It is the season of war. As the plum blossom winds herald spring in the Empire of Wa, Initiate Brother Shuyun, spiritual advisor to Lord Shonto, the military governor of the northernmost province of Seh, receives a shocking message from the barbarian lands. The massive army of the Golden Khan is poised at their border. Forced to retreat south, Lord Shonto is caught between the pursuing barbarian hordes and his own hostile emperor’s Imperial Army. Meanwhile, the beautiful young Lady Nishima again becomes involved in court intrigue as well as in a dangerous romantic liaison. Even as this trap closes on Shonto and his allies, Brother Shuyun faces a crisis of his own. For in the same scroll that warned of the invasion was a sacred udumbara blossom, a sign his order has awaited for a thousand years, a sign that the Great Teacher has finally been reborn. And now it may fall to one young monk with extraordinary powers to save his empire. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elijah Alexander. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004432/bk_blak_004432_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Award-winning screenwriter Malla Nunn delivers a stunning and darkly romantic crime novel set in 1950s apartheid South Africa, featuring Detective Emmanuel Cooper -- a man caught up in a time and place where racial tensions and the raw hunger for power make life very dangerous indeed. In a morally complex tale rich with authenticity, Nunn takes readers to Jacob´s Rest, a tiny town on the border between South Africa and Mozambique. It is 1952, and new apartheid laws have recently gone into effect, dividing a nation into black and white while supposedly healing the political rifts between the Afrikaners and the English. Tensions simmer as the fault line between the oppressed and the oppressors cuts deeper, but it´s not until an Afrikaner police officer is found dead that emotions more dangerous than anyone thought possible boil to the surface. When Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, begins investigating the murder, his mission is preempted by the powerful police Security Branch, who are dedicated to their campaign to flush out black communist radicals. But Detective Cooper isn´t interested in political expediency and has never been one for making friends. He may be modest, but he radiates intelligence and certainly won´t be getting on his knees before those in power. Instead, he strikes out on his own, following a trail of clues that lead him to uncover a shocking forbidden love and the imperfect life of Captain Pretorius, a man whose relationships with the black and coloured residents of the town he ruled were more complicated and more human than anyone could have imagined. The first in her Detective Emmanuel Cooper series, A Beautiful Place to Die marks the debut of a talented writer who reads like a brilliant combination of Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene. It is a tale of murder, passion, corruption, and the corrosive double standard that defined an apartheid nation. I
The vivid scar that spans Sir Iain MacLagan´s cheek is a daily reminder of the wife he lost - and of the enemy that still stalks him. Commanded by Scotland´s king to remarry in order to unite two powerful border clans, lain reluctantly weds Islaen MacRoth, a woman whose delicate appearance belies a playful, seductive nature that proves dangerously attractive to a man who has vowed never to jeopardize his heart, or his loved ones, again... Raised with eleven boisterous brothers, Islaen has little time for foolish romantic notions. Even so, she hoped for more than a forced marriage to a man who shares her bed, but not her life. Step by step, Islaen sets out to wear down Iain´s defenses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ashford MacNab. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013661/bk_adbl_013661_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Historical and cultural walking tours of Europe´s finest cities. Blending an unlikely combination of romantic corners and revolutionary history, this tour of some of the quieter, less well known parts of the perennially romantic city of Paris actually starts at one of its liveliest, most famous sites: the Place de la Concorde. But here too we bring you something new - by revealing its names over the centuries as Paris was rocked by revolution and explaining what you´re looking at as you look at it. We´ll tell you, for instance, why Parisians would once have lived in terror of one of the grand mansions which borders it. Later, you´ll learn about the best food shop in Paris and what monks have to do with cappuccino. The secrets of the Garnier Opera house are revealed and the tour goes on to show how one speech in the gardens of the Palais-Royal, although peaceful and rarely crowded today, sparked the French Revolution of 1789. After strolling through the romantic, historic Marais district and exploring one of the most elegant, tranquil squares in Paris, you´ll arrive at the Place de Bastille, where you´ll hear why its liberation was actually something of an anti-climax. Finally, you´ll arrive in the charming but overlooked Ile Saint Louis with its quiet streets and excellent cafes and restaurants. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Harry Brooke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/mpcg/000009/sp_mpcg_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller Rules of Deception that confirms Christopher Reich as the master of the espionage thriller. Months after foiling an attack on a commercial jetliner, Doctors Without Borders physician Jonathan Ransom is working under an assumed name in a remote corner of Africa while his wife, Emma, desperate to escape the wrath of Division, the secret American intelligence agency she betrayed, has vanished into the netherworld of international espionage. Both look forward to sharing a stolen weekend in London - until an ambush on a convoy of limousines turns their romantic rendezvous into a terrorist bloodbath. In the aftermath, Emma disappears and Jonathan is apprehended by the police and threatened with life imprisonment unless he helps secure his wife´s capture. Faced with an impossible decision, Jonathan makes a daring escape. On the run, herealizes that his only option is to become a spy himself in order to track down Emma and discover the true nature of the conspiracy she appears to be masterminding. In the process, Jonathan begins to realize that all along he´s been a pawn in a high-stakes game of international intrigue and one-upsmanship far beyond his imagining. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Michael. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001906/bk_rand_001906_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An Indie Next Pick! Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in LA, at least as normal as any girl´s life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed 50 million American women 10 years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters´ safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to ´´protect´´ young women, is taking over the choices they make. Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she´s also dreaming about college and love and what she´ll make of her life. When her dad ´´contracts´´ her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it´s possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death. From Catherine Linka comes this romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless, about fighting for the most important things in life - freedom and love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin Spencer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026632/bk_adbl_026632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Die Troubleshootes - die heißesten Navy SEALs der Welt! Tödlicher Hinterhalt Eigentlich sollte sich der Navy SEAL Tom Paoletti nach einer schweren Kopfverletzung in seiner Heimatstadt Baldwin´s Bridge in Ruhe auskurieren. Doch daraus wird nichts: Denn am Flughafen entdeckt Tom einen für tot erklärten Terroristen. Als ihm seine Vorgesetzten keinen Glauben schenken, beschließt er kurzerhand, eine eigene Anti-Terror-Einheit zusammenzustellen. Doch damit bringt er nicht nur sich selbst und seine Freunde in Lebensgefahr - sondern auch seine Jugendliebe Kelly Ashton, die er nie wirklich vergessen konnte, und die fest entschlossen ist, Tom bei der Suche zu helfen ... Bedingungslos ´´Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika verhandeln nicht mit Terroristen!´´ Als Meg Moores Tochter Amy von einer extremistischen Gruppe entführt wird, weiß die junge Mutter, dass dies ein Todesurteil für das Mädchen bedeutet. Sie weiß auch: Um Amy zu retten ist sie bereit, alles zu tun - koste es, was es wolle. In ihrer Verzweiflung wendet Meg sich an den Navy SEAL John Nilsson. Obwohl es Jahre her ist, dass sie sich zuletzt gegenüberstanden, ist Nils noch immer der Einzige, dem Meg vertraut - und in dessen Hände sie das Leben ihrer Tochter legen würde. Am Limit Das Fliegen ist Lieutenant Teresa Howes große Leidenschaft, und sie ist eine der besten Helikopterpilotinnen der US-Marine. Doch als ein Jet mit der Tochter eines amerikanischen Senators an Bord entführt wird, sind ihre Fähigkeiten gefragt wie nie zuvor. Gemeinsam mit Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok leitet sie die gefährliche Rettungsmission und muss schon bald feststellen, dass sie dabei nicht nur ihr Leben, sondern auch ihr Herz verlieren könnte ... ´´Eine meisterhaft geschriebene Reihe, äußerst berührend und atemberaubend spannend!´´ Romantic Times Die ersten drei Bände der Troubleshooter-Reihe jetzt in einem eBook!
Dickson McCunn, a respectable, newly retired grocer of romantic heart, plans a modest walking holiday in the hills of south-west Scotland. He meets a young English poet and, contrary to his better sense, finds himself in the thick of a plot involving the kidnapping of a Russian princess, who is held prisoner in the rambling mansion, Huntingtower. This modern fairy-tale is also a gripping adventure story, and in it Buchan introduces some of his best-loved characters, including the Gorbals Die-Hards, who reappear in later novels. He also paints a remarkable picture of a man rejuvenated by joining much younger comrades in a challenging and often dangerous fight against tyranny and fear. About the series: For over 100 years Oxford World´s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford´s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. About the Author: John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He wrote adventure novels, short-story collections and biographies. His passion for the Scottish countryside is reflected in much of his writing. Buchan´s adventure stories are high in romance and are peopled by a large cast of characters. ´Richard Hannay´, ´Dickson McCunn´ and ´Sir Edward Leithen´ are three that reappear several times. Alfred Hitchcock adapted his most famous book The Thirty-Nine Steps, featuring Hannay, for the big screen. Born in 1875 in Perth, Buchan was the son of a minister. Childhood holidays were spent in the Borders, for which he had a great love. He was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was President of the Union. Called to the Bar ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Cree. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/012028/bk_adbl_012028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
George R. R. Martin has thrilled a generation of listeners with his epic works of the imagination, most recently the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling saga told in the novels A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords. Lisa Tuttle has won acclaim from fans of science fiction, horror, and fantasy alike - most recently for her haunting novel The Pillow Friend. Now together they gift listeners with this classic tale of a brilliantly rendered world of ironbound tradition, where a rebellious soul seeks to prove the power of a dream. The planet of Windhaven was not originally a home to humans, but it became one following the crash of a colony starship. It is a world of small islands, harsh weather, and monster-infested seas. Communication among the scattered settlements was virtually impossible until the discovery that, thanks to light gravity and a dense atmosphere, humans were able to fly with the aid of metal wings made of bits of the cannibalized spaceship. Many generations later, among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, who bring news, gossip, songs, and stories. They are romantic figures crossing treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms that could easily dash them from the sky to instant death. They are also members of an increasingly elite caste, for the wings - always in limited quantity - are growing gradually rarer as their bearers perish. With such elitism comes arrogance and a rigid adherence to hidebound tradition. And for the flyers, allowing just anyone to join their cadre is an idea that borders on heresy. Wings are meant only for the offspring of flyers - now the new nobility of Windhaven. Except that sometimes life is not quite so neat. Maris of Amberly, a fisherman´s daughter, was raised by a flyer and wants nothing more than to soar on the ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Harriet Walter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003292/bk_rand_003292_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of… romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you…Escape!´´ Radio Spirits is pleased to present 20 classic tales from one of radio´s greatest action and adventure series. This collection will bring you tales of black pearls, headhunters, volcanoes, Nazi convoys and cargos of gold in exotic settings and locales - from South of the Border to Dutch East India, Paris, North Africa and points unknown! These tightly scripted and directed episodes feature many of radio´s finest voices, including William Conrad, Paul Frees, Georgia Ellis, Harry Bartell, Raymond Burr, Joseph Kearns, Parley Baer, Jeanette Nolan, John Dehner, Virginia Greg and many more. Episodes include: ´´Evening Primrose´´ 08-25-49, ´´The Vanishing Lady´´ 01-10-50, ´´The Sure Thing´´ 01-17-50, ´´Outer Limits´´ 02-07-50, ´´Macao´´ 07-18-51, ´´Man Who Stole the Bible´´ 08-30-51, ´´Gringo´´ 10-12-52, ´´The Derelict´´ 04-26-53, ´´The Vessel of Wrath´´ 05-10-53, ´´A Good Thing´´ 05-31-53, ´´The Thirteenth Truck´´ 08-16-53, ´´The Man from Tomorrow´´ 08-23-53; ´´The Train from Olbefelde´´ 09-06-53, ´´The Elementals´´ 10-11-53, ´´The Coward´´ 08-14-54, ´´Two and Two Make Four´´ 08-21-54, ´´The King of Owanatu´´ 08-28-54, ´´The Boiling Sea´´ 09-04-54, ´´The Target´´ 09-18-54, ´´The Heart of Kali´´ 09-25-54. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Conrad, Paul Frees, Georgia Ellis, John Dehner, Frank Lovejoy, Raymond Burr, Stacy Harris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/radi/000889/rt_radi_000889_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.