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British screenwriter David Wolstencroft is best known for his work on the TV series Spooks. He is the celebrated author of two spy novels.
Simon Mirren has gained global acclaim for his work on the hit TV series Criminal Minds. Together, they sweep the reader away to the realm of the Sun King and unveil the secrets of the world's most beautiful palace's construction.
Elizabeth Massie has written several historical novels as well as the novelization of The Tudors TV series.
LOVE AND DEATH; SEX AND VENGEANCE. 1667. The civil wars are over. King Louis XIV crushed the nobility's rebellion against his father; the throne is his. But far from giving up, the aristocracy hounds his every step, waiting for the right moment to seize power for themselves. If they will not be loyal, they will obey, no matter the cost. To ensnare them, he must spin a web: the greatest palace the world has ever seen, Versailles, a prison of opulence where his power is absolute. Trapped by his invitation, lured away from Paris, the nobles have no choice but to play Louis' game of manipulation and treachery. Meanwhile, the court becomes a battlefield of tactical liaisons and salacious passions. The Queen, Theresa of Austria, must fight to keep her husband's attentions while he falls under the spell of his powerful mistress, the sister of the King of England, who knows full well that the power of desire can bring even a king to his knees.
Dvadcativos'miletnij Lyudovik CHetyrnadcatyj, mogushchestvennyj i lyubveobil'nyj, reshaet prevratit' skromnyj ohotnichij zamok pod Parizhem v velichajshij dvorec v mire. I vot po ego prikazu vozdvigaetsya Versal', mramornaya poehma v obramlenii divnyh parkov, statuj, fontanov, cvetnikov i roshch. Korol' pravit ogromnoj imperiej, gde solnce nikogda ne saditsya, odnako v serdce ehtoj imperii - vo Francii - dela obstoyat otnyud' ne blestyashche, sostoyanie finansov plachevno, stroiteli dvorca gotovy vzbuntovat'sya, a dvoryane vovse ne zhazhdut rasstat'sya s feodal'nymi privilegiyami. Versal', mechta korolya, stanovitsya raem dlya zagovorshchikov.
Without education, it's very difficult to make the most of your talents and abilities. But for much of American history, black people couldn't get an education. In many places it was against the law for slaves to learn to read and write. Despite this, many brave slaves found a way to learn. Some taught themselves. Others sneaked to schools held late at night. Even after slavery was ended in 1865, African Americans continued to be treated unfairly. It was still a struggle for them to get an education. African-American educators stepped up to make a difference. They faced hardship. They often worked for very little payor for no pay at all. These educators built schools. They taught their students and stood up for equal rights. They proved that a person's race has nothing to do with his or her ability.
America as seen through the eyes of its young founders.Seventeen-year-old Patrick O'Neall dreams of going to college one day and becoming a famous writer--until news arrives of his father's death in a place called Gettysburg. Forced off their farm, the family migrates north, hoping to find work in the booming mill towns of industrial New England. What they find in the factory town of Leeland is not a better life, but drudgery and poverty and heartache. Patrick and his family must work long hours in dangerous conditions for miserable pay. They are no better off than slaves.Patrick's friend has found a shortcut to the good life: robbing the wealthy mill owners. And he wants Patrick to join his gang.Patrick must choose. He wants to believe in America as the land of opportunity, but is the price of his dream too high?At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
America as seen through the eyes of its young founders.By April 1863 the Civil War has been raging for two years. On their sleepy farm in Gettysburg, sixteen-year-old twins Susanne and Stephen are alarmed by news that Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee are threatening to invade the North for a strike at Washington, D.C.! Rebel forces in the Union capital? Is it possible?Bored with farm life and itching for action, Stephen runs away to join the beleaguered Army of the Potomac to fight Johnny Reb. Susanne decides to join a nursing outfit to assist the Union's wounded. Sparated by war, death, and disease, the twins maintain a correspondence. But little do they know that Union and Confederate forces are converging on a small town for a battle that may determine the outcome of the war--a town called Gettysburg.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
"e;We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..."e; On his farm in Maryland, sixteen-year-old Caleb Jacobson hears rumors of an armed rebellioni of the Massachusetts colonists against he oppressive tyranny of King George III and his soliders. Educated in a small Quaker school, Caleb has been taught that it is wrong to raise one's hand against another. Yet Caleb is a free black living in a slave colony. He knows firsthand the horrors and hardships of slavery and wonders what good an American victory will do if his fellow blacks - including his best friend Gaddi - remain shackled in bondage. Then comes news that the British Governor Lord Dunmore promises freedom to any slave who joins his army against the Americans. Can he be trusted to keep his work? Or should Caleb support the colonists' fight in hope of a better future for his people? Caleb will have to choose."e;At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
America comes of age--as seen through the eyes of its young foundersNat and Richard are two orphaned thieves on the streets of London. When John Smith offers them passage as laborers on a merchant ship bound for the New World they jump at the opportunity. What luck! The land of Virginia is rumored to be paved with gold. They will be rich! But quickly the boys learn the awful truth: blinded by greed and arrogance, the settlers of the new English colony at Jamestown are unprepared for the brutal reality of frontier life. Inadequate supplies, illness, petty squabbling, malarial summer heat, and bitter winter cold decimate the colony. Those who escape death are reduced to chewing roots and shoe leather to survive--and, in one horrific instance, cannibalizing a corpse.Yet by spring more colonists arrive, dreaming of paradise but finding a colony on the brink of starvation.Through it all Nat and Richard must fall back on their wits to survive.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Abed - called one of the most disturbing horror stories ever written - was first published in the anthology STILL DEAD, edited by John Skipp & Craig Spector. You've seen plenty of stories of zombies, decapitation, "e;double-tapping"e; and gore...but if you've never experienced this story (now a film by Ryan Lieske...
In this terrifying original novella, Bram Stoker Awardwinning author Elizabeth Massie provides a chilling prequel to the forthcoming horror movie Playback, starring Christian Slater, Alessandra Torresani, and Toby Hemingway, in which a group of high-school students accidentally awakens an evil that possesses its victims through video. But the dark curse dates back to turn-of-the-century New York, and begins with a grudge surrounding the birth of film itself. While fooling around with the movie camera invented by his murdered grandfather, a rich young playboy is overcome with bloodlustand sets out to kill one of history's most beloved figures. In Playback: Light and Shadow, heads snap and cameras roll, giving a whole new meaning to the term ';slasher film.'BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Daryl Gregory's Raising Stony Mayhall.
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