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03-16-2011 09:17 AM
Altar of Bones
This conspiracy thriller from the pseudonymous Carter opens in 1937 with a rousing Siberian prison camp escape, but the present-day action soon turns predictable. After the murder of Katya Orlova, the grandmother of San Francisco lawyer Zoe Dmitroff, a letter written by Katya reaches Zoe informing her that she's now the "Keeper" of an ancient secret involving a Siberian cave known as the Altar of Bones. Many people try to wrest the secret from Zoe, including her own mother, a mysterious business tycoon, and the Russian mob. Ry O'Malley, a hunky tough guy, signs on to protect Zoe, and soon they're on the run. Zoe and Ry prove to be amazingly lucky, to the point that by the time the unsurprising ending rolls around, all suspense has been drained from the action.
03-16-2011 09:25 AM
Archer Mayor (Detective Fiction) - 3 Books
The Sniper's Wife (2002)
(Book 13 in the Joe Gunther series)
A novel by Archer Mayor
The call to Detective Willy Kunkle came from the NYPD. Willy's ex-wife, Mary, had been found dead in her New York apartment and he was asked to provide the next-of-kin ID. Although he hadn't been in touch with Mary since their divorce, Willy knew he was the only one left to vouch for her remains.
Now, years after fleeing the city, Willy returns laden with misgivings that are deepened all the more by seeing Mary's pathetic corpse on a gurney. With a fresh puncture mark in her arm and heroin still in the syringe, the police think she overdosed. But while the evidence is compelling, Willy's instincts tell him something is missing.
Driven by his loss, his doubts, and a blossoming guilt, Willy defies the authorities in an increasingly dangerous search for answers along New York's mean streets. Pulled deeper and deeper into a past before Vermont, before the drunken abuse he inflicted on Mary, before his abandonment of his family and friends, Willy encounters his ghosts from Vietnam where he was known as "the sniper," a lethal loner who struck without mercy." From gutted slums to the town houses of Brooklyn Heights, Willy Kunkle will plummet through the dark shadows of his past, confront his demons... and live up to his menacing nickname.
The Surrogate Thief (2004)
(Book 15 in the Joe Gunther series)
A novel by Archer Mayor
The 16th adventure in the classic Joe Gunther series (e.g., Tucker Peak) finds the Vermont detective hunting down a brutal killer he had failed to put away long ago. Mayor lives in Newfane, VT. New England author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
The sleuthing Sage of Brattleboro is in top form, though it does take him 32 years to crack his case. Back when Joe Gunther was a rookie detective in the Brattleboro PD, he lost his wife Ellen to cancer in a lingering, pain-ridden ordeal. Just as Ellen was dying, storekeeper Klaus Oberfeldt was robbed and murdered, and Joe caught the case. All the available evidence pointed to petty thief Pete Shea, who compounded his problems by fleeing. Joe, suffering and distracted, gave the search for Pete a decent effort before finally abandoning it. But a decent effort isn't a Joe Gunther effort, and he never quite forgave himself for his failure. Now a domestic disturbance that's ended in a shooting comes to the attention of Vermont's elite Bureau of Investigation, where Joe's second-in-command, because the gun involved is the same weapon that clubbed Klaus Oberfeldt to death. Suddenly Joe's contending with issues he thought consigned to history, issues having to do with Ellen, with Gail, his current love, and with his incomplete investigation. And then the Oberfeldt case takes an unexpected turn, a shocking detour into dark and politically dangerous places. Engrossing stuff.
The Second Mouse (2006)
(Book 17 in the Joe Gunther series)
A novel by Archer Mayor
When Joe Gunther is called to the home of a young woman apparently dead by her own hand, he is troubled enough by his findings to want to dig deeper. But his normally trustworthy medical examiner stalls the investigation, crippled by problems of her own. Will Joe be able to help her out and get what he needs in time to derail the machinations of the increasingly violent trio lurking behind it all?
03-16-2011 09:29 AM
Knife Music (2008)
A novel by David Carnoy
Kristen Kroiter was sixteen, a high-school sophomore, when she was injured in a car accident. Dr. Ted Cogan had saved her life when he treated her in the ER six months ago--but now police detectives were questioning Cogan about her, in intimate detail. What was going on? What had she told them?
That's just it, the cops said. She hadn't told them anything. She had died. Looked like a suicide. And Cogan was in a heap of trouble.
Tense and twisting, Knife Music is the story of a doctor struggling to clear his name after being accused of raping and causing the suicide of a young girl. The novel pits Cogan, a forty-three-year- old surgeon and self-described womanizer, against Hank Madden, a handicapped veteran detective. From the outset it's not clear who is victim and who is victimizer, as the usually dispassionate.
Madden grapples with his long- suppressed prejudices and his obsession with bringing Ted Cogan to justice at any cost. It all leads up to the most stunning surprise ending since Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent.
03-16-2011 09:30 AM
Marie Rutkoski - The Cabinet of Wonders (The first book in the Kronos Chronicles series) (HTML)
Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it's never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind. He has been commissioned by the prince of Bohemia to build the world's finest astronomical clock. Petra's life is forever changed when, one day, her father returns home - blind. The prince has stolen his eyes, enchanted them, and now wears them. But why? Petra doesn't know, but she knows this: she will go to Prague, sneak into Salamander Castle, and steal her father's eyes back. Joining forces with Neel, whose fingers extend into invisible ghosts that pick locks and pockets, Petra finds that many people in the castle are not what they seem, and that her father's clock has powers capable of destroying their world.
This startling debut novel, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroism.
Marie Rutkoski - The Celestial Globe (The second book in the Kronos Chronicles series) (HTML)
When Prince Rodolfo's monsters attack her, Petra Kronos is spirited away to London. As she struggles to escape, Neel and Tomik sail the high seas, in search of her. Though separated by many miles, the three friends draw closer together in this sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders, called 'astonishingly accomplished' by Publishers Weekly. Readers will not be disappointed in this adventure-filled novel that includes man-made monsters, the unraveling of a murder mystery, and the hunt for the Celestial Globe, which the prince of Bohemia will do anything to own.
03-16-2011 09:30 AM
Sarah Prineas - The Magic Thief (The first book in the Magic Thief series) (PDF)
In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who - or what - is stealing the city of Wellmet's magic.
Sarah Prineas - Lost (The second book in the Magic Thief series) (PDF)
Never mix fire with magic!
Conn may only be a wizard's apprentice, but even he knows it's dangerous to play with fire . . . especially around magic. His master, Nevery, warns him that it could all blow up in his face. Besides, they have bigger problems to deal with. There is evil afoot in the city of Wellmet, an evil that isn't human.
But Conn is drawn to the murmurs he hears every time he sets off an explosion - something is trying to talk to him, to warn him. When none of the wizards listen, Conn takes matters into his own hands. His quest to protect everything he loves brings him face-to-face with a powerful sorcerer-king and a treachery beyond even his vivid imagination.
Sarah Prineas works her own spells as she transports us to an extraordinary world where cities are run on living magic and even a thief can become a wizard's apprentice.
03-16-2011 09:32 AM
Devil's Keep (2010)
(The first book in the Bravo Cell One Nine series)
A novel by Phillip Finch
BORN TO KILL
Even trained warriors often feel an internal blink of resistance when the killing takes place within the zone of body heat.
Not Ray Favor. He killed with the easeof flipping a light switch.
ONE SHOT AT REDEMPTION
A decade ago, Ray Favor was a remorseless killer for theBlack Ops cell Bravo One Nine. He did what he was hiredt o do out of patriotism and duty. Now, having amassed a fortune but deeply troubled by his past and suspicious of his own nature, Favor is motivated by something more: a chance to r ight the wrongs he committed and restore balance .He get s that chance deep in the Philippines , where thedisappearance of two teenagers leads Favor and his Bravo team to confront an illegal operation by the Russian mob - and an evil so deplorable that it can only be righted by the means Favor once used to wreak destruction. Now, driven by a hungry sense of purpose, Ray Favor will seek retribution by any means necessary. And exact a violent justice without mercy - or regret.
First in Phillip Finch's stunning new series, Devil's Keep is a suspense-packed international thriller introducing a powerful, complex, and memorable action hero.
03-16-2011 09:58 AM
03-16-2011 10:30 AM
can u pls provide the following books:-
1. quantitative aptitude- r.s.agarwal
2. verbal & non verbal reasoning - r.s.agarwal
3. maths - R.S. Aggrawal or Quicker Mtahs by M.Tyra
These are books for public sector competitive exams.
waiting for ur response and thanks in anticipation.
03-16-2011 10:51 AM
Any help on my request?
Originally Posted by philip_systems
03-16-2011 11:35 AM
03-16-2011 11:39 AM
Searched for the book. Could not find it. Maybe someone else might.
Originally Posted by philip_systems
03-16-2011 12:11 PM
Henry H Neff - The Hound of Rowan (The first book in the Tapestry series) (HTML)
MAX MCDANIELS LIVES a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. Many strange people are interested in Max and his tapestry. His discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where great things await him.
But dark things are waiting, too. When Max learns that priceless artworks and gifted children are disappearing, he finds himself in the crossfire of an ancient struggle between good and evil. To survive, he'll have to rely on a network of agents and mystics, the genius of his roommate, and the frightening power awakening within him.
Henry H Neff - The Second Siege (The second book in the Tapestry series) (HTML)
Grave forces are converging to seize control of the Book of Thoth, a hidden artifact whose pages hold the key to creating - or unraveling - the very threads of existence. Under the care and tutelage of Cooper, Rowan's most lethal Agent, Max McDaniels and David Menlo embark on a quest to protect the book from the demon Astaroth, who would exploit its secrets with dire consequence. And with Astaroth free after centuries of imprisonment, the world outside Rowan's gates has already become hostile.
Far from home, cut off behind enemy lines, Max and his allies must journey across Europe, descend into the fabled Frankfurt Workshop, brave the tangled corners of the Black Forest . . . and cross beyond the veils of our very world.
Henry H Neff - The Fiend and the Forge (The third book in the Tapestry series) (HTML)
It's the day after the end of the world. . . .
With the book of Origins firmly in his possession, the villainous Astaroth now has the power to reshape history at will. Plucking pivotal discoveries from mankind's past, he has reduced the world to a pre-industrial nightmare. But while most humans toil as slaves within four demonic kingdoms, Astaroth allows those at Rowan to thrive in peaceful isolation. Theirs is a land where magic and nature flourish . . . so long as none dare oppose the new order.
That proves too steep a price for Max McDaniels. Unsure of his place at Rowan and reeling from tragedy, Max sets out to explore the shifting landscape of a world that has been changed beyond recognition. In the course of his travels, he will be forced to become many things: Prisoner. Gladiator. Assassin. But can he become the hero that mankind so desperately needs?
03-16-2011 12:12 PM
Dean Lorey - Nightmare Academy (The first book in the Nightmare Academy series) (HTML)
When Charlie Benjamin sleeps, monsters wake up.
It's hard to fit in when your nightmares open portals to the Netherworld, where horrible creatures live-like the class 3 Netherstalker that invaded a sleepover and tried to eat the other children. Luckily there's a place for Charlie-the Nightmare Academy. Built from wrecked ships set in the branches of the world's most incredible tree fort, the Academy trains people to use their unique gifts to fight the monsters that rush in when the lights go out. But Charlie is far more powerful than anyone ever imagined, and his entrance exam opens a portal straight to the heart of the Netherworld, where ultimate evil plots Earth's destruction. He'll need all his cleverness-and the help of his new friends-to save himself and his family and to put these bad boys to bed once and for all. The monsters under your bed are real!
But never fear-the Nightmare Academy will train Nethermancers and Banishers like you to destroy them!
Dean Lorey - Monster Madness (The second book in the Nightmare Academy series) (HTML)
We're under attack! The last of the mega-monsters known as the Named are fighting their way into our world, and only a mysterious being known as the Guardian can help -- but the Guardian is dying. To save him, Charlie Benjamin and his friends from the Nightmare Academy must journey into the heart of a Hydra cave, through the spooky Bermuda Triangle graveyard, and across the treacherous, monster-filled San Diego Zoo.
03-16-2011 02:07 PM
03-16-2011 02:40 PM
F E Higgins - The Black Book of Secrets (The first book in the Tales from the Sinister City series)
When Ludlow Fitch's parents cruelly betray him, he steals away on the back of a carriage and leaves behind the stinking City. He arrives in the dead of night at a remote village, where he crosses paths with the tall and limping figure of Joe Zabbidou - a pawnbroker with a difference. For Joe trades secrets, not goods, for cash. Employed as Joe's assistant, Ludlow records the villagers' fiendish confessions in an ancient leather-bound volume: "The Black Book of Secrets". There's the gravedigger who has been resurrecting bodies; the butcher who made a mouse-meat pie for his bullying father, with fatal consequences; the wizened bookseller who went to murderous lengths to get her hands on a priceless tome. Ludlow longs to trust his mysterious master, but he senses Joe has much to hide. But then Ludlow Fitch has his own, very dark, secrets ...
F E Higgins - The Bone Magician (The second book in the Tales from the Sinister City series)
The Silver Apple Killer preys on the people of Urbs Umida, a rotten and wretched city. Two things connect the victims they all had a small silver apple in their pocket, and they had all recently visited a notorious inn to see one of two acts: the hideous Gluttonous Beast and the astonishing Bone Magician ...Since his father disappeared under a dark cloud of scandal, Pin Carpue has been alone in the world. His work for the local undertaker keeps him busy, but his life is bleak. Then Pin encounters the Bone Magician, a man who can raise corpses and make the dead speak. As Pin is drawn into an intoxicating world of mystery and intrigue, he becomes suspicious of Juno, the Bone Magician's young assistant. A strange darkness haunts her just as the Silver Apple Killer stalks the streets at night and as Pin pieces together the secrets of Bone Magic, his own life becomes fraught with grave danger...
F E Higgins - The Eyeball Collector (The third book in the Tales from the Sinister City series)
When his butterfly-collector father is swindled to within an inch of his life, a vengeful Hector leaves the city of Urbs Umida in pursuit of a fiendish villain with a glass eye. The trail leads to Withypitts Hall, a forbidding Gothic mansion as warped as its inhabitants and their secret schemes. Soon Hector finds himself embroiled in mysterious deeds more poisonous than his worst imaginings, but every twist and turn brings him closer to his revenge ...The third dark and diabolical book from a devilishly talented author.
F E Higgins - The Lunatic's Curse (The fourth book in the Tales from the Sinister City series)
Deep within the heart of the Moiraean Mountains lies the town of Opum Oppidulum - home to the freezing Lake Beluarum and it's rumoured monster. An inescapable asylum stands in the centre of the lake, enclosed by the sheer cliffs of Drop Rock island. When Ambrose Grammaticus, famous inventor and master engineer, viciously attacks his own son, Rex, he is hauled to the island and imprisoned. Rex knows his evil stepmother, Acantha, is behind his father's 'madness', but how can he prove it? Only the asylum holds the answers ...this is a twisted tale of treachery, lunacy, greed, revenge and pure unadulterated wickedness.