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The Triumph of the Sun by Wilbur Smith

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They've come from out of the shifting sands and down from ancient mountains. Mounted on horse and camel, carrying gleaming swords and plundered rifles, the sons of Allah are led by a holy warrior imbued with jihad, driving his army of thousands to wipe out the last Englishmen from the isolated Nile city... But in Khartoum is a legendary British general, a brilliant, mercenary trader, a beautiful woman and a courageous soldier whose fates have become one. They know that time is running out and rescue is improbable. So they prepare for one last stand and the beginning of an epic journey of survival... From a passionate rivalry for a woman to an unforgettable face-off between warriors, TRIUMPH OF THE SUN is adventure fiction writ large - alive with the sounds of throngs, the terror of battle, and the mystical fire of human courage in the darkest moments of all.

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G/day Dave We have added the large sofa in the lounge and large armchair and recliner in the bedroom although the recliner can be moved anywhere, also a large Smart TV, its had a paint job a

I think the book reviews, lodging and restaurant posts are a welcome part of this forum.  Appreciation to Daveo for posting them. 

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Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by Michael Isikoff...

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The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S. - Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election. The Russians were wildly successful and the great break-in of 2016 was no "third-rate burglary." It was far more sophisticated and sinister - a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy. At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won.

And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened? This story of high-tech spying and multiple political feuds is told against the backdrop of Trump's strange relationship with Putin and the curious ties between members of his inner circle - including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn - and Russia. Russian Roulette chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal, explains the stakes, and answers one of the biggest questions in American politics: How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington?

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Success With Houseplants by Reader's Digest.

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Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

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When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled.

While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott-once his assistant, now a partner in the agency-set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been-Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that. The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

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You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. . . .

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Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. SHE SAYS SHE'S MY WIFE. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years. MY WIFE DIED . . . DIDN'T SHE? The woman tells the police that Raker had a breakdown. A respected doctor backs up her account. Items are missing that prove Raker's side of the story - and, worst of all, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a disappearance. SHE'S EITHER A LIAR - OR I AM. Could Raker have imagined their whole marriage? Is he delusional? Is this really the woman he loved and grieved for? Hunted by the police, Raker will have to find out the truth before it costs him everything - his memories, his sanity, his life . . .

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The Killing Habit by Mark Billingham

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From “one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today” (Gillian Flynn), The Killing Habit again brings together favorite wild-card detective Tom Thorne and straight-laced DI Nicola Tanner on a pair of lethally high-stakes cases. While DI Nicola Tanner investigates the deadly spread of a dangerous new drug, Tom Thorne is handed a case that he doesn’t take too seriously, until a spate of animal killings points to the work of a serial killer. When the two cases come together in a way that neither could have foreseen, both Thorne and Tanner must risk everything to catch two very different killers.

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The Damage Done: Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison by Warren Fellows...

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In 1978 Warren Fellows was convicted of heroin trafficking between Thailand and Australia.

He was consequently sentenced to life in Bang Kwang prison, known as the Bangkok Hilton.

This is the story of his 12 years behind bars, the abuse of human rights and the squalid conditions he endured.

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Dead at First Sight by Peter James

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A man waits at London Airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive.

Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soulmate.

The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have and that neither woman exists.

Meanwhile, a wealthy divorcée plunges, in suspicious circumstances, from an apartment block in Munich. In the same week, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to investigate the suicide of a woman in Brighton, that is clearly not what it seems.

As his investigations continue, a handsome Brighton motivational speaker comes forward. He’d discovered his identity is being used to scam 11 different women, online. Roy Grace realizes he is looking at the tip of an iceberg.

A global empire built on clever, cruel internet scams and the murder of anyone who threatens to expose them.

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The Good Guy by Dean Koontz.....

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A stunning new thriller in the vein of Velocity and The Husband from one of the world’s bestselling authors.

After a day's work hefting brick and stone, Tim Carrier slakes his thirst at The Lamplighter Tavern. Nothing heavy happens there. It's a friendly workingman's bar run by his good friend Rooney, who enjoys gathering eccentric customers. Working his deadpan humour on strangers is, for Tim, all part of the entertainment.

But how could Tim have imagined that the stranger who sits down next to him one evening is about to unmake his world and enmesh him in a web of murder and deceit? The man has come there to meet someone and he thinks it's Tim. Tim's wayward sense of humour lets the misconception stand for a moment and that's all it takes: the stranger hands Tim a fat manila envelope, saying, 'Half of it's there; the rest when she's gone,' and then he's out the door.

In the envelope Tim finds the photograph of a woman, her name and address written on the back; and several thick packets of hundred-dollar bills.

When an intense-looking man sits down where the first stranger sat and glances at the manila envelope, Tim knows he's the one who was supposed to get it. Shaken, thinking fast, Tim says he's had a change of heart. He removes the picture of the woman and then hands the envelope to the stranger. 'Half what we agreed,' he says. 'For doing nothing. Call it a no-kill fee.'

Tim is left holding a photo of a pretty woman, but his sense of fun has led him into a very dangerous world from which there is no way back. The company of strangers has cost him his peace of mind, and possibly his life.

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The New Threat From Islamic Militancy by Jason Burke...

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In The New Threat renowned expert and prize-winning reporter Jason Burke provides the clearest and most comprehensive guide to Islamic militancy today. From Syria to Somalia, from Libya to Indonesia, from Yemen to the capitals of Europe, Islamic militancy appears stronger, more widespread and more threatening than ever. ISIS and other groups, such as Boko Haram, together command significant military power, rule millions and control extensive territories.

Elsewhere Al-Qaeda remains potent and is rapidly evolving. Factions and subsidiaries proliferate worldwide, and a new generation of Western Jihadists are emerging, joining conflicts abroad and attacking at home. Who are these groups and what do they actually want? What connects them and how do they differ? How are we to understand their tactics of online activism and grotesque violence? Drawing on almost two decades of frontline reporting as well as a vast range of sources, from intelligence officials to the militants themselves, renowned expert Jason Burke cuts through the mass of opinion and misinformation to explain dispassionately and with total clarity the nature of the threat we now face. He shows that Islamic militancy has changed dramatically in recent years. Far from being a ‘medieval’ throwback, it is modern, dynamic and resilient. Despite everything, it is entirely comprehensible. The New Threat is essential reading if we are to understand our fears rather than succumb to them, to act rationally and effectively, and to address successfully one of the most urgent problems of our time.

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Dark Angel by Geoffrey Archer

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Tom Sedley's idyllic summer vacation in a leafy postwar suburb of north London came to an abrupt and shocking end on the 14th September, 1948 when his sister was brutally murdered in woodland near his house. A tramp was arrested for the crime but for the young boy it was the end of childhood and the beginning of a lifelong search to discover what had actually happened that late summer day.

Marcus Warwick was Tom's neighbour and best friend but the murder changed their relationship forever: suspicion clouded Tom's mind and they drifted apart. Unknown to each other they were both sent to Korea two years later, Warwick an officer, Sedley as a humble radio man: and when they met in the chaos of war they both had to acknowledge a gulf of distrust and class had opened between the two.

Their new relationship was tested in the savagery of the combat that swept up and down the peninsula that first winter. When Tom and Marcus met again it was in combat and it soon became apparent that the one could barely trust the other with his life. The bitterness of what they experienced scarred them for the rest of their lives. Only years later when Tom stumbles across his sister's secret diary do the events of 1948 once more leap into sharp focus and allow him to seek final justice for her murder.

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Watching You by Lisa Jewell........

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Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all -including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie - a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5 - excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother - whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years - is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her. Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

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A Dark So Deadly by Stuart Macbride. . .

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Beware of the dark…
Welcome to the Misfit Mob - where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can’t get rid of, but wants to. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy is found at the Oldcastle tip, it’s his job to track down its owner.
But then Callum uncovers links between his mummified corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.
No one expects the Misfit Mob to solve anything, but right now they’re all that stands between a killer’s victims and a slow lingering death. Can they prove everyone wrong before someone else dies?

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Welcome to Hell: One Man's Fight for Life Inside the Bangkok Hilton by Colin Martin.

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Written from his cell and smuggled out page by page, Colin Martin’s autobiography chronicles an innocent man’s struggle to survive inside one of the world’s most dangerous prisons.

After being swindled out of a fortune, Colin was let down by the hopelessly corrupt Thai police - forced to rely upon his own resources - he tracked down the man who conned him and, drawn into a fight, he accidentally killed that man’s bodyguard.

Colin was arrested - denied a fair trial, convicted of murder and thrown into prison - where he remained for 8 years. Honest and often disturbing - but told with a surprising humour -- Welcome to Hell is the remarkable story of how Colin was denied justice again and again..

 

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The Old Religion (Tom Killgannon #1) by Martyn Waites.........

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The Cornish village of St Petroc is the sort of place where people come to hide.

Tom Killgannon is one such person. An ex-undercover cop, Tom is in the Witness Protection Programme - and St Petroc offers him a chance to live a safe and quiet life. Until he meets Lila. Lila is a 17-year-old runaway. When she breaks into Tom's house she takes more than just his money. His wallet holds everything about his new identity.

He also knows that Lila is in danger from the travellers' commune she's been living at - but to find her he risks not only giving away his location to the gangs he's in hiding from but also becoming a target for whoever is hunting Lila.

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Nothing to Hide by James Oswald. . . ..

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The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland's foremost crime writers. Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain's wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . .

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied - mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks.

No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her - Con can't shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice.

Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . .

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Hellbent (Orphan X #3) by Gregg Hurwitz..

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To some he was Orphan X. Others knew him as the Nowhere Man. But to Jack Johns he was a boy named Evan Smoak.

Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top-secret government programme and trained to become a lethal weapon. By Jack - and yet for all the dangerous skill he instilled in his young charge, Jack Jones cared for Evan like a son. But Jack knew too much about a programme that had gone rotten - he was a loose end that needed to be dealt with. But if you go after the only person who ever treated him like a human being, you can guarantee that the Nowhere Man will be coming for you. Hellbent on making things right. . . With Hellbent, Gregg Hurwitz raises the bar again with a masterclass in hi-octane thriller writing.

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55 days : the fall of South Vietnam by Alan Dawson..

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Night Market by Ryan Bishop. . . .

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In Thailand, a $4 billion per year tourist industry is the linchpin of the modernization process called the "Thai Economic Miracle" - and what is Thailand's main attraction? Sex for hire.

Year after year young women are lured to Bangkok to staff the teeming brothels, massage parlors, and sex bars that cater to male tourists from the United States, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, the Gulf States, Malaysia, and Singapore. Developed from Lillian S. Robinson's article in The Nation, Night Market traces the historical, cultural, material, and textual traditions that have combined in unique ways to establish sex tourism as an integral part of the developing Thai economy.

It explores international sex tourism from the perspectives of economic-development planning, forced labor market choices, international sexual alienation, and textual traditions that have constructed sexual "Other" cultures in Western imagination.

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Butterfly Stories by William T. Vollmann

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Butterfly Stories follows a dizzying cradle-to-grave hunt for love that takes the narrator from the comfortable confines of suburban America to the killing fields of Cambodia - where he falls in love with Vanna - a prostitute from Phnom Penh.

Here - Vollmann's gritty style perfectly serves his examination of sex - violence, and corruption.

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Smoking Poppy by Graham Joyce

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Graham Joyce travels to an enthralling, suspense-charged landscape in this hallucinatory novel of a father's quest to save his daughter - without destroying himself.

Dan Innes has received shattering news from the British Embassy in Bangkok - his daughter, Charlie, whom he hasn't seen or spoken to in two years, has been imprisoned in a Thai jail for drug smuggling.

Angry, terrified, seething with reprimands and questions, Dan leaves for Thailand - but the jail at Chiang Mai marks the beginning of his search rather than the end.

Following the faintest of trails up into the lawless, dangerous mountain region near Myanmar, where opium grows abundantly - Dan must retrace Charlie's steps and brave the same traps that have swallowed her...on a terrifying mission of self-discovery, blind faith, and salvation.

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Winter in Tibet by Alex O’Brien. . . . .

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Gang fights and shoot-outs from the streets of Hong Kong to the mountains of Tibet. Fast-paced John Grisham-style thriller.

Justin Standell is a talented corporate lawyer who has designed his life around serial relationships with his career and his women, and his drug-addled sojourns on tropical party islands.

When he signs on at a law firm in Hong Kong, the first person he meets is Lila Li, who takes him to Macau – and the beginning of an adventure beyond the pale.

Events with Lila and at the firm lead Standell to Tibet, where there have been disappearances among the nomadic population - following a trail of money to Lhasa, Standell encounters an odd selection of confederates and adversaries as he closes in on his goal.

As the action shifts between Hong Kong and Tibet, Standell uncovers the truth that binds these two cultural poles. But not without first admitting his own past - what transpires will make it impossible to return to what he was before – ever.

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Jakarta Undercover by Moammar Emka..

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Prowling the seedy red-light districts, the underground club circuit and the house parties of wealthy Indonesian society, Moammar Emka offers a unique glimpse into the underbelly of modern, urban Jakarta.

This is the book that took Indonesia by storm.

Moammar Emka is Jakarta's answer to Carrie Bradshaw; this is "“Sex and the City”" Indonesian-style!

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Bamboo Dawn by Patrick D. McMakin. . ..

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Patrick D McMakin served as an enlisted man in the US Army during the Vietnam W(1969-70). As an artillery forward observer with the Ninth Infantry Division - his used unit frequently operated in the Plain of Reeds in a Long An Province and also took part in the historic first incursion into Cambodia.

McMakin was born in South Florida and received his M.A. in Behavioral Science from the University of Guam - he has written The Flowering Plants of Thailand - a Field Guide and co-authored Buddhist Visions of Heaven and Hell in Thai Art.

His first novel - Bamboo Dawn was written while residing in Bangkok, Thailand working as a Lecturer at Chulalongkorn University.

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Foreign Bodies by Hwee Hwee Tan

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Trouble often comes with a late-night phone call.

So it comes to Mei, a twenty-something Singaporean lawyer about to face the greatest trial of her life - Her English boyfriend Andy, working in Singapore as a teacher, has been arrested, accused of masterminding an international betting ring.

Under Singapore's draconian system of justice, he has but nine short days to prove his innocence or face life in prison.

With time running out, Singapore native Eugene - Andy's best friend and Mei's childhood playmate - flies in from Holland to help uncover the truth, a search that will unearth long-hidden Secrets and forever challenge the moral - ethical and spiritual framework of their lives. Exploring the chasm between Singapore's pop culture and traditional values, the friends' Gen-X cynicism and their gnawing hunger for direction and meaning - Hwee Hwee Tan delivers a powerful novel of clashing cultures and swirling spiritual quests, in which the wit is as sharp and unafraid as the insight it offers.

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