Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-09-02
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Jonah, thirteen, and Katherine, eleven, travel through time to 1918 Russia just as Alexei, Anastasia, and the rest of Tsar Nicholas II's family is about to be executed. Author's note includes facts about the Romanov's and the mystery surrounding their deaths.
Author: Stephen Donaldson
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2010-11-25
The second novel in this terrific crime series from the No. 1 bestselling author. Mick 'Brew' Axbrewder lost his licence as a private investigator after he accidentally shot his brother, and so now works in partnership with a tough P.I., Ginny Fistoulari. His on-off relationship with Ginny used to involve her trying to keep him sober enough to help her solve cases, but since she lost her hand in an explosion, which Brew blames himself for, Ginny has changed and Brew doesn't know how to help her. Fortunately for both of them, a call from Reg Haskell gives them something new to focus on. Haskell is chief accountant at a bank which disguises itself as an ice-cream parlour. A cheat and a womaniser, he's got himself involved in some very nasty business, with some very nasty people. And he needs Brew and Ginny to protect him. But once they start wading through the countless lies and bodies, they begin to realise how messy things can get...
"For Franco Tolle, the golden boy of Europe's jet-set society, life is just a playground-- filled with racing speedboats on the azure Mediterranean Sea. When you're rich and famous money is no object ... and to hell with the consequences! But he once took a risk with a price bigger than he was willing to pay. In a rush of red hot infatuation, he put a glittering diamond wedding ring on Lexi Hamilton's finger, yet within months they were leading separate lives. Now Franco's daredevil life has caught up with him-- and he'll to risk it all for the one thing he craves ... his estranged wife!"--P.  of cover.
Looking down from the Eiffel Tower, Alan Greenmor stands on the edge, determined to end it all. As he prepares to jump, his thoughts are interrupted by a cough. To his right is a mysterious stranger in a dark suit, smoking a cigar. This is Yves Dubreuil. The person who will change Alan’s life. Dubreuil convinces Alan to reconsider his plans, with one caveat: instead of ending his life, he will give his life over to Dubreuil. In return, Dubreuil promises to teach Alan the secrets to happiness and success. And so, Alan embarks on a wild ride of self-discovery. From a humiliating fiasco at a Parisian bakery, to finding the strength to assert himself in his company’s boardroom, Alan learns to overcome his deepest fears and self-doubts, face life’s unexpected twists and turns, take crazy risks, and fully accept himself in the process. From best-selling author Laurent Gounelle, The Man Who Risked It All explores the fragility of life and the possibilities that are presented to us in the unlikeliest circumstances.
Author: Julie M. Fenster
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
Release Date: 2004
The companion volume to the History Channel miniseries on the evolution of modern medicine profiles the innovators, scientists, and visionaries who changed medical science--including Anton Von Leewenhoek, Wilhelm Roentgen, Nobel laureate Werner Forssmann, Jean-Baptiste Denis, and others. Reprint.
Author: Gregory A. Freeman
Release Date: 2008-09-02
The astonishing, never before told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II—when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia... During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip large enough for C-47 cargo planes—without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the cargo planes had to make it through enemy airspace and back—without getting shot down themselves. Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of this unforgettable story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery is now being told for the first time ever. The Forgotten 500 is the gripping, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II. “Amazing [and] riveting.”—James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers
Author: Rod Gragg
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2016-10-11
Thirty captivating profiles of Christians who risked everything to rescue their Jewish neighbors from Nazi terror during the Holocaust. MY BROTHER'S KEEPER unfolds powerful stories of Christians from across denominations who gave everything they had to save the Jewish people from the evils of the Holocaust. This unlikely group of believers, later honored by the nation of Israel as "The Righteous Among the Nations," includes ordinary teenage girls, pastors, priests, a German army officer, a former Italian fascist, an international spy, and even a princess. In one gripping profile after another, these extraordinary historical accounts offer stories of steadfast believers who together helped thousands of Jewish individuals and families to safety. Many of these everyday heroes perished alongside the very people they were trying to protect. There is no doubt that all of their stories showcase the best of humanity--even in the face of unthinkable evil.
Author: Tom Breitling
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Games & Activities
If Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn had come of age at the end of the 20th century looking for an all-American adventure, they probably would've headed for Vegas. They'd have been hard-pressed to go on a wilder ride than the one taken by Tom Breitling and Tim Poster to the top of the famed Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino. Call them the Odds Couple. Breitling is the kid who lives next door if you grow up in Burnsville, Minnesota. He never saw a hundred dollar bill or The Godfather until he went to college. Poster comes from a family of oddsmakers who reach for the Doritos on football Sundays and scream for the point spread. He was whistling Sinatra and booking games at his Las Vegas high school. Their unlikely friendship began in college over an $8 veal parmigiana sandwich that led to a partnership in a hotel reservation business. Starting with a desk, a chair, a pillow, and a telephone, Tim and Tom grew a company that they sold during the dot.com boom for $105 million. This allows Tim to pursue his childhood dream of owning a casino and bringing back the glory days of Vegas. When Tim ups the odds and raises the limits to give gamblers the best game in town, a craps player nicknamed "Mr. Royalty," who's on one of the hottest winning streaks in history, heads for The Nugget. When he begins to take Tom and Tim for millions, the partnership is put to the test. But Tim refuses to back off on the odds or the high limits, telling his partner, "It's a ballsy proposition here. It's gonna be a roller coaster ride. But we don't have a public company to answer to. It's just you and me." When Mr. Royalty rolls twenty-two consecutive passes and rakes in a mountain of chips, he takes Tim and Tom to the brink. They must figure out a way to hold up The House. Just as they do, the roller coaster ride really gets rolling—and the ride becomes crazier than they'd ever imagined.
This book looks at people who risked their lives to hide and save Holocaust victims. It turns out that most of these victims were Jews. This book is based on several sets of true stories. In many places, the material is quoted word for word from real life. The author's father, Nicholas Skeby, and a mutilated Holocaust victim, Pillip Gringiul, composed the detailed outline of this book. It is known that 24,000 people risked their lives, but are reluctant to give the reason why. Let's try to find out why.
"True stories of ordinary Australians who risked their lives to save others. One minute everything is normal. The next, tragedy looms - a crazed gunman, a burning house, someone swept out to sea. What do you do? In many of these true stories there have been several onlookers, but only one person has leapt into action. This fascinating book looks at why some people are prepared to put their lives on the line for another - often a complete stranger - while others stand frozen on the sidelines." -- BooksDirect.