Empire Ascendant

Author by : Kameron Hurley
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Publisher by : Watkins Media Limited
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Description : A “completely original and inventive” epic fantasy set in a land of blood mages and sentiment plants, dark magic, and warfare on a scale that spans worlds (Locus) Loyalties are tested when worlds collide… Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction. And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with violent powers. The kingdom of Saiduan already lies in ruin, decimated by invaders from another world who share the faces of those they seek to destroy. Now the nation of Dhai is under siege by the same force. Their only hope for survival lies in the hands of an illegitimate ruler and a scullery maid with a powerful—but unpredictable—magic. As the foreign Empire spreads across the world like a disease, one of their former allies takes up her Empress’s sword again to unseat them, and two enslaved scholars begin a treacherous journey home with a long-lost secret that they hope is the key to the Empire’s undoing. But when the enemy shares your own face, who can be trusted? As the convergence between the two worlds strengthens, alliances are made and broken, magic and mayhem abound—and before it’s all done, at least one world will be shattered and broken.


Empire Ascendant

Author by : Cees Heere
Languange : en
Publisher by : Oxford University Press, USA
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Description : In 1902, the British government concluded a defensive alliance with Japan, a state that had surprised much of the world with its sudden rise to prominence. For the next two decades, the Anglo-Japanese alliance would hold the balance of power in East Asia, shielding Japan as it cemented its regional position, and allowing Britain to concentrate on meeting the German challenge in Europe. Yet it was also a relationship shaped by its contradictions. Empire Ascendant examines how officials and commentators across the British imperial system wrestled with the implications of Japan's unique status as an Asian power in an international order dominated by European colonial empires. On the settlement frontiers of Australasia and North America, white colonial elites formulated their own responses to the growth of Japan's power, charged by the twinned forces of colonial nationalism and racial anxiety, as they designed immigration laws to exclude Japanese migrants, developed autonomous military and naval forces, and pressed Britain to rally behind their vision of a 'white empire'. Yet at the same time, the alliance legitimised Japan's participation in great-power diplomacy, and worked to counteract racist notions of a 'yellow peril'. By the late 1900s, Japan stood at the centre of a series of escalating inter-imperial disputes over foreign policy, defence, migration, and ultimately, over the future of the British imperial system itself. This account weaves together studies of diplomacy, strategy, and imperial relations to pose searching questions about how Japan's entry into the 'family of civilised nations' shaped, and was shaped by, ideologies of race.


Empire Ascendant

Author by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
Languange : en
Publisher by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
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Description : The ten year old Tau Ceti Empire is at a critical junction. The power vacuum left over from the collapse of the Commonwealth has been filled by five multi-planet star nations, the TCE being one of them. If the other four join forces and attack the TCE, it will be overwhelmed and crushed. But the longer Empress Brandenburg waits, the bigger the difference in military strength becomes. She must make plans soon because the leaders of the other four are already making theirs. This conclusion to the Road To Empire series features political, military and personal intrigues that will keep you guessing to the very end. Who will ultimately stand astride a unified human star empire?


Empire Ascendant

Author by : Kameron Hurley
Languange : en
Publisher by : Duncan Baird Publishers
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Description : Loyalties are tested when worlds collide... Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction. And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with violent powers. The kingdom of Saiduan already lies in ruin, decimated by invaders from another world who share the faces of those they seek to destroy. Now the nation of Dhai is under siege by the same force. Their only hope for survival lies in the hands of an illegitimate ruler and a scullery maid with a powerful – but unpredictable –magic. As the foreign Empire spreads across the world like a disease, one of their former allies takes up her Empress’s sword again to unseat them, and two enslaved scholars begin a treacherous journey home with a long-lost secret that they hope is the key to the Empire’s undoing. But when the enemy shares your own face, who can be trusted? In this devastating sequel to The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley transports us back to a land of blood mages and sentient plants, dark magic, and warfare on a scale that spans worlds.


Empire Ascendant

Author by : Jez Cajiao
Languange : en
Publisher by : Mah Publishings
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Description : The brothers are united, but storm clouds gather on the horizon. War has come to Dravith The Dark Legion has been beaten back, and for the first time the brothers are allied against the savagery that the UnderVerse has thrown at them, but the storm clouds of war are gathering, and not everyone will see the sun rise again. Jax has one chance to keep his people safe from the storm and the war that's building on the horizon, but it'll take balls of steel, brains of mince, and he's really going to need to be lucky as hell to pull this one off... The Legion rises along with their Scion, buoyed aloft on waves of hope, but not all are as dedicated as they may seem, and a tiny pin-prick can be all that makes the difference, when it's made at just the wrong time...


Empire Ascendant

Author by : Cees Heere
Languange : en
Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : In a fresh study of the Anglo-Japanese alliance, Heere examines how the British imperial system wrestled with Japan's unique status as an Asian power. 'Empire Ascendant' combines the study of diplomacy with issues of cultural representation, race, migration, and inter-imperial relations.


Alien Empires Ascendant

Author by : Neven Gibbs
Languange : en
Publisher by : Lulu.com
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Description : "The further story of Sam "Starman" Hoyt, his niece Jan Hoyt and their great GrandFather Jeremiah "Buck" Hoyt the Dragon slaying Cowboy. A tale of adventure, spycraft, Aliens and Apaches, oh yes... Cowboys too. Add a pair of brilliant Nerds, a Warrior Alien, A cute Army Military Police captain, a short stout Cherokee woman and the Pasty Faced Man in Black who loves her leads to a comic and wild ride across North America, a visit to Scotland and Alien planets. As in the first we get to visit Tom and Vacaro in the Plieadies to sample his Purple Pumpking and inventive excursions in brewing alcoholic beverages."--publisher's website


Empires Ascendant

Author by : Time-Life Books
Languange : en
Publisher by : Time Life Education
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Description : Examines the different cultures that were emerging between 400 BC and AD 200


An Alternate History Of The Third Reich

Author by : Gary Schreckengost
Languange : en
Publisher by : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Description : History is a catalog of past decisions. The leaders who participated in World War II made several decisions and as such, things could have turned out quite differently if just a few events went in another direction. This is a "what if" historical fiction about the ascendancy of the Axis powers from 1940-50. It's a book about what the world may have looked like if the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, Japan, etc.) would have achieved its goals. Imagine if, for example, Spain would have joined the Axis in 1940 and instead of attacking the Soviet Union in 1941, Germany, Italy, Vichy France, and Spain would have driven the British from the Mediterranean? Imagine if Japan would have attacked British and Dutch targets in 1940 without attacking the U.S.' Imagine Germany invading Britain while still at peace with the Soviet Union or Japan attacking the Soviet Union in conjunction with its Axis allies and the U.S. and British Canada sending forces to help combat them in Siberia. These an other what if scenarios are played out in full detail.


Star Wars Vol 13

Author by : Greg Pak
Languange : en
Publisher by : Marvel Entertainment
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Description : Collects Star Wars (2015) #73-75, Star Wars: Empire Ascendant (2019) #1. It’s the end of the era of hope! Rebels and rogues take center stage as this volume of Marvel’s STAR WARS comes to a close! Who exactly is Dar Champion, and how far can Leia trust him when Han’s life is on the line? What shocking lesson will Luke learn when Warba finally reveals her true self? When faced with his lost past, can C-3PO seize control of his destiny — and be the hero of his own story? And Chewbacca takes on Darth Vader in vicious hand-to-hand combat! Meanwhile, the Rebellion’s search for a new home — a base safe from the reach of the Empire — leads them to the planet Hoth! Doctor Aphra and Beilert Valance lend a hand as the Rebellion’s fate is set - and the Empire ascends!


Empire Made Me

Author by : Robert Bickers
Languange : en
Publisher by : Penguin UK
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Description : 'This is a biography of a nobody that offers a window into an otherwise closed world. It is a life which manages to touch us all...' Empire Made Me Shanghai in the wake of the First World War was one of the world's most dynamic, brutal and exciting cities - an incredible panorama of nightclubs, opium-dens, gambling and murder. Threatened from within by communist workers and from without by Chinese warlords and Japanese troops, and governed by an ever more desperate British-dominated administration, Shanghai was both mesmerising and terrible.Into this maelstrom stepped a tough and resourceful ex-veteran Englishman to join the police. It is his story, told in part through his rediscovered photo-albums and letters, that Robert Bickers has uncovered in this remarkable, moving book.


Empire Dawn

Author by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
Languange : en
Publisher by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
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Description : The grand experiment of a democratic Commonwealth of Star Nations has failed. With colony after colony leaving the Commonwealth, Earth finds itself in desperate straits as ecological disaster and mass starvation looms in the near future. The collapse of the Commonwealth means there’s now a power vacuum but no shortage of ruthless egos looking to fill that vacuum. Will it be the Republic of Corona, the most prosperous and populous colony world or a resurgent Earth under a messianic leader or perhaps a power-hungry interstellar corporation? With stakes this high, political intrigue, backstabbing and betrayal are par for the course. Empire Dawn is the first of a two-book series that looks at how empires rise. For fans of military SF. Book Two (Empire Ascendant) can be pre-ordered now for publication in early December 2018. Excerpt: Stoner let out a sigh of relief when 007 cleared the atmosphere. The onboard radar still wasn’t showing any bogies, but the more powerful orbiting radars’ data was being relayed to all defense boats. A warble tone in his helmet’s speakers notified him that the Squadron’s lead boat had transmitted the tactical orders. Stoner read the orders on his console’s small screen and whistled in surprise. “What is it?” asked Mbutu. “Firing orders. We fire all our birds at the same time at the same target.” Mbutu nodded. “Makes sense if we want to overwhelm their defensive lasers.” Stoner said nothing. It did make sense, but he had a bad feeling about it for some reason.


An Abc Of Queen Victoria S Empire

Author by : Antoinette Burton
Languange : en
Publisher by : Bloomsbury Publishing
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Description : An ABC of Queen Victoria's Empire offers a provocative rewriting of Mrs. Ernest Ames' ABCs for Baby Patriots (1899). Whimsically illustrated for the nursery or primary school child, Ames' book demonstrates how deeply imperialism reached into popular culture during Victoria's reign. This book presents a rather darker view of Victoria's empire, beginning with the wars in Afghanistan and ending with Zam-Zammeh, the large-bore cannon that Kipling's hero sat astride at the opening of his 1901 novel, Kim. It signposts some of the key events, concepts, places and people that shaped the turbulent ground of empire across the long 19th century, providing a serious counterweight to the notion of imperial conquest as child's play. With each letter accompanied by a crisp yet historically nuanced account of its subject, this unique account is the perfect primer for students taking courses on global, imperial and British history.


The Reluctant Jihadist

Author by : Umar A. Hassan
Languange : en
Publisher by : Lulu.com
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Description : The book consists of 2 sections. Section 1 is an interview with, what else, a reluctant jihadist. The second section is a collection of 99 posted blogs with a few interesting twists.


Megabook Of Military Sf And Technothrillers

Author by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
Languange : en
Publisher by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
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Description : This megabook contains six complete novels where each one is the first novel in a series. In addition, there is also the first in a series of three, linked short stories, plus the first three chapters of six stand-alone novels including two technothrillers. Links to all series and stand-alone books can be found via the link to the author’s website which is included in the megabook. All the material in the megabook has been written by Dietmar Arthur Wehr, a USA Today bestselling author.


Rabbinic Tales Of Destruction

Author by : Julia Watts Belser
Languange : en
Publisher by : Oxford University Press
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Description : In Rabbinic Tales of Destruction, Julia Watts Belser examines early Jewish accounts of the Roman conquest of Judea. Faced with stories of sexual violence, enslavement, forced prostitution, disability, and bodily risk, Belser argues, our readings of rabbinic narrative must wrestle with the brutal body costs of Roman imperial domination. She brings disability studies, feminist theory, and new materialist ecological thought to accounts of rabbinic catastrophe, revealing how rabbinic discourses of gender, sexuality, and the body are shaped in the shadow of empire. Focusing on the Babylonian Talmud's longest sustained account of the destruction of the Temple, Belser reveals Bavli Gittin's distinctive sex and gender politics. While Palestinian tales frequently castigate the 'wayward woman' for sexual transgressions that imperil the nation, Bavli Gittin's stories do not portray women's sexuality as a cause of catastrophe. The Bavli's resistance to Rome makes a critical difference. While other rabbinic texts commonly inveigh against women's beauty as the cause of sexual sin, Bavli Gittin's tales express a strikingly egalitarian discourse that laments the vulnerability of the beautiful Jewish body before the conqueror. Bavli Gittin's body politics, Belser maintains, align with a significant theological reorientation. While most early Jewish narratives link the destruction of the Temple to communal sin, Bavli Gittin's account does not explain catastrophe as divine chastisement. Instead of imagining God as the architect of Jewish suffering, it evokes God's empathy with the subjugated Jewish body. As it navigates the ruins of Jerusalem, Bavli Gittin forges a sharp critique of empire. Its critical discourse aims to pierce the power politics of Roman conquest, to protest the brutality of imperial dominance, and to make plain the scar that Roman violence leaves upon Jewish flesh.


A Shattered Empire

Author by : Mitchell Hogan
Languange : en
Publisher by : HarperCollins
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Description : In this gritty and breathtaking conclusion to the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, the award-winning fantasy series, a young sorcerer must learn to wield his extraordinary powers to defeat two warring empires. In a battle of armies and sorcerers, empires will fall. After young Caldan’s parents were slain, a group of monks raised the boy and initiated him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. But when the Mahruse Empire was attacked, and the lives of his friends hung in the balance, he was forced to make a dangerous choice. Now, as two mighty empires face off in a deadly game of supremacy, potent sorcery and creatures from legend have been unleashed. To turn the tide of war and prevent annihilation, Caldan must learn to harness his fearsome and forbidden magic. But as he grows into his powers, the young sorcerer realizes that not all the monsters are on the other side. And though traps and pitfalls lie ahead, and countless lives are at stake, one thing is certain: to save his life, his friends, and his world, Caldan must risk all to defeat a sorcerer of immense power. Failure will doom the world. Success will doom Caldan.


The Complete Thunder Series

Author by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
Languange : en
Publisher by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
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Description : This ebook contains the complete Thunder In The Heavens series (Thunder of War and Thunder of Vengeance). The Tyrell are a race that love to fight. The more difficult the fight, the better they like it. Every race they find, is given the same level of technology and a specific amount of time to exploit it before the Tyrell come back looking for a fight. Humanity is warned by another alien species that the Tyrell are coming and the race is on to build an Alliance of races strong enough to stand up against an empire whose expansion has been relentless. Cate Harrow and Gort Eagleton are two officers who might be good enough to beat the Tyrell if their own incompetent leadership can get out of the way and if their alien allies don’t stab humanity in the back. This fast-paced, action-packed military SF series looks at both sides as they play the grandest chess game of all.


The System States Rebellion

Author by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
Languange : en
Publisher by : Dietmar Arthur Wehr
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Description : This omnibus edition includes all three books of the System States Rebellion series with over 200,000 words of military SF action. Included in this ebook are the following novels; Rumors of Glory; Rumors of Honor and Rumors of Salvation. The first book, Rumors of Glory, can still be downloaded individually and is free. After centuries of peaceful expansion under the auspices of the Federation of Planetary States, some of the more developed colonies have had enough of the economic exploitation by Earth-chartered companies and attempt to secede. The Rebellion soon expands in both scope and violence beyond the expectations of both sides. As the war drags on year after year, it takes an unexpected turn and puts not only Human Civilization at risk but Human existence as well. This ebook has both space and ground battles, high level strategy, personal triumphs and tragedies.


Cosmic Powers

Author by : John Joseph Adams
Languange : en
Publisher by : Simon and Schuster
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Description : A collection of original, epic science fiction stories by some of today’s best writers—for fans who want a little less science and a lot more action—and edited by two-time Hugo Award winner John Joseph Adams. Inspired by movies like The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, this anthology features brand-new stories from some of science fiction’s best authors including Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Linda Nagata, Seanan McGuire, Alan Dean Foster, Charlie Jane Anders, Kameron Hurley, and many others.


The Paratwa

Author by : Christopher Hinz
Languange : en
Publisher by : Watkins Media Limited
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Description : Human colonists defend their planet from terrifyingly advanced assassins in this tale of fast-paced action and political intrigue. This is the third novel from award-winning novelist Christopher Hinz. Beginning where the critically acclaimed Liege-Killer and Ash Ock ended, The Paratwa chronicles the lives of the Irryan colonists as they prepare for the imminent attack of the fierce and vicious Paratwa assassins. Facing the threat of their dark enemies, Gillian must also cope with his inner turmoil, as the madness of his nature threatens to consume his life. He discovers that he is a genetically modified creature whose purpose is to serve the needs of others, and the course of his destiny is not in his own hands.


Star Wars

Author by : Simon Spurrier
Languange : en
Publisher by : Marvel Entertainment
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Description : Collects Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2016) #37-40, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual (2016) #3 and material from Star Wars: Empire Ascendant (2019) #1. Right back where she started! After all she’s been through, professional disaster zone Doctor Aphra has found herself once again working for Darth Vader. What insidious use has the dark lord found for Aphra to make him spare the life of his most annoying foe? And how much time does she have to slither out of harm’s way before he decides to finish what he started all those years ago? Plus: Aphra is about to face reunions with her father and her former flame, Captain Magna Tolvan! And a trip to that wretched hive of scum and villainy, Mos Eisley, awaits! But all good things must end — and when Vader stalks Aphra through the shadows of an ancient temple, only one of them will be leaving in one piece.


The Geek Feminist Revolution

Author by : Kameron Hurley
Languange : en
Publisher by : Tor Books
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Description : The Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by double Hugo Award-winning essayist and fantasy novelist Kameron Hurley. The book collects dozens of Hurley's essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including "We Have Always Fought," which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume. Unapologetically outspoken, Hurley has contributed essays to The Atlantic, Locus, Tor.com, and others on the rise of women in genre, her passion for SF/F, and the diversification of publishing. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


The Twice And Future Caesar

Author by : R. M. Meluch
Languange : en
Publisher by : Penguin
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Description : For fans of explosive military science fiction with complex worldbuilding. • "Rousing far-future sci-fi novel…grand old-fashioned space opera.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred) In the year 2448, the interstellar Empire of Rome spans an area almost as wide as the far-flung colonial worlds of the United States of America. Caesar Numa Pompeii is still rebuilding his shredded empire after the catastrophic war that his predecessor, Caesar Romulus, waged against the United States. War’s end left Romulus in a nanovirus-induced coma, captive of Caesar Numa. Numa has under his command a powerful living weapon—a patterner, an augmented man capable of synthesizing vast amounts of data into actionable intelligence. Now, Numa has lost his prisoner, and his patterner may have turned on him, while the U.S.S. Merrimack has lost the commander of her Fleet Marines, Colonel T. R. Steele. Events take a Mobius turn when fanatical devotees of Romulus rescue their fallen leader from his tortured captivity and fashion him into the most capable patterner ever created. Romulus is back, more insanely brilliant than ever. But without his queen, all the power in the universe means nothing. Romulus will move heaven and Earth and space and time to rescue his beloved Claudia. Admiral John Farragut returns to the space battle­ship Merrimack in an attempt to head off the impend­ing temporal catastrophe. Past and future hinge on a critical moment when time broke once before in the distant star cluster known as the Myriad.


The Worldbreaker Saga Omnibus

Author by : Kameron Hurley
Languange : en
Publisher by : Watkins Media Limited
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Description : Collecting The Mirror Empire, Empire Ascendant, and The Broken Heavens together for the first time in one digital edition with bonus content from the author. The Mirror Empire: When a shadowy force threatens their world, an orphan blood mage, novice fighter, and illegitimate ruler must unite fractured nations – and confront their own darker natures. Empire Ascendant: In this devastating sequel to The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley transports us back to a land of blood mages and sentient plants, dark magic, and warfare on a scale that spans worlds. The Broken Heavens: With more refugees from ravaged lands passing through the soft seams between worlds every day, time is running out for the Tai Mora and the last of the Dhai. Only one ruler, one nation, one world can survive. Who will be saved, and who will be sacrificed, when the heavens finally break?


The Ultimate Sacrifice

Author by : Clayton Fordahl
Languange : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : This book presents an interpretive, macro-historical, and sociological account of martyrdom. Moving away from the notion of martyrdom as an object of individual behavior and seeing it instead as a significant cultural work performed by communities in the wake of a violent death, it provides a novel interpretation of Western political and religious history. In addition to thus redressing the disproportionate attention given to the concept’s relationship to Islam, the author offers a new perspective on two defining historical processes: secularization and the rise of modern sovereignty in the form of the nation-state. An innovative analysis of the role of sacrifice in contemporary culture, which constitutes a timely critique of long-dominant theories of disenchantment and the privatization of religion, The Ultimate Sacrifice will appeal to sociologists and social theorists with interests in religion, politics, and the connection between the two.