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Jodi Thomas

From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas comes the first book in a compelling, emotionally resonant series set in a remote west Texas town–where family can be made by blood or by choice

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Julie Garwood

With the help of Scottish chieftains Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan, Gillian, a beautiful young women, matches wits with the ambitious and unscrupulous Baron Alford, the man responsible for the death of her father and the destruction of her family.

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Jay McInerney

Ransom, Jay McInerney's second novel, belongs to the distinguished tradition of novels about exile. Living in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, Christopher Ransom seeks a purity and simplicity he could not find at home, and tries to exorcise the terror he encountered earlier in his travels—a blur of violence and death at the Khyber Pass.Ransom has managed to regain control, chiefly through the rigors of karate. Supporting himself by teaching English to eager Japanese businessmen, he finds company with impresario Miles Ryder and fellow expatriates whose headquarters is Buffalo Rome, a blues-bar that satisfies the hearty local appetite for Americana and accommodates the drifters pouring through Asia in the years immediately after the fall of Vietnam.Increasingly, Ransom and his circle are threatened, by everything they thought they had left behind, in a sequence of events whose consequences Ransom can forestall but cannot change.Jay McInerney details the pattern of adventure and disillusionment that leads Christopher Ransom toward an inevitable reckoning with his fate—in a novel of grand scale and serious implications. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Lois Duncan

Edgar Award Finalist: When the strange new bus driver passes the last stop, the five teens on board know they’ll be lucky to make it home alive. Valley Gardens is the last stop on the bus route after school. The neighborhood is known for its wealthy families, perhaps the richest in town. Marianne, Bruce, Glenn, Dexter, and Jesse live in Valley Gardens, and have no trouble guiding the new bus driver to the last stop of the day—but the strange substitute driver keeps driving. Soon the five teenagers are hostages deep in the mountains. Their kidnappers demand stacks of money from their families, even though most of the students aren’t as well off as the abductors assume. Without hope of raising the ransom money, the five teens must find a way out or face terrifying consequences. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Duncan including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

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David Malouf

In this exquisite gem of a novel, David Malouf shines new light on Homer's Iliad, adding twists and reflections, as well as flashes of earthy humour, to surprise and enchant. Lyrical, immediate and heartbreaking, Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature - themes of war and heroics, hubris and humanity, chance and fate, the bonds between soldiers, fathers and sons, all brilliantly recast for our times.

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Danielle Steel

A powerful story about a mother’s courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Fernanda Barnes’s life was once graced by security, success and stunning wealth. Now, widowed and with a mounting pile of debts, she is trying desperately to shield her three children from the rising panic within her. When a file of press clippings and photos of the Barnes family is found in the desk of a convicted criminal, police detective Ted Lee is sent to protect them. He is a man of unshakable integrity but even he cannot prevent the devastating events that follow. In a gripping race against time, Detective Lee is the only man who can save Fernanda and her children from a terrifying fate . . .

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E. R. Yatscoff

A hot summer day and a typical trip into the woods for a raft ride and turtle hunt erupts into a gang war over territorial rights. Tony, Big Bill, and our protagonist, Squirt, are attacked by a gang and narrowly escape to lick their wounds. Their secret tree house is now exposed and ruined by the gang. They choose to up the ante, seeking revenge, thereby escalating the battle. However, there may be a slight hitch as the rival group is led by Fat Harold, Big Bill’s cousin. The trio decide to raid the rival gang’s hideout; stealing items and trashing the place. Their loot turns out to be inferior and poor compensation for the damage the gang caused on their tree house. Bill cajoles his two friends into returning to the scene of the crime to steal better items. It proves disastrous as they stumble into an ambush. Three against twelve are bad odds. Out-manned, out-sized, and outsmarted, they are shocked when Big Bill, their strongest and bravest, is captured and held for ransom. All they need is an army--or a fantastic plan. Squirt and Tony must face their fears and rescue Big Bill from the clutches of the gang led by the formidable Fat Harold. Bill's very life and limb may be at stake. Or are they?

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Rachel Schurig

**The first book in a brand new romance series from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Schurig.** Daisy Harris has no reason to suspect that her day will be any different than usual. She’ll get through it the way she always does—alone. She won’t speak or make eye contact. She’ll do her best to go completely unnoticed. That’s what life is like for Daisy now—an endless cycle of loneliness and fear. A life lived hiding behind the walls she so faithfully maintains. Then she sees it. A magazine, left behind on a table. A simple picture—just his face. And it changes everything. It’s been a year since she’s seen Daltrey Ransome. A year since he and his brothers left town to pursue their dreams of rock and roll superstardom. A year since he left Daisy behind—left her to watch as everything she knew crumbled around her. She’s been running from Daltrey ever since, desperate to keep her secret. But she can’t run anymore. And now that Daltrey has found her—the girl he’s loved his entire life, the girl he’d give up everything for—he’s determined never to let her go again.

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Julie Garwood

For fans of Scottish medieval romances comes this beloved and classic page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood. In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers—only to be lost for more than a decade. Now a beautiful young woman, Gillian finds the key to resolving her past in handsome Scottish chieftains Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan. With the cunning and courage of the daring Scotsmen, and with the friendship of a new ally, Bridgid KirkConnell, Gillian at last fights the unscrupulous Baron Alford, laying claim to her home, her family, and her father's reputation. But in the presence of the mighty warrors, Gillian and Bridgid discover that desire can be a weapon of conquest, betrayal can slay trust in a heartbeat, and the greatest risk of all is to surrender to unexpected love.

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Dean H. Harvey

Discover the truth about sin every Christian must know. If you think you understand sin, think again. RANSOM: The High Cost of Sin from Dean H. Harvey reframes this most important Christian concept for an eye-opening book that will change your relationship with God. Built on solid Scripture, Ransom shows how our self-centered focus on big sins-how they affect us in the here and now-is fundamentally misplaced. Rather, Harvey explains how the primary consequence of sin is to God-in the form of a broken heart. The secondary cost of sin is to the sinner-in his current life and the one to come. Third in line are those around us, who are all affected by our sins in some way. And finally, the highest cost of sin is that it emptied Heaven of its best to provide a ransom on the cross-in order to bring "so great salvation to all sinners who would repent and turn from sin. Straightforward and easy to understand, Ransom is a must read for anyone looking to more fully understand the bible and its remarkable insight for living a Christian life. "The author admonishes the reader to live each day to bring joy, and not grief, to the heart of God, who loves us and gave Himself for a sin-offering as a fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrifices." -George (Jed) Smock, Campus Ministries USA "It is my humble opinion that there is a high cost that comes with failing to understand the powerful truth contained in the pages of this book." -Michail E. Wolfe, President of Common Clay Ministries, Inc.: And Director of Ambassador Training International _____________________________________________________________________________ Dean Harvey was in full-time ministry for 37 years before retiring. Harvey, a Navy veteran, lives with his wife Shirley in Palm Desert, California.

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Jay McInerney

Living in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, Christopher Ransom seeks a purity and simplicity he could not find at home, and tries to exorcise the terror he encountered earlier in his travels - a blur of violence and death at the Khyber Pass. Supporting himself by teaching English to eager Japanese businessmen, Ransom feels safe amongst his fellow expatriates. But soon he is threatened by everything he thought he had left behind, in a sequence of bizarre events whose consequences he cannot escape ...

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Danielle Steel

A violent crime brings together four people, including a widow, a convicted murder, an ex-con trying to rebuild his life, and a detective, in a novel that explores the effects of violence on the lives of ordinary people.

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Dan Jerris

The dreaded Captain Slitgut has kidnapped Al's sister, Hally, and her friend Grenda. Al and Owen must rescue the girls, but a jungle of angry apes, a perilous cliff and three huge bloodthirsty dogs stand in their way.

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Michele Poague

As The Healing Crystal Trilogy comes to a close, spring has finally come to the high mountains. As winter releases its grip, the small band of Survin refugees is violently divided. When three unique worlds collide, cultures change forever, as traditions and rituals are swept aside. While faith crumbles for one, another’s is renewed. The gulf between these worlds may prove insurmountable. Young Kinter, lost in the shadow of her sister, fights for her own power. As she maneuvers to seize the crystal and displace Kairma as the heir, Kinter’s future hangs by a thread. Collin, Kairma’s lifelong friend, discovers he may be forever barred from Kairma by the evil carried in her blood unless the power of the Crystal can be realized. Bearing the weight of the most powerful object known to mankind, Kairma has an impossible choice to make: return to Survin in ignorance or dare to trust these powerful strangers. When freedom fighter Rand Solis allies himself with young Kairma, they discover that in order to heal the world, both must make sacrifices—friends, religious beliefs, and political philosophies. Great knowledge comes at great cost to the pair as they learn that a political philosophy may be perfect in a given moment ... but such moments are fleeting. The Healing Crystal Trilogy presents a science fiction epic about lost technology, the morality of power, and the creation of religious and political philosophy.

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A violent crime brings together four people, including a widow, a convicted murder, an ex-con trying to rebuild his life, and a detective, in a novel that explores the effects of violence on the lives of ordinary people.

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Jan Larson

Off the coast of Somalia, 2011. The Indian Ocean is ravaged by scrupulous Somali pirates - expanding their operations from the Gulf of Aden to the Seychelles, from Mogadishu to Zanzibar they have made the seas off the Horn of Africa the most dangerous in the world. Somali pirate chief, Amiri, is a shrewd and powerful man who, from his land base in Southern Somalia, will stop at nothing to carry on his vicious attacks. In the dead of the night, Amiri's skilful men launch a deadly raid on a Danish chemical tanker, the Ocean Princess, en route from Mumbai to Mombasa. A nightmare begins for a Danish captain and his crew as the tanker is captured and sailed to the Somali town of Kismaayo, in war-ravaged Somalia. As the pirates set a ten-day deadline for the ransom payment of 20 million dollars for the release of ship and crew, the Danish owners must react swiftly. A Kidnap & Ransom consultant is hired but negotiations with the pirates soon turn sour and threaten to jeopardise the safe release of ship and hostages; all the while the London-based, vulturous ransom industry spares no means to stall the consultant's efforts. The Danish owners realise that a solution must be found locally in Somalia. In an ultimate attempt to unblock the dead-locked negotiations, they turn to compatriot Dan Borre. Dan owns a beach resort in Kenya near the Somali border and has vast experience in Africa and superior knowledge of the local culture and language. Backed by the American embassy in Nairobi, he sets out on a dangerous mission to find and free the Danish captain, who has been taken ashore by the pirates. The mission takes him and his small group of heavily armed commandos across the border into a Somalia that is ruled by warlords fighting each other for control. Dan and his people are racing against the clock to meet the pirates' dead-line... - A Dan Borre thriller from the war-ravaged African continent -

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A violent crime brings together four lives in Danielle Steel’s sixtieth bestselling novel, the story of a mother’s courage, a family’s terror, and a triumph of human strength and dignity in the face of overwhelming odds. Outside the gates of a California prison, Peter Morgan is released after four long years and vows to redeem himself in the eyes of the young daughters he left behind. Simultaneously, Carl Waters, a convicted murderer, is set on the path of freedom with him. That night, three hundred miles south in San Francisco, police detective Ted Lee comes home to a silent house; for twenty-nine years, he has been living for his job—and slowly falling out of love with his wife. Across town, in an exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood, a mother tries to shield her three children from the panic rising within her. Four months after her husband’s death, Fernanda Barnes faces a mountain of debt she cannot repay, a world destroyed, and a marriage lost. Within weeks, the lives of these four people will collide in ways none of them could have foreseen. For Fernanda, whose life had once been graced by beautiful homes, security, success, and stunning wealth, the death of her brilliant, brooding husband was already too much to bear. She simply couldn’t imagine a greater loss, until a devastating crime rocks her family to its core—and brings Detective Ted Lee into her life. A man of unshakable integrity, Lee will soon become the one person who tries to save Fernanda’s family from a terrifying fate. Fernanda must draw on a strength she never knew she had. Racing against time in the underbelly of the criminal world, buffeted by the dark side of power, and unmoored by loss and betrayal, no one can predict where this tragedy will take them. Danielle Steel brilliantly explores the collision of a shocking crime with the ordinary lives of its victims in a novel that mesmerizes from start to finish. Ransom is at once a riveting evocation of life’s inexplicable turns of fate and a testament to the human will to survive. From the Hardcover edition.

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When midshipman Marshall learns of Archer’s sacrifice, he discovers what he feels for Archer runs stronger and deeper than friendship.