Valerio Massimo Manfredi's The Ancient Curse is a thrilling archaeological mystery with a supernatural twist. In the darkest hours of the night at the Museum of Volterra, young archaeologist Fabrizio Castellani is immersed in his work. He has discovered that the famous Etruscan statue known as the 'shade of twilight' contains a mysterious object, seemingly enclosed within the sculpture itself. He is suddenly interrupted by the phone ringing – on the other end of the line an icy female voice warns him to abandon his research at once. A series of gruesome killings follow. The victims, who have all been involved in the desecration of an unexplored tomb, seem to have been torn to pieces by a beast of unimaginable size. Meanwhile, as Fabrizio excavates the Etruscan tomb he discovers something extraordinary, and chilling . . . Will Fabrizio manage to unravel these secrets without being sucked into the spiral of violence himself?
Author: Lisa Beech
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
Release Date: 2014-07-03
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Many centuries ago when witches roamed freely, a great wrong was commited. At a local meeting of spells to amaze, a beautiful kind hearted young witch Amelia, along with her spiteful sister Cordelia, have prepared spells to attract the most handsome Prince in the land. Every witch is desperate to impress, but the powerful Shaylar turns apple pips into diamonds and is sure she can't be beaten. The lovely Amelia however has practised her spell many times, and her five second glimse into the future makes everyone gasp! The spell allows the Prince a vision of his wedding to Amelia, and there is a stunned silence in the hall as the witches see their futures crumble. Absolutely furious Shaylar uses her powers to imprison the sisters for eternity, as the girls mother looks on helplessly. Many years later Ella, a young girl visiting a relative during the school holidays discovers an ancient locket in a castle attic. The locket is enchanted and allows many adventures, good and bad. With the lockets powers Ella shrinks to the size of a woodlouse and meets a crazy mole named Bolmour, and an unlucky in love frog, Boggle (who names her Gertrude and insists she marry him). When her friend Sophie is taken hostage by giant ants, Ella enlists the help of a hyperactive Monkey, Impey and a helpful snake named Slither. Together they mount an epic rescue and the two girls form a strong friendship. Along with the unpredictable locket Ella tries to uncover the shady secrets of the man her relative is about to marry, and to solve the mystery of the enchanted locket.
Author: Barbara Edwards
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc
Release Date: 2014-11-05
Evil never dies; and for psychic Rainie Gamble who accepts a job to weed out evil artifacts, this could not be more true. When she arrives at the home of Thomas Broquette, her new boss, she isn’t sure what to expect. But the handsome and intriguing Thomas is only the tip of the paranormal activity she encounters while going through his library. After several near misses when Rainie is injured by evil forces, she wonders if her new boss is hiding a secret? What does the previous owner Mason have to do with the threads of doom encasing the estate? And why does Thomas bring her father, a well-known art thief, into their midst. The attraction she feels for Thomas grows, as does the evil winning its battle against the inhabitants of what could be her new home. Rainie wonders if she will find and defeat the inhuman force causing all their problems before she and Thomas are sucked into its evil forever.
Life hasn't been easy since Tim's dad died - the kids at school call him Cinderella because he's always stuck at home doing the housework while his mum's out working to support them. But when Hercules unexpectedly turns up in his living room, life starts to get a whole lot more interesting! Super-strong, but not so super-smart, Hercules sets out to help him. Things quickly go south and Tim is left picking up the pieces. How do you convince a hero that you don't need his help?Gormless Gods and Hapless Heroes is a fun-filled series about Greek mythology, adventure and what it means to be a hero. Readers aged 6+ will love diving into the world of Tim Baker and his (sort of) friend Hercules. Great for fans of Who Let The Gods out and the Percy Jackson series. Online activity packs can be found at www.sweetcherrpublishing.com
Author: John G. Gager
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 1999-10-28
In the ancient Greco-Roman world, it was common practice to curse or bind an enemy or rival by writing an incantation on a tablet and dedicating it to a god or spirit. These curses or binding spells, commonly called defixiones were intended to bring other people under the power and control of those who commissioned them. More than a thousand such texts, written between the 5th Century B.C.E. and the 5th Century C.E., have been discovered from North Africa to England, and from Syria to Spain. Extending into every aspect of ancient life--athletic and theatrical competitions, judicial proceedings, love affairs, business rivalries, and the recovery of stolen property--they shed light on a new dimension of classical study previously inaccessible. Here, for the first time, these texts have been translated into English with a substantial translator's introduction revealing the cultural, social, and historical context for the texts. This book will interest historians, classicists, scholars of religion, and those concerned with ancient magic.
Author: Raymond Fay
Release Date: 2018-08-13
After spending the first eighteen months of my life in a Chinese Redwood Chest during the Japanese Invasion of Shanghai, China, in 1941, I was prepared to start my life of discovery, excitement and career development. My family and I left Shanghai in 1949 after the Chinese Communist Revolution and became immigrants. My maternal grandfather was the 8th wealthiest person in Shanghai and we left with nothing but a small bag per person, in search of a better life. My feelings of abandonment, terror, and self-reliance were discovered when I was undergoing psychoanalysis for depression during my second divorce at age 50. I was not aware that my behavior and actions were formed so early in life. Recovery from failures and successes thereafter defined my ethics and values in life. My memoirs detail personal tragedies and the struggles to find professional success, love and happiness. It was never easy.I critically examined my life and found values and ethics solid and worthy. Other may disagree but before you criticize my story, remember that ws how I remembered them.Ray Fay, M.D. is a retired board-certified urologist who practiced 35 years in San Francisco Chinatown and the greater San Francisco community. He was Chairman of the Department of Urology at Children's Hospital of San Francisco and California Pacific Medical Center. He published 27 medical articles and gave over 90 speeches. In 1991 he received the Honorable Citizen Award from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.He and his wife, Ingrid Hirashima, live in Indio and Novato, California.
Have you heard of the deadly mummy's curse that protects King Tut's tomb? How about the cursed Hope Diamond, said to bring ruin to whoever owns it? Read on to learn more about the making and breaking of spooky curses throughout history—and uncover whether there's any real-life proof that curses exist. You'll have so much fun it's scary!
The Mystery Girl - Mimi, Papa, Christina and Grant aboard - travels to the historic country of Greece. The wonders of the ancient world soon turn to a wickedly awful mystery! Trek along to the Acropolis in the moonlight! A museum where Grant loses his "marbles." Wake up in a volcano's caldera! Get lost in the caverns of the Meteora! Decipher clues in Greek! Spend the night in Socrate's Prison! And much more as you help solve the mystery and the curse and learn why Grant says, "It's all Greek to me!" This mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, Built-In Book Club and activities. This book includes a map, inline glossary definitions, and lots more! This Carole Marsh Mystery also has an Accelerated Reader quiz, a Lexile Level, a Fountas & Pinnell guided reading level and a Developmental Reading Assessment.æ LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more! The Greek gods - history and facts about each one - Mythology definition - Mediterranean Area geography - Greek customs - Greek food (baklava) - Greek god Apollo history and facts - Oracle history - Greek language scattered throughout - Parthenon history and facts - Acropolis history and facts - Apokreas celebration history. Places in Greece: Athens - Plaka - Philopappou Hill - Meteora Cliffs and - Santorini Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book: Grade Levels: 3-6 Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 4.9 Accelerated Reader Points: 2 Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 121650 Lexile Measure: 740 Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q Developmental Assessment Level: 40
Solve It With Saxby, a new series aimed at unraveling the mystery of getting boys excited about reading. Saxby Smart is no ordinary ten-year-old. He's the best detective in the world, or at least the best one who also happens to be in elementary school. In this brand new series--with three cases in each book--the reader solves the mystery alongside Saxby, getting peeks at pages of his casebook as the crimes unfold, and searching for clues rather than letting the main character do all the work and have all the fun.
In 1922, Howard Carter, an archaeologist, found the tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun, buried over 3,000 years ago. THe tomb was filled with treasures and he became a famous man. However, soon a rumor of a curse began. Was this boy-king responsible for the curse on those who opened the tomb?
Author: Robert L. Hubbard, Jr.
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Release Date: 2009-08-30
Reading Joshua can be, frankly, a jarring experience. Serious, troubling questions about God’s attitude toward his created peoples arise, questions with noeasy answer. But the book of Joshua presents itself, warts (and wars!) and all, and asks readers to let it tell its story from its point of view and out of its ancient context. It asks them to give it the benefit of the doubt and permit it to speak to them. This commentary aims to give its voice a clear hearing — to translate its ancient cultural form in such a way that it freely speaks about the life of faith today. Basically, the book of Joshua tells how biblical Israel navigated a major historical transition early in its national life. The book shows that guiding these changes is Israel’s God, Yahweh, through his chosen servant, Joshua. The introductory sections to follow set the scene for entering the book of Joshua and the ancient world about which it reports. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make thereturn journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable — but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. Joshua helps readers learn how the message of Joshua can have the same powerful impact today that it did when it was first written.
Author: Paul Leggett
Release Date: 2010-06-28
Genre: Performing Arts
Some critics in England and France have long maintained that British director Terence Fisher, whose films dominated world markets in the 1950s and 60s, was one of the greatest directors of fantasy films in history. Since his death in 1980, Fisher’s reputation has grown from relative obscurity and his influence on the development of the modern horror film has been widely recognized. However, Fisher’s importance should not be limited to the context of the fantasy and horror film genres. His films should also be recognized as expressions of his generalizations about human spirituality. This critical study of Fisher’s films begins with an introduction that provides biographical information on his film career, summaries of all of the films he directed and examples of his impact on contemporary cinema. All of Fisher’s films are analyzed in terms of their Christian and religious themes as well as their mythical sources. Chapters are devoted to Fisher's work on the subjects of Frankenstein, Dracula, curses (The Devil Rides Out), the ancient goddess (The Gorgon), the divided self (The Man Who Could Cheat Death) and the redeemer hero (The Stranglers of Bombay). The concluding chapter analyzes the role and influence of Biblical narratives in Fisher’s films. Also included is a filmography; the work is fully indexed.