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Targets of Revenge by Jeffrey S. Stephens.

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CIA agent Jordan Sandor returns with a vengeance putting his life at risk deep within in the Venezuelan jungle to take down a ruthless mastermind and terrorist in a thriller that “will keep you turning the pages all the way to its explosive ending”

All the bureaucratic scolding in Washington won’t stop CIA Agent Jordan Sandor when he’s hungry for revenge. 
His newest target: Venezuelan drug lord Adina, a cold blooded sociopath with a taste for slaughtering innocent people, including Sandor’s close friend.

Despite stern warnings from his superiors, Sandor mobilizes a team of skilled, dedicated agents to secretly penetrate the Venezuelan jungle.
Armed with little more than a combat knife and a deadly automatic weapon, Sandor infiltrates Adina’s camp and discovers that the ruthless terrorist is smuggling not only cocaine into the United States but also a deadly substance that could cost tens of thousands of lives.

Sandor’s intel leads him to Egypt and Moscow, but when he lands on Interpol’s list of international fugitives, the truth becomes clear: Adina’s evil web is far-reaching. 
Sandor refuses to end his perilous mission, however, even after being taken captive. When he uncovers Adina’s plan for a catastrophic assault on New York City, he knows he has no choice: he must risk his life to protect his country’s safety and freedom.

 

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The Cry of the Halidon: by Robert Ludlum.



 



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Alex McAuliff has received an offer he can’t refuse: two million dollars for a geological survey of Jamaica.



All Dunstone Limited requires is his time, his expertise, and his absolute secrecy.



No one, not even McAuliff’s handpicked team can know of Dunstone’s involvement.



But British Intelligence is aware of the deal, and they’ve let Alex in on a secret of their own:



The last survey team Dunstone dispatched to Jamaica vanished without a trace.



Now it’s too late to turn back. Alex already knows about Dunstone which means he knows too much, from the moment he lands in Jamaica, Alex is a marked man.



On an island paradise where a beautiful woman might be a spy and every move could be his last, Alex’s only clue to survival is a single mysterious word: Halidon.

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Famous Trials 4..1954 by James H. Hodge.
 
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The Penguin Famous Trials series was started by Harry Hodge, who was Managing, Director of William Hodge & Co., Ltd, Publishers and Shorthand Writers.
The son and grandson of a printer, he followed his father as one of the most expert of shorthand writers in Scotland, and for some fifty years was a well-known figure in the Scottish Courts both in that capacity and as a publisher of legal works.
In 1905 he founded The Notable British Trials Series which now extends to 70 volumes, commencing with that cause celebre, the Trial of Madeleine Smith.
He was steeped in criminology all his life and held the view that a trial should be at least twenty years old before it can prove itself to have been notable, although this view had to be modified under modern conditions.
As general editor of that series he carefully selected his editors and insisted on the greatest possible accuracy in the presentation of each volume.
Outside of his business life Mr Hodge's main interest was devoted to music, and he has a number of compositions to his name.
He died in November 1947. Volume 4 The five court cases in this volume cover the crimes of treason and murder by means of Poison, throat-cutting and strangling.
At the time, they were each the focus of acute public interest and they still exercise a chilly fascination.
Harold Greenwood's wife died showing some of the symptoms of poisoning, but his main crime seemed to be his remarriage within four months.
Robert Wood, accused of the murder of a prostitute, was also defended by Marshall Hall, who used all his considerable skills in both cases.
There was no such ambiguity of evidence at the trial of Dr Pritchard, who was the last man to be publicly hanged in Glasgow.
Of the two men accused in the bizarre `Chalk Pit Murder', one became Broadmoor's richest inmate.
Finally, the treason trial of William Joyce wartime Lord Haw-Haw - set a precedent in legal history.

 

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Losing the plot by C. Woww.



 



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A Saga of Sex lies and Politics in a Southeast Asian setting

 


 

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Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor.
 
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In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York.
 
On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees.
Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Meredith and his family, an aspiring novelist, a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home.
Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know, but a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.
 
The twenty six day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh.
In a spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past which will never let them go.

 

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In the Shadow of Saddam by Mikhael Ramadan.
 
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Reader review;
great book.
It shows the terror and the glamor of Saddam's iraq.
Ramadan was given an inside rida as Saddam's double.
He performed as saddam double at important events, eventually he too became a victim of Saddam's brutality and he escaped.
A chilling read.

 

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Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family by Joaquin 'Jack' Garcia.
 
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At 6'4" and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI.
'Big Jack Falcone', as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities, from extortion and loan sharking to assault and murder.
The result was a string of busts and a quarter of a million dollar contract put out on his life.
 
A fascinating inside look at the struggle between law enforcement and organized crime, MAKING JACK FALCONE sheds new light on two organizational cultures that continue to exert an unparalleled grip on our imagination.

 

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Killer Elite: Inside America's Most Secret Special Forces:

by Michael Smith.
 
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America's most secret Special Forces unit does not even have a name.
Formed as the 'Intelligence Support Activity', it has had a succession of innocuous titles to hide its ferocious purpose.
It exists to 'undertake activities only when other intelligence or operational support elements are unavailable or inappropriate'. Translated from Pentagon speak, this means operating undercover in the world's most dangerous places, penetrating enemy organizations including Al Qaeda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
'The Activity' combines the spy work of the CIA with the commando/SAS role of the Green Berets.
It not only provides the intelligence on the ground, it translates it into 'direct action'.
This is the unit that located Saddam Hussein.
It is now dedicated to the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
From its creation, in the wake of the abortive Iranian Hostage rescue mission, to the rescue of hostages and the killing of terrorist leaders, this is the untold story of America's secret soldiers.

 

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Lions Don't Need to Roar: Using the Leadership Power of Personal Presence to Stand Out, Fit in and Move Ahead by D.A. Benton.
 
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The woman who made self presentation an art shows how to use professional presence to stand out, fit in and move ahead.
Covers the empowering pause, posture, gestures, and more.

 

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Hard Road (A Jon Reznick Thriller) by J. B. Turner.
 
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Jon Reznick is a “ghost”: a black ops specialist who takes his orders from shadowy handlers, and his salary from the US government. Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife on 9/11, he’s dispatched to carry out a high level hit.
Reznick knows only that it must look like suicide. It’s textbook.
 
But the target is not the man Reznick expected, the whole setup is wrong, in an instant the operation is compromised, and Reznick is on the run with the man he was sent to kill.
A man wanted by the FBI, and by a mysterious terrorist organization hell bent on bringing the United States to its knees.
FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is determined to track him down, and to intercept whatever it is Reznick was sent to do.
 
When Reznick’s young daughter becomes a pawn in the game, he has to use more than his military training to stay one step ahead of those responsible.
Meanwhile, he is the only person who knows the true extent of the threat to national security and has the stealth and determination to stop it.

 

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Harlequin (The Grail Quest, Book 1) by Bernard Cornwell.
 
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The first book in Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling GRAIL QUEST series, in a bright and bold repackage.
 
The year is 1342 the English, led by Edward III, are laying waste to the French countryside, the army may be led by the King, but it is the archers, the common men, who are England’s secret weapon. The French know them as Harlequins.
 
Thomas of Hookton is one of these archers, but he is also on a personal mission: to avenge his father’s death and retrieve a stolen relic.
Thomas begins a quest that will lead him through fields smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English, until at last the two armies face each other on a hillside near the village of Crécy.

 

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The Killers next door by Joel Norris.
 
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Joel Norris, a pioneer and leading authority in the study of serial aggressive behaviour, and updated by best selling author William J. Birnes, this chilling work profiles ten vicious killers and details the warning signals authorities missed.
It includes insightful analysis of the mental, biological, and social factors that can lead to this kind of violence.
A fascinating addition to our extensive True Crime section at Canterbury Tales Bookshop, Pattaya.

 

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Partners In Evil: The Shocking True Story of a Fantasy Turned Deadly by Steve Jackson.
 
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A harrowing addition to our extensive True Crime section at Canterbury Tales Bookshop, Pattaya.

 

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Code Name Camelot (Volume 1) by David Archer.
 
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David Archer is back with a vengeance with his newest hero, Noah Wolf.
After fans raved about his debut series, The Sam Pritchard Novels, Archer now is about to back even harder.
People are already throwing out names like Mitch Rapp and Alex Cross, but don't take my word for it, see what all the fuss is about before Archer becomes a household name?
After witnessing the murder suicide of his parents as a child, Noah suffers from a form of PTSD that has left him without emotion, without a conscience and without the ability to function as a normal human being.
With the help of childhood friends, he learns to watch others around him and mimic their behaviors, in order to conceal the fact that his mind operates more like a computer that he has spent years programming.
That program is what allows Noah to pass himself off as normal, by establishing parameters of right and wrong that are completely inviolable to him.
As a young adult, Noah finds structure in the U.S. Army, and becomes an excellent and exemplary soldier, but when his self imposed programming is put to the test by the murderous acts of the superior officer, Noah finds himself quickly made expendable, charged with crimes he did not commit and facing the possibility of execution.
Without any reasonable hope for a reprieve, Noah's logic based mind accepts his fate.
Sometimes, though, things are not all as they seem to be, and Noah is offered one chance to save himself.
It was his disability, his lack of emotion, that made him the soldier he had become.
Now, an ultra secret organization known as E & E wants Noah's talents, offering him a chance to survive, as the most deadly assassin the world has ever known.

 

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Payback Paperback by James Barrington.
 
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Reader review;
Those who have picked-up some of the other Barrington "Paul Richter" novels will be rewarded, and those who dive in for the first time will be amazed at the the author's skill and craft.
While a Touch 'softer' than some of the other Richter novels, this tale still delivers the goods in a big way.
Looking forward to more from this talented writer?

 

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Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods.
 
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Stuart Woods's newest bestseller, Dark Harbor, brings us the perfect mix of sexy intrigue and swift suspense that have earned him legions of fans over the years.
In this latest thriller, Stone enters the picturesque town Dark Harbor off the coast of Maine, where the shocking deaths of three people have cast a long shadow over this island haven, a locale as mysterious as it is exclusive.
Stone Barrington hasn't heard from his cousin, Dick Stone, in years though he has fond memories of a teenage summer spent at his house in Maine.
Then, Lance Cabot of the CIA interrupts an otherwise pleasant meal at Elaine's with news of Dick's death apparently by his own hands.
It seems that Dick Stone, a quiet family man who doubled as a CIA agent, methodically executed his wife, daughter, and then himself-or did he?
What would cause a loving father and husband to murder his family as they slept?
Before his death, Dick had appointed Stone executor of his will, giving him full control of the disposition of a sizable family estate. Was Dick preparing for his suicide, or forewarning Stone of his murder?
 
With the help of his ex partner, Dino, and his friend Holly Barker, Stone must settle the estate and piece together the elusive facts of his cousin's life and death as a CIA operative.
At every step Stone knows he is being watched by Dick's family and one of them just may be a killer.

 

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The Pharaoh's Secret (The NUMA Files) by Clive Cussler.
 
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When the NUMA crew is exposed to a dangerous toxin, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala will stop at nothing to find a cure foretold by Ancient Egyptian lore in this exhilarating novel in the bestselling series.
 
Head of NUMA special assignments, Kurt Austin and his most trusted friend, Joe Zavala tangle with a ruthless power broker scheming to build a new Egyptian empire as glorious as those of the Pharaohs.
Part of their adversary's plan rests on the manipulation of a newly discovered aquifer beneath the Sahara, but an even more devastating weapon at his disposal may threaten the entire world: a plant extract known as the black mist, discovered in the City of the Dead and rumored to have the power to take life from the living and restore it to the dead.
 
With the balance of power in Africa and Europe on the verge of tipping, Kurt, Joe, and the rest of the NUMA team will have to fight to discover the truth behind the legends but to do that, they have to confront in person the greatest legend of them all: Osiris, the ruler of the Egyptian underworld.

 

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Do Ants have arseholes and 101 other rediculous questions
by Jon Butler and Bruno Vincent.
 
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Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille.
 
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"A soft breeze fluttered the white, blue, and red Russian flag in front of the U.N. mission.
I remember when the Soviet hammer and sickle flew there.
I kind of miss the Cold War. But I think it's back."
RADIANT ANGEL
After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group.
Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life.
But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too real threat of a newly resurgent Russia.
When Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a diplomat with the Russian U.N. Mission, mysteriously disappears from a Russian oligarch's party in Southampton, it's up to Corey to track him down.
What are the Russians up to and why?
Is there a possible nuclear threat, a so called radiant angel?
Will Corey find Petrov and put a stop to whatever he has planned before it's too late?
Or will Corey finally be outrun and outsmarted, with America facing the prospect of a crippling attack unlike anything it's ever seen before?
Prescient and chilling.
DeMille's new novel takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs.
Please note: Radiant Angel is published in the UK under the title A Quiet End.

 

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The BASEMENT: True Crime Serial Killer Gary Heidnik
by RJ Parker Ph.D.
 
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This is a shocking story of kidnapping, rape, torture, mutilation, dismemberment, decapitation, and murder.
 
The subject matter in this book is graphic.
 
On March 24, 1987, the Philadelphia Police Department received a phone call from a woman who stated that she had been held captive for the last four months.
When police officers arrived at the pay phone from which the call was made, Josefina Rivera told them that she and three other women had been held captive in a basement by a man named Gary Heidnik.
He imprisoned women in chains, in the filth and stench of a hole dug under his home.

 

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A Crime of Passion by Scott Pratt.
 
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A beautiful, young, rising star in the country music world is found dead in a Nashville hotel room.
 
The owner of her record company is charged with murder.
 
In the seventh installment of Scott Pratt's bestselling Joe Dillard series, Dillard is hired to travel to Tennessee's capital city to defend Paul Milius, a record company baron accused of strangling Kasey Cartwright, his label's young star.
Dillard navigates Nashville's unfamiliar legal system and the world of country music in search of the truth, but he soon finds himself confronted with a web of lies so masterfully woven that he fears he may never find any answers.
As the trial begins and the tension mounts, Dillard fears that not only will his client be wrongfully convicted, but that Dillard himself may not survive.
A good addition to our huge True Crime selection @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop, Pattaya.

 

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Gridlock by Ben Elton.
 
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Gridlock is when a city dies.
Killed in the name of freedom and in the name of oil and steel. Choked on carbon monoxide and strangled with a pair of fluffy dice. But how did the world come to this and how did the freedom machine end up paralyzing everyone?

 

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High Society by Ben Elton.

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The war on drugs has been lost, but afraid to face that fact, the whole world is rapidly becoming one vast criminal network. 
From the Groucho Club toilets to the poppy fields of Afghanistan, we are all partners in crime, and this story takes us through the landscape it has created.

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The Fist of God by Frederick Forsyth.
 
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From the behind the scenes decision making of the Allies to the secret meetings of Saddam Hussein's war cabinet, from the brave American fliers running their dangerous missions over Iraq to the heroic young spy planted deep in the heart of Baghdad, Forsyth's incomparable storytelling skill keeps the suspense at a breakneck pace.
Somewhere in Baghdad is the mysterious "Jericho," the traitor who is willing for a price to reveal what is going on in the high councils of the Iraqi dictator.
But Saddam's ultimate weapon has been kept secret even from his most trusted advisers and the nightmare scenario that haunts General Schwarzkopf and his colleagues is suddenly imminent, unless somehow, the spy can locate that weapon, The Fist of God, in time.
 
Peopled with vivid characters, brilliantly displaying Forsyth's incomparable, knowledge of intelligence operations and tradecraft, moving back and forth
between Washington and London, Baghdad and Kuwait, desert vastnesses and city bazaars, this breathtaking novel is an utterly convincing story of what may actually have happened behind the headlines.

 

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The Lizard's Bite by David Hewson.
 
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On an August night on a small island near Venice, a fire explodes in a glassmaking shop.
When help arrives, two people are dead, a rich Englishman is implicated, and investigators from Rome are assigned a case no one wants them to solve.
In this spellbinding new novel featuring Detective Nic Costa, author David Hewson weaves together the rich fabric of Europe’s most beguiling city with a riveting tale of passion, corruption, and the poisonous bite of betrayal.
 
On their private island, the Arcangelo family defy the world: living in a decaying palazzo, making glass in a terrifying, archaic furnace, watching their absurd exhibition hall sink into disrepair.
But now the world is coming to their dying outpost in a crumbling corner of a Venice that tourists never see.
Police boats and vaporetti bring investigators, curiosity seekers, and one man who plans to own the property himself.
With two family members consumed by the foundry fire, both mystery and opportunity have been bared to the bone.
 
On special assignment from Rome, Detective Nic Costa, along with his partner, his boss, and a dogged pathologist named Teresa Lupo, is getting in the way of progress, Venetian-style.
They know that Uriel Arcangelo and his wife were murdered. They know that a predatory Englishman must be a suspect, as is the family of the murdered woman.
And while everyone wants the Roman cops to give up and go home, they can’t because a matter of Desire, death, and lies has just turned murderously on one of them.
A tale as bewitching as its lush backdrop, The Lizard’s Bite is an astounding alchemy of superb writing, vibrant atmosphere, and sheer, gripping suspense.

 

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