Author: Jodi Taylor
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo – finally – Markham speaks! It’s Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party – attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster-magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is despatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes. In his own words, our hero reveals Major Guthrie’s six-point guide to a successful assignment and the Security Section’s true opinion of the History Department. And of historians in general. And of one historian in particular. And, just to be clear, it is time travel, for God’s sake. Forget all that pretentious ‘investigating major historical events in contemporary time’ rubbish. This is history without the capital ‘H’. Because this is the way the Security Section rolls!
Author: Craig B. Smith
Publisher: Dockside Consultants Inc
Stirrings: Every morning, in cities across America, people arise to the dawn of a new day, sometimes to the ringing of an alarm clock, sometimes awakening to some other stimulus. In Martin’s case it was shouting he heard outside his hotel window. How was that possible? His hotel room was on the 11th floor. To the couple necking in a car on Mulholland Drive, it was pink glow of dawn that reminded them that the night was over. For Shirley, music from her clock radio meant time for coffee before work, although the thought of going to the office depressed her. For an immigrant Vietnamese boat woman, morning labor pains meant her son was going to be born an American citizen. Chris, waking at 5:00 P.M. knew it soon would be time to hit the streets again, avoiding the police while trying to find a customer for the evening. On a remote mountain hillside, a bobcat hunting quail perked its ears at the sound of a pickup truck carrying a man and a boy as it drove on a dirt road in the valley below. Elsewhere, Mr. Kobayashi reflected on his good fortune in meeting Thomas Ellesmere. Eight people, living vastly different lives, each longing for a better day—what if their paths should cross? Fantasy Boutique: Shirley broke the mold and left her dead-end job, went back to college, earned a degree against the odds, and fell in love. On the verge of a new life, a vacation was warranted and she flew to a Caribbean island to relax and contemplate the future. Wandering along pristine beaches and in small shops in the village, she found a shop called Fantasy Boutique. The proprietress shocked Shirley with a prophesy that she might realize her dream—an unspoken fantasy—while on the island. A boat sailed into the harbor with a stranger on board, but then sailed out again. Then a ferry arrived with Martin on board. The Night is Far Spent: Thomas Ellesmere grew up in Honolulu, attended Stanford University, and then joined the Army. At Schofield Barracks in Hawaii in the summer of 1941, he married his childhood sweetheart before shipping out to the Philippines. Six years later, after combat in the Philippines, a stint as a POW, and several years with the occupation forces in Japan, Thomas returned and entered MIT as a graduate student. Thomas was recruited to work for a computer science company in California, saw a different future in the explosive growth potential of small computers, and decided to start his own company. He called Elsa in New York and asked her to fly out to California for a few days. “Why?” she asked. “So we can shop for a wedding dress,” he replied. Under Thomas’s guidance and with his partner David’s technical skills, the company grew and soon was in key partnerships with former enemies in Japan and Germany. Thomas recruited Akira Kobayashi as Chief Financial Officer and made other strategic hires. Elsa succumbed to cancer, leaving Thomas wondering how many more blows he could sustain. When David decided to move on, Thomas created a new operations manager position. The woman he hired for that position ultimately transformed the company and gave Thomas back his life and dreams.
Megan is missing . . . in this HEART-STOPPING THRILLER
Author: Tim Weaver
Publisher: Penguin UK
My name is Megan Carver. I seem like an unlikely runaway: A straight-A student from a happy home, I study hard and don't get into trouble. My life is a lie. Six months on, Megan's never been found. Some close to her are dead. Others are silenced. The search will lead to The Dead Tracks. A place with a horrifying history. But what does it have to do with Megan? 'Weaver has delivered yet another cracking crime thriller' Daily Mail
Author: Homer Hickam
It's 1943 and the Americans and Japanese are fighting a deadly war in the hot, jungle-covered volcanic islands of the South Pacific. The outcome is in doubt and a terrible blow has fallen on American morale. Lieutenant David Armistead, a Marine Corps hero and cousin of the President of the United States, is missing and some say he's gone over to the enemy. Coast Guard Captain Josh Thurlow and his ragtag crew are given the assignment to find Armistead, though not necessarily to bring him back alive. Recruited in the hunt is a tormented and frail PT-boat skipper nicknamed "Shafty" who is also known by another name: John F. Kennedy. When Josh is stranded in the jungles of New Georgia with a mysterious, sensual woman who has a tendency to chop off men's heads, it's up to Kennedy to come to the rescue and complete the mission. But to procure a gunboat, he first has to play high-stakes poker with a young naval supply officer called Nick who happens to be the best gambler in the South Pacific. Nick has another name, too: Richard M. Nixon. Based solidly on historical fact with echoes of James Michener, The Ambassador's Son is a thrilling tale of the South Pacific and adventure fiction at its finest.
Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War
Author: Jeffery Deaver,Raymond Benson
Publisher: Hachette UK
Nuclear brinksmanship. Psychological warfare. Spies, double agents, femme fatales, and dead drops. The Cold War--a terrifying time when nuclear war between the world's two superpowers was an ever-present threat, an all-too-real possibility that could be set off at the touch of a button--provides a chilling backdrop to this collection of all-new short stories from today's most celebrated mystery writers. Bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson--the only American writers to be commissioned to pen official James Bond novels--have joined forces to bring us twenty masterful tales of paranoia, espionage, and psychological drama. In Joseph Finder's "Police Report," the seemingly cut-and-dry case of a lunatic murderer in rural Massachusetts may have roots in Soviet-controlled Armenia. In "Miss Bianca" by Sara Paretsky, a young girl befriends a mouse in a biological warfare laboratory and finds herself unwittingly caught in an espionage drama. And Deaver's "Comrade 35" offers a unique spin on the assassination of John F. Kennedy--with a signature twist.
Born With a Mission
Author: James Allan Matte
Publisher: J.A.M. Publications
He was born with The Caul, invulnerable to Danger, Destined for Adventure. According to legend, those born with the Caul, a protective membrane covering an infant's body, are special beyond measure, resistant to physical harm until a fabulous destiny has been fulfilled. On a cold March night in 1931, the extraordinary James Markham emerges into the world, enveloped by the Caul, which stands as a prophecy to the wonders and tribulations he will encounter in his life. Born with a Mission is the first installment in the epic trilogy, The Caul, establishing the early adventures of the young Jim Markham. Taught early by his French-Canadian Grandmaman in Montreal to face challenges instead of retreating from them, Markham learns that he is indeed different, and assumes a responsibility of defending the weak and powerless that travels both the years of his life and the lands of this earth. This is a story of self-sacrifice and justice. From taking a beating for a victimized schoolmate in boarding school, to defending the honor of a black friend hounded by a racist punk in New York, to preventing a mad Frenchman from killing his wife in a bar; it's evident that James Markham may very well be a foundation of hope and fortitude for dark, dark times ahead. Prepare yourself for an expedition across this wondrous and terrible world through the eyes of a courageous young man secured by his faith and powers beyond comprehension, trained by the United States Air Force and Office of Special Investigations to confront, and obliterate, evil.
Author: Caitlind L. Alexander
Publisher: Learning Island
Category: Juvenile Fiction
A valuable waistcoat is up for auction. The man selling it says that it used to belong to George Washington. If so, it could be worth a lot of money. But how could they tell if the man was telling the truth? After all, the man selling it was Peter Markham’s uncle. And everyone knew that Peter Markham was one of the most dishonest kids in the whole school. See if you can solve this 15-minute mystery before the Brodericks do. Similar to the old Encyclopedia Brown series, kids get to test their wits and powers of observation against our detectives. These books help kids learn the vital skills of logic and attention to detail in a fun, easy way. Ages 8 and up. Educational Versions include exercises designed to meet Common Core standards. LearningIsland.com believes in the value of children practicing reading for 15 minutes every day. Our 15-Minute Books give children lots of fun, exciting choices to read, from classic stories, to mysteries, to books of knowledge. Many books also work well as hi-lo readers. Open the world of reading to a child by having them read for 15 minutes a day.
House of Commons
Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
Category: Great Britain
Contains the 4th session of the 28th Parliament through the 1st session of the 48th Parliament.
A Documentary History
Author: Jean R. Soderlund
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Uses official documents, letters, pamphlets, newspaper articles and business records to document Penn's founding of a Quaker colony in the New World
Author: Ally Condie
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow. Look for CROSSED, the sequel to MATCHED, in Fall 2011! Watch a Video
Author: Jodi Taylor
Publisher: Knaur eBook
Die englische Bestseller-Autorin Jodi Taylor legt mit „Draußen wartet die Liebe“ einen warmherzigen Frauen-Roman vor, voller poetischer Bilder und britischem Witz. Ihre Heldin Jenny entwickelt sich in dieser charmanten Liebes-Geschichte vom schüchternen Entlein zum selbstbewussten Schwan, von einem Mädchen ohne Freunde zur glücklich verliebten Frau – eine moderne Aschenputtel-Geschichte, anrührend, liebevoll und originell. Wenn man 28 Jahre alt ist und schrecklich schüchtern, furchtbar stottert und von Onkel und Tante quasi vor der Welt versteckt wird, dann braucht es eine gehörige Portion Mut, um das Leben endlich in die eigenen Hände zu nehmen. Doch unterstützt von Thomas, dem wohl zauberhaftesten imaginären Freund der Welt, und von Russel, dem chaotischen Maler mit seinem heruntergekommenen britischen Landhaus und dem Herz voller Liebeskummer, greift Jenny schließlich mit beiden Händen nach dem, was ihr neues Leben werden wird – entschlossen, es nie wieder herzugeben. Ein Liebes-Roman so "very british", gefühlvoll und witzig wie ein Hugh-Grant-Film!
Author: Paula McLain
Publisher: Aufbau Digital
Die Frau, die den Himmel bezwang. Aufgewachsen als Tochter eines Lords im afrikanischen Busch, interessiert sich die junge Beryl nicht für Seidenkleider und Etikette. Dafür ist sie stark und mutig wie ein Kipsigis-Junge und hat von ihrem Vater alles über Rassepferde gelernt. Doch im britischen Protektorat – dem späteren Kenia – der vorigen Jahrhundertwende ist kein Platz für solch ein ungezähmtes Mädchen. Bis sie in Karen Blixen eine Seelenverwandte findet – und in deren Geliebtem, dem Flieger und Großwildjäger Denys Finch Hutton, das Abenteuer ihres Lebens. Die Autorin des internationalen Bestsellers „Madame Hemingway“ erzählt in diesem großen Afrika-Epos die wahre Geschichte der Flugpionierin Beryl Markham, die als erste Frau den Atlantik überquerte.
Author: James Allan Matte
Publisher: J.A.M. Publications
Part III of this trilogy begins with the surprising discovery that James Markham has a half-sister residing in San Diego, California and during his fateful visit he finds himself in the middle of a robbery case that demands his involvement in freeing an innocent man from prison. His unwitting exposure to the media places Markham in the cross-hairs of former enemy terrorists whose several attempts on his life nearly cause his demise. Nonetheless, Markham survives to pursue further challenges that fate places before him while it sets the stage for his eventual confrontation as the Biblical Truth-Seeker with the most powerful American politician identified in the Bible Code by the Secret Society of Jesuits as the Anti-Christ. You can find the hardcover version of this title on www.booksurge.com.
Author: Rosemary Morgan Heddens
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Juvenile Fiction
While Melissa is laid up with the chicken pox, Laura and Amber meet Doris Duncan’s granddaughter, Beth Anne, who has Down syndrome. They invite Beth Anne to take Melissa’s place as a volunteer at the senior center. When grouchy Mrs. Henry breaks her hip, the girls are called on to lend a hand. Laura and Amber reluctantly agree and take Beth Anne along. Though she’s afraid of Mrs. Henry at first, Beth Anne soon becomes her companion, even helping Mrs. Henry get out of her wheelchair. In the meantime, Melissa’s jealousy comes into play as Beth Anne asks to become a permanent member of The Handy Helpers. Reader comments “I would give this book a five star rating and would highly recommend it to everyone. I like the relationships that each character forms with Beth Anne. I also think some of the situations they get into are so funny but real life like. I love the great moral values talked about in the book. It inspires me to want to start a Handy Helpers group myself.” -Sadie Mullins