Elite 8th Wing pilot Celene Jur was taken captive after a mysterious device temporarily disabled her ship's controls. Three solar months later, when Celene receives intel on the man who built the device, she's ready to get the bastard. Only problem is, the higher-ups think her mission partner should be Nils Calder, a tech-head who can understand the disabling device. The attraction between them is electric, but Celene needs a soldier who can watch her back as she exacts her revenge.Nils knows his department is nicknamed NerdWorks. Pilots like Celene think the closest tech geeks come to combat is all-night Nifalian chess tournaments. But behind the NerdWorks insignia on his sleeve Nils is an able fighter, ready to prove himself and gain Celene's trust. The desire between them is unexpected, but with the fate of thousands hanging in the balance, the hotshot pilot and the tech genius must succeed in their mission—no matter the cost.43,000 words
In the course of composing his epic poem PARADISE LOST, John Milton famously penned the immortal line, “Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.” In the name of research for his latest work of so-called fiction, novelist Ayden Brewer has crossed the line into a gruesome world of the macabre and is left to discover that indeed it is a long hard road out of Hell.
Regina is trying to understand this thing called love, while putting her heart in the hands of a man that doesn’t want or deserve it. Like countless others, Regina finds it almost impossible to let go. After giving so much of herself and getting nothing in return she finally gets pushed to her breaking point. Sometimes we wait too long to move on. Sometimes we wait too long to let go. Sometimes we just wait. When it comes to our heart, we should hold on to more of our chain than we let others control. Chain Reaction is a story of love, lust, confusion and betrayal. In the end, there is nothing left to do but apologize and forgive.
Three years ago, rising cycling star Cal Scott abruptly quit his T Mobile team and returned to California, determined to abandon racing forever. Now Cal’s father has an offer: Join him for a trip to Italy for some recreational cycling, no strings attached. Cal suspects that his bulldog-defense-attorney father has another agenda; the trip coincides with Bassano del Grappa’s tortuous race up the slopes of Monte Grappa. In Italy, Cal comes under the tutelage of his father’s friend and famous cycling coach, Gianni Di Salvo, who brings Cal onto his team with the offer of all the support he needs to enter and win the race, if only he can get his head and heart right with racing again. Cal discovers the embers of racing still burn hot, as does his love for Di Salvo’s beautiful daughter, Daniella. Chain Reaction tells the story of Cal’s quest to purge himself of his past and discover that beyond the cutthroat side of pro cycling is the essence of the sport: being pushed beyond one’s limit to achieve the impossible.
Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?
Three years ago, rising cycling star Cal Scott abruptly quit the T Mobile team and returned home to California, determined to abandon cycling forever. At least that was his intention. Now Cal’s father has an offer for him: Come to Italy, bring your bike, do some recreational cycling, watch a race, no strings attached.But Cal suspects that nothing from his bulldog-defense-attorney father comes without strings; after all, the trip coincides with Bassano del Grappa’s torturous race up the ferocious slopes of Monte Grappa. A win could mean re-entry into the pro cycling echelon, and on a personal level, heal the painful memories that preceded his decision to abandon a cycling career at the brink of success. In Bassano del Grappa, when his father introduces Cal to his old friend Gianni Di Salvo, former Giro d’Italia winner and famed cycling coach, Cal is proven right. Di Salvo offers all the support and coaching Cal needs to win the race, if Cal can get his head and heart “right” with competing again.Di Salvo’s Squadra Diavolo team is full of brutally competitive local riders, and Cal’s fire for good fight still burns hot—as does his flame for Di Salvo’s beautiful ciclista daughter, Daniella. Pressured by rumors and coaxed by Daniella’s friendship, Cal undertakes a quest to purge himself of the past, fall in love, and win the race. On the journey, he just might learn that beyond the cutthroat side of pro cycling is the essence of the sport: being pushed beyond one’s limit to achieve the impossible.
An inventor and his wife flee for their lives when he learns that a high ranking government official has a secret plan for one of his inventions
SHE NEEDS A LOVER AND A FIGHTERBlonde. Beautiful. Talented. Alexa Fairfax is practically Hollywood royalty. But growing up in a family of legendary movie stars also puts her in the spotlight for danger. And after she discovers a plot more deadly than any movie script, Alexa desperately needs a bodyguard. A man like Zack De Luca. A true friend with a good heart, a protective nature--and the hard, chiseled muscles to back it up.Zack has always been wildly attracted to Alexa. But since he's training day and night to be an MMA fighter, he's afraid his gorgeous friend will only distract him from his goal. Indescribably sweet and irresistibly sexy, Alexa needs Zack to pretend to be her boyfriend after her life is threatened. Now this fighter-in-training will have to fight his own intense feelings--to keep their little charade from turning into a major disaster . . .
One mistake reverberates through the lives of many, setting off a series of events that no one could have anticipatedThe connections between seemingly disparate people can run deep, as Gillian White demonstrates in this gripping novel. Her chain of homebuyers, sellers, and occupants includes a frail woman whose best days are behind her, the upper-middle-class Middleton family and their suspicious neighbors, a pop star, and a sliver of the British nobility. When the Middletons’ son is accused of a dreadful crime, the hidden ties among the characters start to tangle and warp, changing their lives forever. With her trademark wit and verve, White deftly shows the unexpected ways we can affect each other.
When one bad event causes a chain reaction of more bad events, it seems Slam and his buddies will never race again. The Ridge Riders will have to work as a team to fix their separate racing problems.
Don’t buy this book if you are a quitter. It’s not for you. You’ll hate it, you’ll dismiss it, and you won’t see any results. If you’re a quitter get out of here. Go to the yoga section. This is a book about hard-core physical training. It’s about functional, combat strength and conditioning. It’s not about losing weight or body building. It’s about Warrior Strength. A warrior needs functional strength. A warrior needs Neanderthal strength, Cro-Magnon Strength, the strength that kept our ancestors alive when everything that existed in their world conspired to kill them, and only the strong survived. A warrior needs the strength that he can use to fight in combat, survive in combat, or save a teammate in combat. In terms of training, that’s a whole different creature than a gym membership workout, a bodybuilding workout, or even what most would consider a hard training routine. Think about it like this. What if you need to sprint a quarter-mile over uneven terrain to rescue a teammate out of a downed Helo, sling him over your back and then carry him back a quarter-mile to a safe position. If you run out of gas or God forbid quit, then your buddy dies. You never want to be that guy. If you follow the Chain Reaction Training protocol you won’t. Developed by Black Belt Hall of Famer and renowned tactical instructor Ernest Emerson, the Chain Reaction System is designed to build 100% usable, all-terrain, combat fitness and strength. Drawing on a lifetime of hands-on experience and knowledge, Emerson is interested in one thing only, optimal human performance. Just like in his combat classes, Emerson is concerned with getting students to perform at their true maximum potential, far beyond what they may think is the limit of their ultimate efforts. That is what is needed to survive, and prevail in combat. Life-and-death, hand to hand, combat consists of three fundamental components. 1. The skills 2. The mindset 3. Physical strength and conditioning All three of these have to be optimized in order to engage in combat with the confidence that you will win. And you know, confidence in combat is a huge factor. Without it you are guaranteed to lose. There’s nothing that builds self-confidence to the degree that being strong and fit does. However, few outside of the Special Operations community, Naval Special Warfare (SEALs), or Olympic athletes ever experience the extreme fitness levels that these 1%ers do. A friend once asked, “Who do you think is the toughest S.O.B. on earth?” The answer? A 135 pound Marine, just out of boot camp. He is the strongest he has ever been. He is in the best condition he’s ever been in, and he knows that in a fight, there’s no other human being on earth that will run him out of gas. That is confidence Based on a combination of functional strength, and core conditioning exercises, they are pushed to the extreme by completing a chain from start to finish without stopping. It pushes all three components of physical conditioning, the ATP system, the glycolic system, and the aerobic system to new limits. Limits beyond what you once thought you were capable of doing. Emerson explains in precise, simple, terms how the system works, why the system works, and then gives you a plan for setting up your own regimen, depending on what equipment or facilities you have available. It leaves you with no excuse for not being able to train. In fact, he provides you 25 days of Chain Reaction Routines, his own routines, which amounts to over a month’s worth of training. So if you don’t get the results promised, it will only be because of your own weak will and lack of resolve. Emerson leaves you with no excuse. It has been said that the greatest fear of growing old is that other men stop seeing you as being dangerous. The Chain Reaction Training System will keep you very dangerous.
Three volatile issues―race, rights, and taxes―drive American politics today. They have come to intersect with an entire range of domestic issues, from welfare policy to suburban zoning practices. In an explosive chain reaction, a new conservative voting majority has replaced the once-dominant Democratic presidential coalition, and a new polarization has pitted major segments of society against one another. How did this massive power shift occur? Thomas Byrne Edsall of The Washington Post and Mary D. Edsall provide answers in this compelling analysis, cited by Newsweek as "one of the book[s] that shape[d] the debate" in the 1992 presidential campaign.
Describes how the Republican party maintains a leading position in presidential elections
Chain Reaction seeks to explain how and why America came to depend so heavily on its experts after World War II, how those experts translated that authority into political clout, and why that authority and political discretion declined in the 1970s. Brian Balogh's pathbreaking research into the internal memoranda of the Atomic Energy Commission substantiates his arguments in impressive historical detail.
In this new perspective, Iran’s quest for nuclear power—in the context of the global energy challenge and the Cold War-era nuclear arms race—takes on new dimension. This study goes beyond current affairs and analyzes interactions between the complex evolution of U.S. policy toward Iran and events in modern Iranian history that shape the determinants of Tehran’s foreign policy. Today, the shockwaves of the cataclysm that became known as the Islamic Revolution have irrevocably transcended Iran’s frontiers. In the aftermath of the revolution, Afghanistan and Iraq were invaded, and the Republicans, who had gained power thanks to the hostage crisis, now had to shy away in light of the Iran-Contra scandal. The revolution was a byproduct of the great powers’ array of geostrategic moves following World War II. This book explores the order that underlies Iran’s chaotic dynamics that have potential to bring about unintended results. The best example of this is President Carter’s human rights policy, which, unexpectedly, via strange attractor dynamics, led to the fall of the Shah that marked the end of the U.S. twin-pillar policy in the Persian Gulf.
Rachel Scott and her killer Eric Harris both talked about starting a "chain reaction." Eric used violence to kill and destroy at Columbine High School. But Rachel chose another path. In a personal creed she wrote one month before her death in the Columbine tragedy, she explained her conviction that if one person goes out of his or her way to show compassion, it will start a world-changing chain reaction of kindness.For Rachel, this was a solemn calling. And now her father, Darrell Scott, is carrying on her crusade by challenging people of all ages to commit themselves to creating a revolution of compassion that can make a real difference in our troubled world. Chain Reaction spells out this challenge in compelling detail, providing moving examples of practical compassion and giving illustrations from Rachel's life and journals.