Description : Sudden, extreme deaths have always fascinated us-- and now more than ever as athletes and travelers rise to the challenges of high-risk sports and journeys on the edge. In this spellbinding book, veteran travel and outdoor sports writer Peter Stark reenacts the dramas of what happens inside our bodies, our minds, and our souls when we push ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance. Combining the adrenaline high of extreme sports with the startling facts of physiological reality, Stark narrates a series of outdoor adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line to mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. Stark describes in unforgettable detail exactly what goes through the mind of a cross-country skier as his body temperature plummets-- apathy at ninety-one degrees, stupor at ninety. He puts us inside the body of a doomed kayaker tumbling helplessly underwater for two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes. He conjures up the physiology of a snowboarder frantically trying not to panic as he consumes the tiny pocket of air trapped around his face under thousands of pounds of snow. These are among the dire situations that Stark transforms into harrowing accounts of how our bodies react to trauma, how reflexes and instinct compel us to fight back, and how, why, and when we let go of our will to live. In an increasingly tamed and homogenized world, risk is not only a means of escape but a path to spirituality. As Peter Stark writes, "You must try to understand death intimately and prepare yourself for death in order to live a full and satisfying life." In this fascinating, informative book, Stark reveals exactly what we’re getting ourselves into when we choose to live-- and die-- at the extremes of endurance.
Description : "If I ever get married, my marriage won't have any problems, because I'm going to be a perfect husband and father." Is the idealistic young lawyer Jeffery Schiller asking for too much? Will he spend a lifetime looking for his soulmate or settle for someone, or something, less than perfect? Is falling in love and getting married a sure prescription for happiness? Love to the Last Breath is destined to capture your imagination and break your heart in the process of answering these, and other, questions. Spanning twenty-five years, the well wrought cast of characters and focussed plot drive this sweet, romantic dramedy onward. Serving the reader a pinch of mystery, a sprinkle of wisdom, and a drizzling of humour makes for a cornucopia of delicious reading. Love to the Last Breath is always entertaining. Yet with its underlying philosophical outlook, it demonstrates a love story need not be frivolous. The main characters are appealing individuals with strong family values and high moral standards. Passages flow, join forces, and build up like waves, each in turn, making you laugh, shed a tear and pause to contemplate your own life. Romantic, hilarious, heart-wrenching, and inspiring, this book is perfect for readers who believe at least in the possibility of finding the love of one's life. So, curl up on the couch with this book and a cup of hot chocolate-of course, with a marshmallow to float on top. Jeffery himself would settle for nothing less!
Description : Dr. Allinger the curator of a most unusual Museum of Silence, where he collects the dying breaths of people - including Edgar Allan Poe whose last gasp was for a drink. And, just occasionally, he getsa few curious visitors ... Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of NOS4R2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box, and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the co-author, with Stephen King, of In the Tall Grass.
Description : ** GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 ** ‘Popular science at its best’ Mail on Sunday ‘Eminently accessible and enjoyable’ Observer With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds in the Roman Senate, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding. In fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might also bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation. In Caesar’s Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe and across time to tell the epic story of the air we breathe.
Description : From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a novel of sexy romantic suspense for fans of Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Karen Robards. You’ve taken your Last Look. You’ve spoken your Last Words. Now prepare to surrender your Last Breath in this tour de force of suspense, romance, and action. As renowned archaeologist Dr. Daria McGowan readies the most important project of her career–a University museum exhibit showcasing the priceless artifacts her great-grandfather unearthed a century earlier in the Middle East–she makes a shocking discovery: many of the most significant pieces have vanished. Panicked, Daria turns to the FBI. Solving the mystery is an assignment that Connor Shields is more than happy to accept: Daria is the same intriguing blonde archaeologist he’s had on his mind since their paths first crossed two years ago. Working together to track down the stolen artifacts, Daria and Connor discover a trail of bodies–collectors who have met brutal, bizarre ends at the hands of a killer whose murderous methods are based on the rituals of an ancient civilization. Amid rumors of a curse and mounting pressure from both the FBI and the University, Daria and Connor race to unmask their enemy and unravel a mystery stretching across oceans and centuries. All the while, an ingenious murderer follows a sinister plan to gather the coveted antiquities and one last acquisition–Daria. From the Hardcover edition.
Description : A follow-up to 18 Seconds finds blind psychic Sherry Moore as she telepathically witnesses the brutal acts committed by a ruthless serial killer from the perspective of the final moments of his victims. Reprint.
Description : Includes a brand new and exclusive Morganville short story Claire Danvers is concerned when three vampires vanish from Morganville without a trace. The last person seen with them is someone new to town - a mysterious individual named Magnus. Claire is convinced creepy Magnus isn't human . . . but is he a vampire, or something else entirely? Claire’s hunt for answers leads her to solving another mystery that’s long been puzzling her: why do vampires live so far out in a sunny desert when they’re sensitive to sunlight? The answer has nothing to do with sunlight, but with water - and an ancient enemy who has finally found a way to invade the vampires’ landlocked community. Vampires aren’t the top predator on earth. There’s something worse that preys on them . . . something much worse. Which means if Claire, and Morganville, want to live, they will have to fight on to the last breath . . .
Description : The Dolobs are real. They are a despicable race of unknown origin, whose skin color is “darker than the Indians and lighter than the Chinese”. Tan Sri Ismail Ismail aims to become Malaysia’s richest man. Like other locals, he hates the Dolobs. One day, he fires his office tea lady, Lani. In revenge, Lani, with the help of a female shaman, places a curse on him. He suffers a stroke but survives only because he is building a dam in the valley where the shaman lives. She wants him to delay the dam’s construction. The tycoon agrees, but on one condition: she must kill Lani. To ensure he carries out his promise, the shaman secretly lures his jewelry-obsessed wife and two sons to the valley. Accompanying them are her handsome driver, a stockbroker and his spirit girlfriend. Last Breath serves alternate history, magic realism and gothic spooks with a healthy dollop of satire. (Buku Fixi) (Fixi Novo)
Description : When popular Father Quinlan is accused of murdering a young parishioner and nailing him to a cross inside the church, private investigator Chloe Ryan knows he's innocent. Soon, Chloe is butting heads--and hearts--with police detective Matthew Diel. Original.
Description : “Fans of domestic suspense will adore Kimberly Belle.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl From the internationally bestselling author of The Marriage Lie, a riveting story of deceit and dark truths. Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It’s the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own dark past. Sixteen years ago, Gia’s father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now that he’s back home and dying of cancer, Gia must care for him and reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer. Gia’s old wounds are ripped open as protesters show up on the lawn and death threats are hurled at her, turning her own personal tragedy, once again, into front-page news. As the past unravels before her, Gia finds herself torn between the stories that family, friends, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth—and all the lies that came before—may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated.... Originally published in 2014.