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Rebel and Copperhead by Bernard Cornwell.
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The second book in Bernard Cornwell's bestselling series on the American Civil War.
Nathaniel Starbuck is a Copperhead: a northerner fighting for the rebel South in America's Civil War.
Expelled from the Faulconer Legion, Starbuck must travel a hard road before he can rejoin his comrades.
He must join the shadowy war of betrayal and espionage, where nothing is certain and no one can be trusted.
Starbuck's journey will take him through the savage prisons of Richmond, across the blood sodden battlefields of Virginia, and into the deadly high command of the northern army.



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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

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The Heart of India; by Mark Tully.
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Imbued with his love for India, and informed by his experience of India (where he worked for the BBC for over 20 years), Mark Tully has woven together a series of stories set in Uttar Pradesh, which tell of very different lives.


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Discovery Road by Andy Brown & Tim Garratt.

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I am going to cycle around the world.
For something so major the words came out surprisingly easily. Time is ticking away.
I have to do something now before my spirit is sucked out of me entirely.
Discovery Road tells the story of Tim Garratt and Andy Brown s attempt to be the first people to mountain bike unsupported across the three southern continents in one year.
They cross the vast deserts of Australia, the dangerous bushlands of Africa and finally the awesome Andes of South America, the continent where they had been assured they would meet their doom.
It is a fast-moving, inspirational tale of self-discovery, full of adventure, conflict, humour, danger and a multitude of colourful characters.
Much more than a travelogue, it proves that ordinary people can chase great dreams and has acted as inspiration for many searching for their adventure.


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Invader by Simon Scarrow & T.J. Andrews.


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From the author of the bestseller BRITANNIA, CENTURION and THE GLADIATOR, and co-author with T. J. Andrews of the bestseller ARENA, comes a tense, action packed adventure with the Roman army officer Figulus in the heart of barbaric first-century Britannia.


Roman Britain, AD 44. The land is far from tamed.

A puppet king is doing little to calm the hatred of the native tribes and bring them under Roman rule.


Fighting is in Optio Horatius Figulus' blood.

His Celtic ancestry is mocked by his fellow soldiers, but it gives him the toughness essential for survival.

That toughness will be tested to the very limit when he is sent on a mission deep in hostile territory.


And Figulus understands the Celtic mind.

He knows that, even utterly crushed in battle, their warriors routed and the Druids driven from their hill forts, the tribesmen of Britannia will sooner die than surrender.


Figulus fought alongside Macro and Cato in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Eagles of the Empire series.

In INVADER, he stands alone.

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Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker.
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'One of the most consistently fascinating, but consistently under-appreciated aspects of modern life is the business of flying.
Mark Vanhoenacker has written the ideal book on the subject: a description of what it’s like to fly by a commercial pilot who is also a master prose stylist and a deeply sensitive human being.
This is a man who is at once a technical expert, he flies 747s across continents and a poet of the skies.
This couldn’t be more highly recommended.' Alain de Botton
Think back to when you first flew.
When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc.
When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice.
When you descended towards a city, and arrived from the sky as effortlessly as daybreak.
In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds.
Here, anew, is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers, armchair and otherwise, all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.


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The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter.
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The most talked about fiction debut in years: a large, suspense-laden thriller that is also a novel of brilliantly astute social observation focusing on two fascinating worlds: that of the New York-Washington black upper middle class, and the complex world of an Ivy League law school.
Judge Oliver Garland has just died in suspicious circumstances. Conservative and famously controversial, Garland has made many enemies.
Many years ago, he'd earned a judge's highest prize: a Supreme Court nomination.
But in a scene of bitter humiliation in front of a televised audience and before the eyes of his family, he had to withdraw his nomination.
It was a national scandal, and a private agony, one from which he never recovered.
Now, years later, the judge's death raises even more questions than his life did and seems to be leading to a second, even more terrible scandal.
Could he have been murdered? He has left a strange message for his son Talcott, a professor at an elite Ivy League law school entrusting him with 'the arrangements' a mysterious puzzle that only Tal can unlock, and only by unearthing the ambiguities of his father's turbulent past.
When another man is found dead, and then another, Talcott must risk life, marriage and reputation, following the clues his father left him.
Intricate, superbly written, often scathingly funny, The Emperor of Ocean Park is a triumphant work of fiction, a brilliantly crafted tapestry of ambition, family Secrets, murder, and justice gone terribly wrong.


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Mystic River by Dennis Lehane.
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There are threads in our lives.
You pull one, and everything else gets affected.
When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus and Dave Boyle were friends.
But then a strange car pulled up their street, one boy got in the car, two did not, and something terrible happened, something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever.
Twenty-five years later, Sean Devine is a homicide detective.
Jimmy Marcus is an ex con who owns a corner store and Dave Boyle is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay demons that urge him to do horrific things.
When Jimmy Marcus' daughter is found murdered, Sean Devine is assigned to the case.
His personal life unravelling, he must go back into a world he thought he'd left behind to confront not only the violence of the present but the nightmares of his past.
His investigation brings him into conflict with Jimmy Marcus, who finds his old criminal impulses tempt him to solve the crime with brutal justice.
And then there is Dave Boyle, who came home the night Jimmy's daughter died covered in someone else's blood...


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Get Even by Martina Cole.


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Playing grown-ups, the future is theirs for the taking.


Sharon Conway and Lenny Scott are childhood sweet hearts, everyone says they are too young, but nothing can keep them apart.

Sharon doesn't question Lenny's business dealings and it isn't long before his reputation as a hard man destined for the top means they are living the good life with their sons.


It leaves a stain on her heart for ever.


But one night Lenny doesn't come home.

It isn't the first time he has gone AWOL.

But it is his last.

He is found murdered, beaten to death in an act of brutality that shocks even the police.

And Sharon never knows why.


Old wounds will surface.


Now, twenty years later, Sharon has found out the truth.

Such a crime cannot go unpunished.

Revenge is long overdue.

The time has come to.


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The Killing Room by Richard Montanari.
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Hear the footsteps, feel the screams.
The chilling new Byrne and Balzano thriller from the bestseller. Nothing will ever be the same again... In the heart of Philadelphia's badlands, Homicide Detectives Byrne and Balzano are called out to a particularly chilling crime scene. Once the pillar of the neighbourhood, an abandoned church has become a killing room. At first it looks like a random act of violence.
But then a second body is found, and a third.
Each crime scene more disturbing than the last, each murder more brutal.
And it soon becomes horrifyingly clear that a cold, calculating and terrifyingly precise mind is at work. With very few leads, and a mastermind who always seems to be one step ahead, Byrne and Balzano are faced with challenges they could never have imagined as they race against time to hunt down their killer, before it's too late..


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Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer
by Patrick French.
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Sir Francis Younghusband was the last of the great imperialists, a dashing adventurer, who in 1903 single handedly invaded Tibet, wiped out its entire army, and then became a mystic.
Admired by H.G Wells and Bertrand Russell, he launched early assaults on Mt. Everest, held the world record for the 300-yard dash, was the first European since Marco Polo to travel from Peking to Central Asia, discovered the source of the Indus, and, as a spy, his presumed death nearly sparked an Indo-Russian war.
The quest to discover this man led Patrick French from the Himalayas to Kashmir and into Tibet in search of clues.


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The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter.
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The third novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s “Long Earth” series, which Io9 calls “a brilliant science fiction collaboration.”
2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds.
Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay.
He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him.
But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his request. . . .
Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth.
For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home.
He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their “long childhood” in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth.
Ignorance and fear have caused “normal” human society to turn against the Next.
A dramatic showdown seems inevitable.


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Con Law (John Bookman #1) by Mark Gimenez.
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John Bookman, Book to his friends, is a tenured professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
He's thirty-five, handsome and unmarried.
He teaches Constitutional Law, reduces senators to blithering fools on political talk shows, and is often mentioned as a future Supreme Court nominee.
But Book is also famous for something more unusual.
He likes to take on lost causes and win.
Consequently, when he arrives at the law school each Monday morning, hundreds of letters await him, letters from desperate Americans around the country seeking his help.
Every now and then, one letter captures his attention and Book feels compelled to act.
In the first of a thrilling new series from the author of international bestsellers The Colour of Law and Accused, Book investigates a murder in the corrupt world of deepest, darkest Texas.


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Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks.
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Count Sessine is about to die for the very last time ...
Chief Scientist Gadfium is about to receive the mysterious message she has been waiting for from the Plain of Sliding Stones ...
And Bascule the Teller, in search of an ant, is about to enter the chaos of the crypt ...
And everything is about to change ...
For this is the time of the encroachment and, although the dimming sun still shines on the vast, towering walls of Serehfa Fastness, the end is close at hand.
The King knows it, his closest advisers know it, yet sill they prosecute the war against the clan Engineers with increasing savagery.
The crypt knows it too; so an emissary has been sent, an emissary who holds the key to all their futures.


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Love Entrepreneurs: Cross-Culture Relationship Deals in Thailand
by Phil Nicks.
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Bangkok based economist Phil Nicks explores the economic aspects of cross-cultural relationships in Thailand with his new book, Love Entrepreneurs.
Supported by original research, facts and interviews with high profile residents of the region, Nicks focuses his attention on the major relationship issues affecting foreigners and their Thai partners.


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The Cameron Delusion by Peter Hitchens.
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The struggle between the main political parties has been reduced to an unpopularity contest, in which voters hold their noses and sigh as they trudge to the polls.
Peter Hitchens explains how and why British politics has sunk to this dreary level, the takeover of the parties and the media by conventional left-wing dogmas which then call themselves 'the centre ground'.
The Tory party under David Cameron has become a pale-blue twin of New Labour, offering change without alteration.
Hitchens, a former Lobby reporter, examines and mocks the flock mentality of most Westminster journalists, explains how unattributable lunches guide coverage and why so many reporters once slavish admirers of Labour - now follow the Tory line.
This updated edition of Hitchens's The Broken Compass (2009) features a brand new introduction.
In an excoriating analysis, Hitchens examines the Tory Party's record in government and opposition, dismissing it as a failure on all fronts but one - the ability to win office without principle.
The one thing it certainly isn't is conservative.


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Dexter In The Dark by Jeff Lindsay.
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No rest for the Wicked, the serial killer with a heart is back . . .
Dexter Morgan is busy planning his wedding to Rita to complete his niceguy disguise.
But when a student is found burnt, molested and headless seemingly sacrificed to an ancient god and Dex is brought in as forensic analyst to help investigate, he realises he could be dealing with someone a whole lot more sinister than he is.
Soon it seems the dark passenger in Dexter's head has gone into hiding and when something creeps out your friendly neighbourhood serial killer, you know it's serious . . .
As Halpern and Dexter are stalked by death, it looks like it's getting personal especially as Dex now has a family to protect.
Gradually, Dexter realises his stepchildren might share his extracurricular interest in death.
Could he help them target their bloodlust, just as he steers his own? But to do that, Dex must cope with a certain mutilated sergeant from his past, and more importantly . . . stay alive . . .


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The Widow by Fiona Barton.
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For fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, an electrifying thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife.
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen.
But that woman’s husband died last week and Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.
There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing, she was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.
Now there’s no reason to stay quiet, there are people who want to hear her story, they want to know what it was like living with that man, she can tell them that there were Secrets, there always are in a marriage.
The truth, that’s all anyone wants.
But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…


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The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh.
In this extraordinary novel, Amitav Ghosh navigates through time and genres to present a unique tale.
Beginning at an unspecified time in the future and ranging back to the late nineteenth century, the reader follows the adventures of the enigmatic L. Murugan.
An authority on the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Ronald Ross, who solved the malaria puzzle in Calcutta in 1898, Murugan is in search of the elusive 'Calcutta Chromosome'.
With its astonishing range of characters, advanced computer science, religious cults and wonderful portraits of Victorian and contemporary India.
The Calcutta Chromosome expands the scope of the novel as we know it, as Amitav Ghosh takes on the avatar of a science thriller writer.


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This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George.


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Bestseller George's richly rewarding 16th novel to feature Det. Insp. Thomas Lynley (after Careless in Red) offers an intricate plot that will satisfy even jaded fans of psychological suspense. Aggressively career-minded Isabelle Ardery, the new acting superintendent of London's Metropolitan Police, boldly manages to lure Lynley, who's been grieving over his wife's murder, back from Cornwall to look into a murder case. The body of Jemima Hastings, a young woman recently relocated from Hampshire, has turned up in a London cemetery. With suspects in both locales and numerous leads to follow and interviews to conduct, Ardery succeeds in raising the hackles of Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers, Det. Insp. John Stewart, and other members of the investigating team. George tantalizes with glimpses of a horrific earlier murder case; showcases Lynley at his shrewdest, most diplomatic best; and confounds readers with a complex array of evidence, motives, and possible solutions.

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Ireland by Frank Delaney.
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In the winter of 1951, a storyteller arrives at the home of nine year old Ronan O'Mara in the Irish countryside.
The last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, the Seanchai enthralls his assembled audience for three evenings running with narratives of foolish kings and fabled saints, of enduring accomplishments and selfless acts, until he is banished from the household for blasphemy and moves on.
But these three incomparable nights have changed young Ronan forever, setting him on the course he will follow for years to come as he pursues the elusive, itinerant storyteller and the magical tales that are no less than the glorious saga of his tenacious, troubled, and extraordinary isle.


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The Fourth Watcher: A Novel of Bangkok by Timothy Hallinan.
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Travel writer Poke Rafferty is ready to let go of his Looking for Trouble series of travel books and the dangerous lifestyle that goes with it, and settle down in Bangkok with his fiancée, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow.
But trouble isn't ready to let go of Poke.
Enter the one person Poke least wants to see in the entire world a person whose emotional hold on Poke is absolute.
With him come a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and in pursuit of those things, one of the most dangerous gangsters in China.
Add to that Rose's innocent involvement in a North Korean counterfeiting operation and an off the tracks agent of the American Secret Service who's dying to put Poke behind bars, and Poke and his family find themselves in a complicated and potentially deadly situation.
Getting them all out alive will take every skill Poke has.
Once again, Hallinan has created a complex, emotionally satisfying thriller with edge of your seat suspense and a cast of characters so real you'll feel you know them.
Sharp as a razor and full of heart-pounding surprises, The Fourth Watcher firmly establishes Hallinan as a brilliant new voice in the world of suspense.



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The Visitors by Sally Beauman.
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Under the tablecloth, Frances's hand reached for mine and clasped it.
I knew what it meant, that clasp and the mischievous grateful glance that accompanied it: it meant I was thanked, that there were Secrets here.
I could accept that. I too had Secrets, who doesn't?
Sent abroad to Egypt in 1922 to recover from the typhoid that killed her mother, eleven year old Lucy is caught up in the intrigue and excitement that surrounds the obsessive hunt for Tutankhamun's tomb.
As she struggles to comprehend an adult world in which those closest to her are often cold and unpredictable, Lucy longs for a friend she can love.
When she meets Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, her life is transformed.
As the two girls spy on the grown ups and try to understand the truth behind their evasions, a lifelong bond is formed.
Haunted by the ghosts of her past, the mistakes she made and the Secrets she kept, Lucy disinters her past, trying to make sense of what happened all those years ago in Cairo and the Valley of the Kings.
And for the first time in her life, she comes to terms with what happened after Egypt, when Frances needed Lucy most.


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Asia Hand: A Vincent Calvino Novel by Christopher G. Moore.
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Christopher G. Moore’s prize winning series of Bangkok thrillers featuring Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer turned PI, have been praised for their captivating plots, engaging characters, and insight into the steamy Thai capital.
In Asia Hand, the second novel in the series, Bangkok is celebrating Chinese New Year when Calvino’s revels are cut short.
The body of an American, an acquaintance of Calvino’s, has been fished out of the lake in Lumpini Park.
Around his neck are a string of wooden amulets, the kind upcountry Thais wear to protect themselves from evil spirits.
Only rather than saving Hutton, these have killed him.
A freelance cameraman scraping by on the margins, Hutton had photographed something shortly before his death that he thought would make his career.
Now the footage a shocking execution on the Thai/Burmese border is running repeatedly on CNN, and the rights to Hutton’s life story have been sold to a Hollywood producer.
But who killed Hutton and why? When Calvino investigates, he collides with a powerful filmmaker and an experienced old Asia hand who knows the terrain as well as our man in Bangkok.
It’s all Calvino can do to stay alive, and find out who killed his fellow American.


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The Salesman by Joseph O’Connor.
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Set in Dublin Ireland 1994, the town is infested with drug addicts and crime is at its peak.
We follow Billy, a salesman whose only daughter ends up in a coma after a dastardly robbery.
The culprits are apprehended and set to be a charged in court but on the day of the sentence the gang leader escapes.
Billy decides to take justice into his own hand by tracing the young culprit’s every move as he plans his revenge.
But soon things spiral out of control in a very disastrous way.
One small decision can ruin everything or make it better?
You have to read to find out.


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