Excerpt: ...after a few seconds' investigation he turned tail, dashed into the ruins, up the steps, and burst open the door of the sitting-room, calling upon his master with a scared expression of astonishment. Captain Jack, poring over a map, his pipe sticking rakishly out of one side of his mouth, looked up amused at the Frenchman's evident excitement, while Adrian, who had been busy with the uppermost row of books upon his west wall, looked down from his ladder perch, with the pessimist's constitutional expectation of evil growing upon his face. "One comes in a boat," ejaculated Ren
He's the ultimate showman in the world's greatest spectator sport -- a controversial, charismatic figure who has dominated Ultimate Fighting for more than ten years as one of its most exciting and skillful stars. But for Tito Ortiz, life very nearly took a different path. Growing up in Huntington Beach, California, Ortiz spent part of his childhood living in motels and in the backs of other people's houses, as his heroin-addicted parents were forced to leave one apartment after another. By the time he was in sixth grade, he had dabbled in almost every drug available, and his early youth involved time in juvenile detention centers, a string of petty crimes, and a stint in a local gang. Then, in high school, Tito discovered wrestling -- the perfect match for this tough, streetwise, ambitious kid. Tito made his mixed martial arts debut at UFC 13 in 1997, winning his first fight in twenty-two seconds. In 2000, he was chosen as a light heavyweight contender in UFC 25 and took...
Into the Cage is a remarkable achievement by a trusted UFC insider. Lifelong friend of UFC president Dana White, author Nick Gullo has complete access to the fighters, to the fans, to the events, and to Dana White and UFC itself. Each page of this book offers fans an entertaining and informative perspective of the world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. What is it like to be part of a team? How does it feel to step into the Octagon and face an opponent and what are the various styles and fighting techniques used? The hundreds of incredible, behind-the-scenes photographs are accompanied by anecdotes and personal stories of each fighter. In this incredible book, Gullo celebrates a sport, its athletes, and the organization through candid commentary and amazing photographs. Readers will enjoy its humour, its honesty, its raw nature, and its first-hand account of the world's most compelling and fastest growing sport.
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Meet MorganMorgan Cross is out–of–line online! Always caring and helpful, Morgan hits every site that claims to stop hunger and house the poor. Not only does she neglect her home responsibilities and her TodaysGirls.com cyberpals, Morgan becomes increasingly sad over all the world's injustices.Her friends try to show her Christ is the only one to carry all the world's burdens, she's just required to do her part. Morgan finds power and strength in Jesus' love and decides He is the God worth committing to and follow.
Driving home after being kicked out of college, Tucker meets and picks up the mysterious Corinne Chang at a rest stop. Infatuated, and with nothing better to do, he ends up with her in St. Louis, where he gets a job as a chef in a Chinese restaurant. Even though he's a gwai lo—a foreign devil—his cooking skills impress the Chinese patrons of the restaurant, and his wooing skills impress Corinne when she joins him there as a waitress. But when Chinese gangsters show up demanding diamonds they believe Tucker's kind-of, sort-of, don't-call-her-a-girlfriend stole, he and his friends—which luckily include a couple of FBI agents—have to figure out just who is gunning for Corinne and how to stop them. Good thing Tucker is a Mandarin-speaking martial arts master who isn't afraid to throw the first punch.With its one-of-a-kind hero, Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves is perfect for anyone who loves cooking, Chinese culture, bad jokes, and young...
When Nikki Reed walks into Mark Harrison's office, she's there to sell out. Nikki is finally ready to give up her dream of being a professional artist and get a sensible 9-5 job. Working in marketing probably won't be so bad, especially with a hot boss like Mark.Only it's Detective Harrison, and Nikki's in the wrong office.Mark is hot on the trail of notorious art thief Ghost, and when Nikki's art knowledge proves useful, she finds herself dragged along for the adventure.As she starts to fall for Mark's brilliance and gruff kindness, Nikki knows she has to fight it - Mark is a workaholic who clearly isn't interested in a serious relationship. And while Mark finds himself wanting to investigate Nikki as closely as one of his cases, he knows the consequences could be dire if he gets too close.Because every detective has a past, and the secrets in Mark’s could prove deadly for both of them.
This is not about writing technique. It is an introduction to the world of violence. To the parts that people don’t understand. The parts that books and movies get wrong. Not just the mechanics, but how people who live in a violent world think and feel about what they do and what they see done.
AN INSPIRING MEMOIR FOR ANYONE WHO'S BEEN KNOCKED DOWN AND CAME UP SWINGINGAs a young girl growing up in Newberg, Oregon, Paige Sletten was all energy and full of potential. A natural athlete, Paige excelled at dancing, made the cheerleading squad earlier than most, and even had aspirations of becoming a Disney child star. With a tight-knit family, Paige's life was on track for greatness. Then, one fateful fall night in high school, everything changed when Paige faced a life-threatening sexual assault. It was in the gym where she "pounded the life out of those ashen memories," becoming stronger with every punch, kick, and lunge. In this beautiful tale of survival, she writes: I inhale the power. I exhale the bullshit. One strike at a time.Fighting became Paige's safe haven; something to live for, and Rise is the inspiring story of how she ultimately transformed into a bone-breaking, head-smashing fighter known as Paige VanZant. It...
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