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Universal

An awe-inspiring, unforgettable journey of scientific exploration from Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, the top ten bestselling authors of The Quantum Universe.
We dare to imagine a time before the Big Bang, when the entire Universe was compressed into a space smaller than an atom. And now, as Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw show, we can do more than imagine: we can understand. Over the centuries, the human urge to discover has unlocked an incredible amount of knowledge. What it reveals to us is breathtaking.
Universal takes us on an epic journey of scientific exploration and, in doing so, reveals how we can all understand some of the most fundamental questions about our Earth, Sun, Solar System and the star-filled galaxies beyond. Some of these questions – How big is our solar system? How fast is space expanding? – can be answered from your back garden; the answers to others – How big is the Universe? What is it made of? – draw on the astonishing information now being gathered by teams of astronomers operating at the frontiers of the known universe.
At the heart of all these questions – from the earliest attempts to quantify gravity, to our efforts to understand what dark matter is and what really happened at the birth of our universe – is the scientific process. Science reveals a deeper beauty, connects us to each other, to our world, and to our Universe; and, by understanding the groundbreaking work of others, reaches out into the unknown. What’s more, as Universal shows us, if we dare to imagine, we can all do it.
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This is the story of our universe with cosmological events laid out in clear, fantastic detail…A careful read of this beautiful, slender volume will enlighten the reader and stretch the brain. –Internet Review of Books This book distinguishes itself by its emphasis on measurement…The book is well indexed and enjoyable. Beginning undergraduates and general readers will find it engaging and informative. Recommended. –Choice Readers…will gain a more significant understanding of some profound cosmological phenomena. –Kirkus Reviews Physicists Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw reach for the stars and lasso the moon in Universal. –Vanity Fair This is a book about means and processes but also about wonder…Cox and fellow celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson have taken the mantel of generational science communicators once carried by Carl Sagan and Bill Nye…Universal is a bulwark providing an overview of how far we’ve come in understanding our universe and a taste of where we will go. As our professors and guides, Cox and Forshaw require our curiosity and patience. Passages will be reread. Graphs will be stared at indefinitely without guarantee of comprehension. By the end you will be rewarded with a little understanding and some hope for the future (which is also in great demand in these precarious times). –Spectrum Culture Brian Cox [is] perhaps the most popular scientist of the 21st century. –The National Some readers eat popular physics for breakfast. Others yearn for a single simple volume to bring them up to speed, thereby freeing them for the fun stuff (life sciences, tech stories, cat videos). Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw will satisfy both audiences with their broad-brush account of the physical world that still finds room for uncertainty, controversy-even a little light maths. Rarely has a difficult subject been rendered so accessible. –New Scientist [An] accessible, lucid, and entertaining introduction to cutting-edge astrophysics and cosmology. Revealing how scientists explore the universe, the authors celebrate the scientific method as much as the scientific discoveries they address…It’s smooth sailing through increasingly complex topics…Curious readers will appreciate how Cox and Forshaw celebrate the scientific process as heartily as they embrace the wonder of the universe. –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Unity 4.x Game Development by Example Beginner’s Guide

In Detail
Unity is one of the biggest game engines in the world, providing the user with a range of important tools that they need to bring their ideas into reality. Beginner game developers are optimistic, passionate, and ambitious, but that ambition can be dangerous! Too often, budding indie developers and hobbyists bite off more than they can chew. Games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and Fruit Ninja are fun, simple games that have delighted players and delivered big profits to their creators. This is the perfect climate for new game developers to succeed by creating simple games with Unity, starting today.
This book teaches you the ins and outs of the unique Unity game engine interface. Clear and concise code examples written in both Unity Javascript and C# take you through the step-by-step process of building five small, functional games. With this understanding you can start making your own mark on the game industry!
With absolutely no programming or game development experience, you will learn how to build five simple games in Unity by following step-by-step instructions, peppered with amusing analogies and anecdotes from an experienced indie developer. Following a primer on simplifying your game ideas to that single “something” that keeps players coming back for more, dive into the Unity game engine by creating a simple bat-and-ball game. From there, you’ll build a complete memory game using only the Unity GUI system. After building a 2.5D mouse avoider game, you’ll learn how to re-skin the project to completely change the game’s theme. Incorporating everything you’ve learned, you’ll return to complete the bat-and-ball game by adding scoring, replay flow, sound effects, and animations. Finally, in the new bonus chapter, you’ll program some simple AI (Artificial Intelligence) for a tic tac toe game.
“Unity 4.x Game Development by Example” is a fun and light-hearted exploration of one of the most powerful game engines on the market today. Find out what all the fuss is about by getting up to speed using this book!
Approach
This is a practical and light-hearted guide to get to grips with creating your first games, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorials using the award winning Unity engine.
Who this book is for
If you’ve ever wanted to enter the world of independent game development but have no prior knowledge of programming or game development, then this is the book for you. Game developers transitioning from other tools like GameMaker and Flash will find this a useful tool to get them up to speed on the Unity engine, as will anyone who has never handled the Unity engine before.

Unity 2018 By Example

Build exciting 2D/3D games and virtual reality applications with the help of hands-on examples
Key Features

* Create five different types of games from scratch with Unity 2018

* Import custom content into Unity from third-party tools such as Maya and Blender

* Learn to build NPCs with artificial intelligent behavior.

Book Description

Unity is the most exciting and popular engine used for developing games. With its 2018 release, Unity has become the primary source of both game development and virtual reality content.

In Unity 2018 By Example, you’ll learn how to use Unity in order to make amazing games from popular genres – from action shooters to mind-bending puzzle games to adventure and Virtual Reality (VR) games. Even if you have no previous experience of using Unity, this book will help you understand the toolsets it provides in depth. In addition to this, you’ll understand how to create time-critical collection games, twin-stick space shooters, platformers, and action-fest games with intelligent enemies. Finally, you’ll get to grips with creating VR games with the new toolsets introduced by Unity to help you develop amazing VR experiences.

To make things easier, you will be provided with step-by-step tutorials for making five great games in Unity 2018, along with a detailed explanation of all the fundamental concepts. By the end of this book, you’ll have established a strong foundation in making games with Unity 2018.
What you will learn

* Understand core Unity concepts, such as game objects, components, and scenes

* Study level-design techniques for building immersive and interesting worlds

* Make functional games with C# scripting

* Use the toolset creatively to build games with different themes and styles

* Handle player controls and input functionality

* Work with terrains and world-creation tools

* Get to grips with making both 2D and 3D games

Who this book is for

You don’t need to have any previous experience with Unity to enjoy Unity 2018 By Example, although you need to have basic knowledge of C#.

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Unity 2018 Augmented Reality Projects

Create engaging Augmented Reality (AR) applications with Unity 3D that can be experienced with devices such as HoloLens and Daydream About This Book * Learn the principles of AR applications and see how they differ from games and desktop apps *Develop AR applications with devices such as HoloLens and Daydream *Build experiences with interactive objects, physics, UI, animations, and C# scripting Who This Book Is For Unity 2018 Augmented Reality Projects is for you if you’re a game developer familiar with 3D computer graphics and interested in building your own AR games or applications. Any experience in Unity is an advantage. What You Will Learn * Build and run AR applications for specific headsets, including HoloLens and Daydream *Create 3D scenes with Unity and other 3D tools while learning about world space and scale *Move around your AR scenes using locomotion and teleportation *Create filters or overlays that work in tandem with facial recognition software *Use GPS, geolocation services, and the camera feed to create a fitness application *Integrate AR and VR concepts together in a single application In Detail Augmented Reality allows for radical innovations in countless areas. It magically blends the physical and virtual worlds, bringing applications from a screen into your hands. Meanwhile, Unity has now become the leading platform to develop augmented reality experiences, as it provides a great pipeline for working with 3D assets. Using a practical and project-based approach, Unity 2018 Augmented Reality Projects educates you about the specifics of augmented reality development in Unity 2018. This book teaches you how to use Unity in order to develop AR applications which can be experienced with devices such as HoloLens and Daydream. You will learn to integrate, animate, and overlay 3D objects on your camera feed, before gradually moving on to implementing sensor-based AR applications. In addition to this, you will explore the technical considerations that are especially important and possibly unique to AR. The projects in the book demonstrate how you can build a variety of AR experiences, whilst also giving insights into C# programming as well as the Unity 3D game engine via the interactive Unity Editor. By the end of the book, you will be equipped to develop rich, interactive augmented reality experiences for a range of AR devices and platforms using Unity.
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Union Atlantic

Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett
From the acclaimed author of *Imagine Me Gone* and the Pulitzer Prize finalist *You Are Not A Stranger Here*, a stunning, masterful portrait of our modern gilded age.

At the heart of *Union Atlantic* lies a test of wills between a retired history teacher, Charlotte Graves—who has suddenly begun to hear her two dogs speaking to her in the voices of Cotton Mather and Malcolm X—and an ambitious young banker, Doug Fanning, who is building an ostentatious mansion on what was once Charlotte’s family land. Drawn into the conflict is Nate Fuller, a troubled high-school student who stirs powerful emotions in both of them. What emerges is a riveting story of financial power, the defense of tradition, and the distortions of desire these forces create. With remarkable scope and precision, *Union Atlantic* delivers a striking vision of the violent, anxious world we’ve come to inhabit.**
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Unhooked

Is smoking, alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, the Internet, or sex addiction holding you back from getting what you want most-in work and in love? We’re all addicted to something-but when the crutch gets in the way of living a happy and productive life, it must stop. Over the past twenty-five years, renowned addiction therapist Dr. Frederick Woolverton has used his dynamic, empathetic approach to help thousands of addicts achieve long-term recovery-including himself. He sees the specific habit as less important than the underlying chaos and fear that motivate the urge to sooth ourselves with bad habits. The solution, he has found, requires only a better understanding of yourself and a change in attitude. Unhooked: How To Quit Anything is an intelligent, readable, and actionable guide to conquering any addictive habit. Using real patient examples as well as research and his own experience, Dr. Woolverton and coauthor (and former patient) Susan Shapiro show how to thrive without self-medicating. The approach involves an unorthodox blend of straightforward changes to behavior and open and honest conversation with another person. Woolverton’s specific instructions do not require an expensive therapist, rehab, 12-step program, or a higher power (but he does make readers aware of those viable options). Let him help you kick your addiction and find what’s missing in your world. When you conquer a toxic habit, you are leaving room for something more beautiful to take its place.
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Unholy Magic

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Stacia Kane’s *City of Ghosts.*
ENEMIES DON’T NEED TO BE ALIVE TO BE DEADLY.

For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.
Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.

Unfinished Tales

The popular paperback edition of this fascinating collection of stories, which continue the tales of The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and contains an alternative version of The Children of Hurin. Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and provides those who have read The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories from the twentieth century’s most acclaimed popular author. The book concentrates on the realm of Middle-earth and comprises such elements as Gandalf’s lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan. Unfinished Tales also contains the only story about the long ages of Numenor before its downfall, and all that is known about such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantiri and the legend of Amroth. The tales were collated and edited by JRR Tolkien’s son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien, who provides a short commentary on each story, helping the reader to fill in the gaps and put each story into the context of the rest of his father’s writings.

Unexplainable

Blair thought she would never get over her broken past. She’d all but given up. That’s until West fell into her life with a bang.
West thought no one could ever see past his epic mistakes. He’d all but given up. That’s until Blair walked into his life and blew it to pieces.
For the first time Blair’s given a piece of herself away, picks herself off the ground and moves forward. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it has bad boy rockstar written all over it. That’s something she can work for. Something that makes her believe again.
But West is a part of rock’n’roll band, Affliction. Taking Blair on tour was his idea of heaven, but his time is in high demand and trying to be with her isn’t working out as well as he’d hoped.
For Blair, being on the road with one of the most notorious bands in rock is a new kind of messed up. One she’s not sure is for her…even with West in her bed.
Jake West has kickstarted her heart, but who will be the one to smash it apart?
Or will their unexplainable attraction be strong enough to save them both?

Understanding the NetScaler SDX: The Story Of How I Built My Own SDX Clone and How You Can Too

Engineer and NetScaler Expert, JOSEPH MOSES documents his journey in building his own NetScaler SDX “clone” from commodity computer parts. Deep diving into the MPX-to-SDX upgrade process, Joseph describes how the SDX works so that he could build his own “SDX clone”. Also discussed are the hardware and software tools used in this process and a discussion on what other hardware combinations might be (and can not be) used to build your own “SDX clone”.
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Understanding Ecmascript 6

ECMAScript 6 represents the biggest change to the core of JavaScript in the history of the language. Not all JavaScript environments support ECMAScript 6 yet, but you can get ahead of the game by learning what’s coming and which features are available already.
Understanding ECMAScript 6 is a complete guide to the new object types, syntax, and other exciting capabilities ECMAScript 6 brings to JavaScript, written by expert developer Nicholas C. Zakas. Every chapter is packed with example code that works in any JavaScript environment, which you can run to see new features in action. You’ll learn:

* All of the changes to JavaScript since ECMAScript 5
* How ECMAScript 6 class syntax relates to more familiar JavaScript concepts
* Why iterators and generators are useful
* How arrow functions differ from regular functions
* Additional options for storing data with sets, maps, and more
* The power of inheriting from native types
* Why people are excited about promises for asynchronous programming
* How modules will change the way you organize code

For a glimpse farther into the future of JavaScript, Zakas even discusses the small changes to watch for in ECMAScript 7 (2016). Whether you’re a web developer or a Node.js developer, you’ll find Understanding ECMAScript 6 indispensable on your journey from ECMAScript 5 to ECMAScript 6.
Covers ECMAScript 6 and 7(2016)
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Understanding Context: Environment, Language, and Information Architecture

Understanding Context: Environment, Language, and Information Architecture by Andrew Hinton
To make sense of the world, we’re always trying to place things in context, whether our environment is physical, cultural, or something else altogether. Now that we live among digital, always-networked products, apps, and places, context is more complicated than ever—starting with “where” and “who” we are.
This practical, insightful book provides a powerful toolset to help information architects, UX professionals, and web and app designers understand and solve the many challenges of contextual ambiguity in the products and services they create. You’ll discover not only how to design for a given context, but also how design participates in *making* context.
* Learn how people perceive context when touching and navigating digital environments
* See how labels, relationships, and rules work as building blocks for context
* Find out how to make better sense of cross-channel, multi-device products or services
* Discover how language creates infrastructure in organizations, software, and the Internet of Things
* Learn models for figuring out the contextual angles of any user experience

Understanding Bitcoin

Discover Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has the finance world buzzing Bitcoin is arguably one of the biggest developments in finance since the advent of fiat currency. With Understanding Bitcoin, expert author Pedro Franco provides finance professionals with a complete technical guide and resource to the cryptography, engineering and economic development of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This comprehensive, yet accessible work fully explores the supporting economic realities and technological advances of Bitcoin, and presents positive and negative arguments from various economic schools regarding its continued viability. This authoritative text provides a step-by-step description of how Bitcoin works, starting with public key cryptography and moving on to explain transaction processing, the blockchain and mining technologies. This vital resource reviews Bitcoin from the broader perspective of digital currencies and explores historical attempts at cryptographic currencies. Bitcoin is, after all, not just a digital currency; it’s a modern approach to the secure transfer of value using cryptography. This book is a detailed guide to what it is, how it works, and how it just may jumpstart a change in the way digital value changes hands. * Understand how Bitcoin works, and the technology behind it * Delve into the economics of Bitcoin, and its impact on the financial industry * Discover alt-coins and other available cryptocurrencies * Explore the ideas behind Bitcoin 2.0 technologies * Learn transaction protocols, micropayment channels, atomic cross-chain trading, and more Bitcoin challenges the basic assumption under which the current financial system rests: that currencies are issued by central governments, and their supply is managed by central banks. To fully understand this revolutionary technology, Understanding Bitcoin is a uniquely complete, reader-friendly guide.
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Underneath It All: A History of Women’s Underwear

For most of human history, the garments women wore under their clothes were hidden. The earliest underwear provided warmth and protection. But eventually, women’s undergarments became complex structures designed to shape their bodies to fit the fashion ideals of the time.
In the modern era, undergarments are out in the open, from the designer corsets Madonna wore on stage to Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement on Instagram. This feminist exploration of women’s underwear reveals the intimate role lingerie plays in defining women’s bodies, sexuality, gender identity, and body image. It is a story of control and restraint but also female empowerment and self-expression. You will never look at underwear the same way again.
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For most of human history, the garments women wore under their clothes were hidden. The earliest underwear provided warmth and protection. But eventually, women’s undergarments became complex structures designed to shape their bodies to fit the fashion ideals of the time.
In the modern era, undergarments are out in the open, from the designer corsets Madonna wore on stage to Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement on Instagram. This feminist exploration of women’s underwear reveals the intimate role lingerie plays in defining women’s bodies, sexuality, gender identity, and body image. It is a story of control and restraint but also female empowerment and self-expression. You will never look at underwear the same way again.

The Underground Railroad

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
Like the protagonist of ”Gulliver s Travels, ” Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. ”The Underground Railroad” is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.”
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Hard-driving, laser-sharp, artistically superlative, and deeply compassionate, Whitehead’s unforgettable odyssey adds a clarion new facet to the literature of racial tyranny and liberation * Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence, shortlist announcement * Colson Whitehead’s staggering, haunted new novel . . . [is] a book that is fully expected to win all the awards this year – Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize, National Book Award, etc – and it deserves every last one * Chapter 16 * In powerful, precise prose, at once spellbinding and ferocious, the book follows Cora’s incredible journey north, step by step . . . the story is literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric. Would that this novel were required reading for every American citizen * Publishers Weekly * Startlingly original . . . Whitehead continues the African-American artists’ inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing authority and razor-sharp ingenuity; he is now assuredly a writer of the first rank * Kirkus * Magnetizing and wrenching . . . Each stop Cora makes along the Underground Railroad reveals another shocking and malignant symptom of a country riven by catastrophic conflicts, a poisonous moral crisis, and diabolical violence. Each galvanizing scene blazes with terror and indictment as Whitehead tracks the consequences of the old American imperative to seize, enslave, and profit . . . Hard-driving, lasersharp, artistically superlative, and deeply compassionate, Whitehead’s unforgettable odyssey adds a clarion new facet to the literature of racial tyranny and liberation * Booklist * Whitehead is a fantastic novelist, one of the best in America today. (Certainly better than Franzen.)… Oprah is right: The Underground Railroad is Whitehead’s best book yet… This is the rare critically acclaimed bestseller that deserves every ounce of its adoration, and more. The hype is real. You can believe Oprah, and its scores of other fans, including some guy who took The Underground Railroad on summer vacation and can’t stop talking about its terrific… powerful portraiture of race in America. That fan’s name is Barack Obama * Seattle Times * The Underground Railroad has serious ambition, especially within the tradition of literary satire . . . With deadpan virtuosity and muted audacity, Whitehead integrates the historical details of slavery with the present * Los Angeles Review of Books * Masterful, urgent . . . one of the finest novels written about our country’s still unabsolved original sin — Charles Finch * USA Today * This book should be required reading in classrooms across the country alongside Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird. If this isn’t Colson Whitehead’s masterpiece, it’s definitely the best book of the year and maybe the most important work of the decade * Chicago Tribune * [The Underground Railroad] is really good – good, in fact, in just about every way a novel can be good . . . a grave and fully realized masterpiece, a weird blend of history and fantasy that will have critics rightfully making comparisons to Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia-Marquez * Boston Globe * A book that resonates with deep emotional timbre. The Underground Railroad reanimates the slave narrative, disrupts our settled sense of the past and stretches the ligaments of history right into our own era . . . The story charges along with incredible power . . . The canon of essential novels about America’s peculiar institution just grew by one — Ron Charles * Washington Post * The Underground Railroad isn’t the modern slave narrative it first appears to be. It is something grander and more piercing, a dazzling antebellum anti-myth…Whitehead’s prose is quick as a runaway’s footsteps * New York Review of Books * Leaves the reader with a devastating understanding of the terrible human costs of slavery . . . with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and with brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift . . . Colson Whitehead has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present — Michiko Kakutani * New York Times * A charged and important novel that pushed at the boundaries of fiction — Justine Jordan * Guardian, Best Books of 2016 * Stunning and unsentimental . . . required reading — Jenny Niven * Herald * An audaciously imagined and profoundly moving novel — Eithne Farry * Express * The Underground Railroad is a noble descendant of the great narratives of slavery, and among the very finest of its novels — Wesley Stace * Times Literary Supplement * Thrilling and unsentimental * Scotsman * A fantastical picaresque through the dark side of American history * Daily Telegraph * I stayed up way too late to finish this… It will be haunting me in the best way * Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You * An enchanting tale . . . full of vivid images, learned allusions and astute observations . . . The most important and acclaimed American novel of the past year * London Review of Books * Brutal, tender, thrilling and audacious — Naomi Alderman * Guardian * It is a bold way of reimagining the slave experience and, in the capable hands of Whitehead, succeeds triumphantly * Mail on Sunday * Inventive and hard-hitting * Metro * This bravura novel reimagines that same network as a real subterranean railway, upon which a girl named Cora flees the slave-catcher Ridgeway. Throughout, horrific experiences are rendered in lapidary prose, but it’s Cora’s daring that provides the story’s redemptive oomph * Mail on Sunday * Reaches the marrow of your bones, settles in and stays forever . . . a tour de force — Oprah Winfrey Recommended by none other than Obama AND Oprah, The Underground Railroad arrives deserving every last drop of hype that’s come its way . . . There are many twists and turns in Cora’s long, treacherous journey towards freedom and while The Underground Railroad is at times brutal and disturbing, it’s also hopeful and an addictive, compulsive read. After reading it, a corner of your heart will always belong to Cora. An instant classic — Sarra Manning * Red * A stunning, brutal and hugely imaginative book. It’s a favourite of both Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama. It is painful history re-imagined in a powerful and brilliant way * Emerald St * Bestselling author Colson Whitehead’s novel is a searing indictment of slavery with a detailed inventory of man’s inhumanity to man – and Cora’s flight is a harrowing and shocking trip for the reader * Daily Mail * An utterly transporting piece of storytelling — Alex Heminsley * The Pool * It is an extraordinary novel, a rich, confident work that will deservedly win – on the basis of literary merit as well as moral purpose . . . History and human experience as well as an artist’s obligation to tell the truth have shaped a virtuoso novel that should be read by every American as well as readers across the world. And it will be, it should be — Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * Whitehead is a superb storyteller . . . [he] brilliantly intertwines his allegory with history . . . writing at the peak of his game . . . Whitehead’s achievement is truly remarkable: by giving the Underground Railroad a new mythology, he has found a way of confronting other myths, older and persistent, about the United States. His book cannot have enough readers * Telegraph * My book of the year by some distance…It’s a profound and important novel, but more than anything it’s an absurdly good read, gripping you in its tightly wound plot, astonishing you with its leaps of imagination. If Whitehead doesn’t win every prize going next year, I’ll appear on Saturday Review in my underpants — Alex Preston * Observer, Best Fiction of 2016 * One of the best, if not the best, book I’ve read this year . . . Whitehead never exploits his subject matter, and in fact it’s the sparseness of the novel that makes it such a punch in the gut — Sarah Shaffi * Stylist * It’s so good it’s hard to praise it without whipping out the cliches: it’s an elegant, devastating powerhouse of a book, following a young black woman all over America as she tries to escape the horrors of slavery. When it was published with Oprah’s imprimatur, in August, it was universally acclaimed. It deserved it — Michelle Dean * Guardian * This thrilling tale of escape from a deep south plantation takes in terror, beauty and the history of human tragedy..This uncanny novel never attempts to deliver a message – instead it tells one of the most compelling stories I have ever read. Cora’s strong, graceful hands touch on the greatest tragedies of our history * Cynthia Bond, Guardian * [A] brutal, vital, devastating novel…This is a luminous, furious, wildly inventive tale that not only shines a bright light on one of the darkest periods of history, but also opens up thrilling new vistas for the form of the novel itself — Alex Preston * Observer * An engrossing and harrowing novel * Sunday Times * It has invaded both my sleeping and waking thoughts . . . Each character feels alive with a singular humanity . . . Whitehead is on a roll, the reviews have been sublime — Bim Adewunmi * Guardian *
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Underground Guardians Box Set

About Protector:
Mason Alexander is the leader of the elite Black Knights, a special forces unit that have all been genetically enhanced. He must lead his team to stop a rogue group of Knights lead by his brother. Holly Hart, a beautiful doctor who has devoted her life to genetic research, is the woman who can help achieve his goal of capturing his brother. Dark danger and hot passion will bring them together, but will Mason’s secrets, drive them apart, before love can save them?
About Healer:
The genetically enhanced elite Special Forces Unit The Black Knights continues to battle to save the world from a rogue group of their own men who wish to rule the world. Marcella Alexander, a woman considered myth by most, is named the Witch Doctor for her unique healing powers that the enemy wishes to use for evil. Diego, doctor of the Knights, is enlisted to find Marcella and bring her to safety before she can be captured. Marcella doesn’t know who to trust and she will not go with Diego freely. Diego will have to become her captor to save her life, and now, on the run through a danger infested territory inside Mexico, they will find both obstacles, and burning hot passion. But Diego must earn more than Marcella’s passion. He must earn her heart and her trust, and do so quickly if he is to save her from a madman who is determined to possess her himself.