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In combat, men measure up. Or don't. There are no second chances. In this vivid account of the U.S. Army's legendary 10th Mountain Division's heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan, Captain Sean Parnell shares an action-packed and highly emotional true story of triumph, tragedy, and the extraordinary bonds forged in battle. At twenty-four years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon-a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws-and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush. Barely surviving the attack, Parnell's men now realized that they faced the most professional and seasoned force of light infantry the U.S. Army had encountered since the end of World War II. What followed was sixteen months of close combat, over the course of which the platoon became Parnell's family: from Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson, the wise, chain-smoking veteran who never lost his cool; to Specialist Robert Pinholt, a buttoned-down conservative with the heart of a warrior and the mind of an economist; to Staff Sergeant Phil Baldwin, the platoon's voice of calm and reason, a man who sacrificed everything following the events of 9/11-career, home, financial stability-to serve his country. But the cost of battle was high for these men: Over 80 percent were wounded in action, putting their casualty rate among the highest since Gettysburg, and not all of them made it home. A searing and unforgettable story of friendship in battle, Outlaw Platoon brings to life the intensity and raw emotion of those sixteen months, showing how the fight reshaped the lives of Parnell and his men and how the love and faith they found in one another ultimately kept them alive.
"A bullet from a high-powered rifle snicked into the snow scarcely five feet from Sean. Dodging and twisting, he raced back up the slope. Just before he broke over the crest of the hill, Sean heard the musical notes of a hunting horn. Almost at once the mournful bay of a trailing hound answered the summons. Slasher-the murdering half-breed coyote- had been killing the hill men's stock and they were grimly out for revenge. But it wasn't Slasher's trail the hounds were on. It was Sean's! ..."
In desperate need of money, bounty hunter Bliss Harrison was overjoyed by the wanted poster for Travis La Mont. She'd get $200 for catching him! He was a lady-killer but she wasn't worried.
DANGEROUS MENA devil in blue jeansTrouble blew in like tumbleweed-the same time Delaney's new ranch hand, Cooper McLeod, showed up. His rock-hard, denim-clad body was enough to make her knees go weak. But sin itself danced in this cowboy's indigo eyes. He was looking to charm her, all right-out of her senses and out of her ranch.Cooper was more of a bad hombre than impostor ranch hand and he could tell Delaney Lawson knew it. All fire and vermilion, she was quite a woman-the kind that might persuade him to change his ways. Only that didn't matter. He had a job to do: he had to get her ranch before she got to him!
Cody Grey, the Texas Outlaws' assassin on the football field, is facing up to the harsh reality that both his marriage and his pro career are grinding to a painful close. Then comes the broadside tackle that could bench him permanently - and arrest for the murder of the slimy IRS agent who was out to nail him. Only one woman can save him. A brilliant lawyer, Madison McCall reluctantly takes Cody on as a client. Madison risks everything to save a life, solve a murderous puzzle, and keep herself from getting killed along the way.
Gripping and entertaining, George V. Higgins delivers a compelling and uncomfortably realistic account of the way society and the law really function. It's been a decade since the turbulent 60s and policeman John Richards still has to deal with a handful of leftover student radicals who continue to terrorize the Boston streets. In an effort to convict them once and for all, he liaises with ambitious lawyer Terry Gleason. Matters culminate one crisp Sunday morning when the students decide to rob the Friary, a pub in downtown Boston well-established as a site of drug-trafficking. Seven civilians are left dead in what comes to be called the Friary massacre. The trial proves nightmarish and unpredictable, not unlike the decade it took Richards and Gleason to apprehend the culprits in the first place. In a heart-stopping rendition of cops and robbers, Outlaws proves that in the Boston demimonde nothing is as it seems.
He was pure trouble for an honest woman...Mattie St. Clair knows that Clint Beaudry is a dangerous man the moment she sets eyes on him. Though she refuses the tall, dark, devastatingly handsome gunman a room in her boardinghouse, Mattie cannot turn him away a second time when he is carried to her door critically wounded. It's best if she just lets this troublesome stranger mend and move on- considering the unwanted feelings of desire he stirs up within her whenever he turns his deep, dangerous gaze her way.She was more woman than a man could handle...This beautiful, strong-willed widow does something special to the hardened ex-marshal with her tender, healing touch -- tempting Clint to reconsider his vow never to let another woman into his perilous life. Despite her stubborn independence, Mattie's barely restrained passion tells him that she's been too long without a good man at her side. And since she and her young son both are in desperate need of a hero, what choice does Clint have -- except to become one?
Emma Colby had a knack for finding trouble...Until the day when trouble-by the name of Lang Tupper-found her! The handsome outlaw lay half-dead on her doorstep, but couldn't help stealing a kiss before falling into a blissful state of unconsciousness. What a pickle Emma was in-first in her care for waifs, then by having her spoiled sister drop in and finally, by housing an outlaw!What Emma dreamed of was a love of her own. Perhaps the dashing but arrogant sheriff or-better yet-the passionate scoundrel who slept nearby. With everyone making decisions for her, what harm was there in faling in love with a wanted man?
Determined to capture the heart of her childhood friend Ethan Hawk, Patch Kendrick, now a beautiful blonde, helps Patch clear his name so that he will be free to love. By the author of Kid Calhoun.From the Paperback edition.
On her way to be reunited with her long-lost father, Serra was terrified by the masked, gun-wielding figure who'd held up an entire train to kidnap her. Yet his sapphire eyes shone with a familiar brilliance; and when she saw his chiseled features, she knew he was Ty Ramsey, a man she'd loved as a child when they'd met on the orphan train. She wondered why he'd abducted her... and what he planned for her. Then his powerful arms dragged her against his hard-planed chest; and soon Serra felt his lips and hands silence all her questions. Tyler Ramsey had returned to his old outlaw ways for one purpose--to kidnap the flame-haired impostor bent on bilking Ty's adoptive father out of his fortune. Oh, she'd been convincing enough, posing as a long-lost daughter, but Ty knew she was a lying thief! Then, after he dragged the amber-eyed beauty to his hideout, he was stunned to recognize his childhood love. He had to get to the bottom of her little game of deceit; but first he had to sate his simmering passion. And once he tasted her honey-sweet skin, he wouldn't stop until he'd made her completely his!
The #1 New York Times-bestselling series returns - and the stakes have never been higher. Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded - but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight. But the first opportunity, when it comes, is shocking: A FedEx package arrives, bearing photos of barrels containing some of the most dangerous biohazard materials on earth, all of which were supposed to have been destroyed during a raid on a secret Russian factory in the Congo. Who has them, and what do they want? Castillo has a feeling he's not going to like the answers.
Claiming His Child Who would guess the most formidable adversary former gunslinger Hunter Mitchell ever faced would be a fiery, violet-eyed female? Now that he's served his time, Hunter intends to claim the daughter he's only just discovered. While the law is on his side this time, his daughter's devoted aunt certainly isn't. Annabeth Silks can't bear to let a onetime outlaw take little Sarah. As the daughter of an infamous madam, she knows the hardship of an unstable home. But every glimpse of Hunter's reformed character dares Annabeth to look beyond his past...to the family and future she never thought to find.
Sister Frevisse is kidnapped by a band of outlaws, of whom the leader is her long-lost cousin Nicholas. He asks her to write her uncle for a pardon for him and his outlaw group. While lodging at a respectable business associate of Nick's awaiting her uncle's response, Frevisse must solve a murder.
Her life was like a bad dream that kept getting worse. Until the Lord awakened her to a future of hope. Julianna Ortiz gave up her hopes for a perfect life long ago. She's 32, and alone, and she's accepted that. For how could she ask anyone to share in the absurdity that has become her life? Her twin brother is languishing in a Mexican prison. His fellow gang members are constantly harassing her. And her father, who was absent for so long, has finally returned. As if Julianna needs another aggravation, along comes a notorious gunslinger who goes only by the Spanish name Del Norte. Their first meeting is frustrating. So much so that she'd rather see him dead than talk with him again--a wish that almost comes true. Yet this enigmatic man just may hold the key to saving all that matters most to her.
In all instances the plots of important plays are summarized and the titles of relatively significant plays are listed. Because most plays and playwrights suggest more than a single point of view, however, authors and their plays are frequently treated or mentioned under more than one heading. To show the closeness and interdependence of American drama, theatre, and criticism, each chapter relates the progress of dramatic criticism and the achievements of the theatre to a developing American drama. Using information that has not been available to previous historians of American drama (the product of recent research and scholarship) and approaching the subject from the point of view of trends, ideas, and the contributions of particular plays rather than from a chronological discussion of important dramatists, this outline history provides a new and basic approach for a more appreciative understanding of American drama.
In the last decade, the rules for "outliving" heart disease--living well with your heart until you die of some other cause--have changed dramatically. Dr. Richard Stein, the director of Preventive Cardiology at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, cuts through the constant stream of new reports and often-contradictory information about preventing and treating heart disease with his 10 new rules: Rule No. 1: Be Alert to Symptoms that Signal Imminent Heart Attack Rule No. 2: Know Your Risk for Having a Heart Attack in the Next 10 Years Rule No. 3: Take a Statin Rule No. 4: Exercise! It's a Proactive Way to Reduce Heart Disease and Heart Attack Risk Rule No. 5: Eat Well: Diet Guidelines for Heart Health Rule No. 6: Understand the Mind-Body Connection Rule No. 7: Explore Alternative Treatments Rule No. 8: Keep Up with the Latest Tests and Treatments Rule No. 9: Understand the Connections to Your Gender and Your Heritage Rule No. 10: Partner with Your Doctor to Reach Your Heart-Health Goals In plain English, Outliving Heart Disease explains: Vascular changes that take place as you age--and how they affect your heart * The specific risk factors affecting women, African-Americans, and other groups * The latest research on statins--those miracle drugs that have revolutionized the prevention and treatment of heart disease * How to create a heart-healthy diet and cardiovascular exercise program * How depression, anxiety, and stress impact the heart, and what you can do about it. Updated with the most current therapies and diagnostic techniques, this is the guide for every man and woman to prevent and treat heart disease.
Outlook 2000 in a Nutshellfills the need for an up-to-date and comprehensive reference book for sophisticated users who want to get all they can out of this powerful and versatile program.
Fully illustrated and jargon-free, the Outlook 2003 Personal Trainer book presents a clear view of the latest personal information program from Microsoft Office. With this handy reference by your side, you ll be able to better manage and organize email messages, schedules, tasks, notes, contacts, and other information. Includes a companion CD tutorial to guide you through each lesson interactively.
At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp. A Pentagon investigation later concluded that there was no reason for Outpost Keating to have been there in the first place.THE OUTPOST is a tour de force of investigative journalism. Jake Tapper exposes the origins of this tragic and confounding story, exploring the history of the camp and detailing the stories of soldiers heroic and doomed, shadowed by the recklessness of their commanders in Washington, D.C. and a war built on constantly shifting sands.
Bob gives up his plan for college and joins the colonists in their brutal struggle against the environment of Ganymede.
"This entertaining story of outer space is full of action and quite believable." - Publishers Weekly
Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remain of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles back and forth, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the Mediterranean to the Far East, to capture a last glint of imperial glory. His adventures in these distant and forgotten ends of the earth make compelling, often funny reading and tell a story most of us had thought was over: a tale of the last outposts in Britain's imperial career and those who keep the flag flying. With a new introduction, this updated edition tells us what has happened to these extraordinary places while the author's been away.
THE OUTPOURING is in keeping with a central commitment of The Friends of Israel to view Scripture through the prism of the cultural, historical setting in which it was cast by the Holy Spirit. John's Gospel, in its treatment of the interaction between the Messiah and Israel's great feasts, gives us a magnificent exposure to this pattern. THE OUTPOURING will enhance your understanding of how the Lord certified the credentials of our Jewish Messiah among Abraham's seed and in relationship to the great festive commemorations of the Jewish nation. In the process, we hope that you will appreciate more the wonder of the riches of His grace and the glories of our Savior's love.
This book presents the theory of output-driven maps and provides a fresh perspective on the extent to which phonologies can be characterized in terms of restrictions on outputs. Closely related to traditional conceptions of process opacity, but differing in notable ways, the theory of output-driven maps applies equally to SPE-style ordered rules, Optimality Theory, and other phonological theories. It permits a formally rigorous analysis of the issues in Optimality Theory that is not possible with traditional process opacity. Also presented is a theory of phonological learning. Building on prior work on learning in Optimality Theory, the learning theory exploits the formal structure of output-driven maps to achieve learning that is far more computationally efficient than comparable prior approaches. In this book Bruce Tesar, one of the founders of the study of learnability in Optimality Theory, presents fresh perspectives in an accessible way for graduate students and academic researchers.
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