From the No.1 internationally bestselling author comes the third heart-stopping adventure exploring the incredible history legends and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. Set during World War II in the far south of France CITADEL is a powerful action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front back at home a different battle is waged full of clandestine bravery treachery and secrets. And as a cell of Maquis resistance fighters codenamed CITADEL fight for everything they hold dear their struggle will reveal an older darker combat being fought in the shadows. Combining the rugged action of LABYRINTH with the haunting mystery of SEPULCHRE CITADEL is a story of daring and courage of lives risked for beliefs and of astonishing secrets buried in time.
Few other historians have shaped our understanding of the Third Reich as Joachim Fest. Fierce and intransigent German-born Fest was a relentless interrogator of his nation's modern history. His analysis The Face of the Third Reich his biographies of Adolf Hitler and Albert Speer and his descriptions of the last days in the Fuhrer's bunker have all reached a worldwide audience of millions. But how did the young Fest born in 1926 personally experience National Socialism the Second World War and a catastrophically defeated Germany? In Not Me the memoir of his childhood and youth Joachim Fest chronicles his own extraordinary early life providing an intimate portrait of those dark years of conflict. Whether describing his Catholic home in a Berlin suburb his father's resistance of the regime and subsequent teaching ban his own expulsion from school or Aunt Dolly's introductions to the operatic world these are the long-awaited personal reflections of a born observer the exactitude of whose prose is as sharp as the memories he describes.
'When you touch a Lippizaner' Frank Westerman was told as a child 'you are touching history'. In "Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse" he explores the history of these unique creatures an extraordinary troop of pedigree horses first bred as personal mounts for the Emperor of Austria-Hungary. Following the bloodlines of the studbook he reconstructs the story of four generations of imperial steeds as they survive the fall of the Habsburg Empire two world wars and the insane breeding experiments conducted under Hitler Stalin and Ceausescu. But what begins as a fairytale becomes a chronicle of the quest for racial purity. Carrying the reader across Europe from imperial stables and stud farms to the controversial gene labs of today Westerman asks if animal breeders are so good at genetic engineering why do attempts to perfect the human strain always end in tragedy? Brother Mendel's Perfect Horse a unique and engrossing fusion of history and travel writing is a modern fable in which the pureblood horse ends up revealing man's own shortcomings.
Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle - the setting of the hit series Downton Abbey - eight years ago. In that time she's become fascinated by the rich history of Highclere and by the extraordinary people who lived there over the centuries. One person particularly captured Fiona's imagination - Lady Almina the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She was his only daughter and he doted on her. She married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon at 19 with an enormous dowry. At first life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 and even the occasional royal visitor. Almina oversaw 80 members of staff - many of whom came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations. But when the First World War broke out life at Highclere changed forever. History intervened and Almina and the staff of Highclere were thrown into one of the most turbulent times of the last century. Almina was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family the staff and the castle survived. This is the remarkable story of a lost time.But Highclere remains and in this book Fiona weaves Almina's journey and those of her family into the heritage and history of one of England's most exquisite Victorian castles.
Now is the time to tell the story of an ancient realm a tragic tale that sets the stage for all the tales yet to come and all those already told...It's a conflicted time in Kurald Galain the realm of Darkness where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners' great hero Vatha Urusander is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark's hand in marriage but her Consort Lord Draconus stands in the way of such ambitions. The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm and as the rumors of civil war burn through the masses an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas. Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness Anomander Andarist and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold...Steven Erikson entered the pantheon of great fantasy writers with his debut "Gardens of the Moon". Now he returns with the first novel in a trilogy that takes place millennia before the events of the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" and introduces readers to Kurald Galain the warren of Darkness.It is the epic story of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in shaping the world of the Malazan Empire.
Young marine lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company have been dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam combatants in an increasingly desperate war. Standing in their way are the North Vietnamese the monsoon rain and mud leeches and tigers and disease and malnutrition. As racial tension and competing ambition build the group threatens to crack at any moment. When the company is surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.
From the minds of acclaimed filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld (Director of the "Men In Black" Films) and superstar graphic novel creator Grant Morrison (Batman The Invisibles Action Comics 18 Days) comes "Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens " by Liquid Comics. The story focuses on a secret world war battle that was never recorded in our history books. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs our planet's only saviors are the savage prehistoric beasts which are much more intelligent than humanity has ever imagined. "Growing up my fascination was all things dinosaur and as an adult I've had some success making films about aliens so this is a dream come true " - Barry Sonnenfeld "In a year or two when the whole world's talking about this whole immense dinosaurs versus aliens thing you'll be digging this out and boasting how you saw it here first. Listen closely. Is that thunder? Or voices? Or the opening chords for the end of worlds? The monsters are coming." -Grant Morrison "Men In Black III director Barry Sonnenfeld has made what is pretty much the most epic announcement of all time..." -PerezHilton.com "Tired of X Vs. Y movies? Too bad!Now shut up and eat your awesome because Men In Black director and producer Barry Sonnenfeld has picked Grant Morrison to write him a movie about aliens fighting dinosaurs." - i09 "While Sonnenfeld has scored his biggest commercial successes with aliens he's also a dinosaur fanatic who sparked to the idea of combining them." - Deadline Hollywood
Traveling back in time from Oxford circa 2060 into the thick of World War II was a routine excursion for three British historians eager to study firsthand the heroism and horrors of the Dunkirk evacuation and the London Blitz. But getting marooned in war-torn 1940 England has turned Michael Davies Merope Ward and Polly Churchill from temporal tourists into besieged citizens struggling to survive Hitler's devastating onslaught. And now there's more to worry about than just getting back home: The impossibility of altering past events has always been a core belief of time-travel theory - but it may be tragically wrong. When discrepancies in the historical record begin cropping up it suggests that one or all of the future visitors have somehow changed the past - and ultimately the outcome of the war. Award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning enormously entertaining novel of time travel war and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history.