This is a second edition of a book previously published by Samhain Publishing. David Lauriston has been recuperating at Lord Murdo Balfour’s Laverock estate for the last five months. At Laverock, he has regained his health and confidence and has found - with Murdo - more happiness and contentment than he has never known before. David is all too aware that some day soon he will have to leave Laverock - and Murdo - and return to his legal practice in Edinburgh, just as Murdo will have to return to his life in London. But when David’s mentor, Patrick Chalmers, asks David to return to Edinburgh to visit him on his deathbed, it seems that day has come sooner than either David or Murdo would have wished. Chalmers begs David to undertake one last piece of business for him: to secure the future of Chalmers’s daughter Elizabeth. But to carry out his old mentor’s wishes, David must travel to London, with Murdo. No sooner have the two men arrived in the capital than they encounter Murdo’s ruthlessly manipulative father, who reveals a shocking secret that rocks David to his foundations. What’s more, when David discovers Elizabeth is facing far greater danger than even her father feared, he is determined to help her, no matter the cost to his own safety. As the stakes rise, it is Murdo who must choose what he is prepared to sacrifice to keep David at his side, and ask whether there is any possibility of lasting happiness for men like them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hamish Mckinlay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102101/bk_acx0_102101_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a torrential downpour, Phil, Jamie, and Martin - three teenage boys - encounter a strange and enigmatic man covered in horrible scars who will change their lives, their destinies, and the very fate of their souls forever. When their encounter mistakenly leads to murder, they realize this eerie stranger may not have been a man at all, but something much more....Thirty years later the boys - now men - lead tormented lives filled with horrifying memories of the scarred man and what they did all those years ago in the rain. Phil is a struggling writer, divorced, with a daughter, and a mounting drinking problem. Jamie is a defrocked priest with depraved secrets and horrible addictions, and Martin, a madman who thinks himself a god, has vanished into a desolate desert region of Mexico and established a feared and violent blood cult. When Martin’s dying mother hires Phil to find her son and bring him home, Phil embarks on a perilous journey that will take him from the seedy streets of Tijuana to a dangerous and allegedly haunted stretch of desert Mexican road known as The Corridor of Demons. At the end of the road, in an old and previously abandoned church, Martin and his followers wait in the hell-on-earth they’ve created deep in the desert. There will be only one chance for redemption, one chance for salvation, and one chance to stop the rise of an antichrist’s bloody quest for demonic power. From the void, came chaos. These are its children. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Craig Van Ness. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/137463/bk_acx0_137463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hollywood and Christianity often seem to be at war. Indeed, there is a long list of movies that have attracted religious condemnation, from Gone with the Wind with its notorious "damn," to The Life of Brian and The Last Temptation of Christ. But the reality, writes William Romanowski, has been far more complicated - and remarkable. In Reforming Hollywood, Romanowski, a leading historian of popular culture, explores the long and varied efforts of Protestants to influence the film industry. He shows how a broad spectrum of religious forces have played a role in Hollywood, from Presbyterians and Episcopalians to fundamentalists and evangelicals. Drawing on personal interviews and previously untouched sources, he describes how mainline church leaders lobbied filmmakers to promote the nation's moral health and, perhaps surprisingly, how they have by and large opposed government censorship, preferring instead self-regulation by both the industry and individual conscience. "It is this human choice," noted one Protestant leader, "that is the basis of our religion." Tensions with Catholics, too, have loomed large--many Protestant clergy feared the influence of the Legion of Decency more than Hollywood's corrupting power. Romanowski shows that the rise of the evangelical movement in the 1970s radically altered the picture, in contradictory ways. Even as born-again clergy denounced "Hollywood elites," major studios noted the emergence of a lucrative evangelical market. 20th Century-Fox formed FoxFaith to go after the "Passion dollar," and Disney took on evangelical Philip Anschutz as a partner to bring The Chronicles of Narnia to the big screen. William Romanowski is an award-winning commentator on the intersection of religion and popular culture. Reforming Hollywood is his most revealing, provocative, and groundbreaking work on this vital area of American society. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Jason Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011586/bk_adbl_011586_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the 1960s until the turn of the 21st century, New York City was the world's epicenter of organized and white-collar crime. During those four decades, the most feared Mafia chiefs, assassins, defrocked stockbrokers, Orthodox Jewish money-launderers, and Arab bankers sought the counsel of one man: my father, Jimmy La Rossa, a Kennedy-era prosecutor who became the defense lawyer of first resort in the big, important, highly publicized cases for four full action-packed decades.On January 30, 2009, I snuck my famous and mortally ill father from New York Presbyterian Hospital to a waiting Medevac jet, where we flew in secret to a place few people would look for two die-hard New Yorkers: a town in Southern California aptly named Manhattan Beach. During our five years in exile, we, "the La Rossa boys" as we came to be known, made our mark as a most irreverent and unrivaled father-son duo. While I cooked him his favorite Italian dishes and kept him alive using the most up-to-date equipment and drugs, he recounted his legendary courtroom exploits.Not only is Last of the Gladiators a memoir about some of the seminal legal events of a generation, but it's also a love story between a father and son - a theme not often seen in American arts and letters. Not until I wrote that story, though, did I realize that I had not saved my father. He, in fact, saved me. I became a better man and father thanks to him - a more joyous, grateful, and grounded soul.Jimmy was, and always will be, my "true north".Previously titled "True North". 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sipple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/167442/bk_acx0_167442_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels - works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture, and philosophy, his books are the products of a keen and adventurous intellect. Not surprisingly, Stephenson is regularly asked to contribute articles, lectures, and essays to numerous outlets, from major newspapers and cutting-edge magazines to college symposia. This remarkable collection brings together previously published short writings, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a new essay (and an extremely short story) created specifically for this volume. Stephenson ponders a wealth of subjects, from movies and politics to David Foster Wallace and the Midwestern American College Town; video games to classics-based sci-fi; how geekdom has become cool and how science fiction has become mainstream (whether people admit it or not); the future of publishing and the origins of his novels. Playful and provocative, Some Remarks displays Stephenson's opinions and ideas on The Internet, our dwindling national attention span, and the cultural importance of books and bookishness; Waco, religion, and the cluelessness of secular society; Metaphysics and the battle between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; The laying of the longest wire on Earth - and why it matters to you; Technology, freedom, commerce, and the Chinese; How Star Wars and 300 mirror who we are today and what that spells for our future; and Modern Jedi knights, a.k.a. scientists and technologists, and why they are admired and feared by both the left and the right. By turns amusing and profound, critical and celebratory, yet always entertaining, Some Remarks offers a fascinating look into 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Cummings. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003053/bk_harp_003053_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
“Amid the ugly realities of contemporary America, American Hate affirms our courage and inspiration, opening a road map to reconciliation by means of the victims' own words.” (NPR Books)“The collection offers possible solutions for how people, on their own or working with others, can confront hate.” (San Francisco Chronicle)An NPR Best Book of 2018A San Francisco Chronicle Books PickOne of Bitch Media's “13 Books Feminists Should Read in August”One of Paste Magazine's “The 10 Best Books of August 2018”A moving and timely collection of testimonials from people impacted by hate before and after the 2016 presidential electionIn American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, Arjun Singh Sethi, a community activist and civil rights lawyer, chronicles the stories of individuals affected by hate. In a series of powerful, unfiltered testimonials, survivors tell their stories in their own words and describe how the bigoted rhetoric and policies of the Trump administration have intensified bullying, discrimination, and even violence toward them and their communities.We hear from the family of Khalid Jabara, who was murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in August 2016 by a man who had previously harassed and threatened them because they were Arab American. Sethi brings us the story of Jeanette Vizguerra, an undocumented mother of four who took sanctuary in a Denver church in February 2017 because she feared deportation under Trump’s cruel immigration enforcement regime. Sethi interviews Taylor Dumpson, a young black woman who was elected student body president at American University only to find nooses hanging across campus on her first day in office. We hear from many more people impacted by the Trump administration, including Native, black, Arab, Latinx, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, undocumented, ref 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini, Kyla Garcia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/051449/bk_adbl_051449_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Twenty-six years ago, Warlord Zonn, one of the most feared warlords on the planet Ceres, brought an alien slave girl home with him when he came back from war. He fell in love and joined with her.Twenty-five years ago, the fierce Cerean warlord from the neighboring province, Warlord Lufar, began having dreams about a human female who was in trouble. He streaked across space in his warship, rescued her, brought her back home with him to Ceres, and promptly joined with her. Soon afterward, the human mate of the Warlord Zonn, whose name was Mia, met the human mate of the Warlord Lufar, whose name was Isabelle, and, being the only two human females on the planet, they became best friends.Over the next six years, Warlord Zonn sired five males and two females. During the same time period, Warlord Lufar sired two males and four females. Because the two females were such good friends, Zonn, Mia, and their younglings were regular visitors to Lufar’s keep, and likewise, Lufar, Isabelle, and their younglings visited Zonn’s keep often.All their younglings were raised together and spent many happy hours playing together. Both the warlords had respect for one another and had much in common. They were both warlords and rulers of their provinces, very involved in the running of the government on Ceres, and they both aided their King whenever he requested their assistance. The warlords’ respect for one another eventually turned into a deep and abiding friendship.The strong friendship between the two warlords and their mates might have gone on forever, but for one thing - the fact that younglings grow up. Young males, who previously thought of young females as playmates and friends, might notice when those same females stopped looking like younglings, and started looking like gorgeous, sexy females. Likewise, young females might begin to notice when their childhood playmates start turning into strong, virile, muscle-bound, sexy Cerean males 1. Language: English. Narrator: J.T. Farrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/166860/bk_acx0_166860_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It has long been a maxim that it is easy to forget when one is at war who the enemy really is, and that can certainly be said for the Ebola virus, which recently catapulted into headlines and instantly became the most feared disease in the world. In the case of the fight against Ebola, the enemy is not the person who has contracted the disease, nor is it the region where the virus has flourished. The enemy is a microscopic virus that, when seen under sufficient magnification, looks like a piece of loosely knotted rope. While a picture of Ebola under a microscope might look innocuous, it is a living organism that can be killed, but if it is not, it will multiply and evolve much like any other organism, including the human beings it so often kills. Despite the fact Ebola has been notorious for nearly 40 years, its ability to hide and change with the times has made its origins murky and left scientists without a vaccine. The World Health Organization (WHO) was able to identify the previously unknown disease after an outbreak in Sudan that killed a majority of the infected victims in 1976, and a doctor graphically described its effects later that year: "The illness is characterized with a high temperature of about 39°C [102°F], hematemesis, diarrhea with blood, retrosternal abdominal pain, prostration with 'heavy' articulations, and rapid evolution death after a mean of three days." Ultimately named after the Ebola River, the virus was a strain of the Marburg virus, and when it struck various nations in Africa from 1976-2003, it had incredibly high mortality rates and left hundreds dead in places like Zaire, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most recently, a massive outbreak of Ebola began in Guinea and hit Liberia, where it has left thousands dead and ravaged local economies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Rausch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035812/bk_acx0_035812_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Many of my readers come to me with lengthy stories of narcissistic abuse that they have endured. They are at a loss as to how the person they care about seems to have two distinct personalities. These individuals are seemingly dealing with a real-life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and they are usually at a loss as to how to relate to them or how to cope with their abuse. There is clearly an epidemic of narcissism - a contagion of sorts - that is occurring across the globe. Narcissism is generally handed down from one generation to the next. It is said that nearly one in four people has narcissistic tendencies. It is likely that the number of narcissists will only continue to increase. Many people wonder why or how the narcissist seems to have two distinct personalities. They cut their partner down, and then they retreat back to them with apologies and gifts once they realize that they cannot easily replace them. They have circular conversations, as if they are unaware of things they have said and promises they have made previously. They tell lies about their whereabouts. It is curious whether or not these behaviors of the narcissist are a part of their conscious awareness. It appears as though the narcissist is only vaguely aware between his "good" side and his "bad" side what truly goes on in his personality and in his brain. He stuffs his misbehaving side down and only displays the ideal image that he has valued since childhood. He knows that this "good" side will provide him acceptance, admiration, etc. He knows that his "bad" side will be punished, rejected, and feared. Children who are abused or in hostile environments as babies and toddlers can start to show signs of disassociation. They "zone out" so that they do not have to hear the fighting and warring that is going on between the parents. They create their own imaginative world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Norgaard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048910/bk_acx0_048910_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.