A construction project beneath the National Mall reveals a dark secret dating back to the Civil War, something buried by a cabal of scientists, led by Alexander Graham Bell, who helped found the Smithsonian Institution. It is a cache of bones, preserved in amber, protecting a wonder like no other, the very secret of life after death. But such a prize is guarded by a horror out of the ancient past, a horror that still lives in the marrow of those bones - and is now free again.
James Rollins SIGMA books are my favorite genre to listen on Audio books. Christopher Baskous is the perfect narrator adding to the excitement and intrigue of the story. The culprit is a prehistoric wasp buried in amber. As always Rollins interweaves fact with fiction. He introduces us to the history of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution and The man for which it is named. The intrigue also involves Alexander Graham Bell. Two members of Sigma Force are targeted by an enemy who wants to return his country into control of the world. As always there is a scientific basis for the story, adventure, life and death action and the interaction of the wonderful members is Sigma Force. Thank you for another enjoyable listen
Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing.
His best yet? Scared plot, sociopathic characters, real human feeling. Hard to put does. Twisting plot. What more can you ask for
Ever since being stuck with the job of pythia, the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up to the lifetime's worth of training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the fabled pythian court. Catch up to the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It's been a trial by fire that has left her more than a little burned. But now she realizes that all that was just the warm up for the real race.
Cassie was given painful insights about her relationship with Mircha which helped her save her life. We learned more about Pritkin. The ultimate battle took place with characters from many generations involbed. Loved it
For centuries the Túatha Dé Danann lived in peace on an island where time flowed more slowly and the seasons were gentle - until that peace was shattered by the arrival of invaders. The Gaels, the Children of Milesios, came looking for easy riches and conquest, following the story of an island to the west where their every desire could be granted. They had not anticipated that it would already be home to others, and against the advice of their druids, they began to exterminate the Túatha Dé Danann.
I was so excited to hear this story of ancient Ireland but Llwelyn’s usual magic gift of story telling was missing in this book
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Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
As a Nurse Practioner who grew up, lived and worked in 3 of the 4 corners of Ohio I can remember my reaction to moving to Dayton, Ohio where I thought most people had a southern accent. My experience with "hillbilly" people was working in health clinics in inner city Cleveland where people sought care for their children in the fall and winter and returned to Kentucky in the spring and summer. The famines were poor and their children scored poorly on the child development scale not because they were inferior but because they were not stimulated by their parents in ways to stimulate their development. In NW Ohio I grew up in a mixed environment of successful farmers, white and blue collar Caucasian families with migrant workers who picked the vegetables for the canaries. In SW Ohio in 1981 I saw much of what was described in this book. I did home visits in Middletown. The evidence of racial and economic bigotry was much more noticeable than in Cleveland which their much larger mix of nationality. Such different societies in one state. This book tries to explain some of the social influences that drive the lower income population is Kentucky/Ohio. It is worth reading
Slaying vampires is child's play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans' supernatural players is another story.... Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her door. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep. A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit...undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies.
The witches and the vampires to meet on New Orleans with Jane and her company in charge of Leo's security. Add to that witch blood magic that is taking control of vampires, a clan leader found chain for over two years and Angie Jane's Goddaughter finding something black inside Jane that if removed will kill her. Can Jane and Leo survive?
Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn see the new, closer companionship as beneficial - both personally and practically.
As always Ann Bishop pulls you on from the very beginning. It becomes all out war between the Human First and Last and the terra indigene but the humans have underestimated the power of the others. Meg Corbin the Cassandra sangue and Hope anther Cassandra sangue attempt to warn the terra indigene but will they be in time. The relationship of Meg and Simon continues to evolve. The Lakeside Courtyard needs to decide if they will help the Lakeside human.
Single mom Cedar McLeod leads an ordinary but lonely life, balancing the demands of her career and her six-year-old daughter, Eden. One day, a fight between the two leads to the stunning discovery that Eden can open portals to anywhere she imagines. But before they can learn more about Eden’s extraordinary gift, the young girl mysteriously disappears. Desperate to find answers and her daughter, Cedar seeks out Eden’s father, who left before Eden was born.
What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
As always Kate weaves a wonderful narration
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I love Irish Folklore especially the Tuatha De Danann. I was sure I had found Tir na nOg when I was in the Kilarney Forest when I visited Ireland. It was so green and lush they must have lived there. McIassic has brought the magic of the Tuatha De Danann to modern times. An immortal living in modern times kidnaps the daughter of a human and an immortal to return her to Tir na nOg to fulfill a prophecy. Cedar the human does not know Finn is an immortal but becomes concerned when her daughter age six begans to display other worldly gifts. Cedar hasn't seen Finn since before she found out she was pregnant so tracks down his family to discuss her daughter's behavior. Once Eden is kidnapped Finn' s family shares the truth and the search for Eden begins. Cedar reunites with Finn, meets the merpeople and leprechauns in search of her daughter. The story is a page turner.
Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.
A virus spreads across the world that for some ends up having them "locked in" their bodies, able to think but unable to communicate or move. This is the story about a famous victim of the disease now able to function through a neuro network in her brain and using a robot and her partner as she begins her new career at the FBI. They begin an investigation of a murder that will impact all survivors of this disease. Lots of twists and turns . Great narration. Also the added feature of a novella about how the government and science community responded to the disease and problems it brought was interesting.
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In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.
Michael Forsythe is pulled from witness protection to infiltrate the Cuchulain cell of American Irish whose goal is to stop the Irish Peace Talks in the late 1990's. Refuse and he will be sent back to Mexico to serve out his time in the prison from which he escaped. His British handler is Samantha who gives him this offer he can not refuse. The small cell is Jerry a died in the wool believer in his cause, Touched a sociopathic killer, Kit Jerry's beautiful, naive daughter her boyfriend Jackie and Jerry's wife. McKinty weaves a tale of intrigue, adventure, and romance. Will Michal be able to get out of a bad situation alive? Couldn't stop listening!