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150 Solitaire Games
150 Solitaire Games
Author: Douglas Brown
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 10/31/2006


Here are 150 different solitaire games, ranging from simple to fiendish, using one, two, or three decks of cards.
Everyone knows how to play simple Canfield and double Canfield and various other variations on Canfield. But do you know how to play Royal Families? San Juan Hill? Shah of Persia?
If you like to play cards--by yourself or with others--this is the book for you. Games, puzzlers, ESP tests--there's something for everyone in this book.


2010: Odyssey Two (Space Odyssey, Bk 2)
2010: Odyssey Two (Space Odyssey, Bk 2)
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 130
Review Date: 7/2/2006


When 2001: A Space Odyssey first shocked, amazed, and delighted millions in the late 1960's the novel was quickly recognized as a classic. Since then, it's fame has grown steadily among the multitudes who have read the novel or seen the film based on it. Yet, along with almost universal acclaim, a host of questions has grown more insistent through the years.
1. Who or what transformed Dave Bowman into the Star Child? What purpose lay behind the transformation? What would become of the Star Child?
2. What alien purpose lay behind the monoliths on the Moon and out in space?
3. What could drive HAL..a stable, intelligent computer to kill the crew? Was HAL really insane? What happened to HAL and the spaceship Discovery after Dave Bowman disappeared?
4. Would there be a sequel?

Now all those questions and many more have been answered. In this stunning sequel to his international bestseller, Clarke has written what will truly be one of the great books of the '80s. Cosmic in sweep, eloquent in its depiction of Man's place in the Universe, and filled with the romance of space, this novel is a monumental achievement.


2061: Odyssey Three
2061: Odyssey Three
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 91
Review Date: 7/2/2006


Now, in 2061: odyssey three, Arthur C. Clarke revisits the most famous future ever imagined, as two expeditions into space are inextricably tangled by human necessity and the immutable laws of physics. And Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monolith, must once again confront Dave Bowman--or whatever Bowman has become--a newly independent HAL, and the power of an alien race that has decided Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy whether it wishes to or not.


The Abduction
The Abduction
Author: James Grippando
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 4/11/2006


Allison Leahy is the U.S. attorney general, the most renowned lawyer in America. She and her wealthy husband are the twenty-first-century version of the couple who has it all: a happy marriage and two successful careers. To top it off, Allison is the highly touted Democratic nominee for the presidency.
Her opponent is Lincoln Howe, a retired four-star general and bona fide African-American hero. Like Allison, Howe is living the American dream--but time is running out. For months the candidates have run neck and neck. As the countdown to election day begins, forecasters say the race could be the closest in history. Both sides need just one extra push to swing the election. And on Holloween morning, they get it.
A twelve-year-old girl is kidnapped in her way to school. The girl is Kristen Howe, Lincoln Howe's granddaughter.
The nation and the candidates explode in outrage. As attorney general, Allison launches a massive nationwide manhunt. But her motives are under fire, especially from her political opponent, who wants his adversary off the case of his missing granddaughter. Each side claims the other is exploiting the tragedy and manipulating the investigation for political advantage.
In truth Allison's drive to bring Kristen home safe is far more personal than political. Years before, Allison's adopted baby daughter was stolen from her home , never to be found. Now it seems likely that her own child's fate is somehow tied to the current crisis. Allison must step off the political ladder if she is to help save the life of an innocent young girl and unravel the secrets of her own painful past. But that may not be enough. The culprit remains mysteriously out of reach--linked to the highest office in the land through the lowest act of deceit.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 118
Review Date: 6/12/2006


One minute you are on a peaceful holiday, on a ferry crossing San Francisco Bay. Then there is a crash in the fog--a daring rescue--and you wake up waterlogged on the deck of a schooner under full sale. "Turn around and take me back to land !" you say. "I'll make it worth your while." The Captain of the Sea Wolf just laughs. "We're on our way to the arctic to kill seals," he says. "And I'm short one man." He points at a corpse on the deck. He throws you some rags. And puts you to work. And you are about to find out what it's like to be a slave to the cruelest master on the high seas...


The Ambler Warning
The Ambler Warning
Author: Robert Ludlum
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 53
Review Date: 4/18/2007


Another great Ludlum story


The American River (Rivers West, Bk 7)
The American River (Rivers West, Bk 7)
Author: Gary McCarthy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 2/24/2006


"To the wide and wild California country came a man destined to build an empire-John Augustus Sutter. At his side was Morgan Beck, out to stake his own claim at the confluence of two broad and powerful rivers: the Sacramento and the American. But even as the two adventurers followed the fortunes of a powerful young republic westward, the ill-fated Donner party became mired in the grip of a white, frozen death in the Sierra Nevadas. Suddenly Sutter and Beck were torn between the hot winds of revolution and the desperate pleas of an immigrant party reduced to the icy horrrors of cannibalism. At stake was the greatest agricultural empire in California-Sutter's Fort-resting along the wide,free banks of the American River."


An Occasion of Sin
An Occasion of Sin
Author: Andrew M. Greeley
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 3/6/2006


When dashing Chicago prelate John Cardinal McGlynn is martyred in Nicaragua, he dies in the arms of Marbeth Quinlan, his beautiful female companion, murmuring "God, how I love you." Two years later after the apparently miraculous cure of Marbeth's grandson, "Jumping Johnny" McGlynn is being considered for cannonization. But there are troubling questions about the Cardinal's suitability for sainthood--chief among them, the ambiguous sexual nature of his lifelong relationship with Marbeth. Assigned the role of devil's advocate, Father Laurence McAuliffe, for years McGlynn's greatest critic, must penetrate the Cardinal's past for proof of sinfulness. But what he discovers is a complex chronicle of spiritual longing, sensual temptation--and the infinite mystery of faith.


Answer as a Man
Answer as a Man
Author: Taylor Caldwell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 20
Review Date: 4/11/2006


It was a small Pennsylvania town at the turn of the century. A world of corruption and greed, where secrets were public knowledge and love was for innocents.
This is the world of Jason Garrity. A man of passion and principle. A man who had pulled himself up from the slums and now had everything he thought he wanted.
What he wanted most was beautiful Patricia Mulligan, daughter of the town's wealthiest man. Jason fantasied about her, longed for her from afar--never dreaming that this great beauty would soon be his.
For Patricia had fallen in love with Jason's best friwnd. And even now was bearing his child. But he loved another...


Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1)
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1)
Author: Robin Hobb
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 401
Review Date: 6/24/2006


Young Fritz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fritz's blood runs the magic Skill--and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.
As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fritz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.


Back to the Moon
Back to the Moon
Author: Boyd Gaines, Homer Hickam
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/15/2006


A renegade rocket man haunted by his past. A beautiful daredevil who thinks she can do it all--until she finds herself on the adventure of her life. A death-defying mission so risky, so audatious that no one would try it...unless the fate of the world depended on its success.

Jack Medaris doesn't "borrow" the space shuttle Columbia to be a hero or a villian. A man of science driven by the memory of the woman who once inspired him, Jack risks his life, his name, and everything he has, to sidetrack the shuttle and take it on an unscheduled detour to the moon. Where the secrets of his past--and the future of the world--await him. But, when the meticulously plotted launch goes fatally wrong, and payload specialist Penny High Eagle further complicates Jack's plan, he must confront unforeseen challenges both in space and on the ground.


Bad Business (Spenser, Bk 31) (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Review Date: 5/30/2006


A cheating husband and a wayward wife provide Spenser with an unconventional and dangerous surveillance job.
When Marlene Cowley hires Spenser to see if her husband, Trent, is cheating on her, he encounters more than he bargained for; he finds not only a two-timing husband, but a second investigator as well, hired by the husband to look after his wife. As a result of their joint efforts, Spenser soon finds himself investigating both individual depravity and corporate corruption.
It seems the folks in the Cowleys'circle have become enamored of radio talk-show host Darrin O'Mara, whose views on courtly love are clouding some already fuzzy minds with the notion of cross-connubial relationships. O'Mara's brand of sex therapy is unconventional at best, unlawful--and deadly--at worst. Then a murder at Kinergy, where Trent Cowley is CEO, sends Spenser in yet another direction. Apparently, the unfettered pursuit of profit has a price.


Bare Bones (Temperance Brennan, Bk 6) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Review Date: 5/28/2006


It's a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner, looks forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic vacation. She's almost out the door when the bones start appearing.
A newborn's charred remains turn up in a woodstove. A small plane crashes in a North Carolina cornfield on a sunny afternoon. Both pilot and passenger are burned beyond recognition. And what is the mysterious black substance covering the bodies? Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm ouside Charlotte. The remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab.
With help from a special detective friend, Tempe must investigate a poignant and terrifying case that comes at the worst possible moment. Daughter Katy has a new boyfriend who Tempe fears may have something to hide. And important peronal decisions face Tempe. Is it time for emotional commitment? Will she have the chance to find out?
Everything must wait on the bones. Why are the X- rays and DNA so perplexing? Someone is following her and Katy. That someone must be stopped before it's too late.


Battle Cry
Battle Cry
Author: Ken Englade
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 2/20/2006


The fourth book in the People of the Plains saga.
"The Cheyenne are on the attack, taking hostages, killing settlers, and attracting the attention of Washington. Again, the Army is ordered into action. In the meantime, a train full of emigrants is heading further west, to Fort Laramie and beyond. Traveling in disguise is Benoit's and Dobb's old enemby 'Notch' Henderson, still in possession of the money he'd stolen earlier. As Benoit races madly to intercept the train and arrest Henderson, a group of Mormons in Southern Utah devise a plan to stop the train for good. Religious bigotry, revenge, and the bitterness between North and South heat up to a fever pitch. Now Benoit, Dobbs, and the entire nation must face a struggle with age old questions that pit loyalty to the past against the individualism of the future."


The Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle
Author: Charles Berlitz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 7/2/2006


Half a million hardcovers in print. Seven months on the New York TImes Bestsellers List.
Chillingly recounts the amazing circumstances surrounding the losses of literally hundreds of ships, planes, and people...Dips into man's archeological past, 'time-space warps," and 'black holes' to offer some clues...
Includes photos, maps, charts, and drawings.


Between the Worlds (Snowblind Moon, Bk 1)
Between the Worlds (Snowblind Moon, Bk 1)
Author: John Byrne Cooke
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 2/25/2006


An enormous and vital story, resoundingly told. The struggle for the Plains-the last great conflict between whites and Indians-requires a book of great expeditionary detail and length to do justice to the...ways of life that met there, and Cooke's novel succeeds with honors. Publishers Weekly
On a remote cattle ranch in a peaceful Wyoming valley, in the hushed villages of beleaguered tribes poised for battle, among the government troops advancing through the blinding snows of a bitter winter, the apocalyptic clash between the Indian and the white man brings together men and women of all races:
Lisa Putnam: a passionate woman whose fight for the Sioux will jeopardize the way of life she loves.
Chris Hardeman: a former army scout trying to redeem his past.
Sun Horse: a Sioux chief who must guide the fate if his threatened people.
Julius Ingram: a former slave, now Lisa's partner, who finds his struggle did not end with the Civil War.
Johnny Smoker: a young man torn between the world of Indian and white.
Their fates-and the fates of both worlds-will be decided in the month of the Snowblind Moon.


Black and Blue
Black and Blue
Author: Anna Quindlen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 3/6/2006


Fran Benedetto tells a story that we've heard all too often. At 19, she falls in love with the man of her dreams, Bobby Benedetto. But the dream turns into a nightmare until she finally decides to run away with her 10-year-old son and start a new life under a new name. Living in fear, yet with increasing confidence, freedom and hope, Fran unravels the complex threads of family, identity and desire that shape a woman's life--even as she starts to create a new one, complete with a new love.
As Fran starts the long journey towards healing, she almost believes that she has escaped forever. Feeling free at last, she dreams that Bobby will not find her and reignite the complex combustion of attraction and destruction, lust and love...


Black Unicorn  (Magic Kingdom of Landover, Bk 2 )
Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover, Bk 2 )
Author: Terry Brooks
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 214
Review Date: 6/12/2006


A year has passed since Ben Holiday bought the Magic Kingdom from the wizard Meeks, who had set a series of pitfalls against him. Ben survived, by the aid of three loyal friends: Questor Thews, an ill-trained wizard: Abernathy, a talking dog, the Court Scribe: and the lovely Willow, who sometimes had to be a tree.
But Ben had been troubled by dreams of disaster to his former partner, Miles Bennett. Yet when he returned to Earth, Ben found Miles doing splendidly.
Unknown to Ben, the dream had been a trap by Meeks, who had returned to the Magic Kingdom as a tiny insect hidden in Ben's clothing. The first night back in Landover, Ben awoke to see Meeks gloating over him, claiming to have the medallion that could summon the mysterious knight protector, the Paladin, and that he had cast a spell to switch appearances with Ben.


Blood Bond
Blood Bond
Author: William W. Johnstone
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 4/3/2006


Young Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves become blood brothers on the day the ranchers son saved the halfbreeds hide, forging a bond no jasper was gonna tear asunder. Beneath the Montana Big Sky, Matt learned the ways of the Red man from his Cheyenne friend. And as years passed legend grew of the breed and the who who rode the same trail..and who could jerk killing iron with the best of 'em.
Tensions in the territory ran hotter'n a hayride in Hell, what with Lone Dog and his renegades busy decorating the manes of their ponies wuth settlers scalps. While the whore-town of Cutter, greedy rancher Tom Thomas was recruiting an army of lowlife gunhawks to steal Indian land. War was a-brewing tween white and red...and it seemed Bodine and Two Wolves were gonna have to choose sides. Cause General George Custer and his men were riding hell for leather for the Little Big Horn River. And there was only gonna be two kinds of folk in the bloody hooray to follow--the killing kind...and the dying.


Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, Book 3)
Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, Book 3)
Author: Terry Goodkind
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 503
Review Date: 4/15/2006


Book 3 in A Sword of Truth series
In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World--forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they can. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.
War, monters, and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.


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