A 2018 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist The exciting true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the Whydah - the only pirate ship ever found - and the incredible mysteries it revealed. The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. The Whydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty - but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod. For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.
The Cape Horners´ Club:Tales of Triumph and Disaster at the World´s Most Feared Cape Adrian Flanagan
The Cape Horners´ Club:Tales of Triumph and Disaster at the World´s Most Feared Cape Adrian Flanagan
London, 1886: When a stranger with peculiar head injuries is admitted to Bethlem Asylum, the doctors are confounded by his permanent inability to recover his memory. Without any form of identity and suffering bizarre nightmares, the stranger soon finds out that he is somehow linked to a deceased nobleman who bequeaths him a farm in the Southern African Cape Colonies. After an attempt is made on his life by a clandestine order of assassins, he flees to Cape Town. Before long, his presence in the Cape Colonies is questioned, even feared, for the farm he had inherited has a sinister reputation already. By association, he is quickly blamed for an outbreak of brutal serial murders of which his memory loss does not absolve him. He meets Eleonora Rudd, daughter of De Beers magnate Charles Dunnell Rudd, and a reluctant romance ensues. Unfortunately, the corrupt Cape Town Police Chief and Eleonora´s fiancé uses his influence to turn the Cape Town people against the stranger who introduces himself as Poe. Apart from Eleonora and a local gravedigger called Rowlf as allies, Poe is pursued as suspect. But when Eleonora is taken by the killer, Poe and Rowlf are forced to unearth the malevolent nature of the man who lurks in Cape Town, killing women of all creeds with bestial cruelty. In order to save his beloved, Poe races against time and evidence to track down her captor and hopefully find her still alive. But what they discover is something worse than the fate of death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Kahlenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021250/bk_acx0_021250_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even after the release of Nelson Mandela and the promise of free elections, extremist groups terrorized South Africa, bombing churches, opening fire in bars and restaurants. Nearly twenty-five years ago, as a young Captain, Vaughn de Vries finds himself in pursuit of the suspects of a fatal bombing in his precinct, under the command of one of the most feared white police officers of the time: Major Kobus Nel. Out of radio communication and without clear evidence, the SAPS barge into a township and set off a chain of events which will resonate for a quarter of a century. In Cape Town in 2015, the heiress of an Apartheid-era industrialist is found murdered, her body posed to suggest a racial hate crime. But, as Colonel Vaughn De Vries investigates, possible motives for her death abound: a highly controversial art exhibition, her sexual preferences, her relationship - as yet unknown by the press - with the son of one of the heroes of The Struggle. And, moving South down through the country, five men are murdered, each with a connection to a point in history De Vries would sooner forget. When the link is made, De Vries must re-live the traumatic event to uncover the perpetrator. Old wounds, hidden in history, are exposed, and a mysterious killer approaches, whom no one seems able to stop. Longlisted for the 2015 Crime Writer´s Association Golden Dagger (Crime Novel of the Year) Praise for Paul Mendelson: ´Authoritative and unblinkered fare´ Financial Times ´Once more, South Africa is brought vividly to life in a fine crimer which delivers a warm change from the regular diet of Scandinavian angst´ Weekend Sport ´The Serpentine Road has been my discovery of the year. Paul Mendelson has the makings of a literary superstar´ Jenny Crwys Williams, Radio 702/Cape Talk 567 ´In another superb slice of South African noir, Mendelson illuminates the corruption and criminality that plagues a country still haunted by apartheid. A taut thriller which evokes a unique political and geographic landscape´ Cath Staincliffe ´An excellent, uncompromising crime thriller made even better by its setting ... the story is two journeys in one, and I´m glad I took both´ Lee Child ´A jaw-droppingly brilliant crime thriller. Imagine The Killing moved to Cape Town and into the landscape of the hot and dusty African veld´ Philip Glenister ´The First Rule of Survival is an incredibly atmospheric, complex and dazzling debut from a thrilling and authentic new voice in crime fiction´ Brian McGilloway ´An impressive debut´ The Times
Stripped of his wealth, cut off from his faithful helpers, Richard Wentworth, known and feared throughout the Underworld as the avenging Spider, struggles with his most powerful and wily foe - the Man who came out of the East! With Wentworth´s best friend, Police Commissioner Kirkpatrick framed for murder; with the entire city capitulating before that new and cruelly cunning menace from the Orient, the Spider himself seems doomed to die on the torture racks of the Far East! One man against more evil than anyone could ever imagine, enemies feared by any normal man. The Spider knew that, but it did not check the wild impulse to laughter that squeezed his lungs. It was no wonder that men call the Spider mad! Once, in a typical blood-and-screaming-bullets carnage of urban combat, Police Commissioner Kirkpatrick ticked off a long list of suspects. Wentworth blurted out this self-revealing truth. ´´I´m suspicious of everyone,´´ he admitted, ´´even of myself sometimes.´´ And well he should be. For Richard Wentworth was an undiagnosed manic-depressive - if not paranoid schizophrenic - subject to violent mood swings, climbing to unutterable heights of exultation in one scene, then crashing into the blackest depths of despair the next. When the Spider-madness came over him, he might pick up his treasured Stradivarius violin and launch into a night-long serenade to soul-searching. Or, he might putty up his face, don black hat and cape, go out Spidering.... Nick Santa Maria brings the action to vibrant life, narrating with a fever-pitch intensity. ´´The Coming of the Terror´´ originally published in The Spider magazine, September 1936. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Santa Maria. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084463/bk_acx0_084463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Misdirection is the first novel in a series of international crime thrillers by Martin Link. High-tech and action packed, this may seem like the stuff of science fiction; however, the series features amazing new technology that actually exist in the world today. When we first encounter the series´ narrator, Lucas Norton, he´s riding his bicycle through a sleeting rain, heading to his office in the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) complex in Cheltenham, England. Meet the new James Bond. He has all the high-tech toys Britain´s MI5 security service has developed at his disposal, but he´s just a regular guy dealing with a promotion and marital problems, in addition to one hell of a caper. Lucas´s first assignment at MI5 is to chase down a lead that consists of an e-mail containing four high-level keywords, a barely-intelligible phone call made from the same smartphone from which the e-mail was sent, and a cryptic numerical text. From this limited amount of information, the team quickly surmises that, rather than an act of terror, as was first feared, this is a high-target heist, organized by a very sophisticated operation, and it is already in motion. The question is, where? With each clever twist and turn of the story line, you will be trying to solve the case before Lucas and some of the world´s best security experts do, as they chase down a daring plot to make off with $48 million-right under their noses. Despite all their technology and brainpower, MI5 is always one step behind the perpetrators. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris MacDonnell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027477/bk_acx0_027477_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Written by Gareth Tilley and Oscar Wilde, Dramatized by Gareth Tilley. The full list of readers includes: The Colonial Radio Players, Jerry Robbins, J. T. Turner, Diane Capen, Colin Budzyna, James Turner, Sevan Dulgarian, Gabriel Clark, Cynthia Pape, John Pease, and Hugh Metzler. Meet the Otis family: Mister and Missus, and their four children - Washington; the twins called Stars and Stripes; and their daughter, Virginia. They´ve just moved from America and into the English country manor of Canterville Chase. Though rumors persist that the house is haunted, the Otis´ have none of it, and set about making the house their own. Then come the mysterious clanking chains and the bloodstains on the floor, and soon even the Otis family must come face to face with that most feared of creatures - The Canterville Ghost. But will the Ghost be able to survive his encounters with the erstwhile Americans? Based on the immortal short story by Oscar Wilde, the award-winning Colonial Radio Theatre presents this most macabrely witty tale about life, death, love, fear, and Pinkerton´s Champion Stain Remover. ´´The Canterville Ghost´´ comes to life in a spirited production - filled with lush music and evocative sound effects - which will have you laughing and shrieking in equal measure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jerry Robbins, J.T. Turner, The Colonial Radio Players, Diane Capen, James Turner, Gabriel Clark, Cynthia Pape. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004949/bk_brll_004949_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a former assassin in the Hunter program, Asher is one of a small group of Gen One Breed vampires who survived the horrors of a madman´s laboratory and the cruelty of the training that made him one of the most lethal beings in existence. Now, 20 years after his escape from those hellish origins, Asher is a loner whose heart is as cold as his skills are merciless. But when he thwarts a killing under way in the middle of the desert outside Las Vegas, Asher meets a beautiful woman who draws him into a deadly game against powerful enemies.... Orphaned as a child after her mother´s murder, Naomi Fallon didn´t survive 26 years on the street without using up most of her nine lives. But when her latest caper lands her in the Mojave against a Vegas gangster´s henchmen, she´s certain her number is up. Then he appears - immense, brutal, and far from human. Naomi´s never needed anyone´s help, least of all one of the Breed. But, after one risk too many, only a man with Asher´s skills can keep her safe. Yet, the solitary, seductively handsome vampire has enemies of his own and a secret that will not only shatter her faith in him but her heart, proving what she´s feared all along - that trust is only an illusion, and love may be the sharpest weapon of all. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Wayne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011465/bk_tant_011465_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.