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The Iron King

SUMMARY: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny–one she could never have imagined…Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.But she could never have guessed the truth–that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

SUMMARY: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny–one she could never have imagined…Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.But she could never have guessed the truth–that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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The Informers

SUMMARY: A virtuosic novel about family, history, memory, and betrayal from the brightest new Latin American literary talent working today. When Gabriel Santoros biography is scathingly reviewed by his own father, a public intellectual and famous Bogotá rhetorician, Gabriel could not imagine what had pierced his icy exterior to provoke such a painful reaction. A volume that catalogues the life of Sara Guterman, a longtime family friend and Jewish immigrant, since her arrival in Colombia in the 1930s, A Life in Exile seemed a slim, innocent exercise in recording modern history. But as a devastated Gabriel delves, yet again, into Saras story, searching for clues to his fathers anger, he cannot yet see the sinister secret buried in his research that could destroy his fathers exalted reputation and redefine his own. After his fathers mysterious death in a car accident a few years later, Gabriel sets out anew to navigate half a century of half-truths and hidden meanings. With the help of Sara Guterman and his fathers young girlfriend, Angelina, layer after shocking layer of Gabriels world falls away and a complex portrait of his father emerges from the ruins. From the streets of 1940s Bogotá to a strangers doorstep in 1990s Medellín, he unravels the web of doubt, betrayal, and guilt at the core of his fathers life and he wades into a dark, longsilenced period of Colombian history after World War II. With a taut, riveting narrative and achingly beautiful prose, Juan Gabriel Vásquez delivers an expansive, powerful exploration of the sins of our fathers, of wars devastating psychological costs, and of the inescapability of the past. A novel that has earned Vásquez comparisons to Sebald, Borges, Roth, and Márquez, The Informers heralds the arrival of a major literary talent. SUMMARY: A virtuosic novel about family, history, memory, and betrayal from the brightest new Latin American literary talent working today. When Gabriel Santoros biography is scathingly reviewed by his own father, a public intellectual and famous Bogotá rhetorician, Gabriel could not imagine what had pierced his icy exterior to provoke such a painful reaction. A volume that catalogues the life of Sara Guterman, a longtime family friend and Jewish immigrant, since her arrival in Colombia in the 1930s, A Life in Exile seemed a slim, innocent exercise in recording modern history. But as a devastated Gabriel delves, yet again, into Saras story, searching for clues to his fathers anger, he cannot yet see the sinister secret buried in his research that could destroy his fathers exalted reputation and redefine his own. After his fathers mysterious death in a car accident a few years later, Gabriel sets out anew to navigate half a century of half-truths and hidden meanings. With the help of Sara Guterman and his fathers young girlfriend, Angelina, layer after shocking layer of Gabriels world falls away and a complex portrait of his father emerges from the ruins. From the streets of 1940s Bogotá to a strangers doorstep in 1990s Medellín, he unravels the web of doubt, betrayal, and guilt at the core of his fathers life and he wades into a dark, longsilenced period of Colombian history after World War II. With a taut, riveting narrative and achingly beautiful prose, Juan Gabriel Vásquez delivers an expansive, powerful exploration of the sins of our fathers, of wars devastating psychological costs, and of the inescapability of the past. A novel that has earned Vásquez comparisons to Sebald, Borges, Roth, and Márquez, The Informers heralds the arrival of a major literary talent.

SUMMARY: A virtuosic novel about family, history, memory, and betrayal from the brightest new Latin American literary talent working today. When Gabriel Santoros biography is scathingly reviewed by his own father, a public intellectual and famous Bogotá rhetorician, Gabriel could not imagine what had pierced his icy exterior to provoke such a painful reaction. A volume that catalogues the life of Sara Guterman, a longtime family friend and Jewish immigrant, since her arrival in Colombia in the 1930s, A Life in Exile seemed a slim, innocent exercise in recording modern history. But as a devastated Gabriel delves, yet again, into Saras story, searching for clues to his fathers anger, he cannot yet see the sinister secret buried in his research that could destroy his fathers exalted reputation and redefine his own. After his fathers mysterious death in a car accident a few years later, Gabriel sets out anew to navigate half a century of half-truths and hidden meanings. With the help of Sara Guterman and his fathers young girlfriend, Angelina, layer after shocking layer of Gabriels world falls away and a complex portrait of his father emerges from the ruins. From the streets of 1940s Bogotá to a strangers doorstep in 1990s Medellín, he unravels the web of doubt, betrayal, and guilt at the core of his fathers life and he wades into a dark, longsilenced period of Colombian history after World War II. With a taut, riveting narrative and achingly beautiful prose, Juan Gabriel Vásquez delivers an expansive, powerful exploration of the sins of our fathers, of wars devastating psychological costs, and of the inescapability of the past. A novel that has earned Vásquez comparisons to Sebald, Borges, Roth, and Márquez, The Informers heralds the arrival of a major literary talent. SUMMARY: A virtuosic novel about family, history, memory, and betrayal from the brightest new Latin American literary talent working today. When Gabriel Santoros biography is scathingly reviewed by his own father, a public intellectual and famous Bogotá rhetorician, Gabriel could not imagine what had pierced his icy exterior to provoke such a painful reaction. A volume that catalogues the life of Sara Guterman, a longtime family friend and Jewish immigrant, since her arrival in Colombia in the 1930s, A Life in Exile seemed a slim, innocent exercise in recording modern history. But as a devastated Gabriel delves, yet again, into Saras story, searching for clues to his fathers anger, he cannot yet see the sinister secret buried in his research that could destroy his fathers exalted reputation and redefine his own. After his fathers mysterious death in a car accident a few years later, Gabriel sets out anew to navigate half a century of half-truths and hidden meanings. With the help of Sara Guterman and his fathers young girlfriend, Angelina, layer after shocking layer of Gabriels world falls away and a complex portrait of his father emerges from the ruins. From the streets of 1940s Bogotá to a strangers doorstep in 1990s Medellín, he unravels the web of doubt, betrayal, and guilt at the core of his fathers life and he wades into a dark, longsilenced period of Colombian history after World War II. With a taut, riveting narrative and achingly beautiful prose, Juan Gabriel Vásquez delivers an expansive, powerful exploration of the sins of our fathers, of wars devastating psychological costs, and of the inescapability of the past. A novel that has earned Vásquez comparisons to Sebald, Borges, Roth, and Márquez, The Informers heralds the arrival of a major literary talent.

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The incumbent

SUMMARY: An abduction a trail of disturbing clues Politics are about to become deadly. As the controversial mayor of the beautiful coastal community of Santa Rita, Madison “Maddy” Glenn likes to face things head-on. But nothing can prepare her for a hostile visit from the chief of police-or his terrible news. Lisa Truccoli, Maddy’s friend and the treasurer of her last campaign, has been kidnapped. All that remains at the crime scene is a shocking clue with Maddy’s name on it. The ensuing hunt for answers only turns up more sinister clues in a terrifying game the abductor wants to play with Maddy. Caught between a haunting past and a dangerous present, Maddy finds the walls that keep her from faith beginning to crumble. The stakes turn lethal with a second abduction and a clue that reveals inside information about Maddy’s run for Congress-a decision she has not made yet. Someone is going to dangerous lengths to make the choice for her but it is a choice she’ll survive?

SUMMARY: An abduction a trail of disturbing clues Politics are about to become deadly. As the controversial mayor of the beautiful coastal community of Santa Rita, Madison “Maddy” Glenn likes to face things head-on. But nothing can prepare her for a hostile visit from the chief of police-or his terrible news. Lisa Truccoli, Maddy’s friend and the treasurer of her last campaign, has been kidnapped. All that remains at the crime scene is a shocking clue with Maddy’s name on it. The ensuing hunt for answers only turns up more sinister clues in a terrifying game the abductor wants to play with Maddy. Caught between a haunting past and a dangerous present, Maddy finds the walls that keep her from faith beginning to crumble. The stakes turn lethal with a second abduction and a clue that reveals inside information about Maddy’s run for Congress-a decision she has not made yet. Someone is going to dangerous lengths to make the choice for her but it is a choice she’ll survive?

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The Increment: A Novel

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The New York Times bestseller: “A remarkably timely and pulse-quickening tale of deception, divided loyalty, and moral haziness.”—Raleigh News & Observer Harry Pappas, chief of the CIA’s Persia House, receives an encrypted message from a scientist in Tehran. But soon the source of secrets from the Iranian bomb program dries up: the scientist panics; he’s being followed, but he doesn’t know who’s on to him, and neither does Harry. To get his agent out, Harry turns to a secret British spy team known as “The Increment,” whose operatives carry the modern version of the double-O “license to kill.” But the real story is infinitely more complicated than Harry understands, and to get to the bottom of it he must betray his own country.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The New York Times bestseller: “A remarkably timely and pulse-quickening tale of deception, divided loyalty, and moral haziness.”—Raleigh News & Observer Harry Pappas, chief of the CIA’s Persia House, receives an encrypted message from a scientist in Tehran. But soon the source of secrets from the Iranian bomb program dries up: the scientist panics; he’s being followed, but he doesn’t know who’s on to him, and neither does Harry. To get his agent out, Harry turns to a secret British spy team known as “The Increment,” whose operatives carry the modern version of the double-O “license to kill.” But the real story is infinitely more complicated than Harry understands, and to get to the bottom of it he must betray his own country.

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The importance of being earnest

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Witty and buoyant comedy of manners is brilliantly plotted from its effervescent first act to its hilarious denouement, and filled with some of literature’s most famous epigrams. Widely considered Wilde’s most perfect work, the play is reprinted here from an authoritative early British edition. Note to the Dover Edition.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Witty and buoyant comedy of manners is brilliantly plotted from its effervescent first act to its hilarious denouement, and filled with some of literature’s most famous epigrams. Widely considered Wilde’s most perfect work, the play is reprinted here from an authoritative early British edition. Note to the Dover Edition.

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The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

SUMMARY: On the success of his two bestselling books about World War II, James Bradley began to wonder what the real catalyst was for the Pacific War. What he discovered shocked him. In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his daughter Alice, and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea with the intent of forging an agreement to divide up Asia. This clandestine pact lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, and the communist revolution in China. In 2005, James Bradley retraced that epic voyage and discovered the remarkable truth about America’s vast imperial past. Full of fascinating characters brought brilliantly to life,The Imperial Cruisewill powerfully revise the way we understand U.S. history.

SUMMARY: On the success of his two bestselling books about World War II, James Bradley began to wonder what the real catalyst was for the Pacific War. What he discovered shocked him. In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his daughter Alice, and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea with the intent of forging an agreement to divide up Asia. This clandestine pact lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, and the communist revolution in China. In 2005, James Bradley retraced that epic voyage and discovered the remarkable truth about America’s vast imperial past. Full of fascinating characters brought brilliantly to life,The Imperial Cruisewill powerfully revise the way we understand U.S. history.

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The Illustrated Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

SUMMARY: A fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller “Longitude.” “The Illustrated Longitude” recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship’s location at sea. All too often throughout the ages of exploration, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution to the longitude problem. To encourage a solution, governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The largest reward of 20,000– truly a king’s ransom– was offered by Britain’s Parliament in 1714. The scientific establishment– from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton– had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison’s trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story. “The Illustrated Longitude” brings a new and important dimension to Dava Sobel’s celebrated story. It contains the entire original narrative of “Longitude,” redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrewes– from portraints of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, scientifc instruments, and John Harrison’s remarkable sea clocks themselves. Andrewes’s elegant captions and sidebars on scientific and historical events tell their own story of longitude, paralleling and illuminating Sobel’s memorable tale. Dava Sobel is the author of the best-sellers “Longitude” and “Galileo’s Daughter,” and the editor and translator of “Letters to Father.” She lives in East Hampton, New York. William J. H. Andrewes is a museum consultant specializing in the history of scientific instruments and time measurement. He is the editor of “The Quest for Longitude” and lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Praise for “The Illustrated Longitude” “Two respected tellers of the longitude tale have teamed up! Sobel ‘s compelling prose is coupled with colorful and detailed illustrations provided by Andrewes. This edition responds to entreaties by readers who loved Sobel’s “Longitude” but who wanted pictures to go with it.”– “Mercator’s World” “Enormous care has been devoted to the illustrations and captions. Readers will finish this book considerably more educated about geography and navigation.”– “USA Today” “This new illustrated edition of Sobel’s 1995 study of Harrison’s remarkable instrument strikingly illuminates this largely unknown but crucial discovery.”– “Dallas Morning News” Praise for “Longitude” “As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science …. A book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and– not the least– plain old human ambition and greed.”– “Philadelphia Inquirer” “Intricate and elegant …. No novelist could improve on the elements of Dava Sobel’s “Longitude.””– “Newsweek” “Anyone with an interest in history or things maritime should consider “Longitude.” This fascinating volume brings alive the eighteenth century.”– “USA Today” “Nearly perfect prose and a magnificent story, an extraordinary book.”– “Washington Post Book World”

SUMMARY: A fully illustrated edition of the international best-seller “Longitude.” “The Illustrated Longitude” recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship’s location at sea. All too often throughout the ages of exploration, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution to the longitude problem. To encourage a solution, governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The largest reward of 20,000– truly a king’s ransom– was offered by Britain’s Parliament in 1714. The scientific establishment– from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton– had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison’s trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story. “The Illustrated Longitude” brings a new and important dimension to Dava Sobel’s celebrated story. It contains the entire original narrative of “Longitude,” redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrewes– from portraints of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, scientifc instruments, and John Harrison’s remarkable sea clocks themselves. Andrewes’s elegant captions and sidebars on scientific and historical events tell their own story of longitude, paralleling and illuminating Sobel’s memorable tale. Dava Sobel is the author of the best-sellers “Longitude” and “Galileo’s Daughter,” and the editor and translator of “Letters to Father.” She lives in East Hampton, New York. William J. H. Andrewes is a museum consultant specializing in the history of scientific instruments and time measurement. He is the editor of “The Quest for Longitude” and lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Praise for “The Illustrated Longitude” “Two respected tellers of the longitude tale have teamed up! Sobel ‘s compelling prose is coupled with colorful and detailed illustrations provided by Andrewes. This edition responds to entreaties by readers who loved Sobel’s “Longitude” but who wanted pictures to go with it.”– “Mercator’s World” “Enormous care has been devoted to the illustrations and captions. Readers will finish this book considerably more educated about geography and navigation.”– “USA Today” “This new illustrated edition of Sobel’s 1995 study of Harrison’s remarkable instrument strikingly illuminates this largely unknown but crucial discovery.”– “Dallas Morning News” Praise for “Longitude” “As much a tale of intrigue as it is of science …. A book full of gems for anyone interested in history, geography, astronomy, navigation, clockmaking, and– not the least– plain old human ambition and greed.”– “Philadelphia Inquirer” “Intricate and elegant …. No novelist could improve on the elements of Dava Sobel’s “Longitude.””– “Newsweek” “Anyone with an interest in history or things maritime should consider “Longitude.” This fascinating volume brings alive the eighteenth century.”– “USA Today” “Nearly perfect prose and a magnificent story, an extraordinary book.”– “Washington Post Book World”

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The Icebound Land

SUMMARY: Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as the captives of the fearsome Skandian wolfship captain, Erak. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise – even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers, Halt is joined by Horace as he travels through Gallica towards Skandia. On their way, they are constantly challenged by freelance knights – otherwise known as thieving thugs. But Horace knows a thing or two about combat, and he soon begins to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around with his uncanny skill. But will they be in time to rescue Will from a life of slavery?

SUMMARY: Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as the captives of the fearsome Skandian wolfship captain, Erak. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise – even defy his King. Expelled from the Rangers, Halt is joined by Horace as he travels through Gallica towards Skandia. On their way, they are constantly challenged by freelance knights – otherwise known as thieving thugs. But Horace knows a thing or two about combat, and he soon begins to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around with his uncanny skill. But will they be in time to rescue Will from a life of slavery?

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

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The Hunchback Assignments

SUMMARY: A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London.The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania’s efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It’s up to them to save their country.

SUMMARY: A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London.The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania’s efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It’s up to them to save their country.

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The House of Rothschild: . Money’s prophets, 1798-1848

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The first authoritative and compulsively readable history of the rise of this legendary banking dynastyIn his rich and nuanced portrait of the remark- able, elusive Rothschild family, Oxford scholar and bestselling author Niall Ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the family’s phenomenal economic success. He reveals for the first time the details of the family’s vast political network, which gave it access to and influence over many of the greatest statesmen of the age. And he tells a family saga, tracing the importance of family unity and the profound role of Judaism in the lives of a dynasty that rose from the confines of the Frankfurt ghetto and later used its influence to assist oppressed Jews throughout Europe. A definitive work of impeccable scholarship with a thoroughly engaging narrative, *The House of Rothschild* is a biography of the rarest kind, in which mysterious and fascinating historical figures finally spring to life. “A great biography.” –*Time magazine*”Absorbing. . . .Their enthralling story has been told before, but never in such authoritative detail.” –*The New York Times Book Review*”Niall Ferguson’s rich and compelling new book . . . is a feast.” –*The Wall Street Journal** Chosen by *Business Week* as one of the Best Business Books of 1998* A finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The first authoritative and compulsively readable history of the rise of this legendary banking dynastyIn his rich and nuanced portrait of the remark- able, elusive Rothschild family, Oxford scholar and bestselling author Niall Ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the family’s phenomenal economic success. He reveals for the first time the details of the family’s vast political network, which gave it access to and influence over many of the greatest statesmen of the age. And he tells a family saga, tracing the importance of family unity and the profound role of Judaism in the lives of a dynasty that rose from the confines of the Frankfurt ghetto and later used its influence to assist oppressed Jews throughout Europe. A definitive work of impeccable scholarship with a thoroughly engaging narrative, *The House of Rothschild* is a biography of the rarest kind, in which mysterious and fascinating historical figures finally spring to life. “A great biography.” –*Time magazine*”Absorbing. . . .Their enthralling story has been told before, but never in such authoritative detail.” –*The New York Times Book Review*”Niall Ferguson’s rich and compelling new book . . . is a feast.” –*The Wall Street Journal** Chosen by *Business Week* as one of the Best Business Books of 1998* A finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

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The House of Green Turf

SUMMARY: A famous singer wakes up in hospital after a car crash, haunted by the certainty that she has been responsible for a death at some time in the past. She hires an private investigator, who launches a hunt across Europe with the trail leading to Felse’s wife, Bunty.

SUMMARY: A famous singer wakes up in hospital after a car crash, haunted by the certainty that she has been responsible for a death at some time in the past. She hires an private investigator, who launches a hunt across Europe with the trail leading to Felse’s wife, Bunty.

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The Hound of Rowan

EDITORIAL REVIEW: MAX MCDANIELS LIVES a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. Many strange people are interested in Max and his tapestry. His discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where great things await him.But dark things are waiting, too. When Max learns that priceless artworks and gifted children are disappearing, he finds himself in the crossfire of an ancient struggle between good and evil. To survive, he’ll have to rely on a network of agents and mystics, the genius of his roommate, and the frightening power awakening within him.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: MAX MCDANIELS LIVES a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. Many strange people are interested in Max and his tapestry. His discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where great things await him.But dark things are waiting, too. When Max learns that priceless artworks and gifted children are disappearing, he finds himself in the crossfire of an ancient struggle between good and evil. To survive, he’ll have to rely on a network of agents and mystics, the genius of his roommate, and the frightening power awakening within him.

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The Hostage

SUMMARY: When an undercover operation monitoring the Real IRA goes horrifically wrong, British Intelligence turns to the one man who can get their agent out: Stratton, an SBS operative with a lethal reputation. It’s a dangerous race against time—if the Real IRA get to the Republic before Stratton gets to the Real IRA, his colleague is as good as dead. But the battle in the Northern Ireland borders is just the beginning. For there can only be one way the Real IRA knew about the British agent—someone inside MI5 is tipping them off.

SUMMARY: When an undercover operation monitoring the Real IRA goes horrifically wrong, British Intelligence turns to the one man who can get their agent out: Stratton, an SBS operative with a lethal reputation. It’s a dangerous race against time—if the Real IRA get to the Republic before Stratton gets to the Real IRA, his colleague is as good as dead. But the battle in the Northern Ireland borders is just the beginning. For there can only be one way the Real IRA knew about the British agent—someone inside MI5 is tipping them off.

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The Hostage

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Is Griffin our Homer or Tacitus? Those military experts wrote about real soldiers—and what the world needs now is a real-life Charley Castillo, Griffin’s smart and efficient Department of Homeland Security agent, who works directly for the president on cases calling for more than routine skills. Introduced in By Order of the President (2004), Castillo is an excellent alternative to the usual crew who make it to the headlines. Told in Griffin’s trademark clean and compelling prose, studded with convincing insider details, Castillo’s second outing starts with an American diplomat’s murder in Argentina, the kidnapping of his wife, and threats to murder her children unless she reveals the whereabouts of her brother, a U.N. diplomat involved in the food-for-Iraqi-oil scandal. Castillo and his team of tough and shrewd experts are just the kind of believable people we want in these situations. And if it takes a novelist like Griffin, who has honed his skills and weapons in five previous series, to bring them to life, at least their real counterparts will have some fictional role models to live up to. (Jan.)
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Griffin’s second novel in his Presidential Agent series is the best-selling author’s thirty-sixth book. Delta Force Major Charley Castillo is the protagonist-hero; he works with the Department of Homeland Security. He is asked by the president to go to Buenos Aires, where the wife of the deputy chief has been kidnapped and her husband has been murdered, shot twice in the head as she was forced to watch. Terrorists threaten to kill her children if she doesn’t tell them how to find her brother, who, it seems, may have knowledge about the UN-Iraqi oil-for-food scandal. The twists and turns here include the handling of a large amount of money–$16 million, to be exact–that a variety of people would like to get hold of, and the storyline is peppered with forged passports, special agents, and never-ending cell-phone calls. The convoluted plot will appeal to thriller readers, especially Griffin’s many fans, and although some of the dialogue is hackneyed, fans of the genre and author won’t care. The important thing is the fast pacing and the relevance of the story to today’s events and headlines. George Cohen
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Starred Review. Is Griffin our Homer or Tacitus? Those military experts wrote about real soldiers—and what the world needs now is a real-life Charley Castillo, Griffin’s smart and efficient Department of Homeland Security agent, who works directly for the president on cases calling for more than routine skills. Introduced in By Order of the President (2004), Castillo is an excellent alternative to the usual crew who make it to the headlines. Told in Griffin’s trademark clean and compelling prose, studded with convincing insider details, Castillo’s second outing starts with an American diplomat’s murder in Argentina, the kidnapping of his wife, and threats to murder her children unless she reveals the whereabouts of her brother, a U.N. diplomat involved in the food-for-Iraqi-oil scandal. Castillo and his team of tough and shrewd experts are just the kind of believable people we want in these situations. And if it takes a novelist like Griffin, who has honed his skills and weapons in five previous series, to bring them to life, at least their real counterparts will have some fictional role models to live up to. (Jan.)
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Griffin’s second novel in his Presidential Agent series is the best-selling author’s thirty-sixth book. Delta Force Major Charley Castillo is the protagonist-hero; he works with the Department of Homeland Security. He is asked by the president to go to Buenos Aires, where the wife of the deputy chief has been kidnapped and her husband has been murdered, shot twice in the head as she was forced to watch. Terrorists threaten to kill her children if she doesn’t tell them how to find her brother, who, it seems, may have knowledge about the UN-Iraqi oil-for-food scandal. The twists and turns here include the handling of a large amount of money–$16 million, to be exact–that a variety of people would like to get hold of, and the storyline is peppered with forged passports, special agents, and never-ending cell-phone calls. The convoluted plot will appeal to thriller readers, especially Griffin’s many fans, and although some of the dialogue is hackneyed, fans of the genre and author won’t care. The important thing is the fast pacing and the relevance of the story to today’s events and headlines. George Cohen
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