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EMT Rescue

by Pat Ivey

These are the trying, true stories of the mobile emergency medical technicians who often are the only thing standing between any one of us and death. Author Pat Ivey uses her extensive firsthand experiences, as well as an unflinching eye for drama and detail, to bring us the unheard tales of heroism and courage of the EMT units. She takes us into a hidden world of children in need, women seeking shelter from the storm of abuse, and the realities of industrial accidents. A simple car crash turns into a Herculean effort, an epic struggle against the clock and against the odds. Tragic misfortunes that usually occur silently in everyday America and the men and women who try to heal these heart-pounding predicaments are put reverently on stage in this heroic, honest, and compassionate compilation of true action adventures.

Back Online

by Laura Dower

Madison Finn is back online, and she's spilling all the details on her new friend, old flame, and very unexpected crush Madison, Aimee, Fiona, and the gang are ready for a new school year, but Madison knows that nothing is ever what you expect--especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Regardless of how prepared she is, the eighth grade is going to bring a bunch of awkward new experiences and some major surprises, including a new love interest--and a very confusing love triangle! Perfect for fans of the Dork Diaries, Back Online is the newest novel in the hugely popular From the Files of Madison Finn series.

Breaking Point

by James Gunn

Although the short stories in this collection take place in the distant future and within fictional landscapes, the themes that James Gunn examines are the perpetual issues of the human race. These stories revolve around the testing of man's true character--a problem that Gunn, through his powerful plot construction, proves is universal.

The Burning

by James Gunn

Scientist John Wilson cannot deny the accusations coming from the beautiful blond girl with the burning eyes, nor can he refuse her offer. But in accepting her proposal, John must forgo his first love, science, and resign himself to the will of a higher power--magic. Now the door to his past has slammed shut with terrifying finality, and his future holds a horror that no rational mind can fathom. Will The Burning separate John from the comfort of the reality he loves so dearly, or will it open doors in his mind that had been locked . . . until she arrived?

Casanova Crimes

by Nancy Herndon

In this Elena Jarvis mystery, a student at Herbert Hobart University has been murdered. Unfortunately for investigators, Graham Fullerton had made a lot of enemies in his short life--mostly female ones. Graham's love-them-and-leave-them attitude made him the most hated man on campus--and it's up to Dr. Jarvis to sort out the scores of jilted lovers. But nothing is ever that simple for Elena Jarvis: someone is after her too?

Crisis!

by James Gunn

Johnson is plagued by the absence of his memory and by the strange dreams of horrific futures that he somehow knows will become reality if he does not act. He was born in a hopeless future and is doomed to travel in the past and repair humanity's problems before they can happen. Unfortunately, every time he returns to the abyss outside of time he loses all memory of what just occurred. The only information Johnson has of his existence is a one-page letter written to himself, reminding him of his duties. Over and over, he must follow his nightmares and repair the damage done by those in the past. Time is in a perpetual state of turmoil for Johnson, but he lives in a future free of damage. His duty is to erase all possibility of the predicted Crisis!

The Disappearance of Gregory Pluckrose

by Elizabeth Gundy

"Let me make clear from the outset, I detest adventure. It's tasteless, showy, vulgar, and uncalled for." <P> So begins this delicious thriller about a gay interior decorator who joins his super-wealthy clients for a Caribbean cruise, only to find himself shanghaied by pirates.<P> Bound hand and foot and tossed unceremoniously into a quaint, Paul Gauguin sort of hut picturesquely thatched with banana leaves, Gregory fears he will be boiled à la langouste and served without so much as a creative sauce.<P> But one night as he lies in the dark with his face in the dirt, he hears a digging, snooting sound coming from the ground outside...Enter - the most endearing sidekick in fiction, the brave pig Savarin.

The Dreamers

by James Gunn

It is an age when high tech rules supreme. Computers do all the work while humans spend their lives enjoying drug-induced fantasies. Only a handful live and work in the traditional sense--managing the few affairs that still need attention. At the center of this system is the Mnemonist, the man who directs everything that happens. But now he has reached an advanced age and must carefully choose a dreamer capable of taking over his crucial position.

Duke

by Bill Gutman

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was one of jazz's greatest innovators. Join Bill Gutman as he explores the fascinating life of this legend from his birth at the turn of the century to his death at the age of seventy-five. Interviewing Duke's friends, fans, and fellow musicians, Gutman documents the progress of a man who dedicated his life to crafting the ever-changing sound of jazz. Gutman plunges into the history of jazz from its origin in the honky-tonk sounds of the Ragtime Era to the forms that are widely enjoyed today. Jazz has evolved through the years to become one of the most popular forms of music, with Duke Ellington as chief composer, artist, and perfomer. Gutman's account of Ellington's life as it parallels the history of jazz provides a fascinating history for both jazz veterans and those new to the art form.

EMT

by Pat Ivey

This book takes the reader to the front lines of medicine, from a serious automobile accident on a dark country road to a woman in cardiac arrest to a young man with near-fatal gunshot wounds. For these patients and countless others, treatment cannot wait until they are wheeled into a distant emergency room. If lives are to be salvaged, care must begin with the life-saving skills of Emergency Medical Technicians. "I could never work on a rescue squad," is a statement the author has heard over and over throughout her years of squad service and readily admits it once described her own feelings. "If I can do it, so can you," is her response to those whose fear and self-doubt hold them back. "Anything is possible."EMT: Beyond the Lights and Sirens is more than a personal account of Pat Ivey's rescue squad experiences. It is a story of courage and hope and letting go of past losses. It is a book for anyone who has ever struggled to go beyond who they are. Step aboard the ambulance. Witness the tender moments amidst tragedy. Experience the joy and the anguish, and share the tears and laughter of volunteer rescue squad personnel who respond around the clock to the cries of others. In this heartwarming and compelling book, Pat Ivey takes the reader beyond the lights and sirens on a journey they will never forget.

Monster

by Barbara Steiner Diane Hoh

There's a legend of a monster that preys on Salem University students--and now there is deadly proof that it's real Abby McDonald works harder than anyone to keep her straight A's, along with her scholarship, even at the cost of not having much of a social life. Her understanding boyfriend, David, wants her to relax a little, but Abby is driven to succeed. She can't let her emotions get in the way. Plunging into a demanding schedule, she blows off the rumors of a vicious monster on campus--it must be a fraternity prank or drama club performance. The only time left to tackle her annoying chemistry project is late at night, which happens to be when her strange classmate Stan likes to work too. It's better to be with someone than to be alone . . . right? When the monster attacks someone close to her, Abby can no longer deny the rumors and discovers the shocking truth. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Diane Hoh including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.

Love, Infidelity and Drinking To Forget

by Elizabeth Gundy

Sara and Daniel, two New Yorkers used to the buzz of the Big Apple and the Metropolitan Museum, pack their books and cats in a pickup and set off for the backwoods of Atlantic Canada, their lovely young heads filled with lovely rustic dreams.From the start, things go haywire and the homesteading couple discover Law #1 of the wilderness: Nature goes its way and folks go crazy. The process is alternately hilarious and devastating.The main catalysts are the splendid locals, who first appear as uproarious rednecks, but gradually emerge as very affecting characters in their own right. Another is a much longed-for baby, who crystallizes Sara and Daniel's feeling for each other and the land.At the center of the book is the story of what happens to the child-a stunning section of quiet, simple intense writing that goes straight to the heart of what love is all about.Gundy draws deeply on her readers feelings; she is a writer who can make you weep on one page and laugh hilariously on the next.LOVE, INFIDELITY AND DRINKING TO FORGET chronicles a spiritual change that resonates long after the last page."...a great pleasure. Elizabeth Gundy is such an intelligent and affecting writer. As she did in BLISS, she has created characters whose sorrows you suffer and whose joys you celebrate."-Hilma Wolitzer

Future Imperfect

by James Gunn

Master of science fiction James Gunn explores the infinite possibilities of the unknown world in his collection of short stories Future Imperfect. From planets where social status is based on poverty to a human zoo that serves as a refrigerator for a bloodthirsty monster, Gunn tests the limit of human imagination. Step inside and feel free to browse. A Venusian factory in Jersey manufactures only the finest women on the market. Each is flawless in her beauty and poise, but there is one malfunction that may prove deadly for the future of this company and the owner of the lovely lass. Enjoy this tale and more, in Gunn's collection of alternate realities.

Kampus

by James Gunn

The college of the future has just one purpose: endless battle. Political organizations urge ruthless combat with an invisible opponent and each student is challenged to be more extreme than the rest. One man finds his fame by kidnapping and killing a professor. Instantly he is immersed into the world of grease-guns and grenades, where the anarchy is suspiciously formulated. The professors have forgotten their pursuit of knowledge, midnight groping at the point has turned into isolated sex with keyboards and the only goal is to compete in deadly political games. By becoming a shining example of academic excellence, Tom Gavin has tapped into the secrets inside the private chambers of the university. He finds it is either play the game or die beneath the latest revolutionary fire.

The Magicians

by James Gunn

Unseen by an apathetic society, a stupendous battle is being waged between good and evil. In the center of an unassuming town, gathered in a nondescript hotel, are the most powerful forces of time eternal: the thirteen black covens. On All Hallow's Eve they unite to summon the Black Magician, the darkest and deadliest being of all time They are a rag-tag group of misfits: an inexperienced but lovely witch, an ancient sorcerer obsessed with math, and a private detective who can't seem to solve a case, but they are humanity's only hope. The world is unaware of the battle, but it will suffer the ultimate consequence if the war is won by the black evil. Can a group of social rejects save the world? Or will humanity plunge forever into the abyss?

The Millennium Blues

by James Gunn

Wow, the millennium is off to a great start, the notorious Y2K bug was no problem, and the world didn't end; time to take a break and relax.... Well, not exactly. The millennium didn't really get underway until January 1, 2001. You thought you were safe? Think again! Something much, MUCH, MUCH worse is ahead. The new millennium will bring nothing but disaster and destruction. As six unique people rush feverishly to resolve catastrophes both personal and otherwise, they cannot ignore the loudly ticking clock that will bring...THE END OF THE WORLD. And this time its no psychic premonition; it's more real than you've ever dreamed.

Some Dreams Are Nightmares

by James Gunn

These stories share a common concept: man has dreamed for centuries about space flight, about happiness, about immortality. If only I could fly to the moon, he has told himself, if only I could find true happiness, if only I could live forever ... then I would be like a god. These stories, however, go on to demonstrate that every dream come true brings unforeseen consequences. The power of man to dream and make his dreams come true is unlimited, but each step forward must be paid for, there is no such thing as a free lunch, and some dreams are nightmares.

Station in Space

by James Gunn

At one time, outer space was seen as the last frontier, the final challenge to human ingenuity. But those days are gone, as the galaxy becomes the stomping ground for humans encountering strange new machinery and green-faced Martians. Depicted with stark realism and meticulous detail, this novel tells of the dangers, despair, and unbelievable pleasure that await the men and women who are to populate the first ever station in space.

This Fortress World

by James Gunn

William Dane is a man with a nasty but valuable secret, one that all the cutthroats in the galaxy are itching to get their hands on. Dane must perfect the art of concealing himself from the crazed factions yearning for the power that this secret can give them, otherwise he will die an unspeakable death at their hands. He's a man on the run from the entire galaxy, and he must be constantly vigilant if the key to rule over the universe is not to fall into the wrong hands. This classic science fiction masterpiece satisfies readers' every desire for adventure and intrigue.

The Witching Hour

by James Gunn

"We summon thee, Prince, Ruler of Darkness, Lord of Evil: Your worshippers summon thee to receive our sacrifice." James Gunn's science fiction world has veered into the realm of the unholy with The Witching Hour, three novelettes of satanic scenery and devilish deceit. Demons, death, and disbelief will haunt you at every corner. Macabre rituals of darkness will creep up your spine until your fragile mind tingles with fear.

Widows' Watch

by Nancy Herndon

Elena Jarvis is an officer committed to her duty at the Los Santos, Texas, department of Crimes Against Persons. Not that anyone is helping her, though--not when her ex-husband is in the next room, her boss treats her like a little girl, and her partner thinks women should not leave the kitchen. Elena always knew there would be obstacles in her job, she just figured they would come from the criminals. It was a punishment from God, declared Boris Potemkin's fair-weather widow, but it was not a thunderbolt that cut Boris down, it was a bullet, and from the look of it, the bullet was not divine. As the investigation intensifies, Elena soon discovers there have been several recent deaths in the same neighborhood and someone is having just a bit too much fun making widows. But the suspects are not your typical thugs--they are women in black. Elena has her work cut out for her as she scrambles to solve the case before the killer strikes again.

Killing Everybody

by Mark Harris

This is a novel about something we all know, something we carry within us: our inward rage, our lives of fantasy. Not all of us accommodate rage or fantasy in the same way. Most of us--bless us--go about our peaceful business, though our confidential fury may produce fantasies we'd rather not confess. Sometimes some of us translate fantasies to outer life. Most of us do not. Brown, in KILLING EVERYBODY (he has no other name we know), carries in his heart a burden of anger so terrible we think that he will burst. In a sense, he does. His rage communicates. His wife, a masseuse (her trade unknown to Brown: he thinks she's in real estate), soothes his rage when she strokes his body, but she knows that her husband will never rest until he has been liberated from his unendurable obsession. It is she who gives his fantasy reality, she who delivers death to his enemy. In this book a diverse company walks the streets of San Francisco: a romantic policeman, a sexually compulsive newspaperman, a businessman who cannot read, a neighborhood temptress, her mother, her children, her dog, a corrupt war-making congressman--and the ghost of the boy the congressman sent to die in war. It is a compelling story significantly familiar to all of us whose fantasies and outrage are accessible to our consciousness.

Lying in Bed

by Mark Harris

When the lustful but impotent professor-novelist Lee Youngdahl encounters the beautiful Mariolena Sunwall, a student in his writing class, he learns of a novel she's eager to have published and decides he can help her land a book contract with one of New York's most prestigious publishing houses. But he has his own agenda and some extracurricular activities in mind. Working for Mariolena gives him the inspiration he needs to break out of his paralyzing writer's block, but that's not all he's hoping to recover from. While his wife Beth is away visiting their children on a seven-city tour, Youngdahl is determined to find a cure for his impotence and revisit his old Don Juan days.

Wake Up, Stupid

by Mark Harris

Originally written in 1959, this is the hilariously explosive account of Youngdahl, a novelist, playwright, ex-Mormon, and father of seven. He is a frenzied man who is beginning a letter-writing campaign to escape his curiously ironic situation, and of course, his profession. Along with Abner Klang, his not-so-literary agent who seems to have misplaced the "f" key on his typewriter, Youngdahl joins forces with a Mormon bishop, a TV adapter, and a prizefighter, among others, to spearhead a comic revolution.

SynBio

by Leslie A Horvitz

Scientists now have the capacity to hack into DNA the same way that hackers can infiltrate computer systems, manipulating organisms by inserting new DNA or exploiting genetic mutations that can trigger fatal heart attacks or induce bipolar illness or Alzheimer’s. These “biohackers,” as they’re known, can perform their experiments in their kitchens using equipment purchased for next to nothing on eBay.Most of these biohackers are like Seth Stringer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who’s made a name for himself exploring the frontiers of genetic manipulation. He’s young, brash, ambitious, and obsessed with his work, but also a little naive. When his former professor Marcus Adair holds out the possibility of coming to London and going to work for an international pharmaceutical company called Chimera, he jumps at the chance. He can make good money and cement his relationship with his girlfriend, who has misgivings about his future prospects as a breadwinner. He fails to realize until too late that the principal business of Chimera isn’t the manufacture of generic drugs but the production of lethal genetic products for well-heeled clients. These are used to assassinate or debilitate presidents, prime ministers, and CEOs using their own DNA against them—a method that not only makes it difficult to identify the perpetrator (a cold virus can deliver the engineered DNA) but makes it almost impossible to determine that a crime has been committed in the first place.

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