Storytelling was outlawed. Magic had all but vanished. That changed when the woman in black came to town. Branded with the black stamp at a young age, Brent thought he would end up a vagrant like his father. His craft was telling stories, but the Order had long forbidden any weaving of tales. When Brent sees the woman in black, she leads him into a menagerie of tunnels beneath the Earth where his life falls into the nauseating, but beautiful, mist of the dead. He finds friendship in Rho, a young woman who hides her face with a tree branch while roots and vines bow to her every whim.
Jason falls in love with Raynee almost the moment he sees her. She thinks he's a turnip. What the heck? Turns out, he was. After watching his home and the city of Seattle destroyed by an alien force, he’s tossed out of Earth and onto the paramount dimension, where strange forces capable of materializing objects, crossing dimensions, and seeing the past apply
Ben Upson is a broken man, a high school history teacher with dark secrets and deep resentments. As racial tensions run high on a school trip to Washington, DC, Ben meets a mysterious woman in the Capitol who knows more about him than he does himself. An explosion rocks the Capitol, and the woman sends Ben on an odyssey through time in search of the one weapon that can save the nation in this - the last battle of the American Revolution.
In this charmingly old-school science fiction novella, investigator Audrey Greene and her assistant, a quirky AI named Luna, must discover how 12 miners can simply vanish from the enclosed lunar colonies.
In this taut thriller, religious extremists the world over are overshadowed by, efficient and well-funded terrorists calling themselves the Crusaders. One knight of the Temple, Colette of Yerevan, goes to ground when vindictive FBI agent Miriam Bloome wipes out her unit. Now she must hide among the heathens, and find her way before she's declared an apostate and targeted by the frightful agents of the reborn Inquisition.
Young Malila Chiu, once a hero of the Unity, emerges from the jungle to deliver a dire message to a beleaguered America: the Deep Scorch, a polyarchy of sentient plants, declares itself to be a potent ally - or a dangerous foe. Familiar and distrustful of the Scorch for much of his long life, Jesse Johnstone stays by Malila’s side for the sake of their love. The grand architect of the war, Unity General Eustace Jourdaine, recovering from grievous injuries, rallies to lead his troops into battle in the hopes of winning a new empire - but for whom?
The Snapper is book one of a 10-book serial killer series in which the serial killer terrorizes the streets of LA, California. The Snapper serial killer earned the title as the snapper because he snaps all of the body parts of his victim after he murders them.
Eversley is a quiet humble town with citizens who are perfectly content being left alone. Cynical insurance investigator, Harley Cawthorne, is one such inhabitant...It appears that a serial killer has picked the town as his hunting grounds. Left with little choice but to try to find this maniac themselves, the four loners who have spent most of their lives distrusting, will have to trust each other. And leading the investigation, Harley isn't sure who is the bigger mystery: the killer...or her partners.
Episodes 4-6 of best-selling author Joe Nobody’s highly regarded serial, Apocalypse Trails, follows Commander Jack Cisco as he continues his journey across the Southwestern United States after Yellowstone’s super volcano has decimated society.
This compilation of short stories will take you through different worlds and scenarios. There are 40 different stories in this book. Each one is different, and some were inspired by each other. Everyday events inspired others. Some may cause you to never look at your friends, family, or coworkers the same again.
Arrows of Allah is the second in the Christie Cole trilogy. Following her deep undercover investigation in Voices in the Fog, Arrows of Allah follows the now-married Christie Cole-McCarren into the shadows of the Islamic terrorists' war on infidels.
It is a tale of two cities - the legendary duel between haughty, democratic Athens and brutal, unbeaten Sparta. After seven years of bloody conflict, a barren island in a remote corner of Greece becomes the stage for what promises to become a second Thermopylae. Four hundred Spartan soldiers are cut off by enemy ships on a narrow strip of land, starving, without supplies, yet sworn to uphold their indomitable heritage. Meanwhile, all around them, the powerful Athenian Navy masses for the inevitable assault.
From the Streets of Chambers Lane follows the intriguing story of the Mendoza family's unexpected loss of their youngest son and sibling Michael. Dealing with spiritual struggles and disillusionment as well as familial rivalries and quirky social interactions, the novella introduces the listener to each diverse family member's perspective of the tragic event while personalizing their cultural past and fears of the unknown future.
Gallery of Death is a story collection which begins with "Coyote", where a Cherokee Plainclothes Detective has 12 hours to rescue a kidnapped woman and keep his spiritual nemesis, Coyote, at bay. In "Homeward Bound", two soldiers attempt to evade the enemy and a pending air strike to make their way to safety, and back home. "Catrina" is a personal essay describing an actual death scene investigation Dr. Harper performed, and his struggle to overcome the sterility of clinical terminology to accurately convey his findings.
Beyond the Heavenly Kingdom is the second book in a series set in the mid-19th century and follows Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom, which traced the lives of Jason Brandt; his wife, Black Jade; and his scholar friend Wu Sek-chong during the Chinese Civil War. In this second novel, Brandt and Black Jade travel from Shanghai to Boston in the years following the American Civil War. Americans of that era, increasingly anxious about competition from lower wage Chinese immigrants, demanded an end to all immigration from China.
In Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom, author Li Bo has drawn on his knowledge of East Asian civilization to transport listeners to 19th-century China. There a massive civil war is tearing the Qing dynasty apart.
Happy Endings aren't always guaranteed. Making of an Empress is the story of Stelaphina, a woman who would command an empire. It is the story of self-discovery. It is a story about the fragile nature of relationships. A story of love, betrayal, intrigue, and magic. A story that will follow the path from princess to empress, from innocence to maturity, from a foolish girl surrounded by admirers to an enlightened woman surrounded by no one. Happy endings aren't always guaranteed in fairytales.
Mark Dresdner's cover is blown, forcing him to flee East Germany, yet he refuses to leave the woman he loves. Finding the border crossing blocked, and the enemy closing in, will he evade capture or be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?