild seeks to eliminate the red diamond standard, giving it sole control of the currency system, but the Union Credit Exchange harbors ambitions to become a guild in its own right. Both sides wage battle by weaponizing politics, piracy, and disinformation. While Bjorn hunts the aliens responsible for murdering his father and slaughtering many of the Berserkers trapped on Earth during Peepoâs invasion, he receives an offer too good to pass up. Despite the Mercenary Guild suspending contracts, Bjorn could make the credits needed to bring his plans to fruition. Can Bjorn put aside the past? Who will control the galaxyâs economy? The Omega War may be over, but everyone still has an ax to grind.
Â©2020 Jon R. Osborne (P)2020 Podium Audio
Rudi Mackenzie has won the battle that expelled the enemy from the new High Kingdom of Montival. Now he must free the people who live in the state once known as Idaho from occupation by the legions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and pursue them to their lair over the mountains. There he will finally confront the forces behind the Church - the Powers of the Void. Yet even a victory will not end the conflict forever. The Powers of the Void are malevolent and infinitely patient, and the struggle is one that involves the entire world. They threaten Rudi not only in the present, but also in the future represented by his children, Orlaith and John. Rudi knows this. And as his heir Princess Orlaith grows up in the shadow of her famous father, she also realizes that the enemy will do anything to see that she does not live to fulfill her parents' dream.
Â©2013 S.M. Stirling (P)2013 Tantor
True love is in store for one gruff cowboy in New York Times best-selling author Diana Palmerâs new Wyoming Men romance. Cort Grier is no ordinary rancher. Despite his vast wealth, he still works the land with his own bare hands, unlike his troublesome new neighbor, Mina Michaels. Fiery, beautiful Mina infuriates and entrances Cort, awakening feelings heâd thought long buried. But he knows falling for a city girl can only lead to heartbreak.... Best-selling author Mina hardly expects to meet a man like the ones in her novels. But roguishly handsome Cort is an alpha hero through and through, from his stubborn streak to the fierce way this rugged cowboy protects his heart. When one sizzling kiss leads to another, can Mina convince Cort to open his world to her - now and forever?
Â©2019 Diana Palmer (P)2019 Harlequin Audio
For 75 years, Wonder Woman has served as an inspiration to people everywhere. Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth examines this powerful superhero - who was created by famous psychologist William Moulton Marston - through 20 chapters, including some very special interviews and the previously unpublished memoir of Elizabeth Holloway Marston. This collection analyzes: Marston's important role in the history of forensic psychology How Diana's relationship with her mother and Amazonian sisters shapes her to become a leader and the heroine called Wonder Woman The ways differences in culture and gender can contribute to alienation but also to personal empowerment What roles emotion, strengths, virtues, and culture shock play in heroic behavior And what it truly means to be a wonder
Â©2017 Travis Langley (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
From the bestselling author of Daughters of the Dragon comes the story of one of the most extraordinary queens in history. As tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, US diplomat Nate Simon is sent to Seoul to gauge the political situation and advise the president. He also needs to find out why someone sent the president an ancient, intricately carved comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon. Though familiar with Koreaâs language and culture, Nate knows little of its troubled history. Beautiful and mysterious embassy aide Anna Carlson believes itâs time he learns, starting with the extraordinary story of Koreaâs last queen. Seoul, 1866. The beautiful orphan Ja-young is chosen to be the child bride of Gojong, Koreaâs boy king. Highly intelligent but shy, Ja-young faces a choice: she can be a stone queen - silent and submissive - or she can be a dragon queen and oppose enemies and empires that try to rule Korea during the age of imperialism. Her choice leads her to forge a legend that will endure far beyond her lifetime. The more Nate discovers, the more he comes to realize that Queen Minâs story is still relevant today. Now the choice is up to him: be submissive and acceptingâ¦or change the world.
Â©2018 William Andrews (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
In this extraordinary World War II alternate history, master storyteller Harry Turtledove begins with a big switch: what if Neville Chamberlain, instead of appeasing Hitler, had stood up to him in 1938? Enraged, Hitler reacts by lashing out at the West, promising his soldiers that they will reach Paris by the new year. They don't. Three years later, his genocidal apparatus not fully in place, Hitler has barely survived a coup, while Jews cling to survival. But England and France wonder whether the war is still worthwhile. Weaving together a cast of characters that ranges from a brawling American fighter in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain to a woman who has seen Hitler's evil face-to-face, Harry Turtledove takes us into a world shaping up very differently in 1941. The Germans and their Polish allies have slammed into the gut of the Soviet Union in the west, while Japan pummels away in the east. In trench warfare in France, French and Czech fighters are outmanned but not outfought by their Nazi enemy. Then the stalemate is shattered. In England, Winston Churchill dies in an apparent accident, and the gray men who walk behind his funeral cortege wonder who their real enemy is. The USSR, fighting for its life, makes peace with Japan---and Japan's war with America is about to begin. A sweeping saga of human passions, foolishness, and courage, of families and lovers and soldiers by choice and by chance, The Big Switch is a provocative, gripping, and utterly convincing work of alternate history at its best. For history buffs and fans of big, blood-and-guts fiction, Harry Turtledove delivers a panoramic clash of ideals as powerful as armies themselves.
Â©2011 Harry Turtledove (P)2011 Tantor
The first novel in a brand-new alternate history series where Teddy Roosevelt is president for a second time right before WWI breaks out, and on his side is the Black Chamber, a secret spy network watching America's back.Â In 1912, just months before the election, President Taft dies suddenly, and Teddy Roosevelt wastes no time in grabbing power as he wins another term as president. By force of will, he ushers the US into a new, progressive era with the help of the Black Chamber, the mysterious spy organization watching his back.Â Luz O'Malley - a brilliant, deadly, and young Cuban Irish American agent of the Black Chamber - heads to Germany. She's on a luxury airship swarming with agents of every power on earth as well as conspirators from the Mexican Revolutionary Party and the sinister underground of the reborn Ku Klux Klan, yet none knows her true identity. Her anonymity will be essential as she strives to gain the secrets of Project Loki, an alarming German plan that Roosevelt fears will drag the US into a world war. To gather this intelligence, Luz will have to deceive the handsome yet ruthless Baron Horst von Duckler. She, along with naive Irish American Ciara Whelan, has to get this vital information back to the US - or millions of lives will be lost.
Â©2018 S. M. Stirling (P)2018 Recorded Books
It is a time for heroes, for killers, for Grunts. In this thrilling conclusion to the breakout military science fiction series, we find Earth plagued with millions of miles of terraformed cities, black vines crushing concrete, revealing iron and steel. Those unable to escape the vines are empty vessels waiting to be filled, living storage for alien algorithmic thought. What else can happen? What more can be done? This has always been a time for heroes, for killers, for Grunts, but are they enough? Benjamin Carter Mason will be asked to return to OMBRA to help them find these answers, and what he finds will send him over the edge. In the end his efforts won't be about survival; they'll be about revenge, and his revenge will be served in a blaze.
Â©2017 Weston Ochse (P)2017 Tantor
Fifty years after the events of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless - and whose dangers are endless. Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink.A breakneck-paced crime thriller, Altered Carbon took its readers deep into the universe Morgan had so compellingly realised without ever letting them escape the onward rush of the plot. Broken Angels melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars. This is SF at its dizzying best: superb, yet subtle, world-building; strong yet sensitive characterisation; awesome yet believable technology, thilling yet profound writing. Richard Morgan is set to join the genre's world-wide elite.
Â©2003 Richard Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media
The second novel in an alternate history series where Teddy Roosevelt is president once more right before WWI breaks out, and on his side is the Black Chamber, a secret spy network watching America's back.Â After foiling a German plot to devastate America's coastal cities from Boston to Galveston, crack Black Chamber agent Luz O'Malley and budding technical genius Ciara Whelan go to California to recuperate. But their well-deserved rest is cut short by the discovery of a diabolical new weapon that could give the German Imperial Navy command of the North Sea.Â Luz and Ciara must go deep undercover and travel across a world at war, and live under false identities in Berlin itself to ferret out the project's secrets. Close on their trail is the dangerous German agent codenamed Imperial Sword, who is determined to get his revenge, and a band of assault-rifle equipped stormtroopers, led by the murderously efficient killer Ernst Rohm. From knife-and-pistol duels on airships to the horrors of the poison-gas factories to harrowing marine battles in the North Sea, the fight continues - with a world as the prize.
Â©2019 S.M. Stirling (P)2019 Recorded Books
Their spies were among us for years. They mapped our infrastructure, learned our weaknesses, until finally they flipped the switch and threw us back into the Dark Ages. Only OMBRA and its battalions around the world seem capable of defending Earth from the next wave of attack - terraforming. But at what price can we gain our freedom? The Crays are pushing the human race to the edge of extinction, and we will have to learn new ways of living to defeat this threat. This is a time for heroes. For killers. For Grunts. Benjamin Carter Mason will question his identity, his beliefs, and his mission as he dives deep into the heart of an alien-transformed Los Angeles. And in the end, he might be the last person on Earth defending not just our lives but our humanity.
Â©2015 Weston Ochse (P)2017 Tantor
For decades, people have tried to persuade the leader of the Cuban Revolution to tell his own life story. Ignacio Ramonet, the celebrated editor in chief of Le Monde diplomatique, has finally succeeded. For the first time, in a series of extensive and probing interviews, Fidel Castro describes his life from the 1950s to the present day. In frank and compelling detail, he discusses his parents and his childhood, his earliest influences, the beginnings of the revolution, his relationship with Che Guevara, the drama of the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Jimmy Carter years, Cuban migration to the United States, his dealings with successive American presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush, and his relationship with such controversial leaders as Saddam Hussein and Hugo Chavez. Along the way, Ramonet challenges Castro to discuss his views on a number of controversial questions, from human rights and freedom of the press to the repression of homosexuality and the survival of the death penalty in Cuba. This book will stand as the definitive record of an extraordinary life lived in turbulent times.
Â©2006 Ignacio Ramonet (P)2008 Tantor
Burned-out software engineer Jake Martin and his golden retriever, Fred, live in a mountain cabin far enough from Denver to escape the rat race but not far enough to escape its crime. While remodeling an old house, he uncovers a stack of love letters that will turn his world inside out. When word of the letters gets out, people start dying, including the owner of the house Jake was remodeling. With his main source of income gone, he lets his friend and neighbor, Bonnie Jones, talk him into searching for the killer after they are offered a large retainer. The problem is, the person who hires them is the major suspect. With the help of Fred and Bonnie, Jake continues to find more evidence that his new employer is trying to create a smokescreen to divert attention from himself. Will the trio of amateur detectives be able to stop the murders, or will they become the next victims?
Â©2016 Richard Houston (P)2017 Tantor
The third novel in a World War I alternate history series where America's greatest weapon against Germany is Black Chamber secret agent Luz O'Malley and technical genius Ciara Whelan. Only they can protect America's best hope of winning the war.Â The Great War is at a stalemate, and the only thing stopping Germany from striking America is the threat of the United States using their own Annihilation Gas against them. But America's supply is quickly decaying and the Central Powers know it.Â A plant is under construction in the remote highlands of Mexico so that America can make their own supply. President Teddy Roosevelt assigns crack agent Luz O'Malley and her technical genius Ciara Whelan to watch over the plant operating under cover identities.Â But German agent Horst von Duckler has escaped from the POW camp in El Paso, and he's heading in the same direction - bent on revenge against Luz, and sabotage that will deprive America of its deterrent and kill tens of thousands.
Â©2020 S.M. Stirling (P)2020 Recorded Books
A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only 23 years old when he arrived in Vietnam in 1965. After a brief stint in the Delta, Gwin was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in An Khe. There, in the hotly contested Central Highlands, he served almost nine months as executive officer for Alpha Company, 2/7, fighting against crack NVA troops in some of the war's most horrific battles. The bloodiest conflict of all began November 12, 1965, after 2nd Battalion was flown into the Ia Drang Valley west of Pleiku. Acting as point, Alpha Company spearheaded the battalion's march to landing zone Albany for pickup, not knowing they were walking into the killing zone of an NVA ambush that would cost them 10 percent casualties. Gwin spares no one, including himself, in his gut-wrenching account of the agony of war. Through the stench of death and the acrid smell of napalm, he chronicles the Vietnam War in all its nightmarish horror.
Â©1999 Larry Gwin (P)2015 Tantor
Benjamin Carter Mason died last night. Maybe he threw himself off a bridge into Los Angeles Harbor, or maybe he burned to death in a house fire in San Pedro; it doesn't really matter. Today, Mason's starting a new life. He's back in boot camp, training for the only war left that matters a damn. For years their spies have been coming to Earth, learning our weaknesses. Our governments knew, but they did nothing - the prospect was too awful, the costs too high - and now the horrifying and utterly inhuman Cray are laying waste to our cities. The human race is a heartbeat away from extinction. That is unless Mason and the other men and women of Task Force OMBRA can do anything about it. This is a time for heroes. For killers. For Grunts.
Â©2014 Weston Ochse (P)2017 Tantor
25 to 1. Those are the odds of being struck down-and resurrected-by the savage plague that's sweeping the country, forcing survivors to band together against the dead. Even among the living, there is dissension. A new leader known as the Red Man has risen up and taken charge-and he's nearly as dangerous as the hungry dead. Some, like Bob Richardson and his friends, strike out on their own. Because if the men with guns don't get them, the zombies will. Fleeing the cities, Richardson and his crew find sanctuary in an abandoned farm. But their stronghold may not be strong enough. Something strange and terrifying is happening to the undead. They're banding together. Working as a group. Hungering for a common goal: human flesh. And lots of it.
Â©2012 Joe McKinney (P)2012 Tantor
Craig M. Mullaney's education had been relentlessly preparing him for this moment. The four years he spent at West Point and the harrowing test of Ranger School readied him for a career in the Army. His subsequent experience as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford couldn't have been further from the Army and his working-class roots, and yet the unorthodox education he received there would be surprisingly relevant as a combat leader. Years later, after that unforgettable experience in Afghanistan, he would return to the United States to teach history to future Navy and Marine Corps officers at the Naval Academy. He had been in their position once, and he had put his education to the test. How would he use his own life-changing experience to prepare them? The Unforgiving Minute is the extraordinary story of one soldier's singular education. From a hilarious plebe's-eye view of the author's West Point experience to the demanding leadership crucible of Ranger School's swamps and mountains, to a two-year whirlwind of scintillating debate, pub crawls, and romance at Oxford, Mullaney's winding path to the battlegrounds of Afghanistan was unique and remarkable. Despite all his preparation, the hardest questions remained. When the call came to lead his platoon into battle and earn his soldiers' salutes, would he be ready? Was his education sufficient for the unforgiving minutes he'd face? A fascinating account of an Army captain's unusual path through some of the most legendary seats of learning straight into a brutal fight with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, The Unforgiving Minute is, above all, an unforgettable portrait of a young soldier grappling with the weight of his hard-earned knowledge while coming to grips with becoming a man.
Â©2009 Craig Mullany (P)2009 Tantor
An exhilarating journey of natural renewal through a year with MacArthur fellow Carl Safina.Beginning in his kayak in his home waters of eastern Long Island, Carl Safina's The View from Lazy Point takes us through the four seasons to the four points of the compass, from the high Arctic south to Antarctica, across the warm belly of the tropics from the Caribbean to the west Pacific, then home again. We meet Eskimos whose way of life is melting away, explore a secret global seed vault hidden above the Arctic Circle, investigate dilemmas facing foraging bears and breeding penguins, and sail to formerly devastated reefs that are resurrecting as fish graze the corals algae-free."Each time science tightens a coil in the slack of our understanding," Safina writes, "it elaborates its fundamental discovery: connection."He shows how problems of the environment drive very real matters of human justice, well-being, and our prospects for peace.In Safina's hands, nature's continuous renewal points toward our future. His lively stories grant new insights into how our world is changing, and what our response ought to be.
Â©2011 Carl Safina (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
A classic of faith, fortitude, and inspiration, this faithful New Testament tale combines the events of the life of Jesus with grand historical spectacle in the exciting story of Judah of the House of Hur, a man who finds extraordinary redemption for himself and his family. Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the first century. His old friend, Messala, arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. They become bitter enemies. Because of an unfortunate accident, Ben-Hur is sent as a slave in the mines, while his family is sent to leprosy caves. As Messala is dying from being crushed in a chariot race, he reveals where Ben-Hur's family is. On the road to find them, Ben-Hur meets the Christ as he is on the road to Golgotha to be crucified. That day changes Ben-Hur's life forever, for that is the day he becomes a believer.
Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor
And the dead shall rise... Two hellish years. That's how long it's been since the hurricanes flooded the Gulf Coast, and the dead rose up from the ruins. The cities were quarantined; the infected, contained. Any unlucky survivors were left to fend for themselves. A feast for the dead. And the living shall gather... One boatload of refugees manages to make it out alive - but one passenger carries the virus. Within weeks, the zombie epidemic spreads across the globe. Now, retired U.S. Marshal Ed Moore must lead a group of strangers to safety, searching for sanctuary from the dead. A last chance for the living. Let the battle begin. In the North Dakota grasslands, bands of survivors converge upon a single outpost. Run by a self-appointed preacher of fierce conviction - and frightening beliefs - it may be humanity's only hope. But Ed Moore and the others refuse to enter a suicide pact. They'd rather stand and fight in the final battle against the zombies. An apocalypse of the dead.
Â©2010 Joe McKinney (P)2011 Tantor
Rediscover the captivating post-apocalyptic world of the Change with the latest in the New York Times best-selling series. The spirit of Prince John, the brother of Crown Princess Orlaith, has fallen captive to the power of the Yelolow Raja and his servant, the Pallid Mask. Prince John's motley band of friends and followers, led by Captain Pip of Townsville and Deor Godulfson, the bard and master of magic, must lead a quest through realms of shadow and dream to rescue Prince John from a threat far worse than death. Meanwhile, Reiko and Orlaith muster their kingdoms for war, making common cause with the reborn Kingdom of Hawaii. But more than weapons or even the dark magic of the cannibal sorcerers of Pyongyang threaten them. Orlaith's lover, Alan Thurston, is more than he appears. In the tropical waters off Hilo and Pearl Harbor, and among the jungles and lost cities of the Ceram Sea, a game will be played with the fate of the world at stake.
Â©2017 S. M. Stirling (P)2017 Recorded Books
In this engaging, anecdotal history of food, world conquest, and desire, a chef-turned-journalist tells the story of three legendary cities, Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam, that transformed the globe in the quest for spice. Written in a colorful style that will appeal to fans of Mark Kurlansky and Michael Pollan, this ambitious yet accessible book travels effortlessly from the Crusades to the present day. Michael Krondl explains that it was the desire for spices that got international trade up and running on a scale that had never occurred prior to that time. This explosive growth of the spice trade led to the successive rise and fall of Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam. Krondl, a gifted food writer, travels to each of these great cities and begins his visit with a great meal. Gradually, he merges the menu he's enjoying with the city's colorful past, and listeners are off on a gastronomical tour that teaches them not only about food and spice but also about history and commerce.
Â©2007 Michael Krondl (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
An undercover affair... Ever since DEA agent Alexander Cobb gave Jodie Clayburn a Texas-size brush-off, they've been sworn enemies. When he pushed Jodie out of his life, he told himself he was doing the right thing. But eight years later, this cynical Texan can't believe the baby-faced schoolgirl has turned into such a beauty. Or that he'd have to beg her to help him crack a drug-smuggling case that threatens Jacobsville. Tantalized to the core, Alexander would risk everything to protect her. In a hot pursuit, the two are drawn closer together. Will the man in control finally get caught in his own web of danger...and desire? Bonus story included in this volume! Take Me, Cowboy by New York Times best-selling author Maisey Yates Rancher Chase McCormack is Anna Brown's best friend. To him she's just one of the boys, but she's determined to convince him she can be so much more.... Previously published.
Â©2017 Harlequin Books, S.A. (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
For 30 years, they have avoided the outbreak of walking death that has consumed America's heartland. They have secured a small compound near the ruins of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Isolated from the world, they have remained blissfully unaware of what lies outside in the region known as the Dead Lands. Until now. Led by a military vet who's seen better days, the inexperienced offspring of the original survivors form a small expedition to explore the wastelands around them. A biologist, an anthropologist, a photographer, a salvage expert - all are hoping to build a new future from the rubble. But the infected are still out there. Stalking. Feeding. Spreading like a virus. Wild animals roam the countryside, hunting prey. Small pockets of humanity hide in the shadows: some scared, some mad, all dangerous. This is the New World. If the explorers want it, they'll have to take it. Dead or alive.
Â©2014 Joe McKinney (P)2014 Tantor
As Greyson McCallumâs longtime assistant, Abby is used to his irascibility. But when a dangerous figure from her past reappears, Greyson offers to protect her in an unexpected way and Abby canât resist. As desire ignites and danger looms, can Greyson and Abby find their happily-ever-after?
Â©1983 Diana Palmer (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
In the parallel world first introduced in S. M. Stirling's The Sky People, aliens terraformed Mars (and Venus) 200 million years ago, seeding them with life-forms from Earth. Humans didn't suspect this until the 20th century, but when the first probes landed on our sister worlds and found life - intelligent life, at that - things changed with a vengeance. By the year 2000, America, Russia, and the other great powers of Earth were all contending for influence and power amid the newly discovered inhabitants of our sister planets. Venus is a primitive world. But on Mars, early hominids evolved civilization earlier than their earthly cousins, driven by the needs of a harsh world growing still harsher as the initial terraforming ran down. Without coal, oil, or uranium, their technology was forced onto different paths, and the genetic wizardry of the Crimson Dynasty united a world for more than 20,000 years. Now, in a new stand-alone adventure set in this world's AD 2000, Jeremy Wainman is an archaeologist who has achieved a lifelong dream: to travel to Mars and explore the dead cities of the Deep Beyond, searching for the secrets of the Kings Beneath the Mountain and the fallen empire they ruled. Teyud Zha-Zhalt is the Martian mercenary the Terrans hire as guide and captain of the landship Intrepid Traveller. A secret links her to the deadly intrigues of Dvor il-Adazar, the City That Is a Mountain, where the last aging descendant of the Tollamune Emperors clings to the remnants of his power...and secrets that may trace their origin to the enigmatic Ancients, the Lords of Creation who reshaped the Solar System in the time of the dinosaurs. When these three meet, the foundations of reality will be shaken - from the lost city of Rema-Dza to the courts of the Crimson Kings.
Â©2008 S. M. Stirling (P)2008 Tantor
It is a time of unknowns for members of the Alliance. They have no information to guide their actions, no record of the key events to influence their research. For Fil Trask and his sister, Angel, it is also a time of growing up. It is a time when they must learn the deep sacrifices it often takes to keep a family together through great trial and tribulation. And it is a time when they will learn that your greatest fears and deepest pain can have a profound and lasting influence upon the entire world.
Â©2014 Alex Albrinck (P)2016 Tantor
Seven years have passed since Mordecai's battle with the Shining God, Celior, and since that time his control of his abilities has vastly improved. He has at last envisioned a use for the 'God-Stone,' but the gods want vengeance and now seek to destroy everything he has built. The secrets of the past threaten the future of his kingdom, his family, and perhaps humanity itself, unless Mordecai can discover the meaning of 'Illeniel's Doom.' How far will a desperate wizard go to protect his children...or will his efforts merely damn them all?
Â©2013 Michael G. Manning (P)2013 Tantor
The Shadow Spreads The Time of Troubles had almost passed. The chaos of spilled blood, lawless strife, monsters unleashed, and avatars roaming Faern was reaching an end. However, not so Those Who Walk in Shadow. The dreaded and insidious Shadowmasters realize that they have one last chance to seize control while chaos wrecks havoc on all of the Realms, and in doing so seal the fate of not just their archenemy Elminster, but all of Mystra's minions as well.Darkness threatens to envelop all Faern.The shadows loom.
Â©1995 TSR, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
A wanted serial killer and his girlfriend are on a bloody killing spree across the United States. Agents Hank Rawlings and Beth Harper, along with the rest of their team, are on a nationwide manhunt to bring them to justice. Scene after scene and body after body only add to the media coverage. The wanted couple's faces are splashed across every television and cover the front pages of every newspaper, yet Hank's team remains a step behind - leaving them searching through the wreckage and bodies left in the couple's wake. As the pair takes a turn for the border, Hank must pull out all the stops to capture the murderous lovers before they take more lives, cross the border, and slip through the FBI's grasp. The hunt is on.
Â©2015 E. H. Reinhard (P)2016 Tantor
Michael McGill is a burned-out private detective who suddenly becomes enlisted by an army of presidential goons to retrieve the Constitution of the United States, but not the one we all know about. This would be the real Constitution (the one with invisible amendments), created by some of the Founding Fathers as a fall back for their great experiment. Along the way, McGill gains a polyamorous sidekick named Trix, gets scared to death by what men do with warm salty water, and descends into a world where crime, sex, and madness all seem to be the same thing. Full of mind-bending style and packed with a wild cast of characters, Crooked Little Vein infuses Robert B. Parker with Kurt Vonnegut and the madness of the graphic-novel world. A surprisingly surreal treat, it will appeal to hardcore comic fans, mystery aficionados, and anybody looking for a riotous adventure.
Â©2007 Warren Ellis (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
First the dead rose up, and civilization fell. Those who survived struggled to rebuild, creating makeshift societies with harsh new rules and harsher punishments. Some would be leaders, others slaves. But none would ever be safe from the walking death. Off the coast of Texas, an island research facility offers sanctuary, supplies, and hope to a desperate trio of survivors. But when they learn what the scientists are doing, how their experiments could unleash armies of the undead, they have no choice but to fight back.
Â©2015 Joe McKinney (P)2015 Tantor
New York Times best-selling author Harry Turtledove has intrigued readers with such thought-provoking "what if..." scenarios as a conquered Elizabethan England in Ruled Britannia and a Japanese occupation of Hawaii in Days of Infamy and End of the Beginning. Now, in the first of a brand-new trilogy, he rewrites the history of the world with the existence of an eighth continent. Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova. For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored land.
Â©2007 Harry Turtledove (P)2007 Tantor
Will Stark has been sent on a mission to save the life of a young woman named Elizabeth. He does not know who is threatening her or why. He knows only that failure is not an option, for it will mean three of the most important people in his life will cease to exist. Will finds himself in a unique medieval village constructed deep in a forest, its residents prosperous and healthy to an unnatural degree. Their leader, a man named Arthur, weaves an alluring tale: that the supernatural abilities long thought the realm of myth or magic are real, that they can be developed with the correct usage of certain foods to enthrall the villagers and enrich and empower himself. The only issue is that the villagers have no idea what concoction will trigger those abilities. They must test. And the villagers have put that responsibility on one young girl - against her will. Will makes his mark on the village in the woods, increasing their prosperity and helping to introduce innovations decades or centuries before their time. Yet Arthur, in his desperate need for power and control, will sabotage everything to retain his total control of the village - even if it means sacrificing his own daughter's life.
Â©2012 Alex Albrinck (P)2016 Tantor
A known serial killer is once again taking lives in Chicago. Bodies drained of blood are being strewn across the city. For former Tampa homicide sergeant, Hank Rawlings, tracking down the man responsible for the killings becomes his first assignment at his new position, agent in the FBI's homicide division of the serial crimes unit. Almost before the ink dries on the new job's acceptance papers, Hank finds himself in Chicago, knee-deep in an investigation with a mounting body count. While every lead brings him and his partner closer to the killer, the one that puts them directly in front of him threatens them most.
Â©2015 E. H. Reinhard (P)2016 Tantor
It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.
Â©2011 Steven M. Stirling (P)2011 Tantor
They rise... Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zombie hordes circle like sharks. The ultimate killing machines. They feed... Houston is quarantined to halt the spread of the zombie plague. Anyone trying to escape is shot on sight---living and dead. Emergency Ops sergeant Eleanor Norton has her work cut out for her. Salvaging boats and gathering explosives, Eleanor and her team struggle to maintain order. But when civilization finally breaks down, the feeding frenzy begins. They multiply... Biting, gnawing, feasting---but always craving more---the flesh-eaters increase their ranks every hour. With doomsday looming, Eleanor must focus on the people she loves---her husband and daughter---and a band of other survivors adrift in zombie-infested waters. If she can't bring them into the quarantine zone, they're all dead meat.
Â©2011 Joe McKinney (P)2011 Tantor
Freed from the constraints of the Aliomenti, Will Stark creates a new group, an alliance of men and women committed to using their energy skills and technological advances to improve the lives of all. It's an act of rebellion that won't go unnoticed - or unpunished - by the Aliomenti elites. Treachery, a desperate search for the resolution of his most vexing personal concern, and an incredible network of underground facilities drive Will to his own desperate decisions. He'll figure out how to bring new life into the world...but the asking price is steep. And permanent.
Â©2013 Alex Albrinck (P)2016 Tantor
Hostility has formed over the centuries. It's grown with each hunt, each capture, and each death. It's been magnified at each effort to thwart global dominion over those unable to defend against the advance of a ruthless tyrant who won't rest until the entire world is full of those who exist solely to do his will. Circumstances have prevented outright warfare - until now. The stunning conclusion to the Aliomenti Saga, Convergence reveals who lives, who dies, and unveils the final secrets hidden for generations.
Â©2014 Alex Albrinck (P)2016 Tantor
There is a treasure high in the Colorado Rockies waiting for someone to find it. Jake Martin couldn't care less. Since the death of his wife, all Jake wants is to be left alone in his mountain cabin where he and his dog, Fred, can get on with life. But when it becomes known that the location of the treasure is encrypted in a message left by a 19th-century miner, people begin to die, and Jake's good friend and neighbor becomes the number one suspect. The old miner used a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a key to his coded message, and the real murderer wants that edition so bad, he's willing to kill for it. Can the amateur sleuths decode the message and stop the murderer, or have Jake and Fred finally met their match?
Â©2015 Richard Houston (P)2017 Tantor
He's provided for each of them the opportunity to lead a life of health, wealth, and power far beyond their imagination. By his own example, he's shown them that such gifts are meant to be shared, used to make the world a better place. And he's never asked them for anything in return, showing a willingness to risk even his own life to live to his own ideals. Now Will Stark needs their help. He's helpless, he's uneducated, and he's about to meet men who can utterly destroy him. And they'll need to make sure that's exactly what happens. Prodded by memories, and with the aid of future hindsight, they'll work tirelessly, take on alternate personalities, and ensure that the plan is carried out in its entirety. In the process they'll learn that selfless sacrifice can demand a heavy price. They'll know that even high technology can't overcome the human spirit. And they'll understand that even with perfect hindsight, surprises beyond expectation can - and do - occur.
Â©2013 Alex Albrinck (P)2016 Tantor
The Aliomenti village is in ruins, destroyed by one of their own, its population nearly eliminated in the calamity. From the ruins, the Aliomenti rise to international prominence, influencing buyers and sellers, warriors and bureaucrats, as they patiently and invisibly expand their empire. Will Stark serves as the driving force behind that expansion. Whether he's creating their innovations or offering subtle hints, few of their revolutionary progressions are made without his influence. But Will is dealing with his own private heartache. Even as he watches his fellow Aliomenti ascend to heights few of them imagined possible, his long journey becomes one he'll make alone. He's haunted by the knowledge that what enables him to make that journey will also prevent him from seeing his most important mission to its completion. Will must persevere, fighting through his own gloom, an organization that threatens to tear itself apart, and a reunion with old friends at an inopportune time. He'll come to realize that his own decisions, his own inability to understand even those he knows not to trust, have enabled a tyrant to seize control of the Aliomenti in the aftermath of a crisis.
Â©2013 Alex Albrinck (P)2016 Tantor
Will Stark is a self-made multibillionaire, happily married, and a proud father. He arrives home to find his house destroyed and his family murdered and is himself rescued from certain death by a mysterious trio. His rescuers are part of a splinter faction of a centuries-old secret society that has developed incredible technological advances and unlocked the method to release humanity's innate potential. Will was mistakenly believed to be a key dissident and fugitive, on the run from the primary group, known as the Aliomenti. Society believes him dead, and Will elects to work from the shadows to learn the secrets of the Aliomenti - secrets that can help him seek his own form of vengeance. Or, perhaps, become the man they'd sought all along.
Â©2012 Alex Albrinck (P)2016 Tantor
A famous naturalist seeks a near-extinct species of bird found only on the rarest of lands in "Audubon in Atlantis." A young American on a European holiday finds himself storming an enchanted German castle in "The Catcher in the Rhine." The philosopher Sokrates plays a key role in the Athenian victory over the Spartans in "The Daimon." Centaurs take a sea voyage aboard "The Horse of Bronze" to a land where they encounter a strange and frightening tribe of creatures known as man. London's most famous detective, Athelstan Helms, and his assistant, Dr. James Walton, are in Atlantis investigating a series of murders in "The Scarlet Band." Atlantis and Other Places includes these and seven more amazing stories of ancient eras, historical figures, mysterious events, and out-of-this-world adventure from the incomparable Harry Turtledove. Track List for Atlantis and Other Places: Disc 1 "Audubon in Atlantis"---Track 1 Disc 3 "Bedfellows"---Track 1 "News from the Front"---Track 5 Disc 4 "The Catcher in the Rhine"---Track 4 "The Daimon"---Track 18 Disc 6 "Farmersâ Law"---Track 22 Disc 7 "Occupation Duty"---Track 10 "The Horse of Bronze"---Track 22 Disc 9 "The Genetics Lecture"---Track 20 "Someone Is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy"---Track 22 Disc 10 "Uncle Alf"---Track 5 Disc 11 "The Scarlet Band"---Track 1
Â©2010 Harry Turtledove (P)2010 Tantor
Frederick Radcliff is a descendant of the family that founded Atlantis's first settlement, and his grandfather Victor led the army against England to win the nation's independence. But he is also a black slave, unable to prove his lineage, and forced to labor on a cotton plantation in the southern region of the country. Frederick feels the color of his skin shouldn't keep him from having the same freedoms his ancestors fought and died for. So he becomes the leader of a revolutionary army of slaves determined to free all of his brethren across Atlantis.
Â©2009 Harry Turtledove (P)2009 Tantor