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Thirty stories from thirty authors, including Jane Yolen, Mike Resnick & J. J. Steinfeld. How will the world end? With aliens or angels? Or a ground hog? Bleak despair? Martial fervor? Or a belly laugh? Whatever the Apocalypse, It will be borne by people and their families and their dogs and most of all, it will challenge their notions of themselves. This anthology includes international award winning writers, poets, and thinkers that give you their version of the Apocalypse. Just remember, we’re all in this together. But there is more: the first short fiction by the wildly popular blogger, Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station; a new story by Mike Resnick; and poetry by Jane Yolen, This is an international piece of work with writers from all over the globe, seven countries: Nigeria, Greece, the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia have all put there best foot forward. You will not be disappointed.Show more
Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a fascinating new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. Efficient, well prepared, and focused solely on the goal of getting to his destination and back, Amundsen has earned his place in history as the first to reach the South Pole. Scott, meanwhile, has been reduced in the public mind to a dashing incompetent who stands for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat. An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose, Edward Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers' achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the Heroic Age of Antarctic discovery was really about.Show more
Erich von Daniken returns to the location of his greatest success---the plains of Nazca, where he flies over the strangest of archaeological mysteries and comes up with a new and totally surprising solution.Show more
Six weeks ago, Imperial Japanese military forces conquered and occupied the Hawaiian Islands. A puppet king sits on Hawaii's throne, his strings controlled by the general of the invasion force. American POWs, malnourished and weak, are enslaved as hard laborers until death takes them. Civilians fare little better, struggling to survive on dwindling resources. And families of Japanese origin find their loyalties divided. Meanwhile, across the United States, from Pensacola, Florida, to San Diego, California, the military is marshaling its forces. Steel factories and fuel refineries are operating around the clock. New recruits are enlisting and undergoing rigorous training exercises-all for the opportunity to strike back and drive the enemy from American soil...Show more
Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war, painting an unvarnished portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and often die in the defense of their country. From the live-for-today rowdiness of marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what war is really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Woven throughout are Leckie's hard-won, eloquent, and thoroughly unsentimental meditations on the meaning of war and why we fight. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow will leave no one untouched. This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come. Now producers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman, the men behind Band of Brothers, have adapted material from Helmet for My Pillow for HBO's epic miniseries The Pacific, which will thrill and edify a whole new generation.Show more
Erich von Däniken again shows his flair for revealing truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim—and he has the proof! In History Is Wrong, von Däniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Voynich manuscript, which has defied all attempts at decription since its discovery, and makes some intriguing revelations about the equally incredible book of Enoch. Von Däniken also unearths the astounding story of a lost subterranean labyrinth in Ecuador said to be home to an extensive library of thousands of gold panels. He supplies evidence that the metal library has links not only to the Book of Enoch but also to the Mormons, who have spent decades searching for it, believing it to contain the history of their forefathers. And what about the mysterious lines in the desert of Nazca that resemble landing strips when viewed from the air? Archeologists claim they are ancient procession routes. "Think again!" cries von Däniken, as he reveals the data that the archeologists never even thought to check. History Is Wrong will challenge your intellect—and maybe a few long-held beliefs, too.Show more
The New York Times bestselling master of alternate history delivers the captivating first novel in his new World War II series. Harry Turtledove imagines how the war in Europe would have ended had British prime minister Chamberlain refused to allow Hitler's annexation of the Sudetenland.Show more
Sixteen of America's favorite author-anglers spin tales of mystery and fishing in this collection. From the tragic to the comic with many stops in between, these stories reflect the authors' passions for both making stories and catching fish. Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson, John Lescroart, Don Winslow, Melodie Johnson Howe, Victoria Houston, and others all share a mysterious affection for things piscatorial when not busy writing bestselling books. This collection of all-original short stories will entertain even the most discriminating mystery reader. This collection includes the following stories: —"River Tears," by Ridley Pearson —"Cutthroat," by Mark T. Sullivan —"Blue on Black," by Michael Connelly —"Unsnaggable," by John Lescroart —"Darmstadt," by Andrew Winer —"Cherchez La Femme," by Dana Stabenow —"Sandy Brook," by Don Winslow —"The Nymph," by Melodie Johnson Howe —"Tight Lines," by James W. Hall —"Every Day Is a Good Day on the River," by C. J. Box —"Death by Honey Hole," by Victoria Houston —"The Blood-Dimmed Tide," by Will Beall —"Dead Drift," by Spring Warren —"Granite Hat," by Brian M. Wiprud —"Mr. Brody's Trout," by William G. Tapply —"Luck," by T. Jefferson ParkerShow more
Unlike most presentation books that say the same old things regarding presentation design and delivery (i.e. less is more, get rid of bullets and use images, emulate Steve Jobs, etc), How to be a Presentation God will divulge the secrets for how to build, design, and deliver blockbuster presentations. Leveraging his signature style of humor and lightheartedness, author Scott Schwertly provides readers with entertaining and clever presentation insights, teaching the in?s and out?s for presenting yourself, your business, and your cause in an easy to implement and actionable approach. Revealing the best tips, tricks, and hacks about presentations, this comprehensive guide will highlight the four critical elements of world-class presentations--content, storytelling, design, and delivery--so that readers can develop their presentation skills. Table of Contents INTRODUCTION Chapter 1: A Killer in our Midst THE NEW ERA OF PRESENTATIONS Chapter 2: Won?t ?Good Enough? Do? Chapter 3: Omniscient View Chapter 4: The Pantheon of Presentation Gods CONTENT Chapter 5: Don?t Ruin Their Day! Chapter 6: You Matter Chapter 7: They Matter Even More DESIGN Chapter 8: Styles and Approaches Chapter 9: Real Simple (Design 101) Chapter 10: Choose Wisely DELIVERY Chapter 11: Buckets and Butterflies Chapter 12: BFD (TBD) Chapter 13: 100% All Natural Passion ENGAGE Chapter 14: TBD RESOURCES About Ethos3Show more
The latest entry in Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger's popular Sherlock Holmes-inspired mystery series Sherlock Holmes has not only captivated readers for more than a century and a quarter, he has fascinated writers as well. It is little wonder, then, that when the renowned Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger invited their writer-friends and colleagues to be inspired by the Holmes canon, a cornucopia of stories sprang forth, with more than sixty of the greatest modern writers participating in four acclaimed anthologies. Now, King and Klinger have invited another fifteen masters to become In League with Sherlock Holmes. The contributors to this volume include award-winning authors of horror, thrillers, mysteries, westerns, and science-fiction, all bound together in admiration and affection for the original stories. The resulting stories are funny, haunting, thrilling, and surprising. All are unforgettable.Show more
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