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White House speechwriter Marc Thiessen was locked in a secure room and given access to the most sensitive intelligence when he was tasked to write President George W. Bush's 2006 speech explaining the CIA's interrogation program and why Congress should authorize it. Few know more about these CIA operations than Thiessen, and in his new book, Courting Disaster, he documents just how effective the CIA's interrogations were in foiling attacks on America, penetrating al-Qaeda's high command, and providing our military with actionable intelligence. Thiessen also shows how reckless President Obama has been in shutting down the CIA's program and releasing secret documents that have aided our enemies. Courting Disaster proves:How the CIA program thwarted specific deadly attacks against the U.S.Why "enhanced interrogation" was not torture by any reasonable legal or moral standardHow the information gained by "enhanced interrogation" could not have been acquired any other wayHow President Obama's actions since taking office have left America much more vulnerable to attackIn chilling detail, Thiessen reveals how close the terrorists came to striking again, how intelligence gained from "enhanced interrogation" repeatedly stymied their plots, and how President Obama's dismantling of this CIA program is inviting disaster for America.
The worlds of professional tennis and the Broadway musical combine as these intrepid detectives protect their clients from death threats.
From the book: AMERICA'S TOP TEEN DETECTIVES TEAM UP WHEN A LOVE MATCH TURNS INTO A DEADLY GAME. It's spring break, and the sparks are flying in Charleston, South Carolina. Terry Alford, a top television veejay, is starring in the hot new Broadway-bound rock musical Beauty and the Beat, and she's invited Nancy Drew backstage to catch her smash act. But southern hospitality takes a nasty turn when a masked intruder makes a startling, show-stopping entrance, throwing the production and Terry's life into dire jeopardy. Meanwhile, on an island resort just off the Carolina coast, The Hardy Boys are trying to keep tennis superstar and superbrat Pat Flynn out of harm's way. He's being stalked by an unknown assailant determined to knock him off the court for good. Nancy, Frank, and Joe soon discover that they're dealing with a matched set: Pat Flynn and Terry Alford are one of the hottest celebrity items around. They're looking for romance but finding danger.
Katherine's grandmother will lose her home unless the terms of her will are met -- that Katherine be married! So she proposes to her best friend, Damon who surprisingly agrees. But a simple marriage of convenience turns into something far more complicated!
Return to Wells Landing, the close-knit Amish community in Oklahoma, where a hopeful young woman struggles to find true love while staying true to her faith. . . Emily Ebersol is the bishop's daughter, and everyone--including Emily--assumes she'll marry a faithful Amish man and live out her days within the community. But her childhood sweetheart, Luke Lambright, fell in love with racing cars during his rumspringa and decided to leave Wells Landing. Emily prays for his return, but as the months go by, she begins spending time with another young man--a man who may not be as exciting as Luke, but perhaps he's exactly what she needs. . . Elam Rhiel knows that Emily has always been in love with Luke--but he is certain he could be the loyal, steady husband Emily deserves. Then, just as Emily begins to fall for him, Luke returns and complicates her feelings. Now, they all must learn that the greatest love requires the greatest sacrifice. . .
Return to Wells Landing, the close-knit Amish community in Oklahoma, where a hopeful young woman struggles to find true love while staying true to her faith. . .Emily Ebersol is the bishop's daughter, and everyone--including Emily--assumes she'll marry a faithful Amish man and live out her days within the community. But her childhood sweetheart, Luke Lambright, fell in love with racing cars during his rumspringa and decided to leave Wells Landing. Emily prays for his return, but as the months go by, she begins spending time with another young man--a man who may not be as exciting as Luke, but perhaps he's exactly what she needs. . .Elam Rhiel knows that Emily has always been in love with Luke--but he is certain he could be the loyal, steady husband Emily deserves. Then, just as Emily begins to fall for him, Luke returns and complicates her feelings. Now, they all must learn that the greatest love requires the greatest sacrifice. . .
Mail order bride romance novel set near Seattle, Washington in 1904.
Samuel is a computer genius who's just left his high-paying job to teach programing to high schoolers. Greta is the tough, sarcastic gym coach who no kid dares to mock--at least within hearing. He's a former jock who's now dependent on crutches and a wheelchair; she's bigger and stronger and more alpha than him in every way--with a secret love of Jane Austen and Regency romance novels.Samuel only asks Greta out to prove he's got the guts. When she accepts, he's out of his depth. All he knows is that he'll do whatever it takes to keep her as long as he can. Pretend he's got his class under control? Easy. Attend her team's games? Sure. Humiliate himself in front of six hundred teenagers? No problem. Be vulnerable enough to admit why he ditched his programming career for teaching? Well...that would require honesty. And if there's one thing Samuel can't exist without, it's the lies he tells himself...until the possibility of love offers him a far bigger and happier world.Poignant, quirky, and heart-tugging, this is an emotionally satisfying read about two lost souls who discover that love can blossom in the most unexpected places.
A private battle rages at court for the affections of a childless queen, who must soon name her successor--and thus determine the future of the British Empire. It is the beginning of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is dying. Soon Anne is crowned queen, but to court insiders, the name of the imminent sovereign is Sarah Churchill. Beautiful, outspoken Sarah has bewitched Anne and believes she is invincible--until she installs her poor cousin Abigail Hill into court as royal chambermaid. Plain Abigail seems the least likely challenger to Sarah's place in her highness's affections, but challenge it she does, in stealthy yet formidable ways. While Anne engages in her private tug-of-war, the nation is obsessed with another, more public battle: succession. Anne is sickly and childless, the last of the Stuart line. This novel of the Stuarts from Jean Plaidy weaves larger-than-life characters through a dark maze of intrigue, love, and destruction, with nothing less than the future of the British Empire at stake.
The Man Was No StrangerWhen Hope Petersen looks up to see Sinclair Marsh standing in her office doorway, it brings back bittersweet memories. She can't forgive him for the terrible accident that changed both their lives. Now that her girlhood crush is the new pastor of the church she runs, Hope is forced to work with him-and her old feelings resurface. Sinclair seems determined to show her and their Michigan hometown that their minister is a changed man. Is Hope ready to move beyond the past and risk her future on the man she never stopped loving?
Winning a high-profile case has given a huge boost to New York attorney DeAngelo Di Meglio's career-and his love life. Too bad fame hasn't helped him win the woman he's been infatuated with for years. Tired of waiting and wondering, Angelo books a trip to the singles-only Bahamas resort where Peyton Mahoney is celebrating her thirtieth birthday. And just as he hoped, when they finally connect, the chemistry is mind-blowing....Two weeks in paradise has given Peyton some sizzling memories. That's all she expects-or wants-from a legendary player like Angelo. Having grown up on Chicago's South Side, she is worlds away from his life of privilege. Then a controversial case puts them on opposing sides. And as sexual tension spills over from the courtroom to the bedroom, there's no way they can ignore the undeniable attraction....
COULD A TOSSED BOUQUET PREDICT THE NEXT BRIDE?Alex MacIntyre believed that particular wedding tradition was a myth, until Katarina Berthoff caught her newly married sister's wildflowers. Reunited after eight years at the wedding of Katarina's sister to Alex's brother, it looked as if happily-ever-after with the angelic dollmaker was in God's plan for the courageous firefighter. But unless Alex gave up the dangerous job he loved, his dreams of a family could never come true. Was anything possible for a man torn between adventure and love? Maybe, with the right woman....
Despite being labeled as adults, the approximately 200,000 youth under the age of 18 who are now prosecuted as adults each year in criminal court are still adolescents, and the contradiction of their legal labeling creates numerous problems and challenges. In Courting Kids Carla Barrett takes us behind the scenes of a unique judicial experiment called the Manhattan Youth Part, a specialized criminal court set aside for youth prosecuted as adults in New York City. Focusing on the lives of those coming through and working in the courtroom, Barrett's ethnography is a study of a microcosm that reflects the costs, challenges, and consequences the "tough on crime" age has had, especially for male youth of color. She demonstrates how the court, through creative use of judicial discretion and the cultivation of an innovative courtroom culture, developed a set of strategies for handling "adult-juvenile " cases that embraced, rather than denied, defendants' adolescence.
The world's oldest living vampire assumes a mortal identity--and experiences a blazing passion for a woman that brings his tired heart back to life.
The "orphan train" seemed like small-town spinster Adelaide Crum's last chance to know the simple joys of family life. So many lost children, every one of them dreaming only of a caring home--the home she longed to offer. And yet the narrow-minded town elders refused to entrust even the most desperate child to a woman alone. . . . Newspaperman Charles Graves believed his heart was closed forever, but he swore to stand by this lovely, lonely woman who was fighting for the right to take some motherless child into her heart. And her gentle soul and unwavering faith made him wonder if even he could overcome the bitter lessons of the past, and somehow find the courage to love. . . .
The news spread like brush fire through the whole county when widower Ancil Drayton announced his intention to start courting Miss Hattie Colfax. She was certainly spirited and delightfully sweet natured, and she'd managed to run her family farm almost single-handedly. But wasn't a twenty-nine-year-old lady farmer too old to catch a husband? An Irresistable Suitor. All his life handsome, black-haired Reed Tyler had worked Miss Hattie's farm--and dreamed of one day settling down on his own piece of land with the pretty young woman he'd sworn to marry. Hattie was someone he could tell his hopes and troubles to--someone he looked on as a sister. So he thought, until the idea of Ancil Drayton calling on her made him seethe. Until the night a brotherly peck became a scorching kiss. . . and Reed knew nothing would bank the blaze--and that his best friend was the only woman he would ever love.
Glory Shaw survived a nightmare only to awaken to a more disturbing reality-her dead husband. Wanted for a murder she couldn't recall, she was rescued by Steven Harding, a man she had ample reason to hate. But how would she call him "enemy" when her traitorous heart claimed him as her true love?Steven Harding would do whatever it took to protect Glory, the woman he'd secretly loved since childhood-even if that meant hiding her in a brothel. But was shielding her in his ardent embrace more dangerous than surrendering her to the long arm of the law?
Amish widow Hannah Yoder prays her daughters will each find a husband someday. Still, sensible Ruth believes it's God's will that she stay home and help care for her younger sisters. But when a handsome young man comes to Kent County, Ruth starts to rethink her plans. Not yet part of the church, Eli Lapp is allowed to run wild. Yet something in Ruth's sweet smile and gentle manner makes him yearn to settle down-with her at his side. Can Eli convince her that their lives should be entwined together on God's path?
When Susannah McKittrick leaves Nantucket for the boomtown of Seattle, she is hardly looking to strike it rich; she is headed west to care for a newborn left motherless after Susannah's cousin died. Although the rigorous trip depletes all of her savings, Susannah is certain she is doing the right thing. She is less sure when she meets the infant's father, wealthy businessman Aubrey Fairgrieve -- who seems embittered toward love and marriage, and indifferent toward the precious baby Susannah is so eager to care for. Gradually, Susannah discovers that Aubrey's marriage to her cousin was far from perfect -- and she comes to see the brusque but handsome man in a new light. But when Aubrey makes her a most practical offer, it is a far cry from the heartfelt proposal Susannah desires. If he truly wants to win her hand, he will have to learn to trust once more -- and sweep her away with the bold passion of a man in love.
For one wealthy rancher, it's an upstairs/downstairs affair! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Janice Maynard! As new president of the Texas Cattleman's Club, Case Baxter has his hands full. He needs a housekeeper, but he's been burned before by gold-digging employees. Still, when fiery redhead Melinda Winslow shows up, his attraction is undeniable. Mellie has big plans for her small cleaning service. A powerful client like Case Baxter is a boon to her business. But falling for him could mess everything up. Mellie knows how to handle a mess...if Case isn't too hot to handle! Enjoy a special Texas Cattleman's Club: Lies and Lullabies bonus prequel short story from Janice Maynard Reclaimed by the Rancher
Dedicated healer and widow Mary Graves is suspicious when a handsome stranger arrives in town and asks questions about her newly adopted son. Dr. Luke Jacobs is searching for his long-lost son, and after meeting Mary, he realizes he's found what he's looking for. Original.
Mission Irresistable His assignment: woo the beautiful widow. Savannah Elliott's father is a suspected Nazi sympathizer. Gaining her confidence could help undercover agent Trent Mueller derail a plot to sabotage the U. S. war machine. With so many lives at stake, the undercover agent can't afford to feel guilt at his deception. Nor should he find himself captivated by Savannah when her very allegiance is in question... In war, trust is a luxury. Yet Savannah is appalled to learn that her own father is a suspected traitor. By working with Trent to discover the truth, Savannah hopes to prove her father's innocence. But if Trent's hunch is right, can love withstand the ultimate test of loyalty?
Anne Murphy is the redheaded rookie at the Philadelphia law firm of Rosato & Associates, and one morning she wakes up to front-page headlines proclaiming lawyer murdered -- above her own picture. If she wants to stay alive, she's got to play dead. She'll have to trust people she barely knows -- colleagues who hate her, homicide cops who want her out of the crime-fighting business, and a new love who inconveniently happens to be opposing counsel. But her knack for courting trouble makes it almost impossible for Anne to play well with others, and an unexpected event places her in lethal jeopardy and leaves her with everything to lose.
In this charming historical romance, an enticing attorney and a determined suffragette learn the hard way that there's more to life--and love--than getting their way. No one could accuse the Appleton sisters of embracing tradition. After all, they've earned their living as spiritualists ever since their parents' tragic death--and are succeeding famously. Now Winifred Appleton hopes to champion the rights of women by becoming a lawyer. But when she learns that no law school will accept a woman, Winifred is left with just one choice: accepting an apprenticeship from Charles Howe--and trying to ignore the fiery passion the handsome prosecutor arouses. Intrigued by Winifred's spirit--and tempted by her beauty--Charles believes that taking her under his wing is a flawless plan. She'll surely buckle under the pressure of pursuing her career, leaving him free to propose a different kind of partnership: matrimony. But when the pair are pitted on opposite sides of a contentious murder trial, they learn that love is the only argument that matters. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Tempting a Devil, The Story Guy, and Friday Night Alibi.
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the court was the crucial site where expanding Eurasian states and empires met and made sense of one another. Richly illustrated, Courtly Encounters provides a fresh cross-cultural perspective on early modern Islam, Counter-Reformation Catholicism, Protestantism, and a newly emergent Hindu sphere.
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