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Savage

From Publishers Weekly

Relating a gruesome story through the first-person narrative of an ingenuous 15-year-old boy, horror novelist Laymon ( The Stake ) appears to aim at the complex tone of Huckleberry Finn . He doesn’t even come close, although that parallel might explain his London-born narrator’s curiously un-British speech patterns (“gas lamps didn’t give off a whole lot of light”). After witnessing Jack the Ripper’s final murder on the streets of Whitechapel in 1888, Trevor Bentley is pursued by the psychopath into the Thames and ends up as his prisoner on a yacht bound for America. Improbable plot twists take both characters to Arizona, where the Ripper wreaks havoc while Trevor encounters a couple of snake-oil salesmen, rides with a bandit gang, becomes a crack shot and falls in love with pert, 16-year-old Jesse Sue Longley. The young couple survive a gore-splattered encounter with the Ripper in an Arizona cave, going on to marriage and a career in the snake-oil business. The grisly mutilation scenes induce no horror, Trevor’s unrelenting innocence becomes tiresome, and his byplay with Jesse skirts soft-core kiddy-porn.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In 1888, Following a disturbance at home, Trevor Bentley’s mother sends the 15-year-old to find his uncle, a constable on the London police force. Trevor embarks on a bizarre sequence of adventures, beginning with his witnessing Jack the Ripper at work. Over the next few months, the Ripper and Trevor pursue each other across the Atlantic and on to Arizona, sometimes exchanging roles of hunter and the hunted. Laymon’s other horror novels include The Stake (St. Martin’s, 1992) and, under the pseudonym Richard Kelly, Midnight’s Lair (St Martin’s, 1991). He is an accomplished wordsmith, but Savage ‘s plot falters with too many improbabilities and the author’s denigrating peep show presentation of his women characters. Not a necessary puchase.
– Robert Jordan, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Satan Burger

EDITORIAL REVIEW: “All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.” –**Chuck Palahniuk ** Satan Burger is the international cult hit that has grown such an enormous following over the past 10 years that it not only launched the career of underground author Carlton Mellick III, but inspired an entire literary movement. *Absurd philosophies, dark surrealism, and the end of the human race . . .* God hates you. All of you. He closed the gates of Heaven and wants you to rot on Earth forever. Not only that, he is repossessing your souls and feeding them to a large vagina-shaped machine called the Walm–an interdimensional doorway that brings His New Children into the world. He loves these new children, but He doesn’t love you. They are more interesting than you. They are beautiful, psychotic, magical, sex-crazed, and deadly. They are turning your cities into apocalyptic chaos, and there’s nothing you can do about it … Featuring: a narrator who sees his body from a third-person perspective, a man whose flesh is dead but his body parts are alive and running amok, an overweight messiah, the personal life of the Grim Reaper, lots of classy sex and violence, and a motley group of squatter punks that team up with the devil to find their place in a world that doesn’t want them anymore.

The SAS Urban Survival Handbook

John “Lofty” Wiseman is the author of the bestselling *SAS Survival Handbook*, the definitive guide to survival in the wild from Britain’s Special Air Service. Now he has compiled a complete guide to survival in the urban jungle. Every year in America there are thousands of fatal accidents in the home—more than on the roads, and many more than in the great outdoors. Fire, electricity, water, gas, sharp knives, poisons, chemicals—these valuable tools can quickly become dangerous weapons when not treated with proper respect and understanding. Add to these the risks of travel, terrorism, muggings, rape, tsunamis, and earthquakes. We are constantly reminded that the world is a dangerous place. Wiseman shows readers how to think realistically and practically about these perils in order to avoid them, whether they are at home, on the street, in school, or in transit. From self-defense techniques to home security systems to coping with natural disasters, this book will teach readers to recognize risks, make quick decisions, and live confidently in the modern urban world.

SAS Ultimate Guide to Combat: How to Fight and Survive in Modern Warfare

‘I’m not going to teach you how to survive in snowy mountains with only a tea bag; this book will teach you how to fight and survive war in the 21st century.’–Robert Stirling, from the Introduction
In the tradition of John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman’s *SAS Survival Handbook* comes a new combat handbook from a seasoned speical forces soldier. Whereas Wiseman initiated hundreds of thousands of readers to the survival techniques developed by the SAS in far-flung covert ops in Burma, the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere, Stirling’s focus is on fighting techniques for the contemporary soldier.
Stirling, a combat veteran of Northern Ireland, the Bush Wars in Africa, and Afghanistan, provides a fully-illustrated training-manual for combat readiness. This is the stuff they don’t teach you in boot camp, but they damn well should. Stirling writes in a aggressive style that will appeal to the warrior in every reader. He also serves up first-hand anecdotes and advice drawn from operations that went well–and those that went wrong.
Table of Contents: Why Do You Need This Book – Tools of the Soldier’s Trade – Food, Shelter & Dealing with Weather – Medical Aid – How to Avoid Getting Shot – How to Avoid Blast Injury – How to Deal with Suicide Bombers – How to Deal with Bombs Under the Road – How to Survive an Interrogation – Defending a Position – Attacking the Enemy
E-book information forthcoming

SAS T024 : Requiem pour Tontons Macoutes

« Ceci est la tête de François Duvalier, dit d’une voix douce Gabriel Jacmel. J’ai juré à mes hommes que la tête de celui qui m’avait trahi la rejoindrait dans le sac.
– Je ne vous ai pas trahi, répéta Malko.
– Je ne vous crois pas.
Sa main plongea dans une fente de la robe blanche et en ressortit, tenant une machette à la lame effilée. Il la tendit à son second :
– Coupé tête… »

Ayant encore besoin d’argent, Malko accepte une mission impossible : organiser un coup d’état à Haïti pour liquider ce qui reste des Duvalier. Il dispose pour celà de quelques alliés peu recommandables. Et il est prévenu qu’en cas de problème, les USA ne le connaissent pas.
Il va vite s’avérer que Malko est trop tendre pour ce mileu où règne cruauté et superstition vaudou.

The Sands of Time

Four women leave their Spanish convent and enter an alien world of uncertainty, romance, and suspense.
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Four women leave their Spanish convent and enter an alien world of uncertainty, romance, and suspense.
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FOUR WOMEN AND THE MEN THEY ARE FORBIDDEN TO LOVE
Four nuns find themselves suddenly thrust into a hostile world they long ago abandoned for the safety of the convent. Unwittingly they become pawns in a battle between the charismatic Jaime Miro, leader of the outlawed Basque nationalists, and the ruthless Colonel Ramon Acoca of the Spanish Army.
Megan
the orphan, who feels an overpowering attraction to Jaime Miro
Lucia
the fiery Sicilian beauty on the run for murder – and Rubio Arzano, the freedom fighter who risks his life to save her
Teresa
whose guilty conscience finally drives her to betray her friends
Graciela
who bears a terrible secret that almost destroys her – and the courageous Ricardo Mellado who loves her.
‘The Sands of Time’ is an unforgettable adventure and a heart-stopping romance, set against the timeless and dramatic landscape of Spain.

Sandman Slim

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Life sucks, then you die. Period. Unless you’re James Stark, a hitman in Hell for eleven years before escaping back up to Hell-on-earth L.A.—looking for revenge, absolution . . . love, maybe. But Hell’s not through with Stark.Heaven’s not either.

Sanctuary

SUMMARY: War with their archrival, the evil Ansara clan, is unavoidable. For Mercy Raintree, a war means she must assume her position as guardian of the Sanctuary—the sacred Raintree home place deep in the Smoky Mountains. But doing so threatens to disclose her most prized secret—one Mercy has kept to herself for six years. As the solstice looms and the battle heats up, Dranir Judah Ansara gathers his forces, intending to wipe every Raintree from the face of the land. Including Mercy, whom he’s claimed as his to kill. Then he comes face-to-face with her—and with her daughter, Eve. Will Mercy’s closely guarded secret change not only the outcome of the battle—but also Judah’s own bitter heart?

Samurai

SUMMARY: Dragons. They masquerade as their victims, unrecognizable to all but a select few. In the West, Simon St. George and his father are the last living descendants of a legendary clan of dragon hunters. In the Far East, fierce Samurai warriors are bound by an oath to defeat the dragons. Now, faced with an apocalyptic dragon plot, East and West must join forces to save mankind. Brimming with unforgettable dragon lore and exotic adventure, Jason Hightman’s riveting sequel to The Saint of Dragons delves deeper into the raging war between humans and dragons.

Salvation City

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** From the critically acclaimed author of *The Last of Her Kind*, a breakout novel that imagines the aftermath of pandemic flu, as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy uncertain of his destiny.**
His family’s sole survivor after a flu pandemic has killed large numbers of people worldwide, Cole Vining is lucky to have found refuge with the evangelical Pastor Wyatt and his wife in a small town in southern Indiana. As the world outside has grown increasingly anarchic, Salvation City has been spared much of the devastation, and its residents have renewed their preparations for the Rapture.
Grateful for the shelter and love of his foster family (and relieved to have been saved from the horrid, overrun orphanages that have sprung up around the country), Cole begins to form relationships within the larger community. But despite his affection for this place, he struggles with memories of the very different world in which he was reared. Is there room to love both Wyatt and his parents? Are they still his parents if they are no longer there? As others around him grow increasingly fixated on the hope of salvation and the new life to come through the imminent Rapture, Cole begins to conceive of a different future for himself, one in which his own dreams of heroism seem within reach.
Written in Sigrid Nunez’s deceptively simple style, *Salvation City* is a story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness, weaving the deeply affecting story of a young boy’s transformation with a profound meditation on the meaning of belief and heroism.
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Salaam, Paris

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Tanaya Shah longs for the wonderful world of Paris, the world that she fell in love with while watching Audrey Hepburn in *Sabrina*—so when a proposal comes along for an arranged marriage with a man who is living in Paris, Tanaya seizes the chance. But once she lands in the city, she shuns the match. A stroke of luck turns Tanaya into a supermodel, and soon the traditional girl is cavorting with rock stars and is disowned by her family. In her new whirlwind life, she is reintroduced to the man she was supposed to marry, the man she now realizes she should have never walked away from, the man who is her only connection to the family she longs to reconcile with, if only it’s not too late.

Sahm I Am

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **For the members of a stay-at-home-moms’ e-mail loop, lunch with friends is a sandwich in front of the computer. But where else could they discuss things like . . .** **S**uccess: Her workaholic husband is driving Dulcie Huckleberry around the bend. It’s hard to love someone in sickness and in health when *he’s never home!* **A**rt: Let the children express themselves, opines artistic Zelia Muzuwa, and then her son’s head gets stuck inside a kitty scratching post . . . **H**ealth: Surely aches and pains are normal in an active little boy, yet those of soccer-mom Jocelyn Millard’s son don’t seem to be going away. **M**otherhood: Teen-mom-turned-farmer’s-wife Brenna Lindberg can deal with the mud and the chickens, but what about her husband’s desire for a child of his own? **I**ndiscretions: However youthful, they can come back to haunt you, learns pastor’s wife Phyllis Lorimer. **Am**ends: These could stand to be made between officious list moderator Rosalyn Ebberly and her pampered sister, Veronica. Perhaps the other SAHM I AMers can teach these two something about sisterhood.

Sahara: A Dirk Pitt Adventure

Clive Cussler’s breathtaking thriller is now available in a premium edition in an exciting new package. Egypt, 1996. Searching for a treasure on the Nile, Dirk Pitt thwarts the attempted assassination of a beautiful U.N. scientist who’s investigating a disease that is driving thousands of North Africans into madness, cannibalism, and death. The suspected cause of the raging epidemic is vast, unprecedented pollution that threatens to extinguish all life in the world’s seas. Racing to save the world from environmental catastrophe, Pitt and his team, equipped with an extraordinary, state-of-the-art yacht, run a gauntlet between a billionaire industrialist and a bloodthirsty West African tyrant. In the scorching desert, Pitt finds a gold mine manned by slaves and uncovers the truth behind two enduring mysteriesthe fate of a Civil War ironclad and its secret connection with Lincoln’s assassination, and the last flight of a long-lost female pilot. Now, amidst the blazing, shifting sands of the Sahara, Dirk Pitt will make a desperate standin a battle the world cannot afford to lose.

The Safe House

The Safe House is a scintillating psychological thriller by the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author, Nicci French ‘Nicci French’s sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition’ Sophie Hannah *** You open your home and your heart to a victim. But your house is anything but safe . . . Samantha Laschen is a doctor specialising in post-traumatic stress disorder. She’s moved to the coast to escape her problems and to be alone with her young daughter. But now the police want her to take in Fiona Mackenzie, a girl whose parents have been savagely murdered. Yet by allowing Fiona in, Sam is exposing herself – and her daughter – to risks she couldn’t possibly have imagined . . .***Praise for Nicci French: ‘French leads the field’ Sunday Express ‘Brilliantly crafted . . . masterly control of suspense’ Daily Mirror ‘Tense, frightening, gripping’ Easy Living ‘Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive’ Daily Express’Gripping, chilling, moving’ Observer

Safe Haven

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
The #1 *New York Times *bestselling author tells the story of romance lost and rediscovered-and the wrenching decision one woman must make between loyalty and love.
Every person’s story has a beginning, middle and end, but the path that leads from one stage of life to the next is rarely predictable. Renee’s journey begins when she is a carefree college student, studying in Italy with her best friend, Audrey. During that idyllic summer abroad, Renee meets a handsome local, and falls deeply in love. But like all summer romances, the affair comes to an end when she returns to North Carolina. Back home, Renee fulfills everyone’s expectations – including her own – by marrying her longtime college boyfriend. Over the next two decades, she raises a family and lives a predictable, if in some ways unfulfilling life. When Audrey announces that she’s dying of cancer, Renee drops everything to spend Audrey’s last days by her side, unaware that her unconventional best friend still has a few surprises up her sleeve . . . surprises that will turn Renee’s world upside down, and offer her a chance to re-live the choices of her past in a way she never dreamed possible.

The Sacred Pool

The Sacred Pool by L. Warren Douglas
A lost little girl weeps in the high wilderness, and her cries are heard…Is her rescuer a crazy, lonely woodsman, or a timeworn Celtic god, and she his ownly believer? Does an ancient female deity live beside the pool, among the ancient trees of the cool beech grove, or is she little Pierrette’s “imaginary friend,” a poor substitue for a murdered mother?
Will the Black Time come, when dark, evil machines tower of the sunny little harbor of Citharista and all the goodness of the world is locked in an ebon box, or will young Ierrette indeed become the great sorceress of her dreams,with fire at her fingertips to stem the evil tide?
Journey with her across the ancient landscape, wander among the bleaching limestone bones of dragons that lie still atop the hills, and see for yourself whether the old gods yet endure…
*The Sacred Pond* stnads at the midpoint of a vast historic tapestry, looking both forward and back: from the sea-girt Paleolithic caves of of Sormiou and the enchanted forests of ancient Gaul, to the steamy swamps of Midicor IV, a million years hence; from old Polybius in his leather tent at the siege of Numantia, to Achibol the Charlatan in a cybernetic fortress buried beneath the Columbia Icefields of Alberta, L. Warren Douglas is there—and he takes his readers with him.