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Now he has three days before his funeral to live the way men used to live: restricted to one life where one mistake could be his last. One character thinks in phonetic English. Vosill, a lowly female, becomes physician to ailing King Quience, while warrior DeWar is the personal bodyguard go Gen. Both are mistrusted as outsiders and, although they never meet, both are connected.

They were attacks of incredible proportion -- gigadeathcrimes. But the war ended, and life went on. Now, eight hundred years later, light from the first explosion is about to reach the Masaq' Orbital, home to the Culture's most adventurous and decadent souls. There it will fall upon Masaq's 50 billion inhabitants, gathered to commemorate the deaths of the innocent and to reflect, if only for a moment, on what some call the Culture's own complicity in the terrible event.

Ferbin locates his sister, Djan, in the Culture, a technologically advanced interstellar civilization, and the siblings seek revenge against their father's killer. At its heart lies the sensualist and master art forger, Gentle, whose life unravels when he encounters Judith Odell, whose power to influence the destinies of men is vaster than she knows, and Pie 'oh' pah, an alien assassin who comes from a hidden dimension.

That dimension is one of five in the great system called Imajica. They are worlds that are utterly unlike our own, but are ruled, peopled, and haunted by species whose lives are intricately connected with ours. As Gentle, Judith, and Pie 'oh' pah travel the Imajica, they uncover a trail of crimes and intimate betrayals, leading them to a revelation so startling that it changes reality forever.

His only connections with the past are computer messages he apparently left to himself. As he pieces his history together, he learns some very unpleasant things about himself and the world during his long lifetime. Soldier, criminal, assassin, and spy appear to be some of his previous occupations. As perpetual storms threaten to decimate Earth's population, politicians, scientists, and visionaries grope for solutions while ordinary people struggle to stay alive. Braille Amazon cheap. Then, when his father dies suddenly, George stumbles onto a family secret: a sister he never knew existed.

A twin named Rosa, raised in Rome by an enigmatic cult. Hoping to find the answers to the missing pieces of his life, George sets out for the ancient city. Once in Rome, he learns from Rosa the enthralling story of their distant ancestor, Regina, an iron-willed genius determined to preserve her family as the empire disintegrates around her. It was Regina who founded the cult, which has mysteriously survived and prospered below the streets of Rome for almost two millennia. The Order, says Rosa, is her real family. They are all so young and so very much alike.

Wells' classic novel of the same name had fallen into government hands? That's the question that led Stephen Baxter to create this modern-day sequel, which combines a basic Wellsian premise with a Baxteresque universe-spanning epic. The Time Traveller, driven by his failure to save Weena from the Morlocks, sets off again for the future. But this time the future has changed, altered by the very tale of the Traveller's previous journey. Imaginatively created from the true lives and real events.

A petty crook puts on the suit, becomes clever, strong, and rich, and experiences some mind-bending adventures in space. Because Old Earth treats its women as subservient, they have no female ambassadors, but Angelo and Vincent are gay—or "gentle"—and though they are shunned by the dictatorial government they serve, they're the only negotiators acceptable to the Amazonian rulers. The two men arrive ostensibly to return stolen art, a show of goodwill that will hopefully reopen long-stalled diplomacy between the two governments.

In truth, they have been sent in an effort to secure, by any means necessary, the secret to the mysterious power source that runs Amazonia. Playing the deceitful powers against each other, however, Angelo and Vincent are really working toward an agenda of their own, one that will decide the fate of humanity itself. Their quest for a safer home tangles with their society's own quest for safety, as the descendents of an artificial intelligence and the genetically engineered crew battle for control to save the ship from an impending supernova.

In our time, three people who can alter the course of fate, a murky past, and the dreams of a decaying city at the end of time are brought together by a newspaper ad and into the hands of collectors of their kind. Back in the future, the strange characters include keepers and the Librarian, who seek to protect history, and others who welcome Chaos. As the lines of fate and possibility collapse toward inevitability, the three fateshifters resort to the tenuous protection of a Seattle warehouse full of books as a storm that threatens to destroy everything approaches.

If the trio survives and holds onto memory through the disaster, memory will begin again, the long decay of reality will end, and mysteries will be solved in the eye of the storm.

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Ives, is devastated by murder and surrounded by mayhem in the midst of an uproar over and battles to possess a wondrous machine with the power to travel through Time itself. It will make me happy the rest of my life to think I have served my patron—my benefactor—the only friend I possess. Long was the conference, and sleepless the couch, of Mr. The next day he was gone and I only had a memory of him. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Growing up among the powerful and privileged, formal-wear designer Sandra Woolcott learned early on to never show weakness—just smile and hold your head high. Army Ranger, is having trouble adjusting back to civilian life.

The answer is evil and all too human, as governments put the kids in camps to protect regular folks from imagined dangers. Mitch and Kaye, scientists whose daughter Stella is swept up in the fray, become unwillingly involved in the politics that erupt around the issue of the new humans. Meantime, in Soviet Georgia, Kaye Lang, a microbiologist, is investigating a massacre site, where pregnant women were exterminated.

These events relate by way of elliptical scientific reasoning to a retrovirus being hunted by U. Called SHEVA, it causes genetic mutations in embryos and may also be an agent of evolution, ushering into being a new race of humans. Now a daring expedition plans to do the impossible: return the Jurassic giants to the wild. Two filmmakers, a circus trainer, a journalist, and a young Peter Belzoni must find a way to take the dinosaurs across oceans, continents, rivers, jungles, up a mountain that has been isolated for 70, years Exploration shows that it is divided into seven man-made, hollowed-out chambers, indicating that it had been inhabited.

Scientists discover that it was built by Earth people, but in the far distant future, and that a nuclear war is imminent. It becomes crucial that theoretical mathematician Patricia Vasquez discover why the former habitants left and where they went. As political rivals, inhuman alien intelligences, and travelers from alternate worlds meet in a corridor of possibilities, the destiny of the world hinges on the fragility of human choice. Naked, disoriented, and forced by extreme temperature and gravity fluctuations to find safety somewhere among a confusing network of passageways, the man eventually receives help from an odd assortment of fellow Dreamtime refugees.

Taking stock of their surroundings, while avoiding onboard killing machines, the gang quickly realizes the starship has given them each a unique role to play, including discovering collectively why the ship has been seriously damaged and cast aside from its mission to seek out habitable worlds. While opposing political factions on Mars battle for the support of colonists, scientists make a staggering scientific breakthrough that at once fuels the conflict and creates a united Mars front, as the technically superior Earth tries to take credit for it.

Backed against a wall, colonial leaders are forced to make a monumental decision that changes the future of Mars forever. That crime and that question lead a biotransformed policewoman to a jungle of torture and forgotten gods; a writer to the Bohemian shadows of a vast city; and a scientist directly into the mind - into the nightmare soul - of the psychopath himself. Yet when cutting-edge researcher Hal Cousins travels deep below the ocean's surface in a two-man submersible, seeking primitive lifeforms that may hold the key to immortality, his pilot attacks him.

Barely surviving, Hal maneuvers the sub to the surface--and finds a fellow scientist has shot up his research ship. Then his lab is destroyed, his twin brother leaves a mysterious message saying they're both being pursued by an unknown force, and his sister-in-law calls to tell him his twin, who is also researching life extension, has been murdered. Someone or something has already discovered the secret of eternal life. It has immense power and influence, and it will stop at nothing to protect its secret. The last P. Little does Lou know that the search is going to put her up against a murderous tycoon, brutal police, her abusive ex-husband, and a powerful AI-or that Kid is far, far more than he seems.

Their prey is the Aleph--an unknowable alien artifact that roamed and ruled Ganymede for countless millennia. Indescribable, infinitely dangerous, the Aleph haunts men's dreams and destroys all efforts to terraform Ganymede into a habitable planet. Now in a modern world ancient struggle is joined, as a boy seeks manhood, a man seeks enlightenment, and a society seeks the power to rule the universe. Eventually, it began engulfing ancient civilizations in its never-ending roaming across the expanse of time and space.

When it reaches the edge of Earth's solar system, three scientists, Benjamin Knowlton, his wife Channing, and their friend and colleague Kingsley Dart, take on the fight to prevent the black hole, named Eater, from annihilating the Earth. He persuades Mission Control to let him put it in a large fissure he discovered, so it would be even more effective. They let him. In the fissure, Nigel discovers strips of metal worked in obviously artificial patterns.

Enter John Axelrod, eccentric billionaire and space aficionado. His Consortium launches a bare-bones Mars expedition that is closely followed by a Chinese-European attempt, and the race for Mars is on. Landing on the Red Planet, veteran astronaut Julia Barth and her comrades run into difficulties.

Their return craft has suffered serious damage and may not be repairable. Even if they can lift off, they discover that their nuclear-powered Chinese-European competitor, although launching later than they did, may have the sheer power necessary to return to Earth first. Then, after months of fruitless searching, Julia discovers evidence of life on Mars. But the mission's brilliant robot leader, R. Daneel Olivaw, has discovered a potential enemy far deadlier--and closer--than he ever imagined. One of his own kind. One day the device malfunctions.

He stumbles upon the scene of a murder about to take place. Unable to convince authorities to look into the matter, he launches his own investigation. Unimat Incorporated is trying to stop the destruction by introducing a new building material. Special interests are up in arms. Environmentalists blame technology for the problem and want a different solution. Steel workers worry about jobs and safety. Now someone has hired a contract killer to stop the project.

How can Abledan expose the killer without becoming a target? III started. Three more followed. The time is The earth is now sunless and people live underground. Report of a planet that is everything ours once was provokes an exploration ship from the Sinoeuropean Federation, tailed by ones from the Aramerussian and Samurai military empires.

Meanwhile, an incredible energy source is detected beneath the iced-over ruins of the Inca Empire. In doing so, he becomes the pathfinder of man's destiny among the stars. The cultists intend to marry the girl to the grotesque son of their leader. Later, they make new lives for themselves in the fabulous, horrific and corrupt city of Ashamoil, where beautiful artists occasionally turn into sphinxes, babies are born half crocodile, flowers spring from freshly dead corpses and drunken priests work useless miracles.

Characters love to discuss theology, aesthetics and ethics, and they're prone to obsessive love affairs with inappropriate partners. They're also capable of committing cold-blooded and gruesome murder with little or no remorse. Joshua Kampa, is torn between two worlds—the Early Pleistocene Africa of his dreams and the twentieth-century reality of his waking life.

These worlds are transposed when a government experiment sends him over a million years back in time. Here, John builds a new life as part of a tribe of protohumans. But the reality of early Africa is much more challenging than his fantasies. With the landscape, the species, and John himself evolving, he reaches a temporal crossroads where he must decide whether the past or the future will be his present.

The mothballed, never-used, joint U. On board, in addition to the movie crew, is a stowaway teenage girl, who, when the leading lady does not awaken from suspended animation, gets her big chance to become a movie queen--maybe. Back on Earth, business mergers are threatening not only her chances, but also that of the entire voyage, as Mission Control goes bankrupt and can no longer provide the sophisticated course correction the Mary Poppins requires.

Anthony's Church, driven by a compulsive urge to silence the bells. In a deserted alley, a random victim is consumed by a torrent of flames. And in the light of day, a man named Walt Stebbins receives a glass jar containing the preserved body of a bluebird. As Walt unravels the mystery of the bird in a jar, he will learn that the battle between good and evil is raging every day, where you would least expect it.

Here, a night of bangers and ale at the local pub can result in an eternity at the Blood Pudding with the rest of the reanimated dead. Ives, is devastated by murder and surrounded by mayhem in the midst of an uproar over and battles to possess a wondrous machine with the power to travel through Time itself. An astutely told science fiction adventure laced through and through with humanity, reflection, high escapades, drama, and coming to grips with the terrible specter of death. Southern California -- sunny days, blue skies, neighbors on flying bicycles It is a place of wonder A place rife with adventure - if one knows where to look for it.

Two such seekers are the teenagers Jim Hastings and his friend, Giles Peach. Giles was born with a wonderful set of gills along his neck and insatiable appetite for reading. Will he reach the center of the earth? Not only do they lack the seven deadly sins, they also lack original sin. And without any sort of religious framework, they have created the Christian ideal world, one that humans would be eager to study and emulate. But is it too perfect?

And what role does Egtverchi, the young Lithian raised on Earth, play? Is he an innocent victim of circumstance, or will he bring about the Dies Irae, the day of the wrath of God, upon the earth? His battle to realize his dream results in two momentous discoveries: anti-gravity and the secret of immortality. In A Life for the Stars , it is centuries later and antigravity generations have enabled whole cities to lift off the surface of the earth to become galactic wanderers.

In Earthman, Come Home , the nomadic cities revert to barbarism and marauding rogue cities begin to pose a threat to all civilized worlds. In the final novel, The Triumph of Time , historyrepeats itself as the cities once again journey back in to space making a terrifying discovery which could destroy the entire Universe. But David is a prisoner -- a captive of the colony that created him -- destined to spend the days of his life in an island-sized cylinder that circles a doomed and desperate home planet.

Thousands of miles below him, a world trembles; its people cringe in terror and despair in anticipation of an impending apocalypse. And as Earth's boundaries, fate has cast one extraordinary human in the role of savior. For David Adams has a plan -- one that will ultimately ensure the salvation of his species. Dangerously skeptical, Archer gets involved in subversion when he discovers that some fellow scientists are conducting unauthorized experiments e. The latter involves a liquid-filled spaceship-cum-submarine whose crew has been surgically modified to breathe liquid and communicate through electronic implants with the ship and one another.

The mission succeeds by the skin of its teeth with the help of sapient Jovians--free-floating entities, each the size of a small asteroid. On touchdown, he is so overwhelmed with the emotion of the moment that he utters a Navajo phrase instead of the political statement he is supposed to read. This sets off a chain reaction among the leaders and politicians on Earth. Thus starts Bova's sprawling space opera. The expedition, seen from Jamie's point of view, is really the protagonist here. The story is filled with lots of characters of different nationalities and there's plenty of political intrigue.

But even as former astronaut Paul Stavenger seeks to turn a handful of leftover government moon shelters into a full-fledged moonbase, powerful corporate forces are aligning against him. Halliday, seems determined to single-handedly turn an embittered nation around from economic, political, and social ruin. No one could be prouder than his devoted press secretary Meric Albano. But is the President accomplishing this monumental task alone? After one of the President's rare public appearances, a derelict is found dead nearby. A derelict who not only looks like the President, but whose blood, retinas, even fingerprints match those of the man in charge.

Is the real President, the man Albano swore loyalty to, still in office? Is this part of a plot to topple American democracy? Al-Bashir has powerful allies, among them oil magnate Wendell T. Garrison, but Dan can turn to his own friends, including a female staff member who penetrates al-Bashir's organization. Among them are Malcolm Eberly, recruited by the Holy Disciples from a prison in Vienna with strict instructions to ensure the population chooses the path of righteousness.

Eberly agrees to his covert task, confident he can impose his own rule, but he finds that gaining control is harder than he thought. Holy Disciple spies continually get in his way, while one of his subordinates murders for a promotion. Blackmail, subterfuge and another planned murder pile on top of Eberly's machinations to rig an election. Racing against one another for the prize are Alex's aimless younger brother, Van the story's narrator, who's just been disowned by Martin , and legendary asteroid-miner Lars Fuchs, who detests Martin as much as Martin detests Van.

Van's expedition goes bad early on; high above Venus, colonies of alien "bugs" eat through his ship's hull, forcing him and his crew, several of whom die, to seek refuge on Fuchs's stronger craft. The Time Rangers, Apollo's chosen servants, are in charge of preserving the peace and harmony along the Time Stream, the pathway between various worlds and times, but Apollo has given them a new task—to protect Timothy Macauley, the chosen one who must become the president of the United States or else witness the destruction of humankind.

Standing in the Rangers's way are other gods: Mercury, who's working his wiles in the world of public relations; Diana, cruising New York City in the guise of an NYPD detective; Pluto, who is in the process of grooming his successor; and Dionysus, who has caused the annihilation of an alternate world. His wife spends all day with her television "family," imploring Montag to work harder so that they can afford a fourth TV wall. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube.

When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.

Rarely encountered in daylight hours, their children are curious and wild; their old ones have survived since before the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. And some sleep in beds with lids Written in the s, the chronicles drip with nostalgic atmosphere--shady porches with tinkling pitchers of lemonade, grandfather clocks, chintz-covered sofas. But longing for this comfortable past proves dangerous in every way to Bradbury's characters--the golden-eyed Martians as well as the humans. Starting in the far-flung future of , expedition after expedition leaves Earth to investigate Mars.

The Martians guard their mysteries well, but they are decimated by the diseases that arrive with the rockets. Colonists appear, most with ideas no more lofty than starting a hot-dog stand, and with no respect for the culture they've displaced. Brin raises questions not only of understanding but of ethics, for a "patron" race may genetically uplift another only to indenture them. The various uplifted inhabitants of Garth must battle their overlords or face ultimate extinction. At stake is the existence of Terran society and Earth, and the fate of the entire Five Galaxies.

Nest is also being tailed by John Ross, a shining Knight of the Word who wants to keep her from the Feeders' jaws. Meanwhile, in the real world that dominates the novel, Nest Freemark is being stalked by a handsome, evil classmate who she has rejected, and a pack of surly, insurgent striking steelworkers plot a bombing at the company's Fourth of July picnic.

The boy and the bombers are unaware that they're being subconsciously manipulated by the Demon. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara--Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested. To save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him But then an archeology team accidentally activates a terrible weapon: a weapon that will destroy the entire colony, and its star, if they cannot deactivate it.

The Biolathe Corporation is sending a spaceship to study the dragonlike form, determine whether it is of natural or artificial origin, and, perhaps, return with a specimen. The round-trip voyage will take about three years of the crew's subjective time; meanwhile, years will have passed on Earth. Eagerly joining the crew of three men and two women, exobiologist Sam Fisher becomes ever more obsessed with what he considers his dragon. The colony is also the source of rhapsody, a potent drug, and when a friend overdoses under odd circumstances, Vaughan suspects a connection. He and cop Jimmy Chandra set off for Verkerk's World and soon uncover a plot around a rhapsody-fueled religion.

And there's no shortage of possibilities: the Gottschalk cartel is fomenting trouble among the knees in order to sell their latest armaments to the blanks; which ties in nicely with the fact that something big is brewing with the X Patriots. And then there's the story that just falls into his lap: the one that suggests that the respected director of the New York State Mental Hospital is a charlatan Is this private nightmare the result of a massive official cover-up?

Or is it somehow connected with rumours of gigantic flying monsters in the skies? Then the mysterious substance responds to music and begins to move, and Reilly becomes convinced of its sentience. When it kills a man, scientist Roman Sacony, whose company owns the pond, is determined to utterly destroy the emerging life form, while CJ insists on trying to save it. Clearly, only a mad man or a suicidal maniac could explore its horrible secrets. All his life, Al Barker has toyed with death.

So when the US lunar programme needs a volunteer to penetrate a murderous labyrinth, alien to all human comprehension, Barker's the man to do it. But what is required of Barker is that he withstand the trauma of dying, not just once, but time and time and time again Millions are dead, and the rest have been shuttled into clades. When Rigo, who is working his way up from the poverty of the San Jose clade, is invited to travel to the asteroid being colonized with the aid of the warm-blooded plants that he has been working with, he knows that if he wants to move up in the corporate world, he must go.

Concurrently, his social-worker girlfriend decides to hide her newest case, Ibrahim, a child suffering clade-incompatibility, at Rigo's mother's place when the secret police come for him. She and Rigo discover that Rigo's reclading somehow provides the pherions Ibrahim needs to survive and that there is a conspiracy to maintain the status quo through slave pherions. Rigo has fallen into the middle of this plot and also into position to help start the revolution of reclaiming the biodiversity of the past. Resisting enormous pressure to abort her son, Cordelia struggles to keep her unborn child--transferred to a uterine replicator--alive while thwarting plans by a ruthless opponent to murder the young emperor and assume absolute power over all of Barrayar.

The suspicious impoundment of a trade fleet quickly escalates into kidnapping and murder and threatens war. Vorkosigan's superior diplomatic tact is required to keep the peace. Not only is he deformed and undersized but he has a cloned brother who gets into a jam in the free enterprise plague spot known as Jackson's Whole.

Miles tries to help his brother but ends up injured, placed on cryogenic suspension and then lost in intergalactic limbo. Swordplay and sorcery sweep sensitive, sensible year-old Ista into Chalion's border stronghold of Porifors, where enemy Roknari incursions and demons from the Fifth God's hell threaten Ista's realm, held precariously at bay by the charismatic Arhys dy Lutez. Ista's romantic quest to save Arhys and his magnetic half-brother, Illvin, teems with equal parts of unearthly magic and down-to-earth quasi-medieval lore.

Although survival in this shattered and pitiless future is difficult, Sparrow has the help of new friends. But then he gets caught up in the horrors of a struggle between two Horsemen, the last survivors of a group of powerful telepaths. The novel is an early example of science fiction, sometimes cited as the first of this genre.

However, many early readers believed that its account of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called Vril was accurate, to the extent that some theosophists accepted the book as truth. Joyriding through the countryside in a stolen car, they break into an isolated cottage and maul the young couple living there, beating the husband and raping his wife. In a metafictional touch, the husband is a writer working on a manuscript called "A Clockwork Orange," and Alex contemptuously reads out a paragraph that states the novel's main theme before shredding the manuscript.

Freud's discovery of the subconscious is interpreted as a televised novel; Trotsky's views on socialism are treated in a Broadway musical; and the achievements of space flight are honored in a science fiction story about the end of the world. Many saw them as demons or gods. Those who opposed them simply disappeared Unknown to all but the very few, this group slowly infiltrated world organizations and financial institutions with a singular goal--to control the world's economic system.

Now fast-forward to the year The Illuminati has succeeded in placing one of their people in the office of the presidency of the United States. With the worldwide launch of a financial system known as Data-Net, they suddenly have the power to single out groups of people and control their money, fuel, and food supply.

How do you escape an unknown enemy operating at the highest levels who can track your every move? And how do you defeat a society that practices ancient rituals and appears to have power beyond the grave? Initially a captive of the four-armed green men, John Carter's prowess as a swordsman earns him the fealty of his captors and the love of beautiful princess. Included in The Mars Chronicles, available in Braille. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a novella exclusive to this collection that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of Changes.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.

And soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers -- or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny. Cabell's allegorical novel recounts romances with Guenevere and The Lady of the Lake and confrontations with God and the Devil. He's a Maker; he has the knack of understanding how things are put together, how to create them, repair them, keep them whole, or tear them down.

He can heal hearts as well as bones, he build a house, he can calm the waters or blow up a storm. Alvin has been trying to avert the terrible war that his wife, Peggy, a torch of extraordinary power, has seen down the life-lines of every American. Now she has sent him down the Mizzippy to the city of New Orleans, or Nueva Barcelona as they call it under Spanish occupation. Alvin doesn't know exactly why he's there, but when he and his brother-in-law, Arthur Stuart, find lodgings with a family of abolitionists who know Peggy, he suspects he'll find out soon. Peter, along with his parents, must flee the planet temporarily, only to discover plots within plots at the site of the now dismantled Battle School.

Meanwhile, Bean, accompanied by his wife, Petra, comes to terms with his body: he won't stop growing, and he's doomed to a short life. He and Petra seek out the man who manipulated his genes in order to have him create children without the same problem, only to have the embryos stolen. Bean and Petra race against time to try to rescue their unborn children while keeping Peter apprised of world events. He is a Witness--privileged to spend his days and nights observing the life of one of Earth's most brilliant scientists through digital recording devices behind his eyes.

In his heart is the desire to please, not just to avoid the pain his owner can inflict with a word, but because he loves her. Lovelock is on a voyage he did not choose.

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What human would consider the feelings of a capuchin monkey, no matter how enhanced? But Lovelock is something special among Witnesses--he's a little smarter than most humans; smart enough to break through some of his conditioning. Smart enough to feel the bonds of slavery, and want freedom. Returning home, he tells of his sighting of the long-lost phantom ship Impris, and his subsequent capture by the Kyber.

But accused of collaboration with the pirates, his only hope for vindication is a journey in the company of amphibious alien riggers on a suicide mission. The alien quarx that soon inhabits his mind is humanity's first contact with an alien life. The quarx, part of an ancient galactic civilization that manipulates chaos theory to predict catastrophic events, seeks to prevent a cometary collision that could destroy the Earth.

But it must have help. If Bandicut chooses to trust the quarx, he must break all the rules--indeed, sacrifice his life as he knows it--to prevent humanity's greatest cataclysm. Under order from the Diplomatic Corps, Counselor Andrea Cort has come to this cylinder world where an indentured human community hangs suspended high above a poisoned, acid atmosphere. Her assignment is to choose a suitable homicide suspect from among those who have sold their futures to escape existences even worse than this one. And no matter where the trail leads her she must do nothing to implicate the hosts, who hold the power to obliterate humankind in an instant.

Circumstances, however, have drawn her into a vast, complicated power struggle, as the uneasy relations among several spacegoing species are enflamed by the arrival of the first humans. Armed skirmishes are rare, but hostage-taking, torture and betrayal become standard. In this amalgam of strains from current international politics the Mideast particularly , each race harbors several factions fighting to enact their own agendas and willing to deal with their ostensible enemies to come out on top.

Thus, the ambitious kif Sikkukut releases his hostages to Chanur only after she agrees to help him seize Meetpoint station. The arrangement soon becomes a tangle of interstellar intrigue as Hilfy and her crew battle kidnappers, assassins, and smooth politicians while fighting their own inborn prejudices. But Tully is back, bringing with him a priceless trade contract with human space.

A contract which would mean vast power, riches, and a new hornet's nest for Pyanfar and the Pride. As a result, the people live in walled cities and owe their lives to the nighthorses, equines who can bond with certain riders and provide a telepathic "buffer". But one savage winter, young Danny Fisher and his nighthorse Cloud lead the survivors of a deadly telepathic attack to shelter high in the snowbound mountains--only to discover their "sanctuary" threatened by a vicious predator never before known to humans.

Murder, politics, and genetic manipulation provide the framework for the latest Union-Alliance novel by the author of Downbelow Station. But Pell's location on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter makes her to focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

Hugo winner. In an era of spies, pirate traders, and uneasy alliances, the Company Wars are now over, the hunt for the fleet is winding down, and the ship is coming home to reclaim her trade routes.


Having lost an entire generation, the youngest crew members, bred and trained for war, must face their most critical battle of all--survival in a time of lasting peace. There was a star gate in Azeroth marked by alien fires and this, too, Morgaine must seal. But they brought to that peaceful land devastation and terror.

For the hordes of Shiuan were hot on their heels, determined to conquer new lands for themselves and to avenge their lost planet upon the legendary White Queen, who was Morgaine. In Azeroth, though, there was a new factor besides mankind. On that third planet the pre-human qhal still reigned. And the qhal were beyond and above human science. When Bren Cameron, the current paidhi, becomes the target for assassination in a culture where licensed murder is a recognized political solution, the conflict between species becomes a life-and-death struggle for survival and understanding. The compelling plot line moves at such a pace that the reader is never bored or confused.

As a part of the ATU anti-terrorism unit , Keeno has seen it all, but this case proves to be trickier than the others, involving domestic terrorism, a menacing religious cult with an exorbitant amount of power, and the national news media. Keeno and his team must solve this case, before more get hurt, but the further down the rabbit hole they go, the more insidious the case becomes. The more you read The One , the more suspicious you get, and the more desperate you get for a resolution. The story keeps its reader on their toes, and nothing is easily predicted.

The writing is strong, the plot even stronger, and the ending will keep the reader up at night. The only possible weakness comes from the minor characters, who become more caricatures than actual, fleshed-out participants in the story. Where Keeno and his case shine, the rest of the cast fades into the snowy, bleak background.

The One finds its strength in the many moving parts of the story, which accounts for any flaws present. A thriller to the end, The One will satiate even the pickiest of crime novel readers. Screwed Up World by Tim Shumaker. Jay Storm wakes up on a cold winter morning like any other normal day. He gets ready for school, he meets up with his friends, and he goes with them to their morning homeroom class. They all band together and try to figure out what could be happening.

When they see some of their fellow students acting like rabid animals and unaffected by pain, they realize something is very wrong. Once Jay and his friends discover life as they knew it is over, they team up and fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world that has become overrun by zombies.

Tim Shumaker puts forth a fun story about a world overrun by zombies with Screwed Up World. The audience finds a friendly and knowledgeable narrator in Jay Storm, a teenager living in a seemingly quiet suburb. The action and adventure start right away as the audience learns of the zombie outbreak in the first couple of pages. Long chapters help the audience keep up with the pacing of the story. With frequent twists and turns, the action continues throughout the entire narrative. While Jay and his friends are fun characters, it can be hard to keep up with all six of them in the beginning.

Ultimately the reader will enjoy the action-packed story and will be waiting for more after the cliffhanger ending. Some Are Shadows by David Sayre. The Miami Police department has a different set of priorities from private investigator Ben Sheen. It becomes up to him to find out who strangled Etta Childs and left her dead on the floor. As Sheen begins to investigate who killed the singer, he realizes this is a dirty case.

In order to solve this murder, Sheen will go up against influential political powers, as well as old colleagues in the police department. Sheen will need all of his wit and a quick trigger to find out who is trying to stop him and who killed Etta Childs. Will Sheen be able to solve the murder and get the girl? A well-written novel, Some Are Shadows has a reader friendly prose style that will engage readers from start to finish.

Short chapter lengths help to keep the steady pace of the story as Sheen moves through his investigation. Facing multiple obstacles and push back from old police colleagues, Sheen will have to use all the tricks in his book to solve the murder of Etta Childs. The audience will enjoy his resourcefulness and a romantic subplot which makes his investigation more complicated, as Sheen tries to protect his new love interest. Twists and turns will keep the audience engaged to the end. Inside by Scott M.

Hoffman is about the organized crime family, the Outfit. Written from the perspective of Bobby Williams, the eight-year-old son of Jimmy Williams a consigliere of the Outfit. We first meet them in when Jimmy first starts bringing Bobby with him to his Outfit dealings. As a way to start educating Bobby on what this kind of life means, Jimmy exposes him to the wide variety of criminal activities like gambling, loan-sharking, prostitution, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, labor racketeering, adult and child pornography, political corruption, and murder. The characters and events in Inside are composites of real people and real events.

This provides an exciting setting for the audience reading about the Outfit crime family in Chicago. Providing a view of the Outfit through the eyes of Bobby, the son of an Outfit crime boss, is an interesting way to learn about the crime family because he is learning about the Outfit at the same time as the reader.

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Seeing Jimmy through the eyes of his young son engages an interesting father-son dynamic to the story from the get-go. Sub-Sahara by Ethan Arkwright. Sub-Sahara by Ethan Arkwright opens with a team of archaeologists digging in the desert hoping to find a significant discovery of ancient ruins. They eventually uncover what appears to be a tomb with a tunnel at the end and are excited to find out whether their dig will lead them to important historical relics.

Suddenly, and with little warning, a wind storm leaves them trapped in the tomb and isolated in the middle of the Sahara Desert. The archaeologists are able to emerge from the tomb and find that the winds uncovered a massive ancient city with a large silver pyramid at its center. It turns out that the pyramid has a strong energy source still emitting power even after thousands of years.

Soon there is a race for the nations to battle over what could potentially be a new form of energy that could be used for either the greater good or for evil, and a British team of Special Forces agents are at the center of the fight to bring it to scientists to be studied. Most of Sub-Sahara is a detailed account of the fighting that takes place over the mysterious energy source. It starts off fast-paced and extremely intriguing, but seems to go on long enough for the reader to begin to lose interest.

The plot has an interesting premise and good character development, and the reader roots for the leader Cavill and his team the whole way through as they suffer losses and near defeat. It is an action-packed tale of discovery and modern-day battle that is both engaging and extremely enjoyable.

Decoys by Kenneth Tetzel. Decoys is a compelling thriller by Kenneth Tetzel. Wife of an abusive man and daughter of quirky and loving parents finds justice from the grave when her husband, Marcus Crosby, is murdered in cold blood in the driveway of his home. The only witness to the murder is an elderly neighbor, Mrs.

Patterson, who had a strong relationship with Sarah Crosby. Feeling as more of a mother than neighbor to the former Mrs. Crosby, Mrs. Patterson was willing to provide as much as she could recall on the day Mr. Crosby was killed. Gonzalez, daughter of Mexican immigrants that came to the US to find work on the farms, is a determined cop who relies on no one but herself, both in her professional and personal lives. Relationships bloom between suspects and investigators during the investigation, giving this murder mystery a seductive flair.

Kenneth Tetzel webs a story of passion, revenge, guilt, and regret intertwined with memorable characters that readers will easily identify with. The fast-paced investigation is equal parts mystery, love, and affairs that will leave readers guessing until the very end. Decoys will have you laughing, crying, and fighting for justice on every page. Continuously relating the plot to the distinct California setting, readers will easily become immersed in this suspenseful story. Omerta follows the adventures and intrigue of Marko Bennett, a young, handsome man who grew up lavishly as the only son of a LAPD official with Mafia connections.

After over two years serving in the Special Services in Afghanistan, Marko returns to Los Angeles with a hardened mentality that comes in handy as he moves through the ranks of the local organized crime and drug market. Against all odds and by cheating death, Marko rises to the ultimate power while also falling for the passionate woman of his dreams. The drama and action in Omerta is always at the highest level and the authors expertly weave the plot through the ensemble of characters in a way that heightens the adventure, romance, and scheming necessary in a Mafia family.

Many of the characters fall into stereotypical gender roles where the Mafia men are hard, violent men and the women are either young and beautiful or superb cooks and dutiful housewives. Marko is also an unlikable hero who is not actually that heroic. He shows no remorse for the chaos, death, and destruction left in his wake and can never be caught because of the intricate web of connections protecting him.

His love for Georgia redeems him only slightly but his wandering eye undermines any salvation she offers him. Overall, this is an exciting read filled with fast car chases, lavish clubs, and Mafia dynamics that is perfect for fans of organized crime thrillers. Luna Nightcrow is an independent insurance fraud investigator working in Iowa. Running into secessionists, sportsmen, and other suspects who are willing to go to great depths to either recover or hide the Pacific Splendor, Luna must find a way to close her case.

James Blakley starts the story off with a bang as the reader meets Luna closing in on an insurance scheme in Iowa. With mystery, action, and romance The Diamond Head Deception will be a fun read for the audience. The Diamond Head Deception is an entertaining read and the quick thinking and daring Luna Nightcrow will make readers a fan.

Fractured Dreams by Jacqueline Noel Wacaster. Fractured Dream s is about Dave Caster, a former government agent now living secluded in the mountains of West Virginia with his dog. Dave goes on a routine hunting trip one day when he runs into Samantha Corbin, a young woman having trouble with her memory.

He learns Samantha has been brainwashed into becoming a deadly assassin in a plot to eliminate a potential representative of the United States government. Dave is thrust back into the world he left behind as he tries to help Samantha and protect the potential representative. Author Jacqueline Noel Wacaster has delivered an exciting suspense story of government conspiracy.

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With short chapter lengths and reader friendly prose, the pace of the novel is quick. Readers are able to keep up with the twisting story as they find out more about Samantha and the conspiracy. The author has created an interesting foe with the Army of Faith and their elaborate plan to create a deadly assassin with the sole purpose of killing one individual. This is an engaging story about trust, family, and friendship with plenty of surprises along the way, ensuring that readers will be drawn in right to the very end.

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Beyond the Garden Gate by Jo Bradley tells the story of Dave, a father of two struggling with a crumbling marriage and career. However, these goals prove harder than anticipated as Dave encounters characters with ulterior motives which leads to half-truths and paves a convoluted path to justice. Readers are witness to the downfall and ultimate rise of a man as he navigates deeply traumatic events steeped in mystery. The characters Bradley introduces us to in Beyond the Garden Gate are not what they seem. This theme spurs readers to reflect on the nature of their own relationships and how good and evil can manifest.

Within Beyond the Garden Gate , Bradley builds a complex web of interconnectedness between the characters and the strange events that unfold. Every scene and conversation is significant, a deliberate move by Bradley that makes his suspenseful read worth a thorough read. The Glass Demon by Jerry J. The Glass Demon , a screenplay-novel hybrid by Jerry J.

Veit, details the forty-sixth case of clairvoyant-medium William Corgel. As Corgel investigates an apparent haunting in the home of the Glass family, he is forced to deal with the mysteries of his past while fighting the darkest and most dangerous being he has ever encountered. Sure that the Glass family is sincere, and that the haunting is real, Corgel discovers secrets so gruesome and macabre, they would keep him up at night were it not for the booze and pills. In order to rid the home of evil spirits, Corgel must delve deep into his past and reconcile with his own personal demons, all the while the life and eternal soul of young Elizabeth Glass hangs in the balance.

A haunted basement, a feel of unease at 3 A. Rather, it instills a deep and insidious paranoia in its reader. Veit is well versed in all things ghosts, demons, and paranormal activity—that much is apparent within the first few pages. In particular, the scenes with Demonology Professor Mikael are especially captivating, and the reader actually learns something. In the end, despite its familiarity, The Glass Demon does what any good horror novel should do: it scares the hell out of you.

It fails to rise above and beyond, but it succeeds in keeping you up all night. Where the Fulcrum Lies by Matt Lakes. Daniil Kuryakin is a nuclear physicist at the top of his field in the Soviet Russia. After the sudden death of his wife, Daniil struggles to move forward. Feeling lost he becomes haunted by the questionable circumstances of her death. Daniil decides to dedicate his life to finding out the truth about her death, which sends him down a journey intertwined with conspiracy, loss, and love. Finding an ally in a Muscovite woman named Zoya, she helps him navigate this path and confront the forces behind the conspiracy.

Will he be pushed to betray his country? Will he find the answers he is looking for? Author Matt Lakes delivers an intriguing mystery set in Soviet Russia. After the sudden loss of the wife of main character Daniil Kuryakin, the reader becomes aware that a large conspiracy is forming. The author keeps the intrigue with obstacles and twists for Daniil to face, while still trying to maintain a semblance of his former life. A story set during the Cold War delivers conspiracy, loss, and new love.

Lakes builds the tension and mystery as the story progresses, ultimately leading the audience to a climactic ending. Blue Diamond by Judy-Lynn Wheeler. While struggling to adjust to this new life filled with invaded privacy, private security and detrimental secrets, Lin comes face to face with more than she could have bargained for. Upon learning the ropes of the family business, Lin faces more than a troublesome acquisition of assets when her greedy and ill-advised step-brother enters the fold, unwilling to lose what he claims is rightfully his.

Author Judy-Lynn Wheeler creates a landscape that crosses borders and seas at any given moment and welcomes the reader through every given terrain. And one much more dangerous than she could have imagined. Driven by Rick Jacobs Sr. When a run-in with T-Bone and his crew turns deadly, Harwell is driven by revenge to stop him and his gang once and for all. Outnumbered and outgunned, she realizes that sometimes help comes from the most unlikely of sources. Pushed to her breaking point Harwell must make a life-altering decision. An exciting crime thriller Driven pulls readers into the good vs evil fight.

Following a heart-wrenching beginning, the author jumps ten years ahead. An effective time jump, author Rick Jacobs is able to maintain high tension and high drama from start to finish. With a reader-friendly prose style and varying chapter lengths, the novel keeps up a quick pace. Jacobs has created well-developed characters with backstories and at the end provides satisfying glimpses into their futures.

An exciting thriller about crime, family, and the pursuit of justice, readers will be left wanting more from Angela Harwell. With an injury preventing him from serving another tour, Jake has been raising horses on the ranch to support his family. Now mourning the loss of his wife Jake returns to the nearby Lost River Canyon as he looks for solace in the isolated spot. As he attempts to save the victim and resolve the situation Jake realizes he needed saving himself. Mark Zeug draws readers in right away by starting right off with an attempted murder.

He creates the perfect setting for drama with the Lost River Canyon. The cavernous backdrop heightens the tension and the stakes of Jake trying to intervene in the situation. Despite how little time actually is passing in the long chapters, the pace of the story is quick. Zeug keeps the attention of the audience with multiple twists and constant tension.

Jake becomes a multi-dimensional hero in the story as he struggles with his grief and ends up involved in a conspiracy. Beyond the conspiracy and action, this is a story about grief, healing, and companionship. The attempted murder only the beginning of the story, readers will be hooked to the last page. Stalker, My Love by Zack Scott. In their early twenties and still living in their hometown, the motley gang—self-named REM, for Rosalyn, Elliot, and Mimi—attempt to navigate life in a stiflingly small town: Pine Bridge.

Unlike most traditional love stories, this one begins with the would-be knight-in-shining-armor perched in a tree with a pair of binoculars, creepily observing his maiden fair. Clumsily, fumbling, and bumbling, Rhett is caught red-handed by Rosalyn, who promptly threatens to call the authorities on him.

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Meanwhile, her best friend, Elliot Venice, a newly minted deputy, and the supposed love of her life, Earl Wick, a washed up ex-high-school-baseball player, slept together, completely confounding everything the moment Rosalyn winds up a missing person. Spurred by equal measures of love and guilt, she enlists the help of an unlikely gang of fellow officers.

Written compellingly and framed in a brilliant manner, Stalker, My Love turns the genres of romance and thriller on their heads with its novel concepts and fresh style. Further, the dialogue aptly captures the real cadence of modern speech and consequently enthralls the reader—at some points even lulling them into a false sense of security. Stalker, My Love features the kind of writing and fast-paced narrative arc that make its nearly pages fly by seemingly in an instant.

At that point, you may also start to question your own sanity, as whom you can trust becomes less and less clear. If you are at all a fan of mysteries centered on vanished characters, whodunnits where anyone and everyone is under suspicion until the very end, or thrillers that involve elements of dark romance, then Stalker, My Love has your name stamped on its cover. The Illusion by Patrick Garry. A psychological thriller that follows Luke Sellmer as he aims to build the perfect life for himself, all the while grappling with the demons from his dark and troubled past, The Illusion is the kind of novel that will keep you guessing until the last page.

Luke has to try to balance his ambition with the danger that seemingly lurks at every corner. Garry succeeds at creating a complex story, interesting characters, and twists that will be sure to pull readers along for this tumultuous ride. The relationship between Luke and Lauren is multifaceted and brings a great amount of drama to the tale. The book mainly focuses on the murder trial of defendant Mark Botto, who faces the death penalty for killing a beautiful young legal assistant.

Lockman dealing with their daughter contracting AIDS. The different subjects the book delves into make for a memorable novel that touches on many controversial issues.

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It also goes into detail about DNA analysis and other scientific aspects of murder cases in a style that is never boring. Although a few parts of the book feel unrealistic, such as the presence of a ghost in J. Because of this, the reader cares about them deeply. Overall, the storylines and characters are brought together in a way that make for a very enjoyable book. LaVoy is about the kidnapping of four children from the idyllic town of Rivers Bend.

Most of the people of the town prepare for and attend a sports festival where kids and teenagers compete in tournaments. On their way to the festival, two boys and two girls get into the car of a trusted adult friend. Little do they know, they are about to be taken away to a basement where criminals keep them against their will. The kidnappers have devious plans to sell them off to men in the Middle East to be used as sex slaves.

The story tells of the investigation that follows the kidnapping, and how a surprise witness to the crime is able to not only help solve the case, but also help clear the names of the two men who accused of being responsible for this terrible crime. The book opens describing the perfect town of Rivers Bend, telling of its hiking trails, places to hunt, sports teams and stadiums, and other things like a zero unemployment rate that make it a wonderful place to live.

When the children are kidnapped the reader is held in suspense, and will be sure to keep flipping the pages to see what happens next in the unfolding investigation, hoping that there will be a happy conclusion to the story even under such dire circumstances. This book is an intriguing tale of the diligence of the local police officers, the valuable observations of a local woman, and the struggle to bring home four children safely as well as bring the kidnappers to justice.

Well of Rage by Lynn Hesse. The chips are already stacked against her, and most of her superiors are gunning for her career to end before it even begins. Well of Rage by Lynn Hesse is a riveting police thriller filled with drama and suspense. An eloquently written and poignant piece, Well of Rage will keep you turning pages until the very end and leave you wondering what kind of troubling situation Carly Redmund will conquer next. Jane Larson, a New York City lawyer, is enjoying a small break in between cases when her legal assistant, and long time acquaintance, asks her to take on a case as a favor.

She reluctantly agrees and from there an action packed mystery unfolds, filled with danger, crime, and page-turning excitement. Jane is a sarcastic, quick-witted character that is sure to keep readers entertained as she deals with law enforcement, the media, killers, and much more. The authors did an excellent job at developing characters that will grow on the reader and filling this thrilling novel with an abundance of twists and turns.

This book is well written and flows nicely, making it very easy to dive into and enjoy for even the most casual of readers. The plot is complex and has all the elements that make for an attention-grabbing murder mystery. Madness by T. Madness , by T. Raymond, is the second book in his No Sin mystery series. Set in the late twenties, the book begins as Zephyr Davies and his friend No Sin, a young Chinese man, return to the United States on the ship the Malolo, after a series of misadventures in China.

Zephyr is not looking forward to settling into an office job, and No Sin is worried about being admitted to the U. Kaneshiro investigate an industrialist named Horace Willows, who seeks to encourage a war between Japan and China. Madness is a complicated story, with a series of riveting twists and turns that will keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. Raymond seeks to not only write a thriller, but also to engage with the widespread racism against Asians during this period in history.

In this way, Madness offers something for both fans of mysteries and historical fiction. Madness is a good read, and fans will be glad to know there is more to come in this series. Frankie Fiore, an ex-convict who served his time at the notorious prison on Rikers Island, wakes up to a phone call in the middle of the night that the narrator likens to a grenade being tossed through a window.

The call he receives, unbeknownst to him at the time, will forever impact his future. His mentor and a current inmate at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Biff, also known as Aloyisius Rollo, reaches out in the hopes that Frankie will grant him a dying wish of sorts. Matters are further complicated when Biff dies before revealing to Frankie the exact location of the treasure.

The suspense in By Hook or By Crook really matches up with the fervor of the title. The light and jovial manner in which the novel is written also lends itself well to the playful humor of the title: the way both the dialogue and the narrative are written makes the thick and endearing New York accents almost jump off of the pages. Every page presents a new and colorful way of looking at the intensely thrilling world that Frankie is the center of, and each character comes to life in a very real fashion throughout the story.

Jimmy Provitera also bursts into life in a dichotomously contrasting way, as he serves as the direct foil to Frankie Fiore. By the end of the novel, it becomes apparent that the novel centers on the opposing forces of good and evil. Will evil prevail in the end? Will good finally balance the universe out and leave Frankie with an enormous fortune? The Price for Harmony by Jeffrey M. Thompson Jr. So, when the cold case murder of Harmony Bane, a mutilated transgender goth girl, comes across his desk, it is a hard case to resist, but maybe even a harder case to solve.

However, the deeper in that Duke and Shriya get, the more they find that things become darker, more opaque, and possibly even harder to unravel. While the days of classic private eyes and film noir may be behind us, Duke Bradley is still a mind to be reckoned with and a sight to be seen. Seeking out truth, justice, and cigarette money all while keeping his coconut-straw fedora clean, Duke Bradley has certainly earned the title of Private Eye. The Price for Harmony is a good, clean murder mystery if ever there was one.

Throw in some corrupt politicians, a little relationship drama, and a few vampires and Jeffrey M. The Price for Harmony is extremely well-written and perfectly executed, with characters whose foibles make them relatable and lovable. Thompson will actually have you wishing for more murders, just to keep Duke Bradley Private Eye in business.

Oh, and just in case you miss the plug for Storm Ketchum, he is a retiree turned secret detective and it is extremely inadvisable to miss out on his adventures. Forever Bound by J. Part thrilling court drama, part enthralling romance, Forever Bound by J. Millhollin follows the complicated story of determined defense attorney, Rosa Norway, as she attempts to juggle the murder trial of Angelo Bonaventura and her messy love life.

Rosa, in a fog post-drunken-night-out, edges her way out of an awkward situation with an ex. From that moment her feet touch the ground, she never quits running around trying to defend indefensible actions and manage multiple dalliances with lovers current and past. Among the key characters in her fascinating trials and tribulations are David, her prickly ex; Stoney, a handsome former lover and current business partner whose misdeeds land him in the worst sort of trouble; John Winstrom, another complicated lover with piercing blue eyes and a magnetic quality that keeps drawing Rosa back for more; and, of course, Angelo Bonaventura, a dangerous felon with a propensity for having bodies mysteriously pile up around him.

Fans of true crime will delight in J. All in all, Forever Bound by J. End of Days by Bob Rosborough. Ten years later Mitch has become a private detective with his own security and detective agency. After the death of his wife, detective Mitch Hampton has dutifully remained single, but now that his children have grown up and moved to England with his in-laws, he might have a second chance at romance.

Meanwhile, a mysterious club reconvenes for the first time in ten years. Will Mitch finally have the life he desires, or will the past destroy his chance at happiness? Although the twists and turns of the novel are fun, they could have been better executed to create more suspense and to allow the climax of the novel to unfold more clearly.

The characters could also use more development. Although it is obvious that Mitch would be sexually and romantically interested in Anna, it is unclear what the desirable Anna see in an older, chain-restaurant obsessed private investigator. The mystery club is one of the most interesting aspects of the book, but is under utilized. Between these issues with the plot and characterization, the contrived dialogue, and grammar and punctuation issues, the book leaves something to be desired.

Generally the book has a good skeleton, but could have had better execution. Silwan by Philip Graubart. The main character is Judah Loeb, a crime reporter for the L. Times and author of a few true-crime books. Judah is twice divorced, with one fifteen-year-old daughter, Hannah, and trying desperately to stay relevant in a profession that is rapidly dying.

Moshe is an activist who spends most of his time defending Palestinians, particularly in the Silwan area, a Palestinian neighborhood on the fringes of old Jerusalem, the site of intense conflict, as more and more Israelis attempt to settle in the area. Once Judah arrives in Israel, however, with his intrepid daughter Hannah, he quickly realizes there is more going on than some simple investigative journalism.

Moshe is arrested for murdering a Palestinian boy whom he mentored, and Judah is drawn into the investigation and back into his obsession with Ilana, who still cannot, or will not, explain why she broke off their relationship so many years ago. The Rising Tide of Migrants by M. The story begins with worldly MI6 agent Jack Malaney enjoying a clandestine meal with fellow agent, Juliette. Their leisurely meal ends quickly, however, when Juliette attempts to kill Jack in order to keep him from interfering with her plans. Melany, of course, manages to outwit her in true James Bond style.

The story ends, appropriately, with a cliffhanger, as Alexa attempts to fend off Juliette and her agents, while Jack races to her rescue. In addition to the main plot line, Ezadeen manages to inject a compassionate tone through the sub-plot of Jabir, a former child soldier in the Sudan, who, in his quest to protect his young sister, helps to quell one of the first attacks on his way to reuniting with his mother in Naples. Ezadeen subtly makes the case that terrorism is a result of inequality, and what is needed are less weapons and more basic human decency.

The Stone Lantern by Samantha Stevens. Just decide whether to keep the property, lease it, or sell it and then hire someone to help her do that for the most money. He also knows as soon as he sees the tarnished silver belt buckle on the skeleton, that the remains can belong to no one other than Allen Bradford, the father of his high school sweetheart, Jessie Bradford.

The Stone Lantern is a murder mystery, romance, cowboy adventure, and is certainly well-worth the read. The Black Mass by J. Tragedy, enigmatic encounters, and paranormal activity seem to follow Jenna wherever she goes. Luckily, she has her best friend, Andrea, to help her when times get particularly tough. One might think that having one husband mysteriously drop dead would be enough heartache to last a lifetime; Jenna has had two.

First, her husband, Gary, dies suddenly of a heart attack, and shortly thereafter, her new husband, Brandon, disappears altogether. She leaves for France, thinking that a new home will provide her with some shelter from her recent tragedies. Alas, she finds herself even more deeply embroiled in mystery when a strange, red-eyed man follows her around Paris.

With the help of her closest friend and a French detective named Louis, she will try to follow the clues to lead her to the ultimate truth about the black mass. At the root of the story, there is an element of the unknown with the mysterious red-eyed man who follows Jenna and threatens Andrea and the looming black fog that shows up at the most inopportune times, but the paranormal aspect is not so overwhelming as to turn off someone who prefers more realistic thrillers. Readers are forced to wonder what this mystery from the past has to do with anything going on today, creating a suspenseful tale that is sure to keep the pages turning one after another.

By crafting a well-thought-out narrative that ties together two mysteries with unexpected parallels, Camalliere succeeds at entertaining readers with a suspenseful novel that will keep them guessing until the very end. Both timelines are well paced, and the characters are given a great deal of depth. This stunning legal thriller begins in in Lincoln County, as we get to know J. As a lawyer herself, Blair clearly has a great understanding of the criminal justice system, and it shows from the realistic way this case is displayed on the page.

By weaving scenes in the courtroom with personal scenes at home and out and about Lincoln County, the author paints a full picture of the small-town life in the south during the early s, when the public perception of homosexuality was much different than it is today. By perfecting the pace of the novel, the revelations and twists come at just the right time throughout the book, always maintaining mystery, while answering questions and brining up new ones throughout the narrative.

This is an expertly crafted thriller that is sure to keep your interest until the very end. The Eighth Day by Harold Coyle. However, this time, the stakes are changed, the story is more realistic, and the characters are more relatable. The novel succeeds at bringing everything all together, quick enough that the story is always churning forward, but giving each part of the narrative enough space to breathe so that characters can be well-developed, and situations can be thoroughly explained. The mysterious forces that were present in the first book, causing disappearances and unnatural occurrences return in this thrilling novel, as Mitch struggles to figure out what is truly going on.

Walters has succeeded at continuing the suspense and intrigue presented in his first book, and wrapping up all the loose ends with this engrossing tale. Something that makes this book special is the fact that it combines an abundance of seemingly unrelated themes into one creative context. While the first book of the series leaves off with a dramatic cliffhanger, this book does a perfect job of wrapping up the adventure of Mitch Wilde and all the other residents of Outlaw River.

Kahn Ph. Something is not quite right in the house across the street. May 6, Go-go dancers Christina Whitaker, Elizabeth Kaitan flee to Tijuana with a truck-stop waitress Tammara Souza , followed by surf bums and the police. When she hears that several townspeople have seen a strange flying machine inhabited by a tiny alien, she eagerly follows up on their stories. Lured into the local hills to search for the alien, two local girls are trapped inside a cavern by an avalanche.

It is the alien who saves them, and in doing so, he wins the hearts of the citizens of Aurora. Can a terminal womanizer change his ways to support and embrace the woman of his dreams … if only to live with himself? November When a member of an unruly orphanage is adopted out of the Home of the Bleeding Heart, the others take a wild cab ride from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara to rescue him from the bizarre Fitzpatrick family.

Waiting for the Fitzpatricks to return from the police station with their newly adopted son who is already in trouble! After his girlfriend is executed, he vows to get revenge by becoming a gunrunner. In search of the necessary artillery, he returns to his hometown where he makes a deal to buy guns from some treacherous gangsters.

Desperate to raise the gun money, Ted enters into a highly dangerous bootlegging mission that culminates in a bloody ambush. Ted survives, only to discover that he has been betrayed. They take out a personal ad inviting adventurous couples to participate in sexual liaisons. Complications arise when an unexpected love triangle develops between the three friends. Racing legends and leading-edge designers discuss the ultimate high-performance standards that both road and driver demand.

This documentary explores the latest developments and applications of high-tech electronics, aerodynamics and safety at Lockheed, Ford and on the track, as it covers auto racing from the drafting table to the finish line and beyond. December 29, Consummate entertainer Bobby Darin is making a movie about his life.

He begins in the Bronx: a fatherless lad learning music and dance from his mom. April Bruce and Prudence meet through a personal ad and end up hating each other. Using assumed names, they each place a second ad and meet again at the same French restaurant as before. This time, however, Bruce and Prudence find love amidst all the craziness. Gracie and Gilbert take him on adventures, teaching him lessons of manners and courtesy.

May 15, Stefanie Powers portrays the Kenya-bred aviatrix, writer and racehorse trainer. July 1, A Vietnam veteran and NFL star falls prey to an elite group seeking thrills by hunting human beings like animals. January 10, Quint, a professional thief working for the government, hides a computer disc containing vital evidence in a sleek race car known as the Black Moon.

When the car is stolen by a sophisticated car theft ring, Quint goes on the prowl after the culprit, Nina. Passion erupts between the two, and when they join forces, jealous ring leader, Ryland imprisons the pair in a skyscraper protected by a high-tech security system. Determinedly, they attempt an impossible escape! September 19, Harry Joy has always believed that he is a happy, successful man with a loving family.

Then he dies and his whole perception changes when he comes back to life and takes a good look at the world around him. January 26, In Bucharest, Romania, orphaned Vivian was raised by her aunt after losing her parents ten years ago. Her family belongs to a bloodline of werewolves and Vivian is promised to the leader of the pack, Gabriel. When the American cartoonist Aiden, who is researching werewolves for his publisher, meets Vivian, they immediately fall in love.

September 28, By night, cool, streetwise Chilly D.

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When a night club promoter watches the Crew dance, and offers only Chilly a chance to perform at his trendy, new, uptown club, Chilly seizes the opportunity to make it as a dancer. A quick sensation, he is easily seduced by the slick world of fancy cars, fast women and drugs. August 4, A romantic comedy about our amazing capacity to rebound and fall in love at any age.

Their lives intersect when they meet at a local Bereavement Club where they go to find emotional support after the loss of a loved one. But sometimes we all need a little reminder that life is worth living and sharing.

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April 16, For many years a mysterious monk with no name Chow Yun-Fat has zigzagged the globe to protect an ancient scroll — the Scroll of the Ultimate — which holds the key to unlimited power. A seemingly chance meeting with a handsome stranger spins her life around as she falls in love with him. But the change in her life is in a direction she will only come to dread. It turns out he is a hitman, and the meeting was no accident. This suspenseful thriller is laden with moral ambiguity as Annie struggles to take control back from the men in her life before she becomes one of a list of pending casualties.

August 26, Deadly monsters hunt members Cole Hauser, Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian of an exploration team within a vast network of caverns beneath the Carpathian Mountains. When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson played by Gerard Butler to train him to survive it.

As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Chasing Mavericks was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing real wave footage ever captured on film.

March 9, A year-old preacher arrives in a small town surrounded by vast cornfields. He commands the children to murder all the adults so their blood can be used to nourish the crops. A young couple on a cross-country trip finds a dead youngster in the road, bringing him into what appears to be a deserted town, they befriend his frightened sister.

She tries to explain the evil reign of terror, but the couple soon experiences it for themselves. January 29, A newsman Terence Knox and his son Paul Scherrer snoop around a Nebraska town where children kill many adults. September 12, A boy uses his powers of mind control to recruit Chicago children in his reign of terror against adult mankind. Once again, the gallant and romantic Danner races against time to seek and destroy the evil Plughead. When he discovers that a famous black leader was killed while in state custody, he refuses to sign the certificate which he knows is forged.

But, as violence peaks, he finally signs the document, inciting both a riot, and his own desperate suicide. January 3, Billy Cole Burt Reynolds , a down on his luck Malibu conman, hits the jackpot when he comes up with his greatest idea yet: starting a beach volleyball team with strippers from a local club he frequents, CLOUD 9. But what starts out as an exploitative moneymaking proposition turns into a run for glory when the women decide they want to win it all.

March 28, Geophysicist Dr. Their mission: detonate a device that will reactivate the core. September 24, A mother in Queens, New York, outraged when she discovers that her son is a drug addict, becomes an undercover agent for the DEA to clean up the drug trade in her neighborhood. Based on a true story. January 13, A moderately successful New York model is cynical about ever reaching the top of her profession. In a chance meeting between her taxi and his limousine, Kit meets wealthy, dominating entrepreneur, T.

Sloane, who turns his attraction and love for her into a career launching campaign. He is determined to make Kit into a superstar! September 1, Chev Chelios Jason Statham , a hit man wanting to go straight, lets his latest target slip away, then he awakes the next morning to a phone call that informs him he has been poisoned and has only an hour to live unless he keeps adrenaline coursing through his body while he searches for an antidote. April 17, After surviving an incredible plunge to near-certain death, Chev Chelios Jason Statham is abducted by Chinese mobsters.

Waking up three months later, Chev finds that his nearly indestructible heart has been replaced with a battery-operated device that requires regular jolts of electricity or it will fail. Chev escapes from his captors, reunites with his lover, Eve Amy Smart , and sets out on a frantic chase through Los Angeles to get his real heart back. December 11, A quirky teenager Kiefer Sutherland with a s style courts a deaf salesgirl Vanessa Vaughan in s Montreal.

October 2, Nuclear-war survivors Linnea Quigley, Ken Abraham, Michael Aranda find a tusked monster when they duck into a lab to get out of the acid rain. As Billy runs to keep out of the clutches of the town bullies, The Creep follows him, picking up his scattered comic book pages. Dramatized are three gruesome horror stories.

Torello and his first-rate team have declared open war on the mobsters. Ruthless Ray Luca is one of the brightest young hoods. He is destined for the top of organized crime.

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As he murders, steals, and extorts his way to the top, he comes across Mike Torello. June Upon arriving home from a date by her curfew, beautiful, young Stephanie Davenport finds the housekeeper murdered. Back at home, her parents are being held hostage by ruthless Ray Don and Bobby Joe, two brothers her D. February Chris, a young boy who has lived his whole life in a sterile glass room due to a rare immune system disease, falls in love with a sexy rock singer, Ally. He writes to her and the two meet. Chris finally steps outside to spend one idyllic day with Ally, but soon after he falls ill, and the two must face the inevitable.

October 17, A woman married for 20 years who after her anniversary and 40th birthday receives information which leads her life to change. Narrated by the character, as she reads what she writes in a journal, the narrative is split between her present in a presumed asylum and her past married life. November 1, A pregnant mother and her young son become the target of a killer. June 29, A crack team of L. Astoundingly, they discover that these fearless criminals are actually already dead, but have been resurrected for 12 hours at a time, at the sinister laboratories of Dante Pharmaceutical.

December 29, In Los Angeles, a story about a dead girl, told in five chapters. A woman, miserable in her circumscribed life caring for her domineering mother, finds a body. Somehow, this discovery allows her to change. At the morgue, the sister of a girl missing for 15 years believes the body is that of her sister; this liberates her. An older woman, married to a man who pays her little attention, finds evidence in a storage unit; how will she handle it? The mother of the dead girl, who left home some years before, visits the last place her daughter lived and makes her own discoveries.

August Teenage lovers Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry become trapped in a drive-in, prisoners of authority in the s. October 17, Voodoo brings a slain anchorman Elliott Gould back as a zombie, and he goes on the air with a whole new look. Plagued by guilt over the shooting, Yellowleg vows to help her bury the boy beside his father in the now-derelict town of Siringo, Ariz. With criminal cohorts Billy Steve Cochran and Turk Chill Wills , Yellowleg embarks on a dangerous journey into Apache territory to lay the boy in his final resting place.

October 5, The story unfolds in in Poland invaded by the Nazis. There, a family seeks refuge in a well to escape the German army. March 15, Three astronauts return to earth two months after a nuclear holocaust and find disease-crazed humans wandering through shanty towns constructed from the refuse of the previous civilization.

Astronaut Howe, the only survivor from the spacecraft, is captured and taken prisoner by Gideon, a teenage warmonger who reigns with terror. Gideon plans to escape by sea on his boat, but first he intends to execute Howe and the other captives. Howe manages to escape and free a number of the other prisoners. Returning to the dock he sees Gideon already heading out to sea. Following a grueling battle, Howe secures the boat and sails off into an uncertain future with two of the ex-prisoners.

October 25, During Christmas holidays, the children of a small village split themselves into two groups and begin preparing a week-long snowball war. The rivalry opens up tension among group members, especially leaders Luc and Sophie. November 2, John Travolta stars as the divorced father of a boy who claims to have witnessed a murder by his new stepfather, played by Vince Vaughn.

No one believes the boy, except his father who must race to save his son. June 20, Shy, neurotic Terry David Arquette spends his days spying on neighbors through binoculars. Nick Brad Hunt , a cocky artist with a terminal disease, arrives on the scene, and they make a pact. If Terry helps Nick live out his fantasies in his final days, Nick will pay him back by killing him.

The two head out on a road trip, where they drop acid, bowl naked, open old wounds and live life on the edge. His car breaks down in an isolated area where he is befriended by a farmer and his wife, who becomes attracted to the stranger. October 17, A s-style detective Ron Silver traces missing persons to a tubby, man-eating alien who likes spicy food.

November 1, Based on the true life story that took place in the s, this movie follows the murder of Susan Reinert and her two children in Upper Merion Township in Pennsylvania, a case that lasted seven years. March 27, Helen is a young woman caught between the pressures of being a housewife and mother while battling a physical disability. To escape reality, Helen dreams adventures until she no longer feels the need to return to her physical body.

August 8, David Kepesh Ben Kingsley , a renowned professor, has no interest in monogamy. Instead, he prefers to dabble in lustful flings with women. Though his trusted friend George Dennis Hopper warns him not to become overly attached to the much younger Consuela, David begins to feel that his relationship with the student may become serious. However, his personal reservations may doom the affair. Before she is caught, she entrusts her genius young son to memorize lists of security codes that access Million German marks.

He alone, is left to fight the battle that will ensure the saftey of thousands of people. September 2, Captured rebels in a strictly controlled society are offered freedom if they manage to survive as the prey in a hunt. Sept 16, The nineteen years old Catholic college girl Emily Rose Jennifer Carpenter dies a couple of days after being submitted to an exorcism carried out by her parish priest, Father Moore Tom Wilkinson.

Emily believed she was possessed by six demons, and although authorized by Emily and her parents, Father Moore is accused of negligent homicide, since he had suggested Emily to interrupt the use of medications for epilepsy. In order to avoid a scandal, the Archdiocese hires the successful, ambitious and agnostic lawyer Erin Bruner Laura Linney , and the prosecution assigns the religious prosecutor Ethan Thomas Campbell Scott. Along the days, there is a battle between science and religion in the court.

October 23, Tough, brilliant Lynne Jacobi realizes the district-attorney title now held by her boss is within her reach if she can get a suspect convicted in the brutal attack and rape of a controversial talk-show hostess. In addition to their artistic goals, they have to deal with everything else that goes along with high school, a tumultuous time full of schoolwork, deep friendships, budding romance, and self-discovery. February 10, Account of a young boy who prefers his dream world of intrigue and adventure to reality.

September 28, The love lives of several people of various ages intersect when a young woman named Chloe Alexa Davalos comes to town. Immediately, barista Oscar Toby Hemingway is enamored with her and thrilled when his boss, Bradley Greg Kinnear , hires her. Afterward Bradley marries realtor Diana Radha Mitchell , who helps the first couple move in together. Harry Morgan Freeman watches it all quietly and muses on love and loss. January 22, Evelyn Tilda Swinton is a lawyer who is soon to become a judge, but her intense focus on her career has resulted in a cold demeanor and passion-filled but ultimately dissatisfying personal life.

She has a boyfriend Clancy Brown and a lover Karen Sillas but connects with neither. When her sister, Maddie Amy Madigan , gets caught shoplifting, however, and she goes to the middle of nowhere to save her, Eve gets the chance to learn more about her own demons and troubled childhood. Hiding her children in the attic, she slowly poisons them with arsenic-laced gingerbread cookies. September 2, An ex-priest Billy Drago talks to a radio psychologist while driving around looking for motorists to shoot. To the players, Kable and the other inmates are just simulated characters.

June 13, Romance gets off to a rocky start when Liz first meets Christopher, as he lies passed out on the deck of her holiday cottage. December 7, A writer moves into a Malibu beach house, and comes up against the ghost of an actress who supposedly had committed suicide there 30 years previously, but had been murdered by her boyfriend.

January 19, A supernatural thriller about a young woman whose life, whether she wants it or not, has been shaped by her gift of psychic vision. Annie Wilson, a single mother who supports her three young boys by performing psychic readings for the troubled residents of her small southern town, helps police find a murdered local socialite, Jessica King. There they meet two teenage boys, Drew and Jeff, who have the same idea. Shy, unpopular Sonny is on a train home to Indianapolis when he meets a fellow vet, and hometown football hero, Gunner.

Together, the two form a bond cemented by a mutual distaste for the conventional and set out on a soul-searching adventure that pushes the limits of sex, friendship, and social conventions. Sept 16, Gone, a thriller, tells the story of Jill Parrish Amanda Seyfried , who comes home from working the night shift to discover that her sister Molly has disappeared. Jill is convinced that Molly has been abducted by the same serial killer from whom Jill escaped the year before and that by sundown Molly will be dead.

May Children Karen Elkin, Michael Blouin visit their grandparents in the country and meet a little man from inner space. January 17, Rachel Carson Demi Moore , a best-selling crime novelist, is devastated and filled with guilt over the accidental death of her son. Hoping that a change of scenery will help alleviate her suffering, she leaves her home in the city and moves into a vacant country house owned by a friend and begins a relationship with charming local Angus Hans Matheson.

Freeman who is later accused of murder. February 9, Omar Sharif plays a Turkish sultan who kidnaps a beautiful American woman in the early s. He adds her to his harem, which angers his first wife, who plots to kill the American. Fortunately, her white knight arrives to save her.

November A punch-drunk boxer is set up as an easy win for an up-and-coming young boxer in this routine melodrama. The highlight of the film is the performance of Steve Buscemi as the oily, mob-connected fight promoter Nicky. Eddie Brad Davis is the addle-brained boxer Nicky hangs out to dry for quick money. When she meets a James Dean-type newcomer, J. After staging a fake suicide, Veronica goes undercover to stop J. September 18, Frank Cotton, possesses a mysterious puzzle box. Legend has it that the spirits inside offer the ultimate in sensual ecstasy.

Frank opens it and is violently torn limb from limb. A horrifying, living-dead version of Frank appears and coerces Julia to seduce and kill men so that he can feed on their blood to regain his flesh. Together, they murder Larry.