A cold case adds an extra chill to the holiday season as bestselling author Anne Perry whisks readers to an English country house for a Christmas of secrets, soul-searching, and forgiveness. As beautiful as it may be, their friends´ country home is not where Lady Vespasia wishes to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She would rather pass a relaxing holiday at home with him-especially because Victor, former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding some undercover dealings with the other guests who have gathered at the spacious estate. As tensions grow among the couples, the young and beautiful Iris Watson-Watt becomes the center of several men´s focus. Unbeknownst to Vespasia, Iris carries a sensitive package that she must pass to Victor, in the hope of unmasking a British traitor. While Victor plots his moves, he is reminded of a similar case from twenty years before, when a young Frenchwoman also carried a clandestine message-one that resulted in her murder, unsolved to this day. Victor has always been tormented by his failure to protect her, and now, with all eyes on Iris, Victor must act fast before history repeats itself. With the joy of Christmas at risk of being forgotten and Vespasia feeling alone at this time of year meant to be shared with loved ones, Victor must ultimately learn to forgive himself in order to save both his country and the spirit of the holiday.
Spring 1791. Though deeply disturbed by a terrible incident during his previous commission, James Hayter is nevertheless on the verge of taking command of HMS Sloop Eglantine as Master and Commander when personal tragedy shatters his life. The twin blows convince Hayter that he is not fit to command and he must turn his back on the sea forever. Even the intervention of his friend and former captain, William Rennie, cannot not dissuade him from derelicting his duty. Though repenting in the end of his decision, Hayter’s career in the Navy appears to be over until the intervention of an agent, Mr Brough Mappin, working for Hayter’s old nemesis, the British Secret Service Fund. Mappin’s plan offers Hayter a chance to revive his career on a special mission, with the promise of reinstatement in the Royal Naval List if he is successful. But it is also the single most dangerous mission of his life. He must sail for France with Rennie in HMS Expedient and there rescue some persons of interest from the grasp of the French Revolutionary forces searching for them. What no one mentions is that the rescue will bring to bear on Expedient and her crew a force so fierce and mighty that, if it can, it will wipe all trace of the incident, Hayter, and the ship from the memory of everyone involved in the forthcoming struggle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Tudor Barnes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000774/bk_rhuk_000774_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If she thought one mate was bad enough, wait until she finds out what fate has in store for her.... Joshua Rice is a St. Louis doctor searching for his missing sister. At age 20 she left The Gathering with her mate and never returned. Joshua is suspicious about her well-being and seeks a lawyer to help him in the dreaded event he should find her not living. His suspicions are high. Samantha Albertson is a St. Louis attorney who hasn´t attended The Gathering for years. She isn´t interested in being claimed yet, so she steers clear of the mating game. When her brother sends a friend to her for legal help, she finds herself face to face with Joshua. The two shifters immediately know they have stepped in deeper than expected. When Joshua leaves town to pursue a lead on his sister, Samantha heads to court. The surprises just keep coming. The defense attorney, Nathan Craig, is also her mate. How the hell is that possible? Rather than acting on their intense magnetism, Nathan and Stephanie drive eight hours to meet up with Joshua. Things get heated when they all step into the same hotel room. No one expected or planned this arrangement. None of them has known any other shifters who mated more than one wolf. There is work to be done. While the three unsuspecting souls try to forge a path they can all agree on, they also must attempt to find and rescue Joshua´s sister. Can they get to her before it´s too late? Or is it already too late? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meghan Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033989/bk_acx0_033989_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Three Nations are crumbling. Darkness is gathering. Only one remains to stand against it. Eric stumbles through the wilderness, searching, hunting - desperate for sign of his sister. But the girl is gone, stolen away by the power of the Soul Blade. With each passing hour its hold on her tightens, her spirit fading before the onslaught of its magic. If he cannot save her soon, it will claim her soul. And he will have to kill her. Meanwhile, Gabriel is lost in the darkness. It is his whole world now, its presence absolute, suffocating. Time, hope, sanity, all have long since slipped beneath the waves of his despair. Only it remains - the unrelenting voice of the demon. It haunts the darkness, mocking him with false promises of freedom. How long can he resist its call? 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Stifel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074364/bk_acx0_074364_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint´s soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not. Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michael may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he´s trying to undermine. Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. He and his mad lancers are gathering every able body they can find and searching for an ancient artifact that may have the power to turn the tides of war in their favor. But what they find may not be what they´re looking for. Magic and gunpowder collide in Wrath of Empire, the explosive second novel in the Gods of Blood and Powder series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christian Rodska. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/002069/bk_twuk_002069_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For a thousand years the Kulsat Armada has ravaged the galaxy searching for the lost legacy of an extinct race of technologically advanced beings. They destroy anyone who gets in their way. Now they have turned their attention to Earth and are gathering their forces for an invasion. Justine, Michael and Alex each hold a key to stopping the enemy, but they are worlds away from each other, and they are running out of time.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/020289/bk_acx0_020289_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The coup that won traitor General Corian the Scourwind throne has been overturned, but his ongoing rebellion has left the empire divided. Lydia´s birthright regained, she adjusts to her role as empress at war, while Brennan begins training as an elite Cadreman soldier. With tensions rising between the empire and the Alliance, this momentary lull seems to portend a gathering storm... The royal twins aren´t the only ones sensing peace may not last. Searching for a vanished supply shipment vital to her own mission of vengeance against Corian, former Cadrewoman turned pirate Mira Delsol makes a shocking discovery about the theft. As both Mira and Brennan follow similar clues to the fate of the stolen supplies, their trajectories converge. Now Mira will embark on a perilous attempt to infiltrate the heart of the enemy camp, while Brennan´s path will also lead him across Alliance lines, and into a lethal confrontation with the Alliance air fleet. But will either of their efforts be enough to keep Corian from executing his plan to bring the empire to its knees once again? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deric McNish. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008511/bk_brll_008511_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In her critically acclaimed debut story collection, Elisa Albert boldly illuminates an original cross section of disaffected young Jews. With wit, compassion, and a decidedly iconoclastic 21st-century attitude, in prose that is by turns hilarious and harrowing, Albert has created characters searching for acceptance, a happier view of the past, and above all the possibility of a future. Holidays, family gatherings, and rites of passage provide the backdrop for these ten provocative stories. From the death of a friendship in ´´So Long´´ to a sexually frustrated young mother´s regression to bat mitzvah -- aged antics in ´´Everything But,´´ and culminating with the powerful and uproariously apropos finale of ´´Etta or Bessie or Dora or Rose,´´ How This Night Is Different will excite, charm, and profoundly resonate with anyone who´s ever felt ambivalent about his or her faith, culture, or place in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013367/bk_adbl_013367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sweeping, romantic, and profoundly moving novel, set in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in the 1950s, about a lonely young man, a beautiful widow, and the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together even as it tears them apart. In 1921, two young Americans meet in Verdun, the city in France where one of the most devastating battles of the war was waged. Tom is an orphan from Chicago, a former ambulance driver now gathering bones from the battlefield; Sarah is an expatriate from Boston searching for the husband who wandered off from his division and hasn’t been seen since. Quickly, the two fall into a complicated affair against the ghostly backdrop of the ruined city. Months later, Sarah and Tom meet again at the psychiatric ward of an Italian hospital, drawn there by the appearance of a mysterious patient the doctors call Douglas Fairbanks (after the silent film actor) - a shell-shocked soldier with no memory of who he is. At the hospital, Tom and Sarah are joined by Paul, an Austrian journalist with his own interest in the amnesiac. Each is keeping a secret; each has been shaken by the horrors of war. Decades later, Tom, now a successful screenwriter, encounters Paul by chance in LA, still grappling with the questions raised by this gorgeous and incisive novel: How to begin again after unfathomable trauma? How to love after so much loss? And who, in the end, was Douglas Fairbanks? From the bone-strewn fields of Verdun to the bombed-out cafés of Paris, from the riot-torn streets of Bologna to the riotous parties of 1950s Hollywood, The Verdun Affair is a riveting tale of romance, grief, and the far-reaching consequences of a single lie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jacques Roy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008690/bk_sans_008690_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.