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When the CIA created a program to research time travel in the 1940s, they never imagined it could lead to a global pandemic decades later. But after an undercover agent, code name Cobra, exploits the time-travel operation to send the black plague into the twenty-first century, the supernatural teen spies of the Shadow Project are recruited to go back in time to Cold War-era Russia and prevent this devastating chain of events from occurring. There's just one problem: How do four teenagers deter a seasoned CIA agent from his life-or-death mission? Michael, Danny, Opal, and Fuchsia, a new agent with mysterious abilities, will have to use their powers of astral projection-and persuasion-to convince Cobra that what's at stake could hit closer to home than he can imagine. That is, if they can even manage to survive in Moscow in the early 1960s, where the KGB wants them dead. . . .
She can see evil coming from all directions. It took the near-annihilation of humanity for Liz Phoenix to understand the true meaning of her premonitions. Liz is one of the sacred few on earth who has the psychic powers to fight the malevolent forces that have tried to wipe out the human race since the beginning of time. She battled these beings once, thwarting Doomsday but losing most of her soldiers in the massacre. Now she must replenish her troops quickly--because the supernatural war isn't over yet. But will she be blindsided by desire? As the new leader of the federation, Liz is marked for death by a malicious creature with a link to her past. To survive, she must rely on her few remaining allies, including her ex-lover, Jimmy Sanducci. Bringing Jimmy into the mix is a dangerous move, for Liz's darkest desires are razor-sharp--and her longing for Jimmy is at a fever pitch. But can Liz afford to give into the cravings that burn inside her, with the next shot at Doomsday just around the corner? This time, if evil wins, chaos will reign-- and the world as we know it will be lost forever...
STONY MANAccountable only to the Oval Office and fully committed to the security of the U.S. in an ever-morphing terrorist landscape, the warriors of Stony Man never relent, tire or fold. America's last line of defense understands that all it takes for evil to prevail is for a few good people to stand down. For Stony Man, that day will never come. Not now. Not ever.DOOMSDAY CONQUESTThe covert world of black ops takes on a sinister new twist as high-ranking rogue operatives offer super-tech weapons for sale to enemies of the United States in an effort to "fix" the Middle East. With buyers from Russia to Iran lining up for the prize, America's national security is about to blow up in a mushroom cloud, plunging Stony Man into a killing game with no end or winner in sight.
Handpicked by the NSA to track down and identify the ten known witnesses to the recent crash of a weather balloon, Robert Bellamy searches for clues in Rome, Budapest, and Texas.
What started out as a peaceful, relaxing camping trip turned into a pivotal moment in the future of civilization when Starmen David Foster, Mark Seaton and Joe Taylor vanished from the wilderness of Montana. The forces of Earth searched for the missing Starmen in vain: they were lost without a trace, and no one even knew who had taken them or why. Earth had no way of knowing that the Starmen had been placed well outside her reach, and were about to be used in a gamble to change the course of the future. Earth's allies feared the worst, but the truth was far more devastating than they could have imagined. Unknown to all, titanic forces had been amassed in the depths of space, and the safety of all life in the Solar System rested completely on the actions of the famous three Starmen as they faced the most dangerous and important mission of their lives. Yet, despite their best efforts, doomsday awaited the Starmen at every turn - it seemed that nothing they could do could prevent their worst nightmares from coming true... In the gripping sequel to The Lost Race of Mars, the Starmen race to discern fantasy from reality, and what can be changed from what cannot. The only weapons that can help them are wisdom and courage, and there is no room for the slightest mistake. The authors of this book donated a digital copy to Bookshare.org. Join us in thanking David Baumann, Jon Cooper, and Mike Dodd for providing this accessible digital book to the Bookshare.org community. For more on the Starman Series, visit www.starmanseries.com.
Federal patronage of science was never contemplated by the framers of the Constitution, but they did seek to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Art" by granting inventors patent rights. However, direct subvention to scientists and scientific organizations was not considered appropriate activity of the central government. In the 19th Century, American science was funded almost entirely through private investors. Since WWII, however, the federal government has become the primary patron of American science. From the race-to-space in the 1950s to current furor over global warming, Bennett traces the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which government has co-opted scientific research and reinforced a culture in which challengers to proscribed wisdom are frozen out. Citing original documents and media reports, Bennett offers a compelling, entertaining, and thought-provoking perspective on political influence on scientific research and its implications for a democratic society. "During the Nineteenth Century, almost entirely on private funding, American science grew from practically nothing to world class. Now, however, over fifty percent of American science is funded by the federal government. Dr. Bennett traces the path, "crisis" after "crisis," by which American science became practically an arm of the federal government. His tale is a cautionary one, warning against future "crisis mongers" who would extend the government's already majority control of American science even further. His warning is a timely one, and it should be heeded." Joseph P. Martino, author of Science Funding: Politics and Porkbarrel "Bennett's latest book offers a challenging interpretation of the rise of the American federal science establishment since World War II. Focusing primarily on the growth of the space program, Bennett argues that crisis, real or imagined, is the source of state power and state funding for science. The Doomsday Lobby offers what no doubt will be viewed as a controversial contribution to the history of American science policy, and more broadly to an understanding of the role of the state in society." James D. Savage, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia, and author of Funding Science in America
John Rye, the Doomsday Marshall, must take Asa Metzgar, known as The Hanging Judge, safely from Arizona to his home in Nebraska. Keeping the judge alive, despite several men who want to kill him for hanging their sons or brothers, is not an easy job. Will the Doomsday Marshall be successful, or will the Hanging Judge meet his end?
Buck Fletcher is facing a twenty-year sentence for a murder he didn't commit, but he just may have one chance at freedom.
The planet Kirlos -- an artificial world built by a mysterious long-dead race called the Ariantu. Kirlos is now home to many races from both the Federation and the K'vin Hegemony, who have enjoyed years of peaceful co-existence and profitable trade. The planet also hold a wealth of undiscovered archaeological treasures, which the Enterprise and its crew are dispatched to help uncover. Sent to the surface to assist an archaeological team, Geordi, Data, and Worf soon find themselves cut off from the Enterprise -- and the prime suspects in a series of terrorist attacks. The three Enterprise crewmen are imprisoned, relations between the K'vin and the Federation begin to crumble, and Kirlos' ancient underground machinery awakens from a centuries long dormancy, primed to release the most powerful destructive force ever known.
Brian Kettering was six years old the day the horror began. That was the day he ran home alone from the church picnic in the park. The day the streets were strangely, utterly silent. The day he watched his father confront a hideous, voracious demon . . . and die. Now Brian Kettering is a grown-up, and a cop . . . and his life is crumbling. His wife has left him. His son has become a stranger and joined a cult. And his darkest nightmare is coming true - the demon that killed his father has come back from the depths of hell. One by one, it's stalking his friends and family. And Brian knows it's coming to get him. It is unstoppable. Its bloodlust is insatiable. And for the first time since he was six, Brian is terrified . . . because even a cop can't fight something that isn't human . . .
Hired by Carl Hallman, the desperate-eyed junkie scion of an obscenely wealthy political dynasty, detective Lew Archer investigates the suspicious deaths of his parents, Senator Hallman and his wife Alicia. Arriving in the sleepy town of Purissima, Archer discovers that orange groves may be where the Hallmans made their mint, but they've has been investing heavily in political intimidation and police brutality to shore up their rancid wealth. However, after years of dastardly double-crossing and low down dirty-dealing, the family seem to be on the receiving end of a karmic death-blow. With two dead already and another consigned to the nuthouse, Archer races to crack the secret before another Hallman lands on the slab.Murder, madness and greed grace The Doomsters, where a tony façade masks the rot and corruption within.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Door, Margaret Atwood's first book of poetry since Morning in the Burned House, is a magnificent achievement. Here in paperback for the first time, these fifty lucid, urgent poems range in tone from lyric to ironic to mediative to prophetic, and in subject from the personal to the political, viewed in its broadest sense. They investigate the mysterious writing of poetry itself, as well as the passage of time and our shared sense of mortality. Brave and compassionate, The Door interrogates the certainties that we build our lives on, and reminds us once again of Margaret Atwood's unique accomplishments as one of the finest and most celebrated writers of our time.
Jay and Lila Cooper have been on adventures with their archaeologist father before, but nothing like this! As they make their way through the dark and mysterious cavern, they can't help thinking about the other exploration parties that tried to open the Door. All fled in panic or died terrible deaths! What really lies behind the Door? Incredible riches from a lost kingdom... or some ancient evil? They must find the key and discover themselves the truth about the Nepurian legends. Jay and Lila know one thing for certain - they've been protected in many dangerous circumstances before. But will they be able to overcome whatever force lurks behind the Door in the Dragon's Throat? A rip-roaring yarn filled with danger and intrigue, ending with a titanic clash between the forces of good and evil. By the bestselling author of This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. Frank E. Peretti's flair for storytelling shines through every Cooper Kids Adventure. You won't want to miss the other exciting books in this series-Escape from the Island of Aquarius, The Tombs of Anak, and Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea.
From Duluth, Georgia, fourteen-year-old Jimmy Fincher sets off on a quest that takes him across the country and to other, sometimes terrifying, worlds, armed with a powerful gift and a mission: to prevent the evil Stompers from destroying Earth.
WOLF: Beautiful, deadly world under a cold red sun. WOLF: Its civilization was old when Terrans were learning to walk upright. WOLF: Where blood-feud is a fact of death and torture a noble game. Still, Terran Intelligence thought that the Terran Peace was secure on Wolf-until strange reports of alien unrest started filtering in to Terran Headquarters, reports of wild events that made even the exotic customs of Wolf seem tame. Only one Terran agent knew Wolf well enough to pass undetected in the alien Dry-Towns; but he had ruined his usefulness long ago, by acculturating himself so successfully that a native blood-feud was called out against him: Once he left the safety of the Terran Enclave, he would be killed on sight. And yet, in the end, only the scarred and bitter man who loved Wolf as his home could discover the Door Through Space.
In Los Angeles, Angel and Buffy compare notes and realize that both are dealing with cases of missing teenagers -- most of them children of the rich and powerful.
The police suspect some of the junior high kids in Nancy Drew's after-school program of breaking into houses. But when Nancy sets out to find the truth, she finds herself in danger. The real crooks are determined to shut her down--before she shuts the door on the River Heights burglary ring!
There's no one or nothing the great detective Nero Wolfe wouldn't take on if the price was right. That's something wealthy society widow Rachel Bruner is counting on when she writes him a check for a whopping hundred grand. But even Wolfe has a moment's doubt when he finds out why the prize is so generous. For the oversize genius and his able assistant Archie Goodwin are about to lock horns with the FBI - and these highly trained G-men have a way with threats, tails, and bugs that could give even sedentary sleuth Nero Wolfe a run for his money.
Book Three of the Children of the Star trilogy. Noren knew that his world was not as it should be -- it was wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, could use metal tools and Machines. It was wrong that only they had access to the mysterious City, which even as a child he had longed to enter. Above all, it was wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. The High Law imposed these restrictions and many others, though the Prophecy declared that someday knowledge and Machines would be available to everyone. Noren, convicted in youth of heresy, had only recently come to believe in the Prophecy's fulfillment. And the more he learned of the grim truth about his people's deprivations, the less possible it seemed that their world could ever be changed. It would take more drastic steps than anyone had imagined to restore their rightful heritage.
Three friends descend upon an art auction in search of some excitement. Mike Mackenzie--retired software mogul, bachelor and fine art enthusiast--wants something that money can't buy. Fellow art-lover Allan Cruickshank is bored with his banking career and burdened by a painful divorce. And Robert Gissing, an art professor, is frustrated that so many paintings stay hidden in corporate boardrooms, safes and private apartments. After the auction-and a chance encounter with crime boss Chib Calloway--Robert and Allan suggest the "liberation" of several paintings from the National Gallery, hoping Mike will dissuade them. Instead, he hopes they are serious. As enterprising girlfriends, clever detectives, seductive auctioneers and a Hell's Angel named Hate enter the picture, Ian Rankin creates a highly-charged thriller, a faced-past story of second guesses and double crosses that keep changing the picture, right until the harrowing finish.
The Doors were born in the sixties, a decade of bright colors, rebellion, and amazing creativity. Forty years later, you might think the Doors would seem like a relic from the past, like a tie-dyed T-shirt that's been washed too many times. But that's far from the case. Although this band definitely has its roots deep in the psychedelic, drug-soaked soil of the sixties, the Doors have managed to make the transition into the twenty-first century.
Aliens have given a precious relic, the star-stone, to the people of Earth but the harmony of the galaxy is at stake when it goes missing.
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