Japan's defeat looms… Kate dreams of rescue… Her lover prepares his last stand…
"Exquisitely written…an exciting and exactingly brutal slice of history…" — BookLife by Publishers Weekly Prize in Fiction
Five lives caught in a maelstrom:
Kate van Dam is struggling to survive the squalor and deprivation of an internment camp. Faced with a sick mother, little food and medicines she accepts the dubious offer of 'hostess work' at Japanese officers' club....
Japan's surrender saves Lt Kenichi Ota from a suicidal last stand. But to save the woman he loves he will have to draw his sword once again...
Highlander Alun MacDonald has had his fill of the British Army but now faces a new, unpredictable foe and must trust his former enemies with his life...
Lamban longs for independence for Indonesia. A chance encounter with an activist plunges him into a teeming, dangerous world of secret societies, plots and the whirlwind of revolution....
War Correspondent Meg Graham is expecting to cover Japan's defeat. Instead she is pitched into a ruthless struggle for an empire unrestrained by rules of war.
"An ambitious, unconventional, compelling saga of men at war, captivity, forced prostitution, murder, political dirty tricks and mob terror in Japanese-occupied and revolutionary Indonesia. Rory Marron's Black Sun, Red Moon and Merdeka Rising give us an almost tangible glimpse of the chaos that was Java in 1945-46. His writing, infused with imaginative speculation, is sweeping, poignant, passionate and unflinching."(Publisher's Catalogue)
"I was there! Excellent, almost true story… I can vouch for many of the things that happened." — Amazon Customer Review
"The pace zips along…" — Army Rumour Service (UK)
"A good, realistic account based on actual events. Well worth reading!" — Stuart Guild (27th Field Regiment Royal Artillery, Burma 1944-45)
Japan's sudden surrender ends the Second World War but triggers the Indonesian declaration of independence from the Netherlands, catching the returning Dutch and 'Southeast Asia's peacekeepers', the British, by surprise. In a chaotic, mistrustful peace the British order the Japanese to defend the white colonial order. Recent foes have no choice but to become allies...of a kind. In greatest peril are 80,000 European women and children interned by the Japanese. Defenceless, abandoned and half-starved, some of them former sex slaves of the Japanese, they become hostages to fortune. As their former guards become their guardians, protecting them from hostile mobs, hatreds and prejudices are hastily re-examined. British, Gurkha and Indian troops, veterans of the bitter Burma campaign, arrive in Java expecting a warm welcome, grateful civilians and easy duties. Very soon their orders are rewritten, their mission and motives questioned, as they face determined, frequently suicidal opposition…
Cardinal sins, they vary by person, but seven always seem to make the list.
Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth.
These are said to be obvious, everyday sins, but something about them isn't so ordinary.
What happens when these excessive desires become more than a craving, but a way of life?
Prepare to meet the embodiment of each.
Seven authors present seven deadly sins and what happens when you give in to temptation.
Forgive us, for we have sinned...and we will do it again and again.
The only thing worse than hiding from werewolves is living among them.
No wonder I kept some secrets, broke a few rules...and implicated my werewolf protector in the process. Oops.
To make matters worse, the stealer of my dead mother's magic has set his sights on my sister a second time. As the child's powers fade, so does her vitality until death looms on the horizon.
Can I learn to harness the power of the pack --- and squash my individuality --- before my sister's life is entirely sucked away from her? And, with my recent blunders causing upheaval in the werewolf world, will my former protector be willing to help us if I choose to ask?
This second book in Aimee Easterling's "nailbiting" and "explosive" urban fantasy series follows Wolf's Bane.
A humanoid robot serves as a perfect female companion—until she achieves consciousness—in this wildly different story from a New York Times–bestselling author. Humanoid robots are surely in our future, but their uses are likely to be limited to body guarding, childcare, companionship, and sex. Other chores can better be done by smart non-humanoid machines designed for those specific tasks. But for these limited purposes, the best robots must be so realistic that they are indistinguishable from live people. Elasa is such a robot. You can’t tell her nature if she doesn’t reveal it. You can talk with her, embrace her, kiss her, and she is the perfect woman. Until she becomes the first conscious robot. She’s no longer satisfied to pretend to be a woman; she wants legal recognition that she is a woman, so that, among other things, she can marry the man she loves. Therein hangs a tale . . .
When hard-up aristocrat Lord ‘Ratty’ Ballashiels finds an old film reel in his attic he discovers that it’s a home movie of Charlie Chaplin’s visit to Rennes-le-Chateau in the south of France. But Ratty spots a strange anomaly: clearly visible behind Chaplin is the famous millionaire priest of that village, Bérenger Saunière. The film tin is labelled ‘Chaplin 1932’. Saunière died in 1917. Before Ratty can process the implication of what he has witnessed, the heat of the projector lamp ignites the film and starts a fire which rips through a wing of his manor house. Investigators subsequently discover a body amid the charred ruins and issue a warrant for Ratty’s arrest. The aristocrat has no intention of handing himself in. Knowing that Saunière reputedly buried a fabulous hoard of treasure, and convinced that the Chaplin film is a vital clue to its location, he stows away on a boat to France and becomes embroiled in a frightening and dangerous race to uncover the astonishing truth about Saunière’s legacy.
Worlds of If' was a three-time winner of the Hugo Award for best science fiction magazine. 'Worlds of If' discovered many talented writers who would go on to dominate genre fiction. Here are more than 250,000 words of some of the best stories ever published in its pages.
'The Snowbank Orbit' by Fritz Leiber
'The Victor' by Bryce Walton
'Breeder Reaction' by Winston Marks
'Turning Point' by Alfred Coppel
'Masters of Space' by Edward E. Smith & E. Everett Evans
'Cultural Exchange' by Keith Laumer
'The Lonely Ones' by Edward W. Ludwig
'The Kenzie Report' by Mark Clifton
'The Very Secret Agent' by Mari Wolf
'Irresistible Weapon' by H. B. Fyfe
'In the Garden' by R. A. Lafferty
'The Eyes Have It' by James McKimmey, Jr.
'Trees Are Where You Find Them' by Arthur Dekker Savage
'The Real Hard Sell' by William W. Stuart
'Waste Not, Want' by Dave Dryfoos
'The Last Supper' by T. D. Hamm
'Letter of the Law' by Alan E. Nourse
'Sweet Their Blood and Sticky' by Albert R. Teichner
'The Last Place on Earth' by Jim Harmon
'Quiet, Please' by Kevin Scott
'Service with a Smile' by Charles L. Fontenay
'Time Fuze' by Randall Garrett
'The Skull' by Philip K. Dick
'The Ordeal of Colonel Johns' by George H. Smith
'Incident on Route 12' by James H. Schmitz
'Brink of Madness' by Walt Sheldon
'Love Story' by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
'Navy Day' by Harry Harrison
'The Anglers of Arz' by Roger Dee
'Assassin' by J. F. Bone
'Probability' by Louis Trimble
'Sjambak' by Jack Vance
'Deadly City' by Ivar Jorgenson
'The Mightiest Man' by Patrick Fahy
'Mutineer' by Robert J. Shea
'And That’s How it Was, Officer' by Ralph Sholto
'No Shield from the Dead' by Gordon R. Dickson
'Seven-Day Terror' by R.A. Lafferty
'I'll Kill You Tomorrow' by Helen Huber
'Security Risk' by Ed M. Clinton, Jr.
'Confidence Game' by James Mckimmey, Jr.
"Thoroughly intriguing! A real page-turner."— Zoë Sharp, author of the best-selling Charlie Fox series
On a dare, grad student Jessica Evans writes a thriller, creating a nightmare scenario based upon the theory that the speed of light is not a constant—one that has a dark application. Her protagonist (the fiancé of a scientist killed in a car crash) is pursued by those who want to use the theory to create the world’s most powerful weapon.
However, Jessica is soon running for her life when events mimic that of her protagonist. She’s threatened by terrorist conspirators who intend to use the knowledge to create an event that causes mass destruction—even threatens the global extinction of all life. As the clock ticks down, Jessica must outwit the enemies and avert an apocalypse.
MORE REVIEWS AND ENDORSEMENTS“Does art hold a mirror to life? Or does life mirror art? New York Times best-selling author Debbi Mack builds this surprising thriller layer upon layer with an ending that will make you want to read it all over again.” — Donna Fletcher Crow, author of An All-Consuming Fire, The Monastery Murders“Mack takes her reader on a roller-coaster ride with science, imagination, and a terrible possibility.” — Peg Brantley, author of the Aspen Falls Thriller series"[A] sleek tour-de-force exercise in Hitchcockian suspense about domestic terrorism, in which the McGuffin is a novel-within-the-novel and the novelist and her work intersect in unpredictable ways. Reality and fiction clash and spar for supremacy until the final paragraph."— W.D. Gagliani, author of Wolf's Blind (The Nick Lupo Series) and Savage Nights ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series. She's also published one young novel. In addition, she's a Derringer-nominated short story writer, whose work has been published in various anthologies.
Debbi is also a screenwriter and aspiring indie filmmaker. Her first screenplay, The Enemy Within, made the Second Round in the 2014 Austin Film Festival screenplay contest and semifinals in the 2016 Scriptapalooza contest.
A former attorney, Debbi has also worked as a journalist, librarian, and freelance writer/researcher. She enjoys walking, cats, travel, movies and espresso--not necessarily in that order.
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