The First DS Ian Peterson Murder Investigation. When Henry's wife is stabbed to death, he pays a prostitute to give him an alibi. Her body is discovered, strangled, and the police realise they are dealing with a serial killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks.
Sacrifice and Modern War Literature is the first book to explore how writers from the early nineteenth century to the present have addressed the intimacy of sacrifice and war. It has been common for critics to argue that after the First World War many of the cultural and religious values associated with sacrifice have been increasingly rejected by writers and others. However, this volume shows that literature has continued to address how different conceptions of sacrifice have been invoked in times of war to convert losses into gains or ideals. While those conceptions have sometimes been rooted in a secular rationalism that values lost lives in terms of political or national victories, spiritual and religious conceptions of sacrifice are also still in evidence, as with the 'martyrdom operations' of jihadis fighting against the 'war on terror'. Each chapter presents fresh insights into the literature of a particular conflict and the contributions explore major war writers including Wordsworth, Kipling, Ford Madox Ford, and Elizabeth Bowen, as well as lesser known authors such as Dora Sigerson, Richard Aldington, Thomas Kinsella, and Nadeem Aslam. The volume covers multiple genres including novels, poetry (particularly elegy and lyric), memoirs, and some films. The contributions address a rich array of topics related to wartime sacrifice including scapegoating, martyrdom, religious faith, tragedy, heroism, altruism, 'bare life', atonement, and redemption.
Jacinth, Miranda and Jack live in different lands, yet are all connected. Only by combining forces can they turn around the curse that has befallen their families for generations. A group of knights violently wrested a revered relic from an African tribe long ago. Our three protagonists are each descended from a knight - and each of them has a duty to return the stolen lily which gave the knights amazing powers. Powers that have warped and darkened over the centuries, leaving only instability and death in their wake. But a renegade ancestor is determined to retain the lily's power and influence - whatever the cost - and all three children are in terrible danger...
When GermanyÕs Sixth Army advanced to Stalingrad in 1942, its long-extended flanks were mainly held by its allied armiesÑthe Romanians, Hungarians, and Italians. But as history tells us, these flanks quickly caved in before the massive Soviet counter-offensive which commenced that November, dooming the Germans to their first catastrophe of the war. However, the historical record also makes clear that one allied unit held out to the very end, fighting to stem the tideÑthe Italian Alpine Corps. As a result of MussoliniÕs disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany, by the fall of 1942, 227,000 soldiers of the Italian Eighth Army were deployed on a 270km front along the Don River to protect the left flank of German troops intent on capturing Stalingrad. Sixty thousand of these were alpini, elite Italian mountain troops. When the Don front collapsed under Soviet hammerblows, it was the Alpine Corps that continued to hold out until it was completely isolated, and which then tried to fight its way out through both Russian encirclement and ÒGeneral Winter,Ó to rejoin the rest of the Axis front. Only one of the three alpine divisions was able to emerge from the Russian encirclement with survivors. In the all-sides battle across the snowy steppe, thousands were killed and wounded, and even more were captured. By the summer of 1946, 10,000 survivors returned to Italy from Russian POW camps. This tragic story is complex and unsettling, but most of all it is a human story. Mussolini sent thousands of poorly equipped soldiers to a country far from their homeland, on a mission to wage war with an unclear mandate against a people who were not their enemies. Raw courage and endurance blend with human suffering, desperation and altruism in the epic saga of this withdrawal from the Don lines, including the demise of thousands and survival of the few. Hope Hamilton, fluent in Italian and having spent many years in Italy, has drawn on many interviews with survivors, as well as massive research, in order to provide this first full English-language account of one of World War IIÕs legendary stands against great odds.
"The Sixth Science Fiction Megapack" presents 25 more mind-bending excursions through time and space, with great stories by such authors as Arthur C. Clarke, Nancy Kress, Lawrence Watt-Evans, George Zebrowski, Philip K. Dick, and many more! Included are: OUT OF ALL THEM BRIGHT STARS, by Nancy Kress THE HANGING STRANGER, by Philip K. Dick WALKING JOHN AND BIRD, by Neal Asher THE SYMPHONIC ABDUCTION, by Hannes Bok THE NINE BILLION NAMES OF GOD, by Arthur C. Clarke HILLARY ORBITS VENUS, by Pamela Sargent MAYBE JUST A LITTLE ONE, by Reginald Bretnor THE ULTROOM ERROR, by Jerry Sohl REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME, by Lawrence Watt-Evans THE ASTRONAUT FROM WYOMING, by Adam-Troy Castro & Jerry Oltion PRIDE, by Mary A. Turzillo CAT AND MOUSE, by Ralph Williams THE RECORD, by Forrest J Ackerman and Ray Bradbury THE NEW REALITY, by Reginald Bretnor WHAT HATH ME? by Henry Kuttner BRIDGE OF SILENCE, by George Zebrowski SUN’S UP, by A.A. Jackson IV and Howard Waldrop CONSIGNMENT, by Alan E. Nourse THE SYNDIC, by C.M. Kornbluth AFTER BONESTELL, by Jay Lake THE JEWELS OF APTOR, by Samuel R. Delany THE MISSISSIPPI SAUCER, by Frank Belknap Long MEMBERSHIP DRIVE, by Murray F. Yaco CANCER WORLD, by Harry Warner, Jr. EGOCENTRIC ORBIT, by John Cory And don't forget to search this ebook store for more entries in the Megapack series, covering everything from science fiction and fantasy to horror, westerns, pulp fiction, adventure, ghost stories, and much, much more!
What would you give up for immortal life and love? By day, Elise draws and paints, spilling out the horrific visions of her tortured mind. By night, she walks the streets, selling her body to the highest bidder. And then they come into her life: a trio of impossibly beautiful vampires: Terence, Maria, and Edward. When they encounter Elise, they set an explosive triangle in motion. Terence wants to drain her blood. Maria just wants Elise . . . as lover and partner through eternity. And Edward, the most recently-converted, wants to prevent her from making the same mistake he made as a young abstract expressionist artist in 1950s Greenwich Village: sacrificing his artistic vision for immortal life. He is the only one of them still human enough to realize what an unholy trade this is. Blood Sacrifice is a novel that will grip you in a vise of suspense that won't let go until the very last moment...when a shocking turn of events changes everything and demonstrates--truly--what love and sacrifice are all about.
All’s fair in blood and war. . . . Talk about wedding crashers from hell. Keira Kelly and her sexy vampire king, Adam, are about to tie the proverbial knot—sort of—when an uninvited blood relative shows up to cast a long, dark shadow over the happy occasion. Adam’s brother Gideon comes bearing the one-size-fits-all gift of bad news: an ancient, convoluted Challenge thrown down upon the entire Kelly clan. It seems the dreaded forces of the Dark Fae have declared war on Keira’s family, and at stake is the land that is rightfully theirs. But while the Kellys gather their troops in a historic San Antonio hotel to strategize, there’s mayhem back in Rio Seco. The old cemetery is vandalized, fires break out, and—worst of all—the Kelly clan matriarch and leader, Keira’s great-great-grandmother Minerva, goes missing. Should Keira risk breaking the Challenge rules by returning to her beloved home, or should she continue the waiting game that seems the only other option? With everything she loves and maybe even her life on the line, she has only one chance to get the answer right.
Lex, changed from her former self by the possession of demonic powers that drive her to kill, discovers what survival entails for her now. She soon discerns what she is able to live with and what she is unwilling to live without. Forced to take the will of another, she herself has her choice taken from her and is thrust into a world where she no longer fits. Tormented by dreams and memories, she realizes what she has lost, her ability to choose her own life, choose who she is and what she wants to be. She is bereft of her freedom of choice, the one inalienable right humans should possess... Now, she must take back her choice; take back her life and her world. She must fight to be the person she wants to be.
It had been two years since her husband passed away. Caz is desperately trying to move on with her life and decides to buy a new cottage out of town. Her two young children are not thrilled about the idea. When she moves in to her new home strange things start happening, endangering all of their lives. Caz tries frantically to save her family and keep them from harms way not realising in order to save her family she must enter a different world and fight for them from afar.
Sickness, an accident, financial pressure, a suffering child, the unknown, harmful habits, cancer, failureCan you truly enjoy blessing in the midst of suffering and find the strength to overcome numerous obstacles in order to serve God and others? Lydia shares how God did indeed bless her and her family through pain and enabled them to triumph over various challenges, reaping the benefits of sacrifice. May your heart be encouraged through the testimony of their experiences to face whatever pain and challenges are placed in your path.