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Author: Cheetham, Ben
Kidnapping Crime Fiction

After the death of his son in a freak accident, Detective Harlan Miller’s life is spiralling out of control. He’s drinking too much. His marriage and career are on the rocks. But things are about to get even worse. A booze-soaked night out and a single wild punch leave a man dead and Harlan facing a manslaughter charge.

Fast-forward four years. Harlan’s prison term is up, but life on the outside holds little promise. Divorced, alone, consumed with guilt, he thinks of nothing beyond atoning for the death he caused. But how do you make up for depriving a wife of her husband and two young boys of their father? Then something happens, something terrible, yet something that holds out a twisted kind of hope for Harlan – the dead man’s youngest son is abducted.

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Author: McFadden III, Edward J.

Money. Love. Murder. Sand?

Ex-FBI intelligence analyst Theo Ramage doesn’t want to die in an endless West Texas wasteland, but there’s gold in them thar hills… or rather, dunes, and old habits die hard.

The fracking craze in the Permian Basin has made Texas sand worth billions, transforming the endless sea of windswept dunes into a modern day El Dorado. All Ramage wants is his truck and load of fresh cut Christmas trees back, but due process in Prairie Home is a bullet, and Ramage won’t stand-down. He joins forces with embattled local rancher Anna Gutierrez, and the duo finds themselves plunged into a world of eco-terrorism, drugs, and murder.

The sheriff wants Ramage gone. The local crime boss, the Sandman, wants him dead, and nobody in the badlands of Texas will give him the time of day, but Ramage can’t let sleeping dogs lie. It’s not in his DNA.

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Author: Bartlett, Rob
Space Opera Science Fiction
I’m a humble, itinerant Star Ship Captain who got blackmailed into helping the Sentient Ships rebel against the Empire. Just because my personal AI might test off the Turing Scale. Now I’ve got the Empire, the Lotus Eaters Society and the Khan of a planet of intelligent dinosaurs all gunning for me! Old secrets are coming back, people and situations I walked away from… when I became a humble, itinerant Star Ship Captain.
And I might be on a mission… from God!
WARNING: 18+ only! The people, language and situations in this work of fiction are for adults only!
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Author: Lambert, Troy
Pulp Thrillers

Max quit the police force when someone murdered his family.

Now Max, turned P.I. has been handed a puzzling case. Dozens of dogs are disappearing all over the city, and no one knows why.

The stretched Seattle police department can’t dedicate the resources needed, and Max may be the pet owner’s only hope. For the missing dogs, time is running out.

But Max is dealing with his own demons.

Three years ago, his wife disappeared and his daughter was murdered. The police presume she is dead, but Max knows better. He’s still paying for the house they lived in together, terrified that he will sell the one place that holds the clues he needs to find his wife.

Will Max be able to find the dogs and solve this mystery in time? Does this case hold an unknown clue to his wife’s disappearance? Once you start reading this astounding crime thriller, you won’t be able to stop until the very last page.

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Author: Strong, Ava

FBI Special Agent Daniel Walker, 40, known for his ability to hunt killers, his street-smarts, and his disobedience, is singled out from the Behavioral Analysis Unit and assigned to the FBI’s new Antiquities unit. The unit, formed to hunt down priceless relics in the global world of antiquities, has no idea how to enter the mind of a murderer.

Remi Laurent, 34, brilliant history professor at Georgetown, is the world’s leading expert in obscure historic artifacts. Shocked when the FBI asks for her help to find a killer, she finds herself reluctantly partnered with this rude American FBI agent. Special Agent Walker and Remi Laurent are an unlikely duo, with his ability to enter killers’ minds and her unparalleled scholarship, the only thing they have in common, their determination to decode the clues and stop a killer.

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Author: Belcamino, Kristi
Noir Crime

Blood & Roses: After being the youngest and the most dangerous assassin at the secret Italian facility that teaches young women how to kill, Rose abandoned her training to live as a normal teenager. Years later, her dark past and worst enemies catch up with her and destroy everything she holds dear. Now she only has one thing on her mind—a deadly vendetta.

Blood & Fire: Although Rose escaped from the Sultan years ago, the deadly cult leader continues to torment her. When he killed her boyfriend, Rose vowed to devote her life to hunting him down. Now, her search has led her to a small Australian town where a girl’s body was found surrounded by candles and bowls of blood. As Rose digs deeper, she soon finds herself the target of a dark, ancient evil.

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Author: Blish, James
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Christian Futuristic Fiction

Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a dedicated man, a Jesuit priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. He doesn’t feel any genuine conflicts in his belief system—until he is sent to Lithia.

The reptilian inhabitants of this distant world appear to be admirable in every way. Untroubled by greed or lust, they live in peace. But they have no concept of God, no literature, and no art. They rely purely on cold reason. But something darker lies beneath the surface: Do the Lithians pose a hidden threat? The answers that unfold could affect the fate of two worlds. Will Ruiz-Sanchez, a priest driven by his deeply human understanding of good and evil, do the right thing when confronted by a race that is alien to its core?

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Author: Bertinet, Richard
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Pastry Baking
Whether attempting the elusive perfect tart crust or the ever-vexing handmade puff pastry, making from-scratch pastry is the baker’s pinnacle of achievement—and arguably the most challenging of all skills. In Pastry, renowned British baker Richard Bertinet demystifies the art of handmade pastry for aspiring bakers of all abilities. Using crystal-clear instructions, step-by-step photography, and fail-proof weight measurements for ingredients, Bertinet teaches readers how to make the four different types of pastry—savory, sweet, puff, and choux—and shares 50 rustic, mouthwatering recipes.
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Author: Lark, Sarah
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Historical Fiction

In mid-nineteenth-century Ireland, charming Kathleen and dashing Michael harbor secrets and dreams. Imagining a life beyond the kitchen and fields of the wealthy family they both work for, they plot to leave their homeland, marry, and raise the child Kathleen is secretly carrying. The luck of the Irish, however, is not on their side.

Soon, they find themselves swept up in circumstances they never could have fathomed. Kathleen is forced to marry against her will and immigrate to New Zealand. Michael is imprisoned for rebellion and exiled to Australia. As time passes and their new lives march on, they long for those stolen moments in the lush green fields of their native land. And they both still dream of escape, with no idea of how close fate will eventually bring them.

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Author: Vaynerchuk, Gary
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Business Reference 
In Crush It!,online marketing trailblazer Gary Vaynerchuk tells business owners what they need to do to boost their sales using the internet—just as he has done to build his family’s wine store from a $4 million business to a $60 million one. Crush It! will show readers how to find their passion, then step by step how to turn it into a flourishing, monetized business.

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Author: de Beauvoir, Simone
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Free Will & Determinism
In this classic introduction to existentialist thought, French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir’s The Ethics of Ambiguity simultaneously pays homage to and grapples with her French contemporaries, philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, by arguing that the freedoms in existentialism carry with them certain ethical responsibilities. De Beauvoir outlines a series of “ways of being” (the adventurer, the passionate person, the lover, the artist, and the intellectual), each of which overcomes the former’s deficiencies, and therefore can live up to the responsibilities of freedom. Ultimately, de Beauvoir argues that in order to achieve true freedom, one must battle against the choices and activities of those who suppress it.

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