My life goes completely sideways the moment I meet the mysterious Braxton.
Sure, he’s ridiculously hot, but he’s also the reason I’ve been kicked out of school and recruited into Gray Wolf Academy—a remote island school completely off the grid. I never should have trusted a face so perfect.
But the reality of why Gray Wolf wanted me is what truly blows my mind. It’s a school for time travelers. Tripping, they call it. This place is filled with elaborate costumes and rare artifacts, where every move is strategic and the halls are filled with shadows and secrets.
Here, what you see isn’t always what it appears. Including Braxton. Because even though there’s an energy connecting us together, the more secrets he keeps from me, the more it feels like something is pulling us apart. Something that has to do
with this place—and its darker purpose. It’s all part of a guarded, elaborate puzzle of history and time … and I might be one of the missing pieces.
Now I have all the time in the world. And yet I can’t shake the feeling that time is the one thing I’m about to run out of … fast.
Resistance is futile. You can run, but you’ll only die tired.
The AC-130 Gunship was quickly developed in 1968 to provide fire support for ground forces in Vietnam. Twenty-eight C-130 cargo aircraft were converted into AC-130s for night attack operations. The AC-130 was crude, ugly, ad hoc, and detested by many within the USAF … but it worked, and it worked well. Likewise,
AC-130 crews were deemed unruly “biker gangs,” but performed magnificently in every major US military operation from 1976 to 1995. Most of these combat operations were cloaked in secrecy, but records once classified for up to twenty years have now been opened. Based on this newly declassified information and
hundreds of interviews with SOF veterans, Ghostriders 1976–1995 is the first authoritative historical account of the AC-130 operations, written by an AC-130 Aerial Gunner who participated in every AC-130 combat operation from 1980 through 1994.
If necessity is the mother of invention, the AC-130 gunship was definitely her offspring. Ghostriders: Mors De Caelis is a comprehensive history of AC-130 gunship combat operations in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The story begins with the first AC-130 in 1968, and ends in 1975 at the end of the war in Vietnam. It tells the life and death stories of Spectre crews, who faced extreme danger while hunting trucks on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and providing fire support for US and allied ground forces. Though the AC-130 was credited with 10,000 trucks destroyed, this phenomenal achievement came with a hefty price. Fifty-two Spectre crewmen and six AC-130s were lost during combat operations in Laos and Vietnam. Written in third-person omniscient point of view by an experienced combat veteran and Spectre historian, all aspects of the story are derived from official declassified records and personal interviews. The level of detail and context figuratively puts the reader in the aircraft as an observer, flying alongside a Spectre crew in combat. Above all, this is the story of Spectre-accurate, detailed, compelling, and unique.
From the author of Silver Wings, Iron Cross comes a suspenseful and thrilling saga based on the true story of one of World War II's most daring and successful rescue missions. Summer 1944: Yugoslavia is locked in a war within a war. In addition to fighting the German occupation, warring factions battle each other. Hundreds of Allied airmen have been shot down over this volatile region, among them American lieutenant Bill Bogdonavich. Though grateful to the locals who are risking their lives to shelter and protect him from German troops, Bogdonavich dreams of the impossible: escape. With three failed air missions behind him, Lieutenant Drew Carlton is desperate for redemption. From a Texas airbase he volunteers for a secretive and dangerous assignment, codenamed Operation Halyard, that will bring together American special operations officers, airmen, and local guerilla fighters in Yugoslavia's green hills. This daring plan-to evacuate hundreds of stranded airmen while avoiding detection by the Germans-faces overwhelming odds. What follows is one of the greatest stories of World War II heroism, an elaborate rescue that required astonishing courage, sacrifice, and resilience. Red Burning Sky is a riveting and ultimately triumphant military thriller based on true events, all the more remarkable for being so little known-until now.
For years, the Supreme Court has turned a deaf ear to arguments that police officers should not be shielded by the legal doctrine of "qualified immunity" when they shoot or brutalize innocent civilians. "Qualified immunity" is just one of several rules invented by judges that stop the vindication of basic rights. But aren't courts supposed to be protectors of individual rights? In The Collapse of Constitutional Remedies, Aziz Z. Huq recounts a far more fraught history in which the link between the Constitution's system of independent courts and the protection of constitutional rights has always been tenuous. Federal courts have created many legal concepts such as "qualified immunity" that may seem abstract, but inflict real-world harms: A bureaucrat fires her employee for testifying in a legal proceeding involving the boss's family. Police officers set a dog on a homeless man, leaving him severely wounded. A Mexican teenager is shot in the back at the US border-and dies. In all these cases, defendants walk away with minor or no penalties. Their victims had rights-but no remedies thanks to rules created by federal judges. A powerful historical account of how courts have carved a gap between rights and remedies, this book will reshape our understanding of why it's so difficult to hold the American state to the rule of law.
When a bandit gang seizes High Windward, holding the Storn family hostage, the laran powers of the oldest son Loran are the family's only hope. Reaching out with those powers, he finds a young Terran, Dan Barron, and "overshadows" his mind, sending him on a desperate rescue mission to Aldaran Castle. But the "help" that the powerful Aldaran family offers may be far more dangerous than any bandit. For what they offer is use of the terrible Sharra Matrix-dreaded weapon of the Ages of Chaos.
The most dangerous matrix on all Darkover was the legendary Sharra. Embodied in the image of a chained woman, wreathed in flames, it was the last remaining weapon of the Age of Chaos that had almost destroyed civilization on the planet of the Bloody Sun. The Sharra had been exiled off-planet among the far stars of the Terran Empire in the custody of Lew Alton ... until he found himself called back to his homeworld to contest his rights. But once the Sharra was back, the flaming image spread far and wide-and set in motion events that were to change the land, the domains, and the future of Darkover forever.
Described as "Bradley's best novel" by Locus, The Heritage of Hastur, longest and most intricate of the Darkover books, is a brilliant epic of the pivotal event in the strange love-hate relationship between the Terran worlds and the semi-alien offspring of forgotten peoples. This is the novel of the Hastur tradition and of the showdown between those who would bargain away their world for the glories of star-borne science and those who would preserve the special "matrix" power that was at once the prize and the burden of ruddy-sunned Darkover.
An FDA economist discovers that solutions for food safety and nutrition lie in the hands of entrepreneurs-not government regulation and education. With about half of the U.S. population expected to be obese by 2030 and one out of six Americans getting sick every year, why is the Food and Drug Administration spending years trying to figure out if almond milk should be called "milk"? As a twenty-seven-year veteran of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, Dr. Richard A. Williams poses this question. Dr. Williams also questions the accuracy of more than thirty years of food labeling, coupled with consumer education on diet/disease relationships and failed attempts to get consumers to track intakes. It is time for the American people to look elsewhere for solutions, rather than relying on the FDA. Fixing Food takes you inside the FDA and explores the inner workings that drove failed strategies. Following his tenure at the FDA, Dr. Williams spent more than a decade investigating new sciences-including genetic and microbial sciences-that are leading to innovative foods and products. With one of the greatest public health crises in American history ongoing, this research aims to solve our issues with food-once and for all. In this book, you will learn: How FDA controls Congress, the Courts, and the Executive Branch and others who might be a threat to their resources and growth of power How the FDA misuses risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis How the FDA's most recent innovation to keep food safe is fifty years old Why food labeling has been a disaster How entrepreneurs are remaking foods to be safer and healthier How new medical devices will ultimately make nutrition as easy as using a cell phone How trying to educate consumers through food labeling has been a public health disaster Ultimately, the role of the FDA in the new world of food safety and nutrition must change if the agency is to stay relevant.
When Paul Elias receives a terminal diagnosis, he leaves his physician's office in a fog. Only one thing is clear to him: if he is going to die, he must find someone to watch over his granddaughter, Pearl, who has been in his charge since her drugaddicted father disappeared. Paul decides to take her back to Nysa-both the place where he grew up and the place where he lost his beloved wife under strange circumstances forty years earlier. But when he picks up Pearl from school, the little girl already seems to know of his plans, claiming a woman told her. In Nysa, Paul reconnects with an old friend but is not prepared for the onslaught of memory. And when Pearl starts vanishing at night and returning with increasingly bizarre tales, Paul begins to question her sanity, his own views on death, and the nature of reality itself. In this suspenseful and introspective story from award-winning author Shawn Smucker, the past and the present mingle like opposing breezes, teasing out the truth about life, death, and sacrifice.
Sensational eyewitness accounts from the most heroic and legendary American aviators of World War II, never before published as a book
They are voices lost to time. Beginning in the late 1970s, five veteran airmen sat for private interviews. Decades after the guns fell silent, they recounted in vivid detail the most dangerous missions that made the difference in the war. Ed Haydon dueled with the deadliest of German aces--and forced him to the ground. Robert Johnson racked up twenty-seven kills in his P-47 Thunderbolt, but nearly lost his life when his plane was shot to ribbons and his guns jammed. Cigar-chomping Curtis LeMay was the Air Corps general who devised the bomber tactics that pummeled Germany's war machine. Robin Olds was a West Point football hero who became one of the most dogged, aggressive fighter pilots in the European theater, relentlessly pursuing Germans in his P-38 Lightning. And Jimmy Doolittle became the most celebrated American airman of the war--maybe even of all time--after he led the audacious raid to bomb Tokyo. Today these heroes are long gone, but now, in this incredible volume, they tell their stories in their own words.
Since the beginning of time, we have always questioned our existence. Human beings are curious by nature. We want to understand who we are and our place in the universe. We ask, what is the purpose of life? What happens to us when we die? Is Heaven real? Where is God when bad things happen to us? Life is not just a random series of events with no pattern or purpose. There is a synchronicity to all life. And while the universe is vast and mysterious, LOVE LETTERS FROM HEAVEN: Divine Wisdom, Sacred Knowledge and Everything In-unlocks these mysteries and more. In LOVE LETTERS FROM HEAVEN, we get the answers we have been seeking to all of our most important questions directly from God through a beautiful series of letters that have been written to all humanity. The author, Michelle Christopher, is a spiritual counselor and an intuitive who has had lifelong communications with God. It is from these divine conversations that Ms. Christopher has gathered these messages for all of us to hear as God intended. LOVE LETTERS FROM HEAVEN documents Ms. Christopher's divine relationship with God and shares these many beautiful letters that she has received over the years on life's most important topics. These letters are addressed to all of God's beloved children and give us all a greater understanding as to the purpose of our existence. These divine letters create a framework for understanding who we are and how to unlock our divine potential - which is the key to creating and sustaining a meaningful life filled with love, gratitude, serenity and inner peace. The concepts and ideas that are expressed are based on faith and a truth for all. There are no divisions by age, gender, geography, or religious beliefs. God teaches us through these divine writings that we all have the power to change ourselves and our world, one person at a time. We are reminded how loved we are from birth to death and that there is truly nothing to fear. Love is the building block of the universe. God teaches us that we are made from Divine Unconditional Love. It is up to each of us to learn how to radiate this Divine Love if we truly seek Heaven on Earth. With so many people looking for answers in the current state of the world, now is the perfect time to hear the answers from the One who made us all.