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STRONG RAIN FALLING: A CAITLIN STRONG NOVEL
BY JON LAND
“Strong Vengeance ranks as the best and most exciting piece of the series so far, with great characters and a complex multi-dimensional plot. This makes it official: Caitlin Strong is the world’s number one tough gal. Other heroines may now compete for the silver or bronze.” --The San Jose Mercury News
Mexico, 1919: The birth of the Mexican drug trade begins with opium being smuggled across the U.S. border, igniting an all-out battle with American law enforcement in general and the Texas Rangers in particular.
The Present: Fifth Generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong and her lover, former outlaw Cort Wesley Masters, both survive terrifying gun battles. But this time, it turns out, the actual targets were not them, but Masters’ teenage sons.
That sets Caitlin and Cort Wesley off on a trail winding through the past and present with nothing less than the future of the United States hanging in the balance. Along the way they will confront terrible truths dating all the way back to the Mexican Revolution and the dogged battle Caitlin’s own grandfather and great-grandfather fought against the first generation of Mexican drug dealers.
At the heart of the storm soon to sweep away America as we know it, lies a mastermind whose abundant power is equaled only by her thirst for vengeance. Ana Callas Guajardo, the last surviving member of the family that founded the Mexican drug trade, has dedicated all of her vast resources to a plot aimed at the U.S.’s technological heart.
This time out, sabotage proves to be as deadly a weapon as bombs in a battle Caitlin must win in cyberspace as well. Her lone chance to prevail is to short-circuit a complex plan based as much on microchips as bullets. Because there’s a strong rain coming and only Caitlin and Cort Wesley can stop the fall before it’s too late.
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THE ULTIMATE REALITY
BY GIAN KUMAR
Spiritualism in its true essence is never attained by seeking; it is not what you might buy off the shelf or find by listening to discourses on enlightenment or liberation. Spiritualism, unlike religion, is achieved purely through one’s way of living; it’s an ongoing process in which the mind is set aside.
I am neither a spiritual teacher nor highly spiritual; I am a seeker of fulfillment in life. My efforts in writing on this
subject have led me to believe that spiritualism, like life, flows on. The more you know and comprehend, the more intriguing it becomes. Having previously published books on self-knowledge and self-awareness, this third book delves into self-realization, completing the spiritual story. This book provides methods on how to reach totality and oneness in spiritual living without seeking any super spiritual enlightenment.
This book and my previous two books explore the story of life in all its contemporary and scientific aspects, in respect to self-knowledge, consciousness and oneness, while supporting ancient philosophies and thereby answering practically any question one might have about existence.
Life and death revolve in cycles, and dualities of pain and pleasure, rich and poor, happiness and sorrow, will continue as parts of our existence. An in-depth understanding of complex terms like awakening, liberation or enlightenment in the context of spiritualism are all covered in this book, not for the sake of seeking or desiring such philosophical terms alone, but to inculcate a state of knowing, experiencing and living with awareness for the rest of our lives.
The complex topic of life and its realities—dealing with science, spiritualism, religion and man—needs a fresh overview in terms of practical methods, where you become more human than divine without having to renounce anything. The emphasis here is more on strengthening your individuality rather than coming under the guidance of a priest or guru. The purpose of this book is to make you aware of material realization through self-knowledge, self-realization through awareness and experiential realization through living in unity and oneness.
The spiritual methods you will read about in this book are more connected to fulfillment and peace and joy in life rather than how to realize enlightenment as achieved by the very few, like Buddha or Jesus. Whether my thoughts turn you into a believer or not, I offer them to you on a simple platter…partake as you wish!
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THE SILVER SPHERE
BY MICHAEL DADICH
Shelby Pardow never imagined killing someone. That's about to change. While hiding from her troubled father in the local library, Shelby stares at a flashing instant message on her computer: YOU ARE NEEDED. She discovers a portal that opens and teleports her to the planet Azimuth, where soldiers await. Here, she is not a child but a warrior, Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members imprisoned by Malefic Cacoethes, the daunting leader of the Nightlanders. Malefic, the evil spawn of the demon Biskara, razes towns and cities in his quest to rule Azimuth, and yearns to turn his forces against Earth. Yet every time Biskara gets close to achieving his malevolent goals, the Assembly uses the Silver Sphere, a sophisticated armillary device, to thwart him. With the Assembly deposed, Biskara directing Malefic's conquests,
and the Silver Sphere out of reach, Shelby is thrust into an unforgettable quest with her fellow Kin. She must learn to
kill and lead an army into battle, or Azimuth?and Earth?will fall.
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BY PATRICK GARRY
In Saving Faith, the narrator, 20 year-old Jack Fenian, works as a repossessor for a car dealership. One night, Jack walks into a bar looking for Ev Sorin, the man whose car Jack has mistakenly towed to the impound lot. Expecting violent anger, he is surprised when Ev reacts with indifference; but as Jack soon discovers, Ev - a disgraced journalist - has bigger problems on his mind.
The next day, in the same courthouse to which Jack and Ev have gone to obtain a release for Ev's car, a nurse and young woman sit in a crowded courtroom opposite a row of lawyers, asking the judge for an order that will keep alive a comatose patient whose identity is unknown. During the hearing, Ev wanders into the courtroom, and later seeks out the nurse. It has been years since he has done a real story, and Ev feels a sudden urge to become a journalist again. It is an urge that will connect Jack with Clare, the troubled young woman accompanying the nurse and who appears to have an almost fanatical attachment to Faith. Intrigued with Jack's role as a repossessor, Clare sees him as a kind of modern moral prophet.
Because of a mistaken diagnosis as an infant, Jack was never adopted. "...In my mind, the worst part about being an orphan was lining up for inspection on those days when prospective parents came to visit. From behind the cloudy plastic of my oxygen tent, I could see the curtain of gloom drop over the faces of my fellow orphans as they were passed over. But I was lucky. I never felt any disappointment. I knew, from the very beginning, that no one would want an oxygen tent in their home..." But now, tagging along with Ev, talking to this dark-haired girl with fingernails that had been bitten down, Jack suddenly feels like being adopted -- into what he had always considered the outside world.
Maybe Clare also needs to be adopted. Or just saved. Underneath her brusk, steely exterior, she has a desperate yearning. She is the one pushing to save the comatose patient. Maybe she feels as if their two lives are intertwined; because when she awoke in the hospital after her suicide attempt, the first sight she saw was the patient.
The 304-page novel follows these four characters, and their various motivations, as they come together to try to save the patient. Although the characters initially focus on investigating Faith's real identity, they eventually come to use Faith as a catalyst for changing their own lives. But not until a seemingly random shooting occurs in the city do the characters begin to discover the mysteries of the patient and of each other.
Saving Faith is my eighth novel. My previous novels have been widely reviewed and have won 14 different literary awards, including the Jack Eadon Award for Best Novel, the Eric Hoffer Book Award, an International Book Award, an Editor's Choice Award, a Next Generation Book Award, the National Best Books Award, an NIEA book award, and the Beverly Hills Book Award. In addition to my novels, my short fiction has appeared in various literary journals, and I have written for several newspapers, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Chicago Tribune.
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