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A Conventional Hotwife


Paul Banks was thrilled when a luggage mix-up five years ago opened a window of opportunity for his long-buried desires. Since that time, he and his wife have been playing a little game at their yearly company conventions, and every year his wife ups the ante, going further into his fantasies. But Kathy Banks might be getting just a bit out of control, and things might be going a little too far…

Or not.

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident


In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened. This New York Times bestseller is a gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers’ own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author’s retracing of the hikers’ fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators’ efforts, and the author’s investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain.

 

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The mystery of the bizarre deaths of elite Russian hikers in a 1959 tragedy on a deadly Ural mountain is the subject of Eichar&’s extensive investigation. Eichar, a film director and producer, tries to make sense of the puzzling tale of the dead students from Ural Polytechnic University; he sets off to interview the hikers&’ relatives, investigators, and even a lone survivor. Following the search party&’s retrievals of the bodies, the questions deepen when the victims are discovered, insufficiently dressed for the frigid weather, shoeless, with violent injuries, including a horrible skull fracture, a leg torn away, and a tongue ripped out. With expert analysis of the remaining evidence, Eichar tries to answer why the hikers, seven men and two women, would go out into the bitter cold without warm clothing to meet certain death; curious, too, is that the contents of the tent were intact. Possible causes for the panic, according to Eichar and officials, are: an avalanche; mysterious armed men; even a fatal tiff by the males over the women. As the elements of this complicated tangle are compiled, the final wrap-up of the mountain tragedy is overwhelming, befitting a case defying explanation. (Nov.)

From Booklist

The Dyatlov Pass incident is virtually unknown outside Russia, but in that country, it’s been a much-discussed mystery for decades. In 1959, nine Russian university students disappeared on a hiking expedition in the Ural Mountains. A rescue team found their bodies weeks later, nearly a mile from their campsite, partially clothed, shoeless, three of them having died from injuries that indicated a physical confrontation. What happened here? There have been a lot of theories, ranging from misadventure to government conspiracy to freak weather to extraterrestrials, but no one has managed to get to the truth. Drawing on interviews with people who knew the hikers (and with the lone survivor of the expedition, who’d had to turn back due to illness), Russian case documents, and the hikers’ own diaries, Eichar, an American documentarian, re-creates the ill-fated expedition and the investigation that followed. The author’s explanation of what happened on Dead Mountain is necessarily speculative, but it has the advantage of answering most of the long-standing questions while being intuitively plausible. A gripping book, at least as dramaticas Krakauer’s Into Thin Air (1997). –David Pitt

The Seventh Plague: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels)


In a breathtaking blend of scientific intrigue and historical mystery, #1 New York Times bestselling mastermind, James Rollins, reveals an ancient threat hidden within the pages of the Bible, one that threatens the modern world in

The Seventh Plague

If the biblical plagues of Egypt truly happened–could they happen again–on a global scale?

Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, comes stumbling out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor’s body–while he was still alive.

His strange remains are returned to London for further study, when alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who had performed the man’s autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease, one that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to a longtime friend: Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. The call is urgent, for Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises.

Are those plagues starting again?

Before Director Crowe can investigate, a mysterious group of assassins leaves behind a fiery wake of destruction and death, erasing all evidence. With the professor’s body incinerated, his home firebombed, Sigma Force must turn to the archaeologist’s only daughter, Jane McCabe, for help. While sifting through what’s left of her father’s work, she discovers a puzzling connection, tying the current threat to a shocking historical mystery, one involving the travels of Mark Twain, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of famous explorer, Henry Morgan Stanley.

To unravel a secret going back millennia, Director Crowe and Commander Grayson Pierce will be thrust to opposite sides of the globe. One will search for the truth, traveling from the plague-ridden streets of Cairo to a vast ancient tomb buried under the burning sands of the Sudan; the other will struggle to stop a mad genius locked within a remote Arctic engineering complex, risking the lives of all those he holds dear.

As the global crisis grows ever larger, Sigma Force will confront a threat born of the ancient past and made real by the latest science–a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world’s children . . . decimating mankind forever.

The Writer (San Juan Islands Mystery Book 1)


“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
-Oscar Wilde

College journalist Adele Plank has been granted a rare interview with one-time bestselling author, Decklan Stone. He is a man largely withdrawn from the world following the tragic death of his young wife twenty-seven years earlier. Adele ventures to the writer’s remote, private-island home in the beautiful San Juan Islands, and there begins a journey of dangerous discovery that will have her scrambling to unravel a mystery far more shocking and deadly than she could have ever imagined.

 

 

A Complete Beginners Guide To Python Mastery


This book contains proven steps and strategies to learn the essentials of Python Programming. It highlights the important concepts that every beginner to intermediate programmer should know and presents relevant and practical examples. It aims to provide a solid foundation for people who want to start a career in Python Programming. This book is a must for programming enthusiasts or students who need to learn and understand Python easily, quickly, and methodically.

A few advanced topics were added to satisfy long term python users. These topics may or may not be suitable for begginers depending on their situation.

Here is a preview of what this book will offer:
What is Python?
What software you need to code and run Python programs?
What are variables?
What mathematical operators are there in Python?
What are the common data types in Python?
What are Lists and Tuples?
How to format strings
How to accept user inputs and display outputs
How to make decisions with If statements
How to control the flow of program with loops
How to handle errors and exceptions
What are functions and modules?
How to define your own functions and modules
How to work with external files
The manipulation of various Python Programming Softwares
Interactions between the user and computer using Python
Method to develop your first software and beyond (including in-depth data manipulation)
The future prospects of learning Python

Advanced topics include:
Object – Oriented Programming
Regular Expressions
Managing Parameters From The Command-Line
Processing Comma-Separated Data

The Harvard Classics & Fiction Collection [180 Books]


THE HARVARD CLASSICS & FICTION COLLECTION [180 BOOKS] VARIOUS

— 180 Books: 140 Non-Fiction, 40 Fiction, by 115 authors.
— Over 10 Million Words in one E-Book
— Includes an Active Index to all Volumes and 68 Table of Contents for each Volume and Book
— Includes Religious Illustrations

Note: Around 10% of the Harvard Collection titles removed due to morally bad content. See the Copyright page of the Collection for details. We as a Catholic Publisher, cannot publish this content. Thanks for your understanding.

Publisher: Large E-Book.

The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume “5-foot shelf of books” and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century.

Composed of: The Harvard Classics Collection [48 Volumes] and The Harvard Fiction Collection [20 Volumes].

THE HARVARD CLASSICS [48 VOLUMES] 140 BOOKS

Vol. 1: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Journal of John Woolman, and the Fruits of Solitude by William Penn
Vol. 2: Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius
Vol. 3: Essays by Milton
Vol. 4: The Complete Poems of John Milton
Vol. 5: Essays and English Traits by R.W. Emerson
Vol. 6: The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns
Vol. 7: Confessions of St. Augustine & The Imitation of Christ
Vol. 8: Nine Greek Dramas
Vol. 9: Letters and Treatises of Cicero and Pliny
Vol. 10: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
Vol. 12: Plutarch’s Lives
Vol. 13: Virgil’s Aeneid, Translated by John Dryden
Vol. 14: Don Quixote, part 1 by Miguel Cervantes
Vol. 15: Pilgrim’s Progress, Walton’s Biographies of Donne and Herbert
Vol. 16: Stories from The Thousand and One Nights
Vol. 17: Folklore and Fable, Aesop, Grimm, Anderson
Vol. 18: Modern English Drama
Vol. 19: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe & Christopher Marlowe
Vol. 20: The Divine Comedy by Dante
Vol. 21: I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni
Vol. 22: The Odyssey of Homer
Vol. 23: Two Years Before the Mast
Vol. 24: Edmund Burke
Vol. 25: Thomas Carlyle
Vol. 26: Continental Drama
Vol. 27: English Essays: Sidney to MacAulay
Vol. 28: Essays English and American
Vol. 30: Scientific Papers by Faraday, Helmholtz, Kelvin, Newcomb, etc.
Vol. 31: The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
Vol. 32: Literary and Philosophical Essays
Vol. 33: Voyages and Travels
Vol. 34: French Philosophers (Descartes)
Vol. 35: Chronicle and Romance
Vol. 36: Machiavelli, More, Luther
Vol. 37: The English Philosophers of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Vol. 38: Scientific Papers by Harvey, Jenner, Lister, Pasteur
Vol. 39: Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books
Vol. 40–42: Complete English Poetry: Chaucer to Whitman (3 vols.)
Vol. 43: American Historical Documents
Vol. 44 & 45: Complete Sacred Writings (2 vols.)
Vol. 46 & 47: Complete Elizabethan Drama (2 vols.)
Vol. 49: Epic and Saga
Vol. 50: Introduction, Reader’s Guide and Indexes
Vol. 51: Lectures

SHELF OF FICTION [20 VOLUMES] 40 BOOKS

Vol. 1: The History of Tom Jones, vol. 1
Vol. 2: The History of Tom Jones, vol. 2
Vol. 3: Laurence Sterne and Jane Austen
Vol. 4: Guy Mannering
Vol. 5 Vanity Fair, vol. 1
Vol. 6 Vanity Fair, vol. 2
Vol. 7: David Copperfield, vol. 1
Vol. 8: David Copperfield, vol. 2
Vol. 9: The Mill on the Floss
Vol. 10: American Fiction
Vol. 11: The Portrait of a Lady
Vol. 12: Notre Dame de Paris
Vol. 13: French Fiction
Vol. 14: Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
Vol. 15: German Fiction
Vol. 16: Anna Karenin, vol. 1
Vol. 17: Anna Karenin, vol. 2 and Ivan the Fool
Vol. 18: Crime and Punishment
Vol. 19: A House of Gentlefolk, Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev
Vol. 20: Pepita Jimenez, A Happy Boy, and Skipper Worse

Dragonfriend


Gold Award winner – 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Stabbed. Burned by a dragon. Abandoned for the windrocs to pick over. The traitor Ra’aba tried to silence Hualiama forever. But he reckoned without the strength of a dragonet’s paw, and the courage of a girl who refused to die.

Only an extraordinary friendship will save Hualiama’s beloved kingdom of Fra’anior and restore the King to the Onyx Throne. Flicker, the valiant dragonet. Hualiama, a foundling, adopted into the royal family. The power of a friendship which paid the ultimate price.

This is the tale of Hualiama Dragonfriend, and a love which became legend.

Series Note

Dragonfriend is a YA fantasy novel set in the same world of the bestselling dragon adventure series Shapeshifter Dragons and Shapeshifter Dragon Legends. It can be read in any order alongside Aranya, Shadow Dragon and The Pygmy Dragon. Awesome dragons, epic stories and deep dragon lore abound in this unique series set in a world of volcanic islands above the clouds.

Review

“Beautiful. Enchanting. Hilarious. Tragic. Touching. Empowering.” – Carrie Slager, via The Mad Reviewer
“Once again, Marc has hit it out of the ballpark … to all who love dragons: Buy this book, enjoy it, linger over it, savor it. It will not disappoint.” – Krista Gimeno, Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

Marc Secchia is the bestselling author of over a dozen fantasy books, including the Shapeshifter Dragons series and the Shioni of Sheba series. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he now lives in Ethiopia with his wife and four children. Visit him at marcsecchia.com.

Erin Bennett is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based voice actress whose passion for storytelling informs her love of narrating audiobooks. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has recorded titles in a wide array of genres. Her voice-over work spans animation, radio plays for the BBC, video games, and commercials.

From Sand and Ash


Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.

Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.

But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.

Reviews

“Amy Harmon is a fresh and creative voice in fiction. I marvel at her ability to weave together a story that grips hold of my heart and my imagination.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“I was mesmerized. It felt completely and utterly authentic, painstakingly balanced between history and fiction and faith. I barely took a breath.” —Katy Regnery, New York Times bestselling author

“Amy Harmon’s love stories never cease to touch my heart, but From Sand and Ash touched my soul. Just a gorgeous masterpiece of a book.” —Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author

“Beautiful and luscious. Tragic and harrowing. War. Love. Faith. Gorgeous prose around historical details. A Panzer tank through your heart, leaving dirt and rubble through which poppies bloom.” —Suanne Laqueur, author of An Exaltation of Larks

“I just finished and I can’t stop crying. From Sand and Ash was phenomenal. The writing was brilliant, the love story was epic, and the depiction of events, gut-wrenching. I had to stop throughout to catch my breath.” Schmexy Girl Book Blog

A Child’s First Book of Trump


A New York Times bestseller!

What do you do when you spot a wild Trump in the election season? New York Times bestselling author and comedian Michael Ian Black has some sage advice for children (and all the rest of us who are scratching our heads in disbelief) in this perfectly timely parody picture book intended for adults that would be hysterical if it wasn’t so true.

The beasty is called an American Trump.
Its skin is bright orange, its figure is plump.
Its fur so complex you might get enveloped.
Its hands though are, sadly, underdeveloped.

The Trump is a curious creature, very often spotted in the wild, but confounding to our youngest citizens. A business mogul, reality TV host, and now…political candidate? Kids (and let’s be honest many adults) might have difficulty discerning just what this thing that’s been dominating news coverage this election cycle is. Could he actually be real? Are those…words coming out of his mouth? Why are his hands so tiny? And perhaps most importantly, what on earth do you do when you encounter an American Trump?

With his signature wit and a classic picture book style, comedian Michael Ian Black introduces those unfamiliar with the Americus Trumpus to his distinguishing features and his mystifying campaign for world domination…sorry…President of the United States.

Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped


The ascension of Vladimir Putin–a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB–to the presidency of Russia in 1999 should have been a signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years–as America and the world’s other leading powers have continued to appease him–Putin has grown not only into a dictator but a global threat. With his vast resources and nuclear weapons, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty.

For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 Presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin’s intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with the realization of a darker truth: Putin’s Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world. He is still fighting the Cold War, even as Americans have first moved beyond it, and over time, forgotten its lessons.

Lest we be drawn into another prolonged conflict, Kasparov now urges a forceful stand–diplomatic and economic–against him. For as long as the world’s powerful democracies continue to recognize and negotiate with Putin, he can maintain credibility in his home country. He faces few strong enemies within his country, so meaningful opposition must come from abroad.

Argued with the force of Kasparov’s world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his home country, Winter is Coming is an unmistakable call to action against a threat we’ve ignored for too long.