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Kate Thompson

'You wouldn't leave us, Danny, would you? To live at sea, I mean. For ever.' 'Of course not,' said Danny. But even as he spoke, his gaze returned to the sea, and I could sense the longing in his heart. In this thrilling sequel to The Missing Link, Christie and Danny undertake another dangerous journey, which brings them into contact with their genetic origins in the most unexpected ways. An adventure story centring on the very nature of being, Only Human sweeps along in a terrific narrative until the reader is left breathless.

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Chris Reher

Captain Nova Whiteside is assigned to the elite Vanguard task force assembled to combat an increasingly dangerous rebel force. Her no-nonsense new commander is of an enigmatic and reclusive species that soon figures most decisively in the balance of power. Their pursuit of a ruthless rebel leader takes them through the worlds and dangers of the Commonwealth-dominated Targon sector where the line between their personal lives and their mission quickly begins to blur. On their quest to recover a dangerous, living weapon in rebel hands it seems that the greatest opposition comes from among their own people and Nova must choose between duty to her command and loyalty to her friends. The Targon Tales: Sky Hunter The Catalyst Only Human Rebel Alliances Delphi Promised Themes: Science Fiction, space opera, galactic empire, aliens, rebels, space marines, telepathy, military, interplanetary, space ship, kidnap, abduction, genetic engineering, female protagonist, soldiers

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Tom Holt

Something is about to go wrong. Very wrong. What do you expect if the Supreme Being decides to get away from it all for a few days, leaving his naturally inquisitive son to look after the cosmic balance of things? A minor hiccup with a human soul and a welding machine soon leads to a violent belch, and before you know it the human condition-not to mention the lemming condition-is tumbling down the slippery slope to chaos.

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Gemma Hines

Following a hard start in life – trapped in the middle of a six-year custody battle between her parents –and a rebellious phase, Gemma Hines turned her life around to become a personal trainer, moving on to become a Special Constable at the age of 18. After a taste of life in the force, she applied to the regular police and GMP. After months of application processes and interviews, she was accepted. The next ten years of her police career are documented within this gripping read, which offers genuine insights into what it’s really like to be a female police officer. Only Human covers Gemma’s time in the force up until leaving in 2016, touching on some of the most horrifying and proud moments of her career. She also talks about becoming fully trained in martial arts – within 18 months she went from being a complete novice to holding 65kg British Title belts in full contact Kick-boxing for the CMAA, full contact Kick-boxing for Golden Belt and a 65kg Semi Professional British Title belt in K1 for Golden Belt. She hopes to compete in a professional fight in 2017 for a world title, which will be aired on live TV.

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Mike Mehalek,Allie Raines

Dragons do not cry. They control their emotions. This is what all dragons were taught, but I am now the only one alive to remember this lesson . . .Meet Vincent, a most unusual dragon.For thousands of years he's been trapped—forced to spend what's left of his existence among us in the form of a human for a crime in which he was unjustly convicted. When a new love arrives unexpectedly, Vincent discovers that the only way to find happiness is to revisit his violent past and to confront his uncertain future. From a world that's been hidden from view to a history that if acknowledged would end in torture and death, Vincent's tale is a timeless one, both epic and intimate—as fierce as a dragon's breath and as delicate as its tears.Haunting, heartfelt, and sometimes funny, Vincent discovers that even through tragedy, the things we most often try to avoid are those that make us human.

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Jenny Diski

What if God fell in love and the person was already married? A bitter story of the very first love triangle between a man, his wife, and their God First came Adam, whose fall soured His quest for absolute authority, then Noah, whose dreary sense of duty He found dull. God resolves for a third and final time to get it right, to select a vessel through whom He can direct human affairs, and to whom He can communicate directly His will. He chooses a solitary figure whose trust must be wooed, but whose faith, once secured, will surely reflect even greater glory and love. Were matters only that simple. In Only Human, Jenny Diski's brilliant and affecting retelling of the Abraham and Sarah story, God learns that no man, chosen or not, is solitary, and that the bonds forged by the human heart are resilient even to divine commandment. Diski transforms an archetypal tale of Old Testament obedience into a fierce love triangle, a test of wills over not only mankind's future, but over who will tell the story of its past.

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Terance Wall

This book charts my struggle with schizophrenia over a ten-year period. It's a deeply personal, intensely painful story, told with a refreshing lack of self-pity. It's also the story of three pregnancies; my son is now thirteen, his two full siblings being terminated some seven years previously. I kid you not. I did the right thing in going back to his mother to make him happen. Painful as it is, though, there is much to be learned from this story; there is a strength, a humanity, a hope in it that could overcome any adversity. If one woman considering an abortion reads this and changes her mind, it will have been worth it. From The US Review of Books Only Human by Terance Wall Trafford Publishing reviewed by Priscilla Estes "I graduated through vet school within an inch of my life with a degree in veterinary science, an established drink problem, a severe paranoid psychosis and a three year driving ban." While in veterinary college, a disadvantaged man from Lancashire, England discovers the segregating effects of the British class system and takes refuge in alcohol. Cannabis and LSD soon follow as he steam shovels into the bowels of hell, dragging a diagnosis of schizophrenia with him. Unwilling to take his meds, Wall begins to communicate telepathically, gets "caught" in other peoples' auras, and deciphers secret messages from everyday numbers: ..".the sky was spray-painted with equations." While in the midst of madness, Wall amazingly retains enough sanity to observe his fascinating journey down the rabbit hole and share well-written, chronological recollections of a life fraught with paranoia, astral projections, demon-sighting, and religious delusions (i.e. Jesus is his "clone brother.") Just as amazing, he becomes a skilled veterinarian and works in many practices, despite his brain being "completely melted." Unfortunately, interludes of sanity are not sustainable. Hope smashes with dread time and again in exhausting fashion as Wall periodically scrabbles up from his hellhole into a sunny world of possibility, only to slide back down, pushed by drugs, booze, and insanity. In this sad and pitiful tale, Wall admits his inebriated lifestyle is more important than his career or son. Though Wall fails in life, this frightening memoir, despite the typos, gives two gifts to society. First, if you are trying to quit drugs or alcohol, you'll be scared sober. Second, if you have a mental illness, you'll never go off your meds. An honest, well-written and painful account of a ceaseless dive into hell, powered by drug addiction, alcoholism, and schizophrenia, this book is a powerful cautionary tale.

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Sylvain Neuvel

World War Z meets The Martian in the explosive follow-up to Sleeping Giants ("One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory"--NPR) and Waking Gods ("Pure, unadulterated literary escapism"--Kirkus Reviews). In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

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Kristine Naess

Bea Britt lives alone in her grandmother’s house in west Oslo. Early one morning, she wakes to find a police hunt outside her window and drama unfolding on her TV. Volunteers are scouring the local woods looking for Emilie, a missing schoolgirl. Emilie's rucksack is found in Bea Britt's garden. But as her spiralling doubts and suspicions take over, is she a suspect, a witness or a potential second victim? The mystery of Emilie’s disappearance and Bea Britt’s story are intricately bound to the lives of two other women: Bea Britt’s grandmother Cecilie, a troubled 1930s housewife whose marriage has broken down, and university student Beate, who is desperate for love but plagued by uncertainty. Only Human is a rich, urgent novel about family, enduring oneself and others, and what is needed when life wears thin. It lays bare the hopes, dreams, fears and failures of three infinitely human characters, and is delicately revealing of the choices that shape a human life and our quest for companionship and love.

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Alton Lane

I was a criminal for a long time, and it just doesn't suit me anymore. I spun in and out of jail and prison since the age of 12. I was angry with the world, with the man who abused me as a child, with myself. I was violent. I had drug and alcohol problems. I rejected my two kids and thought, "good riddance." I just didn't care about others. I welcomed the idea of overdosing; it seemed like a good way to end it all. I am so different now. I almost want to change my name. Today I identify myself as a loving person. I have joy and happiness with myself. I'm proud of myself for succeeding. I have hopes that others succeed. I mean, I'm still Alton. I still have the capacity to go the other way, but my hope is that I don't. Today I would call myself a compassionate loving person, kind of a wimpy human being, like a sissified tweety bird. Okay, I don't really mean that. The work I've done, opening up my wounds, learning to communicate in a healthy positive way, reconnecting with my family, finding forgiveness - all this took courage. So, I guess I'm a courageous tweety bird now.

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Sylvain Neuvel

We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside. We were wrong. As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And, with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain. At a time when the world's nations should have been coming together, they have never been more divided. With the human race teetering on the brink of total war, Rose, Vincent and Eva must choose sides. But doing the right thing might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.

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Chris Reher

Captain Nova Whiteside, on a brand new assignment to help rid the Commonwealth Union of Planets from a growing rebel force, is teamed up with Tychon, a straight-laced Vanguard commander. His opinion of Humans, and of subordinate officers, is less than stellar. Their pursuit of a ruthless rebel leader takes them through the worlds and dangers of the Centauri-occupied Targon sector where the division between their personal lives and their mission quickly begins to blur. On their quest to recover a dangerous, living weapon in rebel hands it seems that the greatest opposition comes from among their own people and Nova must choose between duty to her Command and loyalty to her friends.

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Candace Blevins

Book one of an exciting new urban fantasy series… Someone is abducting women and killing men in a way to get Kirsten O’Shea’s attention. Luckily, she has some formidable friends and allies in the supernatural world, and she isn’t without her own defenses, either. A powerful master vampire romances her while the alpha werewolf flirts with her, and an ancient being who used to be worshipped as a god wants her dead, but Kirsten survives, even if she is Only Human.

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Gareth Roberts

"Somebody's interfering with time. The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack arrive on modern-day Earth to find the culprit and discover a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. Only a trip back to the primeval dawn of humanity can solve the mystery. Who are the mysterious humans from the distant future now living in that distant past? What hideous monsters are trying to escape from behind the Grey Door? Is Rose going to end up married to a caveman? Caught between three very different types of human being past, present and future the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack must learn the truth behind the Osterberg experiment before the monstrous Hy-Bractors escape to change humanity's history forever. Featuring the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack as played by Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper and John Barrowman in the hit series from BBC Television."

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Tom Holt

Something is about to go wrong. Very wrong. What do you expect if the Supreme Being decides to get away from it all for a few days, leaving his naturally inquisitive son to look after the cosmic balance of things? A minor hiccup with a human soul and a welding machine soon leads to a violent belch, and before you know it the human condition - not to mention the lemming condition - is tumbling down the slippery slope to chaos.

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TK Shideler

The Flight of the Descendants shattered Mankind and left them cold, dark, and afraid. The surviving refugees of the various fortress-cities of Ironhelm found themselves at the gates of EDN: the last bastion of Mankind. But now the ifri faction known as the Cauldron Born wage a genocidal war against the Remnants. On the other side of the galaxy, the Descendants struggle to resurrect their ancestral deities: the Saints. When the two worlds collide, one woman may hold the key to unlock the salvation of Mankind.