Category : History
Editor : Crown
ISBN : 0307450988
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 464
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“Riveting. . . a testament to a misconceived war, and to the ease with which ordinary men, under certain conditions, can transform into monsters.”—New York Times Book Review This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as “the Black Heart Brigade.” Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country’s most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb attacks, suffering from a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a chronic breakdown in leadership, members of one Black Heart platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long tour of duty, into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality. Four 1st Platoon soldiers would perpetrate one of the most heinous war crimes U.S. forces have committed during the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her and her family. Three other 1st Platoon soldiers would be overrun at a remote outpost—one killed immediately and two taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses found days later booby-trapped with explosives. Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of Death, Black Hearts is a timeless story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. But it is also a timely warning of new dangers emerging in the way American soldiers are led on the battlefields of the twenty-first century.

Category : Juvenile Fiction
Editor : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 9781481432696
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 384
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"A reimagining of the origin story of Blackbeard the pirate and his forbidden love affair with a maid in his father's house"--

Category : Young Adult Fiction
Editor : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 9781442403482
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 304
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In book three of the Curse Workers series, “the perfect end to this gem of a trilogy” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), trust is a priceless commodity and the lines between right and wrong become dangerously blurred. Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the government is the right choice, even though he’s been raised to believe they are the enemy of all curse workers. But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and all new secrets coming to light, what’s right and what’s wrong become increasingly hard to tell apart. When the Feds ask him to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he starts to wonder if they really are the good guys, or if it’s all a con. And if it is, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—on love. Love is dangerous and trust is priceless in Holly Black’s “powerful, edgy, dark” fantasy series (Publishers Weekly).

Category : Juvenile Fiction
Editor : Random House
ISBN : 9781409014904
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 256
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"Simon paid off the driver and turned to follow Mrs Twite. But she seemed to have locked the door behind her and, as he rattled the latch unavailingly and then rapped the locker, something dark and suffocating was forced down over his head and a pair of hands gripped his throat." Simon, coming to London to study painting with his old friend Dr Field, finds he has vanished without trace. Determined to discover what lies behind his disappearance, Simon is trapped in a fiendish plot. Why has his landlord got guns in his cellar and how does one deal with his irrepressible daughter, Dido . . .?

Category : History
Editor : Harvard University Press
ISBN : 9780674043961
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 379
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At a time when slavery was spreading and the country was steeped in racism, two white men and two black men overcame social barriers and mistrust to form a unique alliance that sought nothing less than the end of all evil. Drawing on the largest extant bi-racial correspondence in the Civil War era, John Stauffer braids together these men's struggles to reconcile ideals of justice with the reality of slavery and oppression. Who could imagine that Gerrit Smith, one of the richest men in the country, would give away his wealth to the poor and ally himself with Frederick Douglass, an ex-slave? And why would James McCune Smith, the most educated black man in the country, link arms with John Brown, a bankrupt entrepreneur, along with the others? Distinguished by their interracial bonds, they shared a millennialist vision of a new world where everyone was free and equal. As the nation headed toward armed conflict, these men waged their own war by establishing model interracial communities, forming a new political party, and embracing violence. Their revolutionary ethos bridged the divide between the sacred and the profane, black and white, masculine and feminine, and civilization and savagery that had long girded western culture. In so doing, it embraced a malleable and "black-hearted" self that was capable of violent revolt against a slaveholding nation, in order to usher in a kingdom of God on earth. In tracing the rise and fall of their prophetic vision and alliance, Stauffer reveals how radical reform helped propel the nation toward war even as it strove to vanquish slavery and preserve the peace.

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Editor : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN : 1543212182
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 314
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Dark, devious and deliciously dirty. Vicente Bernal is not your typical hero. And he never expected to fall in love... From a New York Times bestselling author comes a BRAND NEW darkly romantic suspense that will get your pulse racing, your thighs clenching and the pages turning. For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he's known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he's been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he's not supposed to know about - a woman from his father's checkered past - he sets out to California to find her behind his father's back. What Vicente doesn't expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman's twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can't resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he'd stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants - why shouldn't he have Violet too? Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad. But it's a love with tragic consequences. Both the truth - and the lies - not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives. Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers. And they'll be paying the price with their souls. NOTE: The duet's conclusion, DIRTY SOULS, releases March 17

Category : Fiction
Editor : Open Road Media
ISBN : 9781504019972
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 185
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A city seethes with racial tension, and a political fixer tries to keep the peace In a forgotten neighborhood of downtown Banbury, Harlan James preaches the revolution, teaching young black men and women to stand up for their rights. According to the district attorney, he’s also been teaching them to make bombs. This is a lie, a political ploy designed to undermine the radical leader and maintain Banbury’s status quo. But no matter how tightly the authorities frame James, revolution is coming—and the streets will run with blood. As the city verges on chaos, the governor asks his top troubleshooter, Mike McCall, to keep an eye on James’s trial. When James skips bail, the city’s most violent citizens—black and white—threaten to riot. To save the city from destroying itself, McCall must find James and unravel the chilling mystery of the Black Hearts.

Category : Fiction
Editor : WordFire +ORM
ISBN : 9781680570069
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 343
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When an explosion wrecks police detective Annie O’Brien’s career and destroys her hearing, she’s left with something new—a vastly heightened sense of empathy that makes it impossible to be around other people. Her home in Phoenix, Arizona’s bustling metropolitan area rapidly becomes unbearable. An investigative job offered by an old family friend sends her to a lonely corner of New Mexico, to try to free an innocent man wrongly convicted of a brutal double murder. As she pursues justice for the unfortunate prisoner, she finds herself caught up in the saga of New Dominion, a nearby town wiped out in a bloody massacre back in 1933...but is somehow rising from its own ashes. Annie’s presence creates unexpected ripples, summoning ancient, demonic forces and causing tragedy to repeat itself—unless she can find some way to stop it. Cold Black Hearts is a riveting supernatural thriller, and Annie O’Brien is bound to be your new favorite character!

Category : Fiction
Editor : Delesty Books
ISBN :
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 690
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These Black Hearted boys will ruin you... When eighteen-year-old Eva Walker enters the local Talent Showdown, she hopes it’ll will rekindle her love of music. She doesn’t expect it to ignite a fire in her heart. Rafe Hunter is everything Eva should stay away from. Tattooed, brooding, and mysterious. Not to mention the fact he’s the bassist for one of the world’s hottest rock bands. Their weekend of lust, laughter, and music, changes everything. And one thing is for certain... neither of them will ever be the same again. Box Set Includes: Rush, Rise, and Rule Eva and Rafe’s trilogy Risk an Eva and Rafe bonus scene Ruby a Black Hearts Short Story Raze a Black Hearts Short Story

Category : Fiction
Editor : Hachette UK
ISBN : 9780751584219
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 942
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When frantic, dishevelled Edie Ledwell appears in the office begging to speak to her, private detective Robin Ellacott doesn't know quite what to make of the situation. The co-creator of a popular cartoon, The Ink Black Heart, Edie is being persecuted by a mysterious online figure who goes by the pseudonym of Anomie. Edie is desperate to uncover Anomie's true identity. Robin decides that the agency can't help with this - and thinks nothing more of it until a few days later, when she reads the shocking news that Edie has been tasered and then murdered in Highgate Cemetery, the location of The Ink Black Heart. Robin and her business partner Cormoran Strike become drawn into the quest to uncover Anomie's true identity. But with a complex web of online aliases, business interests and family conflicts to navigate, Strike and Robin find themselves embroiled in a case that stretches their powers of deduction to the limits - and which threatens them in new and horrifying ways . . . A gripping, fiendishly clever mystery, The Ink Black Heart is a true tour-de-force.