Summary: After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing....+
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health--and tomorrow is his hundredth birthday. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape.
He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant.
Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed over two million people around the world.
Summary: This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For over sixty years, the....+
This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For over sixty years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America’s confidence.
Legacy of Ashes is based on more than fifty thousand documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA. Everything is on the record. There are no anonymous sources, no blind quotations. With shocking revelations that will make headlines, Tim Weiner gets at the truth and tells how the CIA’s failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.
Summary: Whatever you do, don’t drink the water. When Cora Holman’s mother dies,....+
Whatever you do, don’t drink the water. When Cora Holman’s mother dies, she assumes the inevitable: that her mother overdosed on the painkillers she’d been taking for years. So she’s shocked to learn that her mother and a neighbor both died of a brain aneurysm the same night. When Cora and other neighborhood teens become ill with a mysterious flu, and government-type strangers arrive in her small town, they all fear the unthinkable--a terrorist attack. Meanwhile, a world away in Pakistan, a sixteen-year-old computer genius named Shahzad is working as a virtual spy. He’s alarmed to see an influx of chatter about a sub-stance called Red Vinegar that will, as he reads, “lead to many deaths in Colony One.” Can Shahzad sift through the babble of the chat room, find the location of the attack, and warn the victims in time? And if so, at what cost to him? A Printz Honor Award winner and two-time Edgar Allan Poe Award finalist, Carol Plum-Ucci explores disturbing new terrain in this riveting novel that examines the heroes and victims involved in a terrifying act of bioterrorism.
Summary: ShadowStrike poisoned the water of Trinity Falls two months ago. Now the Trinity....+
ShadowStrike poisoned the water of Trinity Falls two months ago. Now the Trinity Four, the teens most affected by the poison, have been isolated in a remote mansion under twenty-four-hour medical care while scientists on four continents rush to discover a cure. Meanwhile, US operatives scour the world for the bioterrorists responsible for this heinous crime as two teen virtual spies, also infected, hunt for the criminals on the Internet. The danger remains real--for ShadowStrike has every reason to pursue the Trinity Four, and their evil plan will unleash a new designer virus that’s even deadlier than the first.
Summary: Charlie Wilson’s War is the untold story of the last battle of the Cold War....+
Charlie Wilson’s War is the untold story of the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the Agency’s history. In the early 1980s, after a Houston socialite turned Wilson’s attention to the ragged Afghan freedom fighters who continued to fight the Soviet invaders despite overwhelming odds, the congressman became passionate about their cause and procured hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen. The arms were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an out-of-favor CIA operative, Gust Avrokotos, whose working-class Greek-American background made him an anomaly among the Ivy League world of American spies. Avrakotos handpicked a staff of CIA outcasts to run his operation and, with their help, continually stretched the Agency’s rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers conventions, to the Khyber Pass, Charlie Wilson’s War is a detailed and brilliantly reported account of the inside workings of the CIA.
Summary: She traded her gun for the power of words, but now she needs both. Amelia Lennon....+
She traded her gun for the power of words, but now she needs both. Amelia Lennon no longer wears a uniform or carries a weapon. An Army-trained Foreign Affairs Officer, she's negotiating a dispute with the Kyrgyzstan government that threatens to leave the United States without an airbase in that region. While following a government contact - the lawyer daughter of Kyrgyzstan's president - Amelia witnesses an attempt to abduct her. She thwarts the kidnapping, but now the two women are on the run in a city that's erupting into chaos. Master Sergeant J. J. Bartley is the Special Operations team leader tasked to rescue them. With a new member in his unit whose secret could endanger everyone's life, J. J. must soldier the team through crazed mobs intent on overthrowing the government. Back home, his pregnant wife is misinformed that her husband and his men have been killed. Before this is over, Bartley will find out that's the least of his problems.
Summary: Jim Vilatzer was going nowhere--working in his parents’ restaurant, sleeping....+
Jim Vilatzer was going nowhere--working in his parents’ restaurant, sleeping in his childhood bedroom--until he ran up gambling debts that forced him to go somewhere far away--fast. He uses his Russian-language skills (learned from his émigré grandparents) to cadge a job in Moscow finding and interviewing survivors of the Gulag. At first, he only finds that they are well hidden and leery of sharing their horrific stories, but he also discovers that he’s falling in love with their homeland. He is intoxicated by Moscow’s brooding, ironic atmosphere, its vast reservoir of entrepreneurial energy, its otherworldly churches and majestic subways. On any given day, petty indignities are more than offset by random acts of kindness. Jim’s taste for gambling is satisfied merely by living in a city that teems with risk and promise. So he blithely accepts a big win when a chance meeting with a lovely aspiring actress leads not only to romance but also to her grandfather, a concentration camp survivor who does actually want to share his story. Soon Jim is on a roll, scoring interviews with four other survivors in as many days, learning harrowing and fascinating things about bygone atrocities and feeling like he has finally found where he belongs. But his apparent success has earned him the attention of Russia’s Interior Ministry and the CIA. Jim has become an unwitting cog in a scheme to spirit Soviet scientists and their deadly secrets out of Russia and into the hands of the highest bidder. Pursued ruthlessly by both sides, he must flee again, this time to the lawless border country, where an economist-cum- mobster is preparing to peddle the world’s most dangerous technologies to whichever terrorists can muster the cash first. Like Donna Leon’s novels of Venice or John Burdett’s Bangkok series, The Unpossessed City makes of its setting an intricate, irresistible character. With taut, ingenious plotting and incisive prose, Fasman engages our most visceral fears and throws brilliant light on our most primal drives--to feel that we belong, to find love, to become better than we are. About the Author: Jon Fasman was born in Chicago in 1975 and grew up in Washington, D.C. He was educated at Brown and Oxford Universities and has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., New York, Oxford, and Moscow. His writing has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The Moscow Times, and The Economist. His first novel, The New York Times bestseller The Geographer’s Library, was published in more than a dozen languages. About the Narrator: John Farrage is an actor, voice-over artist and theater director based in Seattle where he has worked at ACT Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, as well as many others. John has worked as a theatre artist, nationally and internationally, for the last 20 years including 4 years living and creating theatre in Prague, Czech Republic.
Summary: Launch into the action. In a tale played out during the last days of pre-World....+
Launch into the action. In a tale played out during the last days of pre-World War II China and the rise of Communism, Jim Dahlgren, representative of the Amalgamated Aeronautical Company, has had enough of the fatalistic brand of diplomacy from other nations that claim to want a united China, one that can resist invasion from without and treason within— but which refuses to intervene and prevent it's demise..
And the damage is just too costly when lives are at stake, especially when a villain known as "The Butcher" is allowed to rise up with fire and sword carving the way on his warpath for complete control of the nation.
When Dahlgren disappears— purportedly to find a mysterious aviator, the man called "Wind-Gone-Mad" who has always fought against the province warlords— he ignites a series of actions which just may spell disaster."Turned out to be a fun adventure, but the best treat was that this audio book featured the first ever published story by L. Ron Hubbard (Tah)….This will be one of the most fun two hours you’ve ever spent. Enjoy!"—Gil Wilson, Gil-T Pleasures Blog
Summary: American Sailor Kurt Reid is a hothead and a hard case—a man who hits....+
American Sailor Kurt Reid is a hothead and a hard case—a man who hits first and asks questions later. As scrappy and rough around the edges as Jimmy Cagney, it’s no wonder that when the ship’s captain turns up dead, it’s Reid who takes the rap.
Falsely accused and under the gun, Reid jumps ship and vanishes into Shanghai —only to get caught in a web of intrigue, betrayal, and murder. In a world where nothing is what it seems and everything is for sale, he’s soon out of his depth, drawn into a spy game in which the winner takes all . . . and the loser takes a knife to the back.
Will Reid live up to his reputation as the Spy Killer? He’ll have to learn the rules fast, because with players like sexy Russian agent Varinka Savischna in the hunt, the game is about to turn as seductive as it is sinister.
As a young man, Hubbard visited pre-Communist China three times, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence. In a land where communists, nationalists, war lords and foreign adventurers schemed for control, Hubbard gained a unique insight into the intelligence operations and spy-craft in the region—a knowledge that informs stories like Spy Killer.
Summary: As a lieutenant in the US Marine Corps—as handsome and cocky as Richard....+
As a lieutenant in the US Marine Corps—as handsome and cocky as Richard Gere—Michael Stuart was once considered an officer and a gentleman. But that’s all changed. Now he’s seen as a renegade, a traitor and a thief.
Stuart is a man without a country . . . and perhaps without a prayer. Why? Because in a daring plot to foil the Japanese puppet regime in China, he set out to reinstate the country’s true emperor. Known now as The Red Dragon, Stuart is a soldier of fortune in war-torn Manchuria—and a man of honor in a world of treachery.
Stuart’s latest adventure takes him from Peking to the Great Wall and beyond. He’s in a race against time and against the Japanese super-spy known as the Hell-Cat, both of them in hot pursuit of an elusive black chest. For Stuart, the ultimate prize is one filled with mystery, power, and treasure—not only in the chest itself, but in the love of the beautiful woman who has sent him on this mission. . . . It was on Hubbard’s second journey to East Asia that he met British Secret Service agent, Major Ian MacBean, who introduced him to “The Great Game,” the geopolitical tug-of-war between China, Japan, and Britain. Hubbard also learned of the trade in stolen Chinese treasures, and was exposed to the secret criminal society known as The Red Dragon—inspiring this story of the same name. He has captured a singular time in this storied land.
“Hubbard delivers a tidy finale that shows why he was one of the most popular genre writers of his generation.” – Publishers Weekly
Summary: Fighter pilot Gary Forsythe is a man on fire. He’s tough, steely-eyed,....+
Fighter pilot Gary Forsythe is a man on fire. He’s tough, steely-eyed, hunted by many and feared by all. He’s British Secret Service—a striking predecessor to James Bond—with a chip on his shoulder and a .50 caliber machinegun in his flying killing machine. He is The Devil—With Wings.
The Japanese have invaded Manchuria, and Forsythe has made it his mission to stop them. Japanese Military Intelligence has made it their mission to knock the Devil out of the skies. But a dogfight with the Imperial Japanese Air Force is child’s play compared to the challenge that awaits him….
Her name is Patricia Weston. Japanese spies have falsely accused the British pilot of murdering her brother—and now she wants vengeance. And for once in his life, Forsythe is disarmed—by his love for a woman who has vowed to kill him.
As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China. Hubbard gained a unique insight into the intelligence operations and spy-craft in the region as well as the hostile political climate between China and Japan—a knowledge that informs stories like The Devil—With Wings.
“Guns blazing, airplanes diving, bombs exploding—you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.” —Audiobook Heaven
Summary: Fasten your seatbelts. Mission Earth is approaching climax . . . And it will....+
Fasten your seatbelts.
Mission Earth is approaching climax . . .
And it will rock your world!
Who will control Voltar?
What is Earth’s ultimate fate?
And what is the big mystery?
The wait is over. Powerful forces are on the move. Entire planets hang in the balance. The moment of truth is finally at hand—and it’s a real blast! In the middle of it all stands Royal Officer of the Fleet, Jettero Heller, a man determined to save both Voltar and Earth from extinction.
Together with an outlaw emperor and an army one hundred thousand strong, Heller lays siege to Palace City, which has fallen into the depraved and diabolical hands of Lombar Hisst. But the success of Heller’s great adventure is far from a sure thing. For in order to achieve victory, he will not only have to break the laws of Voltar—but defy the laws of physics.
Here is your ticket to travel beyond the boundaries of space and time. Experience the unfolding mysteries, the violent pleasures and the biting, inescapable truths you can only find in the final reckoning of THE DOOMED PLANET.
“Marvelous satire by a master of adventure.” —ANNE MCCAFFREY
Summary: The end is near!The Voltarian terrorists have won!Earth is history!But don’t....+
The end is near!
The Voltarian terrorists have won!
Earth is history!
But don’t believe everything you read. Or hear. Or see. Because the road to victory is paved with bad intentions—and lies, betrayal and deception are all in play. So who are the players in this treacherous game . . . ?
Countess Krak: victim of a spectacular kidnapping, she is bound for a distant dungeon where she faces a venomous fate. . . .
Royal Officer Jettero Heller: convinced the Countess is dead and overcome by grief, he is holed up in a Connecticut roadhouse—and standing square in an assassin’s crosshairs. . . .
Soltan Gris: together with a young temptress named Teenie Whopper, he undertakes a drug-fueled voyage across the Atlantic. But the journey’s about to be cut short, as he goes from getting stoned with Teenie to nearly getting stoned to death in Turkey. . . .
So who is in command? Who is the puppet master pulling the strings? And, finally, is there any hope for planet Earth? The answers lie at the end of an extraordinary VOYAGE OF VENGEANCE.
“The Mission Earth books form a true saga—in the grand tradition!” —ROBERT BLOCH, AUTHOR OF PSYCHO
Summary: A three-dimensional entertainment experience. Most copies of The Travels of....+
A three-dimensional entertainment experience. Most copies of The Travels of Marco Polo leave out a great deal and are difficult to decipher. Yet when one original manuscript lands in the hands of Lieutenant Jonathan Daly, he's able to translate the tale well enough to discover the trail to a chest of fabulous red stones buried with the long-dead Emperor of China, Kubla Kahn. An offering to the gods to light the leader's way to heaven, the glittering stones are worth several million dollars, as they are diamonds.
Recently recovered from a bout of malaria and two bullet holes collected in war-ravaged Gran Chaco, Lieutenant Daly sets out on his treasure travels, ignoring warnings from friends and doctors. He follows Marco Polo's words straight into a dark maze of betrayal, espionage and death—with more riding on each precious line of text than he ever imagined. ALSO INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORY "HURRICANE'S WAR"
"Featuring full casts plus a narrator and heaps of sound effects, these programs burst to life on audio." —Library Journal
Summary: Earth is rising in the House of Voltar . . . And there’ll be hell to....+
Earth is rising in the House of Voltar . . .
And there’ll be hell to pay!
That’s right. The invasion is on . . . and it’s coming soon to a galaxy near you. The action couldn’t be hotter, and the plot couldn’t be more diabolical. Earth is coming to Voltar—and the Voltarians won’t know what hit them.
Murder, blackmail, drugs, psychoanalysis, PR firms, sex-crazed teenyboppers, riots in the streets, women in chains. These are the powerful secret weapons of war—perfected on Earth and imported to Voltar—which are now being exploited by the ruthless Lombar Hisst, chief of the Coordinated Information Apparatus (the infamous CIA). His obsession: total domination of the Voltarian Confederacy.
Can anyone stop the madness? Does anyone have the courage and charisma to crash this party?
Enter Royal Officer of the Fleet, Jettero Heller. Dodging Death Battalions and death warrants, he’s racing from Earth to face the challenge. But Hisst has taken Heller’s beautiful sister hostage, and she may be the one who has to pay the ultimate price of VILLAINY VICTORIOUS.
“A superlative storyteller with total mastery of plot and pacing.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Summary: Riveting, historical accounts of daredevils, pilots and brutal madmen that....+
Riveting, historical accounts of daredevils, pilots and brutal madmen that inspire many of today's cinematic blockbusters. Pilot Peter England's humdrum airplane routine is unexpectedly disrupted when his company reassigns him to transport some special passengers. But when his aircraft gets attacked by a mysterious fighter plane, Peter realizes he's transporting dangerous cargo—a princess seeking to turn the tide of a war! "...these programs burst to life..." Library Journal
Summary: Embittered by past failures and broken dreams, American fighter pilot David....+
Embittered by past failures and broken dreams, American fighter pilot David Duane believes in but one cause—his own. Europe is at war, and he’ll fight it for a price, selling his deadly flying skills to the highest bidder.
Just as Bogart came to Casablanca to escape his past, Duane has come to the icy white wastes of Scandinavia to wage a private war in the skies. But he’s about to take off on a flight and undertake an unforgettable journey—On Blazing Wings—to a place beyond the imagination . . . leading to a revelation that will open his eyes and his heart.
In a world divided by war, Duane discovers that sometimes you have to make a choice, and that making the wrong one could cost him the woman he loves. . . . As a barnstorming pilot in the early days of aviation, Hubbard was dubbed “Flash” Hubbard by the aviation magazines of the day. His unique personal and pioneering knowledge of flight streaks across the page in novels like On Blazing Wings.
Summary: Launch into the action with this triumphant tale! Pilot Terry Lee has taught....+
Launch into the action with this triumphant tale! Pilot Terry Lee has taught Bill Trevillian everything he knows about flying, enough that Bill's know considered the ace of American test pilots just as war breaks out in World War II Europe. Unknown to Bill, Terry's also taught his own kid sister, Kip, who's now almost as good a pilot as Bill and quite the looker to boot.
When France and Great Britain must choose between different American plane designs to outfly the newest and deadliest Nazi fighters, the competing companies send their two best test pilots . . . Kip and Bill. Unfortunately, a spy also has been sent to infiltrate and sabotage the planes to make sure that neither the French nor British will consider them safe enough to fly. Soon Kip and Bill suspect the other of sabotage— a problem that not only threatens their already electric relationship but their very lives. "Riveting cliff-hanger action." —Midwest Book Review
Summary: Heroes, honor and impossible odds. American pilot John Hampton is an in-between—he....+
Heroes, honor and impossible odds. American pilot John Hampton is an in-between—he stands for nothing definite, cares about nothing, and knows nothing he wants.
Owing allegiance to no nation, Hampton hires himself on as a pilot in the midst of China's civil war. On one side is Chiang Kai-shek and, on the other, the army of Mao Tse-tung—for whom he now works.
But after his gunner is killed in a dogfight, Hampton's once devil-may-care attitude starts to change. When he rescues a captain with dispatches vital to the Chinese cause, Hampton is told the tale of the Red Pagoda, a lesson of life-and-death choices. Hampton's education proves pivotal—with an immense and deciding battle set to unfold, its outcome strangely lies in his hands. ALSON INCLUDES THE ADVENTURE STORIES "THE CRATE KILLER" AND "WINGS OVER ETHIOPIA"
"Highly recommended for aviation action/adventure pulp fiction."—Midwest Book Review
Summary: Lucky Martin is a daredevil of the skies—a test pilot who lives to break....+
Lucky Martin is a daredevil of the skies—a test pilot who lives to break the rules and push the envelope. Sound like a perfect role for Errol Flynn? It did to Hollywood, as Flynn was cast in the movie of the same name.
Lucky’s a trailblazer—flying higher and faster than any pilot out there. His latest invention could change the face of air warfare and alter the balance of world power. It’s The Dive Bomber—a perfectly designed aircraft for the U.S. Navy. There’s only one problem—up to now every test flight has ended in disaster. The reason: sabotage.
America’s enemies will go to any length to get their hands on his design—from savage attacks to kidnapping his fiancée. Lucky’ll have to push his luck to the very limit to save his plane, save his girl . . . and save his country.
As a barnstorming pilot in the early days of aviation, Hubbard was dubbed “Flash” Hubbard by the aviation magazines of the day. Expanding his knowledge even more, he visited Boeing in Seattle where the president and chief engineer gave him an inside look at their test pilot program. His unique and pioneering insight of flight streaks across the page in novels like The Dive Bomber.
“With thrills a plenty, The Dive Bomber is a riveting ‘theater of the mind’ experience that does full justice to the literary skills of L. Ron Hubbard and is wholeheartedly recommended to anyone who enjoys action/adventure stories at their very best.” —The Midwest Book Review