Abe slid a manila envelope across the table. 'You will go into Cairo as a buyer for a leather company in southwestern Virginia. I am sending a man with you. He will help you find what you need. Remember, he is not your bodyguard. He can only help.' Right on cue, our waiter re-appeared, and I was introduced to him. Pete Simon didn't plan on spending his twilight years as a globe-trotting spy, but when he and his friend Tyne Colson set up a website devoted to categorizing and tracking suspicious Islamic groups in their area, they find themselves caught up in an unexpected adventure. Despite their age, Pete and Tyne are devoted patriots who will stop at nothing to help protect their country. Tyne stays behind to track the movements of the groups at home, and Pete sets off to trace the origins of the cells. On a whirlwind chase through Israel, Afghanistan, Cairo, and Pakistan, Pete unearths a plot that will have far-reaching implications. They may have discovered The Enemy Next Door, but will they be able to stop them in time?
Wholeness is a process that encompasses all that we are as humans-in-interaction. The contemporary human is in a great deal of psychological distress. As a result, people do all sorts of extreme things to ease the tension. For instance, some become hedonistic with inordinate desires for drugs (alcohol, tranquilizers, etc.), food, and sex; whereas some become fanatical in their belief system, including religious beliefs, with tendency toward externality. The extent that the human person succeeds in integrating the physical, psychosocial and spiritual domain is the extent that humanity evolves to a higher level of consciousness whereby the individual being at peace with oneself, reaches out creatively and assertively to neighbours, and to the larger world that encompasses humans and the natural order in harmony.
Author: Richard Bard
Publisher: Richard Bard
Release Date: 2011-12-13
The Enemy of My Enemy (Brainrush 2) became the Amazon #1 Top Rated (best reviewed) Mystery/Thriller, AND the #1 Top Rated Action/Adventure within one month of its release. It maintained the #1 or #2 slots for 10 straight months. Bestselling author Richard Bard returns with his highly-rated Brainrush thriller series, pitting hero Jake Bronson against his jihadist nemesis--and a new bioweapon that threatens the soul of every mother in America. When a freak accident gave Jake Bronson near-superhuman mental powers and landed his loved ones in the crosshairs of an Islamic terrorist, the only way out was with guns blazing. But Jake was unable to put a stop to his nightmares or his murderous nemesis, Luciano Battista, in that ferocious Afghan mountains showdown. Now the terror czar and his minions have brought the fight to American soil--along with the most terrifying bioweapon that has ever threatened the free world. They demand vengeance, and Jake's family and friends are caught in the crossfire. From California's beaches and Mexico's deserts to the depths of a raging underground river and the treacherous Venezuelan jungle, Jake and his unlikely alliance of combat veterans and gangsters wage a rolling war of wits, weapons, and indomitable will--to rescue those they love, to save America from extinction, and to stop a madman's bid for global conquest dead in its tracks. An “international thriller with soul.” Ideal reading for fans of Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Marcus Sakey, Michael Grumley, Brad Thor, Dan Brown, Matthew Reilly, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, and Vince Flynn.
Author: Peter Nathaniel Malae
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date: 2013-03-05
"Malae is like a young Nelson Algren or Richard Wright, one of those writers who can hit with both hands." —Russell Banks By way of Italy, the Felice family puts down new roots in Southern California, settling into a grand Victorian home and buying a share of the great American Dream. But for their five, first-generation children, an idyllic childhood didn’t quite translate into success and happiness. Rather, the pressures of living up to expectations drove a wide rift through the family. After decades apart, the five siblings find themselves together again at their ailing mother’s bedside, caught in a deadlocked feud over her hospice care. Into the morass steps Murron Teinetoa, one of their bastard children, who carries an idealistic hope of finally fitting in among her estranged relatives. In an interweaving narrative, Malae portrays the Felices in their formative years of the fifties; he excavates the personal lives of the siblings in the eighties and nineties; and he follows Murron in the present as she raises her son as a single mother. A powerful and fiery multi-generational story, Our Frail Blood captures the beauty and horror, the strength and fragility, the selfishness and love comprising the threads of familial bonds.
Two halves of a whole… Inheriting a house in the south of France was a wonderful surprise for Josie. After the loss of her mother, some time in the sun was just what she needed. But the other half of the villa belonged to architect Leon Kent—who firmly believed he had bought both halves! It seemed he had a temporary solution and, before Josie knew it, she was playing the part of his fiancée. The trouble was, the more she got to know Leon, the longer she wore his ring, the more she wished the engagement was for real….
Author: Diane Duane
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2012-12-11
Ael t' Rlailiiu is a noble and dangerous Romulan Commander. But when the Romulans kidnap Vulcans to genetically harness their mind power, Ael decides on treason. Captain Kirk, her old enemy, joins her in a secret pact to destroy the research laboratory and free the captive Vulcans. When the Romulans discover their plan, the Neutral Zone seethes with schemes and counter-schemes, sabotage and war
Author: Sara Young
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: 2008-10-06
Cyrla's neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensborn, a maternity home for girls carrying German babies. But Anneke's soldier has disappeared, and Lebensborn babies are only ever released to their father's custody-- or taken away. A note is left under the mat. Someone knows that Cyrla, sent from Poland years before for safekeeping with her Dutch relatives, is Jewish. The Nazis are imposing more and more restrictions; she won't be safe there for long. And then in the space of an afternoon, life falls apart. Cyrla must choose between certain discovery in her cousin's home and taking Anneke's place in the Lebensborn--Cyrla and Anneke are nearly identical. If she takes refuge in the enemy's lair, can Cyrla fool the doctors, nurses, guards, and other mothers-to-be? Can she escape before they discover she is not who she claims? Mining a lost piece of history, Sara Young takes us deep into the lives of women living in the worst of times. Part love story and part elegy for the terrible choices we must often make to survive, MY ENEMY'S CRADLE keens for what we lose in war and sings for the hope we sometimes find.
Viele Menschen glauben, dass die Gründe, die sie daran hindern, erfolgreich zu sein, in ihrer Umwelt zu finden sind. Aber in Wirklichkeit steckt der größte Feind in jedem von uns selbst: unser Ego. Es macht uns blind für unsere Fehler, verhindert, dass wir aus ihnen lernen, und hemmt unsere Entwicklung. Denn gerade in Zeiten, in denen die schamlose Selbstdarstellung in sozialen Netzwerken oder im Reality-TV eine Selbstverständlichkeit ist, liegt die wahre Herausforderung in der Idee, weniger Zeit in das Erzählen der eigenen Größe zu stecken und stattdessen die wirklich wichtigen Missionen des Lebens zu meistern. Mit einer Fülle an Beispielen aus Literatur, Philosophie und Geschichte zeigt Ryan Holiday eindrucksvoll und praxisnah, wie die Überwindung des eigenen Egos zum unnachahmlichen Erfolg verhilft. Bewaffnet mit den Erkenntnissen aus diesem Buch kann sich jeder seinem größten Feind stellen – dem eigenen Ego.
In Syria, a downed American pilot from a powerful political family becomes a pawn in a sinister international conspiracy. A brilliant Syrian general has orchestrated a plan to make his country a feared nuclear power and to unite the entire Middle East against its hated twin adversaries: America and Israel. To stop the threat, daring covert agent Jack Cole must convince the alluring, enigmatic Layla Gemayel to help him infiltrate the terrorist plot before it engulfs the region in chaos--and leaves the free world at the mercy of a madman….
Das Geschenk einer späten Freundschaft – eine wichtige neue Erzählstimme aus Afrika Hortensia und Marion sind Nachbarinnen. Eine ist schwarz, eine weiß. Beide blicken auf beeindruckende Karrieren zurück. Ihre gegenseitige Abneigung pflegen sie mit viel Eifer, aber was wissen sie wirklich voneinander? „Yewande Omotoso bietet aufregende neue Einsichten. Das ästhetische und politische Engagement in ihrem Roman ist sichtbar in dem tiefen Mitgefühl, das sie ihren Heldinnen entgegenbringt. Obwohl sie deren Ansichten, Verfehlungen und heimliche Sehnsüchte kompromisslos offenlegt, erzählt sie in ihrer wunderschönen, fast heiteren Sprache von dem Recht auf einen individuellen Lebensentwurf unabhängig von Herkunft und Hautfarbe.“ Chris Abani, Autor von „Graceland“ "Yewande Omotoso erinnert an Nadine Gordimer. Sie untersucht die Geographie der Nähe, die die großen Kräfteverhältnisse im Kleinen abbildet." Times Literary Supplement "Voller Charme und verspielter Energie - und doch lauert die Geschichte der Kolonialherrschaft und der Sklaverei im Hintergrund." Herald Scotland
Author: Josephine Bell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: 2012-05-17
The Lawrences were newcomers to the town. Nobody knew much about them. Old Mr Lawrence was seventy and had had a stroke which deprived him of his powers of speech, and he was being looked after by his daughter-in-law. This much Lucy Summers was aware of when she went round to the house for her first appointment as his physiotherapist. What she was not prepared for was the shock of seeing the old man sitting in his wheelchair in the garden desperately trying to steal the crusts off the bird-table with his good hand. Is old Mr Lawrence simply senile? Or is he being systematically starved to death by his neat and civil daughter-in-law? You don’t get a straight answer to a question like that, so Lucy enlists the aid of Geoff Harris, one of the local GPs. He has a word with the district nurse, and the local Social Services are deployed under the wilfully independent generalship of Mrs Chandler, who finds young Mrs Lawrence such a nice client. And then there’s a regrettable holiday accident and the questions the town finds to ask about the Lawrence family are only just beginning . . . Josephine Bell is a past-master at the art of conveying something evil nurturing itself behind, and indeed on, the bureaucratic routine of her small town life, as Health Service talks to Social Service and local vicar’s wife speculates to local estate agent’s wife and local newspaper man snuffs the air. The result is a deadly tale in this popular author’s most sharply observant vein. “Miss Bell’s cool, clinical style is a delight.” Sunday Times