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The Shattered Tree

The Shattered Tree
Author : Charles Todd
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release Date : 2016-08-30
Category : Fiction
Total pages :320
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World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier’s background—and uncover his true loyalties—in this thrilling and atmospheric entry in the bestselling “vivid period mystery series” (New York Times Book Review). At the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire, stretcher-bearers find an exhausted officer, shivering with cold and a loss of blood from several wounds. The soldier is brought to battlefield nurse Bess Crawford’s aid station, where she stabilizes him and treats his injuries before he is sent to a rear hospital. The odd thing is, the officer isn’t British—he’s French. But in a moment of anger and stress, he shouts at Bess in German. When Bess reports the incident to Matron, her superior offers a ready explanation. The soldier is from Alsace-Lorraine, a province in the west where the tenuous border between France and Germany has continually shifted through history, most recently in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, won by the Germans. But is the wounded man Alsatian? And if he is, on which side of the war do his sympathies really lie? Of course, Matron could be right, but Bess remains uneasy—and unconvinced. If he was a French soldier, what was he doing so far from his own lines . . . and so close to where the Germans are putting up a fierce, last-ditch fight? When the French officer disappears in Paris, it’s up to Bess—a soldier’s daughter as well as a nurse—to find out why, even at the risk of her own life.

The Shattered Tree : a Bess Crawford Mystery [Large Print]/ Charles Todd

The Shattered Tree : a Bess Crawford Mystery [Large Print]/ Charles Todd
Author : Charles Todd
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2016
Category : Crawford, Bess (Fictitious character)
Total pages :464
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The Hollow Tree

The Hollow Tree
Author : James Brogden
Publisher : Titan Books (US, CA)
Release Date : 2018-03-13
Category : Fiction
Total pages :496
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From the critically acclaimed author of Hekla’s Children comes a dark and haunting tale of our world and the next. WHO DANCED WITH MARY BEFORE SHE DIED? After her hand is amputated following a tragic accident, Rachel Cooper suffers vivid nightmares of a woman imprisoned in the trunk of a hollow tree, screaming for help. When she begins to experience phantom sensations of leaves and earth with her lost hand, Rachel is terrified she is going mad... but then another hand takes hers, and the trapped woman is pulled into our world. She has no idea who she is, but Rachel can’t help but think of the mystery of Oak Mary, a female corpse found in a hollow tree, and who was never identified. Three urban legends have grown up around the case; was Mary a Nazi spy, a prostitute or a gypsy witch? Rachel is desperate to learn the truth, but darker forces are at work. For a rule has been broken, and Mary is in a world where she doesn’t belong...

Beneath the Twisted Trees

Beneath the Twisted Trees
Author : Bradley P. Beaulieu
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : 2019-07-02
Category : Fiction
Total pages :608
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The fourth book in The Song of Shattered Sands series--an epic fantasy with a desert setting, filled with rich worldbuilding and pulse-pounding action. When a battle to eradicate the Thirteenth Tribe goes awry, the kingdoms bordering the desert metropolis of Sharakhai see the city as weak and ripe for conquest. Çeda, now leader of the Shieldwives, a band of skilled desert swordswomen, hopes to use the growing chaos to gain freedom for Sehid-Alaz, the ancient, undying king of her people. Freeing him is only the beginning, however. Like all the people of her tribe on that fateful night four centuries earlier, Sehid-Alaz was cursed, turned into an asir, a twisted, miserable creature beholden to the kings of Sharakhai—to truly free her king, Çeda must break the chains that bind him. As Sharakhai’s enemies close in and the assault on the city begins, Çeda works feverishly to unlock the mysteries of the asirim’s curse. But danger lies everywhere. Enemy forces roam the city; the Blade Maidens close in on her; her own father, one of the kings of Sharakhai, wants Çeda to hang. Worst of all, the gods themselves have begun to take notice of Çeda’s pursuits. When the combined might of Sharakhai and the desert gods corner the survivors of the Thirteenth Tribe in a mountain fastness, the very place that nearly saw their annihilation centuries ago, Çeda knows the time has come. She was once an elite warrior in service to the kings of Sharakhai. She has been an assassin in dark places. A weapon poised to strike from the shadows. A voice from the darkness, striving to free her people. No longer. Now she's going to lead. The age of the Kings is coming to an end . . .

The Welcome hour

The Welcome hour
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1886
Category :
Total pages :129
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A Plane Tree in Provence

A Plane Tree in Provence
Author : Arlene Rains Graber
Publisher : Arlene Rains Graber
Release Date : 2011-08-14
Category : Drama
Total pages :129
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A Plane Tree in Provence Take five women traveling to Provence, France who are desperate to make changes in their individual lives, and combine with adventure, a gastronomical exercise in food and wine, and mix with squabbles, mischief, and a bit of lust. In the end, each woman returns to their hometown of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, ready to make the necessary changes in their lives. By Arlene Rains Graber http://www.arlenerainsgraber.com

The Shattered Swan

The Shattered Swan
Author : Krystiana Stacy Kelly
Publisher : Krystiana Stacy Kelly
Release Date : 2011-01-29
Category : Fiction
Total pages :129
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Tamara Villanueva has a certain cheerful na vet that has always helped her through rough patches. But when she goes back to her small hometown in southern Peru , that optimism is challenged. During a massive earthquake that she "s caught in while she "s there, she watches as someone murders her aunt.

The Violet Widow?

The Violet Widow?
Author : K. E. Osborn
Publisher : CreateSpace
Release Date : 2015-02-03
Category : Fiction
Total pages :272
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What would you do if the life you lived, the life you loved, was ripped from you tragically? How could life possibly go on? The only way to function and to continue living is to become someone else. Someone completely different to who you were. When life breaks you the only thing you can do is fight back. But at what cost? If you become someone else, the polar opposite to everything you stand for, does becoming The Violet Widow make anything better? Or will it make everything a hundred times worse? Finding love is something The Violet Widow never thought possible, but when an unknown man shows up on the five-year anniversary of her life changing, how can she resist the handsome stranger? Her walls are up. She is guarded. So how can one possibly love again after losing so much? The answer is simple - choose to live! What path will she take? The path to fade into the darkness, or the path to live?

The Integral Trees

The Integral Trees
Author : Larry Niven
Publisher : Del Rey Books
Release Date : 2003
Category : Fiction
Total pages :459
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Five hundred years after the crew of the spaceship Discipline is forced to abandon ship in a space oasis called the Smoke Ring, their unknowing descendants are contacted by the ship's cyborg cop, Sharls Davis Kendy, in an omnibus edition that also includes The Smoke Ring. Reprint.

The Collected Poems of the Late N. T. Carrington

The Collected Poems of the Late N. T. Carrington
Author : Noel Thomas Carrington
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1873
Category : Dartmoor (England)
Total pages :222
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Instrument of Peace

Instrument of Peace
Author : Rebecca Hall
Publisher : Elsewhen Press
Release Date : 2016-06-24
Category : Fiction
Total pages :368
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Raised in the world-leading Academy of magic rather than by his absentee parents, Mitch has come to see it as his home. He’s spent more time with his friends than his family and the opinion of his maths teacher matters far more than that of his parents. His peaceful life is shattered when a devastating earthquake strikes and almost claims his little brother’s life. But this earthquake is no natural phenomenon, it’s a result of the ongoing war between Heaven and Hell. To protect the Academy, one of the teachers makes an ill-advised contract with a fallen angel, unwittingly bringing down The Twisted Curse on staff and students. Even as they struggle to rebuild the school, things begin to go wrong. The curse starts small, with truancy, incomplete assignments, and negligent teachers over-reacting to minor transgressions, but it isn’t long before the bad behaviour escalates to vandalism, rioting and attempted murder. As they succumb to the influence of the curse, Mitch’s friends drift away and his girlfriend cheats on him. When the first death comes, Mitch unites with the only other students who, like him, appear to be immune to the curse; together they are determined to find the cause of the problem and stop it.

X-Men

X-Men
Author : Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Dean Wesley Smith
Publisher : Del Rey
Release Date : 2003-03-04
Category : Fiction
Total pages :256
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It's the movie event of the year--and the action-packed book you've been waiting for. Outcasts from society, the X-MEN are genetic mutants, born with superhuman powers, who harness their special abilities for the greater good. But the human race they fight to protect rejects and fears--even hates--them. Not all mutants seek to protect mankind. One terrorist group--led by the supremely powerful Magneto--seeks to strike first. Battling against prejudice and agents of intolerance, the X-MEN must establish a peaceful coexistence between mutant and mankind or they will surely perish . . . From the Paperback edition.

The Telephone Book

The Telephone Book
Author : Avital Ronell
Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
Release Date : 1989-01-01
Category : Psychology
Total pages :465
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The telephone marks the place of an absence. Affiliated with discontinuity, alarm, and silence, it raises fundamental questions about the constitution of self and other, the stability of location, systems of transfer, and the destination of speech. Profoundly changing our concept of long-distance, it is constantly transmitting effects of real and evocative power. To the extent that it always relates us to the absent other, the telephone, and the massive switchboard attending it, plugs into a hermeneutics of mourning. The Telephone Book, itself organized by a "telephonic logic," fields calls from philosophy, history, literature, and psychoanalysis. It installs a switchboard that hooks up diverse types of knowledge while rerouting and jamming the codes of the disciplines in daring ways. Avital Ronell has done nothing less than consider the impact of the telephone on modern thought. Her highly original, multifaceted inquiry into the nature of communication in a technological age will excite everyone who listens in. The book begins by calling close attention to the importance of the telephone in Nazi organization and propaganda, with special regard to the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. In the Third Reich the telephone became a weapon, a means of state surveillance, "an open accomplice to lies." Heidegger, in Being and Time and elsewhere, elaborates on the significance of "the call." In a tour de force response, Ronell mobilizes the history and terminology of the telephone to explicate his difficult philosophy. Ronell also speaks of the appearance of the telephone in the literary works of Duras, Joyce, Kafka, Rilke, and Strindberg. She examines its role in psychoanalysis—Freud said that the unconscious is structured like a telephone, and Jung and R. D. Laing saw it as a powerful new body part. She traces its historical development from Bell's famous first call: "Watson, come here!" Thomas A. Watson, his assistant, who used to communicate with spirits, was eager to get the telephone to talk, and thus to link technology with phantoms and phantasms. In many ways a meditation on the technologically constituted state, The Telephone Book opens a new field, becoming the first political deconstruction of technology, state terrorism, and schizophrenia. And it offers a fresh reading of the American and European addiction to technology in which the telephone emerges as the crucial figure of this age.

Trenchblight

Trenchblight
Author : James McBride
Publisher : iUniverse
Release Date : 2014-02-11
Category : Fiction
Total pages :610
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August 1914, Britain is aflame with war and patriotism. Men from all over the country rush to enlist, volunteering to fight for King and country. Most are young and innocent and cannot possibly foresee the horrors that await them on the bloody battlegrounds of the Western Front. How many of them will survive? Brothers Tom and David Duke have spent most of their lives playing rugby together. With the advent of war, however, they too choose to enlist, each for his own reason: Tom has an insatiable lust for adventure, and David simply cannot let his brother go to war without him. They become soldiers, and together will face the untold horrors of the First World War. Their innocence and boundless enthusiasm propel them into the infamous Battle of the Somme in 1916. The following year, they face the unspeakable horror of Passchendaelle, a name that would become synonymous with the ineffable futility of the Great War. What began as patriotic adventure becomes a fight for survival. The brothers cannot escape the brutal reality of war which has unforeseen and tragic consequences for them and the people they love most. Based on the official war diaries of the Eleventh Battalion, the London Regiment, this historical novel tells a gripping story of the true tragedy of the Great War.

Delirium

Delirium
Author : James Wharton
Publisher : CreateSpace
Release Date : 2014-02-24
Category : Fiction
Total pages :360
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Good looks, a great job and a cool car--Jack Keeler has it all. He's even found the perfect girl, the soul mate he always dreamed of. But Jack's world is not what it seems, and the reality he thought he knew is only an illusion. He suddenly finds himself in a totally different world, one filled with deceit and death.As Jack realizes he is a man living in two worlds, his life begins to unravel. He struggles to separate the world of reality from the world of illusion, but is horrified to find the world in which he lived and the world in which he now finds himself offer only one choice--certain death!Set against the vibrant backdrop of present day Chicago, a small Indiana town, and the South Pacific in World War Two, Delirium is a haunting love story spanning time and continents. Its compelling and all too human characters jump off the page to join the reader in the mystery, action and romance.