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Jarka Ruus

Jarka Ruus (High Druid of Shannara Series #1) by Terry Brooks
More than a quarter of a century after *The Sword of Shannara* carved out its place in the pantheon of great epic fantasy, the magic of Terry Brooks’s *New York Times* bestselling saga burns as brightly as ever. Three complete series have chronicled the ever-unfolding history of Shannara. But more stories are still to be told—and new adventures have yet to be undertaken. Book One of High Druid of Shannara invites both the faithful longtime reader and the curious newcomer to take the first step on the next extraordinary quest.
Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch—saved by the love of her brother, the magic of the Sword of Shannara, and the destruction of her evil mentor, the Morgawr. Now, fulfilling the destiny predicted for her, she has established the Third Druid Council, and dedicated herself to its goals of peace, harmony among the races, and defense of the Four Lands. But the political intrigue, secret treachery, and sinister deeds that have haunted Druid history for generations continue to thrive. And despite her devotion to the greater good as Ard Rhys—the High Druid of Paranor, Grianne still has bitter enemies.
Among the highest ranks of the Council she leads lurk those who cannot forget her reign of terror as the Ilse Witch, who covet her seat of power, and who will stop at nothing to see her deposed . . . or destroyed. Even Grianne’s few allies—chief among them her trusted servant Tagwen—know of the plots against her. But they could never anticipate the sudden, ominous disappearance of the Ard Rhys, in the dead of night and without a trace. Now, barely astep ahead of the dark forces bent on stopping him, Tagwen joins Grianne’s brave young nephew, Pen Ohmsford, and the wise, powerful elf Ahren Elessedil on a desperate and dangerous mission of search and rescue—to deliver the High Druid of Shannara from an unspeakable fate.
Expect no end of wonders, no shortage of adventure, exhilaration, suspense, and enchantment, as Terry Brooks demonstrates, once again, that there is no end to his magic of invention and mastery of storytelling.

Japanese Visual Culture

Born of Japan’s cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognized forms of contemporary mass culture. Because they tell stories through visual imagery, they vault over language barriers. Well suited to electronic transmission and distributed by Japan’s globalized culture industry, they have become a powerful force in both the mediascape and the marketplace. This volume brings together an international group of scholars from many specialties to probe the richness and subtleties of these deceptively simple cultural forms. The contributors explore the historical, cultural, sociological, and religious dimensions of manga and anime, and examine specific sub-genres, artists, and stylistics. The book also addresses such topics as spirituality, the use of visual culture by Japanese new religious movements, Japanese Goth, nostalgia and Japanese pop, comics for girls, and more. With illustrations throughout, it is a rich source for all scholars and fans of manga and anime as well as students of contemporary mass culture or Japanese culture and civilization.

Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination

**This collection of mystery and horror stories is regarded as Japan’s answer to Edgar Allan Poe.**
Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination, the first volume of its kind translated into English, is written with the quick tempo of the West but rich with the fantasy of the East. These nine bloodcurdling, chilling tales present a genre of literature largely unknown to readers outside Japan, including the strange story of a quadruple amputee and his perverse wife; the record of a man who creates a mysterious chamber of mirrors and discovers hidden pleasures within; the morbid confession of a maniac who envisions a career of foolproof ”psychological” murders; and the bizarre tale of a chair-maker who buries himself inside an armchair and enjoys the sordid ”loves” of the women who sit on his handiwork.
Lucid and packed with suspense, Edogawa Rampo’s stories found in Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination have enthralled Japanese readers for over half a century.
**Mystery stories include:**
* The Human Chair
* The Caterpillar
* Two Crippled Men
* The Traveler with the Pasted Rag Picture

**Recensie(s)**

Japan’s most famous mystery story writer is named Edogawa Rampo. Rampo took this name because he is a great admirer of Poe. When a visiting American asked [a noted Japanese psychologist] if the Japanese reading public didn’t confuse Rampo with the real Edgar Allan Poe, he replied, ‘Oh, no … Edogawa Rampo is much more famous.’ –New York Times Book Review Rampo is Japan’s foremost writer of mystery and tales of suspense. –The Journal of Asian Studies
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The Janson Directive

SUMMARY: When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it’s up to Paul Janson—a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations—to save him. But Janson’s rescue operation goes horribly wrong…and soon Janson is marked for death, the target of a “beyond salvage” order issued from the highest level of the government. Now Janson is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, a young agent of astonishing ability who can anticipate and counter his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its originators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own…

Jane And The Prisoner Of Wool

Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House (Jane Austen Series #6) by Stephanie Barron
In her sixth engrossing outing, Jane Austen employs her delicious wit and family ties to the Royal Navy in a case of murder on the high seas. Somewhere in the picturesque British port of Southampton, among a crew of colorful, eccentric, and fiercely individual souls, a killer has come ashore. And only Jane can fathom the depths of his ruthless mind….
**Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House
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“I will assert that sailors are endowed with greater worth than any set of men in England.”
So muses Jane Austen as she stands in the buffeting wind of Southampton’s quay beside her brother Frank on a raw February morning. Frank, a post captain in the Royal Navy, is without a ship to command, and his best prospect is the *Stella Maris*, a fast frigate captained by his old friend Tom Seagrave.
“Lucky” Tom — so dubbed for his habit of besting enemy ships — is presently in disgrace, charged with violating the Articles of War. Tom’s first lieutenant, Eustace Chessyre, has accused Seagrave of murder in the death of a French captain after the surrender of his ship.
Though Lucky Tom denies the charge, his dagger was found in the dead man’s chest. Now Seagrave faces court-martial and execution for a crime he swears he did not commit.
Frank, deeply grieved, is certain his friend will hang. But Jane reasons that either Seagrave or Chessyre is lying — and that she and Frank have a duty to discover the truth.
The search for the captain’s honor carries them into the troubled heart of Seagrave’s family, through some of the seaport’s worst sinkholes, and at long last to Wool House, the barred brick structure that serves as gaol for French prisoners of war.
Risking contagion or worse, Jane agrees to nurse the murdered French captain’s imprisoned crew — and elicits a debonair surgeon’s account of the *Stella Maris*’s battle that appears to clear Tom Seagrave of all guilt.
When Eustace Chessyre is found murdered, the entire affair takes on the appearance of an insidious plot against Seagrave, who is charged with the crime. Could any of his naval colleagues wish him dead? In an era of turbulent intrigue and contested amour, could it be a case of *cherchez la femme* … or a veiled political foe at work? And what of the sealed orders under which Seagrave embarked that fateful night in the *Stella Maris?* Death knocks again at Jane’s own door before the final knots in the killer’s net are completely untangled.
Always surprising, **Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House** is an intelligent and intriguing mystery that introduces Jane and her readers to “the naval set” — and charts a true course through the amateur sleuth’s most troubled waters yet.

Jane and the Man of the Cloth

After her brilliant detective debut in “Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor,” there can be no doubt that Jane Austen would have made a
remarkable sleuth. And so, with great aplomb, Stephanie Barron reveals the next superb Jane Austen Mystery…
Jane Austen and her family are looking forward to a peaceful late-summer holiday in the seaside village of Lyme Regis. But on the road thither, a fearful storm and an overturned carriage lead the shaken travelers to seek refuge at High Down Grange. And there, in a dismal manor house wrapt in an air of malevolent neglect, Jane meets the darkly forbidding yet strangely attractive master of High Down Grange, Mr. Geoffrey Sidmouth.
What murky secrets does the brooding Mr. Sidmouth hope to preserve behind his fierce glower? And who is the exceedingly lovely young woman dressed in peasant garb who shares his home? Once settled in town, Jane seeks to learn the answers. Yet common gossip is soon forgotten when a man is found hanged from a makeshift gibbet by the sea.
Only the day before, Jane had observed this same man in a heated exchange with Mr. Sidmouth. Still, the worthies of Lyme are certain the labourer’s death is the work of “the Reverend,” the notorious ringleader of the midnight smuggling trade. The Reverend’s identity is the paramount mystery of Lyme Regis. And Jane, who can never resist a puzzle, is determined to solve this one.
But to her dismay, she must soon admit that she harbours a strange sensibility for a man who could very well be a murderer. And then a second mysterious death draws her into a perilous scheme to entrap and expose Geoffrey Sidmouth. From the drawing- rooms of the cultured and the deviousto secret caverns and coarse haunts, her mission will take her far from a lady’s proper venue…until even so canny a student of character and valiant adventurer must ask herself: “Is the prize worth the risk–to my heart as well as my person?”
Stylish, suspenseful, and wickedly diverting, “Jane and the Man of the Cloth” delves deep into the foibles, passions, and ruthless machinations that lurk within the most polite society.

Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron

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Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (Jane Austen Series #10) by Stephanie Barron
The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry’s wife is lost to a long illness. But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon—otherwise known as Lord Byron. As a poet and a seducer of women, Byron has carved out a shocking reputation for himself—but no one would ever accuse him of being capable of murder. Now it falls to Jane to pursue this puzzling investigation and discover just how “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” Byron truly is. And she must do so without falling victim to the charming versifier’s legendary charisma, lest she, too, become a cautionary example for the ages.

Jackdaws

In his own bestselling tradition of Eye of the Needle and The Key to Rebecca, Ken Follett delivers a breathtaking novel of suspense set in the most dangerous days of World War II. Look out for Ken’s newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

D-Day is approaching. They don’t know where or when, but the Germans know it’ll be soon, and for Felicity “Flick” Clariet, the stakes have never been higher. A senior agent in the ranks of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) responsible for sabotage, Flick has survived to become one of Britain’s most effective operatives in Northern France. She knows that the Germans’ ability to thwart the Allied attack depends upon their lines of communications, and in the days before the invasion no target is of greater strategic importance than the largest telephone exchange in Europe.

But when Flick and her Resistance-leader husband try a direct, head-on assault that goes horribly wrong, her world turns upside down. Her group destroyed, her husband missing, her superiors unsure of her, her own confidence badly shaken, she has one last chance at the target, but the challenge, once daunting, is now near impossible. The new plan requires an all-woman team, none of them professionals, to be assembled and trained within days. Code-named the Jackdaws, they will attempt to infiltrate the exchange under the noses of the Germans—but the Germans are waiting for them now and have plans of their own. There are secrets Flick does not know—secrets within the German ranks, secrets among her hastily recruited team, secrets among those she trusts the most. And as the hours tick down to the point of no return, most daunting of all, there are secrets within herself. . . .

Filled with the powerful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and authentic detail that have become his hallmarks, *Jackdaws *is Ken Follett writing at the height of his powers.

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Jack and Jill

SUMMARY: In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed “Jack and Jill” promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl, savagely beaten – and deposited in front of the elementary school Cross’s son, Damon, attends. Could there be a connection between the two murders? As Cross tries to put the pieces together, the killer – or killers – strike again. And again. No one in Washington is safe – not children, not politicians, not even the President of the United States. Only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case – but will he discover the truth in time?

Ivanhoe – A Romance

Ivanhoe – A Romance by Walter Scott, Sir Walter Scott
This vintage book contains Sir Walter Scott’s 1820 historical novel, “Ivanhoe”. Set in twelfth-century England, it tells the story of a Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a Saxon who has become disgraced in his father’s eyes for his allegiance to the Norman king, Richard I. Ivanhoe is considered to have had a significant influence on increasing interest in romance and medievalism in literature, and it is highly recommended for those with an interest in these genres. Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, and playwright – considered to be the first truly international English-language author. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now, in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.

Italy to Die for

Too much togetherness spells disaster for these thirty-something sisters vacationing in Italy. When glamorous Margo opts for a steamy romance in Florence, plain-Jane Ellen travels alone to their next destination, a charming hillside villa at La Spezia. The owner Lorenzo, a mysterious widower, insists on showing Ellen around Cinque Terre, five picturesque villages overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Ellen is determined to experience the local culture but instead encounters intrigue in Monterosso el Mare where gypsies are turning up dead faster than Lorenzo can show her the sights. Then Margo arrives, and soon discovers her own life is in danger.
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The Italians Runaway Bride

Gianfranco asked Kelly to marry him, after her holiday affair with him left her pregnant! But, once married, Gianfranco was often away on business, and his family made Kelly’s life a misery. Then she heard that Gianfranco didn’t want her at all¿he just wanted their baby….Kelly had no choice but to run away… However, one thing was certain. Gianfranco would find her¿but why? Because he wanted to reclaim his bride…or his child?
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Italian’s Ruthless Marriage Command

Taylor Adamson has just come face-to-face with the man with whom she must share custody of her orphaned nephew–the infamously arrogant Dante d’Alessandri! And he won’t let Taylor out of his sight!
At first Dante sees Taylor as just a nanny. But soon he realizes this ripe young beauty could fill another, more pleasurable role–in the bedroom. The ruthless Italian wants to see how far Taylor will go to keep caring for her little nephew. Dante is going to raise the stakes!

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The Italian’s Blackmailed Mistress

The Italian’s Blackmailed Mistress by Jacqueline Baird
*”You really expect me to sleep with you to pay my father’s debt?”*
Italian magnate Max Quintano knew exactly how to get his way…by blackmailing Sophie into becoming his mistress.
“Sleep *is not what I have in mind.*”
Sophie will do anything to prevent her family’s ruin — even if it means living in Max’s luxurious Venetian palazzo — and being beholden to him…and will be until she discovers exactly *why* he hates her so much….

The Italian Tycoon’s Bride

The Italian Tycoon’s Bride by Helen Brooks
**He wants her—so he’ll wed her!**
Maisie Burns is a nice girl, with little experience of the world. But that doesn’t stop tycoon Blaine Morosini from wanting her! Maisie doesn’t see the effect she has on the enigmatic Italian—she thinks she’s far too plain for a man like him to notice her. But the longer they spend together, the more their mutual attraction grows. Though Blaine once thought he didn’t do commitment, now he realizes that if he’s to have Maisie he’ll have to put his playboy past behind him and make her his wife!

The Italian Duke’s Wife

The Italian Duke’s Wife by Penny Jordan
“I will pay you one million pounds to become my wife for one year. The marriage will not be consummated…”
Italian aristocrat Lorenzo, Duce di Montesavro, needs to marry, and English tourist Jodie Oliver seems the ideal candidate for this convenient arrangement–her vulnerability is especially appealing to Lorenzo. But when he unleashes a desire Jodie never knew she possessed, Lorenzo is soon regretting his no-consummation rule….