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Saturday, 5:10 P.M. Sixteen-year-old Heidi Landseth is alone in her isolated home near New York City. 5:15 P.M. Across town, seventeen-year-old Patrick Farquhar, a volunteer rescue worker, longs to prove himself in a real emergency. 5:41 P.M. A deafening roar fills the air and the sky glows red. Flight #116, a jumbo jet en route to New York, has crashed in the woods behind Heidi's house. Mustering strength and courage she never knew she had, Heidi-alone at first, and then with Patrick and hundreds of others-works to help the suffering and dying victims. It is a night that will change her life.
As hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn't move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived. No one has ever attempted the complete reconstruction of a crash of this magnitude. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and airport and rescue personnel, Laurence Gonzales, a commercial pilot himself, captures, minute by minute, the harrowing journey of pilots flying a plane with no controls and flight attendants keeping their calm in the face of certain death. He plumbs the hearts and minds of passengers as they pray, bargain with God, plot their strategies for survival, and sacrifice themselves to save others. Ultimately he takes us, step by step, through the gripping scientific detective work in super-secret labs to dive into the heart of a flaw smaller than a grain of rice that shows what brought the aircraft down. An unforgettable drama of the triumph of heroism over tragedy and human ingenuity over technological breakdown, Flight 232 is a masterpiece in the tradition of the greatest aviation stories ever told.
Dellarobia Turnbow dreamed of something bigger than Feathertown, TN, but married young and is now stuck raising kids on a hardscrabble farm. On the way to a rendezvous--her first break with life as it is--Dellarobia comes upon a forested glen filled with silent red fire. Fundamentalists, climate scientists, politicians, and the media mob all come to weigh in fervently on the cause and meaning of this phenomenon, as Dellarobia and her neighbors fend off the invasion.
A partner for life... Handsome and privileged flight doctor Zach Taylor is intrigued by his partner at Lifeline - paramedic Jenna Reed. She's beautiful, certainly. But he soon discovers there is more to Jenna than meets the eye - she has a fiery determination to save everyone and everything! When Zach realizes that her huge sense of responsibility comes from her struggles to support herself and her family, he is determined to teach Jenna how to live for her own life ... and enjoy it! He also knows that he must convince her to trust him - because only then can she allow herself to fall in love with him... AIR RESCUE High flying doctors - High altitude medical drama
A masterpiece of mystery and suspense, this is the moving story of a man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality Investigative journalist Mark Manning is on the trail of a story that could make his career. Airline heiress Helena Carter, who vanished seven years ago, is about to be declared legally dead. Her fortune, valued at over one hundred million dollars, will go to the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and the Federated Cat Clubs of America. Manning is the only one who believes that the missing Chicago socialite is still alive. And he's just been given an ultimatum by his publisher: Prove it, or he's history. Determined to keep his job--and hoping to secure the five-hundred-thousand-dollar reward from Carter's estate, as well as the coveted Partridge Prize for investigative journalism--Manning enters a world of religious fanatics who could turn back the clock on gay rights. At the same time, Manning grapples with his own sexuality as he falls in love for the first time--with the man of his dreams. Flight Dreams is the first book in Michael Craft's Mark Manning series, which continues with Eye Contact and Body Language.
This inner sanctum mystery written by the author of the Captain Duncan Mac-Lain mysteries, is centered on Cuba in the late sixties. Antonio Corillo a doctor with the Beteran's Administration and a cuban refugee, is secretly working for the Cuban Underground building up a force to unseat Fidel Castro and remove Communism in Cuba. Until that is, his Father in Law, a Castro Commindant ends up in his hospital and he learns that his wife may be alive. Tony decides to go back to Cuba, to risk his life to save a mentor and find his wife. Suspense, mystery, violence, and romance are tied up in this great thriller, which is now considered Historical fiction, though in the time of bomb shelters, and Cuban Missile Crisis it was reality. The author claims that only the names in this book have changed but the events did really happen.
New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn returns with another thrilling foray into Otherworld--introducing a new cast of heroes alongside the D'Artigo sisters... When the half-demon Carter approaches Menolly and her sisters desperately asking for their help, they think he's just had a tiff with Shimmer, his blue dragon girlfriend. But after talking to Alex Radcliffe, the owner of the Fly By Night Magical Investigations Agency where Shimmer works, they suspect that she has been kidnapped by an old enemy of Alex's. Now, Alex must join forces with the D'Artigo sisters in a desperate race to find Shimmer before Julian, a powerful vampire from Alex's past with a grudge to settle, can use the dragon to wreak havoc on Seattle as revenge. Praise for the Otherworld Novels: "Spectacularly hot and supernaturally breathtaking." --New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day "Galenorn's imagination is a beautiful thing." --Fresh Fiction INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF THE OTHERWORLD NOVEL PRIESTESS DREAMING New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy, mystery, and metaphysical nonfiction, including the New York Times bestselling Otherworld series. A graduate of Evergreen State College, she majored in theater and creative writing. Yasmine has been in the Craft for more than thirty years and is a shamanic witch. She describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos, and lives in the Seattle area with her husband, Samwise, and their cats.
In his four-volume series Return to Neveryeon, Hugo and Nebula award-winner Samuel R. Delany appropriated the conceits of sword-and-sorcery fantasy to explore his characteristic themes of language, power, gender, and the nature of civilization. Wesleyan University Press has reissued the long-unavailable Neveryeonvolumes in trade paperback.The eleven stories, novellas, and novels in Return to Neveryeon's four volumes chronicle a long-ago land on civilization's brink, perhaps in Asia or Africa, or even on the Mediterranean. Taken slave in childhood, Gorgik gains his freedom, leads a slave revolt, and becomes a minister of state, finally abolishing slavery. Ironically, however, he is sexually aroused by the iron slave collars of servitude. Does this contaminate his mission -- or intensify it? Presumably elaborated from an ancient text of unknown geographical origin, the stories are sunk in translators' and commentators' introductions and appendices, forming a richly comic frame.
In this captivating yet troubling book, Ian Shapiro offers a searing indictment of many influential practices in the social sciences and humanities today. Perhaps best known for his critique of rational choice theory, Shapiro expands his purview here. In discipline after discipline, he argues, scholars have fallen prey to inward-looking myopia that results from--and perpetuates--a flight from reality. In the method-driven academic culture we inhabit, argues Shapiro, researchers too often make display and refinement of their techniques the principal scholarly activity. The result is that they lose sight of the objects of their study. Pet theories and methodological blinders lead unwelcome facts to be ignored, sometimes not even perceived. The targets of Shapiro's critique include the law and economics movement, overzealous formal and statistical modeling, various reductive theories of human behavior, misguided conceptual analysis in political theory, and the Cambridge school of intellectual history. As an alternative to all of these, Shapiro makes a compelling case for problem-driven social research, rooted in a realist philosophy of science and an antireductionist view of social explanation. In the lucid--if biting--prose for which Shapiro is renowned, he explains why this requires greater critical attention to how problems are specified than is usually undertaken. He illustrates what is at stake for the study of power, democracy, law, and ideology, as well as in normative debates over rights, justice, freedom, virtue, and community. Shapiro answers many critics of his views along the way, securing his position as one of the distinctive social and political theorists of our time.
Telepathy and magical powers are all apart of this book, which belongs to the Forerunner series.
Flight is the stirring account of the U.S. space program from its infancy to its greatest triumphs - written by the one man who was there for it all, Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr., the first NASA flight director.
The Flight Navigator Handbook provides information on all phases of air navigation and is a source of reference for everyone in the field, from navigators to navigator students.This handbook explains how to measure, chart the earth, and use flight instruments to solve basic navigation problems. It also contains data pertaining to flight publications, preflight planning, in-flight procedures, and low altitude navigation.Specific topics covered throughout the pages of this informational and helpful guide include:Reading maps, charts, and gridsDead reckoningRadio aid fixing and radio navigationCelestial concepts and special celestial techniquesComputing altitudePressure pattern navigationAnd much more!Additional information can also be found in the four included and up-to-date appendixes. This includes a listing of references and supporting information used in this publication; mathematical formulas to use as an aid in preflight and in-flight computations; chart and navigation symbols; and a Celestial Computation Sheet.
From this critically acclaimed and award-winning poet, a stunning volume of new and selected works that display her signature intelligence, depth, and vigorous originality. Hailed as ?visionary? by The New Yorker and ?radiant? by The New York Times Book Review, Linda Bierds returns with a collection that gives us the best of her astonishing work, and then gives us more: the gift of fifteen new poems. As a poet, she has always shied away from the easy indulgences of confessional poetry, turning her attention instead to the things that unite us in our common humanity? art, science, music, history?and bringing alive people (some famous, some little-known) who have made contributions to these spheres. The new poems are no less vital, transporting the reader from medieval to modern-day Venice to the moon; from anatomical sketches to primitive mapping and early naturalism? returning always to the empathy that guides her work. These tightly woven poems are linked organically through repeating imagery, reflected and refracted through the prism of Bierds?s singularly rich imagination. Her language itself communicates just as much as this visuality; as Stanley Plumly has said, ?The autobiography of her imagination would only be half as intense were the writing itself less beautiful and clear, less perfect to pitch. ? .
[Back of Book] "There is a kind of beauty that produces wolf whistles, and another kind of beauty that creates silence all about it, taking the voices out of men's mouths and the breath out of their throats." Annet Beck's beauty is of the second order and it worries her parents so much that they guard her as closely as a prisoner. . .until the rainy Thursday in October when she disappears. Annet is last seen vanishing over the crest of Hallowmount, a hill in the remote Welsh Country believed to be the domain of witches. Five days later she mysteriously reappears, claiming that she was gone for only two hours. Detective Inspector George Felse doesn't believe in witchcraft, but he does believe in love and he never underestimates its power, especially when it may have led to murder. . .
In the early days of World War II, nations were forced to choose sides in the epic battle that would change history forever. But for two brothers, fate had already made the choice. Separated as boys, Max and Harry Kelso have grown up to become ace fighter pilots-Max with the German Luftwaffe and Harry in Britain': RAF. Now, the machinery of war has set in motion an intrigue so devious, so fill with peril, that it will require them to question everything they know, everything they hold most dear: their lives, their families, their loyalties. Against impossibl odds, it is their courage alone that will decide the course of the war...
Dynamic, unfeeling and iron-willed... Slade Benedict was all those things--but given that he was also Eden Lyle's boss, she found it impossible to protest when he commandeered her holiday plans. But what she hadn't counted on was the disturbing attraction between them. Eden knew she must keep him at arm's length--not only to protect herself but also to keep him from discovering the secret of her past....
Flight of the Fire Thief continues the hilarious fantastical adventures of Prometheus, the Greek demigod who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the human race. To escape the gods' revenge, Prometheus time-travels to Eden City, arriving in 1795. There he befriends a brave and resourceful twelve-year-old girl named Nell. Deary skillfully interweaves two plots, with the action jumping at a whirlwind pace from ramshackle Eden City to Mount Olympus and the battlefields of the Trojan War.
This volume tells the story of Jesse Leroy Brown, who became the Navy's first black pilot. Taylor consulted Brown's training and flight records and logs and includes quotes from them, in addition to letters. He describes Brown's training, experiences in combat, personal life, and other details. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Her genetic secret could change humanity forever. Her DNA grants her the ultimate power. But all she wants is to disappear. Looming buildings rise into the sky of a near-future America, shadowing the desperate poverty of the soovie parks, death doctors, and fear bombs. In this world of walled cities, where status matters most, Caitlyn Brown is desperate to remain invisible, wrongly believing what she needs to hide is the deformity on her back. The powerful want her for so much more. She's forced to take flight again, relying on the help of Razor, a street-smart illusionist she can't trust. Her only hope is to reach friends already tracked by government. With a twisted bounty hunter in full pursuit, she and Razor begin to learn the unthinkable about her past and the unique gifts of her DNA. It leads Caitlyn to a choice between the two men who love her, and whether to keep her freedom or sacrifice herself to change human destiny. In this lightning-fast chase through an all-too-plausible future, best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer is at his best. Flight of Shadows is a terrifying ride into the heart of compelling moral questions about science and society. From the Trade Paperback edition.
"You must go to the dragon. You must leave tonight."<P> Before she even hears the words, Kaeldra already knows she must find the mother dragon whose draclings have just hatched and get some of the precious milk in order to save her foster sister's life. Since Kaeldra can communicate with dragons, she is the only one who can accomplish the task. And so she begins a journey that will entwine her fate with that of three little draclings and one would-be dragonslayer--a journey that will become a struggle for life.
With the publication of Dragon's Egg, a breathtaking, brilliantly extrapolated exploration of alien intelligence on a neutron star, Robert L. Forward delighted readers and critics alike with a tour-de-force marriage of known physics to the wonder-filled unknown, earning the praise of such masters as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Now Dr. Forward turns that same sure eye, sharp and twinkling, to the corrosive, lopsided seas and jagged, volcanic peaks of the double-globed planet Roche-world, discovered in the near future by flyby probes sent to scan the region surrounding Barnard's Star, and chosen as the destination for the first manned expedition beyond our solar system. Propelled on their generation-long, sub-light speed voyage by laser-powered lightsails, a select crew of sixteen top pilots, astrophysicists, and other specialists aboard the interstellar ship Prometheus acquaint themselves with such shipboard marvels as the computerized "imps" and the "Christmas Bush" while readying the surface excursion module known as Magic Dragonfly for its descent into the frontiers of Roche and Eau, the environmentally disparate, atmospherically linked components of the world from which they can never return. When the Dragonfly accidentally crash-lands during its investigative pursuit of an anomaly in Eau's ammonia- laden seas, the crew aboard Prometheus plan a rescue mission while deciphering the data coming in through "Jill, the Dragonfly's onboard computer, at breakneck speed. For the "anomaly," one of many, is not only intelligent but as inquisitive as the humans set adrift upon Eau's frozen seas. While across the gulf of space, all humanity awaits word of the Dragonfly's fate, human and flouwen confront each other to span the gulf of fear and solitude, and each greets the emissaries of an alien race.
A strategic history of the United States by the bestselling author of biographies of Roosevelt and NixonIn this magisterial new history of the United States, spanning from the New World through the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, acclaimed writer and historian Conrad Black examines the rise of the world's supreme power, its recent decline, and its ultimate strengths and future, and the contributions of leading figures, including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, Harry S Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.From the Hardcover edition.
Like an eagle, American colonists ascended from the gulley of British dependence to the position of sovereign world power in a period of merely two centuries. Seizing territory in Canada and representation in Britain; expelling the French, and even their British forefathers, American leaders George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson paved their nation's way to independence. With the first buds of public relation techniques-of communication, dramatization, and propaganda-America flourished into a vision of freedom, of enterprise, and of unalienable human rights.In Flight of the Eagle, Conrad Black provides a perspective on American history that is unprecedented. Through his analysis of the strategic development of the United States from 1754-1992, Black describes nine "phases" of the strategic rise of the nation, in which it progressed through grave challenges, civil and foreign wars, and secured a place for itself under the title of "Superpower." Black discredits prevailing notions that our unrivaled status is the product of good geography, demographics, and good luck. Instead, he reveals and analyzes the specific strategic decisions of great statesmen through the ages that transformed the world as we know it and established America's place in it.
Robyn Ballantyne's journey takes her to the Kalahari desert, searching for her long-lost father, and bringing the word of God to the savage tribes along the way. Or so she thought.
A Trailblazer Book. Once an orphan herself, Mei-en works hard to help the young English missionary, Gladys Aylward, save nearly a hundred Chinese orphans from lives of terror.
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