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New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz brings his fertile imagination and unparalleled storytelling abilities to one of the most timeless--and terrifying--creations in all of fiction: the legend of Frankenstein. In Lost Souls, Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, and forges a new legend uniquely suited to our times--a story of revenge, redemption, and the razor thin line that separates humanity from inhumanity as we consider a new invitation to apocalypse. The work of creation has begun again. Only now things will be different. Victor Leben, once Frankenstein, has not only seen the future--he's ready to populate it. Using stem-cells, "organic" silicon circuitry, and nanotechnology, he will engender a race of superhumans--the perfect melding of flesh and machine. With a powerful, enigmatic backer eager to see his dream come to fruition and a secret location where the enemies of progress can't find him, Victor is certain that this time nothing and no one can stop him. It is up to five people to prove him wrong. In their hands rests nothing less than the survival of humanity itself. They are drawn together in different ways, by omens sinister and wondrous, to the same shattering conclusion: Two years after they saw him die, the man they knew as Victor Helios lives on. Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison; Victor's engineered wife, Erika 5, and her companion Jocko; and the original Victor's first creation, the tormented Deucalion, have all arrived at a small Montana town where their old alliance will be renewed--and tested--by forces from within and without, and where the dangers they face will eclipse any they have yet encountered. Yet in the midst of their peril, love will blossom, and joy, and they will discover sources of strength and perseverance they could not have imagined. They will need all these resources, and more. For a monumental battle is about to commence that will require all their ingenuity and courage, as it defines what we are to be ... and if we are to be at all.
From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Now the mesmerizing saga concludes... As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision-and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first they must face a monstrosity not even Victor's malignant mind could have conceived--an indestructible entity that steps out of humankind's collective nightmare with powers, and a purpose, beyond imagining.
A look at the University of North Carolina's basketball program and Dean Smith.
Meet the Post Family: Mom owns a postcard company... Dad is a postmaster... Peter and Piper love to send postcards to their pen pals, but most of all they love to intercept postcard messages But what about one that starts out "Dear Alien?" What can that mean? To get to the bottom of things, mom and the kids rumble off in their SUV on a SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) to see if a LGM (little green man) is really behind the suspicious postcard Postcard Mysteries: What happens when you mix together curious kids, postcards addressed to mysterious names, and parents that own an RV? These exciting new mysteries will take kids ages 7-14 around the United States in a beat-up RV that is always gassed and ready to go. This new Mystery Series by Carole Marsh takes a fictional family immersed in all things "post" on the road as they try to solve these exciting postcard puzzles.
A collection of more than 200 letters sent to loved ones in America from soldiers serving in Vietnam.
One of the most popular Dear America diaries of all time, Ellen Emerson White's bestselling VOYAGE ON THE GREAT TITANIC is now back in print with a gorgeous new package! Five years ago, Margaret Ann Brady's older brother left her in the care of an orphanage and immigrated to America. When the orphanage receives an unusual request from an American woman looking for a traveling companion, Margaret's teachers agree that she is the perfect candidate to accompany Mrs. Carstairs on the TITANIC, so that once Margaret arrives in New York she will be free to join her brother in Boston. But the TITANIC is destined for tragedy, and Margaret's journey is thrown into a frozen nightmare when the ship collides with an iceberg.
This helpful book will give you peace-of-mind when you are babysitting. From vital phone numbers and a caretaker medical release form to play ideas, bedtime tips, first aid info and more, the Dear Babysitter Handbook provides you important information while you're on the job.
This book has a collection of 8 young adult stories. In "Chocolate Pudding", the story focuses on the life of Chrissy, a young girl living with her alcoholic father and uncle. Lacking comfort in her relationships with people, Chrissy finds it in devouring chocolate pudding (a profound metaphor to be interpreted in any number of ways by the reader.) But Chrissy discovers that the pudding is not enough to satisfy her loneliness. Only when she develops an unexpected friendship is this hole filled.
You are not alone... Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the "funny guy" into the best defense against the bullies in his class. Today's top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying-as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators-in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.
He was the most charming, handsome, romantic, and famous leading man in the world....what could possibly go wrong? With unparalleled honesty, Dyan Cannon shares the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of her magical romance and stormy marriage to screen legend Cary Grant. He was the ultimate star, defining Hollywood glamour as well as cinematic achievement. She was a bright new actress, beautiful and funny, who would one day prove her talent by being the first woman to receive Academy Award nominations for her work on-screen and behind the camera. When he asked to meet Dyan, she assumed it was for an acting part, but he had a different role in mind for her...and so began a storybook romance that brought her to dizzying heights. On his arm, she found herself traveling in the inner circles of power and glamour in which Cary Grant was king, with friends such as NoËl Coward, Jimmy Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, and so many others considered Hollywood royalty. Behind closed doors, she discovered a Cary no one knew. A thoughtful, caring, and private person, with dark family secrets that weighed heavily on him. He was a man contending with the swan song of an astonishing film career while her career was just beginning. Despite the age difference, they fell in love, got married, and had a beautiful daughter together. Happily Ever After still proved elusive, and their relationship was beset with tragic twists and turns. It took a tremendous toll on Dyan as she struggled to keep her heart and mind intact. With rare photos and never-before-seen letters and notes from Cary Grant, Dear Cary is told with poignancy and hard-won wisdom. For anyone who has ever loved and lost, Dyan Cannon's memoir is an exploration of what love means, and an inspirational story of surviving life's slings and arrows.
Mark thinks he has found The One in college. When Raquel abruptly takes off for Los Angeles to become a rock star, Mark tries to be happy for her-until ROCK-L's first single sweeps the airwaves-a song about Mark's stamina entitled "Two Minute Man. " And Mark's life is never the same again. Philippa doesn't really think twice about cheating on her punk rocker boyfriend, Trevor. After all, she's going to break up with him anyway. He mooches off her, treats her badly, and writes stupid songs about her breasts. Then Trevor's band makes a splash with its one and only song sensation, "Philippa Cheats. " And suddenly Philippa is the most infamous ex-girlfriend in all of London. Thus Philippa and Mark find themselves adrift, both single and living in Boston, still reeling from the impact that three minutes of music had on their lives. When these two minor-key souls meet and form a major chord, they will have to overcome the sneaking suspicion that each will betray the other . . . possibly with a song.
The only thing that Dominic could be certain he knew about Emma was that she had been lying to him. He wasn't even sure that Emma Woodhill was her real name. So why on earth was he falling in love with her? Especially when he was already engaged to someone else?Despite all this, Dominic was determined to discover the truth and give Emma all the help she neededhellip;.
Answers fifteen questions about the psychological aspect of competitive sports.
Newmarket in the 1880s: Laura's heart turned over with adoration whenever she caught a glimpse of Fred Archer - dear Fred - the tall, slender young jockey who won the Derby five times and became an idol over a century ago. To Laura's parents, her passionate hero-worship was an embarrassment. The only people who understood her feelings were Uncle Harry and his strange protege, Tiger, a runaway boy with a lithe body and fiery nature who kissed Laura secretly behind the stable door. A carefully researched and moving historical novel placed amont the events surrounding the tragedy that befell England's greatest racing hero, jockey Fred Archer.
The wit and wisdom of Charles Swindoll, communicated in warm, personal letters to high school and college graduates-addressing issues that will help to shape their marriages, careers, and families.
When a strange letter signed "Thanatos" -- the ancient Greek name for death -- lands on Irene Kelly's desk, the intrepid reporter doesn't think much of it; she gets crazy mail all the time. A less cryptic message is sent when a body turns up the next morning. As more letters roll in, the death toll mounts... and Irene fears that her mysterious pen pal has cast her in his own private Greek tragedy as Cassandra, the seer whom others refused to believe. It's the killer's dream to challenge Irene to follow his ancient blueprint for murder. It's his ultimate desire to make her face the inevitable -- that she is the next to die.
From the Book Jacket: Dear Kilroy reminds us that some of the best teachers in this world have four legs and bark. Nora Vitz Harrison weaves the tender and wise humor of Kilroy and Riley, two canine correspondents, among heart-tugging essays on the magical relationship between people and dogs. The true-life stories follow a few special dogs and the human lives they change. The loss of a loved one or a relentless disease are made more bearable with a tail-wagging companion. Even if you have never been owned by a dog, you will be moved by this joyful yet bittersweet guide to life. NORA VITZ Harrison is a long time volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind and active in animal-welfare organizations. She has been a writer for corporate America since 1979. Her human-interest essays have appeared in The Oregonian newspaper and other publications. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Jon, and her dog, Riley. When she is not writing, she loves to hike, which is Riley's favorite hobby, too. Find out more about Nora and her canine friends at www.dearkilroy.com "The author of this lovely book is well aware of that spot deep within us that sometimes only dogs can find. The dogs in these stories touch that spot and make it glow." - Betty White actress/author 'As the dogs in Dear Kilroy strive to fulfill their potential, whether to become a guide for the blind or to become the best, most-trusted pet of someone in need, they inspire us to become better human beings. This book will lift your spirits and touch your soul." - Bob Phillips, CEO Guide Dogs for the Blind 'Harrison's delightful book reminds us that dogs serve as guides to the sighted as well as the blind. Open this book and your heart be opened, too." - Nancy Peterson The Humane Society of the United States
In 1851, Austin Ives joins a wagon train headed for California. As he makes his way across the country, Austin writes home to his brother Levi, describing life on the rugged Overland Trail.
With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped -- the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.
Liz is sixteen years old. When she becomes the "Dear Annie" for her high school's newspaper, she discovers that she has a secret admirer. As Liz struggles with math, and works on the school newspaper, she is distracted wondering just who that admirer could be.
What Maggie does... Maggie Russell, a police reporter in Sacramento, works the night shift. She's divorced and the mother of a very active three-year-old son. Maggie may not have much time for a social life, but she's recently begun an e-mail correspondence with a man named John.What Maggie knows... She's finally stumbled on the big crime story that will truly establish her career--if it doesn't end her life. A serial killer who moves from one city to the next. A murderer who chooses a female reporter and writes her letters...before he kills her.As if things aren't complicated enough, Nick Sorenson, the paper's new photographer, seems to be taking an unusual interest in this case. And in her.What Maggie doesn't know... Nick's an undercover FBI agent tracking the killer and keeping an eye on Maggie--at work and through his e-mail persona, "John." Maggie doesn't realize that she's falling in love with a man who's not what he seems to be. A man whose deceptions may save her life.
A voracious pack-rat, Mark Twain hoarded his readers' letters as did few of his contemporaries. Dear Mark Twain collects 200 of these letters written by a diverse cross-section of correspondents from around the world--children, farmers, schoolteachers, businessmen, preachers, railroad clerks, inmates of mental institutions, con artists, and even a former president. It is a unique and groundbreaking book--the first published collection of reader letters to any writer of Mark Twain's time. Its contents afford a rare and exhilarating glimpse into the sensibilities of nineteenth-century people while revealing the impact Samuel L. Clemens had on his readers. Clemens's own and often startling comments and replies are also included. R. Kent Rasmussen's extensive research provides fascinating profiles of the correspondents, whose personal stories are often as interesting as their letters. Ranging from gushing fan appreciations and requests for help and advice to suggestions for writing projects and stinging criticisms, the letters are filled with perceptive insights, pathos, and unintentional but often riotous humor. Many are deeply moving, more than a few are hilarious, some may be shocking, few are dull.
Mayhem abounds in the Farberville high school. First the journalism teacher, Emily Parchester, is removed on suspicion of raiding the petty cash fund. Next, a series of suggestive letters start appearing in Dear Miss Demeanor's high school newspaper advice column. Finally, a murder: the principal is poisoned by cyanide in his peach compote -- made by Emily Parchester herself. As Claire Malloy takes over the journalism class -- she starts snooping on the side. And the body count begins to rise. . .
The letters Joseph War, one of the elite Marine Scout Snipers, wrote home reveal a side of the Vietnam war seldom seen. Whether under nightly mortar attack in An Hoa, with a Marine company in the bullet-scarred jungle, on secret missions to Laos, or on dangerous two-man hunter-kills, Ward lived the war in a way few men did. And he fought the enemy as few men did--up close and personal. A Dual Main Selection of the Military Book Club
Hear your daughter's heart... without the angst, arguments, or arm-wrestling. Raising a teen daughter can be like trying to chart a course underwater. You can drown in an ocean of one-word answers, defensive conversations, and unpredictable outbursts, and never get anywhere. Popular teen girls' novelist Melody Carlson helps you cut through murky, deep, uncharted and seemingly unsafe waters so you can hear what your daughter's really trying to tell you through her anger, silence, and mixed messages: "I need you, but I won't admit it." "I'm not as confident as I appear." "I have friends. I need a mother." Instead of focusing on outward behaviors, Dear Mom captures your daughter's heart and soul. You can know your daughter's hopes and fears, doubts and dreams about her identity, guys, friendships, and even you. And you can connect on a deeper, more intimate level that will carry both you and your daughter through the stormy seas of life.