The strange people had restored her life after she had been raped and burned nearly to death. The only model they had to work with was her assailant.
A rollicking and unpredictable adventure through the world of spies and double agents, lovers and enemies (often one and same). It has been said that somewhere in the world you have an exact double. This rocket-ride of a novel ignites with the sudden cry of "Ai! Pedrito!", as Naval Lieutenant Tom Smith discovers that his exact look-alike is the notorious South American revolutionary and spy, Pedrito Miraflores. Inspired by a real incident in the life of L. Ron Hubbard, "Ai! Pedrito!" is a fun-to-read, compelling novel of what can sometimes happen when intelligence goes wrong. "All the fast pacing of James Bond and the adventure of Indiana Jones." --Mystery Scene
BLOOD LITE...a collection of entertaining tales that puts the fun back into dark fiction, with ironic twists and tongue-in-cheek wit to temper the jagged edge.
From the Horror Writers Association comes a brand-new collection of darkly humorous tales! The Big Questions of Life (and Death) Can a killer's basement blood-feast be a tax write-off (under Entertainment)? Not if Vlad the IRS agent nails him first in Heather Graham's "Death and Taxes." What does a pack of hungry she-wolves do to solve their man troubles? Ladies Night Out takes a wicked turn in "Dog Tired (of the Drama!)" by L. A. Banks. How far will an elite call girl go to beat a murder rap? Stuck with a dead client in a luxury L.A. hotel room, she might strike a costly bargain with a woman of unearthly powers in Allison Brennan's "Her Lucky Day." Who actually writes those tabloid stories about Bigfoot? Meet a journalist of the unexplained (she's 50 percent demon) and her boyfriend (he's 100 percent thief), as they heat up a museum exhibition that's also a soul-snatching battleground in "Lucifer's Daughter" by Kelley Armstrong. Plus tales from KEVIN J. ANDERSON & JANIS IAN * SAM W. ANDERSON * MIKE BARON EDWARD BRYANT * AMY STERLING CASIL * DEREK CLENDENING DON D'AMMASSA * BRIAN J. HATCHER * NINA KIRIKI HOFFMAN NANCY KIRKPATRICK * J. A. KONRATH * JOHN R. LITTLE * SHARYN MCCRUMB SCOTT NICHOLSON * MARK ONSPAUGH * AARON POLSON * DANIEL PYLE MIKE RESNICK & LEZLI ROBYN * JEFF RYAN * D. L. SNELL * LUCIEN SOULBAN ERIC JAMES STONE * JEFF STRAND * JORDAN SUMMERS JOEL A. SUTHERLAND * STEVE RASNIC TEM * CHRISTOPHER WELCH
Sink your teeth into a smorgasbord of macabre morsels laced with horrific humor in this all-new Blood Lite collection! Whether you shriek with laughter or scream in fear . . . well, that's simply a matter of taste. Jim Butcher's wizardly PI Harry Dresden pranks some high-tech monster seekers--and attempts to save a friend's son whose life-energy is slowly being drained by an unknown adversary in "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot." The Author from Hell has dropped dead, but a stressed-out editor is harassed by her emails from beyond the grave in Sherrilyn Kenyon's "A Day in the Life." The flesh is weak-- and possibly even rotting--as a teenage virgin werewolf discovers on a visit to a brothel in Kelley Armstrong's "V Plates." Murder comes alive in "Mannequin," by Heather Graham, as two thrill-seeking couples "axe" for trouble at a B&B with a bloody history. Plus twenty-six other tales to tempt and terrorize you. . . . erland, E.S. Magill, Eric James Stone, Jeff Strand, Mark Onspaugh, Mike Baron, J.G. Faherty, Stephen Dorato, Jeff Ryan, Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn, Will Ludwigsen, Daniel Pyle, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, John Alfred Taylor, David Sakmyster, Norman Prentiss, Don d'Ammassa, Adrian Ludens, Chris Abbey, D.L. Snell, Ken Lillie-Paetz, Lisa Morton, Brad C. Hodson, and Lucien Soulban.
Captain Nemo is the fictional life story of one of Jules Verne's most memorable characters from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island. It covers his boyhood friendship with the dreamer, Jules Verne, adventures aboard sailing ships, battles with pirates, and survival on a mysterious deserted island. Each time he returns home to his beloved France, Captain Nemo shares the tales of his exploits with the struggling writer Verne. <P> We follow Nemo's exploration of hidden caverns that lead to the center of the earth, travels across darkest Africa in a hydrogen balloon, and his imprisonment by an evil Ottoman caliph who commands the dark genius to construct a sub-marine boat, the Nautilus, in order to attack merchant ships that venture through the newly completed Suez Canal.
Fourteen-year-old cousins Gwen and Vic have lived together ever since the mysterious deaths of Gwen's parents and the disappearance of Vic's mother. But Vic's scientist father accidentally transports them through a magical crystal door to the island of Elantya. Cobblestone streets and silver towers mark the picturesque island, a trading hub and center of knowledge that runs on advanced physics and sorcery.
The Dark Between the Stars is space opera on a grand scale. Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness, and the human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy.
"A darkly funny, wonderfully original detective tale."--Kelley ArmstrongSingle Dead Detective Seeks ClueEver since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it's been hell being a detective--especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines "dead on arrival." But just because he was murdered doesn't mean he'd leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching. Now he's back from the dead and back in business--with a caseload that's downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using "spell check" on its magical tomes. And he's got to figure out a very personal question--Who killed him? For Dan Chambeaux, it's all in a day's work. (Still, does everybody have to call him "Shamble"?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P. . ..with a vengeance. "Wickedly funny, deviously twisted and enormously satisfying. This is a big juicy bite of zombie goodness. Two decaying thumbs up!"--Jonathan Maberry"Anderson has become the literary equivalent of Quentin Tarantino in the fantasy adventure genre."--The Daily Rotation"An unpredictable walk on the weird side. Prepare to be entertained." --Charlaine Harris
The young twins of Han Solo and Princess Leia take their first steps as Jedi Knights.
It has been fifty-six hard years since the events of The Machine Crusade. Following the death of Serena Butler, Synchronized Worlds and Unallied Planets are liberated one by one, and at long last, the human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict is finally in sight. Unfortunately, Omnius has one last, deadly card to play. Virulent plagues are let loose throughout the galaxy, decimating the populations of whole planets . . . and once again, the tide of the titanic struggle shifts against the human race. At last, the war that has lasted many lifetimes will be decided in the apocalyptic Battle of Corrin. In the greatest battle in science fiction history, human and machine face off one last time. . . . And on the desert planet of Arrakis, the legendary Fremen become the feared fighting force to be discovered by Paul Muad'Dib in Frank Herbert's classic, Dune.
This prequel tells the origin of the war that will liberate humans from their machine masters; the circumstances of the betrayal that made mortal enemies of House Atreides and House Harkonnen; and the Battle of Corrin that created a galactic empire. [back cover] "This compelling saga of men and women struggling for freedom is required reading for Dune fans."-Library Journal Frank Herbert's Dune series is one of the great creations of imaginative literature, science fiction's answer to The Lord of the Rings, Decades after Herbert's original novels, the Dune saga was continued by Frank Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, in collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson. Working from Frank Herbert's own notes, the acclaimed authors reveal the chapter of the Dune saga most eagerly anticipated by readers: the Butlerian Jihad, Throughout the Dune novels, Frank Herbert frequently referred to the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines," In DUNE: THE BUTLERIAN JIHAD, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring to life the story of that war, a tale previously seen only in tantalizing hints and clues. Finally, we see how Serena Butler's passionate grief ignites the struggle that will liberate humans from their machine masters; here is the amazing tale of the Zensunni Wanderers, who escape bondage to flee to the desert world where they will declare themselves the Free Men of Dune. And here is the backward, nearly forgotten planet of Arrakis, where traders have discovered the remarkable properties of the spice melange. . . .
El legado de Frank Herbert, el fascinante y ya mítico universo que creó en Dune, sigue vivo en esta apasionante segunda entrega de la trilogía «Leyendas de Dune». Han pasado veinticuatro años desde los sucesos relatados en Dune. La Yihad Butleriana. La revuelta de los humanos contra las máquinas pensantes tras el asesinato del hijo de Serena Butler se ha convertido en un conflicto sangriento, que se ha cobrado innumerables vidas humanas. Vorian Atreides y Xavier Harkonnen comandan las fuerzas de la Yihad en una guerra interminable donde no hay vencedores ni vencidos. Los temibles cimek, liderados por el titán Agamenón, planean recuperar el poder que perdieron. Norma Cenva y Aurelius Venport están a punto de realizar un descubrimiento que cambiará radicalmente los viajes espaciales. Y en Arrakis, el remoto planeta de las dunas, Selim Montagusanos y sus partidarios dan los primeros pasos para convertirse en los fieros guerreros que cambiarán el curso de la historia: los fremen.
TheNew York Timesbestselling prequel to the classic award-winning saga by Frank Herbert. Frank Herbert's award-winningDunechronicles captured the imagination of millions of readers worldwide. By his death in 1986, Herbert had completed six novels in the series, but much of his vision remained unwritten. Now, working from his father's recently discovered files, Brian Herbert and bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson collaborate on a new novel, the prelude toDune--where we step onto the planet Arrakis. . . decades before Dune's hero, Paul Muad'Dib Atreides, walks its sands. Here is the rich and complex world that Frank Herbert created, in the time leading up to the momentous events ofDune. As Emperor Elrood's son plots a subtle regicide, young Leto Atreides leaves for a year's education on the mechanized world of Ix; a planetologist named Pardot Kynes seeks the secrets of Arrakis; and the eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho is hunted by his cruel masters in a terrifying game from which he vows escape and vengeance. But none can envision the fate in store for them: one that will make them renegades--and shapers of history.
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson return to the vivid universe of Frank Herbert's Dune, bringing a vast array of rich and complex characters into conflict to shape the destiny of worlds. . . . As Shaddam sits at last on the Golden Lion Throne, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen plots against the new Emperor and House Atreides -- and against the mysterious Sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit. For Leto Atreides, grown complacent and comfortable as ruler of his House, it is a time of momentous choice: between friendship and duty, safety and destiny. But for the survival of House Atreides, there is just one choice -- strive for greatness or be crushed. From the Paperback edition.
A partir de ahora, la leyenda se hace realidad. El universo creado por Frank Herbert en su aclamada serie Dune, seguida por millones de lectores en todo el mundo, se amplía para descubrirnos, por primera vez, el episodio que le dio origen.Diez mil años antes del nacimiento de Paul Atreides, del derrocamiento de un imperio, los últimos humanos libres se rebelaron contra el dominio de las poderosas máquinas que los habían esclavizado. En Dune, la Yihad Butleriana se revela la historia de Serena Butler, la mujer que prendió la llama de esa rebelión. Se destapa la traición que convertiría en enemigos mortales a la Casa Atreides yla Casa Harkonnen. Se desvelan los orígenes de la hermandad Bene Gesserit, de los doctores Suk, de la Orden de los Mentat y la Cofradía Espacial. Y aparece un planeta olvidado, Arrakis, donde acaba de descubrirse la melange, la especia que puede cambiar el destino de miles de planetas...
More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years; the human worlds have grown weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most Important discovery in human history-a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to anyplace In the galaxy. And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps toward making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of mankind: the Fremen.
Terra Incognita - the blank spaces on the map, past the edge of the world, marked only by the words "here be monsters." Two nations at war, fighting for dominion over the known, and undiscovered, world, pin their last hopes at ultimate victory on finding a land out of legend. Each will send their ships to brave the untamed seas, wild storms, sea serpents, and darker dangers unknown to any man. It is a perilous undertaking, but there will always be the impetuous, the brave and the mad who are willing to leave their homes to explore the unknown. Even unto the edge of the world... Kevin J. Anderson's spectacular fantasy debut is a sweeping tale of adventure on the high seas, as two warring kingdoms vie for the greatest treasure of them all.
It's a race against time to find and destroy the Emperor's Plague before it can be released. But first the young Jedi knights must face Nolaa Tarkona and her very lethal hired hand Boba Fett. This is book 11 in the Young Jedi Knights series
As America and the Soviet Union race to build their nuclear stockpiles, two extraordinary heroes must form an uneasy alliance. These studies in opposites--shadow and light--must overcome their distrust of each other to battle evil and injustice. Sputnik silently circles in the skies above the fabled cities of the United States as danger lurks in the Earth's darkest corners. In Gotham, the shadowy vigilante known as the Batman haunts Gotham's streets . . . and the police are just as afraid of this Dark Knight as the city's criminals are. In Metropolis, the notorious Lex Luthor is leveraging international tensions to build LuthorCorp into a military-industrial empire, competing against his business rival Wayne Industries, which is run by Gotham's enigmatic millionaire, Bruce Wayne. Luthor's activities have raised the interest of Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane, who is beginning to realize that Luthor may stop at nothing to achieve success. At the same time, Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen are investigating the rumored crash of a flying saucer. Clark is desperate to know if there may be other lost interplanetary visitors on Earth secretly living among them--visitors like himself. When Batman's and Superman's paths cross, their lives change, and history will never be the same.
One of the most extreme militia groups in the US has infiltrated the Device Assembly facility at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site.
It has been five years since humanity's heady expansion among the stars came to an abrupt, and violent, halt. The emergence of the Hydrogues, an immensely powerful alien race dwelling within gas-giant planets, has placed the scattered colonies of the Terran Hanseatic League in jeopardy. With space travel heavily curtailed, and supplies of fuel dwindling, young King Peter and Chairman Basil Wenceslas, the harsh power behind the throne, have no choice but to impose strict rationing. But the Hydrogues are not the only enemies of humanity. The scheming Mage-Imperator, leader of the ancient Ildiran Empire, attempts to forge tangled alliances among all combatants in order to protect his failing civilization. The mysterious Klikiss robots, only remnants of an extinct race, continue to work their sinister plans while pretending to be friends and advisors to the Hanseatic League. And archaeologists Margaret and Louis Colicos -- whose discovery of an ancient alien weapon accidentally triggered the Hydrogue conflict -- have vanished on the abandoned world of Rheindic Co. Rlinda Kett and Davlin Lotze, sent to investigate the disappearance, soon realise that the Colicos' discoveries may lead to an incredible new way to travel between worlds. . . or to the awakening of enemies even more fearsome than the Hydrogues. Something of inestimable power must have been required to destroy the Klikiss race. Will humanity be next?
Five years after attacking the human-colonized worlds of the Spiral Arm, the hydrogues maintain absolute control over stardrive fuel...and their embargo is strangling human civilization. On Earth, mankind suffers from renewed attacks by the hydrogues and decides to use a cybernetic army to fight them. Yet the Terran leaders don't realize that these military robots have already exterminated their own makers - and may soon turn on humanity. Once the rulers of an expanding empire, humans have become the galaxy's most endangered species. But the sudden appearance of incredible new beings will destroy all balances of power. Now for humans and the myriad alien factions in the universe, the real war is about to begin...and genocide may be the result.
The planet Hellhole was devastated by a large asteroid impact centuries ago and most of its native species - including a sophisticated alien civilisation - were utterly wiped out. Now Hellhole has been opened up as part of a colonization initiative by the sprawling and decadent Galactic Monarchy, but only the hardiest, or most desperate, pioneers and misfits would dare to settle there. This is their story of trying to tame a shattered world, and of uncovering secrets left behind by a devastated civilization.
After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, exiled rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds. Even then, he doubts his desperate measures will be enough to save his planet from annihilation. On the capital world of Sonjeera, the ruler Diadem Michella Duchenet has collected a huge fleet led by firebrand Commodore Escobar Hallholme, son of the legndary hero who originally defeated Adolphus. They expect resistance from the General's rebels, but who could possibly stand up to such a mighty fleet? However, the Diadem is nervous. Cracks have appeared in her seamless Constellation; inspectors have disappeared, taxes are in arrears, some officials have dared to ignore her orders. Crushing this cursed Deep Zone rebellion, she thinks, will end the foolishness once and for all. And what better way to send a signal than to devastate Hellhole? Adolphus knows he's running out of time and ideas, but he still has some hope-the shadow-Xayans have banded together to defend their sacred planet with "telemancy," but can they discover new powers to protect all the stored alien lives on the already devastated world? And when all hope seems lost, the awakened Xayans reveal information that has been hidden even from their own followers-the existence of a bigger threat that makes even the huge Constellation fleet seem insignificant. Disaster has come for General Adolphus and Hellhole. . . and this time there is no escape.
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