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Dark Wing (Matt Pontowski Book 1) (affiliate link)
Colonel Matt Pontowski and his top-notch wing are thrust into the fiery heart of civil-war-torn China in Richard Herman’s gripping technothriller, Dark Wing.
Now in command of the 303rd Fighter Squadron, Colonel Matt Pontowski, grandson of a former U.S. President, attempts to boost the morale of his pilots who know their killer A-10 Warthog aircraft are due to be phased out.
When trouble erupts in Hong Kong and southern China, his wing volunteers for a dangerous undercover mission against the world’s most feared and volatile super-power. A massacre is looming and millions of innocent people are at risk. Pontowski and his volunteers are now reluctant to withdraw, despite orders, as they initiate their own plans to overthrow the brutal regime that has been gaining power.
Meanwhile back in Washington, National Security Advisor Bill Carroll, Asia specialist Mazie Kamigami and assistant Wentworth Hazelton fight to ensure plans go accordingly. Mazie is stunned when the conflict brings her closer to her estranged father Victor Kamigami and his lover Jin Chu, an ethereal young fortune teller.
Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper Volume One: Books 1-5 (affiliate link)
The Bedford Boys (affiliate link)
On 6 June 1944, nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia – population just 3,000 in 1944 – died in the first bloody minutes of D-Day.
Later in the campaign, three more boys from this small Virginia town died of gunshot wounds. Twenty-two sons of Bedford were lost in total. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives, as well as diaries and letters, Alex Kershaw’s book focuses on several remarkable individuals and families to tell one of the most poignant stories of World War II – the story of one small American town that went to war and died on Omaha Beach.
The Bedford Boys is the true and intimate story of these men and the friends and families they left behind.
Bootstrap (Bootstrap Trilogy Book 1) (affiliate link)
Exactly 16 years after the horrible events of 9/11 two astrophysicists receive a mysterious signal from an extraterrestrial source 8 light years away. The discovery of this extraterrestrial signal is leaked by an accident to the Internet and a Finnish hacker manages to decode a message embedded in the signal. She posts the decoded message, a video clip of World Trade Center tower collapsing on 9/11 in New York City. A fast paced international race starts – what is the real purpose of the message and who can claim the first contact with the extraterrestrials?
Peeling the layers of the mysterious signal, another deeper level message is discovered both by Americans and Russians. The extraterrestrials have sent their ambassador, Alexa, in an encoded digital DNA form. As the teams are racing to bring Alexa alive they learn that humanity is not alone in the universe, there are 20 million other civilizations in our Milky Way galaxy alone.
The Watchers Book One: In The Valleys Of The Earth (affiliate link)
The only thing more dangerous than their chemistry…is their enemies!
Mild-mannered Xenoarcheologist Dr. Alec Coimhead and his best friend, Dr. Clemy Armistead, are certain that they have just found the ancient location of an apocryphal battle between demons and angels. Whisked away on a rollicking adventure, Alec finds himself under the watchful eye of Rafe, a taciturn mountain of a man with a mysterious past.
Working with the enigmatic Praesidium, which claims to have protected humanity for generations, Alec clashes with his ethereally handsome bodyguard. As the New Watchers pursue the rambunctious pair across the globe, Alec and Rafe will have to battle ancient terrors and mythical creatures come to life. Racing to the ancient tomb of a fallen angel, Alec and Rafe may lose it all – and each other – to save the world. The Watchers: In The Valleys Of The Earth is the first book in an MM Action Adventure paranormal romance series.
One Last Move (affiliate link)
At first glance, it appears to be just a normal takeover attempt, but when their sinister motivations behind the unsolicited move become apparent, the psychological chess match between Larry and his opponents turns deadly.
Rosewood’s predicament worsens when he discovers that Ted Villeneuve, his best friend and business partner, has committed a crime that could cause their empire to disintegrate beneath his feet.
With his business and love life in disarray, Larry meets a young man afflicted with a rare genetic condition. Their instant friendship provides Doctor Rosewood with the inspiration and assistance to turn the game in his favor.
Legends of the Fall (affiliate link)
Throne of Glass eBook Bundle: An 8 Book Bundle (affiliate link)
Drift (Rachel Hatch Book 1) (affiliate link)
Ex-Army criminal investigator Rachel Hatch is a drifter. No home. No commitments. Until her sister’s drowning drags her back to the town she left fifteen years ago.
Convinced her sister’s death was no accident, Hatch partners with the local sheriff, Dalton Savage to uncover the truth. Every answer unlocks another question, and as the investigation begins to unravel, Hatch and Savage find their lives on the line.
Hatch is forced to use her special set of skills – forged on the field of combat – to learn the truth about her sister and bring those responsible to justice.
A Confederacy of Dunces (affiliate link)
The hero of John Kennedy Toole’s incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter”. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (affiliate link)
From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America.
In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America–addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.
With a great reporter’s narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma’s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive–extremely addictive–miracle painkiller.
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (affiliate link)
Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus news stories circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas—entrepreneurs, teachers, politicians, and journalists—struggle to make them “stick.”
In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating curiosity gaps. Along the way, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds—from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony—draw their power from the same six traits.
Made to Stick will transform the way you communicate. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures): the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of the Mother Teresa Effect; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice.
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