In a nightmarish, post-holocaust world, an ancient evil roams a devastated America, gathering the forces of human greed and madness, searching for a child named Swan who possesses the gift of life.
After years living in America with his mother, Jon Forsyte is excited to be home and eager to show off his roots to his new bride. When Fleur Forsyte, now Fleur Mont-Jon's first love-hears of his arrival, she doesn't know what to feel. She is now married too, and while Jon and Fleur try to interact as friends, their strong feelings for one another are not easily contained. When their passion is rekindled, no one can halt the devastating events that follow.
Legend has it that swans remain silent their entire life. When a swan realizes that their life is about to end, they break their lifetime of silence and sing a parting song to the world. In that song, they share all of the love, joy, and pain that they experienced in their life. In that song, they pass along all of the knowledge that they accumulated, in an attempt to keep that knowledge from being lost. If you ever get the privilege of hearing a swan sing, you will never forget that moment. Because, there can be no sound that is more beautiful, or more touching, than the song of a swan.
In a galactic culture that extends from quasi-Utopian worlds such as New Alexandria to vermin-infested slums like Old Earth, the Star-Pilots have become the great heroes of the day. Grainger has become a legend in his own time, flying the prototype vessel of a new starship.... Having escaped from his contract with Charlot, Grainger is hounded by the Caradoc Commpany, who wants to extract everything from his brain about his former employer. But Charlot has other plans, and Grainger suddenly finds himself back on the Hooded Swan, leading a rescue mission for the Swan's sister ship in the bizarre Nightingale Nebula. This last voyage proves costlier than the previous ones, as Grainger must risk not only his life--but his very soul! Hooded Swan, Book Six.
When Frederick Magee learned of the death of his former fiancee's father. he knew that his family life-with his now pregnant wife and ten-year-old daughter-would be in grave danger. Immediately, he makes plans to relocate his family out of town, to prevent his wife from learning of his infidelity with his former fiancee, which produced a son a year younger than his daughter. However, his domineering mother refuses to go along, and, also, to allow him to leave her and the business he manages for the family. To prevent her son's relocation efforts, she sets about exposing his past unfaithful deeds. Frederick and his mother, locked it a survival struggle, cause a violent injury resulting in her death.
Swan Song: The Great Magical Unknowing Elegance emerged from a desire to write an inside story, an autobiography of the dream, muse and odd vision that never quite lets go of our memory. These inner senses from childhood to old age wanted a book, in fact demanded one. I recalled a story about an old, wisdom-woman in Ireland who each morning chose one of her lifetime journals, let it fall open to any page, and then spent her rocking chair days remembering that single day out of her years. Climbing a ladder, I pulled down twenty-five years of dated journals, stacked them on a wooden table, and proceeded to draw out memorable events that I used for Book One of Swan Song, created in New York City. It was becoming a novel with actual events that I had lived. However, something totally mysterious occurred. I began to experience the strangest dreams of my life. Several times a week I would find myself in Medieval Galway, Ireland, in a poor tenement or slum in the loft of Brian. I was telling him that he and his love must leave because bad times were coming. Brian saw me, wasnt afraid, believed my words and made plans for himself and his love, Daniela, to immigrate to New York. I dont want to tell readers anything else about the dreams or how they took over the novel and my life as I flew from JFK to Galway to dream the story on location. I have known for a long time that the inner senses control our outer, physical life. Not the other way around. We are taught that what happens during our awake days may become dreams. Wrong. Our dreams come first and regulate our physical days. Many years ago I read a few of Jane Roberts, Seth books. Now, in the midst of Swan Song, his ideas flowered again. Thus, the autobiography, fiction and research novel took on a whole new life and my inside story truly became The Great Magical Unknowing Elegance.
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Decades have passed since Steven Wolfe gave up his vigilante lifestyle following the death of his partner. Situations do not always stay settled however and he is forced out of retirement when his most dangerous adversary, an anarchist known as The Music Man, escapes from prison with the solitary goal of revenge on the man who put him there in the first place. Alongside his daughter Gabriella and a former ally and reporter Victoria Connelly, Steven sets out to stop The Music Man once and for all.
In the first critical study wholly devoted to Joseph Conrad's use of techniques associated with the literary tradition of romance, Katherine Isobel Baxter argues that Conrad's engagement with the genre invigorated his work throughout his career. Exploring the ways in which Conrad borrows from, alludes to, and subverts the tropes of romance, Baxter suggests that Conrad's ambivalent relationship with popular forms like the adventure novel is revealed in the way he uses romance conventions to disrupt narrative expectations and make visible ethical problems with Europe's colonial project. Baxter examines not only familiar novels like Lord Jim but also less-studied works such as Romance and The Rover, using Robert Miles's model of the 'philosophical romance' to show that for Conrad, romance is also philosophically engaged with issues of ideology. Her study enables a new appreciation of the ways in which Conrad continued to experiment, even in his later fiction, and of the ethical import of that aesthetic experimentation.
Swan Song for a Singer: A Demetria Crawford Mystery is the third exciting novel in a series. Demetria Crawford and her Yorkshire Terrier named Poochini return to New York City from London to resume her singing career. Tria is a crippled opera singer and amateur detective, who is lovely, intelligent, and curious. Her Yorkie is her devoted protector. Her friends, Charles, Maggie, and David, who previously joined in Tria's adventures in A Muted Melody and The Missing Maestro, are always ready to help her in any way they can. They added two young British orphans to their New York journey. The children had been severely abused, and Tria has vowed to educate them and find them a safe place to live. Tria plans to star in the New York production of an opera that will allow for her wheelchair's staging. In addition to resuming her career, she intensifies her physical therapy, hoping she will walk again so she can return to her former life that was interrupted by her accident. On her return to the opera house, she encounters gorgeous music and dedicated artists, but also experiences jealousy from operatic rivals, as well as anger, intrigue, drug smuggling, and even murder. When Charles is falsely accused of the murder, Tria and Poochini begin snooping so they can find the real culprit. Will the two sleuths be successful? About the Author Massachusetts native Barbara E. Trombley lives in Pilgrim country in an oceanfront colonial home on Cape Cod. Previously a professional singer, actor, director, and teacher, she now writes full-time. She is working on her next book. Publisher's website: http: //sbprabooks.com/BarbaraETrombley
Chip, a screenwriter, just wants to cure his writer's block with an impromptu drive to a small town outside of L.A. But his vehicle is smashed within minutes of his arrival,and then he's beaten in his room atop the strange town's only diner. This poignant and moving noir novella will stun you with, not one, but TWO satisfying twist endings worthy of Mickey Spillane. And this is just the first of eight stories included in this collection. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride: Jack Halliday is a major new talent!
London- based scientist Anthony Malloy has made a discovery that will hugely benefit global health. A pharmaceutical company is keen to market his invention of the single-use syringe, but its backing comes at a terrible price. What ensues entangles Anthony in a web of intrigue and blackmail that has unforeseeable and surprising consequences for him and the women in his life: his radical sister, his musically gifted daughter and his soon-to-be-ex-wife. His dilemma-fuelled and conscience-ridden journey takes him from London to Vietnam and Thailand and then on to Chicago and Bogota. With characters that we care about, an original and daring premise, and an assured lightness of touch, this is taut, engaging fiction from the author of the critically acclaimed In Search of the Blue Tiger.
A vast and original Science Fiction epic, a unique and exuberant Bio-Thriller. Magic, sorcery, hope and disappointment accompany cruelty, realism, and fantasy. The human, terrestrial and spatial, adventures of Dan Pau dissect with humor a morbid decadent society where lust and extravagance invade different worlds, those of art and science, the police and the army, as well as that of the fringes. The tale begins in October 2068 in Bucharest and plays out in Paris, San Francisco, Saturn, and on the constellation of The Swan. The hero is a young theater director, the son of a famous scholar of super sensitive subjects who is kidnapped. While trying to locate his father, he is plunged into an infernal adventure of twists and turns. It is a meditation on the Universe, creation, human relationships, emptiness and matter, the end of the world, love, minorities, the greatness and misery of the humanity in the face of cosmic system which crushes everything in its path laying bare the futility of existence and life after death.....