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When it comes to cutting-edge science fiction, Stephen Baxter is in a league of his own. His mastery of hard science, his fearlessly speculative imagination, and his ability to combine grand philosophical questions with tales of rousing adventure make him essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of humankind. Now, in Exultant, Baxter takes us to a distant future of dazzling promise and deadly threat, in which a far-flung humanity battles for survival against an implacable alien foe. Destiny's Children EXULTANT For more than twenty thousand years, humans have been at war with the alien race of Xeelee. It is a war fought with armaments so advanced as to be godlike, a war in which time itself has become an ever-shifting battleground. At the cost of billions of lives, and with ruthless and relentless efficiency, the ruling Coalition has pushed the Xeelee back to the galactic core, where the supermassive black hole known as Chandra serves the Xeelee as both fortress and power source. There, along a front millions of light-years long, a grisly stalemate reigns, until a young pilot, Pirius, faced with certain death, disobeys orders and employs an innovative time-travel maneuver that, for the first time in the history of the war, results in the capture of a Xeelee fighter. But far from being hailed as a hero when he returns to base with his prize, Pirius is court-martialed, disgraced, and sentenced to penal servitude on a bleak asteroid. It is not only Pirius who pays the price. In flying into the future and back again, Pirius returned to a time before he'd left, a time inhabited by his younger self. And that younger self, by the pitiless logic of Coalition justice, shares the older Pirius guilt and must be punished. Not everyone in the Coalition agrees. Commissary Nilis believes that the elder Pirius, whom he dubs Pirius Blue, may have found a way to defeat the Xeelee. But Nilis can do nothing for Pirius Blue. Instead, he takes charge of the younger Pirius (Pirius Red), and brings him back to Earth, the capital of a vast empire seething with intrigue. There Pirius Red will discover truths that will shatter his preconceived notions of all that he is fighting for, even of what it means to be human. Pirius Blue, meanwhile, will learn truths harsher and more discomfiting still. Yet the most shocking revelation of all is still to come, waiting for them at a place called Chandra. . . . From the Hardcover edition.
Nabokov's fourth novel, The Eye is as much a farcical detective story as it is a profoundly refractive tale about the vicissitudes of identities and appearances. Nabokov's protagonist, Smurov, is a lovelorn, excruciatingly self-conscious Russian émigré living in prewar Berlin, who commits suicide after being humiliated by a jealous husband, only to suffer even greater indignities in the afterlife.From the Trade Paperback edition.
We are so familiar with seeing, that it takes a leap of imagination to realise that there are problems to be solved. But consider it. We are given tiny distorted upside-down images in the eyes, and we see separate solid objects in surrounding space. From the patterns of stimulation on the retinas we perceive the world of objects, and this is nothing short of a miracle.
At some point during the inhumanly cold Himalayan winter straddling 1965 and 1966, a peculiar collection of box-shaped objects -- one sprouting a six-foot, insect-like antenna -- plummets nine thousand feet down the sheer flanks of a remote peak. Ripped from its moorings by an avalanche, the jumbled apparatus slides down a funnel-shaped hourglass of hard snow and shoots over a black cliff band, careening a vertical distance six times the height of the Empire State building. The boxes come to rest on the glacier at the mountain's base. One, an olive-drab casing the size of a personal computer, begins to sink. Then, trailing a robotic dogtail of torn wires, it slowly burns through the snow, melting into solid blue glacial ice, eventually disappearing beneath the surface, and never seen again. No one actually witnessed this event. But as you read these words, nearly four pounds of plutonium -- locked in the glacier's dark unknowable heart -- are almost certainly moving ever closer to the source of the Ganges River. Eye at the Top of the World, provides a harrowing present-day account of Takeda's expedition to solve the mystery of Nanda Devi.
It begins as a simple assignment for Chicago Journal reporter Mark Manning. He's been hired to replace colleague, Cliff Nolan, on a top story. Renowned astrophysicist, Pavo Zarnik, claims to have discovered a tenth planet, but to the skeptical reporter, there is no story because there is no proof. Then Manning makes some startling discoveries of his own: Nolan's body with a bullet hole in his back and the last interview with Zarnik is missing. Now the story is no longer a matter of metaphysics, but of murder. It's not just foul play and a puzzle that capture Manning's imagination. His new assistant, twenty-four-year-old David Bosch, awakens every yearning that Manning has struggled to keep in check since building his new life with two-year lover Neil Waite. Now, while Manning and David quickly pick up on the murderer's trail, a desperate predator has marked someone close to Manning. But Manning is driven even harder as he comes closer to the truth ... and to a damning piece of evidence the killer will do anything to destroy. Even if it means committing murder again.
Teen fictional story about a girl in the original 13 colonies who goes after her brother, who's imprisoned on a British ship.
Six corpses have appeared in the cobbled back streets of St. Andrews in recent times, all known spousal abusers who suffered the same gruesome fate: stabbed to death in the left eye. But with no new leads left to explore, DCI Andy Gilchrist is forced off the case. What is the significance of the left eye? Gilchrist can't seem to focus on anything else, and with his career and his reputation on the line, he vows to catch The Stabber even if it means he must do it alone. But as he gets deeper into the case, he discovers he may be up against the worst kind of murderer: a serial killer on the verge of a mental breakdown.
What begins as an ordinary laboratory visit turns into a bizarre and apocalyptic experience when a particle-light beam slices across the visitors' paths, plunging them into different worlds constructed from their innermost dreams and fears. As emergency works scramble to free them from the wreckage, their minds begin an incredible journey through one fantastic shared world after another.
This volume provides the definitive guide to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), the psychotherapeutic approach developed by Francine Shapiro. EMDR is one of the most widely investigated treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder, and many other applications are also being explored. Presenting background on EMDR's development, theoretical constructs, and possible underlying mechanisms, the volume also contains detailed descriptions and transcripts that guide the clinician through every stage of therapeutic treatment, from client selection to the administration of EMDR and its integration within a comprehensive treatment plan. Among the many clinical populations for whom the material in this volume has been seen as applicable are survivors of sexual abuse, crime, and combat, as well as sufferers of phobias and other experientially based disorders. New to This Edition Updated neurobiological data, findings from controlled clinical studies, and literature on emerging clinical applications. Updated protocols and procedures for working with adults and children with a range of presenting problems. Special feature Two online-only appendices were added in 2009. These appendices comprehensively review current research on EMDR and its clinical applications.
Now that George and his friends have explored the mysterious tunnels beneath his house and discovered the journal of the pirate Captain Kidd, they begin to believe there really is a treasure.
It is Germany, 1938, and Franz Schmidt is the chief auditor in a commercial bank. But as Schmidt will soon learn, the bank's prestigious new client, the Nazi party, is at once its least desirable.
Things Aren't Always How They Appear! Guy Jones is about to burst his buttons. He just won the biggest case of his career and is being hailed by his law partners. But his wife, Ellen, is consumed with her quirky, needy friends and misses his victory dinner. Little does she know that Kinsey Abbott, Guy's pretty legal secretary, is more than happy to keep him company. Communication between the Joneses rapidly deteriorates when Ellen's stubborn loyalty to an Iranian couple lands her in the FBI's spotlight--and Guy's bad graces. Guy soon discovers Kinsey's dark side, which inevitably pulls him into a web of danger and deceit. He decides not to tell Ellen. But it's going to cost him. Who is my neighbor? Guy Jones is about to burst his buttons. He just won the biggest case of his career and is being hailed by his law partners. But his wife, Ellen, is so consumed with her quirky, needy friends that she misses his victory dinner--and bright, beautiful legal secretary Kinsey Abbott is only too glad to keep him company. When a fishing boat full of explosives is seized near Seaport, Ellen's stubborn loyalty to her Iranian friends lands her in the FBI's spotlight--and Guy's bad graces. But when Guy encounters Kinsey's dark side, a lot more than the Joneses' marriage is threatened! Amid danger, deceit, and violence, Guy and Ellen clash over a key issue: Who is worth befriending--and who deserves loyalty under fire? "As if pulled from today's headlines, this novel touches on the fear that overtakes a town when rumors of terrorists are afoot. Filled with unexpected twists, Eye of the Beholder held me captive until the very end." --Traci DePree Author of Aprons on a Clothesline "Eye of the Beholder enticed me from the first page with familiar and beloved people. Then it took a twist that both delighted and convicted me. This visit to Seaport will change your life." --Janelle Clare Schneider, Author Story Behind the Book"My novels don't come to me ahead of time; each book flows off the tips of my fingers as I sit down and begin to 'feel' the issues deep inside myself. For me, the most intriguing aspect of my writing style is that I don't plan and outline the stories. I turn my fingers loose and get inside the characters and instinctively know where I need to go. After all the suspense is said and done, my hope is that each story will give us pause. That in the deepest part of our souls, we'll embrace the depth of what it means to be believers and then be moved to share its powerful simplicity with those who struggle without hope. I want Eye of the Beholder to take readers inside my characters' hearts and minds so they will take an honest look at whether they show favoritism to people of higher social standing. I want them to realize a person's intrinsic value has nothing to do with social class." --Kathy HermanFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
It's been months since that horrible day USAF captain Miranda Morgan flew her C-130 Hercules into lethal cross fire in Afghanistan. But Randi still can't believe Ty, her best friend--her anchor when a disastrous marriage left her a single mother--is really gone. Now back on her ancestral land in southeastern Oklahoma, Randi knows she did all she could to get Ty out safely, but his billionaire father is convinced there's blood on Randi's hands, and through his fog of hatred will stop at nothing to punish her. But when physics professor Pete Engstrom asks permission to study the mysterious rune stones scattered around her property, Randi is convinced she's found the one man willing to watch her back. That is, until a buried secret is revealed. And someone with an eye cast on fortune is lurking, ready to strike a final blow.
After a career-stalling tangle with a fraudulent gallery owner, Art Deco expert Alexa Chambers is ready to get back in the game. But when she secretly consults on an exquisite collection for Arizona's luxurious Avalon Resorts, she doesn't know she will cross paths with enigmatic business titan J. L. Trask. Years ago, Trask accused Alexa's stepfather of murder -- and vowed he would get revenge. Now, their meeting is inevitable and attraction immediate ...
In the aftermath of the plague demons' attack on Fallcrest, Roghar's inspiring optimism has played a significant role in the rebuilding of the town. Albanon, meanwhile, has not recovered so well. Tormented by his experiences and his near-transformations first by Vestapalk then by Kri, he has retreated to Moorin's tower, where he immerses himself in books. He is the last member of the Order of Vigilance, touched by both the Voidharrow and Tharizdun--he feels as if he stands on the brink of madness.The Nentir Vale has been ravaged by the abyssal plague and the plague demons. The area is lawless and suspicions run rampant. Only safe as long as they hide, the heroes scout as close as they dare. But with Vestapalk growing ever-stronger and plague demons on the rise, they know they have to act soon. The world cannot afford to wait any longer. As they journey toward the greatest concentration of demons they learn they are on the right path and they gain an ally. Kri, believed dead, resurfaces with wisdom garnered from the Chained God. It seems even Tharizdun himself is against Vestapalk.From the Paperback edition.
Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way.But what wits they are! His keen powers of observation are already apparent, though he is still a boy. He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused -- and in London, they hang boys of thirteen.Shane Peacock has created a boy who bears all the seeds of the character who has mesmerized millions: the relentless eye, the sense of justice, and the complex ego. The boy Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating character who is sure to become a fast favorite with young readers everywhere.From the Hardcover edition.
Cultural Writing. Asian American Studies. "Eye of the Fish" is a deft, luminously intelligent examination of the Philippines that crosscuts between Francia's recollections of the Philippines of his youth and accounts of his travels though the archipelago over the past two decades. The Philippines that Francia explores is a country indelibly marked by both Spanish and American colonialism, a collection of over 7,000 islands where cultural alliances and political ideology have pushed aside identity politics, and where traditional beliefs both mimic and subvert conventional Christian piety.
IN THE SPELLBINDING TRADITION OF LONESOME DOVE AND STREETS OF LAREDO A MAGNIFICENT SAGA OF LIFE AND DEATH IN THE LONE STAR REPUBLIC It was a harsh and inhospitable land, claimed by many yet owned by none. Here Comanche and Kiowa joined together in terror and brutality to halt a young nation's relentless march westward...dangerous banditos roamed open plains...and runaway slaves reached for freedom. And it was here that Seth Redmond brought his wife Isabelle to raise a family and to build a dream called Thunder Run-a dream that would endure through two generations of cruelty, lust, betrayal and dark secrets ... and the crazed blood vengeance of a fearsome warrior chief.
The comet, Eye of the Hunter, again rode Mithgar's skies, and the creatures of darkness once again ravaged the lands, heralding the imminent return of their dread master, Baron Stoke. And now five brave souls must answer the call of prophecy.
What ancient mysteries lurk behind the amazing stories in the Dragons in our Midst series? Eye of the Oracle takes the reader back in time to the days when dragons abounded. From the era just before Noah's ark, through the battles between dragons and mankind in the time of King Arthur, and to the haunting presence of dragons in our day, this stunning prequel reveals the mysteries that led to the bestselling fantasy adventure that began with Raising Dragons. How did dragons survive the flood? Who helped preserve an ancient evil force that led to the dragons? demise in the days of King Arthur? What heroic sacrifices kept that evil from exterminating the dragon race forever? If you enjoyed the heart-stopping action and spiritual depth of the first four books in this series, you won't want to miss the astonishing story that began it all. Eye of the Oracle will captivate young and old alike, and it will challenge every reader to search deep within for answers to the mysteries in their own hearts.
Everyone has skeletons in the closet, but Simone Cooper Sheridan's involved secret CIA operations in the steamy jungles of South America. Now, after years of disguising her true identity, she's finally come face-to-face with her previous life, and the man she left behind. Reece Sheridan knows that a smart man doesn't think with his heart. But he's never gotten over Simone, despite her mysterious past. Now Simone's secrets have captured the two of them in a deadly game with a ticking clock... and nothing can tear him from her side.
One year ago, Marcus healed Janie's broken heart with his love. Now she has returned to Jamaica to see if their passion is as strong as before. Then Marcus's friend Cade shows up, too. Janie never really liked Cade, but when Marcus asks her to take them both to her bedroom, Janie soon learns that the two men know exactly what she needs. . . .
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