The dragonkin have returned, devouring the essences of those able to tame the Elements. Now Elwin must learn to survive in exile. As he searches for ways to use his innate powers without being destroyed by the dragons, Zarah and Feffer seek out secrets long hidden by the ancient magi. But the magi guard their secrets dearly, and have stepped from the shadows, using their Words of Power to wage war against the elementalists. With enemies everywhere, Elwin still must learn to master the Elements and save the people most dear to him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris MacDonnell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/154111/bk_acx0_154111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The game world is at war, and the forests are on fire.... Newly promoted ranger Barcud provokes the anger of the evil city of Horrabia and rumours of war abound. In a race against time, Barcud must found a village at a strategic river crossing, level it, and defend it against the oncoming threat. But the Rangers Guild can't fight a whole city on their own, and they must seek allies among the unwilling, the unreliable, and the wicked in order to survive. A story set in a virtual reality MMO where PVP is universal and heavy griefing is allowed by the developers to make the stakes ever more real for players. Elements of city building and strategic total war bring this conflict alive and force Barcud to the limits of his abilities as he faces loyalty, loss and likely destruction. Set immediately after A Player in the Greenwood, war is now brewing between the evil city of Horrabia and the city of Vinab for Vinab's part in the humiliating raid by the Rangers Guild and their Vinab allies on Horrabia. Horrabia is raising troops and preparing armies. The ranger Barcud is in the Forest of Nightmares picking poisons when he observes a meeting meant to be secret. He is sure that it is something to do with the impending war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Loving. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096391/bk_acx0_096391_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Gender Game comes a dystopian novel like no other.Welcome to The Nation.In the post-apocalyptic ruins of North America lies The Silo, part of the Utopian Nation that is founded upon peace and comfort. It is a society that has removed love, power, and greed, elements of humanity that have caused the most destruction throughout history.Lysa has always longed for freedom outside the gates of The Silo, and has long been suspicious that it is not the peaceful place that it claims to be. When she witnesses a secret, heinous act of violence against another citizen, she can no longer ignore her suspicions. She plans to escape The Silo with her partner, Jax, but her plan is interrupted when she is sentenced to death for treason.The Resistance.Lysa narrowly escapes with her life and takes refuge in a forest. It is here that she encounters The Resistance, a group of people who seek to destroy The Nation and restore the lost aspects of humanity. Lysa learns of an age-old war between the two groups, and must determine where her loyalties lie.If you enjoy dystopian fiction, you will not want to miss this series! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin J. Sitten. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109249/bk_acx0_109249_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The return of the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard, could not have come at a worse time for a Malazan Empire exhausted by warfare and weakened by betrayals and rivalries. Indeed, there are those who wonder whether the Empress Laseen might not be losing her grip on power as she faces increasing unrest as conquered kingdoms and principalities sense freedom once more. Into the seething cauldron of Quon Tali - the Empire's heartland - marches the Guard. With their return comes the memory of the Empire - and yet all is not well with the Guard itself. Elements within its elite, the Avowed, have set their sights on far greater power. There are ancient entities who also seek to further their own arcane ends. And what of the swordsman called Traveller who, with his companion Ereko, has gone in search of a confrontation from which none have ever returned? As the Guard prepares to wage war, so Laseen's own generals and mages, the "Old Hands," grow impatient at what they see as her mismanagement of the Empire. But could Laseen have outwitted them all? Could she be using the uprisings to draw out and finally eliminate these last irksome survivors from the days of her illustrious predecessor, Kellanved? 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Banks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008138/bk_brll_008138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The return of the mercenary company the Crimson Guard could not have come at a worse time for the Malazan Empire. Drained by constant warfare, betrayals and rivalries, many see the grip of Empress Laseen weakening. Conquered kingdoms and principalities test their old independence. Into this fermenting civil war on Quon Tali - the empire's homeland - comes the Guard and the ingrained memory of their vow of undying opposition to the existence of the empire. Yet rivalries and betrayals plague the Guard as well - elements of its elite, the Avowed, scheme to open paths to even greater power. Ancient, powerful entities, Ascendants, also seek to exploit all sides to further their own arcane ends. Meanwhile, a swordsman called Traveller and his companion, Ereko, move from one strange encounter to another on a mysterious path that will lead the swordsman to a confrontation from which none has ever returned. As the Crimson Guard gathers itself for its assault on the empire, the empress faces more immediate threats. Feeding her wars has bled dry provincial garrisons across Quon Tali, and now regional nationalists see their chance to break free. Behind their insurrections stand the veteran commanders of Laseen's predecessor, Emperor Kellanved. These powerful generals and mages, the Old Hands, have lost patience with what they see as Laseen's mismanagement and have chosen one of their own to replace her. Yet there are hints that Laseen may be using the uprisings to draw out and finally eliminate these last irksome survivors of her predecessor's rule.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Banks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002364/bk_rhuk_002364_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The time has come to end their punishment or the world. For nearly destroying the world in an ancient war, the Ashanti were cursed by the Goddess Mhyrah with lifespans of less than a decade. To regain normal lives for his people, Beh’kana, the Ashanti King, will conquer death by gaining control of the source of all elemental magic, the spirit realm, even if he must burn the world to do so. After all, he's already killed his closest friend to gain the Ashanti throne. But his defeat at the Earth Gate nearly cost him his life. Lavinia did not seek to be named Guardian of the Spheres when she touched each to gain control of elemental power. But now that choice has propelled her to being the key to stop the Ashanti. She controls the gates that allow magic into the world. And she must close them or the Ashanti will cross into the spirit realm and gain power beyond imagination, enough to enslave or destroy the world they once sought to rule. But with the closure of each gate, an elemental power is lost. Only two gates remain open. Magic is faint, just when the fight grows the most desperate. To win needed help, Lavinia has promised a man who once tried to kill her best friend that she would open the gates and restore magic again. It might give them the power to fight the Ashanti, or it will give their enemy the world. Discover the end to the epic fantasy journey that began in the first audiobook of the Games of Fire trilogy, Spark of Defiance, and continued through audiobook two, Gates of Fire & Earth. The struggle for the power over life and death, as well as, all the elements comes to a dramatic conclusion. Can a cruel, ancient punishment be ended without destroying magic or the world? Welcome back to the world of Myrrah and meet the Elementals of Fire, Earth, Water, Air, and Spirit who shape it. Pick up the thrid audiobook of the Games of Fire trilogy, A New Goddess, today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gwendolyn Druyor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114590/bk_acx0_114590_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The United States presidential election of 1908 was held on November 3, 1908. Popular incumbent President Theodore Roosevelt, honoring a promise not to seek a third term, persuaded the Republican Party to nominate William Howard Taft, his close friend and Secretary of War, to become his successor. Having badly lost the 1904 election with a conservative candidate, the Democratic Party turned to two-time nominee William Jennings Bryan, who had been defeated in 1896 and 1900 by Republican William McKinley. Despite his two previous defeats, Bryan remained extremely popular among the more liberal and populist elements of the Democratic Party. Despite running a vigorous campaign against the nation''s business elite, Bryan suffered the worst loss in his three presidential campaigns, and Taft won by a comfortable margin.
This volume contains the long-awaited 'retrospective' of declassified U.S. government documents on the 1953 coup in Iran. The volume includes fascinating details on Iranian, American and British planning and implementation of the covert operation, as well as information about U.S. contacts with key figures such as Ayatollah Abol-Ghasem Kashani, and insights into U.S. concerns about the growing influence of the communist Tudeh Party. The publication is the culmination of decades of internal debates and public controversy after a previous official collection omitted all references to the role of American and British intelligence in the ouster of Iran's then-prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddeq. The volume is part of the Department's venerable Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series. For decades, neither the U.S. nor the British governments would acknowledge their part in Mosaddeq's overthrow, even though a detailed account appeared as early as 1954 in The Saturday Evening Post, and since then CIA and MI6 veterans of the coup have published memoirs detailing their activities. Kermit Roosevelt's Countercoup is the best known and most detailed such account, although highly controversial because of its selective rendering of events. In 2000, The New York Times posted a 200-page classified internal CIA history of the operation. In 1989, the State Department released what purported to be the official record of the coup period but it made not a single reference to American and British actions in connection with the event. The omission led to the resignation of the chief outside adviser on the series, and prompted Congress to pass legislation requiring 'a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record' of U.S. foreign policy. After the end of the Cold War, the CIA committed to open agency files on the Iran and other covert operations, and the State Department vowed to produce a 'retrospective' volume righting the earlier decision. But it took until 2011 for the CIA to - partially - fulfill its commitment, and even then it was only in the form of a previously classified segment of an internal account of the coup that for the first time included an officially released explicit reference to the agency's role in 'TPAJAX,' the U.S. acronym for the operation. Roughly two years later, after years of research by historian James C. Van Hook, as well as internal negotiations between State and CIA over access to the latter's records, the Office of the Historian at the Department produced a draft of the retrospective volume, which then had to await top-level clearance. What explains the refusal by two governments to acknowledge their actions, and the inordinate delays in publishing this volume? Justifications given in the past include protecting intelligence sources and methods, bowing to British government requests and, more recently, avoiding stirring up Iranian hardline elements who might seek to undercut the nuclear deal Iran signed with the United States and other P5+1 members in 2015. (Abstract from the US National Archive)
In January 2088, life in outer space is rocked with news of its first homicide. The dead man-a young Dominican Priest-had secretly made his way 'upside' and lived as a common laborer. His intentions are a mystery and the killer's identity and motive are questions that the best investigators of the new world cannot answer. With public order threatened, the reputation of the ruling engineers at stake, and criminal elements seizing the opportunity to gain control, authorities seek help from Earth-itself recovering from decades of war and environmental crises. With assistance from the Vatican, they recruit Father John Francis McClellan, a parish priest from Boston and a retired US Marine Corps expert in 'high-defs'-the artificially intelligent three-dimensional printers that built the new world. A Printer's Choice tells a story of faith, the future, and the power of free will. It explores questions about sentience, choice, and the necessity of choosing well. Set in locations on Earth and in the orbits, the story takes place in a future extrapolated from today's geopolitical and ecological turmoil. In this epic debut novel, author W. L. Patenaude illuminates not just the struggles of our world, but also the promises and implications of building a better one, one choice at a time.