I have a great, sneaking admiration for this series of books. The hero, Cabot Cain, 6'7" tall with an impossibly long string of Ph.D's after his name, is completely original and enjoyable. The situations he finds himself in are nerve wrenching. And the perception he brings to the places and situations he finds himself in around the world are really great.
Hank Stover was one of the two people in the world who knew that Oz really existed...but he never expected to go there. He never expected his plane would be forced down by a green cloud that April day in 1923. Nor that he would meet the witch who had befriended his mother, Dorothy. Nor that she would be so beautiful...
Based on the logbook of Columbus and numerous other firsthand accounts of his four voyages to the New World, this vividly detailed history also examines the strengths and weaknesses of Columbus as a navigator, explorer, and leader. It recounts dramatic events such as the destruction of Fortress Navidad, the very first European settlement in the New World, a pitched battle in nothern Panama with the native Guaymi people; and an agonizing year Columbus and his men spent marooned on a narrow spit of land in southern Jamaica.
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The beast's ferocity had been obvious from the first. But when it escaped and Lycon followed its track to slaughter from the grimiest tenements of Rome to the heights of Imperial splendor, he realized things more: the creature wanted his life as badly as he wanted its; and the creature was just as intelligent as he was. Only one of them would survive--and the fate of Earth itself depended on the winner of their savage duel.
Populated by a wonderful cast of eccentrics and animated by Larry McMurtry's wry and raucous humor, The Last Picture Show is wild, heartbreaking, and poignant--a coming of age novel that resonates with the magical passion of youth.