'L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s The Death of Chaos continues his bestselling fantasy series the Saga of Recluce, which is one of the most popular in contemporary epic fantasy. Lerris has settled into being a woodworker and building a life with Krystal. But this newfound peace is endangered when both Candar and Recluce come under the threat of invasion from the Empire of Hamor. Despite the imminent possibility of destruction, the lands of Candar will not unite and Recluce will not heed the peril. Lerris is faced with the challenge of becoming the greatest wizard of all time-or seeing his whole world destroyed.'
America had barely survived the nuclear holocaust but two centuries later a new order emerges to inflict it's rule on the fortified cities. Beyond the walls are the outlands, where a fragile freedom remains. Once a fearsome warrior of the new order, Kane discovers a secret that has damned humanity since the dawn of history. Now Banished as an enemy of the state, he joins forces with Brigid Baptiste, keeper of the archives and Grant, brother-in-arms and innovative weapons specialist. In the place that was once called New Mexico, Kane finds the first hidden clues to humanities future. Coming to Grips with the shocking truth behind the new reality...
'Mankind has ceded the night to the corelings, demons that rise up out of the ground each day at dusk, killing and destroying at will until dawn, when the sun banishes them back to the Core. As darkness falls, the world's few surviving humans hide behind magical wards, praying the magic can see them through another night. As years pass, the distances between each tiny village seem longer and longer. It seems nothing can harm the corelings, or bring humanity back together. Born into these isolated hamlets are three children. A Messenger teaches young Arlen that fear, more than the demons, has crippled humanity. Leesha finds her perfect life destroyed by a simple lie and is reduced to gathering herbs for an old woman more fearsome than the demons at night. And Rojer's life is changed forever when a traveling minstrel comes to his town and plays his fiddle. But these three children all have something in common. They are all stubborn and know that there is more to the world than what they've been told, if only they can risk leaving their safe wards to find it.'
From his Missouri farm, the boy traveled west. In his hand was a Navy Colt given to him by Jesse James. By his side was the old mountain man named Preacher, who would teach young Smoke Jensen everything he needed to fight like the devil, and die like a man. And in his heart...was vengeance. His enemies destroyed everything he'd ever loved. But they made one mistake. They let Smoke Jensen live.
In Blood, the Civil War, the most dramatic moment in this nation's history, also produced some of our greatest literature. From tragic charges to prison escapes to the desolation wrought on those who stayed behind, Blood is an extraordinary collection of reminiscences, fiction, and excerpts from diaries and letters by an array of soldiers, writers and observers that includes Abraham Lincoln, General George Pickett, Walt Whitman, Ulysses S. Grant and Stephen Crane. In The War, no one knew it was going to be that bad. World War II killed some 60 million people-20 million of them soldiers-and inflicted wounds, bereavement, poverty and suffering on countless others. But such destruction was an impossible to imagine in advance as it was for young pilots-in-training to imagine their coming fiery deaths; or for Jews to foresee their last moments in the gas chambers; or for parents to imagine their children killed by the mortars and bullets and other munitions that factories churned out in such enormous quantities. As impossible, perhaps, as it is for us to imagine a disaster of similar scale in our future. The War presents an unforgettable mosaic of memoirs from soldiers, citizens and historians, detailing the immense tragedy that stretched from the Western Front to the Pacific Theater.
David Valentine resigns as a Wolf militia, and accepts an offer to become a Cat, one of the stealthy warriors trained to spy on, and go toe-to-toe with the Reapers. Under the command of his mentor, Smoke, Val's first mission is to enter the Kurian zone and investigate 'The Twisted Cross', a strike force of alien-human hybrids, possessing the skills of combat veterans and the hunger of the Reapers...Along the way he befriends a powerful alien, a Grog named Anh-Ka, who declares David his blood brother after Valentine nurses him back from death. Performed by Ken Jackson, Tim Getman, Lily Beacon, Ted Stoddard, Michael Glenn, Steven Carpenter, Dylan Lynch, Barbara Pinolini, David Coyne, Christopher Graybill, Delores King Williams, Thomas Penny, Scott McCormick, Christopher Sheeren, Tony Nam, Jeff Allin, Mort Shelby, Terence Aselford, Colleen Delany, Laura Quinn Anderson, Karen Novak.
After the liberation of Front Royal from the Magus' tyranny, Ryan Cawdor and his companions grieve the heart-wrenching loss of loved ones, but must carry on. Ryan and his surviving friends assume leadership roles in Front Royal, contributing to the rebuilding of the ville and the struggle to carve out a future for the beleaguered community. Ryan must learn how to be a good father for his unique baby daughter, and with the support of his larger family do his best to help her navigate the treacherous future that is her destiny. There is still a Magus out there to be reckoned with, along with the dangerous repercussions of recklessly tampering with Gaia. Performed by Richard Rohan, Terence Aselford, Delores King Williams, Laura C. Harris, Chris Rohan, Kimberly Gilbert, Tia Shearer, Carolyn Kashner, David Coyne, Dylan Lynch, Scott Bruffey, Shayna Small, Zeke Alton, Alejandro Ruiz, Steve Wannall, Matthew Pauli, Audrey Bertaux, Matthew Schleigh, Ken Jackson, Nanette Savard and Lawrence Redmond.
It's the forty-eighth year of the Kurian Order. The alien, vampiric Kur and their avatars, the Reapers, control most of the Earth- their new feeding ground. Humanity is scattered and survives only at their new master's whims. But the Resistance is attempting to reclaim Earth. David Valentine, member of the elite Cat spy force, is in enemy uniform aboard the aging gunboat Thunderbolt. Whispers have reached him of the discovery of a long-lost weapon in the Caribbean- the first glimmer of hope for humanity to finally defeat the Reapers. Control of the ship lies in the hands of a tyrannical captain, and nothing short of full-scale mutiny can win it back. With only a few loyal sailors at his side, Valentine embarks on a terrifying journey through the deadly waters of the Gulf, searching for the weapon that will guarantee that this year- the forty-eighth year of the Kurian Order's domination of Earth- will be the Kurian's last... Performed by Ken Jackson, Tim Getman, Colleen Delany, Nanette Savard, Lily Beacon, Richard Rohan, Andy Clemence, Tim Carlin, James Lewis, Elliot Dash, Thomas Penny, Terence Aselford, Dexter Hamlett, Yasmin Tuazon, Michael Glenn, Mort Shelby, Sunny Lasskey, David Coyne, Joe Brack, Johann Dettweiler.
Cursed with a magic ring that forbids skullduggery, Tyvian Reldamar's life of crime is sadly behind him. Now reduced to fencing moldy relics and wheedling favors from petty nobility, he's pretty sure his life can't get any worse. That is until he hears that his old nemesis, Myreon Alafarr, has been framed for a crime she didn't commit and turned to stone in a penitentiary garden. Somebody is trying to get his attention, and that somebody is playing a very high-stakes game that will draw Tyvian and his friends back to the city of his birth and right under the noses of the Defenders he's been dodging for so long. And that isn't even the worst part. The worst part is that the person pulling all the strings is none other than the most powerful sorceress in the West: Lyrelle Reldamar. Tyvian's own mother. Performed by Ken Jackson, Bradley Smith, Alejandro Ruiz, Jessica Lauren Ball, Delores King Williams, Christopher Walker, Stephon Walker, Colleen Delany, James Konicek, Marni Penning, Drew Kopas, Christopher Graybill, Nora Achrati, Henry Kramer, Steven Carpenter, Richard Rohan, Michael John Casey.
Arch-criminal Tyvian Reldamar has gotten complacent. For him, he's reached the pinnacle of all he's really hoping to achieve: he's got money, he's got women (some of which aren't even trying to kill him), and he's got his loyal friends and family nearby and safe. Except...maybe not so safe. Because this is Eretheria, a city known as much for its genteel aristocracy as for its diabolical scheming. Long without a king, the scions of the ruling families scrabble for control--including levying cruel taxes and drafts on the peasantry in order to wage 'polite' wars against each other. And now, of course, Tyvian is finding himself drawn into it. With a swashbuckling flare, old fans and new listeners alike will be swept up into this world of magic, crime, and political intrigue where life is cheap and justice too expensive. Performed by Ken Jackson; Bradley Smith; Alejandro Ruiz; Jessica Lauren Ball; Delores King Williams; Colleen Delany; Rick Rohan; Michael Glenn; Drew Kopas; Stephon Walker; James Konicek; Laura C. Harris; Shanta Parasuraman; David Coyne; Steven Carpenter; Scott McCormick; Megan Poppy; Nora Achrati; Lydia Kraniotis; Eric Messner; Michael John Casey; Matthew Schleigh; Marni Penning; Steve Wannall; Jeff Baker; Nanette Savard.
Ryan Cawdor has been narrowly rescued from a harrowing, uncontrolled plummet through the maelstrom of time, only to find himself stranded in a place outside of the reality he knows, his savior not quite the man he appears to be. At the Cawdor family home of Front Royal, the companions meet Ryan's long lost son, who is no longer who he once was. They learn Front Royal has fallen to invaders, forces under the command of a long-time bitter enemy, and constant nemesis. Woefully outnumbered, as the birth of Krysty Wroth's child grows imminent, the reunited companions must somehow devise a way of stopping the monsters and madmen who collectively are the Magus. Performed by Richard Rohan; Colleen Delany; Terence Aselford; Delores King Williams; Alejandro Ruzi; Laura C. Harris; Chris Rohan; Tia Shearer; Carolyn Kashner; Bill Gillett; Yasmin Tuazon; David Harris; Zeke Alton; Todd Scofield; Bradley Smith; Chris Davenport; Jonathan Feuer; Andrew Quilpa; Evan Casey; Andy Clemence; Ren Kasey; Drew Kopas; Matthew Bassett; James Lewis.
Before the odyssey began... there was the Trader. Stories of the Trader and his convoy of war wagons endure in the badlands of post-holocaust America. A dealer in Deathlands' most precious commodities-weapons and fuel-Trader takes note of a young Ryan Cawdor. Surrounded in myth and rumor, Trader sets into motion the beginnings of legend at a place called Virtue Lake... At Spearpoint, the ultimate redoubt housing a valuable cache of predark technology, two opposing wills clash. Levi Shabazz intends to carve his own empire out of the vast wastelands, but the Trader intends to thwart him and end his bloody siege of power. It all comes to a head at Virtue Lake-a hard lesson fro Trader and a grim rite of passage for Ryan Cawdor.