When her husband is killed in a hit-and-run bicycling accident, it takes all of Michele Lopez Hanson’s strength not to burrow into their bed for the rest of her life. But their kids need her, and she promised herself she’d do the Kona Ironman Triathlon in Adrian’s honor, and someone seems to be stalking her family, so she slogs through the pain to keep herself on track. Her dangerously delirious training sessions become a link between her and Adrian, and she discovers that if she keeps moving fast enough to fly, she can hold onto her husband—even as she loses her grip on herself and faces her biggest danger yet.
The Sailors of the United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community “perform under pressure” in the hazardous job of bomb disposal, often deep beneath the sea…alone.
An EOD Technician must have the brains of an engineer, the hands of a surgeon, and the courage of a martyr. In the U.S. Navy, carrier flight operations only occur under the watchful eye of EOD Techs ready to respond to ordnance accidents. U.S. Marines assault enemy beachheads only after EOD Techs clear the littoral seas and landing zones of mines. The U.S. Secret Service even relies on military bomb squads to protect the President and visiting foreign dignitaries. Perhaps the best testimony of their value is that when the Navy needs to place a limpet mine under an enemy ship it tasks the Navy SEALs, but to respond to such an attack – the Navy summons EOD.
What would a kindergartner write about me? Probably something like: Mr. Halpern is funny. He is handsome. He likes to laugh. I love Mr. Halpern. How can I top that? Who doesn’t want to be funny, handsome, laugh all the time, and be loved by their students? What they don’t know is I left a dreary cubicle job for the exciting, never boring life of a kindergarten teacher eight years ago and never looked back. I have seen and heard some crazy, hilarious, and even touching moments. Look at My Happy Rainbow is my account of the first few years working in a kindergarten classroom experiencing the day to day trials and tribulations and trying to see the world a little more through the eyes of a five-year-old.
London holds horrors for a girl like her.
Street savvy Constance is a prostitute that has survived the Ripper’s reign of terror by working her trade in the safety of her room at the Keg and Barrel – but is any girl truly safe in Whitechapel? When the enigmatic Lord Alisdair requests her services at his estate, Constance discovers the occult underworld of London’s elite – and finds herself at its center.
What secrets hide behind Alisdair’s charm?
As Alisdair shares his secrets, Constance becomes his willing altar, offering herself to him and his rituals in body and soul. She’s seen Alisdair’s power, seen it grow with her at his side, but as the circle’s secrets unfold before them, will their connection be enough to get them through London’s darkest hour alive?
What Would You Do If The Stalker You Thought Had Disappeared Was Suddenly Back?
Fifteen years ago Mary Anne Cromway was stalked by a violent psychopath that police were never able to identify. As the stalker became more obsessive and threatening, her boyfriend Bobby went missing. The town assumed that troublemaking Bobby had been playing a trick and had decided to run away when he got in too deep—or that Mary Anne was behind all of it herself. They were especially suspicious when the stalker disappeared right after Bobby did.
Fifteen years later, Mary Anne receives another note from her stalker. She knew exactly who to go to for help.
As summer draws to a close before the beginning of junior year, Rowyn Black is tired of seeing the Tower card stare up at her from the table.
On their 16th birthday, Rowyn’s kind is gifted with awesome powers. Except that this isn’t Narnia or Hogwarts, or any other mythical realm where witches live. This is Elizabethtown, Illinois, and much to the chagrin of the local chapter of Susie-Homemakers, they live there.
All witches understand that the universe is a scary sort of powerful… on a good day. And on a bad day? Well, that’s when The Tower card shows its face during a reading. While Rowyn hopes that the only thing The Tower foretells is the sight of the school parking lot on the first day – full of more jacked-up trucks and cut-off shorts than a Luke Bryan video – the universe has other plans.
Humans best understand the truth of things if they come at it indirectly. Like how sometimes the best way to catch a mouse that’s right in front of you is to back up before you pounce.
So notes Prudence, the irresistible brown tabby at the center of Gwen Cooper’s tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, which is mostly told through the eyes of this curious (and occasionally cranky) feline.
When five-week-old Prudence meets a woman named Sarah in a deserted construction site on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she knows she’s found the human she was meant to adopt. For three years their lives are filled with laughter, tuna, catnaps, music, and the unchanging routines Prudence craves. Then one day Sarah doesn’t come home. From Prudence’s perch on the windowsill she sees Laura, the daughter who hardly ever comes to visit Sarah, arrive with her new husband. They’re carrying boxes. Before they even get to the front door, Prudence realizes that her life has changed forever.
Mystery writer and part time recreational sleuth, Sophie Katz has just discovered that her boyfriend and love-of-her-life, Anatoly Darinsky, has a secret he’s been keeping from her for years: he has an estranged wife who is a powerful player in the Russian mafia…which he used to work for. Devastated by the discovery, Sophie kicks him to the curb.
In a desperate attempt to distract and cheer her, Sophie’s friends spirit her away for a fun filled weekend in Vegas. But bigger trouble awaits in the city of sin. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into the closet of a hotel room reserved under Sophie’s name. Sophie’s completely over her head and when a mysterious man offers her help she’s tempted to take it. But who is he and whose side is he on? And why is she getting the feeling that the next victim might be Anatoly? She may want to kill him herself but no one else is going to hurt Sophie’s man.
Revelatory and groundbreaking, The Art of Intelligence will change the way people view the CIA, domestic and foreign intelligence, and international terrorism. Henry A. “Hank” Crumpton, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, offers a thrilling account that delivers profound lessons about what it means to serve as an honorable spy. From CIA recruiting missions in Africa to pioneering new programs like the UAV Predator, from running post–9/11 missions in Afghanistan to heading up all clandestine CIA operations in the United States, Crumpton chronicles his role—in the battlefield and in the Oval Office—in transforming the way America wages war and sheds light on issues of domestic espionage.
Are you above average? Is your child an A student? Is your employee an introvert or an extrovert? Every day we are measured against the yardstick of averages, judged according to how closely we come to it or how far we deviate from it.
The assumption that metrics comparing us to an average—like GPAs, personality test results, and performance review ratings—reveal something meaningful about our potential is so ingrained in our consciousness that we don’t even question it. That assumption, says Harvard’s Todd Rose, is spectacularly—and scientifically—wrong.
In The End of Average, Rose, a rising star in the new field of the science of the individual shows that no one is average. Not you. Not your kids. Not your employees. This isn’t hollow sloganeering—it’s a mathematical fact with enormous practical consequences.
A LOST MANUSCRIPT. A SAVAGE MURDER. A DEADLY SECRET.
While on a business trip to the UK, Ben Hope makes an impulse decision to attend a college reunion at his former university, Oxford. There he meets an old friend, Nick, now an internationally-renowned classical musician.
But storm clouds are soon once again brewing on Ben’s horizon. After Nick’s brutal murder in an apparent home invasion robbery, Ben is drawn into the mystery of a missing music manuscript that may be a lost work by the legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
The hunt for his friend’s killers leads Ben across Europe, and into bloody conflict with even more dangerous people than he’d bargained for.