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Alien 3: The Novelization
Alien 3: The Novelization
Author: David Giler, Larry Ferguson, Vincent Ward, Walter Hill
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/4/2006


Here even the wind screams. Abondoned hulks of machinery rust in the colorless landscape. Dark, oily seas beat against a jagged black shore. And the remnants of a reentry space vehicle crash into the rough waves. In it sleeps Ripley, a woman who has battled the Enemy twice. It killed her whold crew the first time. The second time, it slaughtered a spaceload of death-dealing Marines. Now, on this prison planet that houses only a horde of defiant, captive men, she will have to fight the ultimate alien horror one more time before it rips apart a whole world...


Alistair MacLean's Golden Girl
Alistair MacLean's Golden Girl
Author: Simon Gandolfi
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 2/3/2007


Trent is an operative living on the catamaran Golden Girl near the island of Belpan, just off the coast of Central America. His assignment: be the perfect bait for gunrunners. But Trent's dangerous job turns deadly when he uncovers a ruthless political conspiracy. As Hurricane Gilda looms over Belpan, Trent and his Golden Girl are drawn down serpentine arteries of greed and treachery--and in to the dark hearts of today's new crimelords of power...


All the Little Live Things
All the Little Live Things
Author: Wallace Stegner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/21/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Scarred by the senseless death of their son and baffled by the engulfing chaos of the 1960s, Joe Allston and his wife Ruth, have left the East Coast for a California retreat. And although their new home looks like Eden, it also has serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of drugs, yoga and zipless sex; and Marian Catlin, an attractive young woman whose otherworldly innocence is far more appealing--and far more dangerous.


Amazonia
Amazonia
Author: James Rollins
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/12/2006


The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world's most inhospitable rainforest--a former Special Forces soldier, scarred mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing...and came out with both intact. Unable to comprehend this inexplicable event, the government sends Nathan Rand into this impenetrable secret world of undreamed-of perils, to follow the trail of his vanished father...toward mysteries that must be solved at any cost.


Arslan
Arslan
Author: M. J. Engh
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 11/13/2006


Can the United States be taken over by a third-rate world power? This book says that it can happen!


The Asgard Run
The Asgard Run
Author: Steve Vance
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 11/4/2006


Roger Griffin's lifetime dream lay before him. He stood within an immense interstellar vessel that had lain beneath the Wyoming mountains for millennia. It had remained a virtually impenetrable fortress to the scientific teams that prowled its two-mile-long exterior-until they managed to pry open one door.
Then the dream of scientific discovery became a horrific nightmare as an earthquake awakened the long-dormant brain of the malfunctioning spacecraft-and rocked the door shut. Griffin and his fellow survivors frantically tried to escape, but the ship's computer took steps to rescue itself and exterminate the humans on board.


The Black Silent
The Black Silent
Author: David Dun
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/29/2006
Helpful Score: 1


An exciting adventure among the San Juan Islands of Washington state.
I liked it!


Blank Slate
Blank Slate
Author: Mark J. McGarry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 10/17/2006


The Portal Wars were only a grim, century-old memory--or were they? The Portals had been a gift, built by aliens to connect Earth and her far-flung colonies. First they had brought peace and plenty, then plague and devastation. did the beings responsible still wait out among the stars to finish the deadly war begun so very long ago?


The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn Bk 1)
The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn Bk 1)
Author: Tony Hillerman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 179
Review Date: 10/17/2006


When Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police discovers a corpse with a mouth full of sand at a crime scene seemingly without tracks or clues, he is ready to suspect a supernatural killer. Blood on the rocks...A body on the high mesa...Leaphorn must stalk the Wolf-Witch along a chilling trail between mysticism and murder.


The Call of Earth (Homecoming, Bk 2)
The Call of Earth (Homecoming, Bk 2)
Author: Orson Scott Card
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/14/2007


As Harmony's Oversoul grows weaker, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans. His name is Moozh, and he has won control of an army using forbidden technology. Now he is aiming his soldiers at the city of Basilica, that strong fortress above the Plain.
Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons are not strong enough to stop an army. Can Rasa and her allies defeat him through intrigue, or will Moozh take the city and all who are in it?


Cat's Eye
Cat's Eye
Author: Margaret Atwood
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/13/2006


Returning to the city of her youth for a retrospective of her art, controversial painter Elaine Risley is engulfed by vivid images of the past. Strongest of all is the figure of Cordelia, leader of the trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing. and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman--but above all, she must seek release from Cordelia's haunting memory.


Cold Asylum (Deathlands  No 20)
Cold Asylum (Deathlands No 20)
Author: James Axler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/4/2006


Generations after global annihilation, Kansas is a mutated landscape of dense, deciduous forest. Gone are the amber waves of grain, another hideous result of nuclear devastion that changed the face of the Earth forever. Now it's survival of the freakish.
Hope died in the Deathlands, but the will to live goes on.


Cold Steele
Cold Steele
Author: J. D. Masters
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 11/4/2006


Lt. Donovan Steele was a good cop until he was killed. Then, he got even better. Advanced technology resurrected him in a robot body--computer-brained, atom-powered, and supremely strong. Now, this one-SWAT team brings his own brand of justice to the savage world of tomorrow.


Condominium
Condominium
Author: John D. MacDonald
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/22/2006


Welcome to Golden Sands, the dream condominium built on a weak foundation, a thousand dirty secrets, real estate swindles and political payoffs. Here are maintenance charges that runup health benefits that run out and the disaster that awaits those who play in the path of the hurricane...


Dance of the Hag (NewEden, Bk 2)
Dance of the Hag (NewEden, Bk 2)
Author: Stephen Leigh
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/13/2006


On the bloodsoaked feudal world of Neweden, the Hoorka assassins' guild has survived by adherence to a strict code of honor. Lethal killers, shadowy blackrobed agents of destruction, they are pledged to give Fate a chance to free their victims from the claws of Hag Death.
But now the Alliance has allowed Hoorka to operate offworld, the assassins' code is breaking down, and Ulthane Gyll, founder and former leader of the Hoorka, finds the deadly fighting force he created turning against him...


The Dark Wind (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Bk 5)
The Dark Wind (Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Bk 5)
Author: Tony Hillerman
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/17/2006


A corpse whose palms and soles have been "scalped" is only the first in a series of disturbing clues: an airplane's mysterious crash in the nighttime desert, a bizarre attack on a windmill, a vanishing shipment of cocaine. Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navaho Tribal Police is trapped in the deadly web of a cunningly spun plot driven by Navajo sorcery and white man's greed.


Death Merchant No. 50: The Hellbomb Theft
Death Merchant No. 50: The Hellbomb Theft
Author: Joseph Rosenberger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 10/22/2006


Scientists call them ADM's--atomic demolition munitions. The CIA calls them "little A's". Whatever they're called, everyone knows these small, easily-concealed atom bombs are the most dangerous weapons on earth. And two have been stolen.
For the sake of global survival Camellion must overturn one of the most effective power-schemes of the decade and retreive those two ADMs.


Destiny's Daughter
Destiny's Daughter
Author: Rebecca Brandewyne
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/13/2006


When the mysterious package arrives on her doorstep Bryony St. Blaze knows instinctively that her life is about to change forever. For inside, she finds her father's research, gather from his years of devoted study to an ancient, magical book. And after reading the material, Bryony is forced to conclude that her father's death was no accident. Her was deliberately murdered by a secret order known as the Abbey of the Divine--who are after the missing book.
Now, determined to track down the killers herself, Bryony travels to Scotland to find Hamish Neville, a historian with whom her father had an ongoing correspondence. Piece by piece, they painstakingly assemble the puzzle to locate the lost book.


Duel of Dragons (Dragonsword, Bk 2)
Duel of Dragons (Dragonsword, Bk 2)
Author: Gael Baudino
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/4/2006


Wings of doom were spreading destruction across the kingdom of Gryylth. Twentieth-century weapons were raining down upon an unsuspecting land where sharpened blades and pointed spears had always been the only true warrior's tools. And for Suzanne Helling, UCLA teacher of medieval studies, the call of the dragon Silbakor has suddenly come again, transforming her into Alouzon Dragonmaster, Guardian of the land. But even as Silbakor prepares to return Suzanne to Gryylth, they are attacked by another dragon with enough power to rival Silbakor himself. This crature of evil was ready to pursue them all the way from Los Angeles to the very heart of Gryylth. And once returned to this land originally conjured by the imagination of a now dead professor, can Suzanne find and defeat this nameless, faceless enemy?


Earth 2 (Earth 2, Bk 1)
Earth 2 (Earth 2, Bk 1)
Author: Melissa Crandall
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/15/2007
Helpful Score: 1


The aliens have landed, but this time, the aliens are us....


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