Description : Calm, mature, forgiving, honest, stylish and sober. Brisbane's Terry Flynn possesses none of these qualities. Bumbling his way through life without any real direction, knockabout Terry is the first to admit he's never achieved anything of great significance in his 44 years. Seeking retribution from anyone he believes has wronged him is common practice, but when a degenerate gambler looks set to turn his world upside down, Terry is prompted to produce his greatest square up to date. With an extremely short fuse and an inability to conform with modern society, it's not going to be a walk in the park though. In fact his best mate reckons it's the most ludicrous scheme Terry has ever devised and only gives him a 50/1 chance of pulling it off! Terry's not concerned in the slightest, he's just got a cranky builder, a dangerous driver, English cricket fans and an 80's television star amongst others to deal with first. It's going to be a busy few weeks in December, but with the help of a few friends, Terry's going to give it a crack or go down swinging!
Description : If you think being assigned to a tiny bridge in the middle of nowhere would be boring, you obviously don't live in Wenapaj. My life used to be calm and peaceful at the Saybaro, but that was before the princess was kidnapped by a dragon, of all things ? and guess who's job the king made it to find her? At least I don't have to go it alone, though an ancient android, a punk student, a neophyte guard, an aspiring playwright and photographer, and a possessed doll aren't exactly the allies I would have chosen to face off against one of the most fearsome creatures in the known worlds. My name is Jimmy Olsen Sakamota, bridgekeeper and aspiring samurai, and have I got a story to tell you.
Description : Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets The McCarrans and the Gallaghers, two military families, have been close for decades, ever since Anthony McCarran—now one of the army's most distinguished generals—became best friends with Jack Gallagher, a fellow West Pointer who was later killed in Vietnam. Now a new generation of soldiers faces combat, and Lt. Brian McCarran, the general's son, has returned from a harrowing tour in Iraq. Traumatized by wartime experiences he will not reveal, Brian depends on his lifelong friendship with Kate Gallagher, Jack's daughter, who is married to Brian's commanding officer in Iraq, Capt. Joe D'Abruzzo. But since coming home, D'Abruzzo also seems changed by the experiences he and Brian shared—he's become secretive and remote. Tragedy strikes when Brian shoots and kills D'Abruzzo on their army post in Virginia. Brian pleads self-defense, claiming that D'Abruzzo, a black-belt martial artist, came to his quarters, accused him of interfering with his marriage, and attacked him. Kate supports Brian and says that her husband had become violent and abusive. But Brian and Kate have secrets of their own, and now Capt. Paul Terry, one of the army's most accomplished young lawyers, will defend Brian in a high-profile court-martial. Terry's co-counsel is Meg McCarran, Brian's sister, a brilliant and beautiful attorney who insists on leaving her practice in San Francisco to help save her brother. Before the case is over, Terry will become deeply entwined with Meg and the McCarrans—and learn that families, like war, can break the sturdiest of souls.
Description : Earth has launched perhaps its only colonization mission in space. On arrival at their new planet, an accident destroys one of the landing craft, sending a fourth of the colonists down on a low-probability trip in lifeboats. One of the few survivors finds himself in contact with an alien race that considers him the Devil. He must first survive, and then make peace. Then he must find the rest of the colony. He soon finds himself caught up in an ancient conflict that only he can settle.
Description : April Kane is being forced, in a set-up over her brother in India, to help Sam Tapper get information on gold shipments Ryan is involved with, but she manages to tip Pat and Terry that she's in trouble. Pat comes over to her place faking drunkenness and invites Tapper for a drink ...
Description : A novel of a girl’s journey from an orphaned childhood in New Mexico to an opulent life in Gilded Age New York, by the author of Avalon. In 1850, as her mother lay dying and a priest stood by, Santa Fe Cameron was named by her Scottish father after the town in which she had just been born. At seven years old, she would also lose her father. Shortly thereafter, a Navajo shaman recognized psychic power in the orphan girl, and gave her a turquoise pendant as a keepsake. This turquoise, the Indian symbol of the spirit, will dominate her life—even after she leaves the simple beauty of her native New Mexico to search for happiness in the glamorous New York of the 1870s. For “Fey,” life is made up of violent contrasts: the rough wagon that brings her East and the scented carriages waiting before her own Fifth Avenue mansion; the glittering world of the Astors and a dreary cell in the Tombs. Filled with color, excitement, and rich period detail, and starring an unforgettable heroine, this is a stirring historical saga from the author of Katherine, Foxfire, and many other novels. “Seton, at her best, has a gaudy vitality all her own, and a sure sense of theatre. This reader for one enjoyed The Turquoise enormously.” —The New York Times “With accurate historical background, Anya Seton has constructed a touchingly tragic story of a girl who tried so hard to find happiness that she lost everything in her search. The life of Santa Fe Cameron lingers long in memory.” —Springfield Republican
Description : A three and a half year glimpse into the world of Rita Royale, an instinctive thirty-one year old unmarried, half Jewish, professional poker player. Free spirited mentally, physically and sexually. A woman entirely unconcerned with labels and purposely detached from any and all political worlds until a phone call from her sister changes everything. Within six months of taking power, Canada's majority left wing coalition government has voted overwhelmingly for Sharia law as the new law of the land. A backlash leading to a civil war erupts in Western Canada almost immediately and the Albertan woman who had ignored the world for so long is drawn straight into the heart of the whirlwind. From a private in the Western Militia to a major in Badger Troop, a special forces unit in the new Free Canadian Army, the beautiful Rita rises quickly in rank while guided by an eagle spirit and an unseen general with plans to retake and reshape his country. A serious and sometimes humorous look into the life and times of Rita Royale as she juggles love in its many variations, fights for women's freedom in a war of no surrender, and strives to fathom the mind of the military and the crazies alike.