My name, then, is Barnaby Fletch. To the best of my knowledge I have no middle name and cannot say of whom I am the son, or of whom my father's father's father was the son. Alas, my origins are shrouded in mystery.Thirteen-year-old Barnaby Fletch is a bag-and-bones orphan in London in the late 1700s.Barnaby lives on his wits and ill-gotten gains, on streets seething with the press of the throng and shadowed by sinister figures. Life is a precarious business.When he hears of a paradise on the other side of the world - a place called Botany Bay - he decides to commit a crime and get himself transported to a new life, a better life.To succeed, he must survive the trials of Newgate Prison, the stinking hull of a prison ship and the unknown terrors of a journey across the world.And Botany Bay is far from the paradise Barnaby has imagined. When his past and present suddenly collide, he is soon fleeing for his life - once again. A riveting story of courage, hope and extraordinary adventure.
Part travelogue, part literary study, Varieties of Darkness is Don Meredith s account of his exploration of Michael Ondaatje s fascinating literary masterpiece The English Patient. Meredith mines the places, the real-life counterparts of the characters, and the curious creative mind of Ondaatje to offer fresh insights into the novel ."
Ultimately, a new order will rise from the smouldering ashes of war, but not until Koos; an expat, and Tihosi; a game ranger, go head-to-head with the elements of darkness that invade South Africa’s Kruger National Park. When several tourists flee into the vast wilderness they soon learn that the key to survival lies within themselves, as they become pawns in an increasingly deadly tango with ferocious beasts, rebel soldiers, an international poaching syndicate, and evil witchdoctors. This epic tale has elements of courage, love, loyalty, and haunting heartbreak that shine brightly through the flames of bloody revolution.
In One Cycle of Darkness, book four of The Second Neoluzian War epic fantasy series, the Orc armies commanded by the wicked Orc dictator Arkan Spiritstrike have destroyed the dark elven city of Balenwood in Frontentia as their conquest of the lower lands continues unabated. The very dangerous 8th Orc legions commanded by the feared General Deathpox the Culler, now moves to cut off the dwarves of Carpallachia from providing assistance to the other endangered peoples of the land. At the salon castle, David Parr and his companions have unlocked the secret location of the great necromancer Termaplix using a combination of information that they have gathered in the land since the human stranger arrived in Neoluzia and a gift from Queen Tara in the Dagger of Sight. However, with the destruction of Balenwood and the pending Orc attack upon the light elven city of Oakmantle, David Parr's decision to remain in Neoluzia forces his widening involvement in the war and the demands placed upon him from those that face the darkness of the enemy from the north.
As Zeph races across the seas in search of his father, he struggles with the idea of him being alive after all the years. The search continues on until the moment he sees his father face to face. As the reality of what has transpired sinks in, everything Zeph has ever known shatters around him in an instant. Victor, Gus and the rest of the group head for the Water Realm, with nothing more than Zeph's vision to guide them. On the high seas they are met by an old enemy and must fight their way to freedom before the ship is lost. As Gus spends more time with Desiree the pain continues to grow within him over the loss of his daughter. It isn't until both are trapped in a life or death situation that the truth comes to the surface and only by working together can they hope to save themselves. With the fate of not only the whole Water Realm in their hands, but also their home town of Daunt, they race to try and stop the events that have been set in motion.
Discover the lost world of the Antarctic dinosaurs and how its secrets have been unearthed.
During the fifties the Cold War grew around us. Insidious, it rose to a crescendo in October of 1962 when John Kennedy proved the concept of peace by maintaining overwhelming deterence. The men who provided this deterence were professionals who believed in the righteousness of their country and the honor of its leaders. In the decades that followed that honor eroded. For whatever missguided reason Lyndon Johnson chose to escalate American presence in Vietnam even though Kennedy chose to pursue a policy of withdrawal prior to his assasination. Our professional military was not privy to the political maneuvering that was taking place, as Johnson was lying to the American public about the Vietnam buildup. We began covert ground and air operations in 1964. These operations were denied by the government but escalated continuously to the end of the war, with covert operations continuing for some years after the peace agreements. After the 'ghost attacks' by North vietnamese gun boats on August 4, 1964 congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, abdicated its Constitutional duty to make any declaration of war and handed that decision to the President. This step, incidentally, deprived the American fighting man the legal protection of the Geneva Convention. This book reflects the attitude of the professionals who were tasked with prosecuting this war. I have chosen three incidents that I was personally familiar with and researched them in detail. They are the shoot down of Whaler Five Seven, Red Marker Four and Owl Seven. We have learned nothing from the mistakes of this war.
This story takes place on Oct 30 when the lights when out and things started to happen, and no one could explains what was going on! But that night the virus started to effect the Peoples of Manhattan, to coast to coast, and this was began to be the darkness day, and no one were be safe to walks out, or they were be velour by the zombies. No One was safe to walks the street, you were be trapped and no escspe from the Zombies. They was the day of darkness arrives! Moon Eclispe, and more things started to happend! Zombies are coming!!!!! " What are we going to do? If they gets inside we willl end of being "DEAD MEAT"! We are hungry for brains!
Canada has a rich and interesting military intelligence history, one that continues to grow at a rapidly expanding rate. Intelligence is a key element of operations, enabling commanders to successfully plan and conduct operations. It enables them to win decisive battles and it helps them to identify and attack high value targets. In order to ensure Commanders have the required support they need to plan and conduct operations, members of Canada's Military Intelligence Branch are serving in an increasingly dangerous number of hotspots around the world. In recent years they have served in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Haiti, Somalia, Rwanda, East Timor, and Afghanistan just to name a few. While Intelligence personnel have played a major role in ensuring the successful completion of these interdiction missions, many of their stories remain classified. This history cannot truly be complete until the Official Secrets Act permits a clearer picture to be told. Out of Darkness-Light, Volume 2 should, however, give the interested reader at least a partial view of some of the service that has been carried out on Canada's behalf by the Canadian Forces Intelligence Branch for the years 1983 to 1997.
Thriller/Espionage: Martin Kramer's ambition is to become a deputy director of the CIA. But he brings the threat of nuclear war when he launches Operation Oracle, a personal campaign of hate against Israel.
When the famous kid-finder Randall Shane is taken by unknown assailants and a boy known as “the keyboard kid” goes missing, private investigators Alice Crane and Naomi Nantz must discover the boy's connection to a top secret physics lab to bring him home – or die trying. Original.
One night of violence changed the lives of one family forever. Bronze and Rim have never been on their own, but being vampires doesn't automatically give them safety and shelter. Lurking in the shadows is a stalker, and she witnesses many things about a murderer. On the rampage is a serial killer, but he makes a deadly mistake one night. The mightiest of all vampires has vowed to use her powers to hunt down and avenge the death of a young vampire. Many pursue this killer and want him dead before he murders someone else, but only one will succeed.
This book/journal, which is entitled In the Light of Darkness, is based on the author’s personal journey through deep depression, darkness, despair, hopelessness, suicide and back because of a lifetime of bipolar depression and eighteen years of sibling violence (domestic violence) in his home. Along with the bipolar depression, because of the abuse, he was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Oftentimes, there is a direct correlation between the two, mirror images of each other. Both of these social stigmas are largely overlooked—and this book was written to bring about and raise awareness concerning these toxic taboos, which have been hush-hush and swept under the rug of our social consciousness for far too long. You may not always see the bruises or signs of deep, dark depression, but look closer, listen, and talk to people who are suffering. Show them you truly care and love them and that you are there for them no matter what they are going through because they matter. Let’s stop the madness. Tell someone and/or seek professional help. This book is Wade Robinson’s story and is an intriguing, in-depth, dark journey through life and death.
After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, CIA deep cover officer Mitch Vasari assumed there would be a couple months of peace on the foreign front. It turns out he was mistaken. President Obama, on a roll after the successful—and historic—terrorist assassination, has repealed an executive order that bans further political assassinations. This means Vasari is on call and ready for action. The CIA’s objective is to go after foreign heads of state who, for reasons unknown to Vasari, represent threats to American freedom and safety. The assassinations seem easy to plan and undertake, especially with Vasari’s skillful team at the helm. They even have a new female agent, Gabriela Rivera Torres, who may be as lethal as Vasari himself. What could possibly go wrong? Apparently, more than they bargained for. Vasari gets the feeling the higher-ups haven’t told him everything he needs to know. What are the president’s reasons for going after these particular foreign heads of state? Is there something about these men that makes them more dangerous than other world leaders? Are they, perhaps, working as a team to destroy the United States? Vasari has to carry out his mission and keep his team safe, all while trying to find out the truth for himself. It’s just another day’s work for a CIA officer.
"The Benevolent American in the Heart of Darkness" is a trilogy of Albert Russos award-winning African novels set in the former Belgian Congo and Rwanda-Urundi. In The Black Ancestor, the reader will find, as in the two other novels, Eclipse over Lake Tanganyika and Mixed Blood or your son Lopold, many poignant and delightful passages, especially in the journeys across the magnificent Kivu province, which today, along with bordering Rwanda and Burundi, has been scarred by fratricidal wars. That Leodine, in the opening novel, happens to be an adolescent, as was Leopold in Mixed Blood, isnt fortuitous, for it is at that vulnerable period of ones life that ones personality takes form. In Albert Russos Africa you will find humankinds infinite diversity and, amid such richness, a quest for the deep self. Eric Tessier. Albert Russo has recreated through a young African boys joys and struggles many of the tensions of modern life, straight and gay, black and white, third world and first ... all of these tensions underlie this story of a biracial child adopted by a benevolent American. Mixed Blood or Your son Leopold is a non-stop, gripping read!" Edmund White.
The guard at the city gates does not attempt to stop the stranger entering Nuthollia, for his job is to keep people inside the city and no person would enter the city voluntarily unless he were an agent of Grimlindus. Nuthollia, the capital of Neuthonia, is no longer a trading metropolis. Its remaining inhabitants are usually hiding indoors, trying to escape Grimlindus's violent soldiersthe tall blond northerners, bandit warriors and Knights of Destruction, as well as goblins, hobgoblins, kobolds and ogres from further east on the steppes. While contact with these soldiers is dangerous and unpredictable, the soldiers do keep the city's economy moving, the trade continuing. So Nuthollia's inhabitants, the original Neuthonics as well as countless released prisoners-of-war, attempt to earn a meagre living in fear and dread. The stranger is rnwulf, the tall barbarian who had been learning sword-skills in the cold hills of the Borderlands. He is dressed in heavy furs. His long, straight, black hair is tied back by a broad cloth that completely conceals his forehead and from which hangs three beaded feathers. His heavy broadsword is strapped to his back, partially buried within his fur coat, while a number of knives are strapped to his chest and belt. A two-headed tomahawk hangs from his belt. He is accompanied by Caleb, the huge wolf that is as large as a small pony and which has a thick mane of grey fur. Man and wolf survey the cold, snow-covered streets, looking beyond the unhappy houses to the dark palace standing on a hill near the centre of the city. They turn away from it and head into one of the darker and less inviting neighbourhoods, where even Grimlindus's soldiers would think twice before entering. The houses are closer together than elsewhere; the streets disappear into narrow alleyways and blind corners. Open doorways and boarded windows show that many of the residences are empty of normal occupation. However, a quick survey inside would reveal hiding squatters, ruffians, thieves and muggers. The man and wolf stop in front of a building that is deep within this neighbourhood. This building is similar to all the others, dismal and grey. It has a heavy steel door with a small window at face height, covered by a shutter. The man thumps on the door and the shutter is pulled back, revealing two dark, slanted eyes. "What do you want?" says the bouncer. "Where are your mistresses?" asks rnwulf, with a heavy, northern accent. "They are busy. Who wants to know?" "I was sent by Cleosius the warlord, to purchase something which was stolen from him. They are expecting me." The shutter is slid shut and rnwulf hears muted discussions behind it. The shutter slides open again. "You are early!" snaps the voice and the shutter slams closed. rnwulf thumps on the door again, his blows echoing inside. The shutter is pulled back again. "Can I wait inside?" he asks. The door opens, revealing a seven-and-a-half foot monstrosity, which bends over inside the small front room; its hairy frame fills up the doorway. Bugbear! thinks rnwulf, staring at the hairy giant-goblin, which would tower over one of its smaller goblin or hobgoblin cousins. "Come inside," it snarls, "but the wolf stays out there." After re-locking the door, the bugbear leads rnwulf along a dimly lit corridor, before arriving at a small room, furnished only with a hard-backed chair. "The mistresses are busy, the bugbear growls, but I will send someone to fetch them when they are, um, finished. Would you like a drink while you are waiting?" rnwulf waves the bugbear away and sits on the chair. In a moment, he becomes completely motionless, his keen eyes surveying every inch of the room. He waits, becoming tenser as he looks at the low ceiling and the walls. After a short time he stands up, goes to the door and tries the handle, finding it locked. H
Set forth on a journey down into darkness and into another world far away through worm holes and flights across galaxies to meet gods of a different origin. This fictional journey delves your mind down into the struggles of religion, domination, exploration, and war. This dark book points out in fictional quality that man is still searching for the answer to comprehend the question about how to obtain peace. Look inside and take the ride along your minds inner doorways and see for yourself how the imagination stimulation works its way to your very core.
A major contribution to the cultural and literary history of the Victorian age, Rule of Darkness maps the complex relationship between Victorian literary forms, genres, and theories and imperialist, racist ideology. Critics and cultural historians have usually regarded the Empire as being of marginal importance to early and mid-Victorian writers. Patrick Brantlinger asserts that the Empire was central to British culture as a source of ideological and artistic energy, both supported by and lending support to widespread belief in racial superiority, the need to transform "savagery" into "civilization," and the urgency of promoting emigration. Rule of Darkness brings together material from public records, memoirs, popular culture, and canonical literature. Brantlinger explores the influence of the novels of Captain Frederick Marryat, pioneer of British adolescent adventure fiction, and shows the importance of William Makepeace Thackeray's experience of India to his novels. He treats a number of Victorian best sellers previously ignored by literary historians, including the Anglo-Indian writer Philip Meadows Taylor's Confessions of a Thug and Seeta. Brantlinger situates explorers' narratives and travelogues by such famous author-adventurers as David Livingstone and Sir Richard Burton in relation to other forms of Victorian and Edwardian prose. Through readings of works by Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, H. Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, John Hobson, and many others, he considers representations of Africa, India, and other non-British parts of the world in both fiction and nonfiction. The most comprehensive study yet of literature and imperialism in the early and mid-Victorian years, Rule of Darkness offers, in addition, a revisionary interpretation of imperialism as a significant factor in later British cultural history, from the 1880s to World War I. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with Victorian culture and society and, more generally, with the relationship between Victorian writers and imperialism, 'and between racist ideology and patterns of domination in modern history.