The confrontation between German and Soviet forces at Stalingrad was a titanic clash of armies on an unprecedented scale - a campaign that was both a turning point in WWII and a lasting symbol of that war´s power and devastation. This book provides an account of the opening phase of this iconic Eastern Front campaign.
When her mother goes missing from their lonely forest cottage and strange dark creatures close in on her home, 15-year-old Filynora is cast upon an epic journey that will unite the Five Races in a titanic struggle with the forces of evil with the fate of an entire world in the balance. Her life as an Elemental keeper was never normal, but little did she think it would become so strange. After being run off her farm, she wakes in a place beyond her wildest imagination. Befriended by exotic creatures of myth and legend, she sets out on a quest to find her mother...and something more. Now, she has new friends. A new purpose. But is the mysterious man in white who visits her in her dreams somebody she can trust, or is he trouble? Only the Scrolls will tell. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassie Kelley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116497/bk_acx0_116497_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blood of the Cosmos: the second book in Kevin J. Anderson´s Saga of Shadows trilogy. An epic space opera of the titanic conflict of several galactic civilizations against a life-destroying force of shadows, a dark, cosmic force that has swept through the undercurrents of the human interstellar empire. The intertwined plots, overflowing with colorful ideas, a large cast of characters, and complex storylines span dozens of solar systems, alien races, and strange creatures. As the second book of the trilogy opens, the humans and Ildirans, having narrowly escaped annihilation at the hands of the Shana Rei and their robot allies in book one, are desperate to find a way to combat the black cloud of antimatter of the Shana Rei. The mysterious alien Gardeners, who had helped them previously, turn out to be a disaster in disguise and because of them the world tree forests are again in danger. The allies believing they have found a way to stop their dreaded enemies, a new weapon is tested, but it´s a horrible failure, throwing the human race and its allies to the brink of extinction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Boyett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004220/bk_adbl_004220_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory first teamed up to write the Obsidian Trilogy, which was set in a wondrous world filled with magical beings, competing magic systems, and a titanic struggle between good and evil. That world proved so popular with the creators and readers alike that Lackey and Mallory have returned to it again, with The Phoenix Unchained, Book One of The Enduring Flame, the opening volume of a new epic fantasy trilogy. After 1,000 years of peace, much magick has faded from the world. The Elves live far from humankind. There are no High Mages, and Wild Mages are seen only rarely. Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, is determined to reintroduce Darkness to the world, believing that it is out of balance. Tiercel, a young Armethalian nobleman, is convinced that High Magick is not just philosophy. He attempts a spell and draws the unwelcome attention of Bisochim. Tiercel survives Bisochim´s attack and begins trying to turn himself into a High Mage. Next in line to be Harbormaster of Armethalieh, Harrier instead finds himself regularly saving Tiercel´s life and meeting magickal people and creatures. To Harrier´s dismay, it seems that he must become a hero. In The Phoenix Unchained, Harrier and Tiercel begin a marvelous journey to uncover their destinies. Along the way, they meet a charming female centaur, several snooty Elves, and the most powerful dragon their world has ever known. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Dufris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/000557/bk_tant_000557_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the Sunday Times bestselling author Penny Vincenzi, NO ANGEL is the first novel in the acclaimed Spoils of Time trilogy. ´Penny Vincenzi dazzlingly combines the old-fashioned virtues of gripping storytelling with the up-to-the-minute contemporary feel for emotional depth and insight into the lives of the characters. She is a supreme stylist and clever writer. Reading her is an addictive experience´-Elizabeth Buchan. For any reader of Jilly Cooper, Harriet Evans or Santa Montefiore. In pre-war London, Lady Celia Lytton is the perfect host. Beautiful, intelligent and determined, she throws glittering parties, publishes bestselling books, and enjoys her young family and loving husband. But there are tragedies her family will not escape: the Titanic, the First World War, the flu epidemic. And beneath their perfect image, the Lyttons cannot ignore the changing world around them. In the shattering aftermath of the War, Celia is beginning to understand that there will be a price to pay for the life she has chosen, that is greater than she could ever have imagined...
Michael Stuyvesant was dying. A wealthy, courteous, and controlled man, all he wanted was to get to Denver to visit his children for one last Christmas. But sometimes even money, good manners, and a compulsive desire for order are not enough. God, the weather, a gigantic shopping-mall Santa Claus, and a pregnant girl who called herself Cheyenne - ´´like the city. And a river, too. And a mountain and an Indian tribe. I looked it up´´ - had other plans for him. ´´´Michael! Michael, oh my God, Michael! What did you do?´ he heard in a shriek behind him as he picked up the fallen weapon. He turned to see Cheyenne’s head poking sideways out the open driver’s-side door. Her elfin face, he thought distractedly - the triangular, fox-like face of an elf who thought he had just killed Santa Claus. And what else would she think? Michael Stuyvesant, a man who prided himself on the calm order of his life, stood with a tire iron in his hand, straddling the body of a titanic Kris Kringle while the fat snowflakes drifted down around him and the chiming, clicking noises of an expensive SUV merged with the screams of a pregnant teenager. ´Oh, shut up,´ he said.´´ The second of Kindle Singles author Joseph Bottum’s trilogy of Christmas short stories - modern takes on the Gifts of the Magi - the 13,000-word ´´Nativity´´ follows 2012’s ´´Wise Guy´´. And where ´´Wise Guy´´ asked what Balthasar, the Wise Man who brought myrrh to Bethlehem, would be like as a clever thief, ´´Nativity´´ now re-imagines Melchior, the Wise Man who brought gold, as a wealthy cancer patient adrift in the American Midwest. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Troxell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018824/bk_adbl_018824_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.