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Black Hearts

Author : Jim Frederick
Publisher : Crown
Page : 474 pages
File Size : 48,7 Mb
Release : 2010-02-09
Category : History
ISBN : 9780307450982

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“Riveting. . . a testament to a misconceived war, and to the ease with which ordinary men, under certain conditions, can transform into monsters.”—New York Times Book Review This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as “the Black Heart Brigade.” Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country’s most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb attacks, suffering from a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a chronic breakdown in leadership, members of one Black Heart platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long tour of duty, into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality. Four 1st Platoon soldiers would perpetrate one of the most heinous war crimes U.S. forces have committed during the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her and her family. Three other 1st Platoon soldiers would be overrun at a remote outpost—one killed immediately and two taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses found days later booby-trapped with explosives. Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of Death, Black Hearts is a timeless story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. But it is also a timely warning of new dangers emerging in the way American soldiers are led on the battlefields of the twenty-first century.


Author : Nicole Castroman
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 384 pages
File Size : 46,5 Mb
Release : 2016-02-09
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781481432696

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"A reimagining of the origin story of Blackbeard the pirate and his forbidden love affair with a maid in his father's house"--


Author : Richard Symanski
Publisher : Yale University Press
Page : 240 pages
File Size : 42,6 Mb
Release : 2000-01-01
Category : Science
ISBN : 9780300128130

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This fascinating book is a firsthand account of the adventures of an ornithological field team studying long-tailed finches in outback Australia. In 1991, Nancy Burley, a noted behavioral ecologist, and her husband, Richard Symanski, went to Australia with their one-year-old son and four American students hired as field assistants and babysitter. The social relationships and problems that developed among these individuals in confined and exotic settings and the scientific discoveries that did—and did not—take place form the heart of the book. Symanski begins by telling how he and his wife set up this elaborate field expedition—including the hiring of what seemed to be qualified, compatible, and knowledgeable field assistants. He then describes the harsh realities of their circumstances in Australia: primitive living conditions on an outback cattle station; field sites and subjects for study that were not as expected; and students who were not prepared for the rigors of field life and who became unenthusiastic about the work for which they had been hired. And he tells how he and his wife strove to overcome all the different challenges with which they were confronted. The book provides insight into the demands of professor-student-based fieldwork, particularly when generational conflicts, differing expectations, and culture shock complicate the “business” of doing science.

Petra K and the Blackhearts

Author : M. Henderson Ellis
Publisher : Young Europe Books
Page : 178 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 2014-04-22
Category : Young Adult Fiction
ISBN : 9780985062392

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Petra K and the Blackhearts by M. Henderson Ellis Pdf

Welcome to Pava, a city where miniaturized show-dragons are pitted against each other in secret, forbidden tournaments, and magic has been outlawed by a cruel child dictator. Here lives Petra K, the daughter of a shut-in mother, who becomes the master of a dragonka everyone wants to get their hands on. In a complicated world of sorceresses, gypsies, child gangs, and secret police, Petra K needs to decide whom to trust, and whom to betray in order to keep herself and her pet safe. But revolution is in the air, and she too is caught up in its pull. Only the Blackhearts, a gang of orphan children, dare to defy the new dictator’s rule, selling potions to survive. Along with the Blackhearts, Petra K faces a murderous pack of mechanical dragonka, a phantom secret agent—and, most harrowing, her own weaknesses. Will the Blackhearts’ adventures and courage inspire the terrified population to rise up again, and return Pava to a place of prosperity, where dragonka run free? Petra K and the Blackhearts is the first thrilling book of a trilogy by M. Henderson Ellis, whose previous novel Booklist called "a wild, manic ride . . . thoroughly enjoyable." From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author : Nicole Castroman
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 400 pages
File Size : 43,5 Mb
Release : 2017-04-11
Category : Young Adult Fiction
ISBN : 9781481491051

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Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman Pdf

In the late 1690's, Edward "Teach" Drummond, the soon-to-be Blackbeard, and his beloved Anne, the daughter of a wealthy merchant and his West India slave, are both on separate journeys to Nassau, but their paths cross when they become entangled with the treacherous Governor Webb, forcing Teach and Anne to take on a dangerous mission to save both their friends and his men.

BlackHearts Day (Twisted Holiday Specials)

Author : Lotus Rose
Publisher : Death Pout
Page : 132 pages
File Size : 51,8 Mb
Release : 2014-11-01
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 8210379456XXX

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BlackHearts Day (Twisted Holiday Specials) by Lotus Rose Pdf

Charlee Frown must struggle to prevent a holiday known as BlackHearts Day from taking hold. But then she starts thinking, maybe it’s not so bad after all, because Valentine’s Day really sucks. She’s asked to star in a sappy Hall-mart Cards Valentine’s television special. But then she learns about the origin of Valentine’s Day, and the role of the Illuminati and Aleister Crowley in it…in cooperation with Hall-mart. Charlee is torn. What should she do? She just wants to be on TV! Can Valentine’s Day be saved? By the author of SinEaster and Merry XXXmas, Charlee Frown. Twisted Holiday Specials SinEaster Merry XXXmas, Charlee Frown BlackHearts Day

Blackhearts: The Omnibus

Author : Nathan Long
Publisher : Games Workshop
Page : 800 pages
File Size : 43,8 Mb
Release : 2023-02-14
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1789996724

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Classic collection of stories from the Warhammer Fantasy universe. Under threat of death for their crimes, Reiner Hetzau and his fellow prisoners are given a choice: they can either be executed or work for the very people that have imprisoned them. Forced to carry out the most desperate and suicidal secret missions, all for the good of the Empire, the Blackhearts encounter Chaos cultists, ratmen, dark elves, rogue army commanders and more. Time and again they are pitted against impossible odds and survive – yet what they most desire they cannot have: their freedom.

Black Hearts in Battersea

Author : Joan Aiken
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Page : 243 pages
File Size : 46,6 Mb
Release : 1999-10-25
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9780547530710

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Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken Pdf

In this hilarious classic adventure, an innocent boy and his friends must stop a plot to topple the King of England. Simon, the foundling from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, arrives in London to meet an old friend and pursue the study of painting. Instead he finds himself unwittingly in the middle of a wicked crew’s fiendish caper to overthrow the good King James and the Duke and Duchess of Battersea. With the help of his friend Sophie and the resourceful waif Dido, Simon narrowly escapes a series of madcap close calls and dangerous run-ins. In a time and place where villains do nothing halfway, Simon is faced with wild wolves, poisoned pies, kidnapping, and a wrecked ship. This is a cleverly contrived tale of intrigue and misadventure. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl “It’s a marvel!” —The New Yorker “A wild yarn, not to be put down once it is started.” —Washington Post “A riot of wildly improbable adventures happening to absurd and loveable characters with Dickensian names in a time that never was . . . Heartrending, hair-raising, rib-tickling, and delightful.” —New York Times

Valnir's Bane

Author : Nathan Long
Publisher : Games Workshop(uk)
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 42,7 Mb
Release : 2005-01-11
Category : Fantasy fiction
ISBN : 1844161668

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Valnir's Bane by Nathan Long Pdf

In the grim medieval Old World, a motley gang of convicts are released from a military prison and offered a grim choice: either volunteer for a suicide mission, or die by the noose. Unsurprisingly, they are very keen tovolunteer for the mission when they are offered a full pardon upon it's completion. But when they discover that they must penetrate deep into enemy territory and bring back a powerful holy relic that could turn the tide of war, they begin to regret their choice. With a traitor in their midst and impossible odds ahead of them, the band of blackheart prisoners must fight their way through the Chaos-infested mountains and into the very heart of darkness

Black Hearts

Author : Doug Johnstone
Publisher : Orenda Books
Page : 310 pages
File Size : 45,7 Mb
Release : 2022-09-29
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781914585302

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A faked death, an obsessive stalker, an old man claiming he's being abused by the ghost of his late wife, and a devastating spectre from the past. The Skelfs are back in another explosive thriller, and this time things are more than personal... 'If you loved Iain Banks, you'll devour the Skelfs series' Erin Kelly &‘Nobody portrays modern Edinburgh better than Doug Johnstone. I love The Skelfs' Val McDermid _________________________________________ Death is just the beginning... The Skelf women live in the shadow of death every day, running the family funeral directors and private investigator business in Edinburgh. But now their own grief interwines with that of their clients, as they are left reeling by shocking past events. A fist-fight by an open grave leads Dorothy to investigate the possibility of a faked death, while a young woman's obsession with Hannah threatens her relationship with Indy and puts them both in mortal danger. An elderly man claims he's being abused by the ghost of his late wife, while ghosts of another kind come back to haunt Jenny from the grave ... pushing her to breaking point. As the Skelfs struggle with increasingly unnerving cases and chilling danger lurks close to home, it becomes clear that grief, in all its forms, can be deadly... _________________________________________ Praise for The Skelfs series ***Shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Book of the Year*** ***Longlisted for Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year*** ***Shortlisted for Amazon Publishing Capital Crime Thriller of the Year*** &‘An engrossing and beautifully written tale that bears all the Doug Johnstone hallmarks in its warmth and darkly comic undertones' Herald Scotland &‘Gripping and blackly humorous' Observer &‘A tense ride strong, believable characters' Kerry Hudson, Big Issue &‘The power of this book, though, lies in the warm personalities and dark humour of the Skelfs, and by the end readers will be just as interested in their relationships with each other as the mysteries they are trying to solve' Scotsman &‘Remarkable' Sunday Times &‘Keeps you hungry from page to page. A crime reader can't ask anything more' The Sun &‘Mysteries aplenty ... a poignant reflection on grief and the potential for healing that lies within us all. A proper treat' Mary Paulson-Ellis &‘A thrilling, atmospheric book, set in the dark streets of Edinburgh. Move over Ian Rankin, Doug Johnstone is coming through!' Kate Rhodes &‘An unstoppable, thrilling, bullet train of a book that cleverly weaves in family and intrigue, and has real emotional impact. I totally loved it' Helen Fields &‘This enjoyable mystery is also a touching and often funny portrayal of grief ... more, please' Guardian &‘Wonderful characters: flawed, funny and brave' Sunday Times &‘Exceptional ... a must for those seeking strong, authentic, intelligent female protagonists' Publishers Weekly

The Black Hearts of Men

Author : John Stauffer
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Page : 378 pages
File Size : 46,8 Mb
Release : 2009-06-30
Category : History
ISBN : 9780674043961

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At a time when slavery was spreading and the country was steeped in racism, two white men and two black men overcame social barriers and mistrust to form a unique alliance that sought nothing less than the end of all evil. Drawing on the largest extant bi-racial correspondence in the Civil War era, John Stauffer braids together these men's struggles to reconcile ideals of justice with the reality of slavery and oppression. Who could imagine that Gerrit Smith, one of the richest men in the country, would give away his wealth to the poor and ally himself with Frederick Douglass, an ex-slave? And why would James McCune Smith, the most educated black man in the country, link arms with John Brown, a bankrupt entrepreneur, along with the others? Distinguished by their interracial bonds, they shared a millennialist vision of a new world where everyone was free and equal. As the nation headed toward armed conflict, these men waged their own war by establishing model interracial communities, forming a new political party, and embracing violence. Their revolutionary ethos bridged the divide between the sacred and the profane, black and white, masculine and feminine, and civilization and savagery that had long girded western culture. In so doing, it embraced a malleable and "black-hearted" self that was capable of violent revolt against a slaveholding nation, in order to usher in a kingdom of God on earth. In tracing the rise and fall of their prophetic vision and alliance, Stauffer reveals how radical reform helped propel the nation toward war even as it strove to vanquish slavery and preserve the peace.

The Broken Lance

Author : Nathan Long
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 41,5 Mb
Release : 2005-10
Category : Fantasy fiction
ISBN : 1844162435

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All communications with a vital Imperial border fort has been lost, and Reiner and his band of reprobates are sent to find out what's going on--has the commander gone rogue, or are there more sinister forces at work?

The Reluctant Communist

Author : Charles Robert Jenkins,Jim Frederick
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Page : 244 pages
File Size : 46,9 Mb
Release : 2008
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0520259998

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The Reluctant Communist by Charles Robert Jenkins,Jim Frederick Pdf

"This fast-paced, harrowing tale, told plainly and simply by Jenkins (with journalist Jim Frederick), takes the reader behind the North Korean curtain and, episode by episode, reveals the inner workings of its isolated society. Jenkins mounted numerous failed escape attempts, was indoctrinated against his will into North Korea's communist cadre system, and endured hunger, cold, and isolation. His loneliness was relieved in 1980 by his marriage to Hitomi Soga. a young Japanese woman whom the North Koreans had abducted as part of a wider campaign to teach Japanese to future spies. Jenkins's account of their life together and as parents of two daughters, as welt as their improbable journey to freedom, which began in 2002, brings this story to a close. Four decades in the world's least known, least visited, and least understood land profoundly changed him; his memoir now offers the reader a powerful testament to the human spirit."--BOOK JACKET.

Cruel Black Hearts

Author : Candace Wondrak
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 248 pages
File Size : 48,6 Mb
Release : 2019-03-18
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 1090844727

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My name is Stella, and I am empty. I am broken. I am nothing. The only thing I enjoy about my life is my job at the Tribune. My focus in both my editorial and my personal writing involves serial killers. Even my best friend doesn't understand my obsession with them. No one does. Until I meet them. Until Lincoln and Edward come crashing into my life, setting a fire inside me and awakening parts of me I never knew existed. Lust, desire, total submission. Together, they make me feel alive. Almost whole. Instantly I realize they're both hiding something from me. Edward and Lincoln are not who they pretend to be--there's a darkness inside of them, and it's just like mine. Beasts waiting to emerge. But their darkness is not the only thing stalking my thoughts. There's a killer on the prowl, making his victims pray to their gods after he kills them. I call him the Angel Maker--and I, I just might be his next angel. This is a why choose dark romance intended for 18+ readers. ***TW: This is a dark, psychologically twisted tale involving violence, stalking, and other topics some readers might find triggering. 18+ Be warned.***

The Strongest Tribe

Author : Bing West
Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
Page : 482 pages
File Size : 55,8 Mb
Release : 2009-09-15
Category : History
ISBN : 9780812978667

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In Iraq, the United States made mistake after mistake. Many Americans gave up on the war. Then two generals—David Petraeus and Raymond Odierno—displayed the leadership America expected. Bringing the reader from the White House to the fighting in the streets, combat journalist and bestselling author Bing West explains this astounding turnaround by U.S. forces. In the course of fifteen extended trips over five years, West embedded with more than sixty front-line units, discussing strategy with generals and tactics with corporals. Disposing of myths, he provides an expert's account of the counterinsurgency. This is the definitive study of how American soldiers actually fought.