Following the popularity of the memoirs of Harry Flashman, the Victorian scoundrel who got himself embroiled in many events of his age, this book introduces a new generation of the family: Thomas Flashman, whose career covers the Napoleonic and Georgian era. This first book covers his adventures with Thomas Cochrane, one of the most extraordinary naval commanders of all time. From the brothels and gambling dens of London, through political intrigues and espionage, the action moves to the Mediterranean and the real life character of Thomas Cochrane. This book covers the start of Cochrane´s career including the most astounding single ship action of the Napoleonic war. Thomas Flashman provides a unique insight as danger stalks him like a persistent bailiff through a series of adventures that prove history really is stranger than fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Henry Clore Harrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076768/bk_acx0_076768_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Armed with stolen US military technology, the Chinese are producing a frightening new breed of weaponry, led by the ICBM submarine Xia III - a vessel that just might be able to launch a nuclear warhead across the Pacific Ocean and take out an American West Coast city. National security adviser Admiral Arnold Morgan can´t let that happen, and he dispatches the most stealthy hunter-killer submarine in the US fleet, the 9,000-ton ultrasecret Seawolf, deep into the dark, forbidden waters of the South China Sea. But then the unthinkable happens: Seawolf collides with a Chinese destroyer and falls into enemy hands. A team of cunning Navy SEALs - the biggest Special Forces assault group assembled since Vietnam - is sent in to free the captive Seawolf crew and bring them home. The American eagle confronts the Chinese dragon with the balance of world power on the line. Failure is not an option.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005456/bk_harp_005456_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of our subs was missing The nightmare fear of the US had come true. One of our finest submarines, the U.S.S. Tampa, on a top-secret spying mission, had fallen into Chinese Communist hands. The Communists, fighting for survival in a savage civil war, now held not only the sub, the crew, and the gutsy Commander Sean Murphy hostage, but US power and prestige as well. America had one last desperate card to play. The most advanced submarine in the world, the still untried U.S.S. Seawolf, under the command of maverick daredevil Captain Michael ´´Patch´´ Pacino. The Seawolf had to steal back the Tampa from where it lay guarded by the entire Chinese fleet armed to the teeth with technology from the bankrupt Russians. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Courtemanche. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085210/bk_acx0_085210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Sea-Wolf is a 1904 psychological adventure novel by American writer Jack London. The book's protagonist, Humphrey van Weyden, is a literary critic who is a survivor of an ocean collision and who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him. Jack London, pseudonym of John Griffith Chaney, American novelist and short-story writer whose best-known works—among them The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906)—depict elemental struggles for survival. During the 20th century he was one of the most extensively translated of American authors. Deserted by his father, a roving astrologer, he was raised in Oakland, California, by his spiritualist mother and his stepfather, whose surname, London, he took. At age 14 he quit school to escape poverty and gain adventure. He explored San Francisco Bay in his sloop, alternately stealing oysters or working for the government fish patrol. He went to Japan as a sailor and saw much of the United States as a hobo riding freight trains and as a member of Charles T. Kelly’s industrial army (one of the many protest armies of the unemployed, like Coxey’s Army, that was born of the financial panic of 1893). London saw depression conditions, was jailed for vagrancy, and in 1894 became a militant socialist. London educated himself at public libraries with the writings of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche, usually in popularized forms. At 19 he crammed a four-year high school course into one year and entered the University of California, Berkeley, but after a year he quit school to seek a fortune in the Klondike gold rush. Returning the next year, still poor and unable to find work, he decided to earn a living as a writer. London studied magazines and then set himself a daily schedule of producing sonnets, ballads, jokes, anecdotes, adventure stories, or horror stories, steadily increasing his output. The optimism and energy with which he attacked his task are best conveyed in his autobiographical novel Martin Eden (1909). Within two years, stories of his Alaskan adventures began to win acceptance for their fresh subject matter and virile force. His first book, The Son of the Wolf: Tales of the Far North (1900), a collection of short stories that he had previously published in magazines, gained a wide audience. During the remainder of his life, London wrote and published steadily, completing some 50 books of fiction and nonfiction in 17 years. Although he became the highest-paid writer in the United States at that time, his earnings never matched his expenditures, and he was never freed of the urgency of writing for money. He sailed a ketch to the South Pacific, telling of his adventures in The Cruise of the Snark (1911). In 1910 he settled on a ranch near Glen Ellen, California, where he built his grandiose Wolf House. He maintained his socialist beliefs almost to the end of his life. Jack London’s output, typically hastily written, is of uneven literary quality, though his highly romanticized stories of adventure can be compulsively readable. His Alaskan novels The Call of the Wild (1903), White Fang (1906), and Burning Daylight (1910), in which he dramatized in turn atavism, adaptability, and the appeal of the wilderness, are outstanding. His short story “To Build a Fire” (1908), set in the Klondike, is a masterly depiction of humankind’s inability to overcome nature; it was reprinted in 1910 in the short-story collection Lost Face, one of many such volumes that London published.
When Humphrey Van Weyden finds himself struggling in the freezing waters of San Francisco Bay, he thinks the worst that can happen to him is drowning. After he is rescued by the Ghost and its captain, Wolf Larson, Humphrey discovers that there are fates far worse than death. On Larsen´s hell-ship, the dilettante hero is forced to slave as cabin boy and humble seaman. Over the seven months´ voyage to the sealing grounds off Siberia, he engages in an epic duel with his ruthlessly Nietzschean skipper, a conflict that must end with the death of one of them. In Humphrey´s story, Jack London recalls his own adventures on a sealing vessel at the age of 17. And in the vivid dialogs between Larsen and Van Weyden, he gives the clearest definition of his savage philosophy of life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001774/bk_tant_001774_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
2008: Captain Robert DiAngelo baut für die CIA eine neue Krisenreaktionsgruppe für U-Boot-Einsätze auf. Und schon schrillen die Alarmglocken. Ein Atom-U-Boot der Seawolf-Klasse, das bei einem Routineeinsatz Agenten im Iran absetzen sollte, ist auf eine unbekannte Minensperre gelaufen und liegt als Havarist manövrierunfähig im flachen Wasser des Persischen Golfes. Eine brisante Situation, die zu einer internationalen Krise führen kann. Bob steht unter enormem Zeitdruck, hat aber eine Idee, wie er den Seawolf aus dem Schlamassel befreien kann. Mit einer Handvoll SEALs will er vor Ort einen leeren Supertanker für die Rettungsaktion kapern ...
Humphrey van Weyden led a privileged existence during his early life, but suddenly finds himself cast into the sea, fighting for survival. Pitted against ruthless captain Wolf Larsen, van Weyden´s courage and determination allows him to fight adversity and learn valuable lessons along the way, in this American classic originally published in 1904. One of the great tales of the sea, The Sea-Wolf is in the tradition of Moby Dick, though London provided his own unique atmosphere and accurate maritime detail. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Garrick Hagon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000279/bk_naxo_000279_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The USS Seawolf was one of the greatest submarine raiders of all time. Having narrowly avoided the attack on Pearl Harbor the Seawolf set out for the seas of the Pacific to wreak havoc on Japanese shipping. Joseph Melvin Eckberg was on the Seawolf from her maiden voyage and remained with her until January 1943. As chief radioman he was instrumental in assisting Captain Frederick Warder to find and destroy enemy targets. From the claustrophobia of being trapped under water and the overwhelming fear of depth charges to the joys of aiding the war-effort and the camaraderie on the ship, Eckberg´s account, told to the authors Gerold Frank and James Horan, gives remarkable insight into submarine warfare of the Second World War. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/010687/bk_tant_010687_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.