Sultan Gadaffi has escaped from Libya with a fistful of dangerous secrets. The British Government want ex-Special Forces operative Steve Range, the go-to man for any Black-Ops missions, to lead an ultra-covert mercenary group to seize him from his near-impregnable desert stronghold. Saed is defended by Tuareg warriors armed to the teeth with stolen NATO hardware. If Range´s team can somehow overcome them, then they will earn themselves gold bullion worth $500 million. But as the bullets begin to fly and the body count rises, Range realises that he´s been double-crossed. Unwilling to lose the gold, he begins to contemplate cutting a deal with the devil. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Leighton Pugh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/qpuk/000074/bk_qpuk_000074_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No one tells tales of the frontier better than Louis L´Amour, who portrays the human side of westward expansion - the good and the bad - before the days of law and order. Collected here are seven stories penned by America´s favorite Western author. ´´The Black Rock Coffin Maker´´ Two men in the isolated town of Tucker want the XY ranch: Jim Walker and the ruthless Wing Cary - and one of them wants it badly enough to kill for it. It is a tale of suspense and danger, with chases, posses, shootouts, and double-crosses - all for possession of the XY ranch. ´´Grub Line Rider´´ KimSartain is an easygoing, peace-loving drifter. But when cattleman Jim Targ challenges Sartain´s right to ride across an unclaimed stretch of meadow, Sartain retaliates by deciding to homestead there. Soon, more is at risk than land and pride, when Targ decides to teach Sartain a permanent - and deadly - lesson. ´´Desert Death Song´´ Nat Bodine had a choice: to die by hanging or take his chances in the desert. But when a good woman believes in a man, he finds the will to survive. ´´One Last Gun Notch´´ Morgan Clyde was driven off his small ranch by a hired gunman. He worked odd jobs but soon found himself being hired to use his gun. Now, he´s working for a land hog in Red Basin who wants him to drive off a young homesteader and his wife. The scenario is too familiar, and Clyde finds that he must make a decision. ´´Ride, You Tonto Raiders´´ Matt Sabre is a young gunfighter who shoots a man who forced him to draw. To his surprise, the man on his deathbed gives him $5,000 and begs him to take the money to his wife, who is alone defending the family ranch. Guilt, regret, and wanting to do the right thing lead Matt Sabre to make that ride. ´´War Party´´ A boy on the brink of manhood, a resourceful frontier woman who has beauty as well as fortitude, and a strong male character come together in this powerful, romantic, and str... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006890/bk_blak_006890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A plane crash in the desert. Doubles lurking in the shadows. A missing wife. A clairvoyant mistress. Eight demons. A thousand corpses. One savage journey through the Wastelands of China… Logan Solomon is a Southern gentleman who has lived in Beijing far too long. Aside from the shady business deals, surveillance jobs, and the often decadent lifestyle of the jaded foreigner, he has also managed to alienate his wife Li Na while associating himself with very rough characters - some who might not even be human. Following a seemingly chance encounter aboard a train, a chain of events is set in motion that will change Logan´s destiny forever, and leave a trail of dead in the wake. In response to a pleading late-night phone call from her estranged mother, Li Na and Logan embark on a dangerous trip south to a village unknown to outsiders. They are accompanied by an old friend from Georgia who may or may not be able to see the future; a hulking tattooed sociopath with glowing red eyes and a short temper; and a tall man in black who, when not turning into a spiral or effortlessly passing between impossibly tight spaces, loves waxing philosophic over milk tea and kebabs. When Li Na goes missing somewhere in the bamboo forests of Sichuan, young Solomon conjures up the darkest of forces to assist him in getting her back - a decision that may cost him not only his own life, but those of countless others along the way. Part epic modern rendition of the King Solomon legends, part hellish travelogue, and all white-knuckle terror, Desert Bleeds Red is critically acclaimed author Jason S. Hornsby´s (Every Sigh, The End and Eleven Twenty-Three) masterpiece, a haunting vision of China and humanity unlike anything you can imagine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Chen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019236/bk_adbl_019236_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When the man who raped Scottsdale private investigator Lena Jones when she was a nine-year-old foster child is released from prison, Lena is waiting for him in the parking lot - with a big knife. ´´Papa´´ Brian Wycoff survives their meeting, but the next day, his wife, who knew about his crimes but did nothing to stop him - in fact, enabled him - is found dead in their Apache Junction home, shot through both eyes. Terrified he will be next, Wycoff violates his parole and flees north to the small town of Black Canyon City, taking shelter in an RV on his brother-in-law´s small ranch. A couple of days later, he is found tortured to death, eight horizontal marks burned into his flesh. One for each of his victims. Suspicion first falls upon Lena, who has trailed Wycoff to Black Canyon City to make sure he doesn´t come near any other children. When the local authorities arrive to question her, she admits to having been tempted to kill her former foster father, but that someone beat her to the punch. Suspicion then falls on Wycoff´s other victims, the now-grown men and women he abused when they were still in his care, and on the mothers of the children who went missing before his arrest. When Lena takes up the case, more to protect one of the mothers who has been arrested than to find the real killer, her conscience is torn. Does a serial child rapist, a pedophile also implicated in the disappearance of several children, really deserve justice? That choice might not be left up to Lena when members of a local group, Parents of Missing Children, start working to prevent her investigation from succeeding. How far will they go to make sure she fails? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009745/bk_blak_009745_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michael Scott Moore, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates - a riveting, thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival. In January 2012, having covered a Somali pirate trial in Hamburg for Spiegel Online International - and funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting - Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. In a terrible twist of fate, Moore himself was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by Somali pirates. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits - physical injury, starvation, isolation, terror - Moore’s survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind. In September 2014, after 977 days, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US and German institutions, friends, colleagues, and his strong-willed mother. Yet Moore’s own struggle is only part of the story: The Desert and the Sea falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history. Caught between Muslim pirates, the looming threat of Al-Shabaab, and the rise of ISIS, Moore observes the worlds that surrounded him - the economics and history of piracy; the effects of post-colonialism; the politics of hostage negotiation and ransom; while also conjuring the various faces of Islam - and places his ordeal in the context of the larger political and historical issues. A sort of Catch-22 meets Black Hawk Down, The Desert and the Sea is written with dark humor, candor, and a journalist’s clinical distance and eye for detail. Moore offers an intimate and otherwise inaccessible view of life as we cannot fathom it, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a ho... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Corey Snow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007623/bk_harp_007623_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Multi-millionaire Ted Binion, son and heir to the estate of cowboy gangster and gambler Benny Binion who helped mold Las Vegas, was found dead in his million-dollar home on September 17, 1998. Binion´s girlfriend, a one-time exotic dancer, and her lover, Rick Tabish, a contractor from Missoula, Montana, each were convicted, then, in a second trial, acquitted of killing Binion by forcing him to swallow a mixture of black tar heroin and the sedative Xanax. Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case takes you inside this incredible case surrounded by drugs, gambling, mobsters, and a $14 million silver stash. It explores whether it was murder, as the prosecution contended, or an accidental overdose, as the defense claimed. The book includes never-before-seen historical photos of the Binion family. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Dark. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004125/bk_acx0_004125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The desert was quivering with heat. The gun detachments and the platoons squatted in their pits and trenches, the sweat running in rivers down their dust-caked faces. There was a terrible stench. The flies swarmed in black clouds upon the dead bodies and excreta and tormented the wounded. The place was strewn with burning tanks and carriers, wrecked guns and vehicles, and over all drifted the smoke and the dust from bursting high explosives and from the blasts of guns.” (Cecil Ernest Lucas-Phillips) The fighting in North Africa during World War II is commonly overlooked, aside from the famous battle at El Alamein that pitted the British under General Bernard Montgomery against the legendary ´´Desert Fox”, Erwin Rommel. But while the Second Battle of El Alamein would be the pivotal action in North Africa, the conflict in North Africa began all the way back in the summer of 1940, when Italian dictator Benito Mussolini declared Italy’s entrance into the war. Although British maneuvering in North Africa began successfully against the Italians, the British forces suffered a series of defeats over the next two years, due to several problems the British army faced as a result of inadequate preparation and weaponry. Dealing with the Italians was one thing, but the British faced an entirely different monster in North Africa when Erwin Rommel, a German general who had gained much fame for his role in the invasions of Poland and France, was sent to North Africa in February 1941. For the next two years, the Allies would face off against the legendary Desert Fox and his Afrika Korps. On August 1, 1945, a month before the formal end of World War II, the British War Office announced the disbanding of a small, eclectic unit, the Long Range Desert Group. Since its founding five years earlier, in June 1940, the LRDG had pioneered and refined the concept and tactics of deep penetration, covert reconnaissance in the North African desert, and la... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108471/bk_acx0_108471_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Under Sonoran Skies: Prose and Poetry from the High Desert is an anthology of fiction and nonfiction that includes poems and short stories, as well as general, historical, and reflective essays. Drawing on diverse life experiences, spanning education, engineering, ministry, law, and the performing arts, the six authors bring a complementary tone, style, and rhythm to both fiction and nonfiction in this 240-page book. Bill Black performs as a magician, poet, storyteller and MC; he is published in regional and international magazines. Jeanne Burrows-Johnson is an internationally published wordsmith, design consultant, performance coach and public speaker. Susan Cosby-Patton is a retired language arts instructor and poet who is published regionally and nationally. Educator and psychotherapist Kay Lesh, Ph.D., authors professional articles and books and conducts seminars and workshops. Retired minister Patricia Noble is an author, educator, and speaker who has aired radio essays and published journal articles. Larry Sakin is an observational and attitudinal writer, green energy entrepreneur and political consultant. While the authors reside in Tucson, Arizona, their body of work embraces myriad topics. In addition to predictable literary subjects like philosophy, personal relationships, war, animal companions, and phases of life, they also examine the environment, history, business, politics, and mythology. The eleven themed chapters allow readers to read the book sequentially, or select from a variety of topics: 1. Visioning the Craft2. Places Far and Near3. The Changing West4. Of Men and Women5. Family, Friends, and Other Loves6. Health, Wealth, and Happiness7. Seasons of Life8. Choice and Change9. Myth, Magic, and Inspiration10. Business, Culture, and Society11. Crafting the Vision 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Black. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000812/bk_acx0_000812_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Meet Jessica Huntington, an amateur sleuth with a shopping jones and a black AMEX card. She soon finds out that money can´t buy happiness or save your neck. Her well-planned life in shambles, she´s hiding out near Palm Springs, California. When her best friend´s husband is murdered, Jessica and her friends are soon stalked by scoundrels in pantyhose, stilettos, Bruno Maglis, and Armani suits. Roger Stone had something that got him killed. What was it and what will they do to get it back? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Mitchell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/009031/bk_tant_009031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Connor Reedly will do anything to appease Nadine, his dying wife. Her cancer is voracious, relentless. So when she asks to see her sister Aida Mitchell in Hailey, California, a destitute desert town, he reluctantly agrees. When she asks him to meet Mason Becker, a friend of her sister, he unwillingly complies. Mason offers him $250,000 to write 10 articles in eight days, insinuating if Connor agrees, Nadine will be healed. Connor assumes Mason is psychotic, but it´s a risk he feels he must take. Who is Mason, really? Where did he get the money? What was the purpose of these articles? If Mason refuses to answer these questions, Connor promises to walk out on the project. It is then that Mason reveals the truth of the situation - a truth that, at first, sounds far-fetched. A truth that will shake Connor to his very core. It will capsize his deepest held convictions; it will rattle his blackest skeletons; it will threaten his very life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Goodman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018519/bk_acx0_018519_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.