447 pages, 19 of 19 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
“There was a time…long ago, when whole nations, entire races of people, pinned their hopes and futures on individual warriors. Whole wars were won and lost on the outcome of a single battle between heroes. Entire countries were moved. Empires rose and fell…”
In Blue Fall, that time has come again.
A routine investigation throws a hapless insurance agent down the rabbit hole, into a world where the rich and powerful place wagers on the greatest game on earth. They call it the Tournament. It offers competition without limits. It is beholden to no man, and constrained by no law, and it is extremely dangerous. But where does the true power lie in this World Cup of warfare? With those who place the bets, or with the deadly players themselves? And can one man expose the secret before they find him?
188 pages, 27 of 29 reviews are 4 or 5-star
An innocent favor to help a friendly cop figure out how his daughter’s identity was stolen turns in to a large investigation into a multi national ID theft ring with ties to terrorism. The nomadic hacker known as “PK” finds himself squeezed between a Russian gang and the United States government and quickly realizes he needs to help close the investigation before the dangers of the real world prevent him returning to his quiet nomadic underground lifestyle.
This is the first book in the “adventures of PK the hacker” series.
On Little Wings by Regina Sirois
363 pages, 71 of 77 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
It will take one forbidden journey, an octogenarian movie star, three old pirates, and one scarred genius to put all the pieces back together. If that is even possible.
When Jennifer finds a dog-eared photograph of a freckled girl, she never dreams the innocent picture will tear open a gaping wound to her mother’s secret past.
428 pages, 1 of 1 reviews is 5-star, Lending Enabled
Powerful and provocative, haunting and disturbing, lyrical yet profoundly unsettling, The Kommandant’s Mistress portrays the complex power struggle between the Kommandant of a Nazi Concentration Camp and the Jewish inmate he forces to become his “mistress”.
In this mesmerizing depiction of sexual subjugation, in which the conventional labels of “torturer” and “victim” obscure the unexpected realities of those positions, a young woman must survive the horrors of her daily servitude inside the Kommandant’s office while struggling with the moral obligation to aid others in the Camp. Aware of virtually every secret of the Kommandant’s professional and personal life, the woman bears witness to the grotesque reality of the camp even as she memorizes the intimate details of a man fighting his own tortured existence.
After the war, their “relationship” in the Camp proves inescapable, as the past they share pursues them both, culminating in an encounter that is as shocking and disturbing as it is inevitable.
This Revised & Expanded, 20th Anniversary Edition contains new material: the author’s original “story” and “poem” which formed the inspiration for the book; a Chapter-by-Chapter Scene Index; Discussion Questions for teachers, students, and book groups; and a preface which reveals the writing and original publishing history of the novel as well as an explanation of the author’s name-change.
262 pages, 32 of 37 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening – especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts!
Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Jaycie’s mom’s MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in ‘trainer,’ is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And Jaycie’s godfather John is more than persuasive – he can literally convince anyone to do anything.
As far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love Jaycie’s pediatrician father, but she doesn’t fit in with ‘normal’ kids, and she doesn’t really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there’s one thing she can’t control – and that’s her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capable of…
Everything seems to be status quo for Jaycie until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!
325 pages, 19 of 19 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
What is the dark secret that Martin Lancaster’s family seem determined to stop him uncovering? When Martin was eighteen, his father was tragically lost at sea during a transatlantic yacht race. Twenty-five years later, Martin discovers hidden logbooks in his mother’s attic, and vows to find out the truth. His quest takes him racing him across the Atlantic in the Columbus Cup, the world’s largest-ever regatta, an event that becomes a personal voyage of discovery and disaster. On the Caribbean island of St Lucia, with his enemies closing in, Martin must make one desperate final sea passage to discover the shocking truth about his family – and himself.
331 pages, 32 of 32 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Taziri had a promising career as an airship engineer and inventor until an explosion incinerated the fleet and killed most of the Air Corps. Now, she is the only pilot left to help the marshals hunt down the people responsible for this tragedy before they can strike again.
Taziri’s investigation ranges across the country on airships, steamships, and racing locomotives, from sprawling cities to ancient tombs. She discovers a vast conspiracy including a traitorous ambassador with an electric touch, an Espani doctor performing horrific experiments, and a Samaritan assassin who prefers Italian daggers over Mazigh guns.
And as killers emerge from every shadow and riots erupt on every street corner, Taziri quickly learns to defend herself as only an engineer can – with her wits and her tools.
In a country where women control the government, the military, and the most powerful industries in the world, Taziri has a clear advantage over the male marshals. But despite all her efforts, her country’s only hope for peace may be an exiled Incan princess and her swashbuckling lover, and an airship called Halcyon falling from the burning sky.
237 pages, 8 of 8 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
This is Our Story follows the lives of Rosa and Mila, two young women from different countries who become victims of human trafficking when unwittingly duped into domestic servitude and commercial sexual exploitation in the American Southeast. Their experiences with the underbelly of globalization here in our own backyard, and the legal battles they wage against their traffickers with their immigration attorney, Lily, are told in their own voices, and hers, in vivid and compelling detail.
240 pages, 125 of 138 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, Previously Free
In 1837, Lisbeth Wainwright is born to the white mistress of a sprawling Virginia plantation. Seconds later, she is delivered into the arms of her black wet nurse, Mattie. For a field hand like Mattie, her transfer to the big house is supposed to be considered an honor—except that the move tears Mattie away from her beloved grandfather and her infant son, Samuel. But Mattie is a slave, with no say in the matter, and so she devotes herself to her master’s daughter, though she longs to be raising her own child. Growing up under Mattie’s tender care, little Lisbeth adopts the woman’s deep-seated faith in God, her love of music and black-eyed peas, and the tradition of hunting for yellow crocuses in the early days of spring.
As the years pass, Lisbeth is drawn slowly back into her white parents’ world and begins to learn the ins and outs of life for a high-born young lady. Still she retains her connection to Mattie, befriending Samuel and drifting comfortably between the two worlds. She accepts her parents’ assertion that their slaves depend upon them for guidance and protection, yet that notion becomes more and more difficult to believe as she gains awareness of the inequality of life in the big house versus the slave quarters. When, on the threshold of her society wedding to debonair Edward Cunningham, Lisbeth bears witness to a shockingly brutal act, the final vestiges of her naiveté crumble around her. Just twenty-one years old, she is forced to choose between what is socially acceptable and what is right, a decision that will change her life forever.
This compelling historical novel chronicles young Lisbeth Wainwright’s coming-of-age during one of the most difficult chapters of American history. Lisbeth’s powerful bond with Mattie makes her loss of innocence in the face of society’s ugly secrets all the more heartbreaking, and yet it is the courage she learns from her stand in mother that enables Lisbeth to blaze a new path for herself. Yellow Crocus offers moving proof of how the greatest social change often blooms forth from small personal acts of love.
40 pages, 34 of 40 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
A picture book that can only be described as fun and adorable, My Little Pet Dragon features over 30 pages of incredible computer-generated artwork.
Find out what happens when the young reader gets a pet dragon for Christmas!
A bedtime story for children 3-6 that is sure to delight (even adults will find plenty to smile about)!
287 pages, 15 of 15 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
This extraordinary journey takes us to the intimate and seldom understood cultures of the Middle East. With Salman, the main character, we discover societies we might never visit during our lifetime, such as Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon or Saudi Arabia. Historical, religious and political differences between these countries and our Western world are enormous. Yet, surprisingly, so are the similarities.
Unfulfilled in his native Orient, Salman moves to America, where with humor and insight, he delights us with his observations. From the impact of Vietnam to the World Trade Center to Iraq, we watch an interesting panorama. Through personal struggles, successes, many failures or tender love, Salman stubbornly persists in his quest, through continents, to find a place he can call home. Will America be the answer? Despite the tantalizing possibility, his spirituality, almost extinct, surges toward a new discovery.
All of us will relate to the story of this beautiful, exotic and inspiring life. “A Middle East American” is a fictional novel, based on many actual events.
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