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By Esme Claire Keith. 2011
Rutledge, an aging, divorced man, has treated himself to a Cruise on the Mariola. The Cruise is not just any…cruise. It’s the whole shebang. It's around the world. It’s a lifestyle change: G & Ts and tuxedos and cigars and cognac galore. The service is top-rate. And Rutledge’s steward, Raoul, is a good kid. But then a day trip to a Caribbean port ends in commotion. Some people don’t make it back onto the ship. Rutledge, nonplussed, makes use of the vacant machines in the Fitness Room and the unoccupied loungers on deck. But soon, crew members seem few and far between, and the menu in the Captain’s Mess significantly diminished. Rutledge gets the feeling that something is amiss. And that’s just unacceptable. Welcome aboard Esme Keith’s debut dystopic novel, a cunning parody of modern day luxury and the coveted all-inclusive vacation, from the refreshingly blunt point of view of a man unable to see beyond his own needs, with hilarious results.
By Emily Cavanagh. 2020
&“FANTASTIC … PERFECT weekend read. I just LOVED the friendships of the four women… I am sooooo sad its over.&”…Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Everyone has one big regret…Ivy has been looking forward to seeing her oldest college friends for months. But the reunion couldn&’t have come at a worse time. Her husband has left her and she is struggling to pay the bills. She&’s never felt less like sitting around drinking cocktails. And as the reunion weekend approaches, Ivy can&’t stop thinking about the life-altering mistake that changed everything during her senior year…Not wanting to let everyone down, Ivy boards the plane to Boston and makes her way to Elise&’s stunning Cape Cod summerhouse, where Ada and Libby are waiting. That evening, as everyone gathers on the sofa with several bottles of wine, someone suggests they play truth or dare.When Ada picks truth and is asked about her biggest regret, something is said that can&’t be taken back. Something that makes Ivy question the moment she has always blamed herself for and makes her wonder if these women were ever her friends to begin with. But Ivy&’s not the only one keeping secrets. Ada, Elise and Libby&’s perfect lives are not quite what they seem. As new revelations come to light, will this weekend bring the three friends closer than ever or tear them apart for good?A gripping, emotional drama about the complexities of friendship and the lengths we will go for the ones we love. Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies, Elin Hilderbrand and The Family Next Door. Praise for Emily Cavanagh: &“Hooked me on the first page… This book grabbed me… I read it in two sittings.&” The World Is Ours to Read, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Heartbreaking and poignant… A story of secrets and families, love, loss and betrayal… Loved, loved, loved this book.&” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“I absolutely loved this book… Captivating, compelling, powerful and so heart-breaking. It was one that I could not tear myself away from… If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.&” Once Upon A Time Book Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“Heartbreaking, unforgettable and captivating… I just couldn&’t put it down.&” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“A page-turner… Nothing was as it seemed, and everyone had something to hide… I was hooked from the first page.&” Lu Reviews Books&“Heartbreaking and gripping page turner with a twist. This instantly pulled me in… I just had to finish and find out what happened.&” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“A page turner with a twist… I didn't want to put it down…
By Steve Vernon, Gabriela Miranda González. 2018
Seamos sinceros. Alrededor del setenta y cinco por ciento del mundo está cubierto de agua, y de esa agua, casi…el noventa y siete por ciento se puede encontrar en el mar. Los maritimers le dirán que hay una historia para cada ola que se haya lavado en la costa. Aquí hay siete de ellos. La primera historia, En lo oscuro, en lo profundo ofrece un hilo muy inquietante del deber de convoy de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y un marinero que hizo y mantuvo un trato terrible. La sirena de Harry te presenta a un grupo de hombres sin hogar que atrapan algo que PUEDE ser una sirena. Si eso no te dice lo suficiente sobre esta historia, trata de imaginar cómo se leería la FILA DE LA CINTA de Steinbeck si hubiera sido escrita por HP Lovecraft. Sé por qué el sabor de las aguas del mar es una historia de un piloto suicida de la Fuerza Aérea japonesa con sede en Okinawa y su encuentro con un monstruo marino. La historia de Finbar es un oscuro cuento de fantasía de las corrientes más profundas que se arremolina y fluye dentro de las profundas y silenciosas corrientes del frío corazón de un hombre. La mujer que perdió el diente de reír demasiado fuerte en el mar es una pequeña y tranquila fábula de agua salada, lágrimas y pesar. Entre tú sabes quién y el profundo azul oscuro es la historia de la última negociación en la tierra. Esta colección comienza con una ganga y termina con una ganga, que me suena como una ganga.
By John Flanagan. 2017
The Herons take to the high seas to fend off pirates and rescue the heir to an empire in the…newest adventure from John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger's Apprentice! Includes BONUS content—a brand-new Ranger's Apprentice short story featuring fan-favorites Will and Maddie! In Hallasholm, Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandia's greatest warrior. But a late-night knock on the door brings someone Stig never expected to see again, along with a request the Herons are hard-pressed to refuse: a rescue mission of epic proportions. Across the ocean, the southern city-state of Byzantos is plagued by a crew of pirates who've kidnapped the son of Empress Justina. Slipping out of Hallasholm under the cover of darkness, the brotherband sets sail to recover the boy from his kidnappers, heading south to the island of Santorillos where a near-impenetrable fortress stands atop a cliff, surrounded by a lagoon—a caldera—formed by the crater of a volcano. In this explosive seventh book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons battle pirates amid stormy seas as the fate of an empire rests on their shoulders
By John Flanagan. 2012
The bestselling epic continues! Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they…have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let down their guard. The chase leads down mighty rivers, terrifying rapids, to the lawless fortress of Ragusa. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive. The epic series from Ranger's Apprentice author John Flanagan continues, delivering pulse-pounding adventure and fun
By John Flanagan. 2012
The adventure continues in the Ranger's Apprentice companion trilogy! Hal and the Herons have done the impossible. This group of…outsiders has beaten out the strongest, most skilled young warriors in all of Skandia to win the Brotherband competition. But their celebration comes to an abrupt end when the Skandians' most sacred artifact, the Andomal, is stolen—and the Herons are to blame. To find redemption they must track down the thief Zavac and recover the Andomal. But that means traversing stormy seas, surviving a bitter winter, and battling a group of deadly pirates willing to protect their prize at all costs. Even Brotherband training and the help of Skandia's greatest warrior may not be enough to ensure that Hal and his friends return home with the Andomal—or their lives
By Samantha Rajaram. 2021
"Blew my mind… so magically written and most of all that it is based on true events… a hard-hitting, soul-crushing…book… I loved every moment of it… immersive, heart-wrenching, I feel emotional writing this review." Goodreads reviewer, 5 starsWanted: Company Daughters. Virtuous young ladies to become the brides of industrious settlers in a foreign land. The Company will pay the cost of the lady&’s dowry and travel. Returns not permitted, orphans preferred. Amsterdam, 1620. Jana Beil has learned that life rarely provides moments of joy. Having run away from a violent father, her days are spent searching for work in an effort to stay out of the city brothels, where desperate women trade their bodies for a mouthful of bread. But when Jana is hired as a servant for the wealthy and kind Master Reynst and his beautiful daughter Sontje, Jana&’s future begins to look brighter. Then Master Reynst loses his fortune on a bad investment, and everything changes. The house is sold to creditors, leaving Jana back on the street and Sontje without a future. With no other choice, Jana and Sontje are forced to sign with the East India Company as Company Daughters: sailing to a colonial Dutch outpost to become the brides of male settlers they know nothing about. With fear in their hearts, the girls begin their journey – but what awaits them on the other side of the world is nothing like what they&’ve been promised… Based on true history, this is a gripping and unputdownable historical novel, perfect for fans of Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Miniaturist and The Indigo Girl.What readers are saying about The Company Daughters:&‘Blew my mind… a book I've told so many people about purely because I'm still in disbelief that it exists, that it's so magically written and most of all that it is based on true events… a hard-hitting, soul-crushing book of a woman's struggle to survive… I loved every moment of it. Breathlessly, and in a way that took up my entire brain… immersive, heart-wrenching, and I feel emotional writing this review.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&‘From the moment I started reading The Company Daughters, I was captivated by this historical tale. Although it does contain a love story, it's not a romance…This was a gripping read.&’ Goodreads reviewer&‘This book is so stunningly tender and beautiful, all mixed in with some seriously tragic and heart-wrenching events… Rajaram is an extremely skilled writer, and I love her writing style… The themes of sisterhood and female love were so present in this book and I found it very moving.&’ Goodreads reviewer&‘I was enchanted by this book! It&’s a delightful read that will have your emotions all over the place…
By Greg Bear. 2021
Reynard, a young apprentice, seeks release from the drudgery of working for his fisherman uncle in the English village of…Southwold. His rare days off lead him to strange encounters—not just with press gangs hoping to fill English ships to fight the coming Spanish Armada, but strangers who seem to know him—one of whom casts a white shadow. The village&’s ships are commandeered, and after a fierce battle at sea, Reynard finds himself the sole survivor of his uncle&’s devastated hoy. For days he drifts, starving and dying of thirst, until he is rescued by a galleon, also lost—and both are propelled by a strange current to the unknown northern island of Thule. Here Reynard must meet his destiny in a violent clash between humans and gods.
By Natalie C. Parker. 2021
In this epic conclusion to the Seafire trilogy, which Booklist called "Mad Max by way of Davy Jones," Caledonia Styx…will risk everything--her heart, her crew, and even her life--to defeat Lir and take back the Bullet Seas once and for all.Aric Athair is dead. But the fight for the Bullet Seas is far from over. Caledonia's nemesis, Lir--the one responsible for destroying her family--has seized control of the warlord's army.Caledonia and her crew have fled to Cloudbreak to prepare for an all-out war. And they are not the only ones. Rogue ships and even a few defecting Bullets show up to join their fight. But Lir always seems to be one step ahead of Caledonia, anticipating her every more as he secures the seas for himself.With the fight growing desperate, Caledonia is forced to make an unlikely and unsteady alliance with a new enemy. It's a gamble that could cost her everything, but with the fate of the seas in her hands, Caledonia will do whatever it takes to win the war.
By Amity Gaige. 2020
A New York Times Notable Book " Sea Wife is a gripping tale of survival at sea—but that&’s just the…beginning. Amity Gaige also manages, before she&’s done, to probe the underpinnings of romantic love, marriage, literary ambition, political inclinations in the Trump age, parenthood, and finally, the nature of survival itself in our broken world. Gaige is thrillingly talented, and her novel enchants." —Jennifer Egan &“Sea Wife brilliantly breathes life not only into the perils of living at sea, but also into the fraught and hidden dangers of domesticity, motherhood, and marriage. What a smart, swift, and thrilling novel.&” —Lauren Groff From the highly acclaimed author of Schroder , a smart, sophisticated page literary page-turner about a young family who escape suburbia for a yearlong sailing trip that upends all of their lives. Juliet is failing to juggle motherhood and her stalled-out dissertation on confessional poetry when her husband, Michael, informs her that he wants to leave his job and buy a sailboat. With their two kids—Sybil, age seven, and George, age two—Juliet and Michael set off for Panama, where their forty-four foot sailboat awaits them. The initial result is transformative; the marriage is given a gust of energy, Juliet emerges from her depression, and the children quickly embrace the joys of being feral children at sea. Despite the stresses of being novice sailors, the family learns to crew the boat together on the ever-changing sea. The vast horizons and isolated islands offer Juliet and Michael reprieve – until they are tested by the unforeseen. Sea Wife is told in gripping dual perspectives: Juliet&’s first person narration, after the journey, as she struggles to come to terms with the life-changing events that unfolded at sea, and Michael&’s captain&’s log, which provides a riveting, slow-motion account of these same inexorable events, a dialogue that reveals the fault lines created by personal history and political divisions. Sea Wife is a transporting novel about marriage, family and love in a time of unprecedented turmoil. It is unforgettable in its power and astonishingly perceptive in its portrayal of optimism, disillusionment, and survival
By Django Wexler. 2020
Siege of Rage and Ruin is the explosive final adventure in Django Wexler's The Wells of Sorcery trilogy, an action-packed…epic fantasy saga.Isoka has done the impossible—she’s captured the ghost ship Soliton.With her crew of mage-bloods, including the love of her life Princess Meroe, Isoka returns to the empire that sent her on her deadly mission. She’s ready to hand over the ghost ship as ransom for her sister Tori’s life, but arrives to find her home city under siege. And Tori at the helm of a rebellion.Neither Isoka’s mastery of combat magic, nor Tori’s proficiency with mind control, could have prepared them for the feelings their reunion surfaces. But they’re soon drawn back into the rebels’ fight to free the city that almost killed them.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
By Steve Vernon. 2020
Sept histoires de mer sinistres qui vous feront vraiment flipper. Environ soixante-quinze de la planète sont recouvertes d'eau, et quatre-vingt-dix-sept…se trouvent dans la mer. Les habitants de provinces maritimes vous diront que c’est une histoire pour chaque vague qui s'est jamais échoué sur le rivage. Ici sont sept d’entre eux. «Dans l’Obscurité et les Profondeurs», offre un récit très obsédant du devoir de convoi de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et d'un marin qui a fait et tenu une terrible affaire. «La Sirène d’Harry», vous présente un groupe des hommes sans abri qui ont attrapé quelque chose qui Pourrait être une sirène. Si cela ne vous en dit pas assez sur cette histoire, essayez d'imaginer ce que serait le CANNERY ROW de Steinbeck lirait s'il avait été écrit par HP Lovecraft. «Je sais Pourquoi les Eaux de la Mer ont le Goût du Sel,» est l'histoire d'un pilote suicide de l'armée de l'air japonaise basé à Okinawa et de sa rencontre avec un monstre marin - en quelque sorte. «L’Histoire de Finbar» est un sombre conte fantastique sur les courants profonds qui tourbillonnent et coulent à l'intérieur des courants calmes et profonds du cœur froid d'un homme. «La femme qui a perdu sa dent parce qu'elle riait trop fort de la mer», est une petite fable tranquille d'eau salée, de larmes et de regrets. «Entre Vous Savez Qui et le Bleu Foncé Profond» est l'histoire du dernier marché sur terre. Cette collection commence par une bonne affaire et se termine par une bonne affaire - ce qui me semble être une sacrée bonne affaire.
By Katharyn Blair. 2021
Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl…to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that's perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner. The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found. But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.
By Adalyn Grace. 2020
She will reign. As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be…High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic. <p><p> When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic. But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. <p> A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stowaway she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever. I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.
By Adalyn Grace. 2020
As princess of the kingdom Visidia, Amora has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer, the master of…souls. But with a destructive new magic on the rise, it is up to Amora to conquer it
By Gareth Worthington. 2018
She thought there was nothing stronger than a mother’s bond. She was wrong.FIFTEEN THOUSAND YEARS AGO, the knowledge bringers—an amphibious,…non-humanoid species known as the Huahuqui—came after a great global flood, gifting humans with math, science, and civility.We killed them all.Seventy years ago, we found one of their corpses preserved in ice and eventually created a clone named K’in. Our governments fought over the creature and we killed it, too. Now, a sinkhole in Siberia has opened, revealing new secrets.FREYA NILSSON spent the last five years trying to forget her role in the Huahuqui cloning program. She hid her son, KJ, from the regimes and agencies she believed would exploit him for the powers he acquired through his father’s bond with K’in.An innocent trip to help KJ understand his abilities results in the conspiracy she fought to bury exploding back to life. Chased by new foes and hounded to put the world first, all Freya can think of is protecting KJ—at all costs.Children of the Fifth Sun: Echelon is the sequel to Gareth Worthington’s multi-award-winning debut novel Children of the Fifth Sun.
By Gareth Worthington. 2017
Genre: “Science Faction” - science fiction, action and adventure with fact-based science, theories, and mythologyIN ALMOST EVERY BELIEF SYSTEM ON…EARTH, there exists a single unifying mythos: thousands of years ago a great flood devastated the Earth’s inhabitants. From the ruins of this cataclysm, a race of beings emerged from the sea bestowing knowledge and culture upon humanity, saving us from our selfish drive toward extinction. Some say this race were “ancient aliens” who came to assist our evolution.But what if they weren’t alien at all? What if they evolved right here on Earth, alongside humans . . . and they are still here? And, what if the World’s governments already know?***Kelly Graham is a narcissistic self-assured freelance photographer specializing in underwater assignments. While on a project in the Amazon with his best friend, Chris D'Souza, a mysterious and beautiful government official, Freya Nilsson, enters Kelly’s life and turns it upside down. Her simple request to retrieve a strange object from deep underwater puts him in the middle of an international conspiracy. A conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history.AwardsWinner — 2017 London Book Festival — Science FictionFinalist — 2018 Silver Falchion Award — SciFi/Fantasy/HorrorFinalist — 2019 First Horizon Award, The Eric Hoffer Book AwardShort List Finalist — 2019 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize AwardHonorable Mention — 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Awards in Science FictionSemi-Finalist — 2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards
By Clifford Jackman. 2020
From the acclaimed author of The Winter Family, a swash-buckling adventure from piracy's Golden Age and a deft political allegory…for our troubled times. Treasure Island meets Lord of the Flies.In 1721, when the most notorious pirates are either dead or on the run, Jimmy Kavanagh, who sailed with Blackbeard, decides to pull together a "Company of Gentleman of Fortune" for one last "Adventuring Cruise" that will set them all up for life. All begins well: the pirates sail across the Atlantic and sack Cape Coast Castle, looting it of chests of gold ill-gotten from the slave trade. But before Kavanagh can lead them on, he sickens, unleashing a drastic series of power struggles among the company. As further victories transform them from the hunters to the hunted, the pirates descend into mutiny, show trials, assassination and tyranny as they flee from their pursuers and struggle against the seas. Full of epic sea battles and storms, peopled with characters worthy of Mutiny on the Bounty, Jackman's pirate voyage is also an object lesson in how political systems degrade as the pirates, who set out as a band of brothers, are powerless to prevent the erosion of the norms and values that hold their Company together. Where they end will shock you. But given our own times, it might not surprise you.
By Django Wexler. 2020
Django Wexler's City of Stone and Silence is the second book in the cinematic fantasy Wells of Sorcery Trilogy featuring…a fierce young woman skilled in the art of combat magic on an epic mission to steal a ghost ship.After surviving the Vile Rot, Isoka, Meroe, and the rest of Soliton’s crew finally arrive at Soliton's mysterious destination, the Harbor—a city of great stone ziggurats, enshrouded in a ghostly veil of Eddica magic. And they're not alone. Royalty, monks, and madmen live in a precarious balance, and by night take shelter from monstrous living corpses. None know how to leave the Harbor, but if Isoka can't find a way to capture Soliton and return it to the Emperor's spymaster before a year is up, her sister's Tori's life will be forfeit.But there's more to Tori's life back in Kahnzoka than the comfortable luxury Isoka intended for her. By night, she visits the lower wards, risking danger to help run a sanctuary for mage-bloods fleeing the Emperor's iron fist. When she discovers that Isoka is missing, her search takes her deep in the mires of intrigue and revolution. And she has her own secret—the power of Kindre, the Well of Mind, which can bend others to its will. Though she's spent her life denying this brutal magic, Tori will use whatever means she has to with Isoka's fate on the line...At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
By David Poyer. 2020
World War III is over… or is it? Superpowers race to fill the postwar power vacuum in this page-turning thriller,…the next in the Dan Lenson series.In the next installment of David Poyer’s critically-acclaimed series about war with China, mutual exhaustion after a massive nuclear exchange is giving way to a Violent Peace. While Admiral Dan Lenson motorcycles across a post-Armageddon US in search of his missing daughter, his wife Blair Titus lands in a spookily deserted, riot-torn Beijing to negotiate the reunification of Taiwan with the rest of China, and try to create a democratic government.But a CIA-sponsored Islamic insurgency in Xianjiang province is hurtling out of control. Andres Korzenowski, a young case officer, must decide whether ex-SEAL Master Chief Teddy Oberg—now the leader of a ruthless jihad—should be extracted, left in place, or terminated.Meanwhile, Captain Cheryl Staurulakis and USS Savo Island are recalled to sea, to forestall a Russian fleet intent on grabbing a resource-rich Manchuria.The violent and equivocal termination of the war between China and the Allies has brought not peace, but dangerous realignments in the endless game of great power chess. Will the end of one world war simply be the signal for the beginning of another?