'A thriller dipped in poison ... Lebedev shares some of le Carré's fascination with secret worlds and the nature of evil' New York Times
An extraordinary and angry Russian novel about poisons of all kinds: physical, moral and political.
Professor Kalitin is a ruthless, narcissistic chemist who has developed an untraceable, extremely lethal poison called Neophyte while working in a secret city on an island in the Russian far east. When the Soviet Union collapses, he defects and is given a new identity in Germany.
After an unrelated Russian is murdered with Kalitin's poison, his cover is blown and he's drawn into the German investigation of the death. Two special forces killers with a lot of Chechen blood on their hands are sent to silence him – using his own undetectable poison. Their journey to their target is full of blunders, mishaps, holdups and accidents.
Praise for Sergei Lebedev:
'One of Russia's most interesting young novelists takes on Putin, poison and power in this unique novel; Lebedev provides a fascinating window on modern Russia' Anne Applebaum
'Turn off your television sets and get reading. Sergei Lebedev writes not of the past, but of today' Svetlana Alexievich
'Lebedev's books dealt with history – it lay like a shadow over everything he wrote – and the fact that its presence was so powerful suggested that the conflicts and tensions inherent in it were still unresolved, still had a bearing on Russian society in obscure yet palpable ways' Karl Ove Knausgaard
Updated 5th Edition with new sites & museums!Learn Where & How to Dig, Pan and Mine Your Own Gems & Minerals
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Whether you’re digging for the first time or are an experienced rockhound or “prospector,” with a simple rock hammer and a little luck, you too can strike it rich ... or at the very least, have fun trying.
This guide offers you easy-to-use information on the ins and outs of “fee dig” mining, complete with locations, costs, tips on technique, entertaining legends and important information on everything from safety kits to the location of the nearest restrooms.
Included are resources for use in identifying your finds, exploring the lapidary arts, and further pursuing an exciting—and possibly profitable—hobby. Equipment and Clothing: What you need and where to find it (or how to make it yourself). Mining Techniques: Step-by-step instructions on panning for gold, sluicing for gems and other methods. Gem and Mineral Sites: Directions and maps, hours, fees and equipment needed. Also includes info on guide services, local camping facilities and more. Museums and Mine Tours: Where to visit commercial and historical mines, as well as museums with exhibits of gems and minerals (for help in learning what to look for). Special Events and Tourist Information: Listings of regional events involving gems and minerals, and sources of general travel and tourism information for every state. Other Features: Where to find your birthstone ... your anniversary stone ... your zodiac stone; Index by State; Index by Gem/Mineral; U.S. State Gems & Minerals Chart; and more!
This classic guide to Istanbul by Hilary Sumner-Boyd and John Freely - the 'best travel guide to Istanbul' (The Times), 'a guide book that reads like a novel' (New York Times) - is here, for the first time since its original publication thirty-seven years ago, published in a completely revised and updated new edition. Taking the reader on foot through this captivating city - European Capital of Culture 2010 - the authors describe the historic monuments and sites of what was once Constantinople and the capital in turn of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, in the context of the great living city. Woven throughout are lively anecdotes, secret histories, hidden gems and every major place of interest the traveller will want to see. Practical and informative, readable and vividly described, this is the definitive guide to and story of Istanbul, by those who know it best.
'The best travel guide to Istanbul' - The Times
Prabhu Ghate takes us off the beaten track on selected journeys in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Antarctica, and shows us that you don't have to be rich to travel simply, or even young for that matter – just young at heart, empathetic, and curious. The book should stimulate interest in a variety of trips in our extended neighbourhood, and in the South generally, where travelling is not only more affordable, but in countless ways more interesting.
The author takes us through his adventures and brushes with history, whether the building of the Berlin Wall, wandering into Somaliland, running smack into a civil war in Cyprus, taking a front seat in the People Power revolution in the Philippines, getting arrested during the Dirty War while trying to track down a group of Sikh settlers in a remote part of Argentina, catching a cargo boat down the Mekong from China, or riding a paddle steamer up the Nile for ten days in what is today South Sudan. By Thumb, Hoof and Wheel is entertaining, educative, and completely from a different world – a world that is rapidly changing with the forces of global homogenization. Experience a bit of it before it is lost forever.
An enduring portrait of America’s virtues and vices as seen by one of England’s greatest thinkers After losing his brother in the Great War, a troubled and depressed G. K. Chesterton accepts an invitation to join a lecture tour that will take him across the United States for the first time. Part travelogue, part exploration of the American experiment, What I Saw in America begins with a man of letters trying to reconcile his faith with the atrocities and moral dilemmas of war and expands into an illuminating consideration of the limitations of capitalism, the concept of American exceptionalism, and the future of the democratic system. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck | Summary & Analysis
Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey chronicles Rinker and his brother’s experiences reliving the journey taken by the original nineteenth-century travelers of the Oregon Trail. At the same time, the author goes through his own mental and emotional journey and comes to grips with a variety of issues, such as being a pack rat and his relationship with his father…
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A stirring tribute to America’s mightiest river by one of its greatest authors Before Samuel Clemens became Mark Twain, world-famous satirist and the acclaimed creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, he trained to be a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. In this captivating memoir and travelogue, Twain recounts his apprenticeship under legendary captain Horace Bixby, an exacting mentor who teaches his charge how to navigate the ever-changing waterway. The colorful details of life on the river—from the reversals of fortune suffered by riverboat gamblers to the feuds waged by towns seeking to profit from the steamboat trade—fascinate Twain, and in his hands become the stuff of legend. Years later, as a passenger on a voyage from St. Louis to New Orleans, he vividly describes the stunning changes wrought by the Civil War and the steady advance of the railroads. A valuable piece of history and a revealing look at the origins of a national treasure, Life on the Mississippi is a true classic of American literature. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
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