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This is an account, by a world-famous Scottish author, of the greatest manhunt in history. The time is August, 1746: the quarry none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie, fleeing for his life after the disastrous battle of Culloden, the last pitched battle to be fought on British soil. The story, told almost day by day and using journals and other contemporary sources, is one of superb bravery, cold treachery, desperate moonlight escapes, hiding out in caves and pig-styes with the most meagre of supplies, and of the love and devotion of a few faithful Highlanders who gladly offered up their lives for the Prince from over the water. Here is the most spell-binding book about Scotland ever published. It is fact filled and suspenseful but always interesting. Here is Bonnie Prince Charlie at his best, braving deprivation, foul weather, and long marches in bare feet. He relies on help from the poorest to the most aristocratic Scotsmen. Dressed in sodden rags or disguised as a serving man, even a servant woman, his wit, highest nobility, Christian faith, innate kindness and ability to inspire and charm, remain in tact. This is Scotland at its wild, proud, best.
A thirteen-year-old's expectations of royalty give way to adventure in the first book in the post-apocalyptic Sword of the Spirits trilogy from the author of The Tripods series.In Winchester, roles are clearly defined. Warriors fight battles every spring. Dwarfs make the swords and the shields. Grotesque mutants are the servant class. Seers interpret the wishes and predictions of the spirits. And the Prince is the ruler of the city. Thirteen-year-old Luke has no reason to suspect that any of this will change. It's been this way for centuries...at least since the year 2000. But things are not what they seem, and soon Luke is thrown into a story of ambition and adventure in the primitive world of the future, expertly crafted by critically acclaimed Tripods author John Christopher.
A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return...From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology--a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller."What can we do but reach for the embrace that must nowcontain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again andagain..." --from The Vampire LestatRice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned ("mesmerizing" --San Francisco Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat ("brilliant...its undead characters are utterly alive" --New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces--the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis...vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned...Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles-Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures-come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who-or what-the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why...And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw--the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat...From the Hardcover edition.
Book one of the Ramayana, this fantasy is written by an author living in Bombay. Here are the demons and schemers and quests and suspense that are at the heart of the original indian epic. This modern retelling of the first part is a truly unusual book.
A riveting and intricate literary thriller from the author The New York Times Book Review says "speaks up in a voice that gets your attention like a rifle shot . . . clean, direct, and a little dangerous. " Army Intelligence reservist Kat Caldwell is teaching Arabic at a military college in Virginia when the order comes: Retired spy chief Dick Morrow needs to find a CIA informant who has slipped away from his handler in Spain and may be heading to Morocco. Jamal was a prisoner whom Kat interrogated when she worked at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan. Having gained his trust, she is now expected to discover his whereabouts on a treacherous trail that leads from Madrid's red-light district to the slums of Casablanca. But when a British Special Forces soldier is murdered just as he is about to give testimony on the death of a Bagram detainee, Kat begins to suspect that the real story here is one of the cover-up of U. S. -sanctioned torture. And when in desperation Jamal contacts his former CIA handler, he unwittingly rekindles a bitter struggle between the one man who can save him and the one who wants him dead. Praise for Alex Carr's An Accidental American "A swift, clean, nuanced thriller . . . deeply atmospheric. " -The Seattle Times, Best Crime Novels of 2007 "Demonstrates fiction's power to follow a shard of glass from the great explosion, to examine its bloodstained edges and explore the passion, foolishness, tragedy and flawed humanity traced by its journey toward discovery . . . In this novel, we learn how to decipher the language of war, its mismanaged intent and complex ramifications. " -January Magazine, Best Books of 2007
In The Prince of Beverly Hills, Woods introduces a new character, who displays the kind of suave confidence, take-charge manner, and clever wit-under-pressure that are the hallmarks we love. Rick Barron, a sharp, capable detective on the Beverly Hills force, finds himself demoted after a run-in with a superior officer, but he soon lands a job other cops only dream about: the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios in the midst of Hollywood's golden age of the late 1930s. As the protector of the studio's interests, Barron looks after the elite of filmdom's stars-among them Clete Barrow, a British leading man with a penchant for parties, and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of stardom. Rick's easy charm has society columnists dubbing him "the Prince of Beverly Hills," the white knight of movie stars, until he stumbles across a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that threaten the studio's business and may have origins with some unsavory characters. When two suspicious deaths begin to look like a double murder, and an attempt is made on someone who has become an intimate friend, Barron knows he is up against wise guys whose stakes are nothing less than do-or-die. A dicey war of nerves is on. Set in the era of high style and silver-screen romance, Woods's thoroughly entertaining new crime thriller shows us once again why he is a "master of the genre" (Los Angeles Times).
Lady Isobel Macleod is incurably curious and always speaks her mind. At the age of 12, she vowed never to marry and always to do as she pleases. When she stumbles upon Michael St. Clair being beaten by a gang of men, she tries to intervene and finds herself taken captive along with him. The two escape, and Isobel finds herself curious about her companion. In fact, Michael is the younger brother of a prince and member of a wealthy family with a fabulous secret, which his father carried to the grave. An honourable man, Michael accompanies Isobel home to safety, only to learn their time together has damaged her reputation. He agrees to marry her, and despite her reluctance, Isobel eventually concedes. When they travel to Michael's family home, Isobel's curious nature may finally pay off as they unravel the family secret.
With the untimely death of Richard Coeur de Lion there were two contenders for the throne--one was Richard's nephew Arthur and the other was his youngest brother, John. With misgivings the leading barons chose John, for although already his reputation was not one to recommend him, Arthur had never lived in England and was regarded there as a foreigner. John's unpleasant character was soon revealed and his unbridled sensuality, his fierce and terrible temper, his cruelty, his slothfulness and indifference to duty, his injustice and cynical methods of taxation were, in time, to drive the barons to revolt. John's passion for the beautiful and voluptuous Isabella of Angouleme and his abduction of her when she was a girl of twelve and betrothed to the powerful Hugh de Lusignan was to prove one of the factors which led to the loss of his overseas dominions. When it became obvious that Arthur was a real menace to his position, John devised the cruellest means of preventing his nephew's taking the crown, and although he was foiled in this by the noble Hubert de Burgh, Arthur later disappeared mysteriously and John was suspected of his murder--a suspicion from which he was never allowed to escape and which proved to be a rallying cry for his enemies. These were some of the darkest days of England's history when the country was under the Interdict and the King excommunicated, when John all but lost his crown and there were foreign invaders on English soil. At the heart of the tragedy was John--the King whom all his subjects feared until they defied him, exposed his weakness and forced him to Runnymede where he had no choice but to sign the famous Magna Carta. His cruelty, the callous manner in which he inflicted suffering on his enemies caused people to believe the legend that the House of Anjou had been infected by the Devil's blood. In John the satanic characteristics were intensified, and many of those who suffered at his hands believed that he was the Prince of Darkness, the Devil himself.
It's been eighty-six years since the Red Sox won a World Series. Eighty-six years cursed. Twelve-year-old Oscar Egg be-lieves he is cursed, just like the Red Sox. His real parents didn't want him, and now his adopted mom has dumped him off to live with his strange, sickly dad. But there's something Oscar doesn't know. The Boston Red Sox really are cursed, and not just because they sold Babe Ruth in 1919. Someone deliberately jinxed the team, and the secret to breaking the Curse lies deep below Fenway Park, with Oscar's dad and the Cursed Creatures, a group that has been doomed to live out their miserable lives below Fenway until the Curse is broken. Oscar knows he can be the one to break the Curse, allowing the Red Sox to finally win the World Series and setting the Cursed Creatures free. But some of the creatures are angry. Some don't want the Curse broken. Some want Oscar, and the Red Sox, to fail and remain cursed forever.
The firstborn children of the Fyne witches have come into their own, each with a special gift. Keelia would never let Caradon, a shape-shifter, touch her, but she realizes she's wrong...
Gabriel Allon is in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his personal secrets, and lays bare his history.
"Emma Holly loves to take a walk on the wild side," (Best Reviews) and here she ventures into a sensuous and dangerous world where a human courtesan becomes the flesh abd blood property of a demon prince. Soulmates, lovers - and victims of an unnatural desire that could drive them both insane.
An all-new version of one of the key titles in the entire Forgotten Realms novel line. This title is the fourth in a series of recovers of the popular Avatar series. At the time of its original release, this series presented key events that impacted the entire Forgotten Realms world, and the effects of those events are still felt in current novels. This re-released series features a cohesive cover design and all-new art.Revenge of a God. The Time of Troubles is at an end, and the gods have been restored to their rightful places.The soul of Kelemvor Lyonsbane, former lover of the goddess of magic, remains hidden from the mad god Cyric. The will of one such as Cyric, when bent on revenge, is not so easily thwarted.
721 PARK AVENUE: Apt. 12B TENANT: Sebastian Stone, Prince of Caspia SCANDAL: Seducing a commoner! Crown Prince, billionaire businessman and globetrotting bachelor Sebastian Stone needs assistant Tessa Banks to hold his life together. From his Manhattan office she organizes his public and private life with ease. So when Tessa gives notice, Sebastian resorts to what he does best: seduction. Ermine and jewels in his sun-drenched palace. . . sensual pleasures beyond her wildest fantasies. But when the two weeks' notice is up, the prince discovers his plan has backfired. He's fallen for a woman he can never marry. . . .
It's war time, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning. With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist--a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden--an adventure that will change their lives forever.
Ruling prince... Raul, Prince of Maritz, is furious that an archaic law is forcing him to wed. But scandal and unrest has dogged this prince for years, and a marriage to recently discovered princess Luisa Hardwicke will help bring stability to the monarchy. ...reluctant princess Only, Luisa is an outspoken, mud-splattered farm girl, who isn't going to come quietly! Even as she's reluctantly transformed into polished perfection, Luisa challenges Raul at every turn- and he finds himself anticipating their wedding night with an excitement he never imagined he'd feel...
From the book jacket: This first novel in a magnificent new fantasy series draws upon the rich legends, cultures, and traditions of the East to create an epic tale of kingdoms invaded, nobles enslaved, a young man's desperate quest to find the family snatched from him by war, and his determination to face the challenge of a destiny which may be beyond any mortal's power to fulfill.... Llesho was only seven when the Hamn invaded his family's mountain kingdom of Thebin. His guards slaughtered before his eyes, he was carried off and sold into slavery on Pearl Island, as far as he knew the sole survivor of his royal family. As with most young Thebin captives, he was trained as a pearl diver, a life with which he had to be content, for as he had been told time and again there was no escaping Pearl Island. When Llesho was ten, the old man called Lleck appeared on the island and secretly began to undertake the boy's education. Everyone assumed Lleck was his real father, and Llesho never revealed the old scholar's true identity as a trusted adviser to the former king of Thebin. But at fifteen Llesho's life was forever changed. For Lleck's spirit, released by death, visited the boy while he worked the pearl beds in the ocean depths and revealed his true destiny to him. All six of his older brothers were still alive, though each, it was rumored, had been sold into slavery in distant lands. Llesho must win his freedom, find and rescue his brothers, and with their help raise an army against the evil Ham, reclaiming his homeland from these seemingly undefeatable conquerors. However, the only way a pearl diver ever found freedom was in death, and so Llesho did the unthinkable. He petitioned his lord to be trained as a gladiator, thus taking the first step on a road that would lead to conflict with sorcerers, encounters with the avatars of gods, and a dangerous journey in search of the widely scattered family he had never expected to see again.... CURT BENJAMIN has a degree in art from Antioch University. After a brief sojourn in Portland, he returned to his hometown on the outskirts of Philadelphia. In his spare time, he is a designer and children's illustrator.
A rising star in the fantasy romance firmament, Susan Krinard returns to the land of the bestselling Prince of Wolves in this mesmerizing new love story.The legend of the werewolf is reborn in this thrilling tale from the author who "set(s) the standard for fantasy romance" (Affaire de Coeur). Wolf researcher Alexandra tries to help a gorgeous wolf she discovered in the wild, only to discover the unimaginable: that the animal has vanished and a man has taken its place. Following a grisly murder, the weight of suspicion falls heavily on Alexandra's mysterious companion who wields legendary powers--and soon both are scrambling to escape.From the Paperback edition.
. . . a splendid fantasy quest as compelling as anything by Stephen R. Donaldson, Philip Jose Farmer or, yes, J. R. R. Tolkien. --The Washington PostReminiscent of the groundbreaking novels of Philip K. Dick, Philip Jose Farmer, and Dan Simmons. --Library JournalKay Kenyon's Bright of the Sky and just-released A World Too Near feature a brilliant SF setting that rivals Larry Niven's Ringworld and Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series for sheer inventon, advneture, complexity and sense of wonder. --OmnivoraciousOne of the most imaginative creations in recent science fiction history. --SFSiteIN THIS SERIES KAY KENYON HAS CREATED HER MOST VIVID AND COMPELLING SOCIETY YET, THE UNIVERSE ENTIRE. REVIEWERS HAVE CALLED THIS A GRAND WORLD, AN ENORMOUS STAGE, AND A BRAVURA CONCEPT. Finally in control of the Ascendancy, Titus Quinn has styled himself Regent of the Entire. But his command is fragile. He rules an empire with a technology beyond human understanding; spies lurk in the ancient Magisterium; the Tarig overlords are hamstrung but still malevolent. Worse, his daughter Sen Ni opposes him for control, believing the Earth and its Rose universe must die to sustain the failing Entire. She is aided by one of the mystical pilots of the River Nigh, the space-time transport system. This navitar, alone among all others, can alter future events. He retires into a crystal chamber in the Nigh to weave reality and pit his enemies against each other. Taking advantage of these chaotic times, the great foe of the Long War, the Jinda ceb Horat, create a settlement in the Entire. Masters of supreme technology, they maintain a lofty distance from the Entire's struggle. They agree, however, that the Tarig must return to the fiery Heart of their origins. With the banishment immanent, some Tarig lords rebel, fleeing to hound the edges of Quinn's reign. Meanwhile, Quinn's wife Anzi becomes a hostage and penitent among the Jinda ceb, undergoing alterations that expose their secrets, but may estrange her from her husband. As Quinn moves toward a confrontation with the dark navitar, he learns that the stakes of the conflict go far beyond the Rose versus the Entire--extending to a breathtaking dominance. The navitar commands forces that lie at the heart of the Entire's geo-cosmology, and will use them to alter the calculus of power. As the navitar's plan approaches consummation, Quinn, Sen Ni, and Anzi are swept up in forces that will leave them forever changed. In this rousing finale to Kenyon's celebrated quartet, Titus Quinn meets an inevitable destiny, forced at last to make the unthinkable choice for or against the dictates of his heart, for or against the beloved land. Kay Kenyon, nominated for the Philip K. Dick and the John W. Campbell awards, began her writing career in Duluth, Minnesota as a copywriter for radio and TV. She is the author of nine sf/f novels including Bright of the Sky, A World Too Near, and City Without End. Recent short stories appeared in Fast Forward 2 and The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Vol. Two. Her work has been translated into French, Russian, Spanish and Czech. When not writing, she encourages newcomers to the field through workshops, a writing e-newsletter, and a conference in eastern Washington State, Write on the River, of which she is chair. She lives in Wenatchee, WA with her husband. Visit her online at www. kaykenyon. com
A great leader rises when forced to defend his troubled lands against an onslaught of monsters in the second book of this remarkable fantasy series featuring Gerin the Fox Peace in the North has been fragile and tentative in the five years since the terrible Werenight, when the light of four full moons transformed men into beasts. Now cut off completely from the Elabon Empire, the land is in violent dispute, squabbled over by minor barons hungry for greater power. Gerin the Fox is one of the few who stand firm against the encroaching chaos, but his own life has been violently shaken, first by a heartless betrayal and then by the kidnapping of his young son. Having angered a vengeful deity, he cannot look to the gods for support. Yet it is Gerin to whom the people must turn when an earthquake tears their land open, undoing an ancient warding spell and releasing a host of ravaging beasts from the dark underground. The stunning sequel to Werenight, Hugo Award-winning author Harry Turtledove's Prince of the North is a magnificent work of fantasy fiction. The master builder of wondrous worlds and alternate histories works his literary sorcery once again in this richly imagined tale of war, magic, gods, and monsters.
The men wear masks. Their guns are drawn on the bank manager. She nervously recites the alarm code, and the tumblers within the huge vault fall. The timing and execution are brilliant. It could be the perfect heist. But as the huge sum of cash is stolen, so too is one man's heart -- and that man is the Prince of Thieves... Charlestown, a blue-collar Boston neighborhood, produces more bank robbers and armored car thieves than any square mile in the world. In this gripping, intricately plotted thriller, Claire Keesey, the branch manager for a Boston bank and one of an influx of young professionals chipping away at the neighborhood's insularity, is taken hostage during a robbery. She is released, but Doug MacRay, the brains behind the tough, tight-knit crew of thieves, can't get her out of his mind. Tracking her down without his mask and gun, Doug introduces himself, and as soon as he and Claire meet, their mutual attraction is undeniable -- as are the risks of a relationship. Meanwhile, Doug's crew pulls off another audacious, meticulously planned job. Frustrated by their ingenuity and brazen ambition, FBI Agent Adam Frawley begins to zero in on Doug and his pals -- and against his own better judgment, he, too, develops more than a professional interest in Claire. Under pressure from Frawley's ever-closer investigation, Doug imagines a life for himself away from bank robberies and Charlestown. But before that can happen, the crew learns that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. It's a magnificently dangerous and utterly irresistible opportunity -- yet for Doug, pursuing his former hostage may be the most dangerous act of all... Chuck Hogan's brash tale of four men -- thieves, rivals, friends -- being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent, and the woman who may destroy them all, is a spectacular, stylish, heart-pounding thriller.
Foretold centuries ago, it is a destiny they cannot escape... The immortal Vlad Dracul has wandered for centuries in search of the reincarnation of his wife, Elisabeta. Now he believes he has found the woman possessed by his beloved's soul and is prepared to make her his for all eternity. Tempest "Stormy" Jones has long sensed the other, someone inside her fighting to take control, a feeling that burns stronger when the dark prince is near. As Stormy denies the passion between herself and Vlad, she must resist allowing Elisabeta to take over and claim him as her own. When Elisabeta discovers Vlad's feelings for Stormy, her wrath knows no bounds. She demands that her destiny be fulfilled, leaving Vlad tormented by what was...and what could be. Now only he can choose who will live...and who will die.
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