Reader's Digest Condensed Books Volume M-1984 Author:William Fox with Noel Hynd, Philip Caveney, Henry Denker, Pierre Boulle The Cop and The Kid by William Fox with Noel Hynd - On a quiet night in September, 1981, New York City Police Officer Bill Fox received a chilling call over his Emergency radio. "Possible jumper. One zer one the Bowery," crackled the dispatcher. "Can you take it?" Seconds later the burly cop and his partner were racing to the scene. — What awaite... more »d Bill would prove a challenge like no other. Poised on the edge of a crumbling hotel rooftop was a lonely, frightened seventeen-year-old boy. "Nobody cares!" he was crying. On the street below, a reckless crowd taunted, "Jump! Jump!"
Michael had only a few dollars in his pocket. His parents were shadowy figures, lost in his past. Now just one man could give him a second chance - for hope, love, and life itself.
How Bill Fox opened his heart to Michael, and then his home, is an inspiring tale of courage and compassion. A rugged cop and a runaway boy - determined to make it as a family!
Tiger, Tiger by Philip Caveney - Harry "Tiger" Sullivan is a legend in Malaya, a respected former army officer and a famous hunter of tigers. But at sixty-seven, the aging colonial faces sudden disruption in his carefully ordered life. British influence in Malaya is drawing to an end. Proud soldiers are being replaced by men like Bob Beresford, a brash young civilian obsessed by the hunting that Harry now finds so wrong. Beresford's very youth and vitality pose a subtle threat to the older man's place in the community, particularly his place in the affections of the two people Harry loves most. And then a local tiger turns man-eater, terrorizing the area. Which of the hunters will bring the marauder down?
Against the eerie beauty of dense tropical jungle a spellbinding drama unfolds. For as the menace of the elusive tiger grows, so does Bob Beresford's quest for glory. And Harry must meet a final, inevitable challenge to his manhood, a challenge he no longer feels capable of accepting.
A brilliant tale of honor and courage no reader will soon forget.
Kincaid by Henry Kenker - kate Kincaid is a beautiful, peristent - and has a lot to learn. Frustrated as a nurse in a renowned metropolitan hospital, she decides to look for fulfillment elsewhere. Her goal takes her to a small town in West Virginia. There, at remote Mountain Hospital, Kate finds what she has been seeking: a career as a family nurse-midwife, the opportunity to treat whole families on her own.
But first she must pass an arduous training course, one that will separate her from the man she loves for a year. And she must earn the respect and trust of her patients - fiercely proud mountain folk as set in their ways as she is in hers.
These are tasks that will demand all her energies. They will tax her patience, test her abilities, and pit her against the director of her own hospital. And finally, they will teach her an essential lesson: that the art of good medicine lies not only in healing but in compassion and understanding as well.
The Whale of Victoria Cross by Pierre Boulle - Attention! On radar, cetaceans often look like submarines.
This is a warning to be taken seriously, for it comes from the Empire's most famous protector of whales, Prince Philip himself. It is wartime; the British fleet is heading for the Falkland Islands when suddenly a mysterious blip appears ont he radar screen of the lead destroyer. Is it a whale? Or is it a sub? To attack or not to attack?
Luckily Bjorg, an old salt who knows whales, is aboard and can make the proper identification. Not one, but two whales, a magnificient one-hundred-and-fifty-ton female blue and her mate are approaching the destroyer! But as soon as the huge animals surface, predators set upon them - killer whales, voracious orcas. Certain death for the blues. Unless the destroyer comes to the rescue....
So begins an enchanting story in which man and whale form an extraordinary bond. It is a bond that brings a fighting force brief respite from the perils of war. And, in a stunning climax, it is a bond that calls forth the noblest act of gallantry one creature can make for another.« less