On November 20, 1943, in the first trial by fire of America’s fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, 5,000 men stormed the beaches of Tarawa, a seemingly invincible Japanese island fortress barely the size of the 300-acre Pentagon parking lots. Before the first day ended, one-third of the marines who had crossed Tarawa’s deadly reef under murderous fire were killed, wounded, or missing. In three days of fighting, four Americans would win the Medal of Honor and six thousand combatants would die. Now, Colonel Joseph Alexander, a combat marine himself, presents the full story of Tarawa in all its horror and glory: the extreme risks, the horrific combat, and the heroic breakthroughs. Based on exhaustive research, never-before-published accounts from marine survivors, and new evidence from Japanese sources, Colonel Alexander captures the grit, guts, and relentless courage of United States Marines overcoming outrageous odds to deliver victory for their country. Colonel Joseph H. Alexander (Ret.), a combat veteran who served in the Marine Corps for 28 years, is the author of six books and has helped produce 25 military documentaries. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Weiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004136/bk_blak_004136_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Perky's Books & Gifts, where gardening books blossom into bouquets, cookbooks sizzle with succulent juices, and military history books can be lethal. Don't mind the mutilated body behind the werewolf display, or the fact that the cafe manager is an egregore; Frankenstein was one, too. The story of Perky's Books & Gifts begins with murder and ends with true love. It is told by Madison, Perky's night manager. She must band with her quirky (maybe just plain crazy) staff to figure out just what is making the books spring to life and terrorize the store and its customers. Does it have something to do with the new café worker, the possible new tribe of owners, the no-nonsense Colonel, or the mysterious lady who just suddenly appears at a café table, only to disappear just as suddenly with only a feather remaining? Perky's Books & Gifts; a place where you can find murder, mystery, love, monsters, demons, and giant festive hats. All of that, and books too! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Holly Adams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/064829/bk_acx0_064829_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In April 1932 Fleming replied to an advertisement in the personal columns of The Times: “Exploring and sporting expedition, under experienced guidance, leaving England June to explore rivers central Brazil, if possible ascertain fate Colonel Percy Fawcett; abundant game, big and small; exceptional fishing; Room Two More Guns; highest references expected and given.” The result of this trip was Brazilian Adventure, his best known book. Fleming kept traveling and published nine books altogether. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Gaminara. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004487/bk_adbl_004487_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Colonel Muzik and Master Sergeant Repeth fight a life-and-death battle to return civilization to the nuked and plague-ridden nation's capital. With a homicidal alien spacecraft inbound at high speed, Skull and Raphaela fly to meet it in a desperate bid to buy time for the Earth. In the meantime, Brigadier Spooky Nguyen presses to build the world's first space battleship. The Reaper Plague puts you in the middle of more Plague Wars action, expanding your favorite characters and extending the most popular story lines from the earlier books. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Artie Sievers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024126/bk_acx0_024126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Julia Probyn-an old friend of many readers-is sailing off the west coast of Scotland. On the desolate island of Erinish Beg, she and her cousin are startled to see a sky-blue pole rise up out of the ground at their feet. Military Intelligence sends Colonel Jamieson to investigate this find. The action moves from the Erinishes to a tweed-shop in Tobermory, an archaeological dig on Lewis, an island off the County Mayo, and finally to a dramatic end in the Scillies. The mystery of the sky-blue pole is solved soon enough; but there is much journeying, heart-searching and danger for Julia before the whole system of espionage is laid bare. During these events Julia, more and more attracted to Colonel Jamieson, finds in him the man she will marry. Miss Bridge's many admirers will warm to this tale of love and adventure, full of authentic local colour, well informed about the cold war of science on which its plot is based. Ann Bridge (1889-1974), or Lady Mary Dolling (Sanders) O’Malley was born in Hertfordshire. Bridge’s novels concern her experiences of the British Foreign Office community in Peking in China, where she lived for two years with her diplomat husband. Her novels combine courtship plots with vividly-realized settings and demure social satire. Bridge went on to write novels around a serious investigation of modern historical developments. In the 1970s Bridge began to write thrillers centred on a female amateur detective, Julia Probyn, as well writing travel books and family memoirs. Her books were praised for their faithful representation of foreign countries which was down to personal experience and thorough research. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009387/bk_adbl_009387_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Moonstone Books is proud to present this original anthology featuring never before seen tales of the world's first consulting detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!See it here...a secret sequel to the classic Holmes novel The Sign of Four!Sherlock and Conan Doyle's own "Lost World" Professor Challenger!Holmes teams up with some of the most colorful characters of history: Arsene Lupin Lawrence of Arabia Calamity Jane Sexton Blake Harry Houdini The Thinking Machine Dr. Thorndkye Aleister Crowley Colonel SavageThey are all here working with Sherlock Holmes in these brand-new stories by these fine authors:Matthew BaughWin Scott EckertLarry EngleMartin GatelyJoe GentileBarbara HamblyHoward HopkinsMatthew P. MayoWill MurrayMartin PowellDon RoffRichard Dean StarrChristopher SequeiraKevin Van Hook 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Kuch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100607/bk_acx0_100607_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In The Colonel, Alanna Nash, the author of Golden Girl: The Story of Jessica Savitch, explores in depth the amazing story of Colonel Tom Parker, the man behind the legend and the myth of Elvis Presley. The result is like the most riveting of real-life detective stories - one that will completely change your view of Presley's life, success, and death. While scores of books have been written about Elvis Presley, this is the first meticulously researched biography of Tom Parker written by someone who knew him personally. And for anyone truly interested in the performer many consider the greatest and most influential of the 20th century, it is impossible to understand how Elvis came to be such a phenomenon without examining the life and mind of Parker, the man who virtually controlled Elvis' every move. Alanna Nash has been covering the story of Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker since the day of Presley's funeral in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the first journalist allowed to view Presley's body, a compelling and surprising sight. But the profile of Parker attending the funeral in a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap was even stranger and led her to investigate the man behind the myth. It has been known for 20 years that Thomas Andrew Parker was in fact born in Holland as Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk. But Nash has dug much deeper and, in a masterpiece of reporting, unearthed never-before-seen documents, including Parker's army records and psychiatric evaluations and the original police report of an unsolved murder case in Holland that lies at the heart of the Parker mystery. In the process of weighing the evidence, she answers the biggest riddle in the history of the music industry, as it becomes clear that every move Parker made in the handling of Elvis Presley - from why he never allowed Elvis to perform in Europe, to why he didn't halt Elvis' drug use, to why he put him in so many mediocre movies and even the Colonel's directio 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gibson Frazier. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008174/bk_sans_008174_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fava is rated among the "18 Best FBI Thrillers Books" of all time.The biggest story of Francine Vega's career could end her life...or start World War III. Francine is a rising TV news reporter in New York City. Despite her brains, beauty, and a growing following, she is stuck covering local-interest stories. That is, until her career literally hits the jackpot, when the winner of a $450 million dollar lottery tells Francine that he is committed to using his new fortune to avenge his brother's killing at the Pentagon on 9/11. His seemingly crazy plan is backed by more than just money - he is in league with a ruthless and powerful army colonel gone rogue, religious extremists, and co-conspirators in the highest levels of government. Francine teams with FBI Special Agent Will Allen, one of the few people who believe the threat is real, in a desperate race across three continents to stop the plot before it's too late. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Milroy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/158773/bk_acx0_158773_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Retired army colonel James A. Martin and psychologist Robert Jay Lifton on this edition of Fresh Air. James A. Martin is an expert on the mental health issues of military personnel and their families. He was a senior social worker in the first Gulf war counseling soldiers before and after battle. Martin has written extensively on these matters. He teaches in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College outside of Philadelphia. Robert Jay Lifton is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Graduate School University Center and Director of The Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at The City University of New York. He's written books on many topics, including the Japanese cult, which released poison gas in the Tokyo subways, Nazi doctors, Hiroshima survivors and Vietnam vets. He'll discuss the emotional impact of the Iraq war on the American people. (Broadcast Date: April 8, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030408/rt_whyy_030408_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.