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Former pro football player-turned-college professor Nick Travers came of age in a smoky New Orleans bar -- and he owes a monumental debt to its owners, Jo Jo and Loretta, who took him under their wings. Now Loretta wants Nick to locate her missing brother, the legendary singer Clyde James, who vanished in the sixties after his wife and a band member were murdered. The Dixie Mafia, a blonde bombshell grifter, and an Elvis-worshipping hitman are suddenly interested in the soul man as well, and Nick can't help wondering why. The answer lies somewhere in Memphis and the Mississippi Delta, where casino money, dirty politics, and old secrets bubble to the surface of the New South.
Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane's private enquiry business.Among the more unlikely clients: Julia's very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her beloved-if eccentric-family, spirited Julia soon picks up the trail of the investigation.It leads to the exclusive Ghost Club, where the alluring Madame Séraphine holds evening séances...and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of dark deeds, whose tendrils crush reputations and throttle trust.Shocked to find their investigation spun into salacious newspaper headlines, bristling at the tension it causes between them, the Brisbanes find they must unite or fall. For Bellmont's sakeâ " and moreâ " they'll face myriad dangers born of dark secrets, the kind men kill to keep....
Sometimes her eyes seduce. Sometimes they stare straight at the kind of sights most people turn away from. But in the blazing neon and searing sun of Las Vegas, she can't see the man who is watching her and thinking to himself: She is the one. . . . From the mountain views beyond the Strip to the dingy dens of forbidden pleasure, Susan Pulaski loves Las Vegas. A woman who wears a gun at her side and her heart on a sleeve, Pulaski is the perfect fit for her city and her job: unraveling the minds of deviant personalities. Until a killer begins decorating Sin City with the horribly disfigured bodies of once beautiful young women. . . . and Pulaski's own demons go on a binge. Eight months after her cop husband's death, her life is spinning out of control-just as her detective colleagues start searching for a serial killer who methodically stalks his female victims and plunges them into an orgy of terror. When a violent incident earns Pulaski a pink slip from the LVPD and a trip to detox, she's out of the hunt altogether, so she begins to desperately try to regain her job, her reputation, and custody of the niece she's been raising on her own. It seems hopeless-until Pulaski meets the one person who can lead her into the mind of a madman no one else can understand. Darcy O'Bannon is a twenty-five-year-old autistic savant whose relationship with the world around him is so unusual that it forces Pulaski to view the crimes from a bizarre-but ultimately insightful-perspective. White-knuckling her way to the center of the case, she becomes the key player in a desperate hunt for a killer who believes he has found divine inspiration in the works of Edgar Allan Poe. But even with the assistance of Darcy's astonishing skills, Pulaski is in even more danger than she knows. For the man she seeks is watching her, seduced by her frailties and strengths, her beauty and boldness. To finish his masterwork of horror, he needs her. In a blistering novel that brings together glitz and goth, human weakness and human genius, and a murderous psychopath who is all too chillingly real, master storyteller William Bernhardt has created an unparalleled literary Las Vegas thrill ride that will leave readers breathless until the final, stunning page. From the Hardcover edition.
DANGER ZONE No place on Earth escaped the nuclear Armageddon that spawned the hellscape known as Deathlands. In a ravaged world where violence and lawlessness rule, a rare breed of hero has emerged. Ryan Cawdor is a lethal fighter who lives by a code of honor and fair play, and that has made him a legend....DEPTH CHARGEMiles beneath the ocean's surface, a decaying redoubt barely protects Ryan and his companions from a watery death. Battling vicious assaults from cyborgs programmed by artificial intelligence to capture them at any cost, they're desperate to escape this underwater trap. But a new threat awaits above the waves: a massive predark super ship that roams the deadly seas of Deathlands. Decades of madness have led to civil war between the citizens of the upper and lower decks. Now pawns in a bloody game of survival, Ryan and the others must destroy the ship or face their certain end at sea.
Sins I want him, she thought, and that, in itself, was shattering... Bianca was enjoying her first holiday since the death of her beloved husband, three years ago.... Until she met Gil Marquez, the owner of the hotel where she was staying. Gil opened up such intense feelings of desire in Bianca, which she hadn't known she possessed. How could she want this man with such dark intensity, yet be certain that she was falling in love...? Love can conquer the deadliest of Sins.
According to media critic Geert Lovink, the Internet is being closed off by corporations and governments intent on creating a business and information environment free of dissent. Calling himself a radical media pragmatist, Lovink envisions an Internet culture that goes beyond the engineering culture that spawned it to bring humanities, user groups, social movements, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), artists, and cultural critics into the core of Internet development. In Dark Fiber, Lovink combines aesthetic and ethical concerns and issues of navigation and usability without ever losing sight of the cultural and economic agendas of those who control hardware, software, content, design, and delivery. He examines the unwarranted faith of the cyber-libertarians in the ability of market forces to create a decentralized, accessible communication system. He studies the inner dynamics of hackers' groups, Internet activists, and artists, seeking to understand the social laws of online life. Finally, he calls for the injection of political and economic competence into the community of freedom-loving cyber-citizens, to wrest the Internet from corporate and state control. The topics include the erosion of email, bandwidth for all, the rise and fall of dot-com mania, techno-mysticism, sustainable social networks, the fight for a public Internet time standard, the strategies of Internet activists, mailing list culture, and collaborative text filtering. Stressing the importance of intercultural collaboration, Lovink includes reports from Albania, where NGOs and artists use new media to combat the country's poverty and isolation; from Taiwan, where the September 1999 earthquake highlighted the cultural politics of the Internet; and from Delhi, where a new media center explores free software, public access, and Hindi interfaces.
IMAGINE A DRUG THAT MADE YOU FUNCTION WITH PERFECT EFFICIENCY, TAP INTO YOUR DEEPEST RESOURCES OF CREATIVITY AND DRIVE, RELEASING ALL THE PASSIVE KNOWLEDGE YOU'D EVER ACCUMULATED. IMAGINE A DRUG THAT FOCUSED YOU SO INTENSELY YOU COULD READ A STACK OF BOOKS IN JUST A FEW HOURS AND REMEMBER EVERY WORD, LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN THE SPACE OF A QUIET EVENING AT HOME. IMAGINE A DRUG THAT ALLOWED YOU TO PROCESS INFORMATION SO QUICKLY YOU COULD SEE PATTERNS IN THE STOCK MARKET, A DRUG THAT MADE YOU SO CHARMING YOU COULD SEDUCE A ROOM FULL OF STRANGERS IN A MATTER OF MINUTES, OR LAND A JOB YOU WANTED. EDDIE SPINOLA IS ON SUCH A DRUG. IT'S CALLED MDT-48, AND IT'S SUCCESS IN A BOTTLE--A DESIGNER DRUG THAT'S REDESIGNING HIS LIFE. MDT IS HELPING EDDIE TO BECOME THE KIND OF MAN HE'S ALWAYS DREAMED OF BEING, BUT AS HE MORPHS INTO THE PICTURE OF INTELLECTuAL AND FINANCIAL SUCCESS N THE OUTSIDE, HE STARTS FALLING APART ON THE INSIDE- HEADACHES, BLACKOUTS, VIOLENT OUTBURSTS. BUT NOW IT IS TOO LATE TO GO BACK; HE'S HOOKED, AND THE SUPPLY THAT ONCE SEEMED LIMITLESS IS STARTING TO DWINDLE. AS EDDIE TRIES TO TRACE THE OTHER USERS, UNCOVERING MDT'S SHADY ORIGINS AND THE MYSTERY BEHIND HIS DEALER'S DEATH, THE DRUG THAT ONCE SEEMED LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE HIS WORST NIGHTMARE.
Dancing With the Devil..."You're certainly not in love with Paul. Because you want to go to bed with me." Devilish words indeed. But what made Flint Jansen so arrogantly assume that Aura would choose him over Paul-his friend and Aura's warm and loyal fiancé? From the moment they met, he had shattered Aura's world. It was true, she found him undeniably attractive, overwhelmingly charistmatic. So much so that she now faced a battle with her conscience and with Flint: both demanded that she abandon security and her fiancé. She had to cancel the wedding-but could she entrust herself to Flint's dark seduction...?
"He murdered his wife," they whispered. Nicholas Bragg, Earl of Dragmore, was notorious--even after a British court found him innocent. Now they called him Lord of Darkness, as much for his rakish good looks as for his black reputation. She was an innocent at passion's gate. Arriving uninvited at the massive stone manor, she shivered with terror--and excitement. Jane Barclay was his ward. Her sunny, innocent nature was in violent contrast to his hot temper. He was wild, explosive, an uncouth Texas rakehell--exactly the wrong kind of man for an English beauty to tame. Together they would be swept into the dark storm of their passionate destiny. . . and wild, all-consuming love.
Set in 17th England, orphaned Philip Marsham is forced to flee London. He signs on with a dark frigate headed for Newfoundland, which is captured by pirates. Newbery Award winner.
From clothesline codes to surveillance satellites and cyber espionage, Paul B. Janeczko uncovers two centuries' worth of true spy stories in U. S. history. Ever since George Washington used them to help topple the British, spies and their networks have helped and hurt America at key moments in history. In this fascinating collection, Paul B. Janeczko probes such stories as that of Elizabeth Van Lew, an aristocrat whose hatred of slavery drove her to be one of the most successful spies in the Civil War; the "Choctaw code talkers," Native Americans who were instrumental in sending secret messages during World War I; the staggering engineering behind a Cold War tunnel into East Berlin to tap Soviet phones (only to be compromised by a Soviet mole); and many more famous and less-known examples. Colorful personalities, daring missions, the feats of the loyal, and the damage of traitors are interspersed with a look at the technological advances that continue to change the rules of gathering intelligence.
A deliciously potent tale of one woman's quest for self-discovery. Rowan Cassidy likes to be in charge--especially in her personal life. As a mistress at Club Privé, the most exclusive bondage/S & M club on the West Coast, Rowan can live out her dominant fantasies safely, and with complete control--until the night Christian Thorne walks in. Self-confident and sophisticated, he's a natural dominant if Rowan's ever seen one. Yet she can't stop thinking about him and imagining his touch. Christian has returned home, hoping to break free from his dissatisfaction and malaise--and discovers the cure in Rowan. He's dying to get his skilled hands on her and watch her surrender, to unlock the mystery of her that captivates him. Determined to be her master, he makes Rowan a daring proposition: give herself over to him for thirty days. Rowan finds Christian's offer terrifying--and impossible to resist. But abandoning herself to Christian's power might be more than she can handle.... Or it might be the realization of her true nature and the dark garden within her. There will be only one way to find out. And once the game has begun, there's no turning back. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Thea, a 16-year-old suffering from traumatic amnesia, struggles to discover who she is - and who she is not. She hears voices no one can hear, and sees people in the garden no one can see.
Larsen Vale has a secret: she sees things. Terrible things. Deadly things. And her latest vision features a strange albino man. . . and her own death. Haunted and afraid, she trusts no one, not even the handsome cop who seems fascinated with her. Washington, D. C. , detective Jack Hallihan has one mission: find the man who is assaulting young women. But the police have no clues, no leads and no witnesses. And Jack has a deadly secret of his own-- a secret Larsen holds the key to. Time is running out. If Larsen and Jack can't learn to trust their attraction to each other, the Gate will be opened-- and the world will be forever changed. . . .
Jane Boyle married her prince charming and moved into his upper east side castle-but she didn't get her fairy-tale ending It's hard to live happily ever after when you discover your demanding and controlling mother-in-law is literally a witch, determined to steal the magical powers you didn't even know you had. Jane narrowly avoided Lynne Doran's clutches when she escaped on her wedding day, and has been hiding out in New York City. But she can't hide forever. When Jane learns of the one thing Lynne wants most, she sets out to provide it, hoping her good turn will persuade her mother-in-law to stop hunting her. Unfortunately, Jane's daring plan will send her right back into the witches' den-the Doran clan's multistory town house on Park Avenue. But thanks to a tricky spell, blond architect Jane will be transformed into Ella, a dark beauty with a whole new look . . . and all of Jane's budding powers. Though the stakes are life or death, nobody said "Ella" couldn't have a little fun along the way, too.
In this innovative and deeply felt work, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North America and beyond: spiritual practices that hold nature as sacred and have in many cases replaced traditional religions. Tracing a wide range of groups--radical environmental activists, lifestyle-focused bioregionalists, surfers, new-agers involved in "ecopsychology," and groups that hold scientific narratives as sacred--Taylor addresses a central theoretical question: How can environmentally oriented, spiritually motivated individuals and movements be understood as religious when many of them reject religious and supernatural worldviews? The "dark" of the title further expands this idea by emphasizing the depth of believers' passion and also suggesting a potential shadow side: besides uplifting and inspiring, such religion might mislead, deceive, or in some cases precipitate violence. This book provides a fascinating global tour of the green religious phenomenon, enabling readers to evaluate its worldwide emergence and to assess its role in a critically important religious revolution.
Robert wakes up naked and alone in a thick jungle. The last thing he remembers is being in a plane with his family, but there is no sign of a crash or survivors. Then he discovers the shocking truth--he is in the park near his house, but his familiar world has been transformed into an alien landscape. When he finds others in the same position, he enlists their help in getting back home. But the journey is more perilous than Robert could ever imagine.
Sun Wolf had always been counted the best of the mercenary captains, and he attributed much of his success to two unshakable rules: never mess with magic, and never fall in love. Then, unexpectedly, he discovered that he possessed a natural gift for working magic, and, unschooled though he was, his first rule crumbled...folio wed soon after by the second. Unable to deny the power in his blood, the Wolf resigned his command. With only Starhawk beside him--the woman who was both his most trusted lieutenant and his lover-he set out in search of a wizard who would train him to use his abilities. But wizards were a rarity in the land since Sun Wolf and an army of determined women had overthrown the evil Sorcerer King Altiokis. And to compound his problems, the dangerous, difficult quest for enlightenment had scarcely begun when it was interrupted by a band of mercenaries from his former command. They reported that his crack troops, currently engaged in the bitter siege of Vorsal, were being demoralized-and defeated-by a run of brutally bad luck. A hex, they believed, spawned by the curse of some unknown wizard--the sort of enemy only Sun Wolf could hope to vanquish. The Wolf reluctantly agreed to put aside his own urgent need for a magical mentor and, with Starhawk, join his men at Vorsal. He never anticipated that the foe would attack before they even reached the besieged city, bringing the battle to him...and nearly killing Starhawk. For that, Sun Wolf vowed the mysterious master of dark magic would pay. But first he had to learn the identity of his enemy and discover what object was being used as the hidden focus of the curse that undermined the mercenaries' campaign. Fortunately, he had in his possession the valuable tomes that had once belonged to a full-fledged wizard. Unfortunately, he'd never had a chance to learn any of the spells. And so he was completely unprepared when his treacherous foe struck again--this time seeking to enslave Sun Wolf himself with magic, and turn him against the very comrades he had been desperately trying to protect!
In a stunning debut thriller reminiscent of the work of David Baldacci, a young Boston lawyer becomes the chief suspect in the murder of a colleague. Scott Finn, rising star at a Boston law firm, has worked hard to pull himself out of the Charleston projects.When the body of his co-worker and old flame, Natalie Caldwell, floats to the surface of Boston Harbor, Finn is grief stricken. But almost immediately, he's tapped by the firm to replace her in the defense of a high-profile client. As he retraces Natalie's footsteps, Finn begins to unravel the awful mystery of her murder. But police lieutenant Linda Flaherty is also hot on the trail. What neither Finn nor Flaherty realize is what's at stake if the truth is uncovered: billions of dollars, the careers of the Massachusetts elite, and their own survival.
At long last, the story of the beautiful, dark-hearted Kitiara Uth Matar. This compelling novel tells the story of the birth of her twin brothers, the warrior Caramon and the frail mage Raistlin, and Kit's admirable role in their upbringing. But her youthful mercenary deeds and increasing fascination with evil throw her into the company of a roguish stranger and a band of adventurers whose fates are intermingled with her own. Haunted by the memory of her Solamnic father, she hunts him ceaselessly. Tina Daniell's first novel brings to life this remarkable warrior-woman, whose credo of "the sword is truth" becomes her triumph and downfall.
Wiener's 1948 Cybernetics had a profound influence on computer, information, and social science pioneers including John von Neumann, Claude Shannon, and Margaret Mead. His visionary problem solving set off a scientific and technological revolution. But he also warned of a dark side to the cybernetic era, foreseeing the social, political, and economic upheavals that would begin to appear with the large- scale application of computers and automation. The brilliant mathematician's work fell into obscurity for reasons that journalists Conway and Siegelman trace through interviews with his family and colleagues and through newly declassified documents that show how the CIA and FBI sought to quash Wiener's social activism during the cold war. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Violet Lee is the sole living witness to a horrific pre-dawn mass murder in Trafalgar Square, London. But before she can alert the authorities, she is taken by the group of murderers, who, to her shock, are vampires. Kidnapped, Violet is forced to live among them, for they've discover she is the daughter of the UK's Secretary of State for Defense...who has been secretly dealing with the vampires for years. Now a pawn in a game of politics between humans and vampires, Violet begins to doubt her allegiance, especially when she begins to fall for Prince Kaspar, the heir to the throne of the vampire world, as well as his best friend, Fabian. Swept into a complex love triangle, will Violet leave her newfound life, or return to the human world?
Gabriel MacInnes has led a charmed life. A Highland werewolf of Alpha lineage, he'd always thought that, as the second son, he would never have to worry much about responsibility. But with his Pack now squarely in the sights of an ancient and rediscovered enemy, everything has begun to change. Exiled from the Drakkyn realm, on the run from the dragon prince who claims her as his own, the last thing Rowan an Morgaine wants is to deal with a bunch of overbearing shifters in the middle of nowhere. But when her hiding place on Earth is discovered, and with blood the only thing that can restore her waning power, the fiery demigoddess has little choice but to accept Gabriel as a protector . . . As the Earthly and Drakkyn realms converge, Gabriel and Rowan must decide how much they're willing to sacrifice for fate. . . and for one another. What reviewers are saying about Kendra Leigh Castle:"Ms. Castle develops likeable characters, adds danger-filled mystery to a steamy romance, and keeps reader's interest to the revealing end. "-Darque Reviews"A great, fast-paced tale. Castle's world-building is superb and leaves readers wanting more. " -Romantic Times"Fans of straight up romance looking for a little extra something will be bitten. " -Publishers Weekly"This fresh and exciting take on the werewolf legend held me captive until the last page. I'll definitely be watching for more stories from Kendra Leigh Castle. " -Nina Bangs, author of One Bite Stand
Journey to a world of ancient magic, breathtaking sensuality, thrilling time-travel.... Journey to the world of The Dark Highlander. Crisscrossing the continents and the centuries, here is a novel as gripping as it is sensual--an electrifying adventure that will leave you breathless....I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires...From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man....From the Paperback edition.
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