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James Lee Burke and the Soul of Dave Robicheaux

Author : Barbara Bogue
Publisher : McFarland
Page : 220 pages
File Size : 48,6 Mb
Release : 2006-08-22
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 9780786426225

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James Lee Burke and the Soul of Dave Robicheaux by Barbara Bogue Pdf

When he created the character Dave Robicheaux, author James Lee Burke lent the New Orleans homicide detective a few of his own characteristics: a daughter named Alafair, a lifetime struggle with alcohol, his Roman Catholic faith, and his love for fishing and the outdoors. On the other hand, Robicheaux is portrayed as a veteran of the Vietnam war, something Burke never experienced firsthand. Yet the demons Burke has known allow him to write convincingly about demons he never knew. Thus Burke has created a realistic, complex and compelling protagonist for his crime fiction series. That depth is one element that elevates Burke's writing above the status of genre fiction. This book explores how James Lee Burke, through the first person narrative of detective Dave Robicheaux, probes the world of law and order, crime and disorder, and one man's internal conflicts with modern moral issues. The first chapter reveals the similarities and differences between real life creator and fictional protagonist. Next, chapters arranged by theme explore the roles of women, Robicheaux's paternal side as revealed through his adopted daughter, the paternal influences in the detective's own life, and the contrasting personality of his half-brother, Jimmie. The next chapters probe the roots of the detective's moral dilemmas: his battle with alcohol, the Vietnam war's lingering trauma, and religion. Next the author explores Burke's use of the supernatural, sense of place, and music to deepen his stories. Final chapters delve into Robicheaux's moral quandaries as a law enforcement officer, the character's contrast to his reckless and funny partner, Clete, and how Burke reveals truths about life through Robicheaux. An interview with Burke is included.

The Boyer Brothers of Baseball

Author : Lew Freedman
Publisher : McFarland
Page : 252 pages
File Size : 41,8 Mb
Release : 2015-01-24
Category : Sports & Recreation
ISBN : 9781476617367

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The Boyer Brothers of Baseball by Lew Freedman Pdf

This the story of the seven baseball-playing Boyer brothers from western Missouri who signed professional contracts in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Led by oldest brother Cloyd, a pitcher, third baseman Ken and third baseman Clete, three of the seven brothers reached the majors. This book recounts their hardscrabble upbringing and how they fought their way to success. Initially discouraged by arm injuries that curtailed his big-league career, Cloyd became a coach and manager at the minor and major league levels, and remained in the game for nearly half a century. The most accomplished, Ken, became a perennial National League All-Star, and was the 1964 Most Valuable Player. In the 1960s, he was the face of the St. Louis Cardinals, and after his playing days ended he returned to manage the team. Clete gained prominence as a regular for the American League champion New York Yankees, and competed in five World Series before starring in the National League and concluding his career in Japan. While they did not make it to the top, the other four brothers enrich the story with their own baseball histories, and help illustrate how the closeness of the family helped each of them succeed.

Aliens on Vacation

Author : Clete Barrett Smith
Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page : 272 pages
File Size : 51,6 Mb
Release : 2011-03-25
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781423147503

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Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith Pdf

Scrub isn't happy about having to spend the summer with his hippie grandmother in "Middle of Nowhere," Washington. When he arrives at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he's not surprised by its 1960s-meets- Star Wars decor; but he is surprised by the weird looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is a portal and his grandma is the gatekeeper, allowing aliens to vacation on Earth. This eBook now includes a preview for Clete Barrett Smith's new book, Magic Delivery!

Occupation as the Key to Change

Author : Peter M. Talty
Publisher : AuthorHouse
Page : 124 pages
File Size : 54,5 Mb
Release : 2012-08-22
Category : Self-Help
ISBN : 9781477259221

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Occupation as the Key to Change by Peter M. Talty Pdf

The way we use time and engage in occupations that support or impede change is the focus of this book. Using stories from his diverse clinical and teaching experiences Peter Talty describes some unique strategies to help peole change. Professor Peter Talty has provided a collection of exceptional stories that have served and will continue to serve as teaching tools for students and professionals. Story telling is an essential part of developing competent professionals. In theoretical terms, storytelling can be described as using narrative to teach tacit professional knowledge and skills within the context of an individuals environment. The art of using storytelling as a teaching tool provides knowledge beyond books and tests. Storytelling teaches professional skills beyond words in terms of communication skills and the use of a persons current situation for enhancing their quality of life. The value of these stories cannot be measured. Professor Taltys story contributions reflect his advanced teaching and clinical skills relating to his knowledge, passion, and dedication to lifelong learning. I am proud to be among the colleagues that have worked and learned from Professor Talty and thank him for his dedication to the profession. Vicki Smith Ed.D, MBA, OTR/L Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy Keuka College Keuka Park, NY 14478

The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF

Author : Mike Ashley
Publisher : Robinson
Page : 160 pages
File Size : 45,7 Mb
Release : 2013-07-04
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781472100269

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The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF by Mike Ashley Pdf

This thought-provoking collection not only takes us into the past and the future, but also explores what might happen if we attempt to manipulate time to our own advantage. These stories show what happen once you start to meddle with time and the paradoxes that might arise. It also raises questions about whether we understand time, and how we perceive it. Once we move outside the present day, can we ever return or do we move into an alternate world? What happens if our meddling with Nature leads to time flowing backwards, or slowing down or stopping all together? Or if we get trapped in a constant loop from which we can never escape. Is the past and future immutable or will we ever be able to escape the inevitable? These are just some of the questions that are raised in these challenging, exciting and sometimes amusing stories by Kage Baker, Simon Clark, Fritz Leiber, Christopher Priest, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, John Varley and many others.

Blood and Honor

Author : W.E.B. Griffin
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 736 pages
File Size : 50,7 Mb
Release : 1997-11-01
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781440630125

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Blood and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin Pdf

As did his three immensely popular series Brotherhood of War, The Corps and Badge of Honor, W.E.B. Griffin's novel of World War II espionage Honor Bound became an immediate bestseller: "A superior war story" (Library Journal) "whose twists and turns keep readers guessing until the last page" (Publishers Weekly). Now the characters of Honor Bound are back, in an adventure as exciting as anything Griffin has written. It is April 1943, and Marine aviator Cletus Frade, Army demolition's wizard Anthony Pelosi, and communications expert David Ettinger are thrust again into the lethal nest of intrigue that is wartime Buenos Aires. A clandestine German vessel sets sail to resupply submarines in the South a massive shipment of money earmarked for postwar Reich makes its way to South America...and a coup designed to topple the government reaches critical mass. In the midst of it all, the German-ordered assassination of Cletus Frade's father demands only one response: revenge. Threading their way carefully between Axis and Allied sympathizers, and even between rival OSS and FBI factions, the three solidiers must strive their utmost not only to fulfill their missions--but just to stay alive. And for that, even their utmost may not be enough... Written with all the energy and expertise that Griffin's readers have come to expect, filled with drama and authentic heroes, Blood and Honor is a captivating novel sure to please fans old and new.

Secret Honor

Author : W.E.B. Griffin
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 628 pages
File Size : 42,5 Mb
Release : 2000-12-01
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 0515130095

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Secret Honor by W.E.B. Griffin Pdf

The crackling new novel in the bestselling Honor Bound series, by the master of the military thriller. As with his other enormously popular series, the first two novels in W. E .B. Griffin’s saga of World War II espionage in Germany and Argentina – Honor Bound and Blood and Honor – became immediate bestsellers and were hailed as “immensely entertaining adventures” (Kirkus Reviews). Now, in Secret Honor, Griffin creates his most rousing novel yet. In Wolf’s Lair, a German general works toward the assassination of Adolf Hitler. In Buenos Aires, the general’s son, code-named Galahad, falls under suspicion by the SS after a Nazi operation suddenly goes bad. In the middle of it all is OSS agent Cletus Frade, who knows the identity of father and son and what they will do next…if they can survive that long. For not only are SS and Abwehr officers hot on their trails in both countries, but the OSS has branded Frade a rogue agent and is determined to shake the truth from him, at whatever cost. If Frade can’t figure a way to hold them all off, then the futures of all three men may be very short indeed…. Written with the special flair that Griffin’s readers expect, filled with high drama and real heroes, Secret Honor is further proof, in Tom Clancy’s words, that “Griffin is a storyteller in the grand tradition.”

The Resort

Author : Sol Stein
Publisher : iUniverse
Page : 303 pages
File Size : 41,5 Mb
Release : 2005-06
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 9780595350070

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The Resort by Sol Stein Pdf

Cliffhaven--Magnificent new resort near Big Sur. Surrounded by redwoods. Guarded by Oceanside cliffs. Protected from prying eyes. By reservation only. Cliffhaven--Founded by a man with very special interests, catering to a very special clientele. Margaret and Henry Brown, vacationing New Yorkers innocently driving down the sea-washed coast of California, are just the right sort of people. Cliffhaven--It has a spectacular entrance, a three-star restaurant, lavish accommodations--and no exit! "This novel should do for California vacation retreats what jaws did for swimming in the Atlantic."--Los Angeles Times Book Review "A thrilling nightmare...A Dante's Inferno...more than fulfills the remark "I read it all in one nail-biting session."--Eli Wallach "Not only a thriller...a parable and a warning to all who say 'It can't happen here.'"--Jewish Post and Opinion

The Tin Roof Blowdown

Author : James Lee Burke
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 387 pages
File Size : 44,6 Mb
Release : 2007-07-17
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781416559887

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The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke Pdf

In the waning days of summer, 2005, a storm with greater impact than the bomb that struck Hiroshima peels the face off southern Louisiana. This is the gruesome reality Iberia Parish Sheriff's Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers as he is deployed to New Orleans. As James Lee Burke's new novel, The Tin Roof Blowdown, begins, Hurricane Katrina has left the commercial district and residential neighborhoods awash with looters and predators of every stripe. The power grid of the city has been destroyed, New Orleans reduced to the level of a medieval society. There is no law, no order, no sanctuary for the infirm, the helpless, and the innocent. Bodies float in the streets and lie impaled on the branches of flooded trees. In the midst of an apocalyptical nightmare, Robicheaux must find two serial rapists, a morphine-addicted priest, and a vigilante who may be more dangerous than the criminals looting the city. In a singular style that defies genre, James Lee Burke has created a hauntingly bleak picture of life in New Orleans after Katrina. Filled with complex characters and depictions of people at both their best and worst, The Tin Roof Blowdown is not only an action-packed crime thriller, but a poignant story of courage and sacrifice that critics are already calling Burke's best work.

A Private Cathedral

Author : James Lee Burke
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 384 pages
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Release : 2020-08-11
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781982151706

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After finding himself caught up in one of Louisiana’s oldest and bloodiest family rivalries, Detective Dave Robicheaux must battle the most terrifying adversary he has ever encountered: a time-traveling superhuman assassin. The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime enemies in the New Iberia criminal underworld and show each other no mercy. Yet their youngest heirs, Johnny Shondell and Isolde Balangie, rock and roll-musician teenagers with magical voices, have fallen in love and run away after Isolde was given as a sex slave to Johnny’s uncle. As he seeks to uncover why, Detective Dave Robicheaux gets too close to both Isolde’s mother and the mistress of her father, a venomous New Orleans mafioso whose jealousy has no bounds. In retribution, he hires a mysterious assassin to go after Robicheaux and his longtime partner, Clete Purcel. This hitman is unlike any the “Bobbsey Twins from Homicide” have ever faced. He has the ability to induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a menacing ghost ship that materializes without warning. In order to defeat him and rescue Johnny and Isolde, Robicheaux will have to overcome the demons that have tormented him throughout his adult life—alcoholism, specters from combat in Vietnam, and painful memories of women to whom he opened his heart only to see killed. A Private Cathedral, James Lee Burke’s fortieth book, is his most powerful tale, one that will captivate readers—mixing crime, romance, mythology, horror, and science fiction to produce a thrilling story about the all-consuming, all-conquering power of love.

Blue Skies and the Dove of Peace

Author : Mitchell W. Pezdek
Publisher : Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Page : 328 pages
File Size : 52,9 Mb
Release : 2024-02-09
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9798891300477

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Blue Skies and the Dove of Peace by Mitchell W. Pezdek Pdf

All of us experience times of joy and sorrow, times of success and failure, and times of doubt and certainty. In our lives on earth, we need to ask ourselves why we are here and what purpose does God have for us. Life is a journey. In my life, I have had the moments referred to, and my guiding light has been a belief in God and Jesus, his only begotten Son. I am not a priest or preacher, but I do have some experiences that each of you readers can relate to. My purpose in writing this autobiography is to tell you about them and hope that they will interest you and, if you need it, help you in troubled times. Modern times are truly testing all of us, and many people have turned away from God. This is a sad occurrence, and I pray that my book will convince some of you who have doubts that God does love us, cares about us, and will help us when he ask for it. God bless you, and I hope my journey will enrich your faith. Without that, we are like a ship sailing with no compass.

Illegal Alien

Author : Robert J Sawyer
Publisher : Penguin Canada
Page : 300 pages
File Size : 50,8 Mb
Release : 2009-12-01
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780143180630

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Illegal Alien by Robert J Sawyer Pdf

When a disabled starship enters the Earth's atmosphere, fear is quickly replaced with awe. The first contact ever between humans and aliens is made. Seven incredibly intelligent members of an advanced race are welcomed by the world. In exchange for the resources and help to repair their ship, they offer to share their knowledge and technology. But as the people of Earth put their best faces forward, the growing sense of trust is shattered. A popular scientist, part of the aliens' traveling entourage, is found dead — mutilated and dismembered by a mysterious weapon. All evidence points to one of them. Scrambling to avoid a planetary incident, the United States government acquires the country's leading civil rights lawyer to defend the alien. In the unprecedented trial, human and alien cultures clash. And when the search for justice threatens to overshadow the truth, there may be more at stake than accounting for one human life...

Dark Signal

Author : Shannon Baker
Publisher : Forge Books
Page : 301 pages
File Size : 45,9 Mb
Release : 2017-10-17
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780765386274

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Dark Signal by Shannon Baker is the second installment in the Kate Fox mystery series, called "A must read" by New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava, starring a female Longmire in the atmospheric Nebraska Sandhills. Reeling from her recent divorce, Kate Fox has just been sworn in as Grand County, Nebraska Sheriff when tragedy strikes. A railroad accident has left engineer Chad Mills dead, his conductor Bobby Jenkins in shock. Kate soon realizes that the accident was likely murder. Who would want to kill Chad Mills? Kate finds that he made a few enemies as president of the railroad workers union. Meanwhile his widow is behaving oddly. And why was his neighbor Josh Stevens at the Mills house on the night of the accident? While her loud and meddling family conspires to help Kate past her divorce, State Patrol Officer Trey closes in on Josh Stevens as the suspect. Kate doesn’t believe it. She may not have the experience, but she’s lived in the Sandhills her whole life, and knows the land and the people. Something doesn’t add up—and Kate must find the real killer before he can strike again. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Death and Honor

Author : W.E.B. Griffin,William E. Butterworth IV
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 484 pages
File Size : 41,8 Mb
Release : 2008-06-03
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781440630941

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Death and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin,William E. Butterworth IV Pdf

June 1943. Many Germans—some of them high-ranking officers—believe the tides of war have turned against them. Increased activity suggests there may be truth to whispers heard by Office of Strategic Services spies: that the Nazis are extorting Jews outside Germany to buy their relatives’ freedom from extermination camps, then smuggling the ransom in Operation Phoenix to fund safe havens in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay for senior Nazi officials when Germany falls. With so much money and more at stake, lives are, too, and it’s up to USMC Major Cletus Frade—the top OSS spook in “neutral” Argentina—to find out. That is, before the ruthless Nazis order his murder...

The Visitor

Author : Chauncey G. Parker III
Publisher : Crossroad Press
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 45,8 Mb
Release : 2019-09-07
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 8210379456XXX

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The Visitor by Chauncey G. Parker III Pdf

THE ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE For rising young executive Bart Hughes, his Manhattan brownstone was his castle—a haven of peace and security amid the urban rot of New York. Now, with his wife and children away for the summer, it was more peaceful still… until he discovered he was not alone but had an uninvited guest in the house… until his home became a hunting ground where he stalked his inhuman intruder… until he realized he was the one being hunted, the one who was trapped by… THE VISITOR TERROR WITH TEETH THAT WON’T LET YOU GO!