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The CIA World Factbook 2018-2019

**The ultimate, comprehensive guide to country-by-country statistics around the world.**
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, ***The CIA World Factbook 2018-2019*** offers complete and up-to-date information on the world’s nations. This comprehensive guide is packed with data on the politics, populations, military expenditures, and economics of 2018.
For each country, ***The CIA World Factbook 2018-2019*** includes:
* Detailed maps with new geopolitical data
* Statistics on the population of each country, with details on literacy rates, HIV prevalence, and age structure
* New data on military expenditures and capabilities
* Information on each country’s climate and natural hazards
* Details on prominent political parties and contact information for diplomatic consultation
* Facts on transportation and communication infrastructure

Also included are appendixes with useful abbreviations, international environmental agreements, international organizations and groups, weight and measure conversions, and more. Originally intended for use by government officials, this is a must-have resource for students, travelers, journalists, and business people with a desire to know more about their world. **
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**The ultimate, comprehensive guide to country-by-country statistics around the world.**
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, ***The CIA World Factbook 2018-2019*** offers complete and up-to-date information on the world’s nations. This comprehensive guide is packed with data on the politics, populations, military expenditures, and economics of 2018.
For each country, ***The CIA World Factbook 2018-2019*** includes:
* Detailed maps with new geopolitical data
* Statistics on the population of each country, with details on literacy rates, HIV prevalence, and age structure
* New data on military expenditures and capabilities
* Information on each country’s climate and natural hazards
* Details on prominent political parties and contact information for diplomatic consultation
* Facts on transportation and communication infrastructure

Also included are appendixes with useful abbreviations, international environmental agreements, international organizations and groups, weight and measure conversions, and more. Originally intended for use by government officials, this is a must-have resource for students, travelers, journalists, and business people with a desire to know more about their world.
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The **Central Intelligence Agency** is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. The CIA is separated into four basic components: the National Clandestine Service, the Directorate of Intelligence, the Directorate of Science & Technology, and the Directorate of Support. They carry out “the intelligence cycle,” the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top US governmental officials. They are located in Langley, Virginia.

The Chieftain

George Clarke joined the Metropolitan Police in 1841. Though a “slow starter,” his career took off when he was transferred to the small team of detectives at Scotland Yard in 1862, where he became known as “The Chieftain.” This book paints the most detailed picture yet published of detective work in mid-Victorian Britain, covering “murders most foul,” “slums and Society,” the emergence of terrorism related to Ireland, and Victorian frauds. One particular fraudster, Harry Benson, was to contribute to the end of Clarke’s career and lead to the first major Metropolitan Police corruption trial in 1877. This fascinating book uses widespread sources of information, including many of Clarke’s own case reports.

The Castle Doctrine

“Out of prison and back on the streets, Daniel Faust returns home to a city on fire. The Chicago mob is making their play for control of Las Vegas, with an army of gunmen and a lethal shapeshifter on their side, while Daniel’s friend Jennifer marshals the forces of the Vegas underworld. Staying on the sidelines isn’t an option, especially when a Metro detective orders him to get the war under control – and if he can’t, he’ll expose Daniel’s secrets to the FBI. It’s a bad time for ghosts of the past to come calling, but Damien Ecko is on his way with a hit list and a legion of walking corpses. Marked for death by the courts of hell, the mad necromancer plans on making sure that everyone who framed him, Daniel first and foremost, dies along with him. Hunted by the living and the dead, pushed to his limits, Daniel will have to be smarter, faster, and more ruthless than he’s ever been. He’ll need to call upon new, dark powers, and darker allies. His enemies thought they took everything he had. They couldn’t take his hunger. When this war is over, Daniel Faust will rise like a phoenix … or go down in flames.” ~ back cover.

The Boy With the Topknot

**NOW A BBC DRAMA** ***The Boy With the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton* is a hilarious and heart-rending tale of what it is like to grow up different in modern Britain.** ” *It’s 1979, I’m three years old, and like all breakfast times during my youth it begins with Mum combing* *my hair, a ritual for which I have to sit down on the second-hand, floral-patterned settee, and lean forward, like I’m presenting myself for execution.* ” For Sathnam Sanghera, growing up in Wolverhampton in the eighties was a confusing business. On the one hand, these were the heady days of George Michael mix-tapes, Dallas on TV and, if he was lucky, the occasional Bounty Bar. On the other, there was his wardrobe of tartan smocks, his 30p-an-hour job at the local sewing factory and the ongoing challenge of how to tie the perfect top-knot.
And then there was his family, whose strange and often difficult behaviour he took for granted until, at the age of twenty-four, Sathnam made a discovery that changed everything he ever thought he knew about them. Equipped with breathtaking courage and a glorious sense of humour, he embarks on a journey into their extraordinary past – from his father’s harsh life in rural Punjab to the steps of the Wolverhampton Tourist Office – trying to make sense of a life lived among secrets. Praise for *The Boy with the Topknot:* ‘I absolutely loved it. **Heartbreaking and wonderful**. He writes beautifully’ Maggie O’Farrell **’Could not be more enjoyable, engaging or moving** ‘ *Observer* ‘Tragic, funny and disturbing. **It will challenge you, and may even change you** ‘ Carole Angier, *Independent* Sathnam Sanghera was born in 1976. He is an award-winning journalist who was previously chief feature writer at *The Financial Times* and now works for *The Times*. He lives in London. **Published in hardback as *If You Don’t Know Me by Now** *

The Book of the Moon

Have you ever wondered if there are seasons on the moon or if space tourism will ever become commonplace? So has Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock. In fact, she earned her nickname “Lunatic” because of her deep fascination for all things lunar. In her lucidly written, comprehensive guide to the moon, Aderin-Pocock takes readers on a journey to our closest celestial neighbor, exploring folklore, facts, and future plans.

She begins with the basics, unpacking everything from the moon’s topography and composition to its formation and orbit around the Earth. She travels back in time to track humanity’s relationship with the moon — beliefs held by ancient civilizations, the technology that allowed for the first moon landing, a brief history of moongazing, and how the moon has influenced culture throughout the years — and then to the future, analyzing the pros and cons of continued space travel and exploration. Throughout the book are sidebars, graphs, and charts to enhance the…

The Blood Mirror

The nail-biting continuation to the Lightbringer series from New York Times bestseller Brent Weeks.

When does an empire fall?

The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four-and those are falling before the White King’s armies.

Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison, Gavin may not be alone.

Kip Guile will make a last, desperate attempt to stop the White King’s growing horde. Karris White attempts to knit together an empire falling apart, helped only by her murderous and possibly treasonous father-in-law Andross Guile.

Meanwhile, Teia’s new talents will find a darker use-and the cost might be too much to bear.

Together, they will fight to prevent a tainted empire from becoming something even worse….

The Black Star Passes

THREE AGAINST THE STARS!
A sky pirate armed with superior weapons of his own invention…
First contact with an alien race dangerous enough to threaten the safety of two planets…
The arrival of an unseen dark sun whose attendant marauders aimed at the very end of civilization in this Solar System…
These were the three challenges that tested the skill and minds of the brilliant team of scientist-astronauts Arcot, Wade, and Morey. Their initial adventures are a classic of science fiction which first brought the name of their author, John W. Campbell, Jr., into prominence as a master of the inventive imagination — long before he became the editor of Astounding/Analog and changed the field of science fiction forever!

The Black River Chronicles: Level One

You know these characters: The ranger, the fighter, the wizard, the rogue. But haven’t you ever wondered how they learned to be those things?
Three months into his studies at the Black River Academy of Swordcraft and Spellcraft, Durren Flintrand is shocked by the news that from now on he’ll be assigned to a party, and that his only hope of progressing beyond the lowly rank of level one is to succeed with his new companions. However, Durren has a secret that may make that impossible, and his three partners have problems of their own. Wizard Areinelimus is terrified of her own magic. Rogue Tia has no patience at all with others. And warrior Hule is just an idiot. In fact, when a disembodied, floating eyeball is your most competent party member, you know you have serious problems.
To stand a chance of succeeding, they need to work together, and that means learning to tolerate each other, while surviving a world of angry rat people, murderous sorcerers and homicidal unicorns. But even if they can somehow find a way to get along, dark and ancient forces are stirring, ones no level one students should ever have to confront…
The Black River Chronicles is a new fantasy series from David Tallerman and Michael Wills. Set in an academy for young adventurers in training, the Black River Academy, our new dungeon crawlers set out to learn the ropes. Follow them in their adventures and misadventures and see if they save the day, or flunk out of school before earning their next level.
Thank you for your interest.

The Bitches of Enchantment: A Dark Princess Fairy Tale

PROLOGUE
When last we left our fierce princesses–rulers of the United Kingdom of Enchantment, they had found themselves in grave peril. Facing an unseen enemy, an unknown nemesis. Dare I say, a villain. Not one of mine, of course. No, whoever was behind the spell that stole the memories of my princesses, was far darker than any my imagination had ever conceived. This villain–villains?–was far more cruel than a stepmother, more heartless than a greedy queen, more diabolically patient than a wicked witch. Whoever had cast the spell had a sinister power the likes of which I had never seen in my homeland.
But if you live long enough, as I have, you hear whispers on the wind of such darkness. Soulless creatures who will stop at nothing to destroy anything–or anyone–who blocks their crooked path. I have heard of such villains. Others have written about them. They exist in the shadows until some thread of their own story unravels, and they seek out a new narrative.
Not that I know who is behind the undoing of my heroines. If I did, I would have given them the tools to fight the evil. I would have written them their happy endings. Alas, I know not what will become of them now in this strange new world. I know only that between them, they are more powerful than they ever realized. And that the one destined to save them all need only to remain steadfast and strong to rise to victory. Then maybe–just maybe–this won’t be the end of their tale.
However, the powerful clap of hoof beats, the drumming of soldiers approaching, and the smell of treachery in the air surrounding my tiny cottage as I write this, tells me that it could be the end of mine.
~Jacob Grimm
The Scribe

The Battle of Hastings

Harriet Harvey Wood’s original and fascinating book shows that, rather than bringing culture and enlightenment to England, the Normans’ aggressive and illegal invasion destroyed a long-established and highly-developed civilization which was far ahead of other European peoples in its political institutions, art and literature. It explores the background and lead-up to the invasion and the motives of the leading players, the state of warfare in England and Normandy in 1066, and the battle itself. By all the laws of probability, King Harold ought to have won the battle of Hastings without difficulty and to have enjoyed a peaceful and enlightened reign. That he did not was largely a matter of sheer bad luck. The result could just as easily have gone the other way. This gripping and highly-readable book shows how he came to be defeated, and what England lost as a result of his defeat and death.

The Bachman Books

Four of Richard Bachman’s eerie works are gathered here in a posthumous edition. They are Rage, a story of stunning psychological horror about an “estra” ordinary high school student; “The Long Walk”, a contest with death; “Roadwork, a strange variation on the theme of “Home Sweet Home”; and “The Running Man”, where you bet your life–literally.

The Ascent of Money

Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call if what you like, it matters now more than ever. In *The Ascent of Money* , Niall Ferguson shows that financial history is the back-story to all history. From the banking dynasty who funded the Italian Renaissance to the stock market bubble that caused the French Revolution, this is the story of booms and busts as it’s never been told before. With the world in the grip of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, there’s never been a better time to understand the ascent – and descent – of money. ‘Beautifully written … Breathtakingly clever’ *Sunday Telegraph* ‘A lucid and racy account of financial history’ *New Statesman* ‘A fine, readable and entertaining history’ Dominic Sandbrook, *Daily Telegraph* , Books of the Year ‘The tales he tells of boom and bust, of triumph and disaster, of bubbles that inflate … are the very essence of financial history’ Bill Emmott, *Financial Times* ‘An often enlightening and enjoyable tour through the underside of great events, a lesson in how the most successful great powers have always been underpinned by smart money’ Robert Skidelsky, *New York* *Review of Books*

The Apprentice Sorcerer

The life of one young man is unexpectedly changed, when selected by one of the Caldronian Guild Masters to become an apprentice. However, leaving his miserable life behind for the privileged one at the guild, is not without its own complications. With the country of Caldronia under attack from i’s neighbour, it falls upon the young apprentices of the guild to come to its defence. Those able to wield magic are prized greatest of all, and as the nation struggles against the relentless enemy, even those with minimal experience are forced into the action. YA Fantasy Fiction UK English

The Apothecary’s Curse

This Bram Stoker Award-nominated urban fantasy mixes alchemy and genetics as a gentleman physician and a brilliant apothecary try to prevent a pharmaceutical company from exploiting the book that made them immortal centuries ago.
In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder—only to find he cannot die.
Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript.
When modern-day pharmaceutical company Transdiff Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?

The Alora and the Knightlys Trilogy: Books 1-3

The Alora and the Knightlys Trilogy contains books 1-3 of “The Alora and the Knightlys” series.
Book 1: Alora and the Knightlys
Book 2: Alora and the Dragon Wizard
Book 3: Alora and the Three Kingdoms
Her story begins…
Alora lives on a farm with her mother and step father.
Age: Sixteen seasons.
Wants: More to life than doing chores.
When she finds out that the king is calling for volunteers for his army, she decides she has to go, no matter what.
And so begins her journey. A journey filled with knights, magic, and deception.

The Accidental Familiar

**Halloween with the OOPs crew! Trick or Treat?**
*When the warlock’s away, the familiar will play!*
Desperate to pay the rent, Broadway-star wannabe Poppy McGuillicuddy is in the middle of DJ-ing a Halloween party when a mishap with a cat named Calamity changes her life forever. Suddenly, she’s a familiar—as in, a witch’s familiar. Or in her case, a warlock’s. Even more specifically, a gorgeous warlock…who wants nothing to do with her. Thank God for the ladies from OOPs, who’ve promised their help as Poppy navigates her accidental paranormal powers.
Despite his last familiar leaving him bitter and disillusioned, warlock Rick Delassantos still isn’t heartless. He’s agreed to give Poppy a few days before contacting Familiar Central and demanding she be reassigned elsewhere. But barely a day is all it takes for Poppy to become the target of some seriously bad magic, forcing Rick to keep her close to ensure her safety. Not exactly a hardship, when his new familiar is as sexy as she is sassy.
With help from the Marty, Nina and Wanda, and assorted other OOPs friends, Rick and Poppy learn some important lessons— **fate works in mysterious ways; things aren’t always as they seem; and sometimes the worst evil can be found close to home!**
**A Halloween party gone wrong will keep the OOPs crew putting out one fire after another. Join them this Halloween for a ghoulishly, magic-filled tale!**
*The Accidental Familiar,* Book 14 of the bestselling Accidentally Paranormal series by ***USA Today* bestselling romantic comedy author Dakota Cassidy** is a laugh-out-loud, paranormal romantic comedy, and a great addition to your Halloween reading list.
**Accidentally Paranormal series by Dakota Cassidy**
*Interview With an Accidental*
10\. *Accidentally Aphrodite*
11\. *Accidentally Ever After*
12\. *Bearly Accidental*
13\. *How Nina Got Her Fang Back*
14\. *The Accidental Familiar*
15\. *Then Came Wanda…With a Baby Carriage*
16\. *The Accidental Mermaid*
What readers are saying…
*”Funny and very entertaining! Paranormal must read!”* ~Kathy Pearson
*”OMG! Ms. Cassidy outdid herself with this one! “* ~Lisa
Perfect for fans of Larissa Emerald, Robyn Peterman, and Eve Langlais