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The ground violently pitched Dusty about like a rag doll, he grabbed for the log he had been standing close to, but it too was being tossed about. At that instant a cracking, grinding sound came to his ears and a cavernous crack opened at his feet. Looking down, Dusty saw cold murky water and realized the place he had chosen to rest wasn't a clearing at all. -- It was a small lake!
Regular Army Corporal is a story of an American family and of a childhood and adolescence in the troubled and now forgotten eras of the Great Depression and World War II, and of a young man's struggle for maturity and fulfillment in his relationship with Jesus Christ in the midst of war. In it the author addresses troublesome issues of morality, sexuality, ethics, alcoholism, and military discipline and leadership that are every bit as urgent and compelling today as in the wars of the past century and throughout our history. It is also a tribute to the Magnificent Generation, our "mighty men of valor," who evolved as professional soldiers in the dark days of World War II and went on to lead our young soldiers in the decades of war and international tension that followed.
English is a blend of passion and logic, except in spelling, which has nothing to do with either. Language is a set of conventions, some of them sensible, and some accidental. Usage is not so much a question of what is right or wrong as of what is or is not accepted. Accepted by whom? By the experts and the committees, and the advisers and the authorities, the stylists, and the grammarists, bless them, who write dictionaries, style guides, textbooks, handbooks, and grammar books in seventy-five volumes. They set limits; decide who has wiggle room and where. Academic writing operates in solitary confinement. Technical writing is medium-security; business writing a work-release effort. Next to them, creative writing is a resort. The only writing manual most writers will ever want -- or need!
The Family is a group of homeless people living under a bridge in Honolulu. When they discover a murder victim, Dick and George of the Payne and Clark Detective Agency reluctantly agree to take on the case pro bono and clear them of suspicion. But, where is the money belt and the hundred thousand dollars the corpse was wearing? Who are the men in long black Cadillacs suddenly following Dick and George? When the family disappears, Lt. Cochran of the Honolulu police wants to arrest Dick and George for hiding them. Maggie the receptionist is on the trail of the family when another horribly brutal murder is discovered, this one apparently committed by the family, so Maggie is in danger. Then Family takes on a whole new meaning when the Mafia gets involved and threatens Dick and George with slow painful deaths. They chase bad guys, and now six million dollars, from Las Vegas to Guam.
Margaret Swensen loved to be outdoors, but she was not a hiker or an angler; she was first a mother and a quilter, but at 55 years old she did all the research, even hiked many of the trails, and wrote the Hiker's Guide to Alaska; and did all the research and wrote most of the Angler's Guide to Alaska. She compiled and published the poems of her grandfather, Willis Eugene Robison, in the book As Life Passes. Margaret loved words and she loved writing. Say It Again, 1,500 Times is the compilation of the expressions that governed her life. It's the stuff she used to train her children, teach classes, and incorporated in life's tales she enjoyed tellin--and others enjoyed hearing. Say It Again, 1,500 Times is truly Margaret's favorite thought and words of wisdom.
Loon is Calling. Do You Hear Him? Loon Necklace is the a legend of how loons received their necklace-like white feathers around their necks.
Jayesh Satvahana, a lawyer, is a loser and a winner--rolled into one. A successful and progressing career makes him a winner, but as far as relationships go--he's a loser. A chance meeting with the beautiful Maya Choudhary shakes Jay and he questions the very foundations of his life. Maya comes for help to save her non profit organization from greedy commercialists. Before Jay realizes, he is madly in love with Maya. He fights her case with audacity and determination. He struggles to win the case and wants to win Maya--and spend the rest of his life in peace and happiness. But fate is not without a cruel sense of irony.
Sydney, a six-year-old charmer, wants to hire detectives to find her mother. Her father, Henderson, is an inmate in O triple C. (Oahu Community Correctional Center). He's scheduled to testify against the Mafia in Las Vegas, has been framed, and his life is in danger in the prison. Syd's mother has been kidnapped by prison guards who mistakenly believe that Henderson has stolen three hundred thousand dollars. Dick and George rescue the mother, but Dick is shot in the shoulder. They need ten thousand dollars to hire the notorious lawyer who will certainly spring the father. They stage a phony kidnapping to raise the money, move Maggie their receptionist to Seattle to impersonate a branch office. They get the father out of jail, and move the entourage to Seattle. Now they must get Henderson to Las Vegas in time to testify, but because Wickersham, the world's number one detective agency, has been hired to find Henderson, they dare not use a credit card.When Henderson's driver's license number is broadcast in Bakersfield, California, George, and Maggie take off with the cars, hoping to lead the detective agency astray, leaving Dick and Henderson with very little time and very little money to get to Vegas any way they can. In the final dash, they drive a stolen cop car up the steps of the courthouse just minutes late.
Three orphaned sisters, each burdened with fears, find themselves fleeing from an abusive, revenge-seeking foster mother. The girls evade authorities and their past when they land on the doorstep of a bachelor, who lives with his two German shepherds at his rural Washington state home. Twelve-year-old Chris, a victim of sexual abuse, only wants to keep her sisters together, Katie, 10, a victim of physical abuse and eight-year-old Jane, a victim of verbal abuse. Fleeing from their past, the girls grow closer to the man who decides to battle the court system to adopt them. But the girl's psychotic foster mother and a tragic ending await the sisters when their horrifying past finally catches up to them.
SERENGETI: Those vast African grasslands where God poured out herds of wildlife to trek across the savannahs after the thunderous rains. He turned the full brilliance of the sun on the land for warmth. He then put people there and gave them cattle for their wealth and music for their joy. Hear the call of the birds, and smile as the children play Somewhere, a lion roars as the sun sinks below the horizon. Warm winds carry the smell of rain and the heady odor of human toil as a stew cooks over a charcoal fire. Human tragedy unfolds in slavery and disease. Strangers from other lands come, some to love and care, some to destroy, most without regard to the fragile Serengeti. Come with me and meet the many--both native and transplant--who live, love, and die in this magnificently brutal land.
Inspired by the inevitable Red state versus Blue state revolution in America, the heads of the new Russian controlled oil cartel, with China's urging and blessing, approach the only American business man they truly trust. The Oil Producing Economic Alliance (OPEA), through Ryan Carlson, presents a too-good-to-be-true offer to the emerging Red State American republic. Continuing on from where his last book The Fraternity: Alaskan and Russian Roulette left off, C. David adroitly inserts the heroes into an unsettling story predicting our near future. Combining his knowledge of the American and Russian oil patch with the street savvy of his military intelligence cohort, Stan Williams, Ryan once again convinces Stan to join forces with his must trusted Russian friend, ex-KGB Colonel Alexander Romanoff. Their goal is to strike a deal with the OPEA to help stem the rapidly declining American influence in world politics and economics, restoring America's status of the twentieth century, based on equal partnership with China and Russia. It is clear that Gleason has enough familiarity with the Russian political scene to bring authenticity to his novels. His knowledge of the works of our original founding fathers and the original intent of the United Nations charter re-establish this authentic connection in Trust Me: A Blueprint for Revolution. It is another highly entertaining read!
Daren Chambers, wealthy owner of a car dealership in Hawaii, has been shot to death. His beautiful wife, Sally, co-owner and business partner, is terrified. She's afraid that whoever killed Darren will be coming after her next--and she's right. She hires Dick and George, the Payne and Clark Detective Agency, to investigate the killing. The police may be working on the who, but Sally is worried about the why. The killer has the same idea, and Dick and George scramble to protect her from bombs on Oahu, stalkers on Maui, murder on the Big Island, and machine guns on Kauai.
Excerpt: . . . CHAPTER XI. THE CAPTAIN FOLLOWS HIS SHIP. When Padre Esteban had finished reading the document he laid it down and fixed his eyes on the young man. Hurlstone met his look with a glance of impatient disdain. "What have you to say to this?" asked the ecclesiastic, a little impressed by his manner. "That as far as it concerns myself it is a farrago of absurdity. If I were the person described there, why should I have sought you with what you call a lie of 'sentimental passion, ' when I could have claimed protection openly with my SISTER PATRIOT," he added, with a bitter laugh. "Because you did not know THEN the sympathy of the people nor the decision of the Council," said the priest. "But I know it NOW, and I refuse to accept it. " "You refuse
The Cruise of the Snark (1911) is a memoir of Jack and Charmian London''s 1907-1909 voyage across the Pacific. His descriptions of surf-riding, which he dubbed a royal sport, helped introduce it to and popularize it with the mainland. London writes: Through the white crest of a breaker suddenly appears a dark figure, erect, a man-fish or a sea-god, on the very forward face of the crest where the top falls over and down, driving in toward shore, buried to his loins in smoking spray, caught up by the sea and flung landward, bodily, a quarter of a mile. It is a Kanaka on a surf-board. And I know that when I have finished these lines I shall be out in that riot of colour and pounding surf, trying to bit those breakers even as he, and failing as he never failed, but living life as the best of us may live it. . from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Intuitive navigation. . Text annotation and mark-up. .
Joseph Rodman Drake (1795-1820) was an early American poet. Born in New York City, he was orphaned when young and entered a mercantile house. While still a child, he showed a talent for writing poems. He was educated at Columbia. In 1813 he began studying in a physician's office. In 1816 he began to practice medicine and in the same year was married to Sarah, daughter of Henry Eckford, the naval architect. In 1819, together with his friend and fellow poet Fitz-Greene Halleck, he wrote a series of satirical verses for the New York Evening Post, which were published under the penname The Croakers. Drake died a year later, of consumption, at the age of twenty-five. A collection, The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, was published posthumously by his daughter in 1835. His best-known poems are the long title-poem of that collection, and the patriotic The American Flag.
This early work by Maurice Leblanc was originally published in 1912 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. "The Crystal Stopper" is another favourite mystery novel by Leblanc where during a burglary at the home of Deputy Daubrecq, a crime is committed and two accomplices of Arsene Lupin are arrested by the police. Maurice Marie Emile Leblanc was born on 11th November 1864 in Rouen, Normandy, France. He was a novelist and writer of short stories, known primarily as the creator of the fictional gentleman thief and detective, Arsene Lupin. From the start, Leblanc wrote both short crime stories and longer novels - and his lengthier tomes, heavily influenced by writers such as Flaubert and Maupassant, were critically admired, but met with little commercial success. Leblanc was largely considered little more than a writer of short stories for various French periodicals when the first Arsene Lupin story appeared. It was published as a series of stories in the magazine 'Je Sais Trout', starting on 15th July, 1905. Clearly created at editorial request under the influence of, and in reaction to, the wildly successful Sherlock Holmes stories, the roguish and glamorous Lupin was a surprise success and Leblanc's fame and fortune beckoned. In total, Leblanc went on to write twenty-one Lupin novels or collections of short stories. On this success, he later moved to a beautiful country-side retreat in Etreat (in the Haute-Normandie region in north-western France), which today is a museum dedicated to the Arsene Lupin books. Leblanc was awarded the Legion d'Honneur - the highest decoration in France - for his services to literature. He is buried in the prestigious Montparnasse Cemetery of Paris. "
pubOne. info present you this new edition. Every Rivermouth boy looks upon the sea as being in some way mixed up with his destiny. While he is yet a baby lying in his cradle, he hears the dull, far-off boom of the breakers; when he is older, he wanders by the sandy shore, watching the waves that come plunging up the beach like white-maned sea-horses, as Thoreau calls them; his eye follows the lessening sail as it fades into the blue horizon, and he burns for the time when he shall stand on the quarter-deck of his own ship, and go sailing proudly across that mysterious waste of waters.
Excerpt: . . . Thats the way these fellows who dont know any better chuck their money about," he added, swinging around in his chair towards her. "The clothes I have on cost me exactly four pounds fifteen cash, and I guarantee his were no better. " Catherine frowned impatiently. "We did not come here, did we, Mr. Fenn, to discuss Mr. Ordens tailors bill? I can see no object at all in going through his correspondence in this way. What you have to search for is a packet wrapped up in thin yellow oilskin, with Number 17 on the outside in black ink. " "Oh, he might have slipped it in anywhere," Fenn pointed out. "Besides, theres always a chance that one of his letters may give us a clue as to where he has hidden the document. Come and sit down by the side of me, wont you, Miss Abbeway? Do " "I would rather stand, thank you," she replied. "You seem to find your present occupation to your taste. I should loathe it " "Never think of my own feelings," Fenn said briskly, "when theres a job to be done. I wish youd be a bit more friendly, though, Miss Abbeway. Let me pull that chair up by the side of mine. I like to have you near. You know, Ive been a bachelor for a good many years," he went on impressively, "but a little homey place like this always makes me think of things. Ive nothing against marriage if only a man can be lucky enough to get the right sort of girl, and although advanced thinkers like you and me and some of the others are looking at things differently, nowadays, I wouldnt mind much which way it was," he confided, dropping his voice a little and laying his hand upon her arm, "if you could make up your mind
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion is a philosophical work by the Scottish philosopher David Hume. Through dialogue, three philosophers named Demea, Philo, and Cleanthes debate the nature of God's existence.
This is a sensible book. I want you to understand that. This is a book to improve your mind. In this book I tell you all about Germany--at all events, all I know about Germany--and the Ober-Ammergau Passion Play. I also tell you about other things. I do not tell you all I know about all these other things, because I do not want to swamp you with knowledge. I wish to lead you gradually. When you have learnt this book, you can come again, and I will tell you some more.
With an introduction by Michael Irwin. The young Thomas Hardy was working as an architect, but fired with literary ambition, tried for years to get into print. He finally succeeded with Desperate Remedies, a sensation novel in the mode of Wilkie Collins. Here was a racy specimen of the genre, replete with sudden death, dark mysteries, intriguing clues, fire and storm, flight and pursuit. Anyone who enjoys The Woman in White is likely to enjoy Desperate Remedies. But that is only half the story. Hardy contrived also, in this unlikely context, to give a first airing to various of the ideas and technical experiments which were to characterise his later fiction. The result is an exhilaratingly uneven work: at any point in the narrative some brilliant passage of description or metaphor may burst out like a firework. Desperate Remedies can be relished both for what it is and for what it promises.
Nothing could exceed the beauty of the view as we approached our intended halting-place. Having crossed the torrent by a wooden bridge, the mountains we had been winding through showed out in all their grandeur, while above us, inaccessible peaks, with sharp and fanciful projections, nestled their mighty heads among the fleecy clouds, which hung about after the recent rains. ~ ~ ~ Captain William Henry Knight journeyed through Kashmir and Tibet in 1860 in the company of another officer and a porter. Having spent a year and a half in India with his regiment, Captain Knight had managed to obtain a six months' leave of absence in order to escape the hot season and journey through the cool foothills of the Himalayas. His goal in this volume was to represent "a faithful picture of travels in regions where excursion trains are still unknown, and Travelers' Guides unpublished." WILLIAM HENRY KNIGHT was a Captain in England's Forty-Eighth Regiment. This is his only known work.
Two young women, the daughters of an engineer who has secretly squandered the family finances in ill-advised mining schemes in Devil's Ford, find themselves romanced by two stockholders, who seek to keep the women ignorant of their father's failure . . . and end up nearly destroying themselves in the process.
The story of a male pacifist novelist, with subtle autobiographical references. The characters are delineated in a manner that engrosses the reader. With the ups and downs faced by the protagonist, at times emotional turmoil and at other times profound contentment, the story captivates the imagination.