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Playing With Fire (Sister Witches Book 3)

After a terrible experience in the war-torn Elven Realm, Mirabelle returns to her sister’s farm, alone, to do some much needed introspection. Now that Matthew has gone to do some soul-searching himself, Mirabelle can really focus on her witchcraft, and building her powers. She tries to settle into a new rhythm, that includes Sam, Anona’s otherworldly boyfriend, but nothing stays quiet too long on this Pennsylvania farm. Before she knows it, Mirabelle is thrown into another inter-realm conflict, meeting old foes, and saving old friends.

The Plague

Appearing in the middle of a secret lab isn’t the best way to introduce yourself.
Stuck in the boring cycle of school, work, and sleep, Andi would call her life anything but exciting. That is, until she finds herself pulled into a video game adaptation of her favorite book series.
Now finding herself in an adventure spanning the high-tech galaxy, an insatiable force of blood-thirsty monsters continues to spread their plague, wreaking havoc across every living thing, including Andi’s mind.
Targeted by a mysterious adversary that wants her dead, and a government that wants to study her, Andi must race to find the scientist that summoned her before the clock runs out. With abilities she never thought possible, the redhead finds herself as the last bastion against the coming darkness.

Pirate Latitudes

Michael Crichton as you’ve never seen him — an irresistible tale of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal. Jamaica in 1665 is a rough outpost of the English crown, a minor colony holding out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, Jamaica’s capital, a cut-throat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses, is devoid of London’s luxuries; life here can end swiftly with dysentery or a dagger in your back. But for Captain Edward Hunter it is a life that can also lead to riches, if he abides by the island s code. In the name of His Majesty King Charles II of England, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking. And law in the New World is made by those who take it into their hands. Word in port is that the Spanish treasure galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is stalled in nearby Matanceros harbor awaiting repairs. Heavily fortified, the impregnable Spanish outpost is guarded by the blood-swiller Cazalla, a favorite commander of King Philip IV himself. With the governor’s backing, Hunter assembles a roughneck crew to infiltrate the enemy island and commandeer the galleon, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloody legends of Matanceros suggest, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he finds himself on the island’s shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry are all that stand between him and the treasure. With the help of his cunning crew, Hunter hijacks El Trinidad and escapes the deadly clutches of Cazalla, leaving plenty of carnage in his wake. But his troubles have just begun. . . . Discovered among Crichton’s files after his passing last Fall, PIRATE LATITUDES is sure to generate tremendous reader interest and media coverage. **

Picking a Python Version: A Manifesto

This report guides you through the implicit decision tree of choosing what Python version, implementation, and distribution is best suited for you. It weighs and discusses the merits of each of these choices, and briefly discusses the reasons each option exists.

The Pentagon’s Brain

**NATIONAL BESTSELLER** **A Pulitzer Prize Finalist** **and t** **he definitive history of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, from the author of the *New York Times* bestseller *Area 51** *No one has ever written the history of the Defense Department’s most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science R &D agency. In the first-ever history about the organization, *New York Times *bestselling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA, or “the Pentagon’s brain,” from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present. This is* the* book on DARPA–a compelling narrative about this clandestine intersection of science and the American military and the often frightening results.

Pandemic

A deadly outbreak in Kenya.
A conspiracy beyond imagination.
And a race to save humanity in its darkest hour.
From A.G. Riddle, the worldwide bestselling author of The Atlantis Gene and Departure, comes a novel that will change everything you think you know about pandemics.
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A hundred miles north of Alaska, an American Coast Guard vessel discovers a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. It has no national identification and doesn’t match the records of any known vessel. Deep within, researchers find evidence of a scientific experiment that will alter our very understanding of the human race.
In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC’s leading epidemiologist, she’s among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It’s a lonely and dangerous job, but it’s her life—and she’s good at it. This time, she may have met her match.
In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death’s door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO. What they find in the remote village is beyond their worst fears. As she traces the origin of the pathogen, Peyton begins to believe that there is more to this outbreak—that it may be merely the opening act in a conspiracy with far reaching consequences.
In Berlin, Desmond Hughes awakens in a hotel room with no memory of how he got there or who he is. On the floor, he finds a dead security guard from an international pharmaceutical company. His only clue leads him to Peyton Shaw—a woman who seems to know him, but refuses to tell him how. With the police searching the city for him, Desmond desperately tries to piece together what happened to him. To his shock and horror, he learns that he may be involved in causing the outbreak—and could hold the only key to stopping it.
As the pathogen spreads around the world, Peyton and Desmond race to unravel the conspiracy behind the pandemic—and uncover secrets some want to keep buried.
ABOUT PANDEMIC
PANDEMIC is A.G. Riddle’s first new novel in almost two and a half years. The product of extensive research, PANDEMIC takes readers inside the CDC and WHO response to a deadly outbreak. It features the real-life science and history blended with fiction that readers have come to know and love in Riddle’s past novels. PANDEMIC is the first novel in a new series: The Extinction Files.

Painted Ladies

**The brilliant new Spenser novel from the beloved *New York Times*-bestselling author Robert B. Parker. **
Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting.
The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen. Convinced that Ashton Prince played a bigger role than just ransom delivery boy, Spenser enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with the thieves. But this is a game he might not come out of alive…
Completed the year before he passed away, *Painted Ladies* is Spenser and Robert B. Parker at their electrifying best.

The Other Lands

David Anthony Durham is the author of “Gabriel’s Story”—winner of two American Library Association awards—“Walk Through Darkness”, “Pride of Carthage” and “Acacia: The War with the Mein” which is one of three novels by David that have been optioned for film adaptation and also helped Mr. Durham win the 2009 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. David is currently working on the concluding volume of the Acacia Trilogy.

CLASSIFICATION: The Acacia Trilogy is epic fantasy fueled by compelling characters, realistic world-building and powerful storytelling. In the vein of George R.R. Martin, Stephen R. Donaldson, Jacqueline Carey and Brian Ruckley, but defined by David Anthony Durham’s unique historical fiction-influenced viewpoint…
FORMAT/INFO: Page count is 464 pages divided over a Prologue, three titled Books, and fifty-one chapters. Also includes a map of the Known World and the Other Lands and a detailed summary of the first book. Narration is in the third person via several different characters including returning POVs Corinn Akaran, her brother and sister Dariel & Mena, and Corinn’s councillor Rialus Neptos. Other POVs include the leaguemen Sire Neen & Sire Dagon, Barad the Lesser, Avril’s former companion Kelis Umae, Corinn’s informant Delivegu Lemardine, and Mór, a Known World slave now living in The Other Lands. “The Other Lands” is the second volume in the Acacia Trilogy after “Acacia: The War with the Mein”, and ends on a cliffhanger.

Oscar & Lucinda

The Booker Prize-winning novel–now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight  Pictures.
This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in  nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent–a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms–could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions of the Divine become allied with a teenaged heiress who buys a glassworks to help liberate her sex. And only the prodigious imagination of Peter Carey could implicate Oscar and Lucinda in a narrative of love and commerce, religion and colonialism, that culminates in a half-mad expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.

Orion

Alle tre del pomeriggio, John O’Ryan è seduto in un ristorante di Manhattan senza un pensiero al mondo. Dopo aver notato una splendida ragazza dagli occhi grigi e un paio di bizzarri individui molto interessati a lei, si vede recapitare un insolito dessert sotto forma di una bomba a mano pronta a esplodere. John sospetta di essere coinvolto in una lotta senza quartiere, e ha ragione: solo che non si tratta di nemici ordinari ma di due entità millenarie che si disputano il futuro del genere umano. Per fortuna, neanche John O’Ryan è solo quel che sembra: quando deciderà di scoprire il segreto della sua vera identità, dovrà tuffarsi in varie epoche del passato fino a dare un senso al conflitto che vorrebbe vederlo come una semplice pedina, mentre lui si sente un semidio. Orion è uno dei più bei romanzi d’azione della fantascienza americana. **
### Sinossi
Alle tre del pomeriggio, John O’Ryan è seduto in un ristorante di Manhattan senza un pensiero al mondo. Dopo aver notato una splendida ragazza dagli occhi grigi e un paio di bizzarri individui molto interessati a lei, si vede recapitare un insolito dessert sotto forma di una bomba a mano pronta a esplodere. John sospetta di essere coinvolto in una lotta senza quartiere, e ha ragione: solo che non si tratta di nemici ordinari ma di due entità millenarie che si disputano il futuro del genere umano. Per fortuna, neanche John O’Ryan è solo quel che sembra: quando deciderà di scoprire il segreto della sua vera identità, dovrà tuffarsi in varie epoche del passato fino a dare un senso al conflitto che vorrebbe vederlo come una semplice pedina, mentre lui si sente un semidio. Orion è uno dei più bei romanzi d’azione della fantascienza americana.
### L’autore
Born in Philadelphia, **Ben Bova** worked as a newspaper reporter, a technical editor for Project Vanguard (the first American satellite program), and a science writer and marketing manager for Avco Everett Research Laboratory, before being appointed editor of *Analog* , one of the leading science fiction magazines, in 1971. After leaving *Analog* in 1978, he continued his editorial work in science fiction, serving as fiction editor of *Omni* for several years and editing a number of anthologies and lines of books, including the “Ben Bova Presents” series for Tor. He has won science fiction’s Hugo Award for Best Editor six times.
A published SF author from the late 1950s onward, Bova is one of the field’s leading writers of “hard SF,” science fiction based on plausible science and engineering. Among his dozens of novels are *Millennium, The Kinsman Saga, Colony, Orion, Peacekeepers, Privateers,* and the *Voyagers* series. Much of his recent work, including *Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, The Precipice,* and *The Rock Rats* , falls into the continuity he calls “The Grand Tour,” a large-scale saga of the near-future exploration and development of our solar system.
A President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, in 2001 Dr. Bova was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He lives in Naples, Florida, with his wife, the well-known literary agent Barbara Bova.

Operation Time Search

Snooping around a top-secret government installation, photographer Ray Osborne stumbled across an experimental time field. Suddenly the familiar Ohio landscape disappeared and Ray found himself transported to a prehistoric world where the dread priest of Atlantis waged a war against the Sun-born of Mu. So while the scientist of the Twentieth Century worked desperately to draw him back to the present, Ray Osborne was recruited by the people of Mu to win a war that could change the course of history, and trap him in the past forever!

The Opal-Eyed Fan

FURIES UNLEASHED
Was it a random storm or destiny’s mischief that shipwrecked lovely Persis Rooke on Lost Lady Key? Persis couldn’t be sure. Rescued by the handsome Captain Crewe Leverett and marooned on the darkly mysterious island with his strange sister and her beau, she was aware only of the oppressive superstitions of the natives who feared a strange curse–the curse of the opal-eyed fan.
Somehow she knew she had to learn the unspoken secret of the island and the truth about the fabulous Spanish lady who, years before, had left the infamous Satin-shirt Jack dead and then disappeared forever. But Persis was not aware of the evil that awaited her, nor of the romance that would endanger her until it was too late. . . .

One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

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In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran “Washington Post” reporter Michael Dobbs has pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce the most authoritative book yet on the Cuban missile crisis. In his hour-by-hour chronicle of those near-fatal days, Dobbs reveals some startling new incidents that illustrate how close we came to Armageddon.
Here, for the first time, are gripping accounts of Khrushchev’s plan to destroy the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo; the accidental overflight of the Soviet Union by an American spy plane; the movement of Soviet nuclear warheads around Cuba during the tensest days of the crisis; the activities of CIA agents inside Cuba; and the crash landing of an American F-106 jet with a live nuclear weapon on board.
Dobbs takes us inside the White House and the Kremlin as Kennedy and Khrushchev–rational, intelligent men separated by an ocean of ideological suspicion–agonize over the possibility of war. He shows how these two leaders recognized the terrifying realities of the nuclear age while Castro–never swayed by conventional political considerations–demonstrated the messianic ambition of a man selected by history for a unique mission. As the story unfolds, Dobbs brings us onto the decks of American ships patrolling Cuba; inside sweltering Soviet submarines and missile units as they ready their warheads; and onto the streets of Miami, where anti-Castro exiles plot the dictator’s overthrow.
Based on exhaustive new research and told in breathtaking prose, here is a riveting account of history’s most dangerous hours, full of lessons for our time.

The Oncoming Storm

In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy’s two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine “Kat” Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy’s newest warship, *Lightning*.
Determined to prove she has value beyond her family name, Kat struggles to earn her crew’s respect and find her footing as the youngest captain in naval history. She soon discovers the situation on Cadiz is even worse than anyone in power anticipated. War isn’t just a possibility – it is imminent. Yet the admiral in position to bolster defenses refuses to prepare for a fight. Can Kat find a way to investigate the enemy, alert the Commonwealth, and whip an entire fleet into fighting shape before the Theocracy’s war machine destroys everything she holds dear?