Cold Blood had taken a few months to write, originally, and this was an early novel. This novel was science fiction. Mickey King Kong, a vampire novel, had been classified as Hitler Wins. Norma Shearer, the Oscar Winner and the protagonist, had been a vampire. Mickey King Kong, the world's biggest monster, had been turned into a vampire, by Norma Shearer. The earth had been destroyed, and so had all the other celestial bodies, except the moon, which turned to ice. Most beings don't have a mouth, fangs, teeth, or beak. This novel has the most racial slurs and usages of profanity, in a book, debatably. The novel also includes the character of Vlad the Impaler.Cold Blood had taken a few months to write, originally, and this was an early novel. This novel was science fiction. Mickey King Kong, a vampire novel, had been classified as Hitler Wins. Norma Shearer, the Oscar Winner and the protagonist, had been a vampire. Mickey King Kong, the world's biggest monster, had been turned into a vampire, by Norma Shearer. The earth had been destroyed, and so had all the other celestial bodies, except the moon, which turned to ice. Most beings don't have a mouth, fangs, teeth, or beak. This novel has the most racial slurs and usages of profanity, in a book, debatably. The novel also includes the character of Vlad the Impaler.
As a boy, Richard Kerridge loved to encounter wild creatures and catch them for his back-garden zoo. In a country without many large animals, newts caught his attention first of all, as the nearest he could get to the African wildlife he watched on television. There were Smooth Newts, mottled like the fighter planes in the comics he read, and the longed-for Great Crested Newt, with its huge golden eye. The gardens of Richard and his reptile-crazed friends filled up with old bath tubs containing lizards, toads, Marsh Frogs, newts, Grass Snakes and, once, an Adder. Besides capturing them, he wanted to understand them. What might it be like to be cold blooded, to sleep through the winter, to shed your skin and taste wafting chemicals on your tongue? Richard has continued to ask these questions during a lifetime of fascinated study. Part natural-history guide to these animals, part passionate nature writing, and part personal story, Cold Blood is an original and perceptive memoir about our relationship with nature. Through close observation, it shows how even the suburbs can seem wild when we get close to these thrilling, weird and uncanny animals.
A gripping serial killer thriller that will take your breath away
Author: Robert Bryndza
‘OMG what a story … you seriously need to read this one. I devoured this in one sitting, it is certainly one pulse-racing, nail-biting, gritty read … I thought my heart was going to explode … will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside… When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. But it’s not the first time she’s seen such a brutal murder… Two weeks earlier, the body of a young woman was found dumped in an identical suitcase. What connects the two victims? As Erika and her team set to work, they quickly realise they are on the trail of a serial killer who has already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the target of a violent attack. Forced to recover at home, and with her personal life falling apart, everything is stacked against her, but nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the case takes an even more twisted turn when the twin daughters of Erika’s colleague, Commander Marsh, are suddenly put in terrible jeopardy. The stakes are higher than ever before, but can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer. Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending. Read what everyone is saying about Cold Blood: ‘Unputdownable ... I couldn't read it fast enough and stayed up way too late ... best thriller I have read in ages and I've read some good ones ... this is as good as it gets, and for me it was brilliant. I loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Robert Bryndza never fails to amaze me, he is such a gifted writer and I love the fact that he is able to maintain such a high standard of writing whilst keeping the series highly original in content. Would I recommend Cold Blood? It's a "thousand" hell yeses and if you haven't read this series yet you really need to.’ The Book Review Café ‘I absolutely LOVE Robert Bryndza’s writing and the Erika Foster series is probably one of the best female detective series I’ve read…..no wait, not just female, but the best detective series ever! …Wow, wow, wow!! Erika is back with a bang.’ Stardust Book Reviews ‘Blindingly excellent ... These books should come with a disclaimer as once you start reading you aren’t going to want to walk away. This is a book you are going to want to feast upon and devour as fast as you can.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews 5 stars ‘This is a heart racing, hold your breath, drama packed instalment of one of the best crime thriller series available! Robert Bryndza is a genius and raises the bar for the genre!’ The Quiet Knitter ‘As always the author had me from the gripping and intriguing start and didn't let me go until the emotional ending… Cold Blood is without a doubt my new favourite book in the Erika Foster series. Dark, gritty, hard hitting and emotional, this is a crime read that would be truly criminal to miss.' By The Letter Book Reviews ‘Wowza. Another fantastic gripping book from Robert. It is so good to have this detective back in my life. She brings a sense of calmness, cleverness, and female power to a book…such a great character.’ Trisha’s Blog ‘Incredibly gripping and had me utterly hooked... so completely enjoyable ... I can't wait for the next one!’ Novel Deelights 5 stars
Is Lucan's brilliant and grotesque epic Civil War an example of ideological poetry at its most flagrant, or is it a work that despairingly proclaims the meaninglessness of ideology? Shadi Bartsch offers a startlingly new answer to this split debate on the Roman poet's magnum opus. Reflecting on the disintegration of the Roman republic in the wake of the civil war that began in 49 B.C., Lucan (writing during the grim tyranny of Nero's Rome) recounts that fateful conflict with a strangely ambiguous portrayal of his republican hero, Pompey. Although the story is one of a tragic defeat, the language of his epic is more often violent and nihilistic than heroic and tragic. And Lucan is oddly fascinated by the graphic destruction of lives, the violation of human bodies--an interest paralleled in his deviant syntax and fragmented poetry. In an analysis that draws on contemporary political thought ranging from Hannah Arendt and Richard Rorty to the poetry of Vietnam veterans, as well as on literary theory and ancient sources, Bartsch finds in the paradoxes of Lucan's poetry both a political irony that responds to the universally perceived need for, yet suspicion of, ideology, and a recourse to the redemptive power of storytelling. This shrewd and lively book contributes substantially to our understanding of Roman civilization and of poetry as a means of political expression. Table of Contents: Preface Introduction The Subject under Siege Paradox, Doubling, and Despair Pompey as Pivot The Will to Believe History without Banisters Notes Bibliography Index Reviews of this book: The problem of Lucan's stance is notorious, and it is the focus of Bartsch's book...She makes her own gripping contribution to the dossier of Lucanian despair in her first two chapters; but she believes that ultimately such interpretations sell the poet short, as an artist and a person. Her Lucan, both inside and outside his poem, is a Sartrean existentialist or a Rortyan moral ironist, who accepts the evanescence of traditional moral and political verities but who behaves as if his ideology matters anyhow and makes his choice regardless. Hence the "ideology in cold blood" of her title: Lucan knows, and spellbindingly demonstrates, that Liberty is a cipher, but he commits himself to it none the less. Bartsch has put her finger on a key issue, and her passionate book is a useful check to the establishment of a new orthodoxy on Lucan. --Denis Feeney, Times Literary Supplement Reviews of this book: This could be that elusive creature, an Important Book. --Gideon Nisbet, Bryn Mawr Classical Review Reviews of this book: This is a stimulating work, which I find has provoked many questions about Lucan's poem, about liberal irony, and about history...The strengths of this book lie in its brevity, in its integration of detailed analyses with broader theoretical issues, and in its accessibility. It addresses a question which is of relevance to not only Lucanians, or Latinists, or classicists, but anyone who thinks about the politics of literature. --Ellen O'Gorman, Classical World Reviews of this book: Bartsch goes far beyond the boundaries of Lucan's Civil War itself. Readers interested in Latin literature in general, in the civil wars that ended the Republic, in the political context of the first centuries B.C.E. and C.E., in questions of human response to political repression long after Lucan, and those interested in Lucan himself as poet and conspirator, will want to read Ideology in Cold Blood. Bartsch has taken two prevailing camps of criticism--Lucan as "nihilist" and Lucan as "partisan"--and proposed an elegantly argued third alternative: Lucan as "political ironist." --Choice Reviews of this book: Ideology in Cold Blood provides a strikingly dissident approach to Lucan in that it aims to weld together a text-oriented focus, a political reading of the Civil War and a discussion of Lucan's political activities, i.e. his involvement in the Pisonian conspiracy. Bartsch's decision to include a biographical approach in her analysis should not be taken for bland naivety coming at a time when influential scholars on Lucan have come to reject this approach for the blatant fallacies that it entails. Bartsch offers something completely novel in this area, for it is entirely obvious that her sympathies do not lie with forms of historical reconstructionism in which the biographical data are simply made to correlate with the presumed political message of the poem...[Bartsch's book] will surely be ranked among the best works on the poet and I strongly recommend it to scholars interested in the literature of the Principate and in the role of Roman political epic. --Marc Kleijwegt, Scholia
Dorian Thorne's thousand-year wait is over. The ageless billionaire vampire has finally found his consort in the form of a dying young woman named Cora Shaw. His blood kiss heals Cora's broken body and unites them in an eternal bond.With her, Dorian is finally complete. But far from enjoying a blissful union, he discovers that the demons inside himself are not as easily laid to rest as he had believed, and his enemies have deadly plans for his consort.This release by New York Times Bestselling author V. M. Black contains a bonus copy of Taken (The Alpha's Captive #1).
Suspicion and fear surround the mysterious disappearance of a movie star's daughter. The race to claim the reward for finding Anna Louise Caley - dead or alive - spirals into a deadly voodoo trail in the French quarter of New Orleans. In her desperation to succeed in this, her first case as a private detective, ex-Lieutenant Lorraine Page is caught in a web of deceit and violence that threatens to drag her back into the murky world she has fought so hard to escape. Continuing the investigation means risking everything. But the million-dollar bonus is one hell of an incentive not to back off from a case that could kill her - or give her the future and the professional respect she craves.
From the author of Clean Cut comes a suspenseful sequel to the Paris Murphy series. Justice Trip is a hero. While helping volunteers search for a missing bridesmaid, he found a grisly clue: her finger. Now he’s enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. When homicide detective Paris Murphy sees the tall, awkward Trip on television, she senses that he’s not the concerned citizen he’s pretending to be. And when she remembers that she and Trip share a past, the danger becomes all too clear. Trip is a man on a search for justice. And killing Paris will help him find it.
The Russian Revolution is breaking out around him, but Charlie Doig has a private war to fight. He is determined to track down and kill Prokhor Glebov, the Bolshevik who raped and tortured his wife, Elizaveta. Convinced that Glebov will sooner or later turn up at Lenin's side, he and Kobi, his Mongolian henchman, make their way to St. Petersburg. There, amidst the chaos of the Revolution, they discover that Glebov has been put in charge of the political re-education of the Tsar and his family. The chase begins... Having captured an armoured train, Charlie fights his way to Siberia with a motley army of recruits and a breathtaking adventure unfolds. With rumours of the Tsar's gold reserves nearby, Charlie resolves once he has revenged Elizaveta to attempt to seize a barge of gold from under the watchful eyes of four different armies.