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The Unknown Knowns By Jeffrey Rotter

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The Unknown Knowns By Jeffrey Rotter
Jim Rath's wife has grown tired of his hobbies: his immaculately maintained comics collection, his creepy underwater experiments, and his dreams of building a museum based on the Aquatic Ape Theory of Human Evolution. On the night that she leaves him, Jim thinks he has spotted an emissary from a lost aquatic race called the Nautikons. In truth, the man is a low-level agent of the Department of Homeland Security. What follows is a riveting story of two quixotic men who stalk each other toward a bloody showdown -- a spectacularly moronic act of terrorism at an aging water park. The Unknown Knowns -- its title is a reference to a quote from former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- is a brilliant send-up of the insidious language and sometimes tragically comic focus of our country's Homeland Security Department. Combining the social satire of Kurt Vonnegut with the paranoid delusions of Thomas Pynchon, Rotter takes everyday domestic fixations…

Devil's Gate By F. J. Lennon

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Devil's Gate By F. J. Lennon
Some places are doomed to be haunted . . . Twenty-eight-year-old Kane Pryce used to have one of the strangest jobs in the world?capturing and exorcising spirits from people?s lives. After the stress of the job finally got to him, he left ghost hunting and has been busy reinventing himself as the lead guitarist of a band on the brink of success. But it isn?t long before KAne is asked to investigate a case involving Pasadena?s infamous Suicide Bridge, and gets sucked back into the supernatural realm. A mysterious force is luring hopeless victims to their death off the bridge, and Kane must discover what power is keeping the lost souls trapped there. As Kane uncovers the sinister, deadly secrets of the bridge, he spirals into the dangerous, shadowy world of the occult?the seedy underground world of the Hollywood music scene, tumultuous romances, and maddening journeys into the shattered minds of suicide victims. With the Soul Trap as his only defense, Kane…

Reamde By Neal Stephenson

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Reamde By Neal Stephenson
Neal Stephenson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Anathem, returns to the terrain of his groundbreaking novels Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, and Cryptonomicon to deliver a high-intensity, high-stakes, action-packed adventure thriller in which a tech entrepreneur gets caught in the very real crossfire of his own online war game.In 1972, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, fled to the mountains of British Columbia to avoid the draft. A skilled hunting guide, he eventually amassed a fortune by smuggling marijuana across the border between Canada and Idaho. As the years passed, Richard weNt straight and returned to the States after the U.S. government granted amnesty to draft dodgers. He parlayed his wealth into an empire and developed a remote resort in which he lives. He also created T?Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game with millions of fans around the world.But T?Rain?s success has also m…

The Zebra Wall By Kevin Henkes

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The Zebra Wall By Kevin Henkes
The Vorlob family is making preparations. Preparations for the new baby, soon to arrive. Getting ready includes painting a mural in the baby's nursery and making a list of possible names. ADine, age ten, is used to the routine -- she has four sisters already: Bernice, Carla, Dot, and Effie. This time, however, the routine is broken. In more ways than one. Most significantly, Aunt Irene will be staying with the Vorlobs until Mrs. Vorlob is rested and back on her feet. Aunt Irene arrives, as does the baby, but nothing goes quite as expected. Especially for Adine.

I Love You This Much By Lynn Hodges

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I Love You This Much By Lynn Hodges
Share God?s love for his children through this moving story about the love between a parent and child.FIlled with beautiful illustrations that reflect the soothing melody and gentle words, you and your child will treasure the precious moments shared together with this wonderful story, I Love You This Much. .

Buzzers By Kevin Moffett

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Buzzers By Kevin Moffett
In a story from Kevin Moffett's dazzling new collection, Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events, a young man en route to study in Italy sits on the plane as it prepares for take-off and receives a text message that his ailing father has finally passed away. Overwhelmed and grief-stricken, he finds himself immobile. As Andrew faces a choice between leaving to tend to his mother and continuing to the escape of Italy, pretending the message was too late, Moffett delivers penetrating and brutally honest insight into a moment of paralyzing indecision.

Dark Child By Travis Hunter

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Dark Child By Travis Hunter
When poor babies wind up missing, no one seems to care. Urban Brown is a white man who grew up in the dark recesses of the inner city where he was the victim of torment, abuse, abandonment, deception and murder. Urban overcame his horrid past to live a peaceful and prosperous existence in his upper-class community. He has everything a man could ask for: a career, which he loves; a sprawling estate and a drop-dead gorgeous fiancée, Sierra. Then out of the blue, he receives a phone call that chanGes his life. Jamillah is Urban?s sister, and unlike her brother, she wasn?t able to overcome the horrors of her past and turned to drugs to ease the pain. Life on the streets is hard enough, but once a baby comes along, she tries to sell him on the black market. Urban won?t hear any of it, and he and Sierra resolve to raise the child as their own. But upon further investigation, Urban realizes that his sister is involved in a dark and sinister scheme to steal black ba…

Inferno By Judith Reeves-Stevens

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Inferno By Judith Reeves-Stevens
Now begins the final battle of the Prophets and the Pah-wraiths within the nightmarish realm of nonlinear time -- as the greatest epic adventure in the saga of Deep Space 9tm -- reaches its staggering conclusion.... As predicted in ancient Bajoran texts, the Celestial Temple has been restored, ending normal space-time existence for all except Captain Benjamin Sisko and those trapped on the Starship Defiant and the Klingon warship Boreth. But as apocalyptic war rages between the Prophets and the Pah-wraiths, one last chance for survival beckons -- a return to Deep Space 9. Yet, in the realm of nonlinear time, it appears that there are two possible times at which Sisko and his allies can turn to the station: on the day of the Cardassian Withdrawal, or on the day six years later when DS9 Was destroyed. But which choice will lead to the triumph of the Prophets? And which to eternal victory for the Pah-wraiths? With time literally running out and the fate…

Trout and Salmon of North America By Robert Behnke

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Trout and Salmon of North America By Robert Behnke
This beautiful and definitive guide brings together the world's lead leading expert on North American trout and salmon, Robert Behnke, and the foremost illustrator in the field, Joseph Tomelleri.North America is graced with the greatest diversity of trout and salmon on earth. From tiny brook trout in mountain streams of the Northeast, to cutthroat trout in the rivers of the Rockies, to Chinook salmon of the Pacific, the continent is home to more than 70 types of trout and salmon. How this came to be, how they are related, and What makes them unique -- and so breathtaking -- is the story of Trout and Salmon of North America.The more than 100 illustrations of trout and salmon by Joseph Tomelleri showcased here exhibit a genius for detail, coloration, and proportion. Each portrait is made from field notes, streamside observations, photographs, and specimens collected by the artist. The result is a set of the most accurate and stunning…

The Rising (Department 19, Book 2) By Will Hill

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The Rising (Department 19, Book 2) By Will Hill

Savor Me Slowly By Gena Showalter

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Savor Me Slowly By Gena Showalter
HALF HUMAN, HALF MACHINE...ALL WOMAN Mishka Le'Ace was created to be an undercover operative...literally. Her beautiful body has been mechanically augmented to give her superhuman strength -- strength she's going to need. Her latest mission sends her to rescue Alien Investigation and Removal agent Jaxon Tremain from torture and death. With him, she discovers a passion unlike any other. A passion she was forbidden to know.... From the moment they meet in a darkened cell, Jaxon craves her touch. But the machine half of Le'Ace forces her to do things she doesn't always want to do. Even betray him...and ultimately destroy him. Now Jaxon must battle the man controlling Le'Ace, and even Le'Ace herself, to at last claim the woman he's come to love.

Alice Greenfingers - Review By Joe Cherry

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Alice Greenfingers - Review By Joe Cherry
Alice Greenfingers ReviewYou earn a check that only gets you by enough to pay your bills. Maybe you struggle to make a car payment. You really want to play Alice Greenfingers, but your budget does not allow you to buy both. What should you get? Will thIs be my next big purchase?Picking good games can be hard. Avoiding duds can be even more difficult. That's why smart consumers turn to experts on the subject. Writing about Alice Greenfingers is our passion. Extensive game review and analysis for Alice Greenfingers. Alice Greenfingers - Review helps you decide to buy or download Alice Greenfingers. Get all the reviews for all the latest consoles here. Now you can easily discover if your new upcoming game will be exactly what you were looking for. .

Vamped By David Sosnowski

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Vamped By David Sosnowski
Martin Kowalski is an eighty-year-old man stuck in a twenty-year-old body. He works the graveyard shift. He has a poster of Bela Lugosi on his wall and a box of uneaten Count Chocula in his pantry. He drinks stem-cell-derived blood from cleverly packaged and marketed juice boxes. He is, in short, a vampire. But since his wildly successful scheme to turn as many mortals as possible into vampires -- "vamp" them rather than kill them -- resulted in a new immortal majority, Marty finds little of interest to fill his countless days. From the deeply imaginative mind of David Sosnowski -- who gave us the critically acclaimed junKie-angel classic Rapture -- bursts this neo-vampire novel studded with pint-size vampires known as "screamers" (children who were vamped and are none too happy about it); priest vampires who helped convert their flock into lifetime members of the Church; stripper vampires who lap-danced their way into customers' veins…

Joplin's Ghost By Tananarive Due

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Joplin's Ghost By Tananarive Due
From the award-winning writer of The Good House, The Living Blood, and more, Joplin's Ghost is a chilling tale of a star-in-the-making whose life goes haywire as she is haunted by the ghost of a long-dead music legend. When Phoenix Smalls was ten, she nearly died at her parents' jazz club when she was crushed by a turn-of-the-century piano. Now twenty-four, Phoenix is launching a career as an R & B singer. She's lIving the life young artists envy and seems destined for fame and fortune. But a chance visit to a historical site in St. Louis ignites a series of bizarre, erotic encounters with a spirit who may be the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin. The music of Scott Joplin is strange enough to the ears of the hip-hop generation, but the idea that these antique sounds are being channeled by the protegee of rap superstar G-Ronn is nothing short of ludicrous. With growing violence in G-Ronn's inner circle and a ghost bent on living f…

The Judas Gospel By Bill Myers

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The Judas Gospel By Bill Myers
Judas, the disciple responsible for betraying Jesus, has a conversation with God and proposes to him that if God had used his powers to market Jesus that Judas would have, Jesus would have been more successful in saving the world, with more people folLowing him. Judas has heard rumors that God is preparing another prophet and talks God into letting Judas return to earth to prove his point using this new prophet, a woman who possesses supernatural abilities and who is stalked by a serial killer through her horrifying dreams of his victims. Judas takes her pure ministry and turns it into a marketing circus, and he comes to realize that in mixing commerce with God, bigger isn?t better and that God is interested in reaching indivuals, not masses.

The Masks of Christ By Lynn Picknett

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The Masks of Christ By Lynn Picknett
From the gnostic gospels to the Nativity, religious mythology immortalized Jesus -- his personality, his actions, his words -- but what if they didn't tell the truth? Although an entire religion is based on his teachings, Jesus himself did not record any written accounts of his life or faith. He taught his followers orally, and our only sources about what Jesus actually said and believed, the Gospels, were written long after his lifetime. But the Gospel authors had their own agendas to promote and most certainly altered -- even distorted -- their leader's message. In The Masks of Christ, bestselling authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince peel away layers of mythology, canonical revisions, Church propaganda, and censorship in order to reveal who Christ really was -- and discover his true message to the followers of Christianity. Stripping away centuries of misinformation, Picknett and Prince dispel religious myths, unearth historical truths…

Chocolate For a Teen's Soul By Kay Allenbaugh

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Chocolate For a Teen's Soul By Kay Allenbaugh
Rich, enticing, and delectable as a luscious box of chocolates, this collection offers 55 tales of life and love as a teenager. From teens of every age, including women who remember what it was like, come stories oF first love, first jobs, best friends, heartbreak, hope, innocence, and the real world. Poignant, funny, and powerful, these stories tell it like it is. From the recollection of a first kiss to tales of self-consciousness about a changing body, from painful struggles with parents and grandparents to the joy of abiding family love, teens will see themselves in these pages and find comfort in knowing that they are not alone.

Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz By Claudia Mair Burney

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Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz By Claudia Mair Burney
Amanda Bell Brown is a woman on the edge. How's a woman supposed to nurse a broken heart when her pet sugar glider is driving her batty, or is that squirrelly? The deafening tick of her biological clock and having no Jazz to soothe her makes Amanda Bell Brown one frazzled forensic psychologisT. When Lieutenant Jazz Brown shows up at Amanda's door unannounced, her heart competes with her head as she struggles to do the right thing. Jazz says he wants to reconnect and make their relationship work. But there's just one tiny problem: his ex-wife is found murdered -- in his apartment. Now Amanda has to strap on her sleuthing shoes -- the cute gold pair -- and work against time to discover the truth, both for herself and for Jazz. But as the body count rises and surprising clues begin to surface, Amanda wonders if anyone can know the heart of a man -- especially her man. .

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Collector's Edition) - Review-Cheats-Walkthrough By Chad Montague

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Collector's Edition) - Review-Cheats-Walkthrough By Chad Montague
The Elder Scrolls V SkyrimCollectors EditionReviewYou earn a check that only gets you by enough to pay your bills. Maybe you struggle to make a car payment. You really want to play The Elder Scrolls V SkyrimCollectors Edition , but your budget does not allow you to buy both. What should you get? Will this be my next big purchase?Picking good games can be hard. Avoiding duds can be even more difficult. That's why smart consumers turn to experts on the subject. Writing about The Elder Scrolls V SkyrimCollectors Editionis our passion. Extensive game review and analysis for The Elder Scrolls V SkyrimCollectors Edition . The Elder Scrolls V SkyrimCollectors Edition- Review helps you decide to buy or download The Elder Scrolls V SkyrimCollectors Edition . Get all the reviews for all the latest consoles here. Now you can easily discover if your new upcoming game will be exactly what you weRe…

Essex Girls By Laura Ziepe

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Essex Girls By Laura Ziepe

The Man in the Iron Mask (Collins Classics) By Alexandre Dumas

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The Man in the Iron Mask (Collins Classics) By Alexandre Dumas

Closing Time By Joseph Heller

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Closing Time By Joseph Heller
A darkly comic and ambitious sequel to the American classic Catch-22.In Closing Time, Joseph Heller returns to the characters of Catch-22, now coming to the end of their lives and the century, as is the entire generation that fought in World War II: Yossarian and Milo Minderbinder, the chaplain, and such newcOmers as little Sammy Singer and giant Lew, all linked, in an uneasy peace and old age, fighting not the Germans this time, but The End. Closing Time deftly satirizes the realities and the myths of America in the half century since WWII: the absurdity of our politics, the decline of our society and our great cities, the greed and hypocrisy of our business and culture -- with the same ferocious humor as Catch-22.Closing Time is outrageously funny and totally serious, and as brilliant and successful as Catch-22 itself, a fun-house mirror that captures, at once grotesquely and accurately, the truth about ourselves.

Lady Pirate By Lynsay Sands

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Lady Pirate By Lynsay Sands
Out of the frying pan...Circumstances had changed; they had gotten worse. Valoree no longer had to masquerade as her murdered brother and scourge the oceans as Captain Red. She no longer had to command his pirate band in a quest to regain his birthright. She had been named heir to Ainsly Castle. But no executor would ever hand over the estate to an unmarried pirate Wench and her infamous crew?no matter to whom she'd been born. And the will had distinctly stated that in order to inherit, Valoree must be married to a nobleman...and pregnant.Into the fire...Upon learning that, the virgin captain had been ready to return to the seas, bur her crew had put it to a vote?and for those rascally cusses she would do anything. Reluctantly, she agreed. If they could find a way?Henry and One-Eye and Slully?to put on her a sweet face that would fool the ton, she would handle the rest. Even with a drunken prostitute as an "aunt" and her merry cutthroat crew as…

Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World By John Shelby Spong

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Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World By John Shelby Spong
For two hundred years, scholars have been analyzing one of the most important books ever written?the Bible?and overturning much of what we once thought we knew. Everyday Christians, however, are not privy to this deeper conversation. It is for these people that renowned bishop and author John Shelby Spong presents Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, a book designed to take readers into the contemporary academic debate about the Bible.A definitive voice for progressive Christianity, Spong frees readers from a literal view of the Bible. He opens the possibility that some of the characters in the New Testament are imaginary composites or even literary creatIons?such as Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus; Judas Iscariot; Nicodemus; the Samaritan woman by the well; and Lazarus who was raised from the dead. He presents the Bible as an ever-changing and always growing story. He demonstrates that it is possible …

Kansas City Lightning By Stanley Crouch

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Kansas City Lightning By Stanley Crouch
No musician has lived a more transformational, or more tragic, life than Charlie Parker, one of the most talented and influential figures of the twentieth century. From the start of his career in the late 1930s, Parker was a new kind of American artist: a revolutionary musician who internalized all of popular music and blew it back through his alto saxophone "at the tempo of emergency"?even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would ultimately contribute to his death at thirty-four.Yet no writer has fully captured the arc and texture of Parker's personal story . . . until now. Kansas City Lightning, the first in a two-volume life of Parker by Stanley Crouch, draws on decades of original Interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members to reveal Parker as he emerged from the landscapes?literal and artistic?that he inhabited. A precocious child, shy yet self-possessed, Charlie ventured early into the nightlife of wide-ope…