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Here comes a Clancy first: a new series of novels for young adults starring a team of troubleshooting teens--the Net Force Explorers--who know more about cutting edge technology than their teachers!<P> Computer savvy teens, a war game gone awry, and good old-fashioned intrigue are the elements of The Deadliest Game, a high-octane episode in Tom Clancy's wildly popular teen series Net Force. Clancy and co-author Steve Pieczenik envision a futuristic society where people enliven their dull lives with intense virtual experiences. One of the most favored of these virtual realities is a medieval war game called Sarxos. Players leave their physical bodies at home while an implant in their head carries them through their computer to the virtual Dominion of Sarxos, a land where they may be anyone-- from a reigning warlord to a practicing hedge-wizard. But when players who are winning too many battles in Sarxos start getting stalked and attacked in the real world, it becomes clear that one player has begun taking the game far too seriously.<P> Enter teen cyber-sleuths Meg and Leif, experienced Sarxos players. As members of the Net Force Explorers, a teen auxiliary of the cyber-crime-stopping Net Force, Meg and Leif start questioning characters in the alternate reality. Even when their boss instructs them to stop, they stay hot on the trail of the online Sarxian player who is "bouncing" any threatening opponent out of the game. But time is running out in the search for the online criminal, and Meg and Leif may find themselves the next bouncees!<P> In Net Force, Tom Clancy has created a cyber-thrilling series that will transition into the next millennium with ease. The breathless action and abrupt plot transitions between the real world and virtual reality will fascinate teen computer fiends and young video gamers alike.
Amy and Eric are the perfect couple. Popular, good-looking, happy. But after they are seen quarreling at a party, Amy disappears and Eric is the number-one suspect. Amy wakes up alone in a windowless, all-white room. She has no idea how she got there, or who put her there. All she knows is that she has to get out. Eric wakes up to news of Amy's disappearance--and a visit from the police. All he knows is that he didn't do it, and that he has to find Amy. As Amy tries to figure out a way to escape, she must also follow the instructions in a bizarre letter from her kidnapper. And as Eric tries to figure out where Amy is and who took her, he discovers that the past has a way of coming back and biting you in the butt. Told in alternating voices--first Amy's, then Eric's--Deadly is a fast-paced story about love, hate, courage, tenacity, forgiveness--and the many uses of a toilet rod.
Jessica Wakefield is in danger. Convinced that her fiance, Jeremy, is a two-timing criminal, she plots to get even. But her devious plan goes awry and she's caught in her own trap. Elizabeth Wakefield is scared for her sister and doesn't know whom to trust. If she chooses wrong, Jessica will burn to death!
RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE Someone's been using a gun to cast his vote, killing eleven candidates for the United States congress over eight years. Exhausted in their search for the culprit, the Secret Service has decided to use someone on the inside to end the bloodshed--the Gunsmith, Clint Adams. Clint soon finds himself in Austin, living in a fancy house with a butler and a cook who makes the best peach pie he's ever tasted. His gorgeous secretary Carla styles him into a distinguished candidate, dressing him in the finest clothes and taking him to parties to meet campaign donors. But the Gunsmith better not get too comfortable. Even though he's been asked to run as a democrat, the streets will soon be running red... .
In a non-fiction narrative that reads like a medical thriller, Richard Rhodes follows virus hunters on three continents as they track the emergence of a deadly new brain disease that first kills cannibals in New Guinea, then cattle and young people in Britain and France. Photos.
From the back of the book: Case 2 Nancy Drew is looking for a kidnapped rock star -- but she finds a lethal conspiracy. With backstage passes to Radio City Music Hall, Nancy and her three best friends meet the members of the country's hottest rock group, Bent Fender. But the fun's over when, minutes before the concert, the lead guitarist vanishes. Nancy takes the case. Soon her list of suspects reads like the WHO'S WHO of the New York rock scene. And her clues read like a puzzle: What do a wallet with a dragon emblem, a license plate, and two anonymous men have in common with the missing musician? Then Nancy's boyfriend Ned shows up, eager for romance. Nancy feels she can't spend the time -- until, through Ned, she uncovers a conspiracy that could blow the lid off the music industry. =============== From inside the book: FROM THE NANCY DREW FILES ASSIGNMENT: Find a missing rock star-Bent Fender's lead guitarist, Barton Novak, who disappeared suddenly after telling Nancy he had something important to tell her. CONTACT: Roger Gold, Bent Fender's drummer, whose father is a friend of Carson Drew's. SUSPECTS: Ann Nordquist, the group's agent. She may have decided that ten percent isn't enough. Maybe she's going for it all. George Marshall, the producer of Fender's hit records. Could he also be producing pirate editions of those same tunes? Dave Peck, a friend of Ned Nickerson's, with a mysterious new job, and lots of cash to flash around. Alan Wales, Bess Marvin's new boyfriend, who'd give anything to be a success in the rock world. How far is he willing to go? COMPLICATIONS: How do you prove there's been a kidnapping when there's no ransom note? And how do you investigate a case when all the clues lead straight to your best friend's boyfriend? But Nancy has to hang in there. Barton's life is in danger -- and before the case is over, so is hers!
Althea's dreams are about to become her nightmaresAlthea has always been a sweet, kind girl. In middle school, she had a group of friends to hang out with. She was on the softball team, took gymnastics, and won ribbons for horseback riding. But high school is horrible for Althea. She doesn't make the cheerleading squad. Her group of friends splits apart to form new cliques, and Althea is left to sit alone at lunch. That is, until she discovers a vampire living in the attic tower of her family home. A vampire who can make her dreams come true: a spot on the cheerleading squad; popularity; a boyfriend. All the vampire wants in return is a small sacrifice, and Althea is in too deep to back out now. The first book in Caroline B. Cooney's Vampire's Promise trilogy reveals the danger behind the door of the Shuttered Room . . . This ebook features an illustrated biography of Caroline B. Cooney including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Read Nancy Holzner's posts on the Penguin Blog. View our feature on Nancy Holzner's Deadtown. First in a brand new urban fantasy series that's "fresh and funny, with a great new take on zombies" (Karen Chance) and "full of dangerous magic and populated with characters so realistic, they almost jump off the page" (Ilona Andrews). If you were undead, you'd be home by now... They call it Deadtown: the city's quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders-but Victory Vaughn, Boston's only professional demon slayer, isn't exactly human.
When the university merged his Department of Linguistics with English, Professor Desmond Bates took early retirement, but he is not enjoying it. He misses the purposeful routine of the academic year, and has lost his appetite for research. His wife Winifred's late-flowering career goes from strength to strength, reducing his role to that of escort and househusband, while the rejuvenation of her appearance makes him uneasily conscious of the age gap between them. The monotony of his days is relieved only by wearisome journeys to London to check on the welfare of his eighty-nine-year-old father, an ex dance musician who stubbornly refuses to move from the house he is patently unable to live in with safety. But these discontents are nothing compared to the affliction of hearing loss, which is a constant source of domestic friction and social embarrassment. In the popular imagination, he observes, deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic, but for the deaf person himself it is no joke. It is through his deafness that Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a young woman whose wayward and unpredictable behaviour threatens to destabilise his life completely. Funny and moving by turns, Deaf Sentence is a brilliant account of one man's effort to come to terms with deafness and death, ageing and mortality, the comedy and tragedy of human lives.
You are not alone... Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the "funny guy" into the best defense against the bullies in his class. Today's top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying-as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators-in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.
Have you ever had a friend who just seems to attract trouble, no matter what she does? That's Allure. Just 21, she barely made it out alive from an abusive relationship with her psycho baby daddy, Greg. Poor girl just wants to be loved, but the harder she tries to find the right man, the more wrong her life gets. Whether it's Lavante, who has to stuff socks in his pants to make himself feel manly; or Derek, who would be a fine catch if his bipolar disorder didn't almost get Allure killed; or Bryce, a sweet and sexy cop whose first love is the crack pipe; Allure bounces from one drama to another. Then there's James, strong and stable--until he knocks her up and hits the road. Get ready to laugh--and cry--at Allure's crazy love life.
Allure Jones is back with more drama than ever! Three years have passed since her breakup with James. Allure is now working as a high school English teacher, buying her own home, raising Sierra, and dating the man of her dreams. Just when Allure thinks her life can't get any better, confusion sets in. James insinuates his way back into Allure's life, causing her to question whether she is completely over him. She has to be careful, though, because his wife is desperate to hold on to what's hers by any means necessary. If this isn't enough trouble, another ex continues to cause disorder in Allure's life. Just as things start to heat up between Allure and her new love, she finds herself being pulled back into her past. How much drama can one woman stand?
Fans of Go Ask Alice will devour Dear Nobody, a real teen's diary, so raw and so edgy that it's authenticity rings off every page. They say that high school is supposed to be the best time of your life. But what if that's just not true? More than anything, Mary Rose wants to fit in. To be loved. And she'll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Even if it costs her her life. Told through the raw and unflinching diary entries of a real teen, Mary Rose struggles with addiction, bullying, and a deadly secret. Her compelling story will inspire readers--and remind them that they are not alone.
Sweet Valley is stunned by the news: Beautiful young Elizabeth Wakefield lies in a coma, on the brink of death after a horrible motorcycle accident. Elizabeth's boyfriend Todd is consumed by guilt; he was driving and escaped unharmed. He feels totally helpless. All he can do is wait for a change in Elizabeth's condition -- a change that might mean the loss of the only girl he's ever loved. But no one is more shattered than Elizabeth's twin, Jessica. As she keeps watch over the silent body of her sister, she's overwhelmed by despair. Without Elizabeth, can life go on?
Philip Beard's stunning debut novel is fifteen-year-old Tess DeNunzio's letter to her sister, Zoe, lost to a hit-and-run driver on a day when it seemed that nothing mattered but the tragedies playing out in New York and Washington. Dear Zoe is a remarkable study of grief, adolescence, and healing with a pitch-perfect narrator who is at once sharp and naïve, world- worried and self-centered, funny and heartbreakingly honest. Tess begins her letter to Zoe as a means of figuring out her own life, her place in the world, but the result is a novel of rare power and grace that tells us much about ours. BACKCOVER: "Like The Lovely Bones, [Dear Zoe] is a piercing look at how family recovers from a devastating loss. Everything about this moving, powerful debut rings true." --Booklist (starred review) "Beard peels away the layers of his protagonist's anguish simply and sensitively. . . and creates real, multidimensional and affecting characters." --The Washington Post "The whole novel . . . rings with truth." --The Buffalo News
A Global Community raid forces the kids in Illinois to abandon the schoolhouse, but not before Vicki has a final word for her satellite audience. In Israel, Judd and Lionel attempt to stop an assassination plot and prepare for a deadly prophecy. Will this be the end of two of their beloved friends? Join the Young Tribulation Force as they search for safety and witness good triumph over evil.
Cold-blooded murder can be hot as hell... In Las Vegas, the stakes are high--and so is the Scoville scale. Maxie Pierce and the Chili Showdown are in town for a very heated contest devoted to judging the legendary and notorious-for-being-self-combustible Devil's Breath chili. The guest judges are casino performers with a taste for chili and an eye for publicity. Maxie is already going mad organizing the event, dealing with her snide half sister, Sylvia, and trying to figure out her hothead of security, Nick. But when a local hack comedian drops dead in the middle of the Showdown, it isn't the spicy dish--it's poison. And Maxie is going to have to shuffle through a full deck of suspects to pick out the culprit. INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!
A season in London promises a welcome change of pace for two friends from the village of Kurland St. Mary--until murder makes a debut. . .With the reluctant blessings of their father, the rector of Kurland St. Mary, Lucy Harrington and her sister Anna leave home for a social season in London. At the same time, Lucy's special friend Major Robert Kurland is summoned to the city to accept a baronetcy for his wartime heroism.Amidst the dizzying whirl of balls and formal dinners, the focus shifts from mixing and matchmaking to murder when the dowager Countess of Broughton, the mother of an old army friend of Robert, drops dead. When it's revealed she's been poisoned, Robert's former betrothed, Miss Chingford, is accused, and she in turn points a finger at Anna. To protect her sister, Lucy enlists Robert's aid in drawing out the true culprit.But with suspects ranging from resentful rivals and embittered family members to the toast of the ton, it will take all their sleuthing skills to unmask the poisoner before more trouble is stirred up. . .Praise for Death Comes to the Village"[A] delightful debut. . .Readers will hope death returns soon to Kurland St. Mary." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Lloyd combines a satisfying mystery with plenty of wit and character development." --Booklist
Juggling lunchboxes, piano lessons, and baby-sitters has made Juliet a bit forgetful. Which explains why she very nearly overlooks her best friend's invitation to the big benefit gala.A little makeup and a lot of hair gel and she's all set to play with the grown-ups again. At the party she spots her old friend Lilly Green-movie star and mother of two-who lets Juliet in on a little secret. Her brother is in jail, accused of killing his father's wife, and Lilly needs some help in clearing his name. More than happy to oblige, Juliet takes off to investigate. But when she discovers that her famous friend may have played a role in the murder,she feels just plain sick. Or could that be morning sickness... again?
Recognized as one of the greatest living writers of the short story, William Trevor added "bestselling novelist" to his numerous accolades with the publication of Felicia's Journey. Death in Summer, a morally astute and emotionally resonant novel, again shows Trevor at the top of his form. There were three deaths that summer. Letitia went first, leaving her husband, Thaddeus, to relive their final, petty argument and to cope with raising their baby alone. The next death came after Thaddeus's mother-in-law moved into his country house. And finally, after the household seemed to settle down, an unwelcome guest appeared, heralding the third and last of the summer tragedies.
BAD MEDICINE The town of Medicine Bow, Arizona, gives Clint Adams a sick feeling right from the start. It seems a deadly epidemic swept through, claiming more than a few lives and driving the rest out in a hurry. But Clint isn't about to flee the scene--especially when he discovers a little girl abandoned by her parents and a feisty young woman determined to save her home. But he soon learns that there are more survivors in town--a group of bad men sicker than any epidemic could explain. OVER FIFTEEN MILLION GUNSMITH BOOKS IN PRINT!
The celebrated author, Gustave Aschenbach, burdened by his successes, comes to Venice for a holiday and encounters a vision of eros -- a vision for which he pays with his life. Death in Venice, Thomas Mann's intensely moving elegy for a man trapped between myth and modernity, was written at the peak of his powers.From the Hardcover edition.
A haunting novella, Death in Venice tells the story of a man who falls into foolish love, only to reap his own ruin. Gustav von Aschenbach, a dignified but lonely writer in the twilight of his life, is enjoying a Venetian vacation when he notices the taut, lean figure of a Polish boy. His name is Tadzio--and he embodies the sleek perfection of youth. Aschenbach finds himself completely and hopelessly obsessed with this ideal. Death in Venice brims with mythical imagery, exploring the themes of beauty and decay, passion and pestilence. This translation of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann's work by Jefferson S. Chase includes an additional novella, Tonio Kröger, and the short stories "Tristan," "Man and Dog: An Idyll," "Hour of Hardship," "Tobias Mindernickel," and "The Child Prodigy." Translated and with an Introduction by Jefferson S. Chase and an Afterword by Martin Swales
Whether it's to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for... Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town's Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street's portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle's signature truffles. As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away... FIRST IN A NEW SERIES Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!
The latest, greatest, high-tech thrill ride for Tom Clancy's legion of young fans.<P> The amateurs are beating the pros in this year's spatball playoffs-and some big bettors plan to lose a fortune. When they threaten a star player, the Net Force Explorers are called in to protect America's newest pastime.
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