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Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous

**A frontline account of how to fight corruption, from Nigeria’s former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.** In *Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous,* Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has written a primer for those working to root out corruption and disrupt vested interests. Drawing on her experience as Nigeria’s finance minister and that of her team, she describes dangers, pitfalls, and successes in fighting corruption. She provides practical lessons learned and tells how anti-corruption advocates need to equip themselves. Okonjo-Iweala details the numerous ways in which corruption can divert resources away from development, rewarding the unscrupulous and depriving poor people of services. Okonjo-Iweala discovered just how dangerous fighting corruption could be when her 83-year-old mother was kidnapped in 2012 by forces who objected to some of the government’s efforts at reforms led by Okonjo-Iweala—in particular a crackdown on fraudulent claims for oil subsidy payments, a huge drain on the country’s finances. The kidnappers’ first demand was that Okonjo-Iweala resign from her position on live television and leave the country. Okonjo-Iweala did not resign, her mother escaped, and the program of economic reforms continued. “Telling my story is risky,” Okonjo-Iweala writes. “But not telling it is also dangerous.” Her book ultimately leaves us with hope, showing that victories are possible in the fight against corruption.

The Fifth Essence (The Final Formula Series, Book 5)

Addie Daulton has never backed down from a challenge. After all, doing the impossible is what makes her a master alchemist. So when she learns that her best friend, James Huntsman, has been banished from the mortal world, she believes she can get him back. But finding James isn’t her only problem. An infectious breed of zombies has appeared in the city, and they’re like nothing any necromancer has seen. Addie suspects that alchemy is involved, or more specifically, an alchemist. She strongly suspects her former colleague Neil Dunstan is behind it, using the ingredient she inadvertently gave him. And if all of this isn’t enough, New Magic suddenly vanishes as mysteriously as it appeared two decades ago. With the naming of a new Deacon only days away and infectious zombies targeting former New Magic users, it’s not the best time for Rowan to lose his power—magically or politically. Impossible problems require improbable solutions, and circumstances keep pushing Addie to the same conclusion: the answer is buried in her family history. A history she doesn’t remember. Now to save those she cares about, and perhaps the entire city, Addie will have to face her greatest fear. Her past.

Fatemarked

In the spirit of fantasy epics like George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, The Fatemarked Epic promises immaculate world building, an ancient prophecy, a mysterious source of magic, interesting characters, war, political intrigue, and romance. The Hundred Years War has ravaged more than three generations of kings, queens, and citizens across the Four Kingdoms. Corrupt rulers dominate. Religious intolerance runs rampant. The cycle of vengeance continues to turn with the seasons. An ancient prophecy by a legendary oracle has been long forgotten. The prophecy promises the return of peace to the Four Kingdoms on the backs of a chosen few, the fatemarked, individuals marked at birth and blessed with specific magical powers. One shall be the Kings’ Bane, and will bring death to the warmongering rulers, using fear to force peace; another shall be the Peacemaker, bestowed with the rare ability to heal. Opposite sides of the same coin, dark and light, death and life, the Kings’ Bane and the Peacemaker are responsible for the fate of an entire continent. As they fight to achieve their destinies, adversity will hinder them in every realm: in the frozen north, assassination attempts and a brutal power struggle; in the holy west, a vicious queen and her self-righteous army of warriors; in the mysterious iron-clad forest of the east, revenge and glory rule the day; and in the southern empires of Calyp and Phanes, maturing dragons, slaves, and a civil war. To truly fulfill the oracle’s prophecy of peace, both the Kings’ Bane and the Peacemaker, as well as the other fatemarked, will need to overcome those who seek to destroy everything in their pursuit for power. **

The Far Side

Kristine Boyle is one smart cookie. Her friend Andie Schultz is a genius. Both have their hearts set on going to Caltech. However when a geeky rocket scientist wannabe goes sticking her head through strange doors, adventures ensue. *** Warning graphic language ***

Fall Guy

Celebrated author Carol Lea Benjamin broke bold new ground in 1996 with her award-winning fiction debut, This Dog for Hire, elevating the canine mystery novel out of the lighthearted realm of cozy and into the grittier, more emotionally substantial arena of serious crime fiction. Now, in the seventh spectacular appearance of private investigator Rachel Alexander and her pit bull partner, Dashiell — a gripping and unforgettable tale of heroes, survivors, and those who fall between the cracks — a shocking death is scrupulously examined in the harsh glare of a violent past.
Rachel Alexander hardly knew the dead man, NYPD Detective Timothy O’Fallon, who had a fatal “accident” while cleaning his service revolver in his Greenwich Village apartment. As a member of Rachel’s 9/11 support group, O’Fallon had shared little, spoken rarely, and revealed nothing except a strong attachment to Rachel’s dog, Dash. Yet for some unknown reason, in his will he named Rachel as the executor of his estate.
Accepting the unexpected responsibility with her trademark dedication, Rachel undertakes the strange, unsettling task of getting the late detective’s affairs in order — and in the process begins to piece together the sad, disparate pieces of Timothy O’Fallon’s life. And with each new demon she exposes, Rachel comes to believe more and more that this fatality was no accident at all … or even, in some dark and disturbing way, the suicide that most of his colleagues suspect.
Hidden deep in the shadows of the O’Fallon family’s history is a bizarre, three-decades-old tragedy that left a legacy of violence, grief, and guilt — and uncovering it could put Rachel’s life at serious risk. But it may already be too late for her to turn away because a terrifying vengeance must be served … and more victims will surely fall before a harrowing day of reckoning ultimately arrives.

Faery Dust

Okay, so an elf blasted his way into my kitchen and it resulted in me killing a man in the nastiest of ways, but that’s an occupational hazard. Good news? I had a job, and it was a doozy.
It was time to go steal a magical belt, the infamous Ræth Næg. That wasn’t the best part, though. Yeah, that’s right, I got to wear my ninja slippers ❤
But nothing was as it seemed, and elves were not to be trusted. Plus, there was the small issue of the million dollars. Oh, and the Hounds, and Vicky, who was doing my head in, and the vampires, and… You’ll just have to read the damn book to find out the rest.
**Hi, I’m Arthur “The Hat” Salzman. Gangster. Wizard. Screwed (again).** **
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Okay, so an elf blasted his way into my kitchen and it resulted in me killing a man in the nastiest of ways, but that’s an occupational hazard. Good news? I had a job, and it was a doozy.
It was time to go steal a magical belt, the infamous Ræth Næg. That wasn’t the best part, though. Yeah, that’s right, I got to wear my ninja slippers ❤
But nothing was as it seemed, and elves were not to be trusted. Plus, there was the small issue of the million dollars. Oh, and the Hounds, and Vicky, who was doing my head in, and the vampires, and… You’ll just have to read the damn book to find out the rest.
**Hi, I’m Arthur “The Hat” Salzman. Gangster. Wizard. Screwed (again).**

Exodus: Book 1 of The Omega Protocol Chronicles: Volume 1

In 2017, the course of human history was forever altered. A cataclysmic event, which would come to be known simply as The Infection, swept across the globe. The world population was decimated and civilization as it was known came to an end. All Malcolm Evans wants is to find his sister and her kids and get them some place safe. As an ex-CIA agent, he finds himself in the role of leader of a ragtag group of survivors heading to a promised sanctuary in the Great Lakes. Veronica Alpert spent her childhood preparing for the end of the world, thanks to her paranoid survivalist father. Little did she know that decades later, her father’s eccentricities would prepare her and her siblings to survive in this new world…especially when tragic circumstances tear the family apart. Jackson Webber had always been seen as no good white trash. Good people crossed the road when they saw him coming. So, how he ended up saddled with the care of two orphaned girls, he had no damn clue. Last things these little girls need is a screw-up like him looking out for them. Course, at the end of the world, it ain’t like they got many other choices. **

Exodus

**THIS INTERSTELLAR VOYAGE MIGHT BE OUR LAST**
With androids in control of Earth, and humans relegated to colonies on Mars and the outer planets, tensions are rising, and war looks inevitable. Looking for a way to escape the looming conflict, Alexander and Catalina de Leon board the Liberty with 70,000 other colonists on a voyage to Proxima Centauri, but it’s going to take them nine years to reach their destination, and a lot can happen in that time. As the trip progresses, everything that can happen does, and what was meant to be a monotonous voyage becomes a fight for survival against mysterious forces that threaten not only the passengers and crew, but the entire human race.

Excalibur

**From Bernard Cornwell. the creator of the No. 1 bestselling *Sharpe* novels. Arthur seeks peace, with the aid of his sword *Excaliber* . . .** After rebellions and betrayals by those he believed loved him most, Arthur looks at his most weak. His Saxon enemies decide to strike before he regains his strength, plunging Britain into war. It will require all Arthur’s leadership and military cunning to win this last battle. But in this final struggle of the warlord, the intrigues of Mordred, now the adult heir to the throne of Britain, and the dark magic of the priestess Nimue could conspire to bring about Arthur’s downfall. Even his trusty blade *Excaliber* may not be sharp enough to save him . . . Bernard Cornwell concludes *The Warlord Chronicles* , bringing the Arthurian legend to thrilling new life. **’A powerful and dramatic retelling of the Arthurian legend’ Sharon Penman** **’Of all the books I have written these are my favourites’ Bernard Cornwell**

The evolution of beauty

******* *A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY *THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW* ,  *SMITHSONIAN,*  AND *WALL STREET JOURNAL ** *****
A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed “the taste for the beautiful”—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. **
In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin’s theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves. But can adaptation by natural selection really account for everything we see in nature?
     Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum—reviving Darwin’s own views—thinks not. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays: Club-winged Manakins who sing with their wings, Great Argus Pheasants who dazzle prospective mates with a four-foot-wide cone of feathers covered in golden 3D spheres, Red-capped Manakins who moonwalk. In thirty years of fieldwork, Prum has seen numerous display traits that seem disconnected from, if not outright contrary to, selection for individual survival. To explain this, he dusts off Darwin’s long-neglected theory of sexual selection in which the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons—for the mere pleasure of it—is an independent engine of evolutionary change.
    Mate choice can drive ornamental traits from the constraints of adaptive evolution, allowing them to grow ever more elaborate. It also sets the stakes for sexual conflict, in which the sexual autonomy of the female evolves in response to male sexual control. Most crucially, this framework provides important insights into the evolution of human sexuality, particularly the ways in which female preferences have changed male bodies, and even maleness itself, through evolutionary time.
*The Evolution of Beauty* presents a unique scientific vision for how nature’s splendor contributes to a more complete understanding of evolution and of ourselves. **

Etched in Bone

**THE* NEW YORK TIMES* BESTSELLER! *
*Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves…* *
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After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave… **

The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook

**This authorized collection of 75 simplified Indian classics for the
immensely popular electric pressure cooker, the Instant Pot, is a beautifully
photographed, easy-to-follow source for flavorful weekday meals.**
_The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook_ is your source for quick,
flavorful Indian favorites and contemporary weekday meals. With 75 well-tested
recipes authorized by Instant Pot covering every meal of the day, this is a
go-to resource for classic chicken, lamb, and vegetarian curries; daals,
soups, and seafood like fennel and saffron spiced mussels; breakfast delights
like spicy frittata and ginger almond oatmeal; and sweet treats like rose milk
cake and fig and walnut halwa.

Escape!

Danny wasn’t a bad kid at heart, but the government put Danny in prison for a long list of crimes, with no end to his sentence. He had to get back to his girl. He had to get back to Laurie. Watched over at all times by a Big Brother-like sentient computer, there was no way out of the escape-proof prison except to… Escape!
“Escape! … has generated more mail from readers than any other single story I have ever written.”
\- Ben Bova
“I think this was the only book I read in one sitting.”
\- Goodreads.com

Erotic Comics: A Graphic History From Tijuana Bibles to Underground Comix

This international survey of erotic comics chronicles a groundbreaking form of sexual expression up to 1970, the years when mainstream culture spurned explicit eroticism. In the 1930s, American “Tijuana Bibles,” little pornographic comic books that parodied popular comics and comic strips, were widely available. World War II gave a boost to erotic comics, especially illustrated pin-ups. This set the stage for men’s magazines such as *Playboy*, which included racy cartoons from the beginning, and fetish comics. The flowering of the counterculture in the next decade gave rise to underground comics, whose acknowledged master was Robert Crumb. A parallel development occurred in Europe, where erotic comics like *Barbarella* were suddenly the rage. *Erotic Comics* tells this story with hundreds of illustrations, informative text, and insights from key artists, writers, and publishers. It’s sexy, artistic, entertaining, intriguing, and informative.

Enlisting Her Heart

Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. Menage – MFM
In book four of Breaking Protocol:
The troops finally land a vacation in a tropical paradise for some much needed R&R and a honeymoon celebration. With time to unwind, Zane ‘Hulk’ Monroe moves in on the one little redhead that’s been on his mind since she arrived at the ranch—Violet Larose. He’d been keeping her at a distance, but with their mission at a standstill and the warm sun, soft sand, and flowing drinks, what better time than the present?
Nick ‘Kodiak’ Hughes has enjoyed the playful flirting with Violet, but wants more. A lot more. He knows Hulk has a thing for her that she returns, but doesn’t think that should stop him from moving in. What’s not to like about a good ménage relationship, right? Normally, the woman would be the one to need some extra convincing and persuasion, but not in this case. He’s up against not only one of the most stubborn soldiers he’d ever met, but one that is suffering from extreme PTSD and in denial.
With the enemy hunting on their territory and endangering the family they hold so dear, the unit must lay it all on the line to protect them. With the mission down to the wire and the victory in sight, can they figure out who is friend, and who is foe?
This book contains real problems that real soldiers deal with on a daily basis. Join the men in a journey of love, action, and a family pulling together to help their soldiers regain control of their lives as they take on the world in order to protect their country and defend their freedom. Sweet romance, hot ménage sex that will curl your toes, and a bunch of soldiers who will steal your heart and leave you wanting more awaits you!