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Kingdom of Shadows

By Alan Furst
  • ISBN Code: : 0375506802
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
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“Kingdom of Shadows must be called a spy novel, but it transcends genre, as did some Graham Greene and Eric Ambler classics.”—The Washington Post Paris, 1938. As Europe edges toward war, Nicholas Morath, an urbane former cavalry officer, spends his days working at the small advertising agency he owns and his nights in the bohemian circles of his Argentine mistress. But Morath has been recruited by his uncle, Count Janos Polanyi, a diplomat in the Hungarian legation, for operations against Hitler’s Germany. It is Morath who does Polanyi’s clandestine work, moving between the beach cafés of Juan-les-Pins and the forests of Ruthenia, from Czech fortresses in the Sudetenland to the private gardens of the déclassé royalty in Budapest. The web Polanyi spins for Morath is deep and complex and pits him against German intelligence officers, NKVD renegades, and Croat assassins in a shadow war of treachery and uncertain loyalties, a war that Hungary cannot afford to lose. Alan Furst is frequently compared with Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, and John le Carré, but Kingdom of Shadows is distinctive and entirely original. It is Furst at his very best. Praise for Kingdom of Shadows “Kingdom of Shadows offers a realm of glamour and peril that are seamlessly intertwined and seem to arise effortlessly from the author’s consciousness.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Subtly spun, sensitive to nuances, generous with contemporary detail and information discreetly conveyed. . . . It’s hard to overestimate Kingdom of Shadows.”—Eugen Weber, Los Angeles Times “A triumph: evocative, heartfelt, knowing and witty.”—Robert J. Hughes, The Wall Street Journal “Imagine discovering an unscreened espionage thriller from the late 1930s, a classic black- and- white movie that captures the murky allegiances and moral ambiguity of Europe on the brink of war. . . . Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years.”—Walter Shapiro, Time

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From NYT bestselling author Brent Weeks comes the first novel in his breakout fantasy trilogy in which a young boy trains under the city's most legendary and feared assassin, Durzo Blint. For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art--and he is the city's most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly--and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics--and cultivate a flair for death. Devour this blockbuster tale of assassination and magic by Brent Weeks, which has delighted readers all over the world--with over one million copies in print! Night Angel The Way of Shadows Shadow's Edge Beyond the Shadows Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy (omnibus) Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella (e-only) The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel For more from Brent Weeks, check out: Lightbringer The Black Prism The Blinding Knife The Broken Eye The Blood Mirror The Burning White

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Bulgaria, 1934. A young man is murdered by the local fascists. His brother, Khristo Stoianev, is recruited into the NKVD, the Soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to Spain to serve in its civil war. Warned that he is about to become a victim of Stalin’s purges, Khristo flees to Paris. Night Soldiers masterfully re-creates the European world of 1934–45: the struggle between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia for Eastern Europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 Paris, and guerrilla operations with the French underground in 1944. Night Soldiers is a scrupulously researched panoramic novel, a work on a grand scale.

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Lighting and shadows are used within a range of art forms to create aesthetic effects. Piotr Sadowski's study of light and shadow in Weimar cinema and contemporaneous visual arts is underpinned by the evolutionary semiotic theories of indexicality and iconicity. These theories explain the unique communicative and emotive power of light and shadow when used in contemporary indexical media including the shadow theatre, silhouette portraits, camera obscura, photography and film. In particular, Sadowski highlights the aesthetic and emotional significance of shadows. The 'cast shadow', as an indexical sign, maintains a physical connection with its near-present referent, such as a hidden person, stimulating a viewer's imagination and provoking responses including anxiety or curiosity. The 'cinematic shadow' plays a stylistic role, by enhancing image texture, depth of field, and tonal contrast of cinematic moments. Such enhancements are especially important in monochromatic films, and Sadowski interweaves the book with accounts of seminal Weimar cinema moments. Sadowski's book is distinctive for combining historical materials and theoretical approaches to develop a deeper understanding of Weimar cinema and other contemporary art forms. The Semiotics of Light and Shadows is an ideal resource for both scholars and students working in linguistics, semiotics, film, media, and visual arts.

The Damned of Petersburg

By Ralph Peters
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  • Publisher : Forge Books
  • Book Code : 1466839821
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
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GLORY TURNED GRIM... ...and warfare changed forever. As Grant pinned Lee to Petersburg and Richmond, the Confederacy’s stubborn Army of Northern Virginia struggled against a relentless Union behemoth, with breathtaking valor and sacrifice on both sides. That confrontation in the bloody summer and autumn of 1864 shaped the nation that we know today. From the butchery of The Crater, where stunning success collapsed into a massacre, through near-constant battles fought by heat-stricken soldiers, to the crucial election of 1864, The Damned of Petersburg resurrects our Civil War’s hard reality, as plumes and sabers gave way to miles of trenches. Amid the slaughter of those fateful months, fabled leaders—Grant and Lee, Winfield Scott Hancock and A. P. Hill—turned to rising heroes, Confederates “Little Billy” Mahone and Wade Hampton, last of the cavaliers, or Union warriors such as tragedy-stricken Francis Channing Barlow and the fearless Nelson Miles, a general at twenty-four. Nor does Ralph Peters forget the men in the ranks, the common soldiers who paid the price for the blunders of leaders who’d never know their names. In desperate battles, now forgotten, such as Deep Bottom, Globe Tavern and Reams Station, soldiers on both sides, pushed to the last human limits, fought on as their superiors struggled to master a terrible new age of warfare. The Damned of Petersburg revives heroes aplenty—enriching our knowledge of our most terrible war—but, above all, this novel’s a tribute to the endurance and courage of the American soldier, North or South. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Shadow of Victory: A Romance of Fort Dearborn

By Myrtle Reed
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Book Code : 146561351X
  • Total of Pages : 413
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It was a long, low room, with a fireplace, roughly built of limestone, at one end of it. The blazing logs illuminated one corner and sent strange shadows into the others, while the winter wind moaned drearily outside. At the right and left of the fireplace were rude counters, hewn from logs, resting on stumps of unequal height, and behind them were shelves, packed with the sordid miscellany of a frontier trading-post. A closed door on either side seemingly led to other apartments, but there was no sound save the wind and the crackle of the flames. A candle, thrust into the broken neck of a bottle, gave a feeble light to a little space around one end of the counter on which it stood. The rafters were low—so low that a tall man, standing on tiptoe, might easily unhook the smoked hams and sides of bacon that hung there, swaying back and forth when the wind shook the house. Walls, ceiling, and floor were of logs, cut into a semblance of smoothness. The chinks were plastered with a bluish clay, and the crevices in the floor were filled with a mixture of clay and small chips. At the left of the chimney was a rude ladder which led to the loft through an opening in the ceiling. Fingers of sleet tapped at the glass, swirling phantoms of snow drifted by, pausing for a moment at the windows, as if to look within, and one of the men moved his chair closer to the fire.

The Night Shadow

By William J. Gaskins
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 9781462071951
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Fiction
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A renegade soldier (Will) with a huge heart finds himself stranded on a distant planet. As the only survivor of his outpost, he must face the impossible and distinguish between friend or foe to return home to his family on earth. With pain and deceit lying around every turn, he must find the courage to keep going. Every time he can taste freedom in the air, a tragic turn of events changes his entire path. Will he make it home to his beautiful wife and kids, or will he perish in a fight to save a dying race thats not his own? The path is his to choose.

In the Shadow of the Wall

By Janet L. Herrick
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781462823482
  • Total of Pages : 247
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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In the Shadow of the Wall is the story of how the dark tendrils of war can penetrate lives far into the future. It arises out of the Vietnam era, a time of painful change and coming of age in America, yet in many ways it is a story that parallels the challenges and transitions facing us today. When a soldier goes off to war, parents, spouses, families, and friends all share in the associated emotions and fears. They also share in the inevitable effects and their resulting consequences, forever. Until our world is ready to share a commitment to learning to live in peace and unity, there will always be Walls that stand as symbols of what is lost to violence, and there will always be shadows to haunt the survivors.

Soldier: The Guardians of Time Book Three

By Vivienne Lee Fraser
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  • Publisher : Vivienne Lee Fraser
  • Book Code : 0648886042
  • Total of Pages : 314
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
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Lee would never have believed Hampshire, England could look like this; a barren, over-grown deserted shadow. Then again, what did he expect a post-apocalyptic world to look like? With nothing to do until Christmas, want to be soldier Lee decides to travel to the future with a shape-shifting time guardian and an eco-warrior to prevent the end of time. Joining a troop of soldiers hunting down a dissident, Lee overcomes his initial fears of the strange world he finds himself in, and begins to believe they may actually be able to prevent time from ending. Then he finds out the person they are tracking is a reincarnation of his friend Alain, he begins to wonder if they are actually on the right side of the fight. Lee now faces a dilemma; should he be a good soldier and follow orders, or should he put his friend first? Captured and imprisoned far from home, Lee must decide whether his desire to follow orders is more important than his need to do right by his friend—even if it means risking the future of humankind.As Southern England teeters on the brink of war, will Lee choose to save his friend or the world?

Mary: The Queen of the House of David and Mother of Jesus

By A. Stewart Walsh
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1074
  • Category : Fiction
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"Mary: The Queen of the House of David and Mother of Jesus" by A. Stewart Walsh. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Avarom and the Secret of the White Mist

By J.L. Stewart
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  • Publisher : Author House
  • Book Code : 1491809973
  • Total of Pages : 443
  • Category : Fiction
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Though Servitica's monumental battle against the nefarious Yarum ended less than a year ago, it almost pales in comparison to the recent ill temperament of Queen Nakir. Yet, her majesty's mannerisms of late toward Avarom and her subjects must be set aside as an astonishing piece of news comes to light! The White Mist, which has loomed atop the Caye Mountains for centuries, has vanished! And all know the legend that when falls the mist so rises the Mighty Beast of Caye! A gigantic fire-breathing serpent of immeasurable power and ferocity controlled only by the one sorcerer who created it - Tiamuzin! And when this beast of legend reveals itself by murderously attacking the Red Queen's Castle, Avarom furiously races head on to track it down. The hunt is on as Avarom, filled with deadly determination, charges into the unknown to face the likes of Striya, the guardian of the underworld, Murok, the invincible man-monster, Queen Shenkar and her arena of death! All this and much more await the Queen's Champion in this non-stop action adventure as he uses his undaunted fighting skills to face off against the ancient enemies of the Great Lands; but will it be enough as Avarom seeks to discover the Secret of The White Mist!

The Kingdoms of Sky and Shadow Box Set

By Lidiya Foxglove
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  • Publisher : Catlord Press
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Fiction
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When I was a girl, my father forced me to swallow a magical crystal. The Dragon's Tear turned my bones fragile as glass. I was no Ionger strong enough to dance or learn to fight...or take any lover until my wedding day. I was destined to wed the King of the Dragons, and only he could restore my health. Now it is time to fulfill the prophecy. To become King Aurekdel's bride. I don't want him. I want the dashing young head of my guard, Oszin, who has been my best friend and secret crush since I was fifteen. But Oszin can't heal me. Only Aurekdel can. I already hate him and his tall, fierce warrior champion Lord Seron. I really had no idea what I was in for. Aurekdel is charming and clever and he wants to give me everything I ever wanted and then some. The love of three protective men, a magical garden, a blessed sword, and the role of a great queen. But there is one thing he cannot give me after all: a cure. The prophecy was a lie. I am still broken and no one knows went wrong. I'm determined to learn to fight for everything I hold dear, but the truth of the prophecy will shatter the kingdom Aurekdel has built...and gain the attention of the dark dragon who will change our destiny. Kingdoms of Sky and Shadow is a complete reverse harem fantasy romance series with dragon shifters, steam, and deep world-building. Contents: Book One: The Glass Princess Book Two: The Shadowed Crown Book Three: The Crystal Queen

The Complete Book of the New Sun

By Gene Wolfe
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  • Publisher : Orb Books
  • Book Code : 1250179114
  • Total of Pages : 1216
  • Category : Fiction
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This discounted Gene Wolfe ebundle includes: The Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of the Conciliator, The Sword of the Lictor, The Citadel of the Autarch, The Urth of the New Sun “Magic stuff...a masterpiece...the best science fiction I've read in years!” —Ursula K. Le Guin The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe’s most remarkable work, hailed as “a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis” by Publishers Weekly, and “one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century” by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The Shadow of the Torturer introduces young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, who has been exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession—showing mercy toward his victim. The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny. The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe's remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home. The Citadel of the Autarch brings The Book of the New Sun to its harrowing conclusion, as Severian clashes in a final reckoning with the dread Autarch, fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will forever alter the realm known as Urth. The Urth of the New Sun is the long awaited sequel to Gene Wolfe's four-volume classic, The Book of the New Sun. We return to the world of Severian, now the Autarch of Urth, as he leaves the planet on one of the huge spaceships of the alien Hierodules to travel across time and space to face his greatest test yet. More Tor books by Gene Wolfe The Book of the Long Sun Nightside the Long Sun Lake of the Long Sun Caldé of the Long Sun At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Shadow Warriors: O.S.S. and the Origins of the C.I.A.

By Bradley F. Smith
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  • Publisher : Plunkett Lake Press
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : Political Science
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This is an account of the nation’s first intelligence agency, the Office of Special Services (O.S.S.) — how it operated, what it accomplished, and how it laid the basis for the present Central Intelligence Agency — and how its charismatic founder, “Wild Bill” Donovan, established control over it, recruited its staff, and, most importantly, sold Roosevelt, the armed services, the Allies, and the rest of the country on the agency’s varied — and often bizarre — shadow warfare missions during World War II. The O.S.S.’s special relationship with the British, the key role of academics and its embarrassing connection with the Soviets’ N.K.V.D. are also addressed. Smith concludes that the creation of the C.I.A. after the war owed less to the accomplishments of the O.S.S. than to Donovan’s public relations skills and the precarious military situation the country found itself in at the time. “Mr. Smith... has done an exhaustive job of research on the O.S.S. and Donovan... the book offers an honest, lively portrait of an important American and the contributions, good and bad, that he and the O.S.S. made to the American intelligence system... Much of this book can be read for the pleasure of observing a genuine American character in action. Mr. Smith, who does not fawn on his subject, captures Donovan’s kinetic energy and vision.” — Philip Taubman, The New York Times “This may be as close to a definitive medium-length history of OSS as we are likely to get. It draws fully on the extensive original files now available (both American and British) and on the recent flood of secondary writing... The author has a sure grasp of the basic history of the war. His narrative chapters put OSS firmly into that wider context, and his perspectives and judgments ring true. And there are excellent chapters on the usually neglected Research and Analysis section and on the relations between OSS and Soviet intelligence agencies... an important book.” — Foreign Affairs “[A]lmost certainly the most balanced study to date of the ‘shadow’ or ‘irregular’ warfare that was the special province of OSS... Resting on an impressive amount of research into unpublished manuscript collections in both this country and Great Britain, [The Shadow Warriors] is a convincing account, in large measure because its author retains a balance in his conclusions even as he does not hesitate to render firm judgments.” — The Public Historian “Bradley F. Smith has produced a carefully researched, lucid study of... the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)... Smith deserves recognition for writing the most comprehensive study to date on the origins of United States central intelligence.” — The Journal of American History “Bradley Smith has undertaken a formidable task in writing this history of the Office of Strategic Services which is the most reliable record to date of its wide range of activities during the Second World War... an audacious book that is fascinating for its disclosures and entertaining to read.” — The Slavonic and East European Review “Bradley Smith... credits the OSS with accomplishments in support of the military, but considers shadow warfare dangerously overvalued... The book is... humanly interesting at the same time that it addresses the very largest moral and military questions.” — Kirkus

In the Shadow of Vesuvius

By Tasha Alexander
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  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Book Code : 1250164753
  • Total of Pages : 287
  • Category : Fiction
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In skillfully intertwined storylines from the dawn of the twentieth century and the heyday of the Roman Empire, Tasha Alexander's In the Shadow of Vesuvius, the latest installment to her bestselling series, brings Lady Emily and her husband to Pompeii, where they uncover a recent crime in the ancient city. Some corpses lie undisturbed longer than others. But when Lady Emily discovers a body hidden in plain sight amongst the ruins of Pompeii, she sets in motion a deadly chain of events that ties her future to the fate of a woman whose story had been lost for nearly two thousand years. Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, have accompanied her dear friend Ivy Brandon on a trip to Pompeii. When they uncover a corpse and the police dismiss the murder as the work of local gangsters, Emily launches an investigation of her own. She seems to be aided by the archaeologists excavating the ruins, including a moody painter, the enigmatic site director, and a free-thinking American capable of sparring with even the Duke of Bainbridge. But each of them has secrets hiding among the ruins. The sudden appearance of a beautiful young woman who claims a shocking relationship to the Hargreaves family throws Emily’s investigation off-course. And as she struggles to face an unsettling truth about Colin’s past, it becomes clear that someone else wants her off the case—for good. Emily’s resolve to unearth the facts is unshakable. But how far below the surface can she dig before she risks burying herself along with the truth?

In the Company of Soldiers

By Rick Atkinson
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  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Book Code : 1429900016
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : History
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From Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Rick Atkinson (Liberation Trilogy) comes an eyewitness account of the war against Iraq and a vivid portrait of a remarkable group of soldiers. "A beautifully written and memorable account of combat from the top down and bottom up as the 101st Airborne commanders and front-line grunts battle their way to Baghdad.... A must-read."—Tom Brokaw For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a midnight flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February 2003. For Rick Atkinson, who would spend nearly two months covering the division for The Washington Post, the war in Iraq provided a unique opportunity to observe today's U.S. Army in combat. Now, in this extraordinary account of his odyssey with the 101st, Atkinson presents an intimate and revealing portrait of the soldiers who fight the expeditionary wars that have become the hallmark of our age. At the center of Atkinson's drama stands the compelling figure of Major General David H. Petraeus, described by one comrade as "the most competitive man on the planet." Atkinson spent virtually all day every day at Petraeus's elbow in Iraq, where he had an unobstructed view of the stresses, anxieties, and large joys of commanding 17,000 soldiers in combat. Atkinson watches Petraeus wrestle with innumerable tactical conundrums and direct several intense firefights; he watches him teach, goad, and lead his troops and his subordinate commanders. And all around Petraeus, we see the men and women of a storied division grapple with the challenges of waging war in an unspeakably harsh environment. With the eye of a master storyteller, the premier military historian of his generation puts us right on the battlefield. In the Company of Soldiers is a compelling, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action.