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This is the first story collection ever from bestselling fantasy and science fiction writer L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Modesitt began publishing short fiction in the SF magazines in the 1970s, and this collection includes a selection of stories from the whole of his career. Some of the early stories are kernels for his early SF novels, others display the wide range of his talents and interests, from satire to military adventure. This book also contains three new Modesitt stories: 'Black Ordermage,' set in Modesitt's bestselling Recluce series; 'Beyond the Obvious Wind,' set in his Corean Chronicles universe; and 'Always Outside the Lines,' which is related to the Ghost of Columbia books. Viewpoints Critical is an excellent introduction to the work of one of the major SF and fantasy writers publishing today.Show more
Twenty-five years after the end of oil, Dev hears the shocking sound of hoof beats on the road. No one has been up the road in six years, and now the last people he wants to see have arrived. A dozen armed men on horseback, promising a return of government and order. Dev doesn't believe their promises, and they come with too terrible a cost, starting with a tax of food he cannot spare. He and the neighbors are barely scraping by, the sharp bite of hunger their constant companion. He had feared that drought and heat would slowly kill them all, but now the danger is much more immediate. They must find a way to survive this new threat. But with no weapons better than a handful of bows, how can they defend against all those rifles?Show more
Ten years after the end of oil, no one has the bullets left to shoot at Dev and Sierra or their neighbors. But the climate seems determined to kill them with drought and relentless heat. As the irreplaceable technologies of the civilized world break down, survival becomes more and more of a struggle-and more of an imperative, as they have a daughter, Zoe, to care for now. When a battered family escaping a terrible situation moves in down the hill at their grain farm, the neighbors have a tough choice to make. Do they drive the strangers away, doing what is expedient? Or do they lend them a helping hand? The first choice won't guarantee their survival, but the second choice will cost them the last shreds of their humanity and Zoe her innocent trust in her family.Show more
In the aftermath of the battle, lives were lost and the family was divided. But still the dungeon must go on. Within the verdant green of the slime forests, new slimes are born and new evolutions are found. Doc watches on as his slimes take on new life and form the budding beginnings of tribal life, complete with leaders, goals, and increasing rivalries. The martial grey slimes, the productive herb slimes, the swarming bug slimes, and the elusive mimic slimes all seek to stake their claim, even as the lieutenants work to strengthen their abilities as true bosses. Still, the growth of Doc does not go unnoticed, and a new threat has appeared once more. But, what is it truly hiding?Show more
After a domestic terrorist unleashes a dirty bomb in Manhattan in 1970, making the borough uninhabitable, FBI agent Uli Sarkisian finds himself in a world that is suddenly unrecognizable, as the United States faces its greatest immigration crisis ever: finding housing for millions of its own citizens. The federal government hastily retrofits an abandoned government installation in the Nevada desert. Despite the government's best intentions, as the military pulls out of 'Rescue City,' the residents are increasingly left to their own devices, and tribal gang warfare fuses with democracy, forming a frightening new political system: the gangocracy. The Five Books of (Robert) Moses alternates between the outrageous present of Rescue City and earlier in the twentieth century, detailing the events leading up to the destruction of Manhattan. We simultaneously follow legendary urban planner Robert Moses through his early years and are introduced to his equally ambitious if somewhat unbalanced older brother Paul, a brilliant electrical engineer whose jealousy toward Robert and anger at the devastation caused by the man's urban 'renewal' projects leads to a dire outcome.Show more
'Princess Amelia is dead . . . and one of you will replace her.' Seventeen-year-old Victoria Sandalwood has served the Duke and Duchess all her life. Over the years, she's learned to make do with what she has and endure her surrogate father's awful punishments. She dreams of escape, but never expected it to come in the form of a message from the Queen of Westeria. Victoria learns that she's the Queen's daughter, the younger sister to Princess Amelia, and it's time to come home and claim her birthright. When she arrives, she discovers she's not the only one who received the royal message. Victoria must compete with six other girls to earn the affection of both the Queen and a princely suitor . . . and to replace the secretly deceased Princess Amelia. If she fails to win the crown, Victoria may just have to fight for her life . . .Show more
He thinks she’s too good for him … But she knows the truth!When his perfect older brother passes, black sheep Nate Justice is willing to honor his dying request and enter a marriage of convenience with his brother's bride. But when he meets her, all notions of a marriage in name-only burn away in the heat of desire. Trouble is, he knows his faults and that he'll always be second to his respectable, older brother in her eyes. Clara Justice has a secret: She’s not the pillar of morality that Nate believes. She’s made mistakes and paid the price, but she isn't willing to ease her conscience at the risk of her daughter's future. So, she'll be Nate's wife, but she's not opening her heart, even if it is Christmas. His Brother’s Bride is the second in a three-book holiday Western historical novella series by Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Jenna Kernan. If you love strangers-to-lovers Christmas romance, buy His Brother’s Bride today!Show more
America's most popular western novelists ride hard in their newest adventure as fearless pioneer Breckenridge Wallace carves out a future in the unforgiving American frontier. JUSTICE IS HARD TO REACH WHEN IT'S ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HELL. A Rocky Mountain winter has left Breck reeling from the carnage unleashed by bloodthirsty trapper Judd Carnahan-and readying a quest for vengeance as ruthless as their prey. It gets even deadlier when Carnahan lays siege to a trading post on the Yellowstone River. He's left the owner dead and kidnapped a pretty hostage who can turn a nice profit once he puts her to work. Following his trail takes Breck clean to Santa Fe, where Carnahan's set up a brothel bursting with hardened beauties, a saloon for cutthroats and thieves, and a trap for the Frontiersman who's tracked him every bloody step of the way. But over the rough, merciless miles it's taken Breck to get here, he's built up a raging fury that's going to make this unholy town swim in blood.Show more
A Screaming Woman Haunts the Mobile History Museum Can Cassidy uncover the truth about this entity? Museum curator Carl Fletcher is terrified by a mysterious woman seen haunting the museum. Who is she and what does she want? Those are questions that must be answered-and before the parade floats begin to roll! The Gulf Coast Paranormal team goes to work with some new tools and uncovers one of Mobile's oldest and most shameful secrets. Pete returns to the team to help investigate, and his new tool has everyone amazed. And Midas and Cassidy grow even closer as Cassidy deals with her sister's death. Note: This audiobook includes a bonus novella, The Ghost of Harrington Farm.Show more
America's most popular Western novelists continue their bold new series featuring Breckenridge Wallace, a big, strong, fierce kid fighting for a home in the towering Rocky Mountains . . . HE FOLLOWED THE CALL OF THE WILD. KILLERS FOLLOWED HIM. Breck Wallace was turning into a true mountain man on the American frontier. As a teenager in Tennessee he killed in self-defense, then left behind a woman he loved. With a gun and trap lines he is learning how to survive in the Rockies, braving the punishing elements, ruthless outlaws, and forging an uneasy peace with the Indians. But as dangerous as life is, nothing is worse than a powerful man with a murderous grudge. Breckenridge has left two such men in his past-and they both send cold-blooded killers for hire after him. Now the young frontiersman must fight a whole new kind of enemy-armed with his courage, strength, and raw skills with knife and gun . . .Show more
From America's most popular Western storytellers comes another adventure in the treacherous life of Breckenridge Wallace, a man as wild as the frontier he tries to conquer. HE FOLLOWED THE CALL OF THE WILD. KILLERS FOLLOWED HIM. Exiled from the Smoky Mountains for gunning down a man in self-defense, Breck Wallace tries to make a new home in St. Louis, even tries his hand at romance, but some men are too wild to settle down. Breck is soon back on the trail, where a vicious gang of trappers, after his goods, picks up his scent and begins to dog his every step, until Breck's only choice is to bed down for the winter with a tribe of friendly Indians. In the frigid, brutal cold of a Rocky Mountain winter, he hopes to find peace . . . but death is not done with Breck Wallace. When the trappers ambush the Indians and leave Breck for dead, the frontiersman must ride deeper into the mountains than he has ever gone before. Peace be damned. The blood will flow until vengeance is his alone . . .Show more
'Pack your mosquito spray, Cassidy. We're going after Bigfoot.' Midas, Cassidy, and the Gulf Coast Paranormal team take on a new client, one with a disturbing problem. Reports of tree knocks, scratch marks, screams in the woods, and even a missing hunter have made Crenshaw Road a frightening place to live. Midas isn't quite sure what he's up against, but he agrees to help Aaron's grandmother Nina get to the bottom of it all. The investigation takes a surprising turn when an unknown entity appears and the team is put to the test, in more ways than one. Will the answers lead them to the Creature on Crenshaw Road? Note: This audiobook includes a bonus novella, A Ghostly Ride in Gulfport.Show more
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