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If you’re a contrarian, or simply wish to imagine a radically different future, The Last Bastion of Civilization will challenge your current world-view.

Written as a series of letters and short essays, each of the 18 chapters attacks a present-day assumption with a counter-punch argument of its own.

Sometimes controversial, always challenging, it’s a future to consider given today’s world affairs.

“Blencowe’s writing is fast-paced and easily readable. The structure of the book is unusual, in that it’s not a novel, though not quite non-fiction. I can best categorize it as fictional journalism, or perhaps an imaginary opinion piece. He expresses himself clearly and his intentions and message are never in doubt.”  —Andrew Henry

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Jeb Bush, the good son—he could sing the good song, if only he had the soul. Jeb the moderate, the sensible conservative, competent governor, business builder, self-deemed wonk, establishment darling. How has this mirage been rigged? What well-oiled machinations have orchestrated such delusions? Just drill a little deeper, uncap the well, expose the pent-up secrets and witness a ground-shaking blowout.

Recommended action packed adventure!

Assassin Katla breaks her own rules when confronted with an unusual witness…

Blessed with an almost non-existent conscience, freelance assassin and corporate troubleshooter Katla Sieltjes, expert in disguising homicide, regards murder for profit as an intricate and rewarding occupation. Her solitary existence seems more than satisfactory until a blind musician wanders in on her crime scene.

Katla only kills for profit or to protect her anonymity, and Bram Merleyn seems harmless and unable to identify her. By sparing his life, she breaks one of her most important rules—never leave a living witness. A decision Katla might not survive to regret…

Reprobate ebookREPROBATE, A Katla Novel – Amsterdam Assassin Series Book 1
(thriller and suspense)
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Reprobate is the first novel in the Amsterdam Assassin Series.

With authentic details and brisk action against the backdrop of the notorious Dutch capital, featuring a devious heroine and a supporting cast of singular characters, Reprobate gives a rare glimpse into local Dutch culture, the narcotics trade, computer hacking, motorcycle gangs, mehndi bridal tattoos, martial arts, the psychology of social engineering, and the brutal efficacy of disciplined violence.

Excellent series for lovers of dragonkind and humans!

Moving just fast enough, this is a tale that will leave you satisfied and wanting more.

THE BLACKGUARD is Book #2 in the Groundbreaking series THE BLUE DRAGON’S GEAS, which begins with OUTCAST (Book #1).

The Blackguard ebookThe Blackguard
(dark fantasy)

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In THE BLACKGUARD, Alador finds himself in the city of Silverport, the Lerdenian capital. Surrounded by a culture that sees murder as a path to social power, he struggles to find his place. Sent by his uncle, the High Minister of Lerdenia, to the Blackguard, he begins his training as both a soldier and a water mage. The dragon dreams have not stopped and he learns more of the bloodstone he had harvested and what it means for him.

Auron, the Trench Lord of Silverport, hates Daezun as he sees them responsible for the death of his mother and being thrown away due to his lack of magic. Having clawed and fought his way to power, he discovers that the High Minister’s nephew sits in privelege, a Daezun half-breed. He vows to see to the boy’s undoing.

Will Alador find the power within himself to survive the cut-throat culture of Silverport? Will he be able to outwit his uncle in a game for power and conquest? Will Auron take out his hatred on the young half-breed before he can become a fully trained battlemage? What of Mesiande left behind in Smallbrook?

With its deep insight into characters, THE BLACKGUARD is an epic tale of dragons and magic, friends and lovers, ambition and betrayal, deception and political machinations. It is a tale of fantasy into a world of unique culture. A tale of coming of age the hard way, surrounded by lies and half-truths.

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Brilliantly written thriller!

He escaped from Iran; now, an assassin is stalking him in Oklahoma.
Read Book 1 in a new series of thrillers featuring CIA intelligence officer, Titus Ray!

One Night in Tehran ebookOne Night in Tehran
(mystery and suspense)
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In Tehran, while hiding out from the Iranian secret police, CIA officer, Titus Ray, finds shelter with a group of Iranian Christians. Compelled by their unwavering faith, the battle-hardened agent becomes a believer shortly before they smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey.

Returning to the States, he discovers his Iranian mission failed because of political infighting within the Agency. After delivering a scathing indictment against the Deputy Director of Operations, he’s forced to take a year’s medical leave in Oklahoma.

Before leaving Langley, however, he discovers a Hezbollah hit man has targeted him for assassination. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Oklahoma has ties to the man who’s trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a beautiful local detective, can be trusted with his secrets.

Trained in lies, he learns the truth! Will it help him escape his past? Can it change his future?

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Recommended historical romance ebook!

historical romance ebook
A Nordic Knight of the Golden Fleece
(historical romance)
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Still reeling from a spurned marriage proposal and the sudden disappearance of Lady Avery Albergar, Jakob Hansen arrives in Barcelona, Spain to attend the Order of the Golden Fleece as the trusted representative of King Christian II of Denmark and Norway. He knows Avery is somewhere in Spain, but when he enters Barcelona for the first time he is surprised to find her in a funeral procession ~ for a dead husband.

Avery was hiding in the Tudor Court for years, acting as Queen Catherine’s chief lady-in-waiting. Faced with the financial disaster her estranged and deceased husband left behind, Avery realizes Jakob may be her only friend ~ unless her lies have turned him away for good.

Fascinating scifi story!

Where did mankind really come from? Why are we here?
We can’t understand the past until we embrace the future.

thriller ebookHere Comes Earth: Emergence
(thriller, political suspense, scifi)
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These critical mysteries take center stage as Earth emerges into a Galactic Society that is far more perilous than anyone could have imagined. Our history is far more complicated than we could have known. Can a few brilliant minds find a way out for Earth?

One saving grace is that there are those that believe ancient clues foretell that Earth has a destiny, and if we can survive our present difficulties we might just find out what that destiny is…

Dr. Mark Spencer was a young and up and coming history and anthropology professor who was all too familiar with what happens to less advanced civilizations when suddenly exposed to others of considerably higher technology. There’s only one survivor and the culture witnessing magic isn’t it.

When modern day Earth suddenly finds itself on the losing end of that proposition a team of the world’s best scientists is put together to find a solution.

Of course the advanced society being friendly, Earth’s citizens uniting, and the world’s politicians working together for the common good would help tremendously, but… what if none of that were true?

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Review of All the Light We Cannot See

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Here we will share with you a review of an extraordinary book

All the light we cannot see

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, has been selected by The New York Times as one of the ten best novels of the year, and is a finalist for the prestigious 2014 National Book Award 2014 in the United States. It is the book that has spent the second longest time on the list of bestselling titles in 2014, after Donna Tart’s The Goldfinch. Translation rights for the novel have been sold to 28 countries, and it has received highly positive reviews from specialist journalists for publications like The Washington Post and The Guardian.

Set during the Second World War, Anthony Doerr’s novel focuses on two characters who despite belonging to opposing sides have much in common. All the Light We Cannot See has seduced thousands of readers through its very human way of telling the story of two young people amidst a dramatic historical context.

Marie-Laure has been blind since she was six years old. She lives with her father in Paris, a few steps away from the Museum of Natural History, where he works as a locksmith. At the start of World War Two, when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo, a small city on the coast of Brittany. There live Marie-Laure’s great uncle Etienne, an agoraphobic old man still traumatized by the effects of the Great War, and Madame Manec, his housekeeper.

During the same years but in a peripheral German mining town, an orphan boy named Werner, grows up with his younger sister in an orphanage. The siblings’ life changes dramatically the day they find a broken old radio. Werner’s obsession with it, combined with a talent for electronics, help him to win a place at a military academy as élite as it is brutal, where he is exposed to the atrocities of the Nazi doctrine. However, for all the barbarism he must confront, the goodness of Werner remains intact even when he is ordered to the front, where he is ordered to track radio transmissions from the Resistance. After traveling through part of Europe with the Hitler Youth, Werner arrives in Saint-Malo.

During the last hours of the occupation, both in extreme danger, the destinies of Marie-Laure and Werner cross, changing the path of both lives forever. Skillfully interlinking the stories of the two magnetic protagonists, the author calls attention to the light that exists amidst the shadows of war, and the way in which despite everything people remain being good to one another.

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