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The Crusades

by Thomas Asbridge

From a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (The New Yorker) comes the most authoritative, readable single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land. Nine hundred years ago, a vast Christian army, summoned to holy war by the Pope, rampaged through the Muslim world of the eastern Mediterranean, seizing possession of Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. Over the two hundred years that followed, Islam and Christianity-both firm in the belief that they were at God's work-fought for dominion of the Holy Land, clashing in a succession of chillingly brutal wars: the Crusades. For the first time, this book tells the story of that epic struggle from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims. A vivid and fast-paced narrative history, it exposes the full horror, passion, and barbaric grandeur of the Crusading era, leading us into a world of legendary champions-such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin-shadowy Assassins, poet-warriors, and pious visionaries; across the desert sands of Egypt to the verdant forests of Lebanon; and through the ancient cities of Constantinople, Cairo, and Damascus. Drawing on painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Near East, Thomas Asbridge uncovers what drove Muslims and Christians alike to embrace the ideals of jihad and crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to influence events today.

The Crusades: A Reader

by Emilie Amt S. J. Allen

This comprehensive collection of translated sources covers the centuries from the late eleventh to the early sixteenth and includes texts illustrating actions in theatres-of-war which are often ignored such as Spain, the Baltic region and the interior of western Europe. It is a very congenial and informative introduction to a large, complex and historically important subject.

The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction

by Christopher Tyerman

"This Very Short Introduction, originally published as Fighting in Christendom, presents a clear and lively discussion of the Crusades and the debates and the controversies that surround them. Bringing together issues of colonialism, cultural exchange, and economic exploitation, Tyerman challenges our assumptions about the Crusades and encourages us to re-evaluate the relationship between past and present."--BOOK JACKET.

Crush

by Alan Jacobson

In this follow-up to the standout bestseller The 7th Victim, Karen Vail ventures to Napa Valley, where a serial killer has been crushing his victims' windpipes and leaving their bodies in caves. But when the Crush Killer learns that an FBI profiler has joined the Major Crimes Task Force, the newfound attention emboldens him, and he sets in motion a plan that wreaks havoc on the town--as well as the task force. Although a sudden break in the case helps Vail zero in on the identity of the killer, she senses that something isn't right. If she doesn't figure it out in time, the consequences will be dire. In a rousing climax that leaves readers breathless, and which Publishers Weekly termed a "shockeroo ending," Vail must pick up the pieces--and clean up the carnage left behind by the Crush Killer. Meticulously researched during years of work with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, this high-velocity thriller from national bestselling author Alan Jacobson features the kind of edge-of-your-seat ending that inspired Nelson DeMille to call Jacobson "a hell of a writer." Crush is the first installment of a two-part story that concludes with Velocity, book three in the Karen Vail Series.

Crush

by Cydney Rax Lutishia Lovely Michele Grant

Some people flirt, others admire from afar, but one thing's for sure--there's nothing hotter than a crush that tempts you to take a chance. . . . White Mocha by Michele Grant: Jayla has always played it safe, personally and professionally. Finding the perfect cup of coffee is about the most exciting thing in her life. But one look at free-spirited cafe owner Jason, and she's suddenly inspired to venture out of her comfort zone. . . Wanted: You by Lutishia Lovely: Chaz Covington is the guy every man wants to be and every woman wants to have. So when a series of anonymous erotic letters begin arriving at his office, he is only mildly surprised. His prudish assistant, Lois, is shocked. But before it's all over, she won't be the only one. . . From One Lover to Another by Cydney Rax: Lorraine Eafford is done with bad boys. She's ready for someone nice and reliable--someone just like her new co-worker, Wendell. But her ex won't take no for an answer, and Lorraine is about to show him just how bad this good girl can be. . . "Vibrant characters, artful storytelling, and an original voice make Lutishia Lovely worth every moment. "--Donna Hill "Talented Grant entices, captivates and mesmerizes her readers. " --"Romantic Times "on "Heard It All Before" . " . . you'll find yourself drawn to Rax's juicy tale of out-of-order Buppies in love and lust. " --"Essence"(r) on "My Husband's Girlfriend""

Crush

by Nicole Williams

The conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Crash trilogy, never before published in any format!A football fantasy. A giant diamond. The modern-day Romeo and Juliet are taking their relationship to the next level. . . . Jude and Lucy are happily engaged, but that doesn't mean life's a bed of roses.Once again, the hottest couple around is torn apart, this time by football training and a summer job. Now it's Jude with the trust issues.Will Lucy's life-changing news bring them back together or end their relationship for good? Can love triumph forever?Find out in the best installment yet in Nicole Williams's racy and romantic Crash trilogy!

Crush

by Carrie Mac

Because of a moment of indiscretion, Hope's parents send her to New York to spend the summer with her hipster sister while they travel to Thailand. Miserable, Hope ends up meeting Nat, and developing a powerful crush. The only problem is that Nat is a girl. Hope is pretty sure she isn't gay. Or is she? Struggling with new feelings, fitting in and a strange city far from home, Hope finds that love -- and acceptance -- comes in many different forms.

Crush

by Gary Paulsen

Readers met the comical Kevin in Liar, Liar and Flat Broke. Kevin gets serious about Tina Zabinski, the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. Finally, finally, he's worked up his courage--he's going to ask her out. Or will his trademark scheming get in his way?From the Hardcover edition.

The Crush

by Sandra Brown

As a surgeon, Dr. Rennie Newton is the consummate professional. When she's summoned to jury duty, she brings to the courtroom the same level of competence and composure that she displays in the operating room. It is this commitment to precision that compels her to deliver a not guilty verdict in the murder case against notorious contract killer Ricky Lozada. It will be the most regrettable decision of her life ... because Rennie's trial with Lozada doesn't end with his acquittal. Her carefully structured life begins to crumble when a rival colleague is brutally slain. Lozada's menacing shadow looms over the murder, but it's Rennie the investigators focus on as the prime suspect. The privacy she has cultivated and protected at all costs is violated by the police as well as Lozada. And when he begins an earnest courtship, insinuating himself into every aspect of her life, it becomes terrifyingly clear that he is obsessed with having her. Wick Threadgill is a detective on indefinite leave from the Fort Worth PD, who has his own personal agenda for the contract killer. Temperamental, bitter, and driven by loyalty and love, Wick is determined to destroy Lozada... as determined as Lozada is to possess Rennie Newton. In order to defeat Lozada-and save their lives-Rennie and Wick form an #12;uneasy alliance. Mistrustful of each other, they know only one thing with absolute certainty--like one of Lozada's prize scorpions, when this killer strikes, they won't see it coming. THE CRUSH will take you on a tortuous path through a twisted sociopath's eerie obsession, a haunted man's fragile hopes for redemption, and a woman's heart as she struggles to face her greatest fear- to open herself to love.

Crush

by Grant Lovely Lutishia Michele Rax Cydney

Some people flirt, others admire from afar, but one thing's for sure--there's nothing hotter than a crush that tempts you to take a chance. . . . White Mocha Michele GrantJayla has always played it safe, personally and professionally. Finding the perfect cup of coffee is about the most exciting thing in her life. But one look at free-spirited caf owner Jason, and she's suddenly inspired to venture out of her comfort zone. . . Wanted: You Lutishia LovelyChaz Covington is the guy every man wants to be and every woman wants to have. So when a series of anonymous erotic letters begin arriving at his office, he is only mildly surprised. His prudish assistant, Lois, is shocked. But before it's all over, she won't be the only one. . . From One Lover to Another Cydney RaxLorraine Eafford is done with bad boys. She's ready for someone nice and reliable--someone just like her new co-worker, Wendell. But her ex won't take no for an answer, and Lorraine is about to show him just how bad this good girl can be. . . Vibrant characters, artful storytelling, and an original voice make Lutishia Lovely worth every moment. --Donna HillTalented Grant entices, captivates and mesmerizes her readers. --Romantic Times on Heard It All Before. . . you'll find yourself drawn to Rax's juicy tale of out-of-order Buppies in love and lust. --Essence on My Husband's Girlfriend

Crush

by Alan Jacobson

Fresh off the most challenging case of her career, The 7th Victim heroine and renowned FBI profiler Karen Vail returns in an explosive thriller set against the backdrop of California's wine country. Hoping to find solace from the demons that haunt her, Vail makes her first trip to the Napa Valley. But shortly after arriving, a victim is found in the deepest reaches of the exclusive wine cave, the work of an extraordinary unpredictable serial killer. From the outset, Vail is frustrated by her inability to profile the offender-until she realizes why: the Behavioral Analysis Unit has not previously encounter a killer like him. As Vail and the task force work around the clock to identify and locate him, they're caught in a web of knotted with secretive organizations, a decades-long feud between prominent wine families, and widespread corruption that leads Vail to wonder whom, if anyone, she can trust. Meanwhile, as the victim count rises, Vail can't shake the gnawing sense that something isn't right. With the killer's actions threatening the Napa Valley's multi-billion dollar industry, the stakes have never been greater, and the race to find the killer never more urgent. And through it all, a surprise lurks... one that Karen Vail never sees coming.Meticulously researched during years of work wit the FBI profiling unit and extensive interviews with wine industry professionals, bestselling author Alan Jacobson delivers a high velocity thriller featuring the kind of edge-of-your-seat ending that inspired Nelson DeMille to call him "a hell of a writer."

Crush

by Cydney Rax Michele Grant Lutishia Loveley

Some people flirt, others admire from afar, but one thing's for sure--there's nothing hotter than a crush that tempts you to take a chance. . . .White Mocha Michele GrantJayla has always played it safe, personally and professionally. Finding the perfect cup of coffee is about the most exciting thing in her life. But one look at free-spirited café owner Jason, and she's suddenly inspired to venture out of her comfort zone. . . Wanted: You Lutishia LovelyChaz Covington is the guy every man wants to be and every woman wants to have. So when a series of anonymous erotic letters begin arriving at his office, he is only mildly surprised. His prudish assistant, Lois, is shocked. But before it's all over, she won't be the only one. . .From One Lover to Another Cydney RaxLorraine Eafford is done with bad boys. She's ready for someone nice and reliable--someone just like her new co-worker, Wendell. But her ex won't take no for an answer, and Lorraine is about to show him just how bad this good girl can be. . ."Vibrant characters, artful storytelling, and an original voice make Lutishia Lovely worth every moment."--Donna Hill"Talented Grant entices, captivates and mesmerizes her readers." --Romantic Times on Heard It All Before". . .you'll find yourself drawn to Rax's juicy tale of out-of-order Buppies in love and lust." --Essence® on My Husband's Girlfriend

Crush Alert

by Annie Bryant

Meet the Beacon Street Girls...They're real, they're fun - they're just like you! Love is in the air at Abigail Adams Junior High. There's a big dance coming up, and the BSG are having fun thinking up dream dates. But as the day of the dance approaches, things start to get complicated. Why is Dillon paying more attention to Avery than Maeve? And why is Nick spending so much time with Chelsea, when everyone knows he and Charlotte are made for each other? Who will the BSG share the last dance with?

Crush Depth

by Joe Buff

Reactionary enemy regimes have brutally taken command in South Africa and Germany. U.S. and European shipping lanes are suddenly under attack. World War is at hand -- and for the ruthless Berlin-Boer Axis, the devastating weapons of choice will be tactical nukes used at sea. The Voortrekker, a deep-diving state-of-the-art German submarine, is on the prowl, carrying more onboard firepower than many of the world's nations possess -- and the crippled sub USS Challenger is the only weapon in America's arsenal that can match up with the silent killer. But the nation's last hope is in dry dock -- and Captain Jeffrey Fuller, Challenger's brilliant, driven skipper, must get his damaged boat back in action weeks before it is battle-ready. Fuller has faced Voortrekker in the past and, unlike so many others, he survived. This time, however, the fight will take place in waters far too deep for a normal sub to withstand. And this time the prize will be America.

Crush: An Erotic Novel

by Ramona Desfleurs Cecile de La Baume

Amelie is a sexy, beautiful thirty-year-old haute bourgeoise wife of a distant husband. One evening at a service station on the outskirts of the Bois de Boulogne, she meets David and steps into an erotic and sensuous new life. Twenty years her senior, darkly handsome, and almost embarrassingly virile, he is a suave filmmaker, a confirmed bachelor, and the perfect match for the perfect affair-but one with a twist. Amelie isn't looking for love, but she's hungry for pleasure. Written with cool-headed intensity and sexual heat, Crush is an unforgettable odyssey through the wilds of desire into the badlands of erotic obsession.

Crush It!

by Gary Vaynerchuk

Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver's manual for modern business.

Crush It!

by Gary Vaynerchuk

Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, Crush It! is the ultimate driver's manual for modern business.

Crush on the Coach (The Gymnasts #9)

by Elizabeth A. Levy

Lauren's life is topsy-turvy. She won't admit she's got a crush on Patrick, her coach. Lately, though, the whole family has been busy with her mom's campaign for city council. Mom and Dad hardly seem to have time for anything else - they're even hinting that Lauren's too busy for gymnastics. It's just not fair! Will Lauren's parents make her give up gymnastics-and Patrick?

Crush on You

by Christie Ridgway

She made knitting sexy. Now she's taking on a dilapidated winery, three sisters, and the bad boys next door. The Baci sisters are on a mission to save the winery that's been in their family for generations-by transforming it into the perfect wedding destination. If only Alessandra Baci-affectionately known as the "Nun of Napa"-didn't need the help of tempting neighbor and business rival Penn Bennett.

Crush (Orca Books)

by Carrie Mac

Hope, the daughter of hippies and raised on a commune, goes to spend the summer in New York while her parents are in Thailand. She meets a girl, has a crush on her, and questions whether she is a lesbian or just going through a phase.

Crush-Tastic! (Disney's Hannah Montana #6)

by Beth Beechwood

Series Description: Miley Stewart looks like a regular girl-next-door, but she's got a big secret. When the lights go down, Miley is the famous teen pop sensation Hannah Montana! Miley may be a celebrity when she's on stage, but she wants the rest of her life to be as normal as possible. The only people who know the truth about Miley's dual identity are her father, brother, and best friends Lilly and Oliver. But keeping that secret and balancing school and homework with her newfound fame and fortune is harder than Miley ever thought it would be. Book description: Miley just can't get her mind off Jake Ryan, the cutest boy at school. But should she tell him how she feels? Maybe someone more experienced in the rules of romance could help. Just in time, Miley's Aunt Dolly comes for a visit and Miley has someone to talk to girl to girl. Then, Miley confesses her love for Jake on a home movie that Aunt Dolly is making, and the tape ends up in Jake's hands by mistake! Aunt Dolly happens to be a whiz at going undercover, but will she be able to help Miley get the tape back before her secret is revealed?

Crushed

by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne's latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn't always what you need. Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael's new half brother, Devon. Kristin's mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for--she wants the one who stood by her side. After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he's damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?Praise for Crushed "I couldn't stop smiling. I hated that the book had to end! Lauren Layne is a force to be reckoned with, and I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!"--#1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken"I read Crushed in one sitting because I was utterly unable to put it down. Lauren Layne's characters are so witty and real. This story warmed my heart and left me feeling good all day. Go Team Curvy Girls!"--New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole"Filled with humor and heart, Crushed draws you in with an unlikely friendship turned steamy romance as Chloe and Michael turn imperfections into flawless love."--Renita Pizzitola, author of Just a Little Flirt"Prepare to fall in love. Lauren Layne takes your hand, brings you into her world, and introduces you to a loud, vivacious, very hilarious, and often inappropriate heroine--and the broken hero who never saw her coming."--Cecy Robson, author of the Shattered Past series"From beginning to end, I was totally engaged in this fantastic read. I enjoyed it so much that I plan to read more of Ms. Layne's titles ASAP."--The Romance Reviews"Honestly, I'm not sure if Layne could write a book I wouldn't absolutely love. The only bad part about reading Crushed was finishing it and not wanting to read anything else . . . except maybe another Lauren Layne book. Now to try be patient until her next one comes out."--Amanda's Daily Grind "I would recommend this author to anyone looking for a funny and romantic, yet emotional read."--EscapeNBooks "Crushed is filled with priceless banter, humor and sexual tension! This is one of those books that you can and will devour in one night. It is a great friends-to-lovers read that will have you rooting for this couple to let go and move forward!"--Rude Girl Book Blog "I loved this book so much that I reread it immediately."--Will Read for Feels "I'll keep my eyes on any other book by Layne. I really recommend this book to you guys. It's so good and very fast to read."--Fairen Reads "This story was sweet and funny and something I would suggest for people who love friends (enemies) to lover stories."--Fiction Fangirls

Crushed Ice

by Eric Pete

Chris Davis . . . Elvis Spielberg . . . Jamaican accent . . . British accent . . . Accountant . . . Author . . . High-stakes gambler . . . None of the above?What is the truth? Who is Truth North? His whole existence has been a mystery to many, an enigma few people know to exist. He is a master of disguise, a dweller in secrecy, a teller of many tales--and for the right price, he's a destroyer of lives. When the bodies start turning up after a job gone south, Truth realizes that someone is out to unmask his real identity and kill him. Could it be the world famous rapper caught in Truth's web by accident? Could his enemy be the alluring Collette, blinded after a mishap that killed her husband? Or is it Collette's cousin, Sophia? She's down for anything--that is, if the price is right. Or maybe it's record company mogul Jason North. He taught Truth everything he knows about manipulating people. But what if Jason is fearful that Truth, in fact, knows too much?Truth finds out how tough things can be when his calculations cease to add up, his carefully laid plans backfire, and his life spirals out of control. Bestselling author Eric Pete has woven a masterful tale of espionage, murder, and intrigue that will leave readers spellbound.

Crushed Ice

by Eric Pete

Chris Davis . . . Elvis Spielberg . . . Jamaican accent . . . British accent . . . Accountant . . . Author . . . High-stakes gambler . . . None of the above? What is the truth? Who is Truth North? His whole existence has been a mystery to many, an enigma few people know to exist. He is a master of disguise, a dweller in secrecy, a teller of many tales--and for the right price, he's a destroyer of lives. When the bodies start turning up after a job gone south, Truth realizes that someone is out to unmask his real identity and kill him. Could it be the world famous rapper caught in Truth's web by accident? Could his enemy be the alluring Collette, blinded after a mishap that killed her husband? Or is it Collette's cousin, Sophia? She's down for anything--that is, if the price is right. Or maybe it's record company mogul Jason North. He taught Truth everything he knows about manipulating people. But what if Jason is fearful that Truth, in fact, knows too much? Truth finds out how tough things can be when his calculations cease to add up, his carefully laid plans backfire, and his life spirals out of control. Bestselling author Eric Pete has woven a masterful tale of espionage, murder, and intrigue that will leave readers spellbound.

Crushed Seraphim

by Debra Anastasia

How does a foul-mouthed angel end up as the last hope for all of Heaven and Earth? When Seraph Emma is maimed and tossed from Heaven by a rogue angel who's taken charge, she fears she'll never be allowed to return. Tasked with the impossible job of showing the self-loathing (and not even human!) Jason his worth, Emma is sure she's doomed to fail. Meanwhile, having wormed his way into Heaven, the corrupt Everett has trapped God in Hell and has designs on unleashing evil everywhere. Fortunately, if there's one thing Emma can't do (in addition to minding her language), it's give up. Determined to save Jason and get back to Heaven-even if it means going to Hell-Emma's plan is simple yet impossible: trick the Devil to save God. What she doesn't count on is the devotion and, well, humanity she finds in Jason; the spirit, hidden compassion, and raw sex appeal within the Devil; and the vulnerability of her own heart. With the help of two unlikely allies, she'll wage the battle for Heaven. But will Emma be sidetracked by a new sort of heaven along the way? What's truly more dangerous? Falling from Heaven, or falling in love? Debra Anastasia has twisted a fast-paced tale of intimate relationships with literally universal impact. Rich with humor and electrified by attraction, this novel offers a playfully off-beat take on the good and evil that make up the world.

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