The Sound of Thunder is a novel by the African writer Wilbur Smith. It is the second part of the Courtney Series and it is set several years after the first book, When the Lion Feeds, focusing around the Second Boer War.
When Steadman agreed to investigate the disappearance of a young Mossad agent, he had no idea he would be drawn into a malevolent conspiracy of neo-Nazi cultists bent on unleashing an age-old unholy power on an unsuspecting world — power rising out of a demonic relic from man’s dark primal past to threaten humanity with horror from beyond any nightmare . . .
‘Spine-chilling … violent, creepy and compulsive reading’ Daily Mirror.
HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN
When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless.?? Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.
As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era???s richest and most powerful men.
But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari???s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage.
Told in Mata Hari???s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.
The Spy Chronicles is the first-of-its-kind book anywhere in the world that brings together former chiefs of the intelligence agencies of rival nations A.S Dulat headed India’s RAW in 1999-2000, while General Asad Durrani helmed Pakistan’s ISI in 1990-91. Off the field, though, the two are friends. In The Spy Chronicles, they unite for conversations, moderated by senior journalist Aditya Sinha, who co-wrote the bestselling Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years with Dulat in 2015. The range of topics covered here include Kashmir, Narendra Modi, Ajit Doval, Pervez Musharraf, the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hafiz Saeed, Kulbhushan Jadhav, the infamous surgical strokes, the politics of war, the workings of the spy agencies themselves, and many more. This is a unique political book that will create ripples around the world.
Most history is hierarchical: it’s about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that’s simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks – leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?
The twenty-first century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But in??The Square and the Tower??Niall Ferguson argues that social networks are nothing new. From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was the networkers who disrupted the old order of popes and kings. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. Once we understand this, both the past, and the future, start to look very different indeed.
A page-turning thriller of love and betrayal from the bestselling master of suspense and author of if tomorrow comes and the other side of midnight.the novel tells the story of lara cameron, a successful real estate developer who came from a broken family in nova scotia. Early in life, she learns to fend for herself and how to get her own way in a male-dominated world. After her father’s death, lara secures her first deal with the owner of the boarding house and before long her real-estate empire is booming. Moving to chicago she goes on to become one of america’s most successful businesswomen. She falls in love with a talented pianist, philip alder, and marries him, but her past comes back to haunt her and she is on the verge of losing everything. Can lara recover from all her shattered dreams and win back the only man she has ever loved?
Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of de-colonialisation began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope. How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done? Fully revised and updated and weaving together the key stories and characters of the last sixty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the ‘scar on the conscience of the world’. Authoritative, provocative and consistently fascinating, this is the updated edition of the seminal book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.
Michael Brock is billing the hours, making the money, rushing relentlessly to the top of Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm. One step away from partnership, Michael has it all. Then, in an instant, it all comes undone: A homeless man takes nine lawyers hostage in the firm???s plush offices. When it???s all over, the man???s blood is splattered on Michael???s face???and suddenly Michael is willing to do the unthinkable. Rediscovering a conscience he lost long ago, Michael is leaving the big time for the streets where his attacker once lived???and where society???s powerless need an advocate for justice.
But there???s one break Michael can???t make???from a secret that has floated up from the depths of Drake & Sweeney, from a confidential file that is now in Michael???s hands, and from a conspiracy that has already taken lives. Now Michael???s former partners are about to become his bitter enemies. Because to them, Michael Brock is the most dangerous man on the streets.
At a club like Hobo, there’s no such thing as an impossible fantasy. It’s the nightspot where the beautiful people hang out: people like Tony Blake, our host and guide, people like Fontaine Khaled, jet-setting beauty with a weakness for men, and people like Alexandra, Fontaine’s nubile stepdaughter.