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White Masks by Elias Khoury.
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The murder of a befuddled old man on the streets of Beirut is investigated by an amateur sleuth in this early novel from Elias Khoury, the extravagantly talented Lebanese author who appears to be on the verge of achieving overnight success, after a career spanning 40 years.
The amateur detective is a staple of crime fiction, but few are as meandering as Khoury’s investigator, a bored travel agent with literary pretensions.
He begins by interviewing the dead man’s widow and ends six chapters later by speaking to his daughter, filling the space between with accounts from neighbourhood figures that are rarely to the point and seemingly chosen at random.
At the end, the agent sums up what he has learnt.
Now we get to the truth: are we in the company of a Columbo
like genius whose shambling incompetence was a calculated ruse? Or is he truly as clueless as he has always appeared?
Khoury’s travel agent is a faux naïf figure who exposes a corrupt world.
In White Masks, the reader quickly learns the dead man was murdered after being arrested by a Left-wing militia.
There is no mystery: the men who snatched him are responsible for his murder, either directly or by turning a blind eye to the thugs of the neighbourhood.
The travel agent, however, affects not to recognise this truth.
The reader knows he is unable to point the finger, as it would be far too dangerous.
Instead, he continues to plod along, placing the entire neighbourhood under investigation, and ultimately drawing a picture of a place where everyone shares the burden of blame for an ever murkier situation.
This is an artful novel, displaying all the elliptical storytelling evident in Khoury’s 1998 masterpiece Gate of the Sun.
What is even more remarkable is that White Masks was first published in 1981, making it a contemporary account of one of the most tangled moments in Beirut, a city that is a byword for bewildering complexity.
Khoury was born into an Orthodox Christian family.
The Orthodox have always tended to be on the Left of Middle Eastern politics, but Khoury went further and joined Fatah, the Palestinian party that became the leading faction of the PLO. In the first Lebanese Civil War of 1975, Khoury fought with the Joint Forces, an alliance of Left-wing parties and Palestinians against the Maronite Christian Phalange and their Israeli sponsors. Like one of the characters in White Masks, Khoury was blinded by an incendiary shell and retired from the front line.


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Shut Your Eyes Tight (Dave Gurney #2) by John Verdon.
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When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers – by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed.
Except what if one day there wasn’t?
Dave Gurney, a few months past the Mellery case that pulled him out of retirement and then nearly killed him, is trying once again to adjust to his country house’s bucolic rhythms when he receives a call about a case so seductively bewildering that the thought of not looking into it seems unimaginable even if his beloved wife, Madeleine, would rather he do anything but.
The facts of what has occurred are horrible: a blushing bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist and just minutes from hearing her congratulatory toast, is found decapitated, her head apparently severed by a machete.
Though police investigators believe that a Mexican gardener killed the young woman in a fit of jealous fury, the victim’s mother, a chilly high-society beauty is having none of it.
Reluctantly drawn in, Dave is quickly buffeted by a series of revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the monstrously bizarre.
Underneath it all may exist one of the darkest criminal schemes imaginable.
And as Gurney begins deciphering its grotesque outlines, some of his most cherished assumptions about himself are challenged, causing him to stare into an abyss so deep that it threatens to swallow not just him but Madeleine, too.
Desperate to protect Madeleine and bring an end to the madness, Gurney ultimately discovers that the killer has left a trace after all. Unfortunately, the revelation may come too late to save his own life.
With Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon delivers on the promise of his internationally bestselling debut, Think of a Number, creating a portrait of evil let loose across generations that is as rife with moments of touching humanity as it is with spellbinding images of perversity.


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Far From True (Promise Falls Trilogy) 2016 by Linwood Barclay.
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Linwood Barclay delivers the second spine chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls, following the electrifying cliffhanger ending of Broken Promise.
After the screen of a run down drive in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a recent break in at her father’s house.
Cal discovers a hidden basement room where it’s clear that salacious activities have taken place, as well as evidence of missing DVDs.
But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realizes it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in.
Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is still trying to solve two murders, one of which is three years old he believes are connected, since each featured a similar distinctive wound.
As the lies begin to unravel, Cal is headed straight into the heart of a dark secret as his search uncovers more startling truths about Promise Falls.
And when yet another murder happens, Cal and Barry are both driven to pursue their investigations, no matter where they lead.
Evil deeds long thought buried are about to haunt the residents of this town as the sins of the past and present collide with terrifying results.


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Elmore Leonard's Western Roundup #1: by Elmore Leonard.
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Bounty Hunters: He is a legend in the rugged Arizona Territory, a U.S. cavalry turned army scout and the only man alive who can bring in the fierce Mimbre Apache called Soldado Viejo.
But for David Flynn, tracking down an elusive Indian with a price on his head south of the border is a dangerous business, especially when a cunning outlaw and a murderous bounty hunter dog his path.
Now Flynn's riding hard for trouble on a bloody trail of treachery and slaughter in a lawless land where a man's got to watch his back against friend and enemy, red man and white man alike.
And if he's Flynn, on the deadliest mission of his career, that means a one way trip into a sultry desert hell, where the hunter is about to become the hunted and where one man's struggle for justice has just erupted in the battle of his life.
Forty Lashes Less One: A hellhole like Yuma Prison does all sorts of things to a man.
Mostly it makes him want to escape. For two men facing life sentences, Harold Jackson, the only black man behind the walls, and Raymond San Carlos, an Apache half breed, a breakout seemed nigh on impossible.
That is, until the law gave them two choices: rot in a cell, or track down and bring back the five most ruthless men in Arizona.
Gunsights: Brendan Early and Dana Moon.
They were always something to see; real professionals, two of the toughest characters any man ever aimed a gun at.
Sure they spent half their time feuding, But once there was the smell of guns and maybe a hint of glory in the air, they teamed up, armed to the teeth to grind down to trouble.
Now they were holed up on an Arizona mountain with a copper war primed to explode in their faces.
Early and Moon, together they fought through hell, now they've got a fight to the finish.


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Hammer of the Gods Led Zeppelin Unauthorised by Stephen Davis.
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If ever there were Satanic Majesties of rock their name was Led Zeppelin.
The band that out sold the Rolling Stones and made Robert Johnson's deals with the devil look like a playground game of conkers were as high, inflated and glorified as their namesake.
In Stephen Davis' scorching account of their phenomenally successful career, no aspect, however disquieting is ignored.
The infamous encounters with willing groupies in hotel bedrooms, the narcotic, alcoholic and psychotic wreckage they wreaked, the disturbing influence of the notorious mage Aleister Crowley on lead guitarist Jimmy Page and the death of John Bonham are all recorded.
Above all, the exultant, blazing charge of their music and its effects on Led Zeppelin and their fans is scrutinized.
Hammer of the Gods is a fierce and fearless story about a band that remain a legend of musical, sexual and mystical power.
It is the last word in rock 'n' roll savagery.
'The biggest surprise success of the year, the Led Zep tale, drenched in sex, drugs and psychic abuse, demonstrated the validity of all the old adages about talent, power and corruption. Stephen Davis' grimy homage to imperial excesses and demonic influence had fans slavering for more.' - "Rolling Stone."


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The Solitary Man by Stephen Leather.
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Chris Hutchison is a man on the run. Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Hutch escapes from a British maximum security prison and starts a new life in Hong Kong.
Then a ghost from his past catches up with him, forcing him to help a former terrorist break out of a Bangkok prison.
Or face life behind bars once more.
Meanwhile the DEA wants to nail the vicious drug warlord responsible for flooding the States with cheap heroin and decides to use Hutch as a pawn in a deadly game.
Hutch's bid for freedom takes him into the lawless killing fields of the Golden Triangle, where the scene is set for one final act of betrayal.
We have just about all Stephen Leather books in stock at Canterbury Tales Bookshop.


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The Living and the Dead in Winsford by Håkan Nesser.
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There is nobody in the world who knows that we are here . . .
A woman arrives in the village of Winsford on Exmoor.
She has travelled a long way and chosen her secluded cottage carefully.
Her sole intention is to outlive her beloved dog Castor and to survive the torrent of memories that threaten to overwhelm her.
Weeks before, Maria and her husband Martin fled Stockholm under a cloud, the couple were bound for Morocco, where Martin planned to write an explosive novel; one that would reveal the truth behind dark events within his commune of writers decades before.
But the couple never made it to their destination.
As Maria settles into her lonely new life, walking the wild, desolate moors, it becomes clear that Winsford isn't quite the sanctuary she thought it would be.
While the long, dark evenings close in and the weather worsens, strange things begin to happen around her.
But what terrible Secrets is Maria guarding? And who now is trying to find her?
A haunting, masterly unravelling of a dreadful crime, in The Living and the Dead in Winsford Håkan Nesser, the bestselling, award-winning author of the Van Veeteren series, tightens the tension like a noose


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The Swedish Girl (DCI Lorimer) by Alex Gray.
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Another gripping Lorimer novel from Alex Gray, evoking Glasgow like no other writer can.
Eighteen year old Kirsty Wilson can't believe her luck when she lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by the beautiful Eva Magnusson, a wealthy fellow student from Stockholm.
But her initial delight turns to terror when Kirsty finds the Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmate accused of her murder.
Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name. Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on his trusted colleague, psychologist Solly Brightman, to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva's life and death.
But it is not long until another woman, bearing a marked resemblance to Eva, is brutally murdered in Glasgow.
Horrified, Lorimer and his team realize that Kirsty could be right.
Is it possible that Glasgow's finest
detective has put the wrong man behind bars?
And is there a cold blooded killer out there orchestrating the death of their next innocent victim?
In this absolutely gripping read, Alex Gray sends her dynamic Scottish detective from the gritty heart of Glasgow to the snowy streets of Stockholm in his toughest case yet.


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It Ends With Magic by Spike Milligan.
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*****60 baht*****
This story is based on the author's own family experiences.
It tells the story of a young couple who go to India with the army. When the father dies and the mother becomes ill the children are taken to an orphanage and have adventures running away to a magic house.


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BUDDHISM ANSWERS LIFE: The Awakened Way of Life
by Kongsak Tanphaichitr.
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This book is written for anyone, not necessary a Buddhist to read, as Buddhism gives a universal or cosmic approach to life.
Hopefully this book will give a better understanding to life, allowing one to know one's own potential capability, and to courageously face every issue of life with strength and dignity, through seeing the truth and the true nature of things as they truly are, observing and guiding oneself with one's own effort, mindfulness and wisdom.
Content, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, Buddhism : Theory & Practice - Buddhism and Science - Thai Buddhism - The King's Birthday - The First International Vesak Day Celebration in St. Louis - Giving & Generosity - The Great Flood of 1993 - War - The Phoenix Incident etc.


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Born Liars by Ian Leslie

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We hate lies and liars. But if lying is wrong, why do we all do it to others, and to ourselves?
In Born Liars, Ian Leslie takes the reader on an exhilarating tour of ideas that brings the latest news about deception back from the frontiers of psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy, and explores the role played by lies, both black and white, in our childhoods, our careers, and our health, as well as in advertising, politics, sport and war.
Drawing on thinkers as varied as Augustine, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Joni Mitchell, the author argues that, far from being a bug in the human software, lying is central to who we are; that we cannot understand ourselves without first understanding the dynamics of deceit.
Born Liars is crammed with gripping stories; we meet Benjamin Franklin in Paris as he takes on Franz Mesmer, who claimed to heal his patients by touching them with iron rods.
We join a young doctor on the beach at Anzio in 1944 as he discovers that the best way to help his wounded patients is to lie to them.
We peer inside the mind of Saddam Hussein, hear about a spy who beat a lie detector and a man accused of cheating his way to a million pounds on national TV.
After reading Born Liars you’ll never think about lies, or life, in quite the same way again.
In the Politics section at Canterbury Tales Bookshop Pattaya.


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Liberation: The Bitter Road to Freedom, Europe 1944-1945

by William Hitchcock.
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The traditional image of Europe in 1945 is of grateful civilians showering soldiers with flowers and dancing in the streets.
In reality, liberation was an extraordinarily violent and chaotic process.
Using first-hand accounts, Hitchcock describes the catastrophic effects of invasion on Northern France, Belgium and Holland, the huge civilian death tolls from indiscriminate bombing, with towns destroyed and crops burnt.
He shows that the motives and behaviour of the Allied forces were far from noble; they frequently abused power and authority, looted homes and sexually assaulted women.
Hitchcock also writes about the discovery of the major concentration camps, and the often shocking lack of empathy shown by its liberators.
Lucid and compelling, Liberation explores the paradoxes of 'the good war', its glories and its horrific human costs.


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Gangs: A Journey Into The Heart Of The British Underworld
by Tony Thompson.
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The original Gangland Britain was conceived and written at a time when organised crime in the UK was still in its infancy, 8 years on the picture has changed dramatically.
Organised crime is now the country's third biggest industry, the number of gangland murders, shootings and kidnappings, along with the levels of drug trafficking, people smuggling and money laundering, have all experienced phenomenal growth.
Multi million pound drug deals and vicious turf wars have spread out from the inner cities and now affect even the most rural communities.
The day to day impact of organised crime on our lives has never been greater, in Gangs, award winning author Tony Thompson takes us on a gripping journey into the underworld.
From Triad human traffickers in Dover and ecstasy factor owners in Liverpool, to Albanian vice barons in London and gun toting teenage crack dealers in Birmingham, Gangs reveals the inside story of contemporary organised crime.


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Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph Stiglitz.

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From Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and its Discontents is the bestselling exposé of the all powerful organizations that control our lives.
Our world is changing.
Globalization is not working. It is hurting those it was meant to help. And now, the tide is turning...
As chief economist at the world bank, Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz had a unique insider's view into the management of globalization.
Now he speaks out against it: how the IMF and WTO preach fair trade yet impose crippling economic policies on developing nations; how free market 'shock therapy' made millions in East Asia and Russia worse off than they were before; and how the West has driven the global agenda to further its own financial interests.
Globalization can still be a force for good, Stiglitz argues.
But the balance of power has to change. Here he offers real, tough solutions for the future.


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Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell.
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Developing the Leader Within You is Dr. Maxwell’s first and most enduring leadership book, having sold more than one million copies. In this Christian Leaders Series edition of this Maxwell classic, you will discover the biblical foundation for leadership that John Maxwell has used as a pastor and business leader for more than forty years. These same principles and practices are available for everyday leaders in every walk of life. It is a lofty calling to lead a group, a family, a church, a nonprofit, a business and the timeless principles in this book will bring positive change in your life and in the lives of those around you.
You will learn:
The True Definition of Leader. “Leadership is influence.
That’s it.
Nothing more; nothing less.”
The Traits of Leadership.
“Leadership is not an exclusive club for those who were ‘born with it.’
The traits that are the raw materials of leadership can be acquired. Link them up with Desire, and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader.”
The Difference Between Management and Leadership.
“Making sure the work is done by others is the accomplishment of a manager.
Inspiring others to do better work is the accomplishment of a leader.”
God has called every believer to influence others, to be salt and light. Developing the Leader Within You will equip you to improve your leadership and inspire others.


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Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences by Richard Pryor.
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The eagerly anticipated, turbulent memoirs of the most revolutionary and influential comic performer of the last twenty-five years have arrived.
Pryor's is a tale of tragedy to triumph and back again. Frank, courageous,
profane, incisive, urgent – but above all, possessed by luminous humour – Pryor takes us from his childhood in the whorehouses, bars and pool halls of the black neighborhood, to his astonishing ascendance as the most powerful and honest comedian of the 1970s. Learn first hand about the legendary performances, the movies, the money, the women, the cocaine addiction, the seven marriages, the quadruple bypass surgery and multiple sclerosis.
Despite all this, Richard Pryor has earned his legendary status because of
his talents as a masterful storyteller, a multi-talented entertainer, a
comic of acerbic wit, and a survivor with no self-pity. As Richard Pryor
likes to say, "I ain’t dead yet m*[email protected]%r!"


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Perfect Murder: A Century of Unsolved Homicides.
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From the mysterious death of William Saunders, whose beaten body was discovered in a pond near Penge cricket club, southeast London in 1877, to the spooky demise of Charles Walton whose death is believed to have been linked to witchcraft, unsolved murders litter British history.
Authors Bernard Taylor and Stephen Knight, experts in the unravelling of unsolved crimes, re investigate seven classic cases from the last hundred years.
Creating in lively detail the background to each crime and the course of the police investigation, they reveal clues, interpret evidence and describe, where possible, the characters and motives of the alleged killers.
In many instances the authors have unearthed previously undiscovered facts none more startling than in the case of the lurid Brighton trunk murder of 1934, where Tony Mancini, initially cleared of the time, confesses his guilt to Stephen Knight.
Rediscovered and republished in a new paperback edition, Perfect Murder is an eye opening and gripping read, serving as a stark reminder that justice does not always prevail.


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Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen And Blast synopsis
by Richard Branson.

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As far back as stories go, pioneers have reached for the skies. 
In the last two hundred years, they have mastered the air and made the modern world possible.
Today they are bringing outer space within our reach. 
They're inventors and toymakers, amateurs and adventurers, visionaries, dreamers and, yes, crackpots. 
Some have called them irresponsible, even dangerous, but I have met many of them, I have worked with them, and funded them, and flown with them.
I admire them, and trust them, and I think they and their kind are our future, in this book I look at the history of flight through the stories and people who have inspired me throughout my life. 
In these pages you will find tales of miraculous rescues; of records made and broken; of surprising feats of endurance and survival, including some of my own adventures, as well as developments in the future of air (and space) travel. 
It is a story of pioneers, and of course it includes the world famous Montgolfiers and the Wright brothers. 
But I also want to describe some of the lesser known trailblazers people like Tony Jannus, who in 1914 created the world's first scheduled commercial flight, flying his passengers over the waters of Tampa Bay at an altitude of just fifty feet.


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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
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So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970's small town Ohio.
Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue.
But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.
A profoundly moving story of family, Secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.


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Blackjack-34 by James C. Donahue.
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“Here we go, I said to myself as my system electrified with the familiar rush of adrenaline.”
On July 18, 1967, Staff Sergeant James Donahue and the men of Special Forces Detachment A-304 were on an operation; code-name Blackjack-34.
Their mission: to find and engage an enemy battalion that was thought to be operating in an enemy controlled area north of Quon Loi, Vietnam.
Now Donahue bears witness to the horrific events of that day and the exceptional grit and heroism of his teammates.
Blackjack-34 is a magnificent tribute to the warriors of the Mobile Guerrilla Force, their courage and willingness to press on, no matter what the odds.


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Anzio: Italy and the Battle for Rome 1944 by Lloyd Clark.
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The Allied attack of Normandy beach has been immortalized in film and literature, but it was the Allied campaign on the beaches of Western Italy, at Anzio, that reigns as the bloodiest battle in the Second World War’s western theater.
One of the world’s leading military historians, Lloyd Clark, delivers a gripping narrative and fresh interpretation of this remarkable but overshadowed battle.
About six months before D-Day, in January 1944, a united force of 36,000 soldiers launched one of the first attacks on continental Europe at Anzio, a small coastal city thirty miles south of Rome.
But the advance stalled, and the Allies were unable to exploit initial German weakness that could have led to a decisive strike to liberate the undefended Italian capital.
As the Germans gained strength, their force growing to 120,000 men, Anzio beach became a death trap.
With winter beating down, the Allies held on, pushing more men, guns, and armor into the stalemate, though their men were still sorely outnumbered.
After five months of fighting, and monumental casualties on both sides, the Allies were able to successfully crack the German line, capturing Rome on June 4, just two days before D-Day.


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Warlock by Wilbur Smith.

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Hidden away in the vast and forbidding deserts of North Africa, Taita has passed the years since the death of his beloved Queen Lostris in prayer and study.
He has become the Warlock, wise in the lore of the ancient Gods, an adept of magic and the supernatural.
Now Taita answers the summons from the beyond.
He leaves the desert vastness and returns to the world of men, to find himself plunged into a terrible conflict against the forces of evil which threaten to overwhelm the throne and the realm of Egypt and to destroy the young prince Nefer who is the grandson of Queen Lostris.
With vivid depictions of battle and intrigue, of love and passion, with fascinating characters both good and evil, Wilbur Smith brings to life in colourful detail the world of ancient Egypt. This is a masterful feat of storytelling by one of the world's best selling authors.


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The Enemy (Victor the Assassin #2) by Tom Wood.
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The hired killer
Victor, a former assassin for hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit.
His first assignment: Three strangers.
Three hits.
Fast and clean.
Victor’s a natural for this.
The shadow conspiracy It should have been simple.
But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.
The triple cross you won't see coming.
With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he’s been forced into playing a game he never expected. .
Because he’s the next target. And there’s no way out.


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The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2) by Michael Connelly.
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Narcotics office Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing.
Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.
Working the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together.
Soon Harry's making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border. Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the centre of a complex and deadly game, one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.


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Exit Wounds by Shaun Hutson.
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When small time criminals tangle with big time gangsters and territory hungry Yardies, the city streets run with blood, in the best tradition of a master of urban suspense.
It begins with a murderous chase through the streets of Kingston, Jamaica.
When a local hard man escapes, the action moves to an unsuspecting Britain where Yardie drug dealers and criminals begin to die horribly.
Meanwhile a small-time crook, Frank Newton, has gathered his posse to pull off the robbery that will finally give them financial independence, unaware that half the haul belongs to a London gang boss who knows who they are. In return for their lives they have to eliminate a merciless new Yardie chief, while they themselves are being shadowed by a tenacious police team.
With millions of pounds now at stake, the risks are escalating, violence is soaring and all is on course for a massive bloodbath.


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