Summary: Andy Carpenter isn’t sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call....+
Andy Carpenter isn’t sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn’t expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that’s exactly where he arrives—at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny’s now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene—Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won’t get thrown into the “system.” This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny’s murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him…and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day.
Summary: Stop the presses! One hundred thousand dollar reward offered for the return....+
Stop the presses! One hundred thousand dollar reward offered for the return of George Harley Rockham!
That’s more than enough to turn Shanghai newspaperman Jimmy Vance’s head. Throw in the gorgeous dame who’s offering the reward--Rockham’s daughter Virginia--and he might lose his head altogether. As fast-talking as Jimmy Stewart in The Philadelphia Story, Vance jumps at the chance . . . the money . . . and the girl.
But as Jimmy quickly discovers, there are several billion reasons to watch his back. Because that’s how much Rockham is worth, and there are some very hard cases out there willing to kill to separate the old man from his money.
Next thing Jimmy knows, Virginia’s tied to a chair, and he’s got a couple of guns pointed at his head. But it’ll take more than a little rope and a couple of firearms to keep this reporter down. The truth is tied to the mysterious fate of a steamship named Shanung--and what Jimmy finds could be the biggest story of his life . . . if he lives to tell it.
In the issue of Smashing Novels where this story first appeared the editor wrote: "Loot of the Shanung is a soul-stirring tale of the China Sea, a story of modern piracy set in the Far East. L. Ron Hubbard wrote it. He knows China. He has been there. He traveled through the country and met the people and observed their customs. Smashing Novels will have other stories from him—stories of far-off places and little known people. He knows of what he writes."
Summary: Private detective Sam Spade nearly died, several times over, chasing The Maltese....+
Private detective Sam Spade nearly died, several times over, chasing The Maltese Falcon. But what Spade faced in pursuit of the black bird was child’s play compared to what Lieutenant Bill Mahone of Naval Intelligence endures when he sets out to find the Green God.
He’s tortured with knives, threatened with a slow, painful death, and buried alive. And then things get really nasty. The entire Chinese city of Tientsin is under siege from within--the streets filled with rioting, arson, mass looting and murder. And all because the city’s sacred idol, the Green God, has gone missing.
Mahone’s convinced he knows who stole the deity of jade, diamonds and pearls. To retrieve it, though, he’ll have to go undercover and underground. But he’s walking a razor’s edge--between worship and warfare, between a touch of heaven and a taste of bloody hell.
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 criminal trade in sacred objects. It was on this experience that he based The Green God, which was his first professional sale, published in February, 1934--the beginning of a very remarkable and prolific writing career.
Also includes the adventure Five Mex for a Million, in which an American Army captain, falsely accused of murder, finds himself taking on the Chinese government, a powerful Russian general, and a mysterious, unexpected passenger.
Summary: The ancient jungles of the Yucatan hide a world of secrets . . . the secrets....+
The ancient jungles of the Yucatan hide a world of secrets . . . the secrets of wealth, love, and fate. Now daredevil pilot Kurt Reid is about to tempt fate and fly into the heart of that jungle in search of his destiny--an adventure as daring and dangerous as any undertaken by Indiana Jones.
He’s looking for gold, but not just any. He’s after one particular nugget--flying blind into a tropical haystack in search of a very valuable needle. Thanks to his grandfather’s vexing dying wish, his entire inheritance--as well as the shape of his future--hangs on the success of his journey.
As if that weren’t bad enough, Kurt soon finds that his family legacy runs deep and dark in the Yucatan. The Mayans mistake Kurt for his grandfather, and they’ve got fifty-years worth of revenge to serve up. Whether he lands on the sacrificial altar or in the arms of his sexy co-pilot Joy, things are bound to heat up fast in pursuit of Forbidden Gold.
Journey into the heart of darkness in the Mexican rain forest as the audio drama of Forbidden Gold takes you to a place where the glitter of gold makes passions seethe.
In 1931, as a student at George Washington University, Hubbard founded the college Glider Club and within a few months a respected columnist said "he is recognized as one of the outstanding glider pilots in the country." Later he wrote as the aviation correspondent for the prestigious flying magazine Sportsman Pilot. His combined writing and flying expertise comprised the perfect recipe to give stories like Forbidden Gold their authentic flavor.
Summary: Spring has come to White Bear Landing--and so has the law, in the firm hands....+
Spring has come to White Bear Landing--and so has the law, in the firm hands of Royal Mounted policeman and pilot Bob Dixon. Dixon’s as gruff, tough and good-looking as Russell Crowe, and in this outpost halfway between the arctic mines and civilization, he’s known for taking the law to extremes.
More than once Dixon has meted out his own brand of rough justice with hard fists and hot lead, but now the tables have turned. The past has come back to haunt him, he’s been set up as a murder suspect, and a rogue’s gallery of enemies are lining up to settle old scores . . .
Out on the icy tundra, on the edge of the world, revenge can be cold--and brutal. Dixon’s only hope is to let the trust of a good friend and the love of a good woman lead the way to true justice and redemption--on Arctic Wings.
Hubbard never wrote a word, conceived a character, or described a setting without first finding out all he could about the people and places that drove his stories. He wrote: "I began to search for research on the theory that if I could get a glimmering of anything lying beyond a certain horizon, I could go deep enough to find an excellent story. I read exhaustively. I wanted information and nothing else." His exhaustive research--and search for the excellent.
Summary: Absolute power breeds absolute corruption. While former Marine lieutenant Robin....+
Absolute power breeds absolute corruption. While former Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan is no stranger to corruption or conspiracy, she has always been able to tell the good guys from the bad. At first, her current assignment is no different: working on behalf of an international corporation to secure a valuable Congo mining region from the attacks of an insurgent killer. But as her security team tries to track down their target, Robin has to face a man who broke her trust years ago, and she discovers the gray areas extend further in this jungle wilderness than she anticipated. A ruthless global conspiracy begins to surface, run by powerful men who can’t afford to leave any witnesses. Her life at stake, Robin doesn’t know whom to trust and wonders how she can help protect the Congolese people. Why is God silent amid all the pain and injustice? And how do these people of faith continue to rejoice in their suffering?
Summary: His loneliness will soon turn to fear ... When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary,....+
His loneliness will soon turn to fear ... When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina, he faces the reality of his parents’ divorce, a school full of nameless faces—and Jocelyn Evans. Jocelyn is beautiful and mysterious enough to leave Chris speechless. But the more Jocelyn resists him, the more the two are drawn together. Chris soon learns that Jocelyn has secrets as deep as the town itself, secrets more terrifying than the bullies he faces in the locker room or his mother’s unexplained nightmares. He slowly begins to understand the horrific answers. The question is whether he can save Jocelyn in time. This first audiobook in the Solitary Tales series will take you from the cold halls of high school to the dark rooms of an abandoned cabin—and remind you what it means to believe in what you cannot see.
Summary: His fear will soon turn to anger ... At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned.....+
His fear will soon turn to anger ... At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of the town of Solitary, he finds that much more than the life of a town is at stake. Whether facing a pastor with a house full of skeletons or a cousin he never knew existed, Chris is forced to choose between light and darkness, life and nightmarish death. Every choice he makes reminds him that the unthinkable has already happened—and if he trusts the wrong person, it may happen again. This second audiobook in the Solitary Tales continues Chris’s journey toward finding out who he is and what his own role is in the darkness suffocating his tiny new hometown. Filled with shocking twists, Gravestone is a tale of a teenager thrown into a battle over a town, a secret—and ultimately his own soul.
Summary: His fear will soon turn to rebellion ... Chris Buckley no longer wonders what....+
His fear will soon turn to rebellion ... Chris Buckley no longer wonders what kind of town he’s living in. He no longer tries to pierce its darkness. He no longer questions his role in its mysteries. He makes a new choice: he runs. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s running the wrong way - and is very close to being beyond any choices at all. As a reluctant student at Harrington High’s summer school, Chris meets a fun-loving senior girl who offers a welcome diversion from the darkness of his past. Chris soon decides life can be enjoyable after all. But when the new school year starts, he must deal with the consequences of turning from the truth. The third audiobook in the Solitary Tales, Temptation follows the soul-wrenching twists of Chris’s journey as he heads straight into a darkness that threatens all he loves.
Summary: His rebellion will soon turn to hope ... When Chris Buckley first encountered....+
His rebellion will soon turn to hope ... When Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted for answers. And then he gave up trying to find them. But now Chris comes back to Solitary, knowing there’s a purpose for his being there. As he watches his place in a twisted and evil bloodline become clear, Chris waits for the last battle — and wonders who will be left when he finally makes his stand. The fourth and final audiobook in The Solitary Tales series shines light into deep darkness as Chris’s journey to Solitary comes to a dramatic close.
Summary: Years ago, murder struck Wilton, Maine, when Katie Sanford’s husband was....+
Years ago, murder struck Wilton, Maine, when Katie Sanford’s husband was convicted of killing Jenny Robbins, wife of Chief of Police Jake Robbins, then died himself in prison. Memories are long in Wilton, and it’s been difficult to keep the tragedy in the past, particularly in the wake of a hurricane which has wreaked havoc on the quiet town. Since its founding, Wilton has had a tradition of creating a time capsule every fifty years, and the storm unearthed the most recent capsule. As the editor of the local paper, Katie joins Chief Robbins to supervise its opening. Neither of them is prepared for the macabre set of predictions, dating back to months before Jenny’s murder, that they find inside—someone predicted her death, as well as eleven other tragedies, which are still occurring even after the death of Katie’s husband. Suddenly, Katie has reason to hope that her husband might not have been guilty of Jenny’s murder after all. But as she and Chief Robbins race to stop the next predictions from coming true, they find themselves caught in a terrifying mind game with no rules…and life or death consequences.
Summary: Andy Kemp's young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured....+
Andy Kemp's young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger.
As Andy's mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy's pain. When Andy begins hearing strange music through his iPod and making near-prophetic announcements, Rip is convinced that what Andy is hearing is the voice of God.
Elsewhere, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering in one of the poorest homes in town. She soon realizes that the masked prowler has left thousands of dollars in gift cards from a local grocery store.
As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive 'Summer Santa', Andy and Rip discover an enormous and well-kept garden of wildflowers that seems to have grown overnight at an abandoned steel mill.
The identity of the gardener surprises them all -- and a spree of miracles transfigures this small town from a place of hopelessness into a place of healing and beauty.
Summary: There's more than one kind of poison in this town.People are sick and dying.....+
There's more than one kind of poison in this town.
People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that's crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss. The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon's longtime mechanic falls ill.
As Jack investigates, he becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable -- he knows way too much.
Summary: How far will he go to keep them safe? It was more than a break-in. More than....+
How far will he go to keep them safe? It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his wife and two daughters, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are — if he is to protect the ones he loves. The investigation leads Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his story on a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears.Each move Crittendon makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of lies, greed, hypocrisy, sin, and danger. He believed he’d never give in to fear and the hate it leads to. But that was before. And holding on to his faith won’t be easy. Nor will keeping his family safe and ending the terror. Because that might require him to step over lines he said he would never cross.
Summary: A surgeon caught between two worlds--Dr. Jace Rawlings. Open-heart surgery....+
A surgeon caught between two worlds--Dr. Jace Rawlings. Open-heart surgery patients hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. But the messages they bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him and point a finger of suspicion straight at him. Jace faces a firestorm of controversy and danger. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He'd come to Kenya to establish a heart surgery program for the poor. But the maelstrom of political intrigue and spiritual warfare will put everything at risk; his marriage, his career, even his life.
Summary: Don't tell me it's terrifying. Terrify me.Filled with grief, Juliet Belleno....+
Don't tell me it's terrifying. Terrify me.
Filled with grief, Juliet Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband's death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.
But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . then recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan.
And that's the last thing she remembers - until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. Jules realizes she's been kidnapped . . . but what she discovers about her abductor will change everything she believed about her husband's death, her career, and her faith.
Summary: At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boarded The Baltic as a mail-order....+
At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boarded The Baltic as a mail-order bride. But the threat she thought she was escaping somehow followed her to America . . .
Escaping a forced engagement, Elli sought refuge in an arranged, mail-order marriage. Her betrothed is a Texan named Nathan White. As she glimpses her future husband and his darling niece at the train station, she instantly knows her risk will prove the best decision she's ever made.
Nathan White never took an interest in marriage until he became the guardian of four-year-old Hannah. He's arranged a mail-order wife to love and care for his orphaned niece. But his mind changes when he first sees the beautiful Elli Korpela.
After a glorious wedding ceremony in the gardens of Butterfly Palace — the grandest estate Elli's ever seen -- a peaceful beginning takes a disquieting turn. An intruder brutally attacks Elli. Nathan intervenes, but the culprit escapes unidentified, leaving Elli to face two chilling possibilities: Either the attack was arranged by strike workers in Nathan's employ or her shadowy past followed her across the sea.
As the danger mounts, Elli and Nathan must face their enemy together, fighting for their newfound marriage -- and for their lives.
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: Three girls battle a dangerous secret society that will do anything to protect....+
Three girls battle a dangerous secret society that will do anything to protect an ancient Greek power in this murder mystery for fans of Dan Brown.
In ancient Rome it was whispered that the great philosopher Plotinus could project his soul into another human being in a ritual that hinged on a kiss.
In present-day Delphi, California, the sole remaining guardians of the Plotinus Ability hide in plain sight as members of the exclusive Oculus Society--until their leader, Octavia Harris, is killed in her own home. With no leads on the case, Octavia’s daughter, Gretchen, vows to find her mother’s murderer at any cost.
One piece of the puzzle falls into place when Gretchen’s best friend, Jessica Shaw, discovers the Plotinus Ability. Skeptical but curious, the two can’t resist trying the ritual--but they’re not alone. Ariel Miller, an outsider with a well-known hatred of all things Oculus Society, films the friends exchanging their first kiss, and it isn’t long before the YouTube video goes viral. As Ariel’s guilt and the girls’ suspicions of her mount, the three must forget the past and trust one another if they are to find the murderer still in their midst.
Summary: In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after....+
In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages.
Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon--the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP)--which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.
In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe, and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future and our end.