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Kirkus Reviews says: 'Impressively timely and resonant. A high-stakes and exciting tale of good versus evil that thoughtfully reflects on modern maladies.' Midwest Book Reviews calls The Antidote a 'page ripping suspenseful tale of good and evil.' Can a curse become a gift? Twelve-year-old Alex Revelstoke is different. He can see disease. Also injury, illness, and anything else wrong with the body. This comes in handy when a classmate chokes on a hot dog or when the janitor suffers a heart attack unclogging a gooey science experiment gone awry. But Alex soon learns his new ability puts him and an unsuspecting world in peril. Throughout time, Revelstokes have waged a battle against ancient evil itself. A man, a being, an essence--the creator of disease. Alex has seen its darkness. He has felt its strength. He does not want to fight. But Alex is the last Revelstoke. The war has just begun. With her unique perspective as a doctor, mother, and writer, McCormick combines her knowledge of medicine and her storytelling skills to craft a one-of-a-kind adventure about disease, darkness, and deception -- one readers won't be able to put down.Show more
A corpse in a cornfield. Neighbor waging war against neighbor. A journal written in code. Forensic pathology Bodhi King’s silent retreat at Buddhism monastery hasn’t been as contemplative, or silent, as he hoped. Bodhi’s plan was to meditate on the meaning of a recent run-in with an old flame, but instead he’s pressed into service to identify a murdered stranger. He teams up with a pair of federal agents, a bold, brainy plant pathologist, and the no-nonsense, small-town police chief. The players’ loyalties shift continually, and nothing’s as it seems. Counseled by his Buddhist monk hosts, and out of his depth, Bodhi finds himself in the middle of investigation with international political and financial implications. And, to think, all he wanted was a little peace and quiet.Show more
Healthy residents of a posh assisted living facility are dying in the middle of the night ... expressions of pure terror etched on their faces. After solving a series of unexplained deaths several years ago, forensic pathologist Dr. Bodhi King retreated from the limelight. Now, he's called out of early retirement to help investigate a death cluster on a private island in the Florida Keys, where he lands in the middle of a simmering conflict. Members of the Golden Island Church have a furtive agenda to protect. The dying Cuban-Americans have long-held secrets of their own. And everyone seems to have a reason to stop Bodhi from bringing the truth to light.Show more
Dr. Bodhi King returns in this forensic thriller series by a USA Today bestseller to uncover the cause of a puzzling spate of deaths in Canada. Bodhi’s honored when he’s invited to present a paper at an international forensic pathology conference. He’s stunned when he learns that his old flame is a fellow panelist. It’s been more than a decade since Bodhi broke Eliza’s heart. He convinces her to join him for dinner in the Quebec countryside so he can make amends. On the way back to the hotel after their meal, they encounter a dazed young woman by the roadside. She has no memory of who she is or what's happened to her. Bodhi and Eliza put aside their past to help the shattered woman reclaim her life. In the process, they discover the horrifying truth about an overdose epidemic plaguing the region … and are thrust together into an investigation that could prove to be their last.Show more
When fifteen-year-old Jack Sligo runs away from his loving Boston-Irish family, he hopes to get a summer job on a cruise ship. His dream becomes a nightmare when two strangers give him mysterious drinks in a waterfront saloon. Jack wakes up, far at sea, shanghaied aboard an African freighter. The ship’s first call is a remote jungle port in Venezuela where there’s plenty of thieves, rum and women, but no opportunity for escape. Manor Nelson, the ship’s bo’sun, is his secret protector. A silent bond grows between them as they fight the inhumanity of the ship’s master and Jack learns the cruelty of segregation. But Jack needs more than friends to survive a vicious life at sea. He plans to escape with the help of seventeen-year-old Winston, a Jamaican, on the ship since he was twelve. He befriends men like stone silent Ebanks, whose black ancestors disgraced themselves as slave traders; Smitty, the dangerous mulatto seaman who is his boss; and “Chips,” the ship’s carpenter from Cayman Brac who knows all about God. Even a curious shipwreck in a jungle fails to sway Jack from his goal to find a way to get home. “Though this is the author’s first book, it is his first-hand experience, having been shanghaied aboard an African freighter, that makes the book come to life. Fans of other sea-set teen novels like Avi’s The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle will like this book, which captures well the story of an utterly inexperienced kid being thrust into a situation he isn’t quite ready for, as well as the adventure he has in exploring new countries and learning to survive on the open sea.” Molly Horan, ForeWord Reviews, Young Adult Fiction “David Collins' novel narrates his remarkable real-life story of running away from home at 15 and being 'shanghaied' aboard an African freighter. The book is rich with adventure, longing, and twists that will keep the reader turning the page.” Margot Lee Shetterly, Author, Hidden FiguresShow more
Tehran was well known to American businessman Jack Devlin until the day everything changed. When radical Islamic students stormed the US embassy on November 4, 1979, Jack narrowly escaped the revolutionary chaos, leaving behind 80 percent of his business and 100 percent of his heart. To get his beautiful girlfriend, Farideh, out of Iran, Jack accepts a devil’s bargain with the CIA and MI6. He must slip back into Tehran, where the militant students are holding dozens of Americans hostage in their own embassy. His part of the bargain is to steal the coveted client ledger of the world’s most powerful arms dealer, Mustafa Khaki, Farideh’s father. Surprised by an additional assignment, Jack is also ordered to strip a KGB defector of details on Russian collusion with Iran and their plan to eliminate the American hostages while infiltrating the highest levels of Ayatollah Khomeini’s government. From the damp cellars of KGB headquarters to the cold chill of British espionage to the blistering heat of the Kuwaiti desert, readers will learn, in an erroneous twist, that not all the turncoats are Russians. “Collins’s descriptions of bazaars, street scenes, customs officials, and hotels in Tehran, Kuwait, and Egypt, and roadblocks manned by soldiers leading boys with AK-47’s, are vivid enough to convince anyone who has been in the Third World for any length of time that the author has been there, and not as a tourist. This brilliantly written espionage tale is as good as it gets.” Starred Review from BlueInk Review “Through excellent characterization the characters come alive – heroes to be cheered on, villains to be despised. This taut, tense, page-turning thriller is highly recommended.” Darryl Greer, Readers Favorites “I loved the crisp writing and gorgeous descriptions, an international setting that will stay vivid in the minds of readers. An Improbable Spy is nothing short of a spellbinding, entertaining page-turner.” Ruffina Oserio, Readers FavoritesShow more
There are no victors in the battle between honor and duty.High in the mountains, a monastery falls to a powerful attack. On the other side of the continent, a gate begins to fail, threatening an entire people. From across the oceans, an enemy of legendary ability approaches. In the face of cataclysm, Brandt seeks the key to fighting the Lolani queen. He is one of the few who knows firsthand the danger this new enemy represents. But how far will he go to save his empire and those he loves? Reunited with her family in Landow, Alena now longs for her days of wandering. Summoned by old friends, she must once again leave her home behind to seek the truth of the gates. She must find the answers to centuries old mysteries, and in the process, will uncover a threat more dire than any they can imagine. The gates hold the secrets, but the cost of knowledge has never been higher.Show more
If you’re the victim of an accident involving a semitruck, the fallout will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Whether you’re mourning the loss of a loved one or dealing with catastrophic injuries as a survivor, the way forward is not always clear. You’re left with a host of questions, including: how do you find out why the wreck occurred; should you pursue legal action; how do you choose a lawyer with the right type of experience; can you trust the trucking company; what are your rights; what is the process in making a claim; and how do you protect your family financially? You need a guidebook—written by someone with decades of experience representing truck accident victims in multimillion-dollar cases—to explain what happens next. Semitruck Wreck: A Guide for Victims and Their Families is that book. Award-winning truck accident attorney David W. Craig explains the nuts and bolts of the process. Nothing can replace what you lost in your accident, but with David’s guidance, you can make the best of a terrible situation.Show more
A broken warrior. A hunted thief. The courage to save an empire.As one of the empire's most skilled soldiers, Brandt is no stranger to combat. After he and his fellow wolfblades fight a merciless warrior armed with impossible magic, Brandt is left shattered. Searching for answers, Brandt stumbles upon a secret war, fought by a very few, that threatens the land he calls home. Alena is a gifted student studying for university exams. She moonlights as a thief and spy, searching for a purpose beyond the walls of her small town. When she steals a powerful artifact she becomes the most wanted thief in the empire, sending her fleeing across the continent for safety. Their quest for answers uncovers lies buried for generations. Lies at the heart of their empire. As a mysterious and powerful enemy prepares their assault, Brandt and Alena must race to find the truth and save their home. Before the Gate Beyond Oblivion summons them both.Show more
'Larson's elegantly written dual biography reveals that the partnership of Franklin and Washington was indispensable to the success of the Revolution.' —Gordon S. Wood From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, illuminating their partnership's enduring importance. One of USA Today’s “Must-Read Books' of Winter 2020 • One of Publishers Weekly's 'Top Ten' Spring 2020 Memoirs/Biographies Theirs was a three-decade-long bond that, more than any other pairing, would forge the United States. Vastly different men, Benjamin Franklin—an abolitionist freethinker from the urban north—and George Washington—a slaveholding general from the agrarian south—were the indispensable authors of American independence and the two key partners in the attempt to craft a more perfect union at the Constitutional Convention, held in Franklin’s Philadelphia and presided over by Washington. And yet their teamwork has been little remarked upon in the centuries since. Illuminating Franklin and Washington’s relationship with striking new detail and energy, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Edward J. Larson shows that theirs was truly an intimate working friendship that amplified the talents of each for collective advancement of the American project. During the French and Indian War, Franklin supplied the wagons for General Edward Braddock’s ill-fated assault on Fort Duquesne, and Washington buried the general’s body under the dirt road traveled by those retreating wagons. After long supporting British rule, both became key early proponents of independence. Rekindled during the Second Continental Congress in 1775, their friendship gained historical significance during the American Revolution, when Franklin led America’s diplomatic mission in Europe (securing money and an alliance with France) and Washington commanded the Continental Army. Victory required both of these efforts to succeed, and success, in turn, required their mutual coordination and cooperation. In the 1780s, the two sought to strengthen the union, leading to the framing and ratification of the Constitution, the founding document that bears their stamp. Franklin and Washington—the two most revered figures in the early republic—staked their lives and fortunes on the American experiment in liberty and were committed to its preservation. Today the United States is the world’s great superpower, and yet we also wrestle with the government Franklin and Washington created more than two centuries ago—the power of the executive branch, the principle of checks and balances, the electoral college—as well as the wounds of their compromise over slavery. Now, as the founding institutions appear under new stress, it is time to understand their origins through the fresh lens of Larson’s Franklin & Washington, a major addition to the literature of the founding era.Show more
Countless criminals have made their mark on Chicago and the surrounding communities. Chicago Sun-Times journalist Jon Seidel takes readers back in time to the days when H. H. Holmes lurked in his 'Murder Castle' and guys named Al Capone and John Dillinger ruled the underworld. Drawing upon years of reporting, and with special access to the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times archives, Jon Seidel explains how men like Nathan Leopold, Richard Loeb, and Richard Speck tried to get away with history’s most disturbing crimes.Show more
Frustrated with his lonely life, neuroses, and dead-end career, 40-year-old Seth Harper decides to finally take charge. After an ad pitch by Blake, a salesman for a company called Everhead, he spends his life savings to get Persona, a cutting-edge "personality upgrade" uploaded to his Cell, the information uplink almost everyone has installed in their brain. Things are going great after getting his new personality: he says goodbye to his psychiatrist, he's not worried about his future, and, most importantly, he's got a date with Emily, a beautiful girl who actually seems to like him. But things start going awry when he gets chased out of a bar by a bunch of guys in black suits. He finds Blake to get an answer only to find that there was a glitch during the installation of the Persona upgrade. Seth, his internal identifying him as "Willis Rowe" a renegade hacker, goes on the run, hearing voices, unsure of who he even is anymore. Even Emily turns out not who he thought she was. Seth has to find out the truth before he loses his mind-and his life. You 2.0 is the third book in the new multi-author sci-fi anthology series Version Control, perfect for fans of Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone.Show more
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