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It is 18 years after IDLEWILD and the survivors are now adults. A bitter and disillusioned Halloween has chosen to exile himself but his peers seek to repopulate the Earth and rebuild civilization. They are mankind's last, best and perhaps only hope. However an ideological split has divided them into two very different societies: one looks to resurrect the human race, the other to improve humanity via genetic manipulation. So a new generation of children is born, but as they mature it becomes clear that all is not well. Someone - or something - is moving against them, even as Black Ep, the plague that claimed billions of lives, returns in search of new victims. The survivors must work together, but to save the future Halloween must first let go of the past...
Thrilling, post-apocalyptic yet written with an arcing sense of wonder, EDENBORN is the next visionary chapter in the Idlewild story by one of speculative fiction's most exciting new voices.
Published: 1 Aug 2005
The good news: the bugs are all dead.
The bad news: we're next.
The change begins silently, imperceptibly, inexorably. One natural effect topples into the next, like an array of dominoes that stretches to every corner of the globe. Before anyone realizes it, the earth's ecology has utterly transformed itself. And the days of the old world are finished.
In an idyllic Long Island community, paleobiologist Richard Sinclair is one of the first to suspect that the environment has begun to wage bloody, terrifying war on humanity. What initially appear to be random, unrelated events are, in actuality, violent eruptions in a worldwide biological chain reaction. Along with a brave group of survivors, Sinclair must learn to understand the catastrophe while it roils around them, slowly crumbling a panicked world and energizing a reactionary fringe that welcomes the apocalypse. The survival of humankind depends on finding an answer immediately - for all else is dust.
Charles Pellegrino, whose dinosaur cloning theory provided the scientific basis for Michael Crichton's bestselling Jurassic Park, has fashioned a heartstopping thriller which uses scientific speculation as the foundation for a masterful exercise in edge-of-the-seat suspense. Brilliantly inventive, frighteningly authentic, Dust is a pulse-pounding reading experience that will leave readers gasping for breath as its heroes confront the final destiny of their species.
'At last, a novel even scarier than Jaws' Arthur C. Clarke
Published: 8 Dec 2009
Someone murdered Nick Neumann's father.Now, seventeen years later, new evidence emerges implicating his father's employer, Zurich's venerable United Swiss Bank.
Nick is willing to do whatever it takes to find his father's killer - even if it means abandoning a glittering career on Wall Street and a beautiful fiancee.And when he infiltrates the bank in his search for the truth, he finds himself plunged into a world where everything - gold, power, even life and death - has its price. Sinking ever deeper into this clandestine world of unbridled greed and treachery, Nick turns to an alluring but dangerous woman with an agenda of her own, and soon learns that in order to catch his father's murderer he, too, must become a criminal.
As the bank comes under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Nick finds himself protecting the one man who may hold the key to the truth - the key to his father's murder. And as his search intensifies, as Nick gets closer to the answers, he must face the fact that his own life could be the final sacrifice he has to make.
Golden girl Calypso O'Kelly is used to getting what she wants. As a powerful casting director, she calls the shots.
Closet romantic Dannie Moore is mistress of her own destiny. Having had her fingers burned once by her war correspondent partner, she's determined never to fall in love again.
Devoted single mother Rosa Elliot dreams of a brand new life of freedom from tyrannical, sexist bosses. But she finds that casting caution to the wind isn't necessarily the best way of making her dreams come true...
Three strong women, working hard to make life as perfect as possible. Until Calypso relinquishes control to a demon lover, Dannie discovers that destiny lies in the stars, and Rosa's dreams of freedom end up in the trash. Can they ever reassemble the shards of the lives they've so recklessly shattered?
Published: 3 Nov 2009
Everyone in the world of fashion has been waiting for months, impatient to learn the names of the three American unknowns who will be picked to go to Paris to star in the début spring collection of brilliant, bad-boy designer Marco Lombardi. No-one is more anxious than Frankie Severino, twenty-seven years old and second in command at the modeling agency owned by her best friend and former model Justine Loring.
When the three names are announced, Frankie is stunned - all are under contract to Justine Loring. This outrageous and inexplicable stroke of good luck forces Justine to admit to Frankie that it's no accident. Jacques Necker - the Swiss billionaire launching Lombardi - is her father, the man who deserted her mother before she was born. Justine has consistently refused to meet him, and the Lombardi contest has been his attempt to lure her to Paris. But Justine won't play his game. She sends Frankie in her place as chaperone for the three young women.
Frankie and her charges spend two intrigue-filled weeks in Paris as the adventure-bound girls get ready to face the challenge of a runway show where they will be surrounded by the top models in the world. Under the magical spell of Paris in winter, all of them, including Frankie, become restless, rebellious and wildly romantic.
Published: 29 May 2012
Blessed with beauty and talent, Jazz Kilkullen is an internationally acclaimed photographer and the owner of DAZZLE, a fashionable studio in Venice Beach, California.Successful and sexy, she is pursued by three exciting yet vastly different men, who have one thing in common, a passion for Jazz.
But Jazz has enemies and, when her father dies suddenly on his vast estate in Orange County, she discovers a family plot to sell the land to developers who are determined to exploit its fabulous wealth.
Jazz realizes that she must fight with guts and determination to safeguard her heritage and to secure her future happiness.
Published: 28 Jan 2013
Four years after It Means Mischief, Deirdre O'Dare is now an established actress with a long-running slot in the soap Ardmore Grove. When Deirdre learns that she's to be killed off, she retires to the beautiful Irish countryside for a few weeks to try her hand at producing a screenplay, and is surprised to discover that she has a talent for writing.
With her love life as tangled as ever, and still angry at her on-off actor boyfriend, the seductive but faithless Rory McDonagh - now on the verge of success in Hollywood - she falls into a passionate relationship with the young lord of the manor, the gorgeous Gabriel Considine. But will the course of true love run smooth?
Published: 1 Feb 2000
Though best known for his hugely successful novels, Dennis Lehane is also a master of the short story. This collection, his first to be published in the UK, includes the story 'Running out of Dog' which was featured in THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2005 and THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF THE CENTURY. It also includes the full text of the acclaimed play CORONADO.
Infused with the compelling narrative drive, piercing insight, and psychological drama that have made his novels bestsellers, CORONADO is sure to satisfy this acclaimed writer's devoted following while they eagerly await his next novel.
Published: 10 Sep 2007
A small group of humans has survived the apocalyptic epidemic called Black Ep that ravaged the world. These survivors start to wake others who'd been cryogenically preserved to await a future when the disease might be cured. At first, everyone agrees on the basic principles of this new world - how lucky they are to have survived, how they're all in this together, how they should look out for each other, learn from the past and build a better world...
But inevitably, as more sleepers are roused, there are some who disagree. People who have knowledge of power are waking up to a new world, and they do not intend to wait politely in line. But as this new utopian starts to fracture, one more surprise lies in wait for the survivors. It comes from a very very long way away indeed - and its impact is such that it will transform the future for everyone in this post-plague, perhaps even post-human, world...
Published: 8 Dec 2009
This is the tale of one man's journey from the heart of the Roman Empire to a distant, rough-hewn land where warriors delight equally in the sound of the sword and the song of the poet - a world where honour is more important than life itself. This is Ireland, two thousand years ago.
This is a time for Heroes, a time of battle, boasting, drinking and telling stories, a golden age when myth and history meet and mingle. The court of King Conor throngs with Heroes, but it is the boy Cuchullain, an outsider whose birth is shrouded in mystery, who will grow to be Ireland's greatest warrior. As he becomes a man, under the guidance of the long-suffering, somewhat curmudgeonly Leary, his friend, confidant, charioteer and narrator of this tale, Cuchullain's exploits become the stuff of legend. But, as the armies of the vengeful Queen Maeve gather at the gates of Emain Macha, Cuchullain must face both his greatest challenge and his dark Destiny...
Retold as never before, this is a thrilling, timeless tale of heroism and friendship, of love and betrayal, of war and poetry. This is the story of Cuchullain, the Hound of Ulster.
Published: 2 Aug 2004
Written between 700 and 1000AD, the original 3,000 line poem is sometimes called 'England's national epic'. It recounts the story of a Scandinavian warrior, Beowulf, who pledges to save King Hrothgar's people from the monstrous creature Grendel that has been terrorising his kingdom. In the ensuing fight, Beowulf rips off Grendel's arm and the now-mortally wounded monster flees back to his lair beneath a mysterious lake. But Beowulf's work is not yet done: an even greater threat emerges from beneath the waters - Grendel's mother, bent on avenging the death of her son...
One of the great works of English literature, this classic tale of heroism and sacrifice has been transformed into a remarkable film. Directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, Warner Bros.' Beowulf boasts a phenomenal cast, including Ray Winstone, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie. Employing cutting-edge technologies and dazzling special effects, this ambitious, dark, exciting film reimagines the story for the 21st century and a new generation. Opening in the UK on 16th Nov, the film will do for the story of Beowulf what '300' did for the Battle of Thermopylae. Award-winning dark fantasist Caitlin R. Kiernan's novelisation - with an introduction by Neil Gaiman - is both the perfect companion to the film and a compelling read in its own right.
Published: 21 Jun 2011
There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk.But the lake had been quiet for years. . . .She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.
They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion - within easy reach of her fellow prisoner.
She knows he is a vampire. She knows that she's to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet when dawn breaks, she is still alive. And now he needs her to help him survive the day...
Published: 1 Oct 2004
The engrossing story of Amira, a young girl from a wealthy and powerful family, Mirage takes readers behind the veil of secrecy to expose the real lives of women in today's harems. Amira expects to be sold into marriage and never to step outside her house without being swathed in black veils and accompanied by an escort. But she's not prepared for the savagery of the husband she first meets on her wedding night, or the increasingly oppressive control he is allowed to exert over her. Finally, in a daring attempt to save her life and sanity, Amira escapes with her baby to start a new life in the United States. But her past - and her powerful husband - won't give her up easily.
Mirage is also the story of other harem women. From the death by stoning of a young mother convicted of adultery to the desperate measures taken by a woman whose husband has brought a second wife into their home, Mirage tells the stories of the enduring strength and courage of women who defy the yoke of male dominance.
Born to a prominent Saudi Arabian family, author Soheir Khashoggi has seen first-hand the lives of the pampered, indulged - and sometimes abused - women of modern-day harems. The sister of financier Adnan Khashoggi, she has also seen the glittering playgrounds of the western world. In Mirage she brings these two worlds together in a magnificent novel of passion and power. It is the novel that only Soheir Khashoggi could write.
Published: 13 Apr 2009
Maxi Amberville is bold, brash and beautiful, a non-stop powerhouse with a passion for life's finest - in excess.At twenty-nine she's already enjoyed three husbands on two continents and holds court in a lavish apartment.
A wilful hedonist, Maxi discovers that her talent for lust is matched by a hunger for hard work.When she learns that her late father's magazine empire is about to be sabotaged by her uncle and sold to the highest bidder, Maxi demands control of Buttons and Bows, the failing fashion trade weekly that was her father's first magazine.She enlists the aid of her hot-blooded ex-husband and enjoys the input of their sassy daughter, Angelica.With them, and a band of dedicated editors, Maxi turns her unbridled drive for excess into day-and-night labour, transforming Buttons and Bows into the most outrageously original and daring women's magazine in the country.
Only Judith Krantz could have created this scintillating and extraordinary woman.Born into a world of riches and prestige, Maxi seizes her destiny and reinvents her life.What she learns about family allegiance, the magazine publishing industry, and especially about love, makes I'll Take Manhattan a moving and triumphant story - truly crème de la Krantz!
Each month the Black Widowers, an urbane club of cerebral adventurers, meet at the Milano Restaurant for dinner. And each month a single guest is invited and subjected to a genial but intense grilling on the meaning of his existence. Inevitably the guest confides some puzzling question or strange occurrence in his life - the inexplicable disappearance of a good luck charm, for instance, or how a four-leaf clover can identify a traitor - tantalizing conundrums that the great Holmes himself would have enjoyed solving.
When the Black Widowers are stumped (as invariably happens), they turn to their faithful waiter Henry, who serves up perfectly grilled salmon and devilishly clever answers with equal aplomb.
Published: 1 Apr 1991
The world is full of fanatics, and the dry, ravaged dictatorship of Errat has more than its fair share, but Saman Massoudi is not one of them. Although he is very enthusiastic about his bees.
The world is full of violence, and more people get killed in Errat than most places, but Saman Massoudi never killed anyone. Not even the people who murdered his wife and children.
Saman Massoudi just wants to be left in peace to make his honey.
So it really isn't fair that Saman Massoudi, of all people, should be wrongly-identified by the Intelligence Services of the most powerful nation on the planet as a terrorist mastermind plotting to unleash a plague of killer bees on their nation.
Saman Massoudi has never believed in war. But he'd better believe in this one.
Because it's on him.
Concerned, impassioned and very funny, 'Rule No.1' is the coruscating new novel for our times by a daring and prodigiously talented young novelist
Published: 1 May 2012
'Dear Stephen King,
I am writing to you because I know you are a true believer in the world of spirits, that your had a near death experience similar to mine, and because you are a fellow Mainer. My name is Eleanor Druse...'
Experimental psychologist and academic Eleanor Druse has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal. Then in 1999, her interest took an intensely personal turn when she suffered a serious head trauma in a road accident that resulted in a Near Death Experience. Since then it would seem Eleanor has acquired the disturbing ability to communicate with the dead...
And her interest in this inconclusive world of shadows has become an obsession, prompted by what seems to be happening at Kingdom Hospital - the regional medical centre of her home town of Lewiston, Maine. It's an ultra-modern establishment, a centre of excellence, but it sits on the site of an old textile mill that burned to the ground in 1869. Dozens of workers, mostly child labourers, were trapped underground and perished in the inferno.
Somewhere beneath the modern hospital, Eleanor Druse believes ineffable evil still lurks. She believes the 'distressed spirit' of a child is somehow trapped there, unable to find peace. She feigns illnesses that ensure she is readmitted to the hospital in order to investigate the increasingly strange goings-on there. She wants to make contact with the ghost girl - Mary Jensen - who is calling out to her from the hereafter, and there are those with vested interests who want to stop her. But something strange and disturbing is going on at Kingdom Hospital, something evil that modern science cannot explain away...
Published: 10 May 2004
Nulapeiron: a world isolated for twelve centuries. Its billions of inhabitants occupy subterranean strata, ruled by a logosophically-trained aristocracy of Lords and Ladies whose power base is upheld by Oracles. But revolution has touched all of its many cultures - failing in its intent, yet changing everything.
Now Lord Tom Corcorigan - the commoner-turned-noble who renounced his power, the poet, logosopher and holder of the key to understanding the myriad wonders of mu-space, the legendary one-armed warrior, former revolutionary and would-be peacemaker - lies fatally wounded. His survival is dependent on his meeting with a mysterious Seer whose spacetime-warping talents transcend the merely Oracular. It is a confrontation that will result in bitter tragedy and loss - can the woman he loves be truly dead, or can quantum mysteries lie beyond the grave?
Turning his back on a society sliding once more into anarchy and chaos, a disillusioned and despairing Tom wanders this strange, stratified world in search of meaning, love and his own salvation. But it seems Nulapeiron is threatened by a vast, insidious and terrifying enemy whose origins may lie beyond their world, beyond their understanding. And now is the time for legends to be reborn...
Published: 20 Apr 2010
It was on a snowy February night in New York that Leo met the girl who would change his life. Veronica.
And so began an extraordinary journey into a world where nothing was quite as it appeared to be, where real time was supernaturally transformed, and events challenged all rational explanation.
Written with startling clarity, Veronica is an exquisite tale of magic and mysticism, mystery and romance, that is quite unlike anything you have ever read before.
Published: 1 May 1997
When you're burdened with the name of a goddess and your mother's a flamboyant actress, the last thing you want from a theatrical career is to be under the spotlight. That's why Aphrodite Delaney opts for a job backstage as a designer.
But the bitchcraft rampant in the theatre world means that Aphrodite's obliged to seek employment elsewhere, and she finds herself grafting as a stylist on television commercials, a forlorn Cinderella with no invite to the ball. Until - ping! - the handsome prince of Irish fashion, Troy MacNally, arrives on the scene. Suddenly this Cinderella is snowed under with fairy-tale threads and invites to the hottest events in town. Up against the most fiendish of divas, Aphrodite discovers a talent for wickedness herself...