The Portrait

      Iain Pears
The Portrait

An art critic journeys to a remote island off Brittany to sit for a portrait painted by an old friend, a gifted but tormented artist living in self-imposed exile. The painter recalls their years of friendship, the gift of the critic's patronage, and his callous betrayals. As he struggles to capture the character of the man, as well as his image, on canvas, it becomes clear that there is much more than a portrait at stake...


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    The Caregiver Vignettes 6-10

      Astrid 'Artistikem' Cruz
The Caregiver Vignettes 6-10

vignettes from The Caregiver Series, all taking place before Book 1.On how Romulus convinced Scarlett to sign the contractOn how Romulus convinced Scarlett even furtherOn how Scarlett and Ferdinand metOn Scarlett and Bobby’s splitOn how Douglas and Scarlett got on Romulus’ nervesInspired by the legend of the plague doctor who took his own life on the now-haunted Poveglia Island, this companion piece tells the story through a philosophical and metaphysical lens, theorizing what happens to him in the after-life. After 2 years of when it was first released, Miasma is now revamped and the final piece of The Shroud Eater flash fiction, the story that intimately focusing on the nuances of what led to his suicide - both stories are now included in this version.

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    Leonard

      Nico Verwey
Leonard

The destiny of a person is in most cases well planned and executed but for Leonard his life and destiny was twisted by abuse and the inner fight between the light of good and the darkness of the curse of his father’s sin. Leonard’s choices in life are guided by his passion to right the wrongs of his father’s life. The question then is will his destiny end up destroying him?Leonard a little boy was born in so much hate and pain. His father was the rapist of his mother and his mother the abuser of this little boy. He grow-up in a house where his Grandma was his only guiding light and Jillian, his adopted mother, loved him with all their hart. Leonard battled the darkness in his life and worked hard to change his life to overcome the curse and legacy of his father. Leonard became the change he wanted to see in the world with his destiny becoming twisted and intertwined with deceit and death. Would he be able to change the circle of abuse and death or would everything be in vain. This story is written to give hope and show people that by becoming the change you want to see in the world that your legacy my just save that one person that will change the world.

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    Hide and Seek

      James Patterson
Hide and Seek

It was the trial that electrified the world. Not only because of the defendant, Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs captivated the world's heart. Not only because of the victim, Will Shepard, the world's most glamorous athlete. But also because everyone said Maggie had murdered not just one husband, but two. And because in Maggie's world - the world she feared and despised but could not escape, the world of the powerful, the rich, and the ruthless - both death and life could never be what they seemed. From James Patterson, bestselling author of KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER, comes his most brilliantly realized thriller, a story that will shatter your expectations...and hold every last one of your nerves in thrall, with each twist of the plot and every turn of the page.


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    All Around the Town

      Mary Higgins Clark
All Around the Town

na hermosa joven se ha enamorado de su profesor de literatura, que es un hombre casado. Cuando éste muere asesinado, las huellas de la joven aparecen por todas partes. Su hermana, abogada de prestigio, decide defenderla. La chica ha desarrollado múltiples personalidades. Si al asumir una de ellas perpetró el crimen, ¿cuán respondable es de sus actos? Esta nueva novela de Mary Higgins Clark, autora de No llores más y Le gusta la música, le gusta bailar, es una historia de suspenso psicológico con un clímax tan escalofriante como inesperado. Un gran bestseller.


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    Urban Legends (An Eve Hathaway's Paranormal Mystery Collection Part 1)

      Eve Hathaway
Urban Legends (An Eve Hathaway's Paranormal Mystery Collection Part 1)

Chains of Darkness Part1 : The Child of Mystery - The clock is ticking, and time is fast running out for Melinda. Time for her to make her escape. And time to make a daring rescue. But not all thing bound in chains should be freed.. Song of Teeth Part 1: The First Voice - The modern city of Fontel, South Carolina, has a lost history hidden beneath centuries of time and layers of darkness…From the Publisher that brought you popular short story series Chains of Darkness, Song of Teeth, Children of Time, Splicers and now... our two stories in 1 book!Urban Legends, real or not?Chains of Darkness Part 1 : The Child of MysteryThe clock is ticking, and time is fast running out for Melinda. Time for her to make her escape. And time to make a daring rescue. But not all thing bound in chains should be freed...The only thing fifteen-year-old Melinda has been thinking about ever since she found out that she was betrothed to a man twice her age was how to escape the madness of the cult she had been trapped in. But escape seems easier said than done, especially since Melinda is being kept under the watchful eyes of her Uncle, an Aunt who never seems to sleep, and the Elders.Melinda has the unique ability to see things no one can, like Angels and, once one Halloween, a demon. Her power also allows her to see a boy named Caleb, who isn't really a boy but has the fading aura of an Angel, get captured by the Elders. Kept in chains and tortured, Caleb’s agonizing cries are a constant reminder of why she must get as far away from the cult as she can. She must escape, and soon, but not without trying to rescue Caleb.Does Melinda have the power to not only save herself, but to save Caleb? And if she can save him, has she saved an angel… or a demon?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Song of Teeth Part 1 : The First VoiceThe modern city of Fontel, South Carolina, has a lost history hidden beneath centuries of time and layers of darkness…Young history buff Mark Moran is just trying to get through the everyday struggles of high school, a neglectful family, and a thankless job when he meets a young woman who fills his life with a new enthusiasm. Tatiana Byrd is mysterious and determined, and Mark finds himself unwittingly drawn to her snappy intelligence and untamed beauty.As the two become friends, Tatiana introduces Mark to a world beneath his familiar city that he had never known existed. A secret, closed-off city beneath the city becomes their private source of exploration and excitement. Even as his home life continues to degrade, Mark finds himself engaged more and more with Tatiana’s lifelong search for possible truths to a legend of bizarre crocodiles in the underground river. This search has isolated her from her family and peers, but Mark is bewitched by her intensity and independent spirit. While they discover a passion sparking between themselves, they also make a different kind of discovery. When they stumble upon a fantastic, reptilian creature, they find themselves falling into an even deeper, dangerous world never before seen by humans.If you wish to read more, download and find out what happens!Other titles in Eve Hathaway's Paranormal Mystery Collection:Urban Legends Part 2 which includes The Spawn's Blood & Pale EyesUrban Legends Part 3 which includes The Unbreakable Bind & Ancient ScarsUrban Legends Part 4 which includes The Grace Bearer & The Last NoteDownload and discover why readers follow Eve Hathaway.Scroll up and get the book now!

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    Without Air

      Jeremy J. Jones
Without Air

An adult fictional, short story about a man's journey of self-empowerment and discovering life. When he experiences a life changing event he re-evaluates his life and pushes himself to the limits. Throughout his journey he finds himself through past, present, and future events. The story provokes an emotional roller coaster, only to conclude that the ending is the beginning and beginning the endAn adult fictional, short story about a man's journey of self-empowerment and discovering life. When he experiences a life changing event he re-evaluates his life and pushes himself to the limits. Throughout his journey he finds himself through past, present, and future events. The story provokes an emotional roller coaster, only to conclude that the ending is the beginning and beginning the end.After you have enjoyed this free ebook, the author would love your feedback!

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    Room Service & Other Short Stories

      Sheena Lopez
Room Service & Other Short Stories

This collection of short stories is particularly for a person who may enjoy mystery, drama and a bit of traditional romance."Room Service" "Shards of Red" and "Red Dirt" are about people who have varied situations in their lives. Friendships are broken, careers are at stake, and an elderly romance is on the brink of being lost. Each story has a surprise ending and leave the reader wanting to know a bit more in these somewhat relatable dramas we call life.

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    Crime

      Irvine Welsh
Crime

Detective Inspector Ray Lennox has fled to Miami to escape the aftermath of a mental breakdown induced by occupational stress and cocaine abuse, and a harrowing child-sex murder case back in Edinburgh. But his fiancée Trudi is only interested in planning their wedding, and soon Lennox cast adrift, alone in Florida. A coke-fuelled binge brings him into contact with another victim of sexual predation, ten-year-old Tianna, and Lennox flees across the state with his terrified charge, determined to protect her at any cost. But can Lennox trust his own instincts? And can he handle Tianna, while still trying to get to grips with the Edinburgh murder?


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    I Am Not a Serial Killer

      Dan Wells
I Am Not a Serial Killer

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He's spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He's obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he's written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don't demand or expect the empathy he's unable to offer. Perhaps that's what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there's something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat---and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can't control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.

Dan Wells' debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.


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    Sludge

      Jack Potchen
Sludge

For most children, the monster under the bed or in the closet is just a fantasy, something to grow out of. But Ben Downs’ monster is real. Now locked away in a mental institution, a young reporter turns to him for answers about his troubled past, but what she hears may be too much for her to bear.The beginning and end of love, Sands and Jade are pulled apart by circumstance, to be united again only when it's too late.Written while dealing with her father's illness, this first book reflects Ophelia's struggles faced with her father's disease and the threat of his death through her childhood and teen years.

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    Birds of Prey

      Wilbur Smith
Birds of Prey

The year is 1667; Sir Francis Courteney and his son Hal are on patrol in their fighting caravel off the Agulhas Cape of South Africa. They are lying in wait for one of the treasure-laden galleons of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient. So begins a quest for adventure and the spoils of war that sweeps them from the settlement of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa to the Great Horn of Ethiopia far to the north - at a time when international maritime law permitted acts of piracy, rape, and murder otherwise punishable by death. Wilbur Smith introduces a generation of the indomitable Courteneys and thrillingly re-creates their part in the struggle for supremacy and riches on the high seas.


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    At His Gates: A Novel. Vol. 3 (of 3)

      Mrs. Oliphant
At His Gates: A Novel. Vol. 3 (of 3)

Excerpt from At His Gates, Vol. 2 of 3: A Novel Norah had closed the garden door heedlessly after her. They were thus shut in, the four together confronting each other, unable to escape. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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    Song of Kali

      Dan Simmons
Song of Kali

Calcutta: a monstrous city of immense slums, disease and misery, is clasped in the foetid embrace of an ancient cult. At its decaying core is the Goddess Kali: the dark mother of pain, four-armed and eternal, her song the sound of death and destruction. Robert Luczak has been hired by Harper's to find a noted Indian poet who has reappeared, under strange circumstances, years after he was thought dead. But nothing is simple in Calcutta and Lucsak's routine assignment turns into a nightmare when he learns that the poet is rumoured to have been brought back to life in a bloody and grisly ceremony of human sacrifice.


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    Trail of the Apache and Other Stories

      Elmore Leonard
Trail of the Apache and Other Stories

Destiny, restlessness, and greed moved the white man west, into lands occupied for centuries by a proud and noble people: Arapahoe, Navajo, Apache, Sioux. The bitter misunderstandings and brutal clashes of cultures that resulted ultimately shaped the nation we know today. In seven classic western tales, the New York Times-bestselling Grand Master re-creates a world of violence, deception, vengeance, and strange beauty with the same peerless storytelling power that distinguishes his acclaimed suspense fiction.


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