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Gaslighted

by R. L. Stine Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

In this entry from the thrilling short story anthology FaceOff, bestselling authors Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child along with R.L. Stine team up for the first time ever, pitting FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast against the most unusual villain he's ever faced--Stine's classic creation: Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy.First introduced in R.L. Stine's 400 million-copy bestselling Goosebumps series, Slappy is a dummy carved from coffin wood who boasts enormous strength and a sarcastic, sadistic personality. In contrast, Agent Pendergast is an elegant, intelligent man who never lets himself be ruffled by the particulars of an investigation. Yet when these two meet for the first time--at Stony Mountain Sanatorium--Pendergast is quite clearly out of his element, and nothing is as it seems... For more exciting pairs, check out all eleven stories in FaceOff!

A Gideon Crew Collection: Gideon's Sword, Gideon's Corpse, and The Lost Island Omnibus

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

Now, available for the first time together in a single volume: a digital-only, value-priced bundle edition of the first three books in the Gideon Crew series: Gideon's Sword, Gideon's Corpse, and The Lost Island, by #1 New York Times bestselling authors Preston & Child. GIDEON'S SWORD: At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful. But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade. For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning. . . GIDEON'S CORPSE: A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack. Ten days. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse--far worse--than mere Armageddon. THE LOST ISLAND: Brilliant scientist and master thief Gideon Crew is living on borrowed time when he is tasked by his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, to steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Gideon gets the parchment-only to learn that hidden beneath the illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon's life. Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair discover the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock-a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.

Gideon's Corpse

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack. Ten days. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse--far worse--than mere Armageddon.

Gideon's Sword

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

GIDEON'S SWORDIntroducing Gideon Crew: trickster, prodigy, master thiefAt twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down.At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him.Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade.For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning . . .

The Ice Limit

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die. A frightening truth is about to unfold: The men and women of the Rolvaag are not taking this ancient, enigmatic object anywhere. It is taking them.

The Ice Limit

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die. A frightening truth is about to unfold: The men and women of the Rolvaag are not taking this ancient, enigmatic object anywhere. It is taking them.

Impact (Wyman Ford #3)

by Douglas Preston

Wyman Ford is tapped for a secret expedition to Cambodia... to locate the source of strangely beautiful gemstones that do not appear to be of this world. A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast... and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing. High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars... and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

Impacto

by Douglas Preston

En tres puntos distantes del planeta están sucediendo cosas extraordinarias. Todo parece indicar que las piedras preciosas halladas en una mina de Camboya son de origen extraterrestre. Al mismo tiempo, un meteorito ha impactado en las costas de Maine, y dos valientes mujeres reman en un bote dispuestas a examinar el cráter. Entretanto, el científico de la NASA que detectó una inexplicable emisión de rayos gamma en Marte ha aparecido decapitado, y alguien ha robado todos sus papeles. Sin duda, había algo oculto en el planeta rojo, y ahora se halla en el interior de un cráter y parece haber despertado. Comienza la cuenta atrás..."Un thriller absorbente, obra de uno de los escritores más inteligentes de nuestro tiempo."Fantasy Book Critic

Jennie

by Douglas Preston

On a research trip to West Africa, Dr. Hugo Archibald of the Boston Museum of Natural History encounters an orphaned baby chimpanzee. Archibald decides to bring the ape, whom he names Jennie, back to Boston and raise her alongside his own two young children as a kind of scientific experiment. Jennie captures the hearts of everyone she encounters. She believes herself to be a human being. She does almost everything a human child can, from riding a tricycle to fighting over the television with her siblings to communicating in American Sign Language. Told from shifting points of view of those closest to Jennie, this heartwarming and bittersweet novel forces us to take a closer look at the species that shares 98 percent of our DNA and ask ourselves the question: What does it really mean to be human? Douglas Preston'sJennie, based on the real story of the chimpanzee who inspired Curious George, is the celebrated novel that was made into the award-winning Disney television filmThe Jennie Project. It was translated into many languages and became a worldwide bestseller.

Jennie

by Douglas Preston

When Professor Hugo Archibald finds an orphaned baby chimp in Africa, it seems like the most normal thing in the world for him to bring the brave little toddler home to Boston to live with his wife and two small children. Jennie quickly assimilates into mid-sixties suburban life, indulging in the rambunctious fun one would expect from a typical American kid of her generation: riding breakneck on her own tricycle, playing with Booger the kitten and a Barbie doll, fighting with her siblings over use of the TV, and--as a teenager--learning to drink, smoke pot, and curse just like her human peers. Attaining an impressive command of American Sign Language, Jennie absorbs a warped vision of heaven from a neighborhood minister, experiences first-hand the bureaucracies of the American health-care system, and even has her own fifteen minutes of fame. Jennie's story--hilarious, poignant, and ultimately tragic--introduces to American literature one of the most endearing animal heroines in modern fiction.

The Kraken Project (Wyman Ford #4)

by Douglas Preston

Wyman Ford is back again in The Kraken Project, the thrilling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston. NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn's great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy," a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the internet. Former CIA agent Wyman Ford is tapped to track down the rogue AI. As Ford and Shepherd search for Dorothy, they realize that her horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her in ways they can barely imagine. And they're not the only ones looking for the wayward software: the AI is also being pursued by a pair of Wall Street traders, who want to capture her code and turn her into a high-speed trading bot. Traumatized, angry, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy has an extraordinary revelation--and devises a plan. As the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a deserted house on the coast of Northern California, Ford must face the ultimate question: is rescuing Dorothy the right thing? Is the AI bent on saving the world... or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?

El laberinto azul (Inspector Pendergast 14)

by Douglas Preston

En la decimocuarta entrega de la serie del inspector Pendergast, la siniestra sombra de una venganza ancestral amenaza la vida del agente del FBI. A las nueve y veinte de la noche llaman al timbre de la residencia neoyorquina del agente especial Aloysius Pendergast, y la fiel Constance Greene acude a abrir. En el umbral aparece Alban, el hijo de Pendergast, cuyo cuerpo atado con cuerdas gruesas cae estrepitosamente al suelo. Está muerto. Su padre sale a la calle y persigue sin éxito a un sospechoso coche negro. Un informe dictaminará más tarde que el cadáver no presentaba signos de violencia, ni restos de alcohol o drogas. A Alban le partieron el cuello en un crimen planeado al detalle e impecablemente ejecutado, obra de profesionales. Al día siguiente el teniente Peter Angler, encargado del caso, habla con el padre de la víctima y su actitud le desconcierta: Pendergast le informa de que apenas tenía relación con su hijo, sedeclara incapaz de especular sobre las causas del crimen y aparentemente no tiene interés en cooperar con la investigación policial. Pero, en cuanto llega a casa, Pendergast accede a la base de datos de homicidios no resueltos y localiza los resultados de ADN del llamado Asesino de los Hoteles, cuya brutalidad mantuvo en vilo a Manhattan hace año y medio. Solo tiene una pista: la gema encontrada en el estómago de la víctima.

The Lost Island

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

Gideon Crew--brilliant scientist, master thief--is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment--only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon's life.Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realize the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock-a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.

La mano del diablo

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

La huella de una garra quemada en la pared.El hedor inaguantable de azufre.¿Serán las marcas del diablo?La muerte de Jeremy Grove, famoso crítico de arte, es inexplicable. Su cuerpo fue encontrado en una habitación cerrada con llave desde dentro y con la marca de un crucifijo grabada en su pecho como una quemadura. Hasta los menos supersticiosos empiezan a hablar de un pacto con el diablo.Para investigar este extraño caso, el inspector Pendergast tendrá que abandonar Nueva York y viajar a un pueblo de Italia, donde veinte años atrás cuatro hombres hicieron una promesa diabólica.A partir de entonces Pendergast se ve obligado a enfrentarse con fuerzas desconocidas; hasta parece que él será la próxima víctimade una venganza abominable, a la que no está nada claro que pueda sobrevivir...

The Monster of Florence

by Douglas Preston Mario Spezi

In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Florence, Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more. This is the true story of their search for--and identification of--the man they believe committed the crimes, and their chilling interview with him. And then, in a strange twist of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation. Preston has his phone tapped, is interrogated, and told to leave the country. Spezi fares worse: he is thrown into Italy's grim Capanne prison, accused of being the Monster of Florence himself. Like one of Preston's thrillers, The Monster Of Florence, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, and suicide-and at the center of it, Preston and Spezi, caught in a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta.

El monstruo de Florencia

by Douglas Preston Mario Spezi

El caso del Monstruo de Florencia es uno de los más sorprendentes e inquietantes del siglo XX. Durante diez años, un asesino en serie sembró el pánico en la capital de la Toscana. Dejó una estela de catorce cadáveres, desató una investigación criminal larga, costosa, que arruinó la vida de mucha gente? y todavía no ha sido descubierto.Con la maestría del escritor y el rigor del periodista, Douglas Preston y Mario Spezi nos sumergen en esta historia que ambos conocen a fondo y en la que ellos mismos de repente, mientras seguían una pista, tal vez la definitiva, pasaron de ser los investigadores a convertirse en los protagonistas.«Mejor que muchas novelas de crimen y misterio.» Publishers Weekly«Sin duda, la verdad es mucho más extraña que la ficción. Tanto los seguidores de Douglas Preston como los lectores de historias de crímenes basadas en hechos reales quedarán fascinados por este relato.» Library Journal«Se ha publicado mucho sobre este caso. Investigadores, periodistas, protagonistas e incluso novelistas han intentado captar el terror hipnótico que despertó el Monstruo de Florencia (incluido Thomas Harris, cuyo personaje de Hannibal Lecter se inspira en algunos de aquellos sucesos). Pero este libro es el mejor.» The Guardian«Douglas Preston y Mario Spezi presentan un tenebroso e increíble descenso a un mundo de pesadilla.» Amazon.com, elegido Libro del Mes

Mount Dragon

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

An enigmatic research complex hidden in the vast desert of New Mexico. Guy Carson and Susana Cabeza de Vaca have come to the Mount Dragon to work shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest scientific minds on the planet. Led by visionary genius Brent Scopes, their secret goal is a medical breakthrough that promises to bring incalculable benefits to the human race. But while Scopes believes he is leading the way to a new world order, he may in fact be opening the door to mass human extinction. And when Guy and Susana attempt to stop him they find themselves locked in a frightening battle with Scopes, his henchmen, and the apocalyptic nightmare that science has unleashed.... #12; An enigmatic research complex hidden in the vast desert of New Mexico. Guy Carson and Susana Cabeza de Vaca have come to the Mount Dragon to work shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest scientific minds on the planet. Led by visionary genius Brent Scopes, their secret goal is a medical breakthrough that promises to bring incalculable benefits to the human race. But while Scopes believes he is leading the way to a new world order, he may in fact be opening the door to mass human extinction. And when Guy and Susana attempt to stop him they find themselves locked in a frightening battle with Scopes, his henchmen, and the apocalyptic nightmare that science has unleashed.

Naturaleza muerta

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

Medicine Creek es un pueblo perdido de Kansas, un pueblo tranquilo, donde todo el mundo se conoce y donde nunca ocurre nada... hasta que se produce un asesinato. En medio de un campo de maíz se descubre el cadáver mutilado de una mujer rodeada por un círculo de flechas indias, cada una con un cuervo atravesado en su punta. Y esto es solo el principio.El asesino está entre ellos y nadie volverá a dormir tranquilo.Justo en este momento llega el enigmático inspector Pendergast. Nadie sabe quién le ha avisado pero será el único capaz de descifrar el misterio de los espeluznantes asesinatos, un misterio que le llevará a un pasado oscuro y torturado...

Nivel 5

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

El espectacular hallazgo representará sin duda sustanciosos beneficios para la empresa, y el Premio Nobel para el equipo de investigadores. Por todo ello, cuando un joven científico recibe la oferta de colaborar en el proyecto, no se lo piensa dos veces. Sabe que se halla ante la ocasión de su vida: trabajar con las más destacadas figuras de la medicina y la ingeniería genética y participar en el descubrimiento del siglo. No sospecha, sin embargo, que tras la aséptica y rutilante ap ariencia de la más avazanda tecnología se oculta un siniestro secreto.

Pantano de sangre (Inspector Pendergast 10)

by Douglas Preston

El agente especial del FBI Aloysius X. L. Pendergast está visitando su antigua mansión familiar en Louisiana. Tras deambular por sus jardines descuidados y aspirar en sus pasillos un ambiente húmedo y asfixiante, se detiene en la sala de armas, donde abre una vitrina para tocar por primera vez en doce años el rifle de su querida esposa Helen.Ayer Pendergast lloraba la muerte de Helen, fallecida en un safari en África por el ataque de un león de crin roja.Hoy descubre que no fue una tragedia fruto del azar: alguien planeó el asesinato de su mujer.Pendergast descubrirá quién fue Helen en realidad y su mente se torturará hasta averiguar quién le arrebató la vida.«Si hubiera una película basada en esta última entrega de las investigaciones del inspector Pendergast el anuncio sería: ¨Esta vez la historia es personal¨.»The Booklist«No es un sueño: es el mejor libro de los autores en años. Pendergast está obligado a reprimir todos sus sentimientos para prestar atención a los detalles del caso. Ni los lectores nuevos ni los fans entregados pueden perderse esta novela.»Library Journal

The Relic (Pendergast #1)

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. . . But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who-or what-is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?

El relicario

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

Cuando la policía encuentra dos esqueletos unidos en un abrazo en un río de Manhattan, Margo Green, conservadora del Museo de Historia Natural, es invitada a colaborar en la investigación, no solo por sus conocimientos antropológicos sino por su experiencia el año anterior cuando se enfrentó con una horrenda bestia que andaba suelta por los sótanos del museo. Los esqueletos presentan señales de violencia y unas grotescas anormalidades que apuntan a una sola cosa: el despertar de una pesadilla dormida. Al misterio de los esqueletos se suma una serie de brutales crímenes. Con la ayuda de un teniente de policía, un enigmático agente del FBI y un eminente científico, Margo indaga el origen de los asesinatos. La investigación los llevará a un pavoroso laberinto de túneles, cloacas y galerías horadado bajo Manhattan, donde se revela por fin el verdadero secreto de la Bestia del Museo.

El relicario

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

El extraño ídolo es enviado a Nueva York, donde queda arrumbado en los sótanos de un enorme y antiguo museo. Poco después, los científicos son masacrados por los indígenas y todo el proyecto cae en el olvido. Sin embargo, con ocasión de una importante exposición, las sinuosas galerías y los vetustos subsuelos del museo se convierten en escenario de varios asesinatos horrendos e inexplicables... Un mundo de maldiciones y pesadillas ancestrales instalado en el corazón del Nueva York actual. The Relic/I> ha sido adaptado al cine en una película del productor de Alien y del creador de los efectos especiales de Parque Jurásico.

Reliquary (Pendergast #2)

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation, Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D'Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare.

Riptide

by Douglas Preston Lincoln Child

IN 1695, a notorious English pirate buried his bounty in a maze of booby-trapped tunnels on an island off the coast of Maine. In three hundred years, no one has breached this cursed and rocky fortress. Now a treasure hunter and his high-tech, million-dollar recovery team embark on the perfect operation to unlock the labyrinth's mysteries. First the computers fail. The then crewmen begin to die. The island has guarded its secrets for centuries, and it isn't letting them go--without a fight.

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