The Purgatorium: The Purgatorium Series, Book One

      Eva Pohler
The Purgatorium: The Purgatorium Series, Book One

Seventeen year-old Daphne is surprised when her parents let her go with her friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. She eventually learns they have sent her for experimental "suicide therapy," but when she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her.Seventeen year-old Daphne Janus is surprised when her parents let her go with her friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. They haven't let her out of their sight since last New Year's Eve, when she could no longer stand the way they looked at her. Her sister would still be alive if it weren't for Daphne.Her friend, Cam, takes her to a mostly uninhabited island with a wildlife preserve on one side and Chumash Indian ruins on the “haunted” side. Daphne decides she will have one last "hurrah" before she finishes what she started last New Year's Eve. However, things seldom go as planned...The resort is beautiful, the beach pristine, and the views from the headland amazing. The only thing missing is the boyfriend who left her when she could no longer love anyone. Then strange things begin to happen on the island that soon have Daphne running for her life. She eventually learns that her parents have sent her for experimental "suicide therapy," but when her horse bucks her off during a trail ride and she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her.

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    Song of Kali

      Dan Simmons
Song of Kali

Calcutta: a monstrous city of immense slums, disease and misery, is clasped in the foetid embrace of an ancient cult. At its decaying core is the Goddess Kali: the dark mother of pain, four-armed and eternal, her song the sound of death and destruction. Robert Luczak has been hired by Harper's to find a noted Indian poet who has reappeared, under strange circumstances, years after he was thought dead. But nothing is simple in Calcutta and Lucsak's routine assignment turns into a nightmare when he learns that the poet is rumoured to have been brought back to life in a bloody and grisly ceremony of human sacrifice.


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    The Wrong Man

      John Katzenbach
The Wrong Man

Scott Freeman is a man of reason–a college professor grounded in the rational and practical. But he becomes uneasy after finding an anonymous love letter hidden in his daughter’s room: “No one could ever love you like I do. No one ever will. We will be together forever. One way or another.” But the reality of Ashley’s plight far exceeds Scott’s worst suspicions.

One drink too many had led Ashley, a beautiful, bright art student, into what she thought was just a fling with a blue-collar bad boy. But now, no amount of pleading or reasoning can discourage his phone calls, ardent e-mails, and constant, watchful gaze.

Michael O’Connell is but a malignant shadow of a man. His brash, handsome features conceal a black and empty soul. Control is his religion. Cunning and criminal skill are his stock-in-trade. Rage is his language.

The harder Ashley tries to break free, the deeper Michael burrows into every aspect of her life, so she turns in desperation to her divorced parents and her mother’s new partner–three people still locked in a coldly civilized triangle of resentment. But their fierce devotion to Ashley is the common bond that will draw them together to face down a predator.

For Ashley’s family, it is a test of primal love that will drive them to the extreme edge–and beyond–in a battle of wills that escalates into a life-or-death war to protect their own.

From the bestselling master of suspense, John Katzenbach, The Wrong Man is an elegantly crafted and breathtakingly intense read that asks the question, “How far would you go to save the child you love?”

From the Hardcover edition.


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    The Journey - A Short Story

      Harnam Shunkumar
The Journey - A Short Story

Mourning the death of his father and tormented by the politics of the land, Shami realizes that he will do what needs to be done: for the sake of his future and that of his family's. Driven into poverty and an uncertain future in his childhood, he daringly enters a world of political activism. He could face the wrath of the state security police. The enemy is powerful and serve their own justice.Mourning the death of his father, and tormented by the politics of the land, young Shami is certain of one thing: he will do what needs to be done - for the sake of his future and that of his family's. As his family faces an uncertain future, and is plunged into a cruel world of poverty and suffering during his childhood years, he not only joins the working world but he daringly becomes politically active. Under the political regime of the time, he could face political persecution and the wrath of the state security police for engaging in political activism. He is overly protective of his mother and is aware of the sacrifices that she has to make for the sake of their fragile family and for their fellow countrymen. They have to fight a formidable enemy - one that's intent on protecting their way of life and will go to extremes to preserve what they believe is their right. The enemy is powerful, and they have the resources to tackle any threat the activists may pose. They believe in their own brand of justice. They have no time for arrests and court cases and other long-drawn out processes of the law. Shami forms a compelling and dynamic alliance with other activists, because their enemy is not an adversary to take on alone.

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    Cat O' Nine Tales: And Other Stories

      Jeffrey Archer
Cat O' Nine Tales: And Other Stories

Cat o'Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. Ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and Jeffrey Archer's trademark of deliciously unexpected conclusions, this new collection has the added bonus of thirteen charming illustrations by the internationally acclaimed artist Ronald Searle.

Some of these twelve stories were inspired by the two years Jeffrey Archer spent in prison, including the story of a company chairman who tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St. Petersburg---with unexpected consequences. "The Red King" is a tale about a con man who discovers that an English lord requires one more chess piece to complete a set that would be worth a fortune. In another tale of deception, "The Commissioner," a Bombay con artist ends up in the morgue after he uses the police chief as bait in his latest scam. "The Perfect Murder" reveals how a convict manages to remove an old enemy while he's locked up in jail, and then set up two prison officers as his alibi. In "Charity Begins at Home," an accountant realizes he has achieved nothing in his life, and sets out to make a fortune before he retires. And then there is Archer's favorite, "In the Eye of the Beholder," in which a handsome star athlete falls in love with a three-hundred-pound woman . . . who happens to be the ninth-richest woman in Italy.

Jeffrey Archer is the only author to have topped international bestseller lists with his fiction, nonfiction, and short stories. Cat o'Nine Tales is Archer at his best: witty, poignant, sad, surprising, and unforgettable.


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    Cadillac Jukebox

      James Lee Burke
Cadillac Jukebox

No one was surprised when Aaron Crown was arrested for the decades-old murder of the most famous black civil rights leader in Louisiana. After all, his family were shiftless timber people who brought their ways into the Cajun wetlands--trailing rumors of ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Only Dave Robicheaux, to whom Crown proclaims his innocence, worries that Crown had been made a scapegoat for the collective guilt of a generation.

But when Buford LaRose, scion of an old Southern family and author of a book that sent Crown to prison, is elected governor, strange things start to happen. Dave is offered a job as head of the state police; a documentary filmmaker seeking to prove Crown's innocence is killed; and the governor's wife--a former flame--once again turns her seductive powers on Dave. It's clear that Dave must find out the dark truth about Aaron Crown, a truth that too many people want to remain hidden.


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    Cape Currents

      Martin Peltz
Cape Currents

Two sisters race against time to save Cape Town from grave danger.The Football World Cup of 2010 and other major events have arrived in Cape Town, South Africa. In this thriller two sisters race against time to save their city from grave danger.Is the danger from an expected source; and what form will it take?

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    Trick or treat

      Eduard Joseph
Trick or treat

This short story follows two young brothers as they go trick-or-treating on Halloween. As they go from house to house, the learn that some grownups are not fond of kids knocking on their doors looking for candy.A modern fairytale about a talking, giant-killing cat with ambitions. The farmyard animals are eager to imitate his example by learning to speak and throwing off the yolk of servitude. All except for silent Mr Simpkins, the grey cat who is as plump as an overstuffed cushion but not so dumb as he looks...

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    The Man Who Fought Alone

      Stephen R. Donaldson
The Man Who Fought Alone

In a sprawling new novel, Stephen R. Donaldson tells a tale of a hero's dark night of the soul.
Mick Axbrewder has enough problems to kill any ten lesser men. He's a recovering alcoholic. He's also healing-painfully and slowly-from a gunshot wound that nearly killed him. His old partner, Ginny, seems to want as little to do with him as possible.

Years ago, he and Ginny worked side by side. That was before he accidentally shot and killed a cop. While drunk. A cop who happened to be his brother.

Now Axbrewder-"Brew" to his friends-is trying to make his way back to self-respect. It isn't easy. It doesn't help that Ginny has moved them to the sprawling, heartless Sunbelt city of Carner, where he can't get the "feel" of the streets. At least he has work, handling security in the booming martial-arts industry centered in Carner. A world of modern commercial competition and ancient resentments. A world with hidden stakes, over which someone is evidently willing to kill.

But Brew's real job isn't the one for which he's been hired. His real job is regaining his own self-respect.


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    Role Reversal

      Stephen C. Spencer
Role Reversal

When Felicity Carter starts having nightmares—nightmares she cannot recall upon awakening—her roommate Maria takes her to a hypnotist in an effort to find out why.Maria succeeds, but it's not the answer she was expecting...Ever wonder what the world would be like today if we had chosen to "Just Say No" to drugs in the 1960s? This 2010 Beatles fiction novel is as pertinent today as it was back then.“How I Met The Beatles” revisits the British invasion of 1964 and explores the issue of celebrity idol worship. It is the story of a young, innocent ’tween-aged girl named Priscilla Casey, her dream to meet The Beatles, and her journey toward emotional and spiritual maturity.Hero worship in sports and entertainment is so universal that people of all ages and religious persuasions can identify with it. This multigenerational aspect creates an opportunity for dialog between parents who lived through the tumultuous 1960s, and their children whose lives are still affected by the social and moral upheaval that occurred.Priscilla leaves her childhood friends in Salinas, California and moves to the family’s thirty-acre homestead. Although settling in to her new country life holds its challenges, they are minuscule compared to the hurdles she faces transitioning into adolescence. This book uses the onslaught of The Beatles, and the concurrent social changes, as a vehicle to explore idol worship and the disillusionment that results. It touches on peer pressure, sibling rivalry, work ethics, handling disappointment, drug abuse, and young love.It also contains a multicultural element, as Priscilla and her family form friendships with a Hispanic-American family.Many of Priscilla’s most insightful passages were written by me as a struggling twelve-year-old. This creates an element of authenticity that cannot be reproduced by an adult looking back.

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    FEROCITY Chapter Four through Eight

      Michael Callinglast
FEROCITY Chapter Four through Eight

FEROCITY CHAPTER FOUR THROUGH EIGHT. Jack Tide's life continues to get complicated and dangerous. Sunset and his men make their move forcing Jack to act on his assassination of the senator. Meanwhile the mystery of Keira is solved when he finally sees her again, with less than perfect results. To compound problems, now he must survive the Indians and pass his Humanities test.Destiny brings a thirteen year old boy and girl together in a wilderness when she escapes from kidnappers and he flees enemy soldiers. Her name is Caelia and she comes from a community hidden in a cavern. He has spent all his life hiding and only learned his true identity two days earlier. They journey together searching for her family and the secret buried chest he seeks.Elsewhere, a remarkable young woman named Graice travels with her mentor Sybille and a man named Holder. Sybille has foreseen that Graice is needed for a task vital to the world in Abbelôn, the beautiful peaceful city captured years earlier by brutal men called the Zafiri – and Sybille’s visions are never wrong. Continuing her efforts begun in Part I of the story, Graice does her best to help Holder, who lost his memory around the same time Abbelôn fell. She and Sybille already know he was once someone important. With the help of the man known as the Wise One of Lucidus and others, they continue the seemingly hopeless journey toward Abbelôn. Across the land, anxiety increases. An army raised by the Zafiri threatens Anglio, a small city on the edge of the civilized world. The pompous monarchs of the Great Cities promise aid but are really only concerned about their own vanity. Fortunately, arms makers in those Cities have invented powerful weapons named for an old word meaning destruction – cannons. Without the approval of their own rulers, a small group of men rush to deliver these weapons before Anglio is attacked.In Zigor, home of the Zafiri, enemies not only have weapons of their own but also breed monstrous beasts. Yet their preparations for the war move slowly. Deceit, mistrust, and jealousy are standard character traits among the Zafiri; and the the Overlords who rule spend more time blaming, backstabbing, and conniving against each other than anything else.When Graice and Holder reach the Pàçian Mountains, they enter the caverns of Annâles-Scientia – Caelia’s home. The people there recognize Holder, calling him by his real name Breyon, and rejoice at his return. Graice discovers that the amulet she wore as a newborn (the only survivor of a shipwreck) is more important than she ever could have expected. Thanks to Graice, Breyon recovers his complete memory and now knows the tragedy of his past.Having been raised in secret, the boy actually knows little about his own background, but Caelia still recognizes who he really is. When they find a buried book about the history of his family, it confirms her guess. “You must come home with me,” she insists and he agrees, but they suddenly realize that Annâles-Scientia isn’t home for either of them – Abbelôn is. They can’t go there yet, but a wild ride on the mighty horse Glori takes them to the caverns. When the two burst through the entrance, the people there – Pàçians – rejoice to see Caelia and gasp in astonishment at him. In the middle of all the people – his people, not just Caelia’s – he declares his identity. The only four people who can free Abbelôn and save the world are now united.

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    Room Service & Other Short Stories

      Sheena Lopez
Room Service & Other Short Stories

This collection of short stories is particularly for a person who may enjoy mystery, drama and a bit of traditional romance."Room Service" "Shards of Red" and "Red Dirt" are about people who have varied situations in their lives. Friendships are broken, careers are at stake, and an elderly romance is on the brink of being lost. Each story has a surprise ending and leave the reader wanting to know a bit more in these somewhat relatable dramas we call life.

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    Right or Wrong?

      Stephen Michael
Right or Wrong?

is it right or wrong? are there situations where the wrong becomes right or vice versa? you'll find out for yourself when you read this emotionally disturbing short story.Sometimes, it's very difficult to draw the thin line between what is right and what is wrong. A case at hand is the one provided in this heart aching short story... how is this wrong? Is something wrong because there are circumstances that made it so or is it wrong because there is a universal judge? These questions and others are humorous implied in this short story. Michael is perhaps crazy enough to put all of us in a place where we are the ones to answer the question for him.

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    Mark of Evil

      Tim LaHaye
Mark of Evil

Economies have fallen, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant memory. The world is falling apart. Joshua Jordan's protege Ethan March, along with Jimmy Louder and Rivka Reuban have been left behind in a world that is rapidly coming under the complete influence of the Antichrist. Technology is growing by leaps and bounds, with BID-Tag implants, robotic police units, and drone-bots flying overhead... all designed to control and dominate those who resist the Antichrist's reign of evil. As Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to eat, to procure necessary goods, and to avoid the Global Alliance -- in short, to survive. But when the forces of evil attempt to pervert the world's most powerful information system to their own sinister ends, eliminating everyone who gets in their way, it's up to Ethan and the Remnant to subvert their dark ambitions.


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