when iraqi teenager ali al-amin’s parents are killed by a terrorist bomb, he is recruited by arab intelligence as the 'lone wolf', a teenage spy defending the arab-islamic world from al-qaeda and isis. in this first book, ali is sent to syria, turned into a human bomb, a dead boy walking, and sent to kill the jordanian crown prince with two litres of sarin and just three days to save the world.when 15 year old ali al-amin’s parents are killed by an al-qaeda bomb in baghdad, he is recruited by arab intelligence to spy on a syrian school for suicide-bombers. there ali is turned into a human bomb, a dead boy walking, and sent to blow up a wedding reception as prelude to the most dreadful terror-attack ever devised, the release of two litres of sarin from saddam hussein’s missing wmd stockpile into the audience at the jerash arts festival in jordan. with 3 days to stop the plot, ali must grow up fast and face his destiny as the lone wolf defending islam from the extremists who would destroy it.for readers 15+ who enjoy action thrillers, this spy series for young adults and adults sits somewhere between alex rider, james bond and homeland.
While exploring an abandoned, broken down factory, two girls stumble across a mysterious package that reads, "Grum, do not open-not ready for sale." Curiosity soon prevails (as it often does) and soon... grown ups who act like children, giant slugs, magical desert restaurants, and many other amazing adventures unravel. One reviewer- " It's like Chalie, Coroline, and Wimpy Kid all rolled into one!"Grum is a chapter book for grades 3-6. It is a story of two girls who discover magical bubble gum. The gum takes them on a series of magical and hilarious mishaps, such as sleeping with slugs, a magic pizzaria in the middle of the desert, a troll who needs help fixing his bridge. Children love this book.One reader commented about her favorite part of this book, "It is as adventurous as "Coraline", as delicious as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and funnier than "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Enjoy!
The Varieties of Erotic Experience blends the sacred, the profane, the urbane and the humane into a tangy literary cocktail.In an American city of old churches and ambitious pagans, death comes calling for an elderly woman -- a bit ahead of schedule. God takes a meeting or two, and the eternal questions arise. A funeral becomes a party, a son inherits a home with an uninvited guest, an iron lady is in the house, and they need more burgers down on the Weber grill.[Author's note: this small work emerged from an early version of the novel that became "The Bad American." This e-version restores considerable material that was excised from the print version published in February 2013.]
When 15 year old Jonathan Peters falls in love for the first time, it is as unwelcome as it is unexpected because he falls in love with another boy. As his love deepens, his internal struggle with being homosexual spills into the open, impacting on his relationships with family, friends and teachers, who must all adjust their ambitions for him and the way they relate to himOut: A Schoolboy’s TaleWhen 15 year old Jonathan Peters falls in love for the first time, it is as unwelcome as it is unexpected because he falls in love with another boy. As his love deepens, his internal struggle with being homosexual spills into the open, impacting on his relationships with family, friends and teachers, who must all adjust their ambitions for him and the way they relate to him.
Nikolai Nikolayevich celebrates his 40th birthday and reflects on a life of mild disappointment in the fog of a Volgograd night as the certainties of Soviet Communism dissolve into the chaos of the free market. Published free, download it while you can.The first in a series of linked short stories, 'Life Begins at Forty' introduces the Ribakov family of Volgograd. As the Russian economy, society and everything they have ever known disintegrate around them, father Nikolai, mother Nina and teenage son Ivan struggle to retain their dignity and integrity whilst coming to terms with the new reality of post-Communist 1990s Russia. These stories deal with the corrosiveness of bribery, corruption, disillusionment and despair, and the hope that comes from love and family that motivates the characters to carry on.Currently free, read it while you can.
When journalist Veda Jenkin stumbles across a secret society dedicated to restoring the rightful king of England, she finds herself drawn into another world, of rituals and saints, the Zen Jewish Blues, jazz, mathematical opera, Jacobean theatre, Velcro jumping, Argonauts and argonauts, Jason and JASOn, Bedekeepers and Beadkeepers, and learns that when the Jay comes, the king will be crowned.A Veritable Jackdaw's nest of a book containing secret societies, conspiracies and counter-conspiracies, Jacobites, Inquisitors, artists and dramatists, jays and jackdaws, velcro jumping, Jewish Zen Buddhist blues, mathematical opera, Jacobean theatre, folk and jazz, kings and popes, Jason and JASON, Bedekeepers and Beadkeepers, tarboys and jumbucks, curious ceremonies, arcane rituals, bizarre coincidences, eccentric characters, lots of fascinating but utterly useless information, plenty of ovophiles and the quest to crown a King.
A gay romance "enemies to lovers" story about finding love in the most unexpected place.~ ~ ~William needs to learn to think before he speaks. He accidentally outed his last boyfriend to his bigoted family. Looking to make a new start, he escapes to the most distant place he can think of: New Zealand. There he boards with a substitute mom and her too-hot-to-be-real son, Heath, but Heath and his homophobic friend Rory want William to leave before things "crash and burn," whatever that means.Unfortunately, traveling to the end of the world isn't far enough for William to lose his runaway mouth.But is it far enough to lose his loneliness?~ ~ ~Tropes: enemies-to-lovers, fish out of water, roommates, forced proximity, slow burn romanceGenre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romanceLength: ~69.000Each of the four fun...
A short story about life in the chaos and uncertainty of post-Communist Russia. Nina Ribakova is worried about her son Ivan, who is undergoing an operation. She reflects on her relationship with her stern, unbending father and jokey, easy-going brother, and befriends a young cashier called Nastia who is having problems with her young sister.Added bonus of a recipe, a song and two pictures.A short story about life in the chaos and uncertainty of post-Communist Russia. Nina Ribakova is worried about her son Ivan, who is undergoing an operation. She reflects on her relationship with her stern, unbending father and jokey, easy-going brother, and befriends a young cashier called Nastia who is having problems with her young sister.Added bonus of a recipe, a song and two pictures of Volgograd to illustrate the location of the story.
This collection chronicles the fiction and non fiction classics by the greatest writers the world has ever known. The inclusion of both popular as well as overlooked pieces is pivotal to providing a broad and representative collection of classic works.
Amid the squalor of Renaissance France, the brash and beautiful gay prostitute, Claude Severin, is struggling. Debts multiply, homelessness looms, the one-eyed monk ever spits of his reprobation. When a mysterious stranger offers him a golden chance, Claude, desperate, ignores the shadowy nature of payment. He's happy enough at the chance to raise his station, but at what cost to his soul?Claude Severin lives amidst the squalor and the religious excitations of Renaissance France. Life is free and brash for the servant cum gay prostitute. But circumstances turn cruel when his master, Serge, fed up with his sinful ways, demands he moves out. The ultimatum seizes Claude with terror. If he does not find a new master soon, only the savage streets await him. Salvation is at hand when a mysterious stranger, Guy Sewell, offers him the golden opportunity for an education. The chance to raise his station is too tempting for Claude, despite Guy's roguish eyes and his evasion on the lewd nature of payment. But fiery sermons light up every street corner, and Claude grows fearful for his soul. Suddenly the choice isn’t so clear anymore. What way lies forward?Read here as Claude must find his true way between the Cross and the Black in this exciting first book of this series.