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Belfast, 1985, amidst the "Troubles": Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), struggles with burn-out as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point blank and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances. He soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister's daughter died of a heroin overdose. This may or may not have something to do with Kelly's subsequent death. New evidence leads elsewhere: gun runners, arms dealers, the British government, and a rogue American agent with a fake identity. Duffy thinks he's getting somewhere when agents from MI5 show up at his doorstep and try to recruit him, thus taking him off the investigation.Duffy is in it up to his neck, doggedly pursuing a case that may finally prove his undoing.From the Trade Paperback edition.
At a secret arms-design contest in Stalin's Soviet Union, army technicians submitted a stubby rifle with a curved magazine. Dubbed the AK-47, it was selected as the Eastern Bloc's standard arm. Scoffed at in the Pentagon as crude and unimpressive, it was in fact a breakthrough--a compact automatic that could be mastered by almost anyone, last decades in the field, and would rarely jam. Manufactured by tens of millions in planned economies, it became first an instrument of repression and then the most lethal weapon of the Cold War. Soon it was in the hands of terrorists.In a searing examination of modern conflict and official folly, C. J. Chivers mixes meticulous historical research, investigative reporting, and battlefield reportage to illuminate the origins of the world's most abundant firearm and the consequences of its spread. The result, a tour de force of history and storytelling, sweeps through the miniaturization and distribution of automatic firepower, and puts an iconic object in fuller context than ever before. The Gun dismantles myths as it moves from the naïve optimism of the Industrial Revolution through the treacherous milieu of the Soviet Union to the inside records of the Taliban. Chivers tells of the 19th-century inventor in Indianapolis who designs a Civil War killing machine, insisting that more-efficient slaughter will save lives. A German attaché who observes British machine guns killing Islamic warriors along the Nile advises his government to amass the weapons that would later flatten British ranks in World War I. In communist Hungary, a locksmith acquires an AK-47 to help wrest his country from the Kremlin's yoke, beginning a journey to the gallows. The Pentagon suppresses the results of firing tests on severed human heads that might have prevented faulty rifles from being rushed to G.I.s in Vietnam. In Africa, a millennial madman arms abducted children and turns them on their neighbors, setting his country ablaze. Neither pro-gun nor anti-gun, The Gun builds to a terrifying sequence, in which a young man who confronts a trio of assassins is shattered by 23 bullets at close range. The man survives to ask questions that Chivers examines with rigor and flair.Throughout, The Gun animates unforgettable characters--inventors, salesmen, heroes, megalomaniacs, racists, dictators, gunrunners, terrorists, child soldiers, government careerists, and fools. Drawing from years of research, interviews, and from declassified records revealed for the first time, he presents a richly human account of an evolution in the very experience of war.
The one-stop guide to buying collectible firearms, with more than two million copies sold! If you are seeking a comprehensive reference for collectible gun values, the Gun Trader's Guide is the only book you need. For more than half a century, this guide has been the standard reference for collectors, curators, dealers, shooters, and gun enthusiasts. Updated annually, it remains the definitive source for making informed decisions on used firearms purchases. Included are extensive listings for handguns, shotguns, and rifles from some of the most popular manufacturers, including Beretta, Browning, Colt, Remington, Savage, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, and many more. This thirty-seventh edition boasts dozens of new entries since last year's edition and includes a complete index and a guide on how to properly and effectively use this book in order to find the market value for your collectible modern firearm. Determine the prices for any firearm you want to sell or trade, whether its condition is in box, excellent, or good. With new introductory materials that every gun collector and potential buyer should read, this book is the ultimate guide to purchasing classic or discontinued firearms. No matter what kind of modern firearm you own or collect, the Gun Trader's Guide should remain close at hand.
Gun Trader's Guide is the bestselling collectible firearms reference, having sold over two million copies in thirty-five editions. The guide includes prices for all types of firearms, but what if you are only interested in buying, selling, and collecting rifles? Then Gun Trader's Guide to Rifles is the book for you! Featuring all your favorite rifles from the original Gun Trader's Guide, plus hundreds more, this is the only reference you'll ever need.Veteran editor and firearms enthusiast Stephen D. Carpenteri has compiled and cataloged discontinued and collectible rifles from your favorite manufacturers, such as Anschütz, Browning, Colt, Marlin, Remington, Ruger, Savage, Weatherby, Winchester, and more. Complete with specs and price gradients based on the condition of the rifle, collecting and selling your firearms will be easier than ever. Carpenteri also provides valuable tips on how to use the guide, as well as articles on various collectible rifles and the art of rifle trading. Also step behind the scenes to learn what dealers are looking for, what they want in your rifle, and what's required to become a dealer, which should help you when buying, trading, or selling your rifles. Whether you are a first-time rifle-owner or a longtime rifle enthusiast, Gun Trader's Guide to Rifles is an invaluable tool to read before stepping foot in that dealer's store or attending a gun show.
Everything you need to know to buy, sell, and collect shotguns. Gun Trader's Guide is the bestselling collectible firearms reference, having sold over two million copies in thirty-six editions. The guide includes prices for all types of firearms, but what if you are only interested in buying, selling, and collecting shotguns? Then Gun Trader's Guide to Shotguns is the book for you! Featuring all your favorite shotguns from the original Gun Trader's Guide, plus hundreds more, this is the only reference you'll ever need. Veteran editor and firearms enthusiast Robert A. Sadowski has compiled and cataloged discontinued and collectible shotguns from your favorite manufacturers. Complete with specs and price gradients based on the condition of the shotgun, collecting and selling your firearms will be easier than ever. Sadowski also provides valuable tips on how to use the guide, as well as articles on various collectible shotguns and the art of shotgun trading. Also step behind the scenes to learn what dealers are looking for, what they want in your shotgun, and what's required to become a dealer, which should help you when buying, trading, or selling your shotguns. Whether you are a first-time shotgun owner or a longtime shotgun enthusiast, Gun Trader's Guide to Shotguns is an invaluable tool to read before stepping foot in the dealer's store or attending a gun show.
Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems-there's a rabbit in his waiting room and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is a brave new world where evolved animals are members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. Metcalf has been shadowing Celeste, the wife of an affluent doctor. Perhaps he's falling a little in love with her at the same time. When the doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in a crossfire between the boys from the Inquisitor's Office and gangsters who operate out of the back room of a bar called the Fickle Muse. Mixing elements of sci-fi, noir, and mystery, this clever first novel from the author of Motherless Brooklyn is a wry, funny, and satiric look at all that the future may hold.
From the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, from the Balkans to Mesopotamia, gunboats played an influential part in the story of World War I. This detailed technical guide to the gunboats of all the major navies of the war means that, for the first time, the story can be told. Naval action in World War I conjures up images of enormous dreadnoughts slugging it out in vast oceans. Yet the truth is that more sailors were killed serving on gunboats and monitors operating far from the naval epicentre of the war than were ever killed at Jutland. Gunboat engagements during this war were bloody and hard fought, if small in scale. Austrian gunboats on the Danube fired the first shots of the war, whilst German, British and Belgian gunboats fought one of the strangest, most intriguing naval campaigns in history in far-flung Lake Tanganyika.
This cookbook illustrates the unique way of cooking Hungarian food and provides all the recipes you would not find anywhere else.
At Cold Devil, Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack and Marshal Pete Summers apprehend two wanted men--one of whom has posted a bounty on the lawmen's heads. When Sam is dry gulched and Pete is wounded, a pretty young woman and her family nurse the lawmen back to health.
A provocative history that reveals how guns--not abortion, race, or religion--are at the heart of America's cultural divide. Gunfight is a timely work examining America's four-centuries-long political battle over gun control and the right to bear arms. In this definitive and provocative history, Adam Winkler reveals how guns--not abortion, race, or religion--are at the heart of America's cultural divide. Using the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller--which invalidated a law banning handguns in the nation's capital--as a springboard, Winkler brilliantly weaves together the dramatic stories of gun-rights advocates and gun-control lobbyists, providing often unexpected insights into the venomous debate that now cleaves our nation.
From hired gun to hired groom Money can't buy love...but it can buy marriage for on-the-run shipping heiress Natalie Blair. Her vicious stepfather's scheming ways have the Louisiana beauty fleeing to Texas to seek out legendary contract gunfighter Donovan Crow. He is dark, dangerous, and marrying him would be the perfect protection... For Van, the price is right and the spirited woman is impossible to resist. Soon the hardened bachelor can't tell what's more challenging-keeping their legions of enemies at bay or keeping his hands off his fake wife!
They were two brothers, riding together for the first time in years. Heading west on the prairie, the two ace gunmen ran across a lone, pursued woman with a story to tell -- a story of ruthless murder on the trail and her desperate race to reach her father's ranch. The two gunmen were soon involved in a deadly struggle with a rancher who would stop at nothing to get the land -- and the woman -- he wanted!
Bart Kingsley had followed her to New Mexico, ready to lay his love-and his life-on the line. But spirited Laura Rose had made a fresh start for herself. She hadn't left her controlling father in Kansas to let some gun-slinging outlaw ruin her hopes-no matter what scandalous past they shared six years ago. Or how his green eyes beckoned! Rosie was his light in the darkness-Bart would do anything to win back her trust. But he was a wanted man. Would the past, with its dangerous demands and debts, conspire to destroy their new beginning? Or would his faith in God-and in Rosie-be rewarded?
A gunman agrees to do a rich man's dirty work in this classic Western from one of the genre's early mastersDonnegan is not proud of his past. But when words ran dry and matters could only be settled with a gun, he never hesitated to make things right. Now fate has led him to The Corner, a wide-open gold-mining town in the valley where two rivers join. An invalid by the name of Colonel Macon wants Donnegan to settle a long-standing land claim that's been taken over by outlaws. Charmed by the colonel's beautiful daughter, the gunman agrees. But nothing is as it seems in The Corner, where the line separating good from evil is so badly blurred it might not be there at all. A contemporary of Zane Grey and a major influence on Louis L'Amour, Max Brand was a true master of the Western. Gunman's Reckoning is a fine example of the moral complexity, fluid prose, and nonstop action that defines the best of his work. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Spenser creator Robert B. Parker turns his eye to the Old West with his stirring rendition of the legendary exploits of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clanton Gang, and the fateful gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
AND THE LAST SHALL BE FAST Lawrence Shaw once got a boost out of being the quickest gun alive. Now he's partial to telling gunfighter stories rather than living them. But that doesn't stop every ornery shootist with an itchy trigger finger from trying to pull iron on Fast Larry Shaw...or a group of gamblers from wagering five grand on who will kill him...or a gang of cutthroat saddle tramps from slaying his wife while in search of him. Racked with guilt for not saving his beloved, Shaw vows to shorten the life expectancy of her murderers-and any other hardcase who even thinks of sending hot lead his way. .
Wrangle with some of the finest renegades, outlaws and dangerous desperados. Easy Bill Gates, genial landowner of the Las Pinas ranch, unwillingly earns a reputation as a gunman when, in the first (and only) rage of his life, he kills outlaw Fanner Marsten for murdering his brother.Enter George Barton, an unscrupulous, power-hungry hulk of a man and owner of the adjoining El Rancho Grandisimo, who seeks to add Las Piñas to his holdings. Instead of offering a decent price for the place, Barton hires the fastest and filthiest gunmen alive to run Bill off his land. Now the only law anyone can turn to is Judge Colt . . . revolver. ALSO INCLUDES THE WESTERN STORY "RUIN AT RIO PIEDRAS""With a flair of a Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey." --True West
Larry Shaw is the fastest gunhand there is. But when he's caught in a town of fear terrorized by both federales and banditos, Shaw's going to have to be more than fast. He'll have to be deadly. Original.
Includes a free bonus: a Kate Daniels novella, "Magic Gifts"The New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as "top-notch urban fantasy" (Monsters and Critics). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate's world, and reveals its untold stories... After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano--the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover--die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world...
Includes a free bonus: a Kate Daniels novella, "Magic Gifts" The New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as "top-notch urban fantasy" (Monsters and Critics). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate's world, and reveals its untold stories... After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano--the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover--die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world...
Each book in the True Horse Stories focuses on a contemporary horse from a different part of the world, and each animal is, in his or her own way, a hero.PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin's herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over the Goodwin property, it took with it the fences, the cattle, and several horses. Heather and her family lived in their horse trailer for six weeks and considered themselves lucky to have safe, comfortable shelter. After the storm, they searched for the animals and recovered many of them. But three months passed before they located Gunner, a hundred miles away. They were told he was in terrible shape and should be put down. Nevertheless, Heather drove on washed-out roads to bring him home, starving, dehydrated, and blind in one eye. With the help of a vet and her mother, she nursed him back to health. Amazingly, nine months later, he was well enough to compete again in the World Championship Paint Horse Show. Gunner's story is a testament to love and to determination.From the Trade Paperback edition.
From James Dashner, the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series, comes an original thirty-page e-short returning fans to the fast-paced, high-tech world from The Eye of Minds, the first book in the Mortality Doctrine series. Find out how Gunner Skale, the best gamer on the VirtNet, becomes a legend in this story available exclusively online. Read it before book two in the series, The Rule of Thoughts, hits shelves in fall 2014.Praise for The Eye of Minds, Book One in the Mortality Doctrine series"More realistic and addictive than any video game--The Eye of Minds sucked me in from the very first page. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Matrix in a vividly rendered world of gamers, hackers, and cyber-terrorists. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!"--Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable "A gripping page-turner, Dashner's latest is sure to please."--BookPage "Full of action [and] a rather surprising twist that will leave you flipping pages."--fanboynation.com "An adrenaline rush." --School Library Journal "In typical Dashner style, this is quick and involving, with the main frustration being the wait time until the next book." --Booklist "High on concept, this is an intriguing read for the digital generation." --Kirkus Reviews"Dashner once again creates a dystopian world in which nothing is what it seems."-VOYAA Junior Library Guild Selection
When he was recruited by the Recovery Project, Caleb Mattern found a new lease on life. Tracking missing persons. Protecting witnesses. But even after stretching his muscles and becoming one of the company's elite agents, he couldn't leave his past behind. Avery Walters wouldn't let him. His former boss had also been his onetime lover, and now she's burst back into his life with dangerous consequences. But settling old scores won't be on the agenda-not yet! With the nation's security depending on them to act appropriately, Caleb must pull off the most impossible assignment of his career. Now that Avery's put her life in his hands, what will Caleb do with it?
Put down your sissy drink with its umbrella, get off your backside, and square yourself away. Get fit, get a job, and get yourself some self-respect. America's favorite, most in-your-face sarge is going to show you how to get squared away like a Marine.R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey, of The History Channel's Mail Call, takes time out from telling viewers all about military technology, to tell readers all about life. Men today are facing a crisis of emasculation. Gunny is here to tell you how to fight back and save your dignity: by taking control of your own damn life. First, he teaches you how to get fit, stay fit, and defend yourself. Then, he teaches you how to conduct yourself the way real men do: with assertiveness but also with wisdom and courtesy. Finally, Gunny motivates you to use your new fitness and new attitude to live life like a man of honor: to work hard, reach for high goals, and set an example with your life.Gunny's Rules is the ultimate guide for anyone who wants to live life like one of the toughest of the tough--like a Marine.
In 1842, the gunpowder might of China's Qing Dynasty fell to Britain's steam engines. Furious, the Emperor ordered the death of his engineers--and killed China's best chance of fighting back...Since her father's execution eight years ago, Jin Soling kept her family from falling into poverty. But her meager savings are running out, leaving her with no choice but to sell the last of her father's possessions--her last memento of him.Only, while attempting to find a buyer, Soling is caught and brought before the Crown Prince. Unlike his father, the Emperor, the Prince knows that the only chance of expelling the English invaders is to once again unite China's cleverest minds to create fantastic weapons. He also realizes that Soling is the one person who could convince her father's former allies--many who have turned rebel--to once again work for the Empire. He promises to restore her family name if she'll help him in his cause.But after the betrayal of her family all those years ago, Soling is unsure if she can trust anyone in the Forbidden City--even if her heart is longing to believe in the engineer with a hidden past who was once meant to be her husband...Includes a preview of the second book in the Gunpowder Chronicles.Praise for Jeannie Lin and her novels"Tantalizing."--Publishers Weekly"Compelling, memorable."--Library Journal"[Lin] is an exceptional storyteller."--RT Book ReviewsUSA Today bestselling author Jeannie Lin grew up fascinated with stories of Western epic fantasy, Eastern martial arts adventures, and romance novels. Formerly a high school teacher, Jeannie is now known for writing groundbreaking, award-winning historical romances set in Tang Dynasty China, including her Golden Heart award-winning debut, Butterfly Swords, as well as The Dragon and the Pearl, My Fair Concubine, and The Lotus Palace.
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