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Hawa L. Crickmore

A young cage fighter is diagnosed with a strange genetic disorder that requires a bone marrow transplant. It happened so quickly that the matter is now one of life and death; he has twenty-four weeks to live. Martin needs a relative for a donor, but his parents died in a car crash and he has no siblings or other close relatives. A mixed-raced man he casually met at Nandos, who later became a friend, volunteers to go for the test and is found to be a match. Though it is possible that someone from the general public can be a match, Leroy feels there is more to his relationship with Martin than just friendship. He begins his journey to unveil the power of DNA testing in light of today’s medical science, tracing back to two hundred years ago and the slave trade. The result is shocking the whole world, showing that the stranger who crosses your path can possibly be related to you! This story is based on partly true events.

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John Steele Gordon

Describes the successful laying of a cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1866, exploring the physical, financial, and technological challenges of the project and assessing the impact of the cable on the course of twentieth-century history.

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Bunny Throckmorton

This book is the story of sailing across the ocean from Guam to San Francisco on our wonderful sailboat, the “Spirit of the Wind”, a forty-one foot Taiwan-built Ketch designed by William Garden. A group of twenty-something kids went to Guam looking for the meaning of life, bought a boat, fixed it up, learned to sail across the ocean. It was a beautiful and spiritual journey while at times was totally and completely terrifying. It introduced me to the South Pacific Islands and the wonderful and gracious people there; it was truly “A Paradise.” The warm trade winds that I can feel sometimes in my dreams, the feel and sounds of the wind in the sails and moving through fear. I learned to improvise in the moment, how to deal with life then there was no land for weeks on end with just the horizon all around as if we were sailing on a mirror. It introduced me to the wonders of the ocean and its inhabitants. This trip changed my life and what I thought the world was. It enabled me to see, feel and do things that I didn’t know I was capable of. It was a serious lesson in being with three other people, all men, in a forty foot sailboat with very little privacy. It taught me that the weather goes on; it doesn’t help to pray for it to change and is bigger than us. It was transformational in so many ways, facing death almost daily.

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Susan Meissner

Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women—past and present—in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life. February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Résistance spy. Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark... Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides—and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings. CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED

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Kimberley Freeman

1874: Only days before she is to leave the foundling home where she grew up, Agnes Resolute discovers that, as a baby, she had been abandoned with a small token of her mother: a unicorn button. Agnes always believed her mother had been too poor to keep her, but after working as a laundress in the home she recognises the button as belonging to Genevieve Breckby, the beautiful and headstrong daughter of a local noble family. Agnes had seen Genevieve once, in the local village, and had never forgotten her. Despite having no money, Agnes will risk everything in a quest that will take her from the bleak moors of northern England to the harsh streets of London, then on to Paris and Ceylon. As Agnes follows her mother's trail, she makes choices that could cost her dearly. Finally, in Australia, she tracks Genevieve down. But is Genevieve capable of being the mother Agnes hopes she will be? An enthralling story about love, motherhood and choosing who you belong to in the world by the bestselling author of LIGHTHOUSE BAY and EMBER ISLAND. Praise for Kimberley Freeman's writing: WILDFLOWER HILL 'Utterly engaging.' THE COURIER-MAIL LIGHTHOUSE BAY 'an enchanting love story' MiNDFOOD EVERGREEN FALLS 'Eerie and fascinating ... the plot is brilliant in both time zones.' NEWCASTLE HERALD

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Jack Enright

This is a tale of three young men trapped in a vortex of space and time as they enter a cave near the Malheur refuge in the high desert of Oregon. Phil & Tim from modern day are tossed into a world of primal beauty and prehistoric beasts wherein they encounter Native Americans thriving in this primitive wilderness. Hin Muke of the Salmon people is hurled into our modern world. Hear Hin Muke speak of the wonderful Thunderbird a great eagle during the day and a constellation at night to Sally, an anthropologist. Chase the buffalo with the Thunder brothers but be wary of the dire wolves on the prairie. Follow the romance of Telalamzi & Osoko with the Thunder brothers as they trek across verdant valleys, primeval forests, meadows filled with camas and wildflowers and pristine streams full of salmon. Meet Makah chief of the gentle and strong Salmon people, Xabenawina, antelope wonder worker, Kalinko chief of the Bison hunters. Kwanhata and the Mammoth hunters will lead you on a chase through the wilderness and a final battle with the Nishi utara and the Bison hunters. Delve into the mystery of the Nishi and their leader Yimantiwinyai as they set sail across the Pacific. A glossary of Native American words is included for you to fully experience and understand the life of the First Americans in the time when America was really beautiful and the wilderness was not threatened by civilization. Wilderness is the preservation of the world.

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Robert Diveley

How significant is the threat when a mandatory hurricane evacuation is ordered that requires everyone, including all military, to abandon Florida? That's what Kara Cook, a TV reporter from Miami, wondered when given the assignment to cover a hurricane approaching South Florida. Kara faced the killer across the ocean before as a young girl. She reluctantly accepted the challenge in hopes of advancing her career, but had no idea how she'd overcome her mortal fear of hurricanes. Due to the miscalculations surrounding Katrina, the mandatory evacuation was stringently enforced. The enemy took advantage of the chaos and planned an attack. Kara and a young Cuban man from the hurricane center found they were the only ones remaining that could repel the assault. Can Kara overcome her phobia of hurricanes and thwart the attack or will she succumb to her deepest fears? Will the enemy take control of Florida? Throughout this fascinating saga, Diveley guides the reader through a maze of clues that ultimately reveals how the attack was orchestrated by an unforeseen enemy. Diveley illuminates how the seemingly insignificant favors given to government employees were strung together to form a stream of events that made the entire attack possible.

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Lestyn Adams

The ‘Special Relationship’ has long been a leading feature of ties between the USA and Britain, but never has it been more topical than now, following wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. ‘Brothers Across the Ocean' is a unique and revealing investigation into this relationship's early history, vital to understanding its current incarnations, focusing on the period when Britain's role as a leading global power began to be rivalled - possibly eclipsed - by the rising star of the USA. Based on detailed examination of official and private papers, Iestyn Adams shows how Anglo-American diplomacy operated across the world, from South America to Hawaii, from Canada to the Far East. Adams argues it was in the Far East that the leading example of Anglo-American cooperation played out, through the Russo-Japanese War - a conflict of global importance that set the stage for a relationship that has endured into the twenty-first century. This insightful study is a valuable resource for scholars of Modern History and International Relations.

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Luca Castagna

A Bridge across the Ocean focuses on the relations between the United States and the Holy See from the First World War to the eve of the Second, through the combination of American, Italian, and Vatican sources. More than an overall picture of the American and Vatican foreign policy during the first half of the twentieth century, the book analyzes the U.S.-Vatican rapprochement in a multifaceted way, considering both the international and the internal sphere. A Bridge across the Ocean discusses the spread of anti-Catholicism in the United States during the first two decades of the twentieth century, and its repercussions on the American administrations' behavior during and after the Versailles Conference, together with the changes that occurred in the Holy See's attitude toward the American church and the White House after the election of Pope Pius XI. Luca Castagna explores the convergence of the New Deal legislation with the church's social thought, and demonstrates how the partial U.S.-Vatican rapprochement in 1939 resulted from Roosevelt and Pacelli's common aim to cooperate, as two of the most important and global moral powers in the struggle against Nazi-fascism.

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John Steele Gordon

Describes the laying of a cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1866, exploring the physical, financial, and technological challenges of the project and assessing the impact of the cable on the course of twentieth-century history.

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Jean Andersen

This is the story of the McCall Family and how they deal with life when their loved one Sgt. Randy Mc-Call is deployed to the MIDDLE EAST during a time of war. The Story centers around 7 year old Jason who misses and needs his father. He writes letters to Santa, the President of United States and even a letter to GOD asking for help in bringing his father home for Christmas. True Stories of war heroes and e-mails from Iraq will touch the heart of the reader. A poignant letter “TEARS ACROSS the OCEAN” is exchanged between father and son. Sometimes all we have is HOPE, PRAYER and LETTERS when families are torn apart by war. This book may make you laugh, make you cry but it should definitely make you “Think”. GOD BLESS YOU and all of America.

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John Steele Gordon

Today, in a world in which news flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable. In the mid-nineteenth century, communication between the United States and Europe -- the center of world affairs -- was only as quick as the fastest ship could cross the Atlantic, making the United States isolated and vulnerable. But in 1866, the Old and New Worlds were united by the successful laying of a cable across the Atlantic. John Steele Gordon's book chronicles this extraordinary achievement -- the brainchild of American businessman Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century. An epic struggle, it required a decade of effort, numerous failed attempts, millions of dollars in capital, a near disaster at sea, the overcoming of seemingly insurmountable technological problems, and uncommon physical, financial, and intellectual courage. Bringing to life an overlooked story in the annals of technology, John Steele Gordon sheds fascinating new light on this American saga that literally changed the world.

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Iestyn Adams

The "Special Relationship" has long been a leading feature of the international relations between the US and Britain, and never more discussed and questioned than now, following the Iraq war. But Brothers Across the Ocean is a unique examination into the relationship's early history, when Britain's role as a leading global power was beginning to be rivaled-and eventually eclipsed--by the US. Based on detailed examination of official and private papers, Lestyn Adams's research shows how Anglo-American diplomacy operated in such diverse regions as South America, Canada--especially the Newfoundland disputes--Hawaii, and, vitally, in the Far East. Here is the leading example of Anglo-American cooperation following the Russo-Japanese War--a conflict of global importance--setting the stage for Anglo-American cooperation throughout the twentieth century and beyond.

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Ellynore Seybold

Charlotte Mesinger is willing to do almost anything to escape the beatings in the home where she grew up. When she spies an advertisement for a wife to help care for three children, she sees it as an answer to her prayers, even though it means going to America and forgetting the young man she's been seeing. When Friedrich Haupt's wife dies giving birth to their third child and her parents insist he must hand over the children to them, he is frantic. A customer in his jewelry shop suggests going to America, and another offers to buy the establishment. But convention forbids a woman living in his household without marriage, for whatever reason, and he places the ad, ready to give the woman her freedom after a year. With these desperate situations resolved, Charlotte and Friedrich still have many secrets...

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Randy Boyd

"There is a time in every boy's life when he is open to the world and all its infinite possibilities. There is a time in every man's life when he longs to reconnect with his youth and all its hopes, promises and dreams. For two teenage brothers, straight, white and all-American, and a 26 year-old man, gay, black and HIV positive, those two worlds are about to come together during one unforgettable summer vacation in Cancun. And their lives will never be the same."--Page 4 of cover.

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John Steele Gordon

Today, in a world in which news flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable. In the mid-nineteenth century, communication between the United States and Europe -- the center of world affairs -- was only as quick as the fastest ship could cross the Atlantic, making the United States isolated and vulnerable. But in 1866, the Old and New Worlds were united by the successful laying of a cable across the Atlantic. John Steele Gordon's book chronicles this extraordinary achievement -- the brainchild of American businessman Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century. An epic struggle, it required a decade of effort, numerous failed attempts, millions of dollars in capital, a near disaster at sea, the overcoming of seemingly insurmountable technological problems, and uncommon physical, financial, and intellectual courage. Bringing to life an overlooked story in the annals of technology, John Steele Gordon sheds fascinating new light on this American saga that literally changed the world.

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Maureen Campbell-Musumeci

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