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Scorpion

by Kerry Newcomb

Stricken by amnesia, Ben McQueen must confront his own past to escape a bitter conflict south of the borderIsabella is on her way to bury her husband when the Comanche attack. Already half-mad from grief, she tumbles into delirium after the first wave of the assault, raving as her servant, the freed slave Zion, fights off the Indians with his shotgun. As the ammunition runs low, Zion prays for a miracle. He gets Ben McQueen.His memory gone, his body weary, McQueen has nothing to remind him of his past but the medal that hangs around his neck--a token that George Washington gave to Ben's grandfather. McQueen may not remember who he is, he still knows how to fight. With his help, Zion and Isabella may be able to escape the Comanche. But it will take more than a lucky medal for this unlikely trio to escape Mexico alive.

Becoming a Man

by Paul Monette

Paul Monette's National Book Award-winning memoir hailed as a classic coming-out story<P> Paul Monette grew up all-American, Catholic, overachieving... and closeted. As a child of the 1950s, a time when a kid suspected of being a "homo" would routinely be beaten up, Monette kept his secret throughout his adolescence. He wrestled with his sexuality for the first thirty years of his life, priding himself on his ability to "pass" for straight. The story of his journey to adulthood and to self-acceptance with grace and honesty, this intimate portrait of a young man's struggle with his own desires is witty, humorous, and deeply felt.<P> Before his death of complications from AIDS in 1995, Monette was an outspoken activist crusading for gay rights. Becoming a Man shows his courageous path to stand up for his own right to love and be loved.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.

Shallows of Night

by Eric Van Lustbader

A warrior and his magic guide fight to survive on a planet of iceRonin never believed there could be life on the surface of the earth. He was a Bladesman of the Freehold, a subterranean city built centuries ago to shelter civilization from the ecological catastrophe that coated the world with ice. But when the rulers of the Freehold turned on him, Ronin fled the only way he could: up, to the frozen surface.Accompanied by Borros, the Magic Man, Ronin strikes out across the ice shelf, seeking shelter beside the frozen sea. What the pair finds is the exotic port city of Sha'angh'sei, home to the beautiful Kiri, where Ronin finds that everything is his for the taking. But even in this land of pleasure, they are not free from danger. Mythic creatures called Makkon threaten destruction. Ronin and Kiri must fight side by side to defeat this terrifying adversary.

The Novels of the Jaran

by Kate Elliott

A special four-in-one edition of Kate Elliott's sweeping and addictive Jaran seriesIn Jaran, the Earth of the future is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire. The volatility of these alien overlords is something with which Tess Soerensen is all too familiar. Her brother, Charles, rebelled against them and was rewarded by being elevated into their interstellar system. Struggling to find her place in the world, Tess sneaks aboard a shuttle bound for Rhui, one of her brother's planets. On the ground, she joins up with the native jaran people, becoming immersed in their nomadic society and customs. As she grows ever closer to the charismatic jaran ruler, Ilya--who is inflamed by an urgent mission of his own--Tess must choose between her feelings for him and her loyalty to her brother.In An Earthly Crown, the nomadic tribes of the jaran are uniting the settled cities of their homeland one by one. Their charismatic leader, Ilya Bakhtiian, has his loyal wife by his side, but there is something about her he doesn't know: Tess Soerensen is a human. Back home, her brother, Charles, led an unsuccessful revolt against the all-powerful Chapalii empire. Charles's insistence that Tess join him is as strong as Ilya's reluctance to part with his beloved wife--and neither considers that Tess may have her own plans for the future. As three fiercely independent spirits struggle for a solution, the fates of both the human race and the jaran hang in the balance.In His Conquering Sword, the jaran have been taking over towns and bending all non-jaran to the law of their rule. With Ilya Bakhtiian in charge, the nomadic fighters are now preparing an assault on the royal city of Karkand. But within the campaign, another struggle looms. Charles, the brother of Ilya's wife, Tess, is still driven by thoughts of revolt. Charles travels to Rhui for key information about the past, hoping to bring back his sister--his only heir.And in The Law of Becoming, Charles Soerensen's revolutionary inclinations have been reignited. In this final book, the story of Tess, Ilya, and Charles comes to its stunning conclusion as new generations get involved in the intrigue, Earth's exiled jaran people resurface, and the Chapalii overlords make one last, unexpected move.

Speaks the Nightbird

by Robert R. Mccammon

Came the time when the two travellers knew night would catch them, and shelter must be found.God and Satan are at war in the colonial Carolina town of Fount Royal, and even the citizens suspect that a witch is behind the tragedies that have plagued the town. The chief suspect is the beautiful and haunted widow Rachel. Traveling judge Isaac Woodward and his bright young clerk Matthew Corbett arrive to conduct a trial--and uncover the true evil at work in Fount Royal.

Murder on Cue

by Jane Dentinger

In the first book of the Jocelyn O'Roarke series, when a Broadway show's lead actress is murdered, her understudy must race to find the killer before it's too lateStruggling actress Jocelyn "Josh" O'Roarke just got a real offer. Well, something resembling a real offer. Her old friend Austin Frost has written a play for Broadway and cast the glamorous Harriet Weldon as the lead. Not wishing to leave his old friend Josh behind, he has invited her to be Harriet's understudy. The role of understudy is a difficult one--and it becomes even more so when Harriet turns up dead and the police name Josh their prime suspect. With the NYPD breathing down her neck, Josh must find the people responsible while ensuring that the show will go on. Murder on Cue is the first book of the Jocelyn O'Roarke mystery series, which also includes First Hit of the Season and Death Mask.

A Passage of Stars

by Kate Elliott

In the crackling first book of Kate Elliott's Highroad trilogy, strong-spirited Lily Ransome leaves her home planet--and the life she's always known--to rescue an abducted friendWillful as well as physically brave, Lily Ransome is dissatisfied by the options available to her on Unruli: She can either join her family's lucrative mining business or begin procreating. When Heredes, her beloved martial arts instructor, tutor, and father figure, is kidnapped by alien bounty hunters, Lily spurns the expectations of her home planet and ventures into space to find him. Befriending a persecuted minority class of humans called the Ridani, she becomes involved in an intergalactic rebellion and finds love in an unexpected place--as well as true strength within herself.A Passage of Stars is the first book of the Highroad trilogy, which continues with Revolution's Shore and The Price of Ransom.

Jaran

by Kate Elliott

The first book of Kate Elliott's epic Novels of the Jaran, set in an alien-controlled galaxy where a young woman seeks to find her own life and love, but is tied to her brother's revolutionary fateIn the future, Earth is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire. The volatility of these alien overlords is something with which Tess Soerensen is all too familiar. Her brother, Charles, rebelled against them at one time and was rewarded by being elevated into their interstellar system--yet there is reason to believe they murdered his and Tess's parents.Struggling to find her place in the world and still mending a broken heart, Tess sneaks aboard a shuttle bound for Rhui, one of her brother's planets. On the ground, she joins up with the native jaran people, becoming immersed in their nomadic society and customs while also attempting to get to the bottom of a smuggling scheme she encountered on her journey there. As she grows ever closer to the charismatic jaran ruler, Ilya--who is inflamed by an urgent mission of his own--Tess must choose between her feelings for him and her loyalty to her brother.Jaran is the first volume of the Novels of the Jaran, which continue with An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming.

The Charioteer

by Mary Renault

Mary Renault's landmark novel about a wounded soldier who returns from the front and must choose between relationships with two very different men<P> After being wounded at Dunkirk in World War II, Laurie Odell is sent back home to a rural British hospital. Standing out among the orderlies is Andrew, a bright conscientious objector raised as a Quaker. The unspoken romance between the two men is tested when Ralph, a friend of Laurie's from school, re-enters his life, introducing him into a milieu of jaded, experienced gay men. Will Laurie reconcile himself to Ralph's embrace, or can he offer Andrew the idealized, Platonic intimacy he yearns for?<P> This novel has been called one of the foundation stones of gay literary fiction, ranking alongside James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room and Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar. Celebrated for its literary brilliance and sincere depiction of complex human emotions, The Charioteer is a stirring and beautifully rendered portrayal of love.<P> This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author.

Exodus and QB VII

by Leon Uris

A special two-in-one edition by a master of storytelling, featuring Exodus, the epic saga of Israel's earliest days,and QB VII, the story of a writer accused of committing atrocities during World War IIThe Exodus was just one ship among many that carried survivors of the Holocaust to Palestine to establish a new nation. But the path that Jewish immigrants took to enter British-controlled Palestine was a difficult one, fraught with danger and political intrigue. The boat was intercepted by British forces and the refugees were placed in concentration camps.Uris's blockbuster novel traces the lives of the men and women who brave British naval blockades to help Israel come into being, from Ari Ben Canaan, who works tirelessly to smuggle in settlers, to Kitty Fremont, an American nurse drawn into a vast, tragic history. Weaving together fact and fiction, history and dramatic storylines, Exodus stands today as one of the most influential narratives of the founding of the State of Israel.In QB VII, for Abe Cady, settlement is not an option when the facts of the Holocaust are on trial. A journalist and screenwriter, Cady produced the definitive account of the Holocaust just after World War II. But Polish doctor Adam Kelno, who was pressed into service in a notorious concentration camp, sues Cady for his book's claim that the doctor conducted terrible experiments on camp inmates. The libel trial that follows tears open old wounds, disrupts lives, and becomes a battle for justice on behalf of tens of thousands of lost and damaged souls.QB VII is a gripping drama, largely based on author Uris's own protracted libel defense against a former concentration camp surgeon named in his novel Exodus. It was made into the first miniseries in television history.

The Good Earth Trilogy

by Pearl S. Buck

Set in China during the early twentieth century, Pearl S. Buck's timeless trilogy is the powerful story of a family--and a nation--in transition The Good Earth is Buck's classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant farmer, and his wife, O-lan, a former slave. With luck and hard work, the couple's fortunes improve over the years: They are blessed with sons, and save steadily until one day they can afford to buy property in the House of Wang--the very house in which O-lan used to work. But success brings with it a new set of problems. Wang soon finds himself the target of jealousy, and as good harvests come and go, so does the social order. Will Wang's family cherish the estate after he's gone? The family's story continues in Sons and A House Divided, when the Revolution sweeping through China further unsettles Wang Lung's family in this rich and unforgettable portrait of a family and a country in the throes of widespread national change.

The Daughters of England, Volumes One Through Three

by Philippa Carr

The first three books of Philippa Carr's celebrated Daughters of England series, which feature romance, mystery, and epic historical sweepThe Miracle at St. Bruno'sDuring the tumultuous reign of King Henry VIII, Damask Farland, named after a rose, is captivated by the mysterious orphan Bruno. Discovered upon the abbey altar on Christmas morning, then raised by monks, Bruno becomes the great man whom Damask grows to love--only to be shattered by his cruel betrayal. The Lion TriumphantWhile the rivalry between Inquisition-torn Spain and Elizabethan England seethes, Captain Jake Pennlyon thrives as a fearsome and virile plunderer who takes what he wants--and his sights are set on Catherine Farland. Blackmailed into wedlock, Cat vows to escape. Fate intervenes when she's taken prisoner aboard a Spanish galleon . . . unaware that she's a pawn in one man's long-awaited revenge.The Witch from the SeaLinnet Pennlyon, proud daughter of a sea captain, finds herself in a vicious trap: Pregnancy has forced her to marry the cunning Squire Colum Casvellyn. Once their baby is born, she devotes herself to their son. Yet, little by little, against her will, Linnet finds herself drawn to her passionate, mercurial husband. Dark secrets lurk in their castle, and when a beautiful stranger washes up on the shore, Linnet suddenly finds she's no longer in control of her family--or her life.

Imperial Woman

by Pearl S. Buck

Pearl S. Buck's remarkable account of the life of Tzu Hsi, the magnetic and fierce-minded woman from humble origins who became China's last empressIn Imperial Woman, Pearl S. Buck brings to life the amazing story of Tzu Hsi, who rose from concubine status to become the working head of the Qing Dynasty. Born from a humble background, Tzu Hsi falls in love with her cousin Jung Lu, a handsome guard--but while still a teenager she is selected, along with her sister and hundreds of other girls, for relocation to the Forbidden City. Already set apart on account of her beauty, she's determined to be the emperor's favorite, and devotes all of her talent and cunning to the task. When the emperor dies, she finds herself in a role of supreme power, one she'll command for nearly fifty years. Much has been written about Tzu Hsi, but no other novel recreates her life--the extraordinary personality, together with the world of court intrigue and the period of national turmoil with which she dealt--as well as Imperial Woman. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author's estate.

This Proud Heart

by Pearl S. Buck

As her second marriage approaches, a brilliant and independent sculptor faces tensions between her art and everyday lifeThis Proud Heart narrates the experience of a gifted sculptor and her struggle to reconcile her absorbing career with society's domestic expectations. Susan Gaylord is talented, loving, equipped with a strong moral sense, and adept at anything she puts her hand to, from housework to playing the piano to working with marble and clay. But the intensity of her artistic calling comes at a price, isolating her from other people--at times, even from her own family. When her husband dies and she remarries, she finds herself once again comparing the sacrifice of solitude to that of commitment. With a heroine who is naturalistic yet compellingly larger than life, This Proud Heart is incomparable in its sympathetic study of character. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Pearl S. Buck including rare images from the author's estate.

The Dauntless Miss Wingrave

by Amanda Scott

A brave young gentlewoman dares to defy an infuriatingly arrogant earl Brave and beautiful Miss Emily Wingrave knows that it will not be easy to help her older widowed sister deal with the trustee of her late husband's estate. The trustee is none other than the willful, arrogant Earl of Meriden, and she is determined to stop him from meddling with her sister's struggling family. But as Emily engages the provocative Earl in a battle of wits and wills, she learns just how well armed he is: His surprising charm and seductive techniques will make her worry that she might very well be the one who surrenders.

The Tomorrow War

by Mack Maloney

After the most daring mission of his career, the Wingman disappears--setting off a stunning manhuntIn an alternate universe, the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1998. Within weeks, their massive navy has seized control of the Panama Canal and all of South America. Hope lies in Hawk Hunter, a refugee from another dimension who's the greatest fighter pilot the world, in any dimension, has ever seen. He mounts a daring raid on Tokyo, dropping a bomb so powerful that it obliterates the Japanese mainland--sinking it beneath the waves like a new Atlantis. And then, after his greatest triumph, the Wingman vanishes. Finding him is left to Yaz, the sharpest spy the government has to offer, and Zoltan the Magnificent, a US Psychic Corps officer with a dramatic streak. As they get on Hunter's trail, they find that the Wingman isn't dead--he's embarked on his greatest adventure yet. The Tomorrow War is the sixteenth book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

Return of Sky Ghost

by Mack Maloney

Trapped in an alternate universe, the Wingman battles the JapaneseIn a parallel universe, the Nazi war machine has finally been defeated after fifty years of combat. But just a few weeks after Victory in Europe Day, war breaks out in a hitherto peaceful theater: the Pacific. A small American ship is on a routine patrol when its captain spies three aircraft-carrying submarines so large that they leave tidal waves in their wakes. Dozens of attack planes stream out from the colossal ships, destroying Pearl Harbor in a matter of minutes before disappearing back into the sea. Ace fighter pilot Hawk Hunter has heard this story before. A refugee from the dimension where World War II ended in 1945, he's still getting used to this new universe when the Japanese strike. To defeat them, the United States will need the Wingman--the finest pilot of all time--to rise up in this reality just as he has in the other. Return of the Sky Ghost is the fifteenth book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

The Sky Ghost

by Mack Maloney

After a final act of heroism, the Wingman lands in another dimension, where the Second World War is still raging more than five decades laterAfter surviving years of nuclear warfare, mankind found itself facing a new, unimaginable threat: a comet headed directly for Earth. Once again, Hawk Hunter, the world's greatest fighter pilot, was determined to rescue the human race. But this would be the last time. On a suicide mission, he flew headfirst into the comet, diverting its path, sparing the planet, and knocking himself into another universe altogether. He comes to in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where he's picked up by a US Navy cruiser whose size boggles the imagination. It's 1997, and the United States is locked in a struggle with Nazi Germany that has lasted more than fifty years. America's resolve is fading, and her citizens need a hero to end this terrible war once and for all. And Hunter will prove that no matter what the year, no matter what the dimension, he is the finest hero on Earth. The Sky Ghost is the fourteenth book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

Death Orbit

by Mack Maloney

After years of global war, the Wingman faces a threat from outer spaceHawk Hunter is the finest fighter pilot on Earth. Behind the controls of his famous red, white, and blue F-16, he can perform feats of aviation that make gravity seem nonexistent. All his life he has yearned to escape the Earth's pull, and now he finally has--orbiting the planet in a stolen Russian shuttle. But this is no pleasure cruise. A crazed terrorist has escaped the Wingman's grasp. Pursuing his old enemy in zero gravity, Hunter detects a far greater threat than one rogue madman: a comet speeding straight toward Earth. Stopping this interstellar threat will be the toughest mission of Hunter's highly decorated career. To fend off the comet, the people of Earth must band together as they never have before. In a world consumed by warfare, only peace can save them. Death Orbit is the thirteenth book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

Target: Point Zero

by Mack Maloney

To save the planet from a crazed terrorist, the Wingman turns to the starsIt's been years since the Soviet Union used its last dying breath to rain nuclear annihilation upon the United States. Now, freedom's greatest enemy is no longer the entire Russian government; it's a single Russian man: Viktor Robotov, a demented genius, is an expert at inciting mayhem. Twice he has manipulated global politics to produce catastrophic wars, and twice the pilot Hawk Hunter has thwarted him. But Robotov's latest scheme will force Hunter to fly higher than he ever has before--all the way to outer space. On a state-of-the-art Russian shuttle, Robotov launches himself into orbit, planning to collect the derelict laser satellites left over from the so-called Star Wars defense system. When he returns the satellites to Earth, he plans to shower death upon mankind. But he has to land first--and the Wingman will be waiting for him. Target Point Zero is the twelfth book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

The Ghost War

by Mack Maloney

To stop a super-weapon before it reaches America's shores, the Wingman sets his sights on the seaLow on fuel while patrolling the South Pacific, Captain "Crunch" O'Malley has no choice but to touch down on Xmas Island, a capitalist's paradise, where anything can be bought or sold. On his first fly-by, he finds the hedonistic hot spot is nothing more than a blackened hole in the ground. A weapon of extreme power has wiped out every trace of life on the island, and the United States could be next. The carnage was wreaked by a battleship armed with an array of sixteen-inch cannons that, in a matter of minutes, could obliterate any city on Earth. As far as Hawk Hunter is concerned, that constitutes a direct threat to the West Coast. And so, as he has done so many times before, he will suit up and defend the nation that he loves. The Ghost War is the eleventh book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

War of the Sun

by Mack Maloney

With the West Coast on the verge of destruction, the Wingman takes flight to Japan to fight for what he loves mostAmerica has been split in two: An army of cultish mercenaries from East Asia has seized the West Coast, conquering territory as far east as the Rocky Mountains--all in the name of Hashi Pushi, a Japanese despot revered as a god. The army may be scattered, but it receives support from two submarines that patrol the Pacific, each armed with a nuclear warhead. Any attack, they have promised, will result in the annihilation of two American cities--a price the battle-scarred populace is not prepared to pay. Onboard the carrier Enterprise, Major Hawk Hunter prepares to strike. His target is not the submarines, but Tokyo itself. In a modern-day Doolittle raid, he and his fellow pilots will attack this warrior cult from the top down, bringing the Wingman face to face with one of America's most dangerous enemies. War of the Sun is the tenth book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

Return from the Inferno

by Mack Maloney

When the Wingman vanishes, it's up to the remaining few to fight America's latest invaders Just as America is beginning to recover from nuclear war, her enemies attack again. As ace pilot Hawk Hunter battles the horde of Nordic mercenaries who have ravaged the East Coast, another army lands in California: the combined forces of the dictatorships of East Asia. The Second Axis is here. As always, Hunter leads the charge, flying his famous red, white, and blue F-16 into the invasion's maw. But for the first time ever, the Wingman does not come out the other side. Their champion gone, America's soldiers carry on in his absence, resorting to guerilla warfare in a desperate attempt to protect the country's interior. As the hopeless battle wears on, rumors circulate that Hunter is out there somewhere, planning a counterattack. Until that glorious day comes, there is nothing America can do but hope. Return from the Inferno is the ninth book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

Skyfire

by Mack Maloney

The Wingman thought he could retire in peace--but the latest threat to America is about to prove him wrong In the chaos that followed the end of World War III, Major Hawk Hunter took refuge in the arms of a woman named Dominique. As he waged war against the Soviets, fighting to restore the United States, the nation's greatest fighter pilot and the woman he loved became the most famous couple of the Free World. But Hunter's campaign soon tore them apart, and he was forced to send her to Canada, where his enemies claimed Dominique as their own. Drugged, tortured, and imprisoned, she waits helplessly--praying for his return. After leading a daring raid to rescue his beloved, Hunter announces his retirement, declaring that only a nuclear threat could get him back into the cockpit. But such a threat is coming--in the sleek black nuclear submarines now steaming toward the eastern seaboard, whose warheads threaten everything Hunter has fought to rebuild. Skyfire is the eighth book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

Freedom Express

by Mack Maloney

To tame the Badlands, the Wingman trades in his F-16 for a locomotiveWorld War III ended with a Soviet nuclear attack that shattered the United States into fragments. Led by Major Hawk Hunter, what remained of the country's armed forces fought off the Red Army invasion, and they have spent years rebuilding their fragmented nation. Only one territory was left deserted: the Southwest, now known as the Badlands. In order to reestablish the overland route between the eastern and western regions, a train of modern pioneers is sent across the desert. The train makes it safely, but when it arrives in Los Angeles, every passenger on board has vanished. To bring the fight to the bandits, Hunter designs his own train--a super-fortress on rails that will make the country safe again. But the new Wild West is no place for a lawman, and Hunter will need more than a six-gun to survive. Freedom Express is the seventh book of the Wingman series, which also includes Wingman and The Circle War.

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